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Sweet Mystery of Life

Ah! sweet mystery of life, at last I’ve found thee;
Ah! I know at last the secret of it all;
All the longing, striving, seeking, waiting, yearning,
The burning hopes, the joys and idle tears that fall!

For ’tis love, and love alone, the world is seeking;
And ’tis love, and love alone, that can repay;
Tis the answer, ’tis the end and all of living,
For it is love alone that rules for aye!

Text by Rida Johnson Young
Set to music by Victor Herbert

Paramahansa Yogananda teaches that the purpose of life is to know God. The lyrics above express this beautifully!

Why We Breathe—This film is a series of interviews with Yoga instructors who share their motivation for practicing and teaching Yoga. The benefits are clearly profound. The film is one hour in length.

What makes a good life? — A study that proves the importance of loving relationships to health and happiness.

—I love you, exactly as you are, unconditionally!

Gratitude—A sublime video on appreciating all of life!

Anita Moorjani’s Near Death Experience—Anita is a beautiful soul who has a very wonderful way of expressing herself and what happened during her near death experience. The tremendous unconditional love of God she experienced during and after her NDE continues to inspire her and many others in profound ways! She has also written a book called Dying to be Me.

Energy Reality—A detailed description of the different human energy bodies and universes (planes of existence) that have been experienced directly by the website’s author, Steven Lumiere. This is profound information that you will probably not find anywhere else.

Who Is Ajja?—An excellent article on and interview with a fully-enlightened man named Ajja who is able to convey the non-dual experience of Self-Realization in simple words. The most important key to achieving Self-Realization, according to Ajja, is stilling the mind.

Lisa Renee’s Story—A story of kundalini awakening.

The Signs of God’s Existence—This is a very convincing documentary that supports the existence of an intelligent Creator. The last few minutes about Islam are fascinating, as it is clear that the Koran is divinely inspired, although I don’t agree with all of the statemements made by proponents of Islam.

Kare Anderson: Be an opportunity maker—Writer Kare Anderson shares her own story of chronic shyness, and how she opened up her world by helping other people use their own talents and passions. Inspirational!

Jody Williams: A realistic vision for world peace—Nobel Peace laureate Jody Williams brings tough love to the dream of world peace, with her razor-sharp take on what “peace” really means, and a set of profound stories that zero in on the creative struggle and sacrifice of those who work for it.

Daniel Goleman on compassion—Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence, asks why we aren’t more compassionate more of the time.

Joan Halifax: Compassion and the true meaning of empathy—Insights into the nature of compassion.

Scilla Elworthy: Fighting with non-violence—How do you deal with a bully without becoming a thug? In this wise and soulful talk, peace activist Scilla Elworthy maps out the skills we need to fight extreme force without using force in return.

Rick Warren on a life of purpose—Pastor Rick Warren, author of The Purpose-Driven Life, reflects on his own crisis of purpose in the wake of his book’s wild success. He explains his belief that God’s intention is for each of us to use our talents and influence to do good.

Louie Schwartzberg: Nature. Beauty. Gratitude.—Nature’s beauty can be easily missed — but not through Louie Schwartzberg’s lens. His stunning time-lapse photography, accompanied by powerful words from Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast, serves as a meditation on being grateful for every day.

Drew Dudley: Everyday Leadership—We have all changed someone’s life, usually without even realizing it. In this funny talk, Drew Dudley calls on all of us to celebrate leadership as the everyday act of improving each other’s lives.

Thandie Newton: Embracing Otherness, Embracing Myself—A very inspiring talk on the need for us to return to oneness. As one saint said, “When this ‘I’ shall die, then I will know who am I”.

Ramona Pierson: An unexpected place of healing—When Ramona Pierson was 22, she was hit by a drunk driver and spent 18 months in a coma. She tells the remarkable story of her recovery — drawing on the collective skills and wisdom of a senior citizens’ home.

Caroline Casey: Looking past limits—Activist Caroline Casey tells the story of her extraordinary life, starting with a revelation. In a talk that challenges perceptions, Casey asks us all to move beyond the limits we may think we have.

Amy Purdy: Living Beyond Limits—When she was 19, Amy Purdy lost both her legs below the knee. And now ... she’s a pro snowboarder. In this powerful talk, she shows us how to draw inspiration from life’s obstacles.

Charity Tillemann-Dick: Singing after a double lung transplant—You’ll never sing again, said her doctor. But in a story from the very edge of medical possibility, operatic soprano Charity Tillemann-Dick tells a double story of survival — of her body, from a double lung transplant, and of her spirit, fueled by an unwavering will to sing.

Jill Bolte Taylor: My Stroke Of Insight—An experience of expanded consciousness as a result of a stroke.

Kathryn Schulz: On Being Wrong—A positively reframed view of the experience of realizing that we are wrong. I believe that we can develop our intuition to the point where we actually know the truth absolutely about anything we focus our minds on (but I could be wrong about that). I wish more people would admit that they might be wrong, instead of assuming that they are right, as there would be much more harmony in the world. “Would you rather be right or happy?”

Open-sourced blueprints for civilization—Free blueprints of affordable, modular, durable machines made from local materials! This one initiative is going to significantly change the world for the better!

Yama and Niyama (short)—An excellent summary of dos and don’ts for the spiritual path.

Yama and Niyama (long)—A detailed commentary.

Levels of Consciousness—Steve Pavlina presents a summary of the levels of consciousness as determined David R. Hawkins.

Sacred Marriage—The non-physical aspect of our sexuality can lead us to great heights of spiritual attainment. I think this concept is very important in a world that places far too much emphasis on physical sexuality and not enough emphasis on love.

How to Be Alone—We need friends, for sure, and marriage is good for some, but being alone is underrated, I think! I’m slowly learning how to be alone without being lonely. Spiritual practice helps!

Simple Truths of Service—A beautiful story of how a simple, loving act of service can change the lives of others.

The Art of Avoiding Illness—A PowerPoint slide presentation on some basic attitudes that help prevent illness.

Grace CD—One of the most beautiful recordings devoted to our God of Love! The artist, Karen Moussou, is graciously offering the MP3 version for FREE!

Magnificent—A wonderful short video about our Creator!

May you be Blessed—A very beautiful video that is universally inspiring.

Going Home—A very beautiful song about Self-Realization based upon a melody from Dvorak’s New World Symphony.

The following is a poem written by Oriah Mountain Dreamer, simply titled “The Invitation.”

The Invitation

It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the centre of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life’s betrayals or have become shrivelled and closed from fear of further pain.

I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it, or fade it, or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own; if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, be realistic, remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me is true. I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself. If you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul. If you can be faithless and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see Beauty even when it is not pretty every day. And if you can source your own life from its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand at the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, ‘Yes.’

It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or how much money you have. I want to know if you can get up after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone and do what needs to be done to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me who you know or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the centre of the fire with me and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else falls away.

I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.

-Oriah Mountain Dreamer