RABINDRANATH TAGORE (1961,Documentary) – by Satyajit Ray


Rabindranath Tagore
Script. commentary & Direction: Satyajit Ray
1961, India. Documentary, 54 min, B/W
Producer: Films Division, Govt. of India

Cinematography: Soumendu Roy
Editing: Dulal Dutta
Art Direction: Bansi Chandragupta
Music: Jyotirindra Moitra

Cast
Raya Chatterjee, Sovanlal Ganguli, Smaran Ghosal, Purnendu Mukherjee, Kallol Bose, Subir Bose, Phani Nan, Norman Ellis

Summary
The documentary details the life and work of the celebrated Bengali writer Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941). He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913 “because of his profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse, by which, with consummate skill, he has made his poetic thought, expressed in his own English words, a part of the literature of the West.” Rabindranath Tagore was the youngest son of Debendranath Tagore, born in Calcutta. He was educated at home. At seventeen he was sent to England for formal schooling, which he did not complete. Tagore was knighted by the ruling British Government in 1915, but within a few years he resigned the honor as a protest against British policies in India.

The documentary was made to celebrate Tagore’s birth centenary in May 1961. Ray was conscious that he was making an official portrait of India’s celebrated poet and hence the film does not include any controversial aspects of Tagore’s life. However, it is far from being a propaganda film.

The film comprises dramatized episodes from the poet’s life and archived images and documents.

Be Who You Are ~ Jean Klein

Be Who You Are is one of the earliest published books of dialogues with Jean Klein. Written in the lucid and eloquent style which characterises his work, each chapter is composed of an introductory discourse followed by questions and answers.

“The ‘eternal present’, our theme in these meetings, lies within the depth of ourselves. It is the eternal awareness of the Self. Seen from the Ultimate, the world projected by the mind appears and disappears, in other words, it “becomes”. When we talk of time and space, it must be thoroughly understood that their reality is relative, it is a reality in the world of becoming. But beyond space-time is that stillness which knows no becoming.”

Jean Klein (October 19, 1912 – February 22, 1998) was a French author, spiritual teacher and philosopher of Advaita Vedanta (Nondualism). According to Jean Klein, it is only in a “spontaneous state of interior silence that we can open ourselves to our true nature: the ‘I Am’ of pure consciousness.”
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Jean Klein – The Flame of Being

Michael Toms’ interview of Jean Klein is a profound and meditative exchange that reveals the real nature of being: silence, space and listening.

Michael Toms’ thoughtful questions encourage Dr. Klein to go deeper into the fundamental issues that confront anyone searching for the truth: the real meaning of freedom, the thinking process, silence versus the quiet mind, welcoming the essence of our being, the relationship between teacher and student, death and how to assist someone who is dying.

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Faith Beyond Belief: Stories of Good People Who Left Their Church Behind ~ Margaret Placentra Johnston.

Are you tired of the warring factions between religious believers and non-believers? Did the New Atheist writers seem to make good sense, yet leave the impression that something was missing? Are you willing to consider a new, overarching explanation for the atheist/believer controversy itself?

In Faith Beyond Belief: Stories of Good People Who Left Their Church Behind, real life stories from a former Mormon, a clandestine Muslim apostate and two others demonstrate how complete confidence in human reason can lead a person out of literal religious belief—but not out of the life principles and values that govern a good life. Exemplified to the extreme in the New Atheist writings, this “Rational” mindset is a necessary step on the road to spiritual maturity.

But determined Rational level seekers may eventually begin to suspect that human reason may not be the ultimate determinant of reality. They may become aware of complexities that muddy the waters and beckon expansion beyond the black and white thinking—the “binary logic”—that led them out of their religious beliefs in the first place. The second set of six real life stories in Faith Beyond Belief demonstrate what can happen next if the person remains open to further growth.

At the “Mystic” level literal religious belief is replaced by a more amorphous—and far more mature—form of spiritual faith. Here, truth and reality are recognized as multi-dimensional, doubt and paradox are tolerated, and spiritual concepts are interpreted metaphorically. The differences among the religions are seen as mere details. The person who has transformed to this level essentially takes on the traits of an evolved consciousness— humility, forgiveness, gratitude, acceptance and a unitive or universal worldview. The six Mystic level stories provide a glimpse of how these traits and the worldview of spiritual maturity might play out in everyday faith.

The ten Faith Beyond Belief stories and the surrounding discussion pave a painless path for the reader toward an understanding of how pre-critical (read “literal, fundamentalist, or the religious right”) religious belief differs from the post-critical (read “metaphorical and unitive”) stance of spiritual maturity. The faith process described is based upon basic commonalities in the writings of twelve spiritual development experts from academia, the spiritual literature and even New Age spirituality.

Faith Beyond Belief: Stories of Good People Who Left Their Church Behind challenges both traditional believers and non-believers alike to a more sophisticated understanding. It offers a broader explanation for readers whose rational minds demand a strictly scientific basis for our existence, but whose hearts still tug at the validity of a greater spiritual reality. This book aims to promote understanding and tolerance by illuminating a faith process that places us all at varying points along a common path toward unity and love.
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Margaret Placentra Johnston

Margaret Placentra Johnston has spent most of her life helping people see better. A practicing Optometrist, she examined eyes, one pair at a time, in Springfield, VA for twenty-five years before detecting the need to offer clearer vision of a different kind, on a larger scale. The author of Faith Beyond Belief: Stories of Good People Who Left Their Church Behind, Margaret has shared how a bird’s eye view of the religious belief versus non-belief debate from a spiritual development perspective can lead to a kinder, more gentle world. She is confident that the spiritual stages, if everyone understood them, could bring an end to religious intolerance.

But spiritual development suffers from the fact that its researchers and theorists focus on details that complicate and separate their findings, rather than the simplicities and commonalities that unite them. Their readers are left unable to see the forest for the trees. Margaret has illustrated the stages using real life stories and described them in simple terms, minus the arbitrary distinctions found at the academic level. Her book brings the spiritual development stages to life for the general reader, while maintaining the integrity of the academic concepts.

Dr. Johnston holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Master of Arts (MA) in Education from the Catholic University of America; a Bachelor of Science (BS) and a Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (now called Salus University.) Her writings have appeared in the Optometry journals, and in the personal growth journal, Recovering the Self. She serves as an expert on AllExperts.com in the categories of spiritual growth, atheism, skepticism and ophthalmology/​optometry. Margaret gives talks about spiritual development issues to interested groups. She has two grown sons and lives with her husband in McLean, VA.
Faith Beyond Belief: Stories of Good People Who Left Their Church Behind BOOK

Hear clips from some of the true stories featured in Faith Beyond Belief: Stories of Good People Who Left Their Church Behind by Margaret Placentra Johnston (Quest Books).

Lightprayer for Prosperity ~ hhteam

Lightprayer
Lightprayers are a variation of the common practice of prayers, but with the advantage of learning how to vibrate the power of the spoken words, active actions and activating the internal Light of the individual to reach further distances and various latitudes of frequencies.

The basic concept involving Lightpraying is the dislocation and movement of energies through one’s many bodies, first inside of one’s physical body and subsequently pulsating this influx of Light energy through the extra-physical bodies and projecting it where the intention is aimed.

There is no doubt that the act of prayer, like the volition to meditate, creates a deeper sense and connection with our Higher Selves, and at the same time, balances our energy levels to integrate into a bigger picture that transcends the duality of our material mind.

One can bypass the snares of the egoic mind through some expedients that activate one’s inner planes which can facilitate the extension and efficiency of one’s prayers.

Lightprayer for Prosperity

Center yourself, focus your intention and send out the following intention.

For the opening of my paths to prosperity, both internal and external, that may be preventing me from achieving the prosperity I need, in all its myriad forms, so that I may accomplish my personal, my family, my community and my global commitments.

I ask simply for the tools and resources to be effective hands in the garden, and for the discernment to understand exactly what those tasks you have assigned to me are.

Help me to set aside my own ego in this matter, so that I may be as clear a vessel as possible, for your Divine Grace to shine through.

I hereby Declare, Decree and Dream Awake, that I will be an open conduit, for the Prosperity and Abundance that is being, has been and will be poured down on me, so that it may flow through me to touch the lives of those I come into contact with, that are in need of Compassion, and your Divine Blessings.

And So It Is!

Lightprayer for Prosperity ~ hhteam

Lightprayer
Lightprayers are a variation of the common practice of prayers, but with the advantage of learning how to vibrate the power of the spoken words, active actions and activating the internal Light of the individual to reach further distances and various latitudes of frequencies.

The basic concept involving Lightpraying is the dislocation and movement of energies through one’s many bodies, first inside of one’s physical body and subsequently pulsating this influx of Light energy through the extra-physical bodies and projecting it where the intention is aimed.

There is no doubt that the act of prayer, like the volition to meditate, creates a deeper sense and connection with our Higher Selves, and at the same time, balances our energy levels to integrate into a bigger picture that transcends the duality of our material mind.

One can bypass the snares of the egoic mind through some expedients that activate one’s inner planes which can facilitate the extension and efficiency of one’s prayers.

Lightprayer for Prosperity

Center yourself, focus your intention and send out the following intention.

For the opening of my paths to prosperity, both internal and external, that may be preventing me from achieving the prosperity I need, in all its myriad forms, so that I may accomplish my personal, my family, my community and my global commitments.

I ask simply for the tools and resources to be effective hands in the garden, and for the discernment to understand exactly what those tasks you have assigned to me are.

Help me to set aside my own ego in this matter, so that I may be as clear a vessel as possible, for your Divine Grace to shine through.

I hereby Declare, Decree and Dream Awake, that I will be an open conduit, for the Prosperity and Abundance that is being, has been and will be poured down on me, so that it may flow through me to touch the lives of those I come into contact with, that are in need of Compassion, and your Divine Blessings.

And So It Is!

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