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  1. Tao_Equus

    Tao_Equus Interfaith Forums

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    cool thread :)

    Here is mine and I obeyed the rules! green smiley for who guesses where it came, 5 big smiley's for precisely where :)

    Interpretation: by clinging to his integrity all actions will be favourable.

    Six in the second place: He reaps without having ploughed, he gathers the third years crops without having cultivated during the first year. Such is his virtue that there will be advantage in everything he attempts.
     
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    'On the other hand we already find in the Sefer ha-Bahir a definition of the Sefirah Gevurah, as "the left hand of the Holy one blessed be He" and as "a quality whose name is evil" and which has many offshoots in the forces of judgement, the constricting and limiting powers in the universe. As early as Isaac the Blind this lead to the conclusion that there must of necessity be a positive root of evil and death, which was balanced within the unity of the Godhead by the root of goodness and life. During the process of differentiation of these forces below the Sefirot, however, evil became substantified as a seperate manifestation.'

    Honest this was beside my desk...(I have just finished a murder thriller)
     
  3. juantoo3

    juantoo3 ....whys guy.... ʎʇıɹoɥʇnɐ uoıʇsǝnb

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    pg. 123, 5-8 sentences:

    "Humankind was created in G-d's image and was given the gift of free will. This gift is symbolized in the story of the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve, the first human beings, were given the freedom, the free will, to disobey G-d's command not to eat from the tree of knowledge, and they used this freedom to perpetuate forevermore the freedom of human beings to think and to choose." (emphasis in the original)

    -Invitation to Philosophy, ninth edition, Honer/Hunt/Okholm, chapter 6-Freedom and Determinism
     
  4. Snoopy

    Snoopy Well-Known Member

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    what the hell was I reading???????!!!!!!!

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    :confused::eek::p
     
  5. Tao_Equus

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    Well it was not playboy!!
     
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    Maybe it was what I hide Playboy in!

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  7. Dondi

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    Let me guess. Does this have anything to do with establishing the Jewishness of a person from their mother's side?

    From a book I hadn't picked up for some time. Uncannily, it basically summarizes the book:

    'Now the work swann and Putoff had put in, coupled with all the research contributed over the years by the other SRI folks, paid off. Relying on the many lessons that had been learned over a decade of remote viewing research, a system was put together involving various stages that started a trainee-viewer from the basic, simplest elements of remote viewing, and continued through advanced performance levels. Called "coordinate remote viewing", or simply "CRV", the system was literally put together on the fly, some training modules being completed only shortly before the first students arrived for that level of training."

    [Reading the Enemy's Mind: Inside Star Gate, America's Psychic Espionage Program By Paul H Smith]

    Interesting reading.
     
  8. dauer

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    Dondi,

    No. It has to do with old theories people had on how babies are formed. The mom gives the blood and other red fluids, as indicated by her period when she isn't pregnant, and the dad's sperm, which is white, forms the skeletal structure, the brain, the brain fluid, the muscles, tissue, tendons. It's not a Jewish theory, just applying the science of the day to fit with religious analogy. Jewish identity from the mother is because it's more verifiable. Let me see if I can remember which book that was...

    Found it. It was from Wrapped in a Holy Flame by Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. I checked Mei Hashiloach and Tanya first, but I had a feeling it was from here because of the style of the commentary. He was talking about how there are three partners in making a baby. There's the father, the mother, and G!d. It looks like this is part of an explanation of how G!d breathes life into us from deep within Himself.

    He gets to the point of his analogy. He says, "the Divine Soul in each person is also of the very same substance, as it were, as what Reb Shneur Zalman calls the Divine brain... The feminine will be the focus when he talks about the Divine Presence, the Shechinah... the point Reb Shneur Zalman wants to make right now is that each soul is 'a chip off the old block.'..."

    Dauer
     
  9. Dondi

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    Fascinating, dauer. especially about the G!d-breathe part. I have a question about this, if I may. But I think it will better serve if I ask it in the Judaism forum. See ya there!
     
  10. Muslimwoman

    Muslimwoman Coexistence insha'Allah

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    Six galleys. I thought we were finished for sure.' He glanced across at the kings by the fire


    From David Gemmell's "Troy - Shield of Thunder".


    No matter what I am reading I always have Pratchett on the go at the same time for when I need a lighter moment. So here goes, page 123 line 6 on

    'I don't understand! Is this man mad?'
    Salzella put an arm around his shoulders and led him away from the crowd. 'Well now, ' he said, as kindly as he could. 'A man who wears evening dress all the time, lurks in the shadows and occasionally kills people. Then he sends little notes, writing maniacal laughter. Five exclamation marks again, I notice. We have to ask ourselves: is this the career of a sane man?'
     
  11. Tao_Equus

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    Love Pratchett but not read any new releases for 2 or 3 years, need to get out to the bookshop.

    Tao
     
  12. Muslimwoman

    Muslimwoman Coexistence insha'Allah

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    To be honest the last 3-4 haven't been up to standard, so I reread the old ones. I can read them over and over and never get bored, same with Lord of the Rings
     
  13. Phyllis Sidhe_Uaine

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    "My lord, we've found it--the place where he was laid up till dark. Or at least, where he or some other bled long enough to leave his traces clear enough. While we were beating the bushes Madog thought to search through the grass under the arch of the bridge." - The Heretic's Apprentice The Sixteenth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael, of the Benedictine Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, at Shrewsbury Ellis Peters

    Phyllis Sidhe_Uaine
     
  14. Muslimwoman

    Muslimwoman Coexistence insha'Allah

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    I just love the Cadfael books. Oh no, shall have to go and read one now. I think the first omnibus was the best (Morbid Taste for Bones and One Corpse Too Many and ...... damn can't remember the 3rd).
     
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    Said he to them: "Nevertheless, it cannot be that a session of the academy should be devoid of some new teaching. Whose Sabbath was it?" "It was the Sabbath of R. Eleazar b. Azariah."
     
  16. Muslimwoman

    Muslimwoman Coexistence insha'Allah

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    Todays book

    I have already enumerated the many ways of going unconscious so as not to deal with what we're feeling or how we're behaving: overeating, drugs and alcohol, anger and so on. To become conscious, you must a) identify your favourite ways of going unconscious, b) be vigilant in noticing them, and c) be committed to gradually learning to the Witness instead of allowing yourself to operate on automatic.


    Thresholds of the Mind
    Bill Harris

    By the way, imho, the book is just a sales gimmick
     
  17. dauer

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    Strachey decided to use the latin words "ego" and "id" to make Freud sound more scientific. In the Strachey translation, a sentence might be: "Thus, looking into awareness, I see that the ego has certain id impulses that distress and upset it." Translated that way, it sounds like a bunch of theoretical speculation.

    From Ken Wilber's integral Spirituality: A Startling New Role for Religion in the Modern and Postmodern World
     
  18. Scarlet Pimpernel

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    Cadfael is so very cool.

    No particular smileys to anyone who guesses where this is from, cause if you can't guess, you must have been living under a rock for the last decade.:D

    Hagrid's big hairy face beamed over the sea of heads.

    'C'mon, follow me - any more firs'-years? Mind yer step, now!
     
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    Trembling, cold, in ghastly fears--

    Ah, she doth depart.

    Soon as she was gone from me
     
  20. Phyllis Sidhe_Uaine

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    Monk's Hood was the third book in the omnibus. :eek:

    Phyllis Sidhe_Uaine
     

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