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The power of imagination

The power of imagination

Edited by Marco Ferrini

From the Book: Thought, Action, Destiny

Our mind can only keep one position at a time, and since there is nothing to be gained in being negative and whining, we should be proactive. Complaining drains energies and takes us away from the solution of the problem, contributing to reinforce a negative vision of ourselves and the world, something that certainly cannot help us.

The Science of Mind

The science of mind

Edited by Marco Ferrini

From the Book: Thought, Action, Destiny

The word "psychology" seems to be a modern definition, but its components, psyché and logos, are Greek words. For the ancient Greeks psyché was the soul and logos was the power of reasoning, so as you can understand there is not so much difference between psychology and philosophy; in fact such a distinction has been made in Western culture only a couple of centuries ago.

The purpose of life

The purpose of life

Edited by Marco Ferrini

From the Book: Thought, Action, Destiny

The physical world, likewise the mental one, is loaded with energy. Any object has a flux of psychic forces that are named pratyaya. As explained in the Upanishads, micro cosmos and macro cosmos are indissolubly connected. The psychophysical elements, thought and atoms that constitute the micro cosmos, human bodies included, are the same ones that constitute the macro cosmos, the individual toxic thought increases the toxicity of the general mind.

SHANTA (serene, peaceful)

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Edited by Marco Ferrini

From the book: The 26 Qualities of the Spiritual Researcher

Other meanings:

satisfied

having control over the mind impulses

This is a special, universally valid virtue. Shanti means "serenity, peace, quietness" and one who possesses such characteristics is called shanta. The effects of this virtue are very relevant on physiological, psychic and spiritual levels.

Working for the benefit of everyone

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Edited by Marco Ferrini

From the book: The 26 Qualities of the Spiritual Researcher Other meanings: doing good to all living entities, putting the good of others before one's own, well-wisher to everyone.

A genuine spiritual researcher works for the good of everyone because he is aware of his own spiritual nature that he shares with all the beings, of the eternal relationship that the jiva, the spiritual being, has with God, and of the ultimate purpose of human life that consists in Yoga, or the reconnection of the individual soul with the cosmic Soul.

Counseling based on a Bhaktivedanta approach - Interview given by Akrura Prabhu to Shriman Matsyavatara Prabhu (Part III)

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Edited by Marco Ferrini

Akrura Prabhu: If you like, we can now speak of helping relationships for those people who have not made a certain spiritual choice yet.

Matsyavatara Prabhu: Yes, these are people who are looking for a solution of their existential problems. There are many who suffer in their family environment because of difficult relationships with their spouse, their parents or their children. The family system is actually in a critical situation and problems in this sphere are the most frequent.

On Evaluation and Judgment

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Edited by Marco Ferrini

In life, to pursue our evolution, we must analyze what happens, understand it and make our own opinion.

By analyzing the facts, we can even understand eventual mistakes made by us or by others, learn some lessons, without letting it determine our distrust in ourselves or our diminished gratitude toward others.

Within ourselves and in others, there are not only light or shadow, that’s why our intelligence must be utilized to distinguish these two aspects to understand how we can correct and improve ourselves.

Dante’s journey and Bhagavad-Gita

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Edited by Manola Farabollini

Friday, 29 January at Santa Maria della Scala in Siena, artistic pole of the city and privileged reference for the European culture, Marco Ferrini hosted an event on the subject: “Dante’s journey and Bhagavad-Gita. Psychological experience of Inferno, Purgatory and Paradise for the Contemporary Man.” The dialogue between earth and sky, Ferrini explained, is one of the central themes in both Bhagavad-Gita and the Commedia. “These two great works dialogue with each other in an extraordinary way.

They both describe the cowardice and the longing of the individual in relation to the highest ideality. The spiritual message that is transmitted overpasses the limits of the paradigm of space and time.

Counseling based on a Bhaktivedanta approach (Part II)

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Edited by Marco Ferrini

Akrura Prabhu: Therefore all this requires the development of eminently personal relationships?

Matsyavatara Prabhu: Certainly. Every person must be considered as a single world. A charming, universal conscientious unique being, different from others, with whom we can establish a unique and special relationship. No one must be stuck in a scheme or labeled as a certain psychological type. By viewing an individual in a schematic vision we can significantly diminish the help that we can give him.

Segments of Life: Looking at Death Under Another Prospective

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Edited by Marco Ferrini

Nowadays the great innovations of medical and scientific science can maintain patients alive, even those that in the past were given no hope to survive.

These innovations can prolong the patient’s existence artificially even knowing that they will never regain acceptable health and life conditions. This situation is commonly called over-medication. The definition of cerebral death, since the end of the sixties has allowed for the development of transplant surgery.