Mary of Agreda (1602-65)

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Mary of Agreda (1602-65)

Post by Nicholas » Wed Nov 27, 2019 11:53 pm

At the same time the Pilgrims landed to bring Calvinism to the USA in 1620, another missionary was working with Indians of Southwest USA. However, Mary of Agreda, a Spanish Franciscan nun lived in and never left her monastery in Spain.

How did she proselytize then? By using a psychic power called bilocation - her body being in more than one place at the same time.

Here is the first of a series on this marvelous woman:

https://www.traditioninaction.org/Histo ... eda_1.html
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Re: Mary of Agreda (1602-65)

Post by DNS » Thu Nov 28, 2019 4:08 am

"With his mind thus concentrated, purified, and bright, unblemished, free from defects, pliant, malleable, steady, and attained to imperturbability, he directs and inclines it to the modes of supranormal powers. He wields manifold supranormal powers. Having been one he becomes many; having been many he becomes one. He appears. He vanishes. He goes unimpeded through walls, ramparts, and mountains as if through space. He dives in and out of the earth as if it were water. He walks on water without sinking as if it were dry land. Sitting cross-legged he flies through the air like a winged bird. With his hand he touches and strokes even the sun and moon, so mighty and powerful. He exercises influence with his body even as far as the Brahma worlds. Just as a skilled potter or his assistant could craft from well-prepared clay whatever kind of pottery vessel he likes, or as a skilled ivory-carver or his assistant could craft from well-prepared ivory any kind of ivory-work he likes, or as a skilled goldsmith or his assistant could craft from well-prepared gold any kind of gold article he likes; in the same way — with his mind thus concentrated, purified, and bright, unblemished, free from defects, pliant, malleable, steady, and attained to imperturbability — the monk directs and inclines it to the modes of supranormal powers... He exercises influence with his body even as far as the Brahma worlds.
Digha Nikaya 2 Samannaphala Sutta

Buddhism appears to support such feats as existing, with proper and skilled (advanced) samadhi practice.

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Re: Mary of Agreda (1602-65)

Post by Nicholas » Thu Nov 28, 2019 6:03 pm

DNS wrote:
Thu Nov 28, 2019 4:08 am
"With his mind thus concentrated, purified, and bright, unblemished, free from defects, pliant, malleable, steady, and attained to imperturbability, he directs and inclines it to the modes of supranormal powers. He wields manifold supranormal powers. Having been one he becomes many; having been many he becomes one. He appears. He vanishes. He goes unimpeded through walls, ramparts, and mountains as if through space. He dives in and out of the earth as if it were water. He walks on water without sinking as if it were dry land. Sitting cross-legged he flies through the air like a winged bird. With his hand he touches and strokes even the sun and moon, so mighty and powerful. He exercises influence with his body even as far as the Brahma worlds. Just as a skilled potter or his assistant could craft from well-prepared clay whatever kind of pottery vessel he likes, or as a skilled ivory-carver or his assistant could craft from well-prepared ivory any kind of ivory-work he likes, or as a skilled goldsmith or his assistant could craft from well-prepared gold any kind of gold article he likes; in the same way — with his mind thus concentrated, purified, and bright, unblemished, free from defects, pliant, malleable, steady, and attained to imperturbability — the monk directs and inclines it to the modes of supranormal powers... He exercises influence with his body even as far as the Brahma worlds.
Digha Nikaya 2 Samannaphala Sutta

Buddhism appears to support such feats as existing, with proper and skilled (advanced) samadhi practice.
Yes, these powers or siddhis can be and have also been manifested by advanced Sufis, Yogis, Kabbalists, even some Shamans.
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Re: Mary of Agreda (1602-65)

Post by Nicholas » Thu Nov 28, 2019 6:06 pm

Mary of Agreda is also famous for her mystic biography of Mary, mother of Jesus. It is titled Mystical City of God, which is how Jesus referred to his Mother.

There are several YouTube videos on this Lady in Blue.

Here is biography from 2009 on the saintly nun:

http://www.cambridgeconnections.net/Mar ... raphy.html
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