Thought of the Day

A true spiritual Master recognizes the Divine in his disciples and in everyone who comes to him, and it is the Divine in them that he addresses. Beyond their appearance and their sometimes wretched condition, he sees souls and spirits wanting only to grow in beauty and in light, and it is these souls and these spirits that he loves. It is pointless preaching love for one’s neighbours if it is not explained to people what they must love in them and how to love them. When you see how so many people behave in daily life, you cannot love them, and it’s even pointless trying. Someone may be selfish, bad and hateful, and then you are told that they are your neighbour, that you have to love them… It’s impossible! In fact, it is so impossible that not only will you fail but, in making the... 

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Thought of the Day

Prayer is not limited to saying words. Why is it that very often when people pray they spontaneously join their hands together? When they use this gesture, they instinctively find the deep meaning of prayer: one hand represents the mind and the other the heart. For a prayer to be powerful, it has to come from the mind and from the heart, from thought and feeling, that is, from the two principles – the masculine and the feminine. That doesn’t mean that you have to bring your hands together physically when you pray. You can pray with or without joining your hands… and some people also pray with their hands open at face level, palms facing forward; like that, the arms and the head together form the Hebrew letter shin ש. You can pray in any posture; what counts is not the physical attitude... 

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Thought of the Day

The fact that the physical world exists for us, that we are able to see the sky, the sun and the earth, is thanks to this invisible principle within us that allows us to be aware of them through the physical organs, our eyes. If this invisible principle did not exist in us, our eyes would be of no use to us, as we would see nothing. The visible world is merely the shell, the husk, of the invisible world, without which we would know nothing of all that exists around us. We do not see life, but we see the manifestations of life; we do not see thoughts and feelings, but we see them variously expressed through the actions and creations that spring from them. In the same way, the world we know represents only the condensed, secreted forms and clothing of the invisible Being that created the... 

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Quote of the Day

The cells of the human body are constantly being renewed; each day old worn out cells are replaced by new ones. This process of renewal is spread over seven years. So, after seven years the body’s cells have been replaced, but that does not mean that the person has become a new being. The cells possess in effect a kind of memory, which they transmit in the form of etheric imprints to the replacement cells. Thoughts, feelings and energies circulate on these imprints as if along well marked out grooves and circuits, and they inherit this memory. This is why most humans continue to think in the same way and repeat the same mistakes: the new cells are subject to the influence of the old memory. Anyone who truly wants to change must change the memory in their cells; in other words, as the... 

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Thought of the Day

The only thing that enables us to relate to the Creator, our heavenly Father, is our understanding of what true life is. Until then, we can only have approximate, superficial, and mistaken concepts of him. Instead of looking for God in themselves, in the life he has given them, people make do with what has been said about him. Then they discuss the pros and cons, they ask themselves questions, they wonder whether he exists or not, and they remain forever uncertain and build nothing. The only ones who will never again ask questions about the existence of God are those who allow life to spring up within them. Life, divine life, exists outside us, but it also exists within us; we are steeped in it. Even if they are rare, we do meet beings on earth who have understood the value and the beauty... 

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Quote of the Day

Sages and spiritual Masters are not all-powerful, and they know this, which is why they deal only with those they feel are able and, above all, willing to progress. It is pointless getting indignant and saying that a spiritual Master should have enough love to deal with everyone’s evolution. However great his love, unfortunately he can do nothing for those who feel fine as they are and refuse to improve their understanding and behaviour. If they are satisfied with their condition, no one will be able to persuade them to change. Ask teachers, even the most patient and devoted ones, whether they can teach anything to children who remain obstinately closed to whatever they are teaching. Only when life shakes these children up will they understand everything they have lost by not wanting... 

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Thought of the Day

Whether physically or psychically, vigilance and attention are indispensable. Do you fail to pay attention? If so, you are going to make a clumsy movement, bump against an obstacle or fall over. Neither your knowledge, your fortune, nor your virtues will save you. Lots of remarkable people have been the victims of accidents brought about by their lack of attention! Criminals, because they are aware that they might be taken by surprise at any moment, are extremely vigilant, which is how they often avoid prosecution. So, why leave vigilance to criminals? Do you imagine that your innocence and goodwill will automatically attract divine protection? No, if you are negligent, nothing and nobody will keep you safe. You might say, ‘But if I trust in God, if I love him, he will protect me.’... 

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Thought of the Day

A religion is only a form the divine spirit takes to manifest itself. But no form can remain unchanged. Christianity, which was born in the Middle East, took on certain elements in the beginning from Greek and Roman cultures. These elements were added to those inherited from the Jewish religion, which had itself been influenced by the religions of neighbouring countries: Egypt, Mesopotamia and so on. A religion is never born from nothing; it receives certain elements from previous religions and itself transforms as it spreads further from its place of origin. Although people always preserve and study the same sacred texts, the way they understand and experience these texts becomes more and more remote from what they are reading. Evolution is the law of life, which is why it is not reasonable... 

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In ancient times, it was the tradition for some priests and priestesses to have only one function, which was to maintain a fire in the temples that must never go out. Fire, flame and light in sanctuaries evoke the presence of the Divine in the universe, but also in human beings. In humans this fire is love, which like the sun must burn ceaselessly in their heart, and it is fed by sacrifice. What is sacrifice? A transmutation. Only those who know how to make sacrifices possess the secret of transmuting matter, which is the very condition of life. This transmutation of matter can only be made by fire, especially the spiritual fire of love. Life is only possible because of sacrifice, because of love. Everywhere, from stones to the stars, love sustains the structure of the universe; if love... 

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Word of the Day

Each day, the coexistence of our two natures, the higher and the lower, pose such problems for us! This is why, when our higher nature encourages us to behave honestly, to make an effort, we must also make sure that our lower nature is not informed of it, so that it doesn’t come and throw up obstacles. This is a principle used in military strategy: the generals who finalize the battle plans do not disclose them to everyone, because if the enemy knew of them they would prepare a counterattack. In the same way, when the higher nature makes its plans, it has to protect them from the lower nature’s manoeuvring. The lower nature mustn’t be aware of what the higher nature is doing, but the higher nature, on the contrary, must keep watch over the lower nature to avoid its traps, since the... 

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Thought of the Day

If you open a seed and look at it under the microscope, you won’t find the image there of the tree it will produce once you have planted it. How does it end up producing this huge creature with its roots, trunk, branches, leaves, flowers and fruits? In the same way, no observation under the microscope of the ‘seed’ a man gives to a woman can show what the child will be like. But once this seed has been sown in the mother’s womb and nourished by her blood, it develops, and one day the child comes into the world possessing all its own physical and psychic traits. We see this natural phenomenon endlessly being repeated before our eyes, revealing the mystery of human beings, the mystery of their psychic and spiritual life. For, they too possess an inner diagram, an original imprint, according... 

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Word of the Day

Knowledge, as a faculty, is not located in the brain alone, as is generally believed – we learn, we understand, we draw conclusions and we know. No, the brain’s faculty of understanding and knowing is a synthesis of the properties of all our organs’ cells – the cells of our heart, lungs, stomach, liver, sex organs, arms, legs and so on. Each cell in our body possesses a tiny intelligence that allows it to execute a specific task in the organ it belongs to, and the brain synthesizes all these intelligences. If the cells have reduced capacity, the brain remains obtuse. Everything is linked; we shouldn’t separate the brain from the rest of the body. This is why, day after day, we must remember to bring purity, life and light to the cells of every one of our organs, so that they work... 

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Quote of the Day

There is always something suspect about the attitude of supposedly virtuous people who judge that ‘sinners’ must be rejected by God without being able to find his grace again. Over the centuries, these narrow-minded, fanatical people have used religion to condemn and persecute those who, according to them, have not behaved irreproachably. Some have even gone as far as inventing hell, into which the damned (damned, according to them!) are hurled, to suffer eternal punishment and be forever deprived of the presence of God and of his love. But that is not the truth. God has placed a spark in all human beings – their spirit. This spark is a part of himself, and its presence in them means that they are a part of his nature. If they are to blame for anything, of course they deserve to be... 

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Thought of the Day

Sometimes you meet people who imagine that giving themselves up to vague mystical impulses will attract the Holy Spirit. No, if you are to receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit one day, you must absolutely not give yourself up or, rather, you may do so but only after you have carried out a huge inner work of purification and self-mastery. Whenever we want to tackle anything, we always have to begin by preparing the right conditions, and the first of these is to do some cleaning. When you need to pour liquid into a container, you check that the container is clean, and if it is dirty you wash it. So, how can anyone whose inner state resembles a dirty container believe that the Holy Spirit will come and live in them? What will come are dark, impure entities, because they will be attracted by... 

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Thought of the Day

Many people, when they are overwhelmed by difficulties and hardships, suddenly realize the mistakes they have made, due to neglect, ignorance or weakness, and they say to themselves, ‘If only I had known...’ They could have known, because at a certain point they were given all the right conditions for learning and working. But spiritual life requires efforts they were not prepared to make, and they neglected these good conditions. Other activities and preoccupations seemed more important at the time, and they were taken by surprise. But whatever mistakes you have made, do not waste time feeling bad about it, and above all do not become discouraged. The worst thing is not making mistakes; it’s telling yourself that your spiritual ideal is unachievable and discouraging, and then giving... 

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