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SEVENTH MANSIONS 'MARRIAGE'!

Thursday, February 28. 2008
MARRIGE!



Comments about SEVENTH MANSIONS: Marriage! (4th water-rain) Here at last the soul reaches the Spiritual Marriage. Here dwells the King-“it may be called another Heaven”: the two lighted candles join and become one; the falling rain becomes merged in the river. There is complete transformation, ineffable and perfect peace; no higher state is conceivable, save that of the Beatific Vision in the life to come.

Teresa of Avila:


7th MANIONS – “Marriage”- (1) God’s second Heaven can be in our souls, in communion with Him…Scales are removed from the eyes of our souls…We see that 3 Persons are one Substance and one power and one knowledge and one God alone…They are felt within as Divine companionship. (2) Spiritual Marriage-united so that separation is no more (whereas ‘betrothal’ had frequent separation ) …Two wax candles are joined so that their light is one; yet they can be separated…From Divine breasts flow streams of milk , which solace all who dwell in the castle…This tiny spring is swallowed up in the might river… ‘Go in peace’ produces a state of pure spirituality, we are joined with Uncreated Spirit in celestial union….Though conflict, trial and weariness remain, they do not rob the soul of its peace and stability. (3) She must take care of His business and He will take care of hers….There is great desire to suffer for His sake…Persecution brings interior joy…No enmity is born to those who ill-treat….Death is no more feared than rapture (but there are no more raptures)…To be alone or service to souls are the only desires….The temple continues to be built, but no noise is heard …Nothing can frighten the soul, now enlarged and equipped…The soul delights in the tabernacle of God…there are no lack of crosses, but these do not unsettle or deprive of peace. (4) We are granted a life which is an imitation of the Beloved Son…… Not honors, but good works are the aim…Martha and Mary must work together when they bring the Lord lodging…We must not build towers without foundations…..The Lord does not look so much at the magnitude of what we do, as at the love with which we do it.

SEXTH MANSIONS ' INTIMACY'!

Wednesday, February 27. 2008




Comments about SEXTH MANSIONS: Intimacy! (increasing favours & afflictions –God speaks with no sound/rapture, ecstasy, singing God’s praises , grieving for sins/remembering suffering of Christ/ visions/walking in truth /joy /danger.)
In the Fifth Mansions the soul is, as it were , betrothed to its future Spouse; in the Sixth, Lover and Beloved see each other for long periods at a time, and as they grow in intimacy the soul receives increasing favours, together with increasing afflictions. The afflictions which give the description of these Mansions its characteristic colour are dealt with in some detail. They may be purely exterior-bodily sickness; misrepresentation, backbiting and persecution; undeserved praise; inexperienced, timid or over-scrupulous spiritual direction. Or they may come partly or wholly from within –and the depression which can afflict the soul in the Sixth Mansions, says St. Teresa, is comparable only with the tortures of hell. Yet it has no desire to be freed from them except by entering the innermost.

Teresa of Avila:

6th MANSIONS – “Intimacy” –(1) Greater favors bring greater trials… “How holy she’s getting …and making the rest of us look more sinful!” …Lord sends grievous infirmities…periods of aridity …Best medicine: occupy oneself with works of charity, and hope for God’s mercy. (2) God sometimes awakens us like a rushing comet or a thunderclap, though no sound is heard….sometimes like a spark from a coal-fire that touches the soul. (3) God speaks to the soul in locutions that seem to come both from outside and inside….unless they are consistent with Scripture, ignore them… Divine locutions have special power and authority, bring tranquility, remain in the memory, each word contains a world of meaning, and more can be understood than the words. (4) Like the phoenix, we may catch fire and spring into new life…Like for Moses and the bush, secrets may be revealed… All other doors of the castle may be shut, while we’re brought to where God dwells, we are transported to higher understanding and love, but this lasts for a short time only. (5) The spirit may seem to be transported with such speed that we are first filled with fear….The Water rises quickly and carries us on a swift current… The soul seems to have left the body and travels to another world and shown fresh light…We are shown things that take years to integrate with our previous thoughts…We may see saints and angels…The Sun of Justice enables us to rise far above ourselves….We know the greatness of God; self-knowledge and humility increase; there is a supreme contempt for earthly things-these are jewels the Spouse begins to give His bride. (6) Raptures may come, even in public….we become envious of those free to cry and proclaim abroad the great God of Hosts and sing His praises. (7) We must cultivate companionship with the suffering of Christ, Mary and the saints, contemplating their whole glorious lives –how they bore their trials- so that we may bear them more perfectly. (8) The soul becomes conscious that Christ is near, but cannot see Him though He walks at her side for an extended time….Such companionship brings indescribable tenderness, but does not make us ‘better than the rest’. (9) Imaginary Visions – however evil the painter may be, we cannot fail to reverence the painting, if it is of Him Who is our only good. (10) God reveals Himself to us as Sovereign Truth….We must walk humbly in truth, in the presence of God and man; and not be reputed better than we are. (11) Our hungers and thirsts for God grow greater , bringing greater distress, yearnings, interior burning; but we are ultimately strengthened and lose the fear of any possible trail.”

THE FIFTH MANSIONS 'BETROTHAL'!

Wednesday, February 27. 2008
THE STREAM!


Comments about FIFTH MANSIONS: Betrothal! (3rd water, stream- the silkworm –surrender metaphor)
This is the state described elsewhere as the Third Water, the Spiritual Betrothal, and the Prayer of Union—that is, incipient Union. It marks a new degree of infused contemplation and a very high one. By means of the most celebrated of all her metaphors, that of the silkworm, St. Teresa explains how far the soul can prepare itself to receive what is essentially a gift from God. She also describes the psychological conditions of this state, in which for the first time, the faculties of the soul are “asleep”. It is of short duration, but, while it lasts, the soul is completely possessed by God.



Teresa of Avila:


5th MANSIONS – “Betrothal” – (1) It is possible for us to enjoy Heaven on earth, God will grant us His help…The soul completely dies to the world so that it may live more fully in God… a death full of delight in order to come closer to God…Lizards cannot enter… Since this is union with God, the devil cannot enter …The joy here is greater than all the joys of earth…We learn that God is in all things by presence and power and essence…But we cannot enter by any efforts of our own, His Majesty must put us right in the centre of our soul. (2) Silkworms feed on mulberry-leaves until they are full-grown; then they start spinning silk cocoons in which they bury themselves; finally, the worm, which was ugly, comes out a beautiful while butterfly…like the soul which takes its own life in the house of Christ, and through the holy Spirit begins to utilize the general help which God gives to all…Let us renounce our self-love & self-will & our attachment to earthly things. Let us practices penance, prayer, mortification, obedience and all the other good works… Let the silkworm die, for it becomes the beautiful while butterfly… It has wings now: how can it be content to crawl along slowly when it is able to fly? It feels a stranger to things of the earth; it should be seeking a new resting –place…There are more tears and sorrows because there are greater capacities in service to God. (3) Our duty now is to continue living this present life, yet to die of our own free will….You must not doubt the possibility of this true union with the will of God….His Will is that we should be altogether perfect, and be one with Him…Lord asks only 2 things of us: love for His Majesty and love for our neighbor…. Love for our neighbor has its roots in the love of God. (4) Spiritual Betrothal – a rough comparison to matrimony…attraction leads to a discussion about whether or no they are suited to each other, and is it really love?....The contract is drawn up …Each is determined to do all the will of the intended spouse…But the devil causes self-love to increase…We forget our trivial earthly pleasures when we fix our eyes on the reward.”

FOURTH MANSIONS 'GRACES' !

Monday, February 25. 2008



Comments about FOURTH MANSIONS: Graces! (2nd water - wind will). Here the supernatural element of the mystical life first enters: that is to say , it is no longer by its own efforts that the soul is acquiring what it gains. Henceforward the soul’s part will become increasingly less and God’s part increasingly greater. The graces of the Fourth mansions, referred to as “spiritual consolations”, are identified with the Prayer of Quiet, or the Second Water, in the Life. The soul is like a fountain built near its source and the water of life flows into it, not through an aqueduct, but directly from the spring. Its love is now free from servile fear; it has broken all the bonds which previously hindered its progress; it shrinks from no trials and attaches no importance to any thing to do with the world. It can pass rapidly from ordinary to infused prayer and back again.


Teresa of Avila:

4th MANSIONS- “Graces” – (1) We now begin to touch the supernatural….There are such exquisite things to be seen & appreciated that the understanding is incapable of describing them….Worldly joys have their source in our own nature….Spiritual consolations have their source in God….The understanding is one of the faculties of the soul…The soul may be wholly united with Him , while thought remains in the outskirts of the castle, suffering the assaults of a thousand venomous creatures. (2)First Water-comes from along distance, by means of numerous conduits & through human skill…Second Water – flows all the time and comes direct from its natural nearby source (heavenly water from our very depths producing ineffable blessings)…like human metal versus the purest gold of Divine wisdom…. 3) Prayer of Recollection- senses & faculties have gone out of the castle, & for a time have been consorting with strangers, to whom all the good things in the castle are abhorrent….but the great King , a good Shepherd, teaches them to know His voice & not get lost, but to return to their Mansion….Enlargement of the soul takes place, for the Water of Life has nowhere else to flow.”

Third Mansions 'Virtues'!

Monday, February 25. 2008




Read The Seven Mansions of the soul’s Castle and you would know where your souls are!!!


Comments about THIRD MANSIONS: Virtues! (1st water- hand irrigation/ reason/ faith/ hope and charity). The description of these Mansions of exemplary Life begins with stern exhortations on the dangers of trusting to one’s own strength and to the virtues one has already acquired, which must still of necessity be very weak. Yet, although the soul which reaches the Third Mansions may still fall back, it has attained a high standard of virtue. ….Its limitations are those of vision: it has not yet experienced to the full the inspiring force of love. It has not made a full self-oblation, a total self –surrender. Its love is still governed by reason, and so its progress is slow. It suffers from aridity, and is given only occasional glimpses into the Mansions beyond.

Teresa of Avila:

3rd MANSIONS- “Virtues” – (1) Psalm 111 – “ The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” ….entering the 3rd Mansions…souls are most desirous not to offend His Majesty…they spend hours in recollection…use their time well…practice works of charity toward their neighbors….are very careful in their speech….but if the Lord is to take complete possession of the soul, more than that is necessary…Over-emphasis on the virtues is the origin of aridities in prayer…Do not suppose that God has any need of our works; what He needs is the resoluteness of our will…We are fonder of spiritual sweetness than of crosses. Test us, O Lord….that we may know ourselves. (2) Often it is God’s will that His elect should be conscious of their misery, & so He withdraws His help from them a little –and no more than what is needed to make us recognize our limitations very quickly …Let us practice humility, which is the ointment of our wounds; if we are truly humble, God the Physician, will come in due course, even through He tarry, to heal us….Without complete self-renunciation, this Mansion is very arduous & oppressive…His secrets are hidden deep; but all that He does will be best for us, without the slightest doubt…Live ever in silence & in hope, & the Lord will take care of His own.

Second Mansions 'Prayer' !

Saturday, February 23. 2008
PRAYER!




Comments about SECOND MANSIONS: Prayer! (seeing spiritual wisdom everywhere). But all the time the soul is anxious to penetrate farther into the castle, so it seeks every opportunity of advancement-sermons, edifying conversations, good company and so on. It is doing its utmost to put its desires into practice: these are the mansions of the Practice of Prayer. It is not yet completely secure from the attacks of the poisonous reptiles which infest the courtyard of the castle, but its powers of resistance are increasing. There is more warmth and light here than in the First Mansions.

Teresa of Avila:

2nd MANSIONS-“Prayer” – (1) Some who have begun to practice prayer realize the importance of not remaining in the 1st Mansions, but …are not yet resolute enough to leave them & go forward….God’s appeals come through the conversations of good people…sermons…good books….trials, or by truths which God teaches us in prayer, however feeble such prayers may be, God values them highly… ‘Reason’ tells the soul…that earthly things are of the slightest value by comparison with what it is seeking; ‘faith’ instructs the soul in what it must do to find satisfaction; ‘memory’ shows the soul how all earthly things come to an end… ‘will’ shows the soul how the true Lover never leaves it, but goes with it everywhere & gives it life & being… ‘understanding’ tells the soul that outside this castle it will find neither security nor peace…Reflections of this kind vanquish devils…If we would enjoy His glory, we must perforce pray, lest we enter continually into temptation."

The First Mansions ' Humility' !

Friday, February 22. 2008
starting point!




Read The Seven Mansions of the soul’s Castle and you would know where your souls are!!!

The comments regarding the First Mansions from a scholar:

FIRST MANSION: Humility! (Poisonous creatures- sin and temptation) This chapter begins with a meditation on the excellence and dignity of the human soul, made as it is in the image and likeness of God: the author laments that more pains are not taken to perfect it. The souls in the First Mansions are in a state of grace, but are still very much in love with the venomous creatures outside the castle –that is, with occasions of sin-and need a long and searching discipline before they can make any progress. So they stay for a long time in the Mansions of Humility, in which, since the heat and light from within reach them only in a faint and diffused form, all is cold and dim.

Teresa of Avila :
1st Mansions- “Humility”- (1) I began to think of the soul as if it were a castle made of a single diamond or very clear crystal, in which there are many mansions, just as in Heaven there are many mansions…some above, others below others at each side; & in the centre & midst of them all is the chiefest mansions where the most secret things pass between God & the soul…. Many souls remain in the outer court of the castle, occupied by the guards; they are not interested in entering it, & have no idea what is in that wonderful place, or who dwells in it….so accustomed have they grown to living all the time with the reptiles in the outer court of the castle that they have almost become like them….the door of entry into this castle is prayer and meditation….Paralyzed souls (without prayer) live in great peril….very much absorbed in worldly affairs…full of a thousand preoccupations…Eventually they enter the 1st rooms on the lowest floor, but so many reptiles get in with them that they are unable to appreciate the beauty of the castle or to find any peace with in it. (2) This castle is beautiful & resplendent, an Orient pearl, a tree of life, planted in the living waters of life-namely in God ….Fix your attention on the centre, the room occupied by the King….Without humility all will be lost….The soul must sometimes emerge from self-knowledge & soar aloft in meditation upon the greatness & majesty of God…Humility is the way to make progress….We shall never succeed in knowing ourselves unless we seek to know God….If we turn from self towards God, our understanding & will become nobler & readier to embrace all that is good…True perfection is love of God &neighbor.”

I have never thought that the first step to go into the soul's mansions is Humility , I have always thought that the goal is to become humble in front of His creation only. What a waste of time and energy to stay in the courtyard of my soul not knowing that its mighty castle is standing deep inside me so I have to go and visit her beauty before is too late !!!!!

The Seven Mansions of soul's Castle and/or Interior Castle!!

Thursday, February 21. 2008




It doesn’t matter which Faith you are belong to or even if you have no religion to believe in, you cannot deny the power of your own soul.
Based upon this common belief I would like to share with you a refection of an amazing woman called ‘Teresa of Avila’ living in 1515-1582. Her heart’s mirror turned toward the Light of Sun of Truth, as many as others, reflected what I want to share with you today. She called this joinery The Seven Mansions of Soul’s Castle and/or Interior Castle. She established a 'Carmelite Convent' to become a true believer among those who were waiting for return of Christ. In one of her poem she says:

YOU ARE CHRIST’S HANDS
Christ has no body now on earth but yours,
no hands but yours,
no feet but yours,
Yours are the eyes through which is to look out
Christ’s compassion to the world
Yours are the feet with which he is to go about
doing good;
Yours are the hands with which he is to bless men now.

At the end of her journey or better say when she reaches at the centre of her soul, which is seventh mansions, she leaves behind all the reptiles of this world, which were accompanying her through the other six mansions from lower kingdoms, as her tests and trials. So the doors would automatically be closed on their faces when she entered into the last mansions and she was safe and as she described it, now she would be married to God!

Read The Seven Mansions of the soul’s Castle and you would know where your souls are!!!
She says:: “I began to think of the soul as if it were a castle made of a single diamond or very clear crystal, in which there are many mansions, just as in Heaven there are many mansions…some above, others below others at each side; & in the centre & midst of them all is the chiefest mansions where the most secret things pass between God & the soul…. Many souls remain in the outer court of the castle, occupied by the guards; they are not interested in entering it, & have no idea what is in that wonderful place, or who dwells in it….so accustomed have they grown to living all the time with the reptiles in the outer court of the castle that they have almost become like them….the door of entry into this castle is prayer and meditation….Paralyzed souls (without prayer) live in great peril….very much absorbed in worldly affairs…full of a thousand preoccupations…Eventually they enter the 1st rooms on the lowest floor, but so many reptiles get in with them that they are unable to appreciate the beauty of the castle or to find any peace with in it.”

If I get the chance to write again I would share with you the First Mansions tomorrow. With so much love for those who are interested in this journey!!!

Now I am seeing the light !

Thursday, February 21. 2008
I am seeing the light!


Its been few days that I have been trying to get rid of this domain name, mahrouyeh.com, but I cannot . Now that I am ready to change it my files don't leave it alone!! So either I have to lose them all or keep them all. I needed some peace of mind so I decided to change the name but since I have no choice but to keep it for time being so I should share with you about what have happened to me for past few days;
1-All shadows following me from my past personal life are now gone for good, they are not effecting my life as they did before,
thanks God!!!!
2-I have found a new way of thought ,which is not under the influence of my past, thanks God!!!!
3- And finally I am looking at the light shining at the end of this stormy and lifeless desert, thanks God !!!!!!!

You can break the law of nature by love!!!!

Saturday, February 16. 2008



Kahlil Gibran says:

“Love is the only freedom in the world because it so elevates the spirit that the laws of humanity and the phenomena of nature do not alter its course.”

And I say:
I know for sure that a fire (love) is existed and burning inside my being
I know for sure that I shouldn’t waste this divine energy on wasted matters
I know for sure that I should share it with a man who can share his own love with me
I know for sure that there is a difference between love and desires.
I know for sure that I shouldn’t exchange my love, which is eternal, for any desires , which is temporary
I know for sure that I am now living in the well of nature and this rope of light, love, is the only way of my salvation
I know for sure that by this rope I will be pulled out of this dark well to see another universe, which is hidden inside of my chest
I know for sure that this fire of love becomes light for this journey if I don’t waste it
I know for sure that this light will lead me to the ‘Light’
I know for sure that if I use this light will lead me to a mysterious world, a world which is hidden from man’s eyes
I know for sure that this light guides me to a place where the mysteries of God will be opened in front of my eyes
I know for sure that by its power I can break the law of nature!!!
I know for sure that if I deny it I would be non-existence
And finally this is my own testimony that man can break the law of nature by love if he/she is a true lover!!

To the new readers of this website!

Friday, February 15. 2008



Years ago love had passed a man and a woman at the same time but since that woman never feared love she run toward him with her heart opened and he came to her with a sword in his hand and he did to her what no one had down to anyone in the name of love. So now with his unsatisfying desires is trying desperately to aim her heart from the distance but he doesn't know that love is like a pure and life giving-water it will never be given to those whose hearts are not pure and thirsty ......!!!!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Thursday, February 14. 2008
Love!





Kahlil Gibran says:

“Love passes by us, robed in meekness; but we flee from her in fear, or hide in the darkness; or else pursue her, to do evil in her name.”

“If humanity were to
Lead love’s cavalcade to a bed of
Faithless motive, then love there
Would decline to abide. Love is a
Beautiful bird, begging capture,
But refusing injury.”

“Love is the only freedom in the world because it so elevates the spirit that the laws of humanity and the phenomena of nature do not alter its course.”

The Eye!

Wednesday, February 13. 2008
The EYE!




Kahilil Gibran says:

I feel pity toward those who admit of the eternity of the elements of which the eye is made, but at the same time doubt the eternity of the various objects of sight which employ the eye as a medium!!!!!

what is real love?

Sunday, February 10. 2008




During past few days I was witnessing of two women’s lives were ruined and their hearts were broken because of the men of their lives. These men had no intentions to stay for good, although they were not saying it, so they left these women behind with their hearts bleedings.
If woman let man use her for satisfying his own desires only, without giving any commitment from his heart, she should be prepared for such a pain. As woman always give all to her man while man could be with thousand women and still keeps his heart to himself. And its about time that woman knows this biological fact and doesn’t let her heart breaks for man’s desires only. Since there are worlds between heart (human conscious) and the world of desire, which is shared with animal kingdom so selling our hearts for the small and tiny enjoyment would not be a good deal, it might be like selling this an amazing universe for small sand.
The time has come in my life too that I am becoming a believer of finding a real love in the world to come and those who claim to love me they should follow me to the door of, God willing, heaven since they have no means to claim their love here and I am so happy that as a woman I didn’t, I wouldn’t and I won’t sell and give my heart to those who are spiritually poor and their standard was/is to satisfying their own desires only.
Just a thought: no love becomes real and eternal unless the lover (fire) and beloved (water) will never come together since water quenches the fire and/or unless they (lover & beloved) find their path to upper realm, spiritual world, in this world!!! .
Don’t you think so?

The world of thoughts and intentions!

Saturday, February 9. 2008
the world of thoughts and intentions!



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As our intentions and actions are making invisible waves constantly in ether, which is surrounding us and still unknown to men, so we don’t see and/ or hear their movements but the effects of them eventually will be appeared in this world as the waves of light and/or heat. These waves are moving according to the law of cause and effect, the cause is our own intentions and thoughts and the effects will be manifested sooner or later in this world. When we sow a seed in the ground, whether we like it or not, one day will be appeared in this world as shoot and later on it will become a big tree and we eat its fruit. Earth like human mind and soul never keeps seeds inside itself for a long time and one day either it destroys it or push them to break, growing roots and eventually becoming big trees by the help of heat of the sun and water.
But the different between seed in this world and the seed in the world of intentions and/or thought is that the last one get no time to grow and as soon as the seed is sowed the tree will be appeared in the mysterious world that is hidden from man’s eyes and since we are living in time and space we see the result of our own intention and/or thoughts in time and space and since it takes time and space to see their effects we become forgetful of what we have done long time ago. So if you get hit by sudden happiness or sadden news don’t look out for its reasons look inside your hearts and/or minds. They are not coming from the sky you are the one who are creating these waves and they are coming back to you since they are belong to you only, unless you are being tested by God!

So beware of what you are sowing in this movement of time in your inner being since you are the one who should eat its fruits.
Until now we were thinking that we would be punished or rewarded only for our own actions but now human being is also responsible for his/her own thoughts and intentions so that nothing is remained unpunished and/or unrewarded since God shines upon all kind of seeds which are sowed in the depth of human minds and hearts in order to purifying them from every thoughts.


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