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Best Movies with Spiritual Messages
08-01-2014, 01:54 AM (This post was last modified: 08-01-2014 01:57 AM by admin 2.)
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RE: movies with spiritual messages
a wonderful film that recently came out is 'About Time'.





it starts off as just a (very) beautiful movie about a (very) beautiful life. really, just any other life, but you get to see it as so beautiful, because of the beautiful eye that beholds it. but then, after about 100 minutes it hits you with 'the secret recipe for happiness' - which is exactly what tantra says.... i won't spoil it for you. Wink
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09-01-2014, 10:46 PM
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RE: movies with spiritual messages
This movie - Revlolver - is an excellent analogy to the Ego - its mechanisms and how to break free of it.





The full movie is above, but if you don't have the time to watch the whole thing, here is the best scene of the movie - face vs's his ego, face to face: http://youtu.be/3Cea-hyQevg
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10-01-2014, 04:22 PM
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RE: movies with spiritual messages
We are somehow on the same frequency, for I also thought some time ago about starting such a thread on the forum Smile

For a start, I would mention here a short film called "Validation".





The clip is not long, and is pretty simple, so there is no need for me to put long explanations, but I would like to mention two things that I heard coming up in people's discussions about it.

First of all, what this guy is doing is not just saying nice things. He is actually telling to people wonderful things that exist within them, that make them unique and special, that are their gifts. From my experience people often don't see the difference between transfiguration and imagination and many tend to be somehow fake in it. This movie shows an example of a better attitude of first of all seeing the particular wonderful features of a person, and then giving them the gift of the feedback.

From a perspective, this movie is about initiation.

The second thing I was hearing about it, is criticism of people, who once deprived of the positive input, immediately abandon the one to whom they owe so much. On a spiritual path this tendency is unfortunately occurring often towards the Spiritual Guide, who is being accepted when he provides superior, pleasant experiences, but when puts a mirror and making people see their flaws, as well as pushing them gently to transform, is being likewise abandoned and frowned upon.
This is indeed a mistake, but I still say that we should at all times exercise compassion. At this moment, due to their karma, they are just consumers, and are somewhat superficial. But all of the characters in the movie are potentially capable of becoming like the woman in the final part - initiators themselves. After all - if he gave up on her on the first rejection, story would have went differently. How many lifetimes and how much efforts of Divine Messengers it took to get US finally on the spiritual path? Smile
Let's therefore never abandon compassionate attitude and always see the unique wonders each person bears inside - and as much as possible, help them to become aware of them and blossom in true realization Smile
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10-01-2014, 05:37 PM
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(23-12-2013 08:47 PM)Angeldefuego/Magica Wrote:  A great soul. A Man who spent his life in search of the truth. A hero of the non-violence movment.

Gandhi's movement was a great example in applying the first of the YAMAS according to the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali: AHIMSA (non-violence).

Gandhi is commonly considered the icon of the non-violence movement, I believe however that being on a spiritual path of genuine transformation, we should have courage to see the things more in-depth, to learn how we can correctly integrate the practice of spiritual principles in our lives.

In one of "Aghora" books by Robert E. Svoboda, his mentor, Vimalanada provides some interesting views upon Gandhi's practice of non-violence. As we study the scriptures regarding Yamas, or even better - practice them and meditate upon them, we learn that there are levels of their practice. The most obvious one is of course - action, followed by thought and intention. Other level-perspective points the outward and inward direction they take.
Now, Gandhi's movement, in an undoubtedly unique in our times way, refrained from violence of the most obvious level - hostile, physical actions towards their "opponents". In the century that is the "most murderous one in the recorded history", this is indeed an achievement!
However, if we really want to practice Ahimsa in-depth, we see in this movie how the actions of Gandhi and his Indian independence movement were practicing it in a limited extent. For even though not taking hostile actions they had an attitude aimed at provoking them. One of examples of this that we can see in the movie is the scene in which line after line of Gandhi's followers come to be beaten by guards at a factory.
Gandhi's instruction of a judge to give him the highest penalty is another. Likewise, Gandhi's fast-unto-death can be seen as a very strong and aggressive blackmail as well as an act of self-violence. Gandhi himself could had aware of that, never referring to himself with the title "Mahatma" (The Great Soul) given to him by many, and knowing that the full practice of Ahimsa would be a near impossibility to achieve in his times, with the humanity being as it was.

These arguments find support in how the history of India and Gandhi himself unfolded. The country was divided, with hostilities between Pakistan and India continuing to this day. India is also one of the countries with an active nuclear-weapon program, currently working on a new model of a inter-continental missile. And Gandhi himself died in a violent way, being shot by an assassin (later executed).

These are perhaps not the most popular views, but I believe that a genuine spiritual aspirant should become free of taboos and lucidly see the things for what they are - even the great icons of our times, like Gandhi. Compared with many tyrants of our times, ways used by Gandhi were definitely a step in a right direction. But I believe, convinced by the free argument made by Vimalananda, that his practice of Ahimsa is not a perfect one and can be taken as a model only until a certain point. For many of us, Gandhi can serve as an example of taking the first step, showing that things can be done differently then what we are used.
Let us just not forget that this is exactly that and not the end of the journey.
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10-01-2014, 09:28 PM
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RE: Movies with Spiritual Messages
excellent movie. important lesson to learn from. thanks for posting!

(08-01-2014 01:54 AM)yogi7 Wrote:  a wonderful film that recently came out is 'About Time'.





it starts off as just a (very) beautiful movie about a (very) beautiful life. really, just any other life, but you get to see it as so beautiful, because of the beautiful eye that beholds it. but then, after about 100 minutes it hits you with 'the secret recipe for happiness' - which is exactly what tantra says.... i won't spoil it for you. Wink
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25-01-2014, 01:16 AM
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RE: Best Movies with Spiritual Messages
One of my favorites - "The Island" (original title - "Ostrov").
Russian movie from 2006, directed by Pavel Lungin, tells a story of a monk who spends his life repenting sin he committed in his youth.
A beautiful depiction not only of Orthodox mysticism, but the mysticism in general, as well as the Lord's Prayer - one of the most amazing tools that Christianity offers to spiritual aspirants.



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25-01-2014, 03:48 PM
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Mysticism is in no way limited to the Ortodox tradition.
"Bab'Aziz" is an amazing movie, unique in bringing forth the spirit of the mystic path of Islam - Sufism.
A blind old dervish travels the desert along with his granddaughter on the way to a special event - the great gathering of Sufis held every 30 years. There is no physical map leading to that place and no one knows where it will be. But somehow, those who are meant to find it, arrive at the right place at the right time, guided by aspiration and purity of their hearts. "There are as many paths to God as there are souls on Earth" says the wise phrase at the beginning of the movie and accordingly we get to know stories of some of people on the spiritual path, each one of them unique. "Bab'Aziz" brings to one watching, the spirit of Sufism - the fire of the Heart of those incredible Madmen of God Smile



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25-01-2014, 07:58 PM
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"Meetings with Remarkable Men" is a movie adaptation, made by Peter Brook, of the autobiographical book by the same name written by Armenian Initiate George Ivanovich Gurdjieff. Gurdjieff was a spiritual teacher living in the first half of XX century and became known for providing aspirants with the so-called Fourth Way - being a combination of traditional three ways (path) towards spiritual accomplishment -those of the body, of the mind and of the emotions. Brook being himself a student of Gurdjieff's methods, gives authenticity and life the the story of this Initiate.
The main energy of the movie is that of immense aspiration. Gurdjieff is shown as being constantly focused on the goal of learning the Mysteries and ready to do anything it takes to achieve that. The feeling is even stronger with brilliant acting by Dragan Maksimovic - when he is walking it seems like his Manipura Chakra is pulling him Smile
Despite the age of that movie (it was made in 70s), not allowing any HD etc. to which we are now used to, this movie is really worth seeing and can serve as a inspiration for developing spiritual aspiration and devotion to the Path.



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26-01-2014, 04:45 AM
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RE: Best Movies with Spiritual Messages
"Brother Sun Sister Moon" is a cheerful and somehow child-like depiction of life of St. Francis of Assisi. Made in 1972, the movie is charged with hippie-spirit, and is definitely bringing some good energies, showing life as being simple, without worries, optimistic and pure once one detaches from all the desires and temptations of the world only life a live of praising God through life in happiness Angel



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28-01-2014, 01:54 PM
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Not all the "spiritual movies" must necessary be religious ones Smile
"August Rush" is a beautiful and touching story of a boy, perceiving the world as being made of music, looking for his long lost parents.
I first saw this movie as a depiction of a person with awakened Vishuddha Chakra. Now however I most of all see it as a profound story of spiritual aspiration and following the spiritual path - represented by the boy following the music, towards unification of the polar opposites of the being, portrayed here as his parents. A beautiful movie Smile



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