Food for the Soul

The posts on this page and its subpages are Truth statements attributed to mystics from various spiritual cultures and systems, which you can use for contemplation.   Some of them are scripture passages from the divinely inspired minds of illumined men. They embody the letter of Truth referred to in The Infinite Way teachings of Joel Goldsmith. They are food for your soul.

And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.  And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.  And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.  
(Deuteronomy 6:6-9, KJV)

The letter of Truth is like a homing pigeon.    No matter how far away from home its flight or journey begins, the homing pigeon eventually finds its way back home.    Similarly, in your contemplations the letter of Truth has a way of bringing you home to the center of your Spirit Being where you can rest in the Spirit of the Truth.  It prepares you for the mystical experience, the experience of the Spirit of Truth, your God-contact — the inner realization of God or Truth.  The correct understanding of the letter of Truth is essential in bringing spiritual healing to your personal experience.  Many mystics and saints come to a direct knowledge of God, but not all of them experience and become instruments for the healing power of the Spirit.

It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing.  The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.
(The Christ speaking through/as Yeshua; The Gospel According to John 6:63, NKJV) 

If you take Truth statements in silent contemplation for short periods of spiritual refresh-ment frequently throughout the day, pondering them, ruminating over them, or contemplating their mystical message — their unitive meaning and meaningfulness to you as Spirit Being, — they will find a way of:

  1. Taking awareness off its attachment to the human condition, away from the periphery of your humanness (what Unity calls “disengaging from everyday human awareness”),
     
  2. Preparing and transforming your mind into the fertile soil spoken of by the Master Yeshua (Jesus) in his “Parable of The Soils,” and
     
  3. Guiding you deeper and ever deeper into the core of your Spirit Being where you can then enter into the experience of mystical union with God.

This is known as Practicing the Presence of God.
 


Photograph of Abbot Thomas Keating, OCSO.

Abbot Thomas Keating, OCSO

The Eternal Word of God has always been speaking to us interiorly, but we have not been able to hear his voice.   When we are adequately prepared, the interior Word begins to be heard.   The external Word of Scripture and the interior Word arising from the depths of our being become one.   Our inner experience is confirmed by what we hear in the liturgy and read in Scripture.

The ideal disposition for the divine encounter is the gathering together of one’s whole being in silent and alert attentiveness. The practice of interior silence produces gradually… the capacity to listen.   It withdraws the false self from its self-centeredness and allows the true self to emerge into our awareness. (Abbot Thomas Keating, OCSO, from “The Mystery of Christ”)
 

Experiencing inner silence and stillness from imbibing the meaning of the letter of Truth (after learning it and arriving at its correct understanding) is like drinking the ancient soma juice of the Vedic rishis that brings enlightenment, or like consuming the legendary nectar and ambrosia, food of the Olympian gods of Greek mythology, by which mere mortals are transformed into gods.

Contemplating the letter of Truth in the silence of meditation will eventually bring to you the experience of the Spirit of Truth directly (the realization of Truth).  This is the process of contemplative meditation. This is the inner journey every mystic takes.

Contemplate the letter of Truth in the silence of meditation.

 

Photo of Joel S. Goldsmith

Your persistence on the spiritual path means that the spirit of God has already touched you.  You have not chosen God.  God has chosen you, and God will not let you go until you arrive safely at home in His bosom.  The constant recognition that the spirit of God has touched you and will not let you go is one of the greatest helps on the way.
— Joel S. Goldsmith —

 

 

Picture of hand-held lit candle glass.

You are the light of the world! Shine brightly
so that many more may see the way.

Let us prepare a feast, a banquet, to feed hungry souls.   You are invited to eat from our banquet table or to bring more soul food to the table, as the Spirit leads you.

 
(Do you have a special spiritual quotation or passage which uplifts your soul?   Send it to us by submitting a post below, and we’ll share it here with others.)

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Let me partake food from the table of mystics:

Grapes from the Vineyards of the Spirit

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3 Responses to Food for the Soul

  1. Soul Food from Eastern Traditions and Cultures and from Other Literary Sources

    From the Hindu tradition:
    Different people call on [God] by different names: some as Allah, some as God, and others as Krishna, Siva, and Brahman. It is like the water in a lake. Some drink it at one place and call it jal, others at another place and call it pani, and still others at a third place and call it water. The Hindus call it jal, the Christians water, and the Moslems pani. But it is one and the same thing. (Sri Ramakrishna, from The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna)

    It is easy to concentrate the mind on external things; the mind naturally goes outward. But not so in the case of religion or psychology or metaphysics, where the subject and the object are one. The object is internal — the mind itself is the object — and it is necessary to study the mind itself, mind studying mind. We know that there is the power of the mind called reflection. I am talking ot you. At the same time I am standing aside, as it were, a second person, and knowing and hearing what I am talking. You work and think at the same time, while a portion of your mind stands by and sees what you are thinking. The powers of the mind should be concentrated and turned back upon itself, and as the darkest places reveal their secrets before the penetrating rays of the sun, so will this concentrated mind penetrate its own innermost secrets. Thus will we come to the basis of belief, the real genuine religion. We will perceive for ourselves whether we have souls, whether life is of five minutes or eternity, whether there is a God in the universe or none. It will all be revealed to us.

    This is what raja yoga proposes to teach. The goal of all its teaching is how to concentrate the mind, then how to discover the innermost recesses of our own minds, then how to generalize their contents and form our own conclusions from them. It therefore never asks the question what our religion is — whether we are deists, or atheists, whether Christians, Jews, or Buddhists. We are human beings; that is sufficient. Every human being has the right and the power to seek for religion; every human being has the right to ask the reason why and to have his question answered by himself — if only he takes the trouble. (Swami Vivekananda, from Raja Yoga)


    From the Sufi (Islamic) tradition:

    God was so full of Wine last night,
    So full of Wine
    That He let a great secret slip.
    He said:
    There is no man on this earth
    Who needs a pardon from Me –
    For there is really no such thing,
    No such thing,
    As sin
    .

    (Hafiz, from I Heard God Laughing (Renderings of Hafiz) by Daniel Ladinsky)


    From poets and other mystical writers —

    Truth is within ourselves; it takes no rise
    From outward things, whate’er you may believe.
    There is an inmost centre in us all,
    where truth abides in fulness; and around
    Wall upon wall, the gross flesh hems it in,
    This perfect, clear perception — which is truth.
    A baffling and perverting carnal mesh
    Blinds it, and makes all error: and TO KNOW
    Rather consists in opening out a way
    Whence the imprisoned splendour may escape
    ,
    Than in effecting entry for a light
    Supposed to be without. Watch narrowly
    The demonstration of a truth, its birth…
    (Robert Browning, from Paracelsus)

  2. revgerry says:

    Hi there,
    two things. First I am having a little trouble navigating from your splash page to find your wonderful content; it could be simplified for newbies. The reason for this concern is,
    2. I am nominating you for the Quintet of Radiance Blogger award and am hoping other people will find you and be inspired. Joel Goldsmith is my teacher too. “http://revgerry.wordpress.com/?p=7663&preview=true”

    Please keep up your great work.
    Gerry

    • Thank you for visiting the site and for your gracious comments, Gerry. Thank you especially for the honor of the nomination.

      I am open to improving the site’s navigation system. I would appreciate specific suggestions or recommendations from you. It would also be helpful for me if you point out the particular navigational bottlenecks or problems you have experienced with the site.

      Many features of the Web site are predetermined by the applied WordPress theme I am using. For example, where the “Site Navigation Links” located at the bottom and side widgets are concerned, I really do not have control over them. WordPress creates a default widget list of the page links, according to their categories and relationships to one another as main pages or sub-pages. I’ve tried and experimented with other available WordPress themes; however, the current theme’s design and functionality seem to best serve the site’s purpose and content structure.

      The navigational main menu bar items (at the top of the page beneath the banner) are largely organized following a vision of the site which unfolded over time. Aside from lending support to the posted blogs, I felt the most essential subjects in learning contemporary mysticism are (1) the oneness teachings, (2) the spiritual practice entailed for the spiritual journey, and (3) a pretty straightforward, matter-of-factly presentation of the triune consciousness, mind and individual experiential awareness. That is why the menu page/sub-page items to the immediate right of the home portal discuss those subjects accordingly, you may have noticed. Everything else after and further to the right in the main menu bar follows as a matter of consequence or amplification in order of diminishing significance: source teachings, teachers, learning tools, supportive science, entertainment, etc.

      Wary of how complex it can be online to discuss an esoteric topic such as mysticism, I installed a “Site Map” page to assist visitors with the site’s layout. I’m sure you understand mysticism is no easy subject matter to tackle.

      Let me hear back from you, Gerry. In addition to learning from your ideas, it is always, ALWAYS, a delight to meet and know fellow travelers along the path least traveled in life.

      Again, thank you.

      Peace, love, and joy to you in the oneness we are.

      Marc 🙂

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