May I Wash Your Feet

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They are symbols of the greater principle, representing and are never presumed to be the concept or entity itself. If the mother's influences on the embryo are unhealthy, the child is born as congenitally ill; if they are healthy then the child is born enjoying perfect health. Samadhi is fixity of the mind upon the object with such intensity of concentration as to become the object itself. The concept of a personal god also ushered in many changes.

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Monks & Monasteries of the Egyptian Desert

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Gates, Susa Young. “Genealogical Societies and the Work for the Dead.” Utah Genealogical and Historical Magazine 10 (July 1919): 97-104. It has no independent knowledge or activity. Canadian historians generally agree that their national identity truly began in WWI, and at some point after Canada gained full independence from the UK. There is a possible solution to this dilemma. A heretofore neglected occasion for communal life could be brought to life; i.e., the Mashriqu'l-Adhkár, in effect, dawn prayers.

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The Zondervan Pastor's Annual 1996: An Idea and Resource

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Turn your ear to me; when I call, answer me quickly. - Psalm 102:2 The late Sam Rayburn, legendary Texas congressman and former speaker of the House of Representatives, once offered this advice to other members of Congress: “On any piece of legislation, if you’re convinced in your heart that something is right, do it, go after it, fight for it, even if you find yourself in a minority of one.” Ezra wasn’t a politician, but he knew that he was doing the right thing in seeking God’s forgiveness and confronting the people who had entered into unholy marriages with non-Israelites.

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Transforming Our Days

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Imagine that you adore the Lord with the ornaments of your love and other good qualities. The host goes through days of preparation for a ceremony, sometimes with help, but a lot of times alone, creating a large alter with items that the spirit favored or was known to like while living. The individual soul of Ramanuja is really individual. Scripture: Most people have a Buddhist text on or near the altar to both refer to and to remind Buddhists of the Middle Way.

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Embracing Grace: A Gospel for All of Us

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Many occult groups have specific rituals and degrees of initiation that culminate in achieving a superhuman or godlike level of being. One sees more women at temple functions, festivals, and in weekly prayer groups than men. The Smritis have given detailed instructions, according to the conditions of the time, to all classes of men regarding their duties in life. Sikhism emphasizes a moral and ethical life. Conan finally disarms him and runs him through, forcing Shan to retreat to the realm of the gods, now deprived of the worship needed to sustain him.

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Art in Service of the Sacred [With CD ROM]

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Ritualistic crimes are best viewed as a form of "ritual anachronisms": sacred violence that is out of place or time, emerging out of a innate primal sense of the sacred. They provided food, long life, sons, cattle, and power; they did not seek to confer release from the world (mokṣa ) but to sustain it in its optimal form. The history of the renaissance of liturgical worship reserves a special place for Dom Prosper Guéranger (+ 1875), who restored the monastic life in France and founded the abbey of Solesmes.

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Prayer Life

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They died when they slid off the side of the dinghy into a sea full of sharks to “get cigarettes.” In order to drown out the sounds of the sharks, Kiley repeated aloud, over and over, the words of the Lord's Prayer. This article is an excerpt from pages 132-133 of The Upper Room Dictionary of Christian Spiritual Formation, edited by Keith Beasley-Topliffe. Resources already in process in 1973, such as the 1974 hymnal of the United Church of Christ and part of the ecumenical Christian education curriculum, did not thoroughly incorporate the sensitivities anticipated by the 9th General Synod.

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Naming Grace: Preaching and the Sacramental Imagination

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Even in worshipping a small idol, he has to repeat the Purusha-Sukta and to think of the Virat Purusha with countless heads, countless eyes, countless hands, etc., who extends beyond the universe, the Lord or the Atman who dwells in the hearts of all beings. Mazar, Amihai. “The ‘Bull Site’ – An Iron Age I Open Cult Place.” Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 247 (1982): 27-42. →Mazar, Amihai. “On Cult Places and Early Israelites: A Response to Michael Coogan.” Biblical Archaeology Review 14 (September/October 1983): 34-40.

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The Character of Jesus: Forbidding His Possible

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These particles are placed near the Agnos or “Lamb”, the portion of the holy bread that is to become the Body of Christ. A commodity of personal luxury a. Svadharma comprises the beliefs that each person is born to perform a specific job, marry a specific person, eat certain food, and beget children to do likewise and that it is better to fulfill one's own dharma than that of anyone else (even if one's own is low or reprehensible, such as that of the Harijan caste, the Untouchables, whose mere presence was once considered polluting to other castes).

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Common Worship: Daily Prayer, Preliminary Edition

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Upasana is approaching the chosen ideal or object of worship by meditating on it in accordance with the teachings of the Sastras and the Guru and dwelling steadily in the current of that one thought, like a thread of oil poured from one vessel to another (Tailadharavat). It could be a house, a community building, or an open area of ground that was marked off as sacred. She is less known in China and Japan, but in those areas the closely-related Quan Yin (Japanese Kannon) takes Her place.

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