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Daily Meditation for Tuesday, January 22, 2019 (click here to view Past Daily Meditations)
Sacrifice - of our lower nature
"One way or another, every problem we have to solve in life and each of our decisions and experiences brings up the question of what we must sacrifice in order to live a rich and beautiful life.

But most humans, not having understood what sacrifice is, see it as deprivation and loss, and there are indeed unnecessary sacrifices which can thus be seen as losses. Know that making sacrifices, in the spiritual sense of the word, is not about sacrificing yourself, but to let something useless or harmful die within you, in order to receive something great, powerful and precious in return. If you do not sacrifice something inferior in you in favour of fostering something superior, you will no doubt sacrifice what is best in you to the benefit of the most unrefined instincts. It is impossible to escape this law that dictates that your higher nature can only live if you sacrifice your lower nature in favour of it. What life is for one means death for the other. True sacrifice is to give up your limited, weak and poor self so as to live in your divine self. "

Thought of the Week for Jan 20 - Jan 26, 2019
The Pillars of Love and Faith
" Our inner life rests on two pillars, love and faith, and we must therefore work with them. There are scientists who want to annihilate faith, and claim they will free us from all superstition. As for love, the philosophers view it with scorn: they see its various manifestations – goodness, gentleness, humility – as examples of intellectual weakness, and in their opinion it is the intellect alone that makes understanding possible.

Well, there you have the entire conflict in perspective! I am not an enemy of either science or philosophy. I merely observe that the two pillars which support humanity’s inner temple have been seriously shaken, and if we do nothing to reinforce them the entire edifice will collapse. If we no longer have faith or love, how can we speak of hope?
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