BUDDHA'S 4 NOBLE TRUTHS
ARE VERY STRAIGHTFORWARD AND VERY SIMPLE.
THE FIRST ONE
CONCERNS THE FACT THAT LIFE ALWAYS HAS IN IT
THE ELEMENT OF UNFULFILLMENT:
CALL IT SUFFERING
BIRTH OLD AGE SICKNESS NOT GETTING WHAT
YOU WANT GETTING WHAT YOU DON'T WANT EVEN
GETTING WHAT YOU WANT IN THIS PHYSICAL WORLD
IS GOING TO BE SUFFERING BECAUSE:
YOU'RE GOING TO LOSE IT!
IT'S ALWAYS IN TIME!
ANYTHING THAT IS IN TIME IS GOING TO PASS AWAY
LAY NOT UP YOUR TREASURES
WHERE MOTH AND RUST DOTH CORRUPT
THAT'S THE TRAP OF TIME AS LONG AS YOU WANT
ANYTHING IN TIME IT'S GOING TO PASS BECAUSE
Man had fallen, but not by the tempting of the serpent.
For, with the Phoenicians, the serpent was deemed to partake of the
Divine Nature, and was sacred, as he was in Egypt. He was deemed to be
immortal, unless slain by violence, becoming young again in his old age,
by entering into and consuming himself. Hence the Serpent in a circle,
holding his tail in his mouth, was an emblem of eternity.
Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of
Freemasonry, by Albert Pike
A serpent, having its tail in its mouth and thus forming a
circle, held to represent "the immensity of the power of God," which has
neither beginning nor end.
-- The Ancient and Primitive Rite of
Memphis and Misraim, Excerpts from "A New Encyclopaedia of Freemasonry,"
by Arthur Edward Waite
En-Sof in Hebrew
literally means "there is no end...the very absolute as such, or
positive nothing ...the principle of unconditional unity or 'unityness'
as such, the principle of freedom from all forms, from all
manifestations, and, consequently, from all being)... eternally finds its opposite in itself, so that only through a
relationship to this opposite can it assert itself, so that it is
-- Vladimir Solov'ev on Spiritual Nationhood,
Russia and the Jews, by Judith Deutsch Kornblatt
"A living mobile trinity of moments":
[Hegelian] Dialectics describes the movement of the subject of history,
the spirit [Geist], passing through three main stages: first it
is posed in itself (an sich, thesis), then it develops out of
itself and for itself in its manifestation (fur sich,
antithesis), in order to return then into itself (an und fur sich,
synthesis) and be with itself as an actualised and manifested being.
Sophia and the Russian Nation, by Manon de Courten
"The outer darkness is a great dragon, whose tail is in his
mouth, outside the whole world and surrounding the whole world. And
there are many regions of chastisement within it. There are twelve
mighty chastisement-dungeons and a ruler is in every dungeon and the
face of the rulers is different one from another....the soul[s] of the
blasphemers and of those who are in the doctrines of error and of all
who teach doctrines of error, and of those who have intercourse with
males, and of those stained and impious men and of atheists and
murderers and adulterers and sorcerers, -- all such souls then, if while
still in life they do not repent but remain persistently in their sin,
and all the souls which have stayed behind without, that is those which
have had the number of the circuits which are appointed them in the
sphere, without having repented, -- well, at their last circuit will
those souls, they and all the souls of which I have just told you, be
led out of [?] the jaws of the tail of the dragon into the dungeons of
the outer darkness. And when those souls of the doors of the dungeons
have been led into the outer darkness into the jaws of his tail, he
turneth his tail into his own mouth and shutteth them in. Thus will the
souls be led into the outer darkness....
And the disk of the sun was a great dragon whose tail was in his mouth
and who reached to seven powers of the Left and whom four powers in the
form of white horses drew.
-- Pistis Sophia, translated by
idea of each power the lower derives its intelligibility from
the higher: and the highest must be presumed to inhere latently or
potentially in the lowest, or this latter will be wholly unintelligible,
inconceivable -- you can have no conception of it. Thus in
sensibility we see a power that in every instant goes out of
itself, and in the same instant retracts and falls back on itself:
which the great fountains of pure Mathesis, the
Pythagorean and Platonic
Geometricians, illustrated in the production, or self-evolution, of
the point into the circle.
the Constitution of the Church and State, According to the Idea of Each;
With Aids Toward a Right Judgment on the Late Catholic Bill, by Samuel
In October of the same year, Jung
presented two talks to the Psychological Club. The first was titled
"Adaptation." This took two forms: adaptation to outer and inner
conditions. The "inner" was understood to designate the unconscious.
Adaptation to the "inner" led to the demand for individuation, which was
contrary to adaptation to others. Answering this demand and the
corresponding break with conformity led to a tragic guilt that required
expiation and called for a new "collective function," because the
individual had to produce values that could serve as a substitute for
his absence from society. These new values enabled one to make
reparation to the collective. Individuation was for the few. Those who
were insufficiently creative should rather reestablish collective
conformity with a society. The individual had not only to create new
values, but also socially recognizable ones, as society had a "right to
expect realizable values." The second talk was on "Individuation
and collectivity." He argued that individuation and collectivity were a
pair of opposites related by guilt. Society demanded imitation. Through
the process of imitation, one could gain access to values that were
one's own. In analysis, "Through imitation the patient learns
individuation, because it reactivates his own values."...
Jung argued that one needed to separate oneself from
the unconscious by presenting it visibly as something separate from one.
It was vital to differentiate the I from the non-I, namely, the
collective psyche or absolute unconscious. To do this, "man must
necessarily stand upon firm feet in his I-function; that is, he must fulfil his duty toward life completely, so that he may in every respect
be a vitally living member of society."
-- The Red Book:
Liber Novus, by C.G. Jung
THE SECOND NOBLE TRUTH
THE CAUSE OF SUFFERING
IF YOU DON'T TRY TO HOLD YOU DON'T SUFFER
OVER THE LOSS
IF YOU DON'T
BUT IF YOU TRY TO HOLD ON TO LIFE IT'S
VERY SAD YOU CAN HONOR LIFE BUT IF YOU
TRY TO HOLD ON TO LIFE ... IT'S VERY SAD
DID YOU EVER SEE A REALLY BEAUTIFUL WOMAN
LIKE A TOP MODEL WHO IS JUST GETTING
TO THAT POINT WHERE HER LOOKS ARE
CHANGING INTO WHAT COULD BE AN
INTERNAL BEAUTY IF SHE HADN'T
BEEN SO BUSY WITH HER
EXTERNAL BEAUTY? SHE IS CAUGHT
IN THE BEAUTY OF TIME
WE'VE ALL TOUCHED PEOPLE
WHO WERE SO BEAUTIFUL
AS BEINGS THAT WE
NEVER NOTICE WHETHER
THEY ARE PHYSICALLY
BEAUTIFUL IT'S LIKE
AN ETERNAL BEAUTY
LIVES WITHIN THEM
IF YOU ATTACH
IF YOU CRAVE
EXAMPLE: SOMEBODY LOOKS AT YOU SEDUCTIVELY
AN ICE CREAM CONE GOES BY ... WILL IT EVER BE
THE BIG ICE CREAM CONE
IN THE SKY?
WILL IT EVER BE AN ETERNAL ICE CREAM CONE?
OR ... IS IT ALWAYS GOING TO MELT?
YOU GOTTA KEEP EATING IT YET IT MELTS & MELTS
THAT'S ITS PROBLEM
YOU GOTTA KEEP EATING IT CUZ IT WILL MELT ...
... & THEN IT'S GONE
& YOU KNOW THAT TASTE IN YOUR MOUTH WHEN YOU
FINISH & ... YOU WANT A GLASS OF WATER? RIGHT? ...
THEN YOU HAVE A GLASS OF WATER & THERE'S THAT
THEN YOU'RE READY FOR THE NEXT ONE ...
TO GET RID OF THAT ONE ...
LET'S TAKE A WALK ... & YOU TAKE A WALK ...
IT'S COLD OUT. LET'S HAVE SOME HOT CHOCOLATE.
YES, LET'S HAVE SOME, & ON & ON & ON & IT'S CALLED
YOU SEE: THE OPPOSITE OF CRAVING IS SAYING
BABY, THIS IS THE WAY IT IS YEAH
OK HERE & NOW THIS IS IT
I ACCEPT THE HERE & NOW
AS IT IS
RIGHT AT THIS MOMENT!!!
LAME, HALT, BLIND, DYING
WE'RE ALL DYING
AT THIS MOMENT
YOUR BODY IS DISINTEGRATING
BEFORE YOUR VERY EYES
IF YOU'VE TAKEN LSD YOU KNOW
IT'S HAPPENING ANYWAY
IT'S ALL A DOWNHILL TRIP
ALL THE WAY
BOY, WHAT A FUNNY PLACE TO GET ATTACHED!
TO SOMETHING THAT'S GOT TO GO LIKE THAT
SO BUDDHA SAYS: THE CAUSE OF SUFFERING
THEY ALL SAY THE SAME THING!
THIRD NOBLE TRUTH
GIVE UP ATTACHMENT
GIVE UP DESIRE
YOU END THE BIRTHS
YOU END THE DEATHS
YOU END THE SUFFERING
YOU END THE WHOLE THING THAT
KEEPS YOU STUCK!
IF I'M NOT ATTACHED TO THIS PARTICULAR
TIME-SPACE LOCUS THEN I CAN FREE MY
AWARENESS FROM MY BODY AND I CAN BECOME
ONE WITH IT ALL
I CAN MERGE WITH
THE DIVINE MOTHER
FOURTH NOBLE TRUTH IS:
THE EIGHTFOLD PATH
(FOR GETTING OUT OF DESIRE)
DO YOUR WORK. DO EVERYTHING
YOU'VE GOT TO DO.
WATCH YOUR SPEECH. WATCH YOUR THOUGHT.
WATCH YOUR CALMNESS. GET YOUR CALM
CENTER GOING. LIVE YOUR LIFE IN SUCH A
WAY AS TO GET YOURSELF STRAIGHT, TO
GET FREE OF ATTACHMENT THAT JUST
KEEPS SUCKING YOU IN ALL THE TIME.
GET FREE OF DESIRE
GET FREE OF DESIRE. IT'S A LITTLE
LIKE A ROLLER COASTER. THIS IS
JUST THE WAY IT WORKS. IF YOU READ
ST. JOHN OF THE CROSS "DARK NIGHT OF
YOU KNOW HOW IT IS
greatly the soul itself labours, it cannot actively purify
itself so as to be in the least degree prepared for the
Divine union of perfection of love, if God takes not its
hand and purges it not in that dark fire.
-- Dark Night of the Soul, by St.
John of the Cross
According to the Rosicrucian tenets,
as handled and explained by the profane for once correctly, if only
partially, so “Light and Darkness are identical in themselves, being
only divisible in the human mind”; and according to Robert Fludd,
“Darkness adopted illumination in order to make itself visible” (On
Rosenkranz). According to the tenets of Eastern Occultism,
Darkness is the one true actuality, the
basis and the root of light, without which the latter could never
manifest itself, nor even exist. Light is matter, and
Darkness pure Spirit. Darkness, in its
radical, metaphysical basis, is subjective and absolute light; while
the latter in all its seeming effulgence and glory, is merely a mass
of shadows, as it can never be eternal, and is simply an illusion,
-- The Secret
Doctrine -- The Synthesis of Science, Religion, and Philosophy, by
Helena Petrovna Blavatsky
YOU'VE REALLY BEEN WORKING ON YOURSELF
AND YOU'RE VERY PURE AND SOMETHING VERY
HIGH HAPPENS TO YOU: YOU FEEL LIBERATED
YOUR EGO WALKS AROUND AND PATS YOU
ON THE SHOULDER: "PRETTY GOOD!
LOOK HOW HOLY YOU'RE BECOMING."
AND YOU FALL ... AGAIN ...
The hierarchy of Creative Powers is
divided into seven (or 4 and 3) esoteric, within the twelve great
Orders, recorded in the twelve signs of the Zodiac; the seven of the
manifesting scale being connected, moreover, with the Seven Planets.
All this is subdivided into numberless groups of divine Spiritual,
semi-Spiritual, and ethereal Beings. The Chief Hierarchies among
these are hinted at in the great Quaternary, or the “four bodies and
the three faculties” of Brahma exoterically, and the Panchasyam, the
five Brahmas, or the five Dhyani-Buddhas in the Buddhist system. The
highest group is composed of the divine Flames, so-called, also
spoken of as the “Fiery Lions” and the “Lions of Life,” whose
esotericism is securely hidden in the Zodiacal sign of Leo. It is
the nucleole of the superior divine World. They are the formless
Fiery Breaths, identical in one aspect with the upper Sephirothal
Triad, which is placed by the Kabalists in the “Archetypal World.”
-- The Secret
Doctrine -- The Synthesis of Science, Religion, and Philosophy, by
Helena Petrovna Blavatsky
THAT'S ONE OF THE TRAPS
IN FACT THE HIGHER YOU GET
THE HARDER YOU FALL
IT'S THOSE FIERCE LIONS GUARDING THE INNER
ALL THIS STUFF HAPPENS
WHEN YOU ARE EXTRICATING
YOURSELF FROM THIS WEB OF
DESIRE WHICH IS YOUR
EGO WHICH IS YOUR COGNITIVE
FRAMEWORK OF THE UNIVERSE
(IT'S ALL THE SAME THING)
AND THIS EXTRICATION
(BELIEVE ME) DOESN'T HAPPEN
WITHOUT AN INTERNAL STRUGGLE
THIS IS CALLED TAPAS
STRAIGHTENING BY FIRE
Herakleitus, the Ephesian,
who lived five centuries before our era; the "crying" philosopher
who declared that "fire was the great cause, and that all things
were in a perpetual flux -- his opinions about the origin of things
were the same as those of Hippocrates. Both entertained the same
views of a supreme power, and, therefore, if their notions of primordial fire, regarded as a
material force, in short, as one akin to Leibnitz's dynamism, were
"less precise" than those of modern philosophers, a question which
remains to be settled yet, on the other hand their metaphysical
views of it were far more philosophical and rational than the
one-sided theories of our present-day scholars. Their ideas of fire
were precisely those of the later "fire-philosophers," the Rosicrucians, and the earlier Zoroastrians. They affirmed that the
world was created of fire, the divine spirit of which was
an omnipotent and omniscient GOD. Science has condescended to
corroborate their claims as to the physical question.
Fire, in the ancient philosophy of all times and countries,
including our own, has been regarded as a triple principle. As water
comprises a visible fluid with invisible gases lurking within, and,
behind all the spiritual principle of nature, which gives them their
dynamic energy, so, in fire, they recognized: 1st. Visible flame;
2d. Invisible, or astral fire — invisible when inert, but when
active producing heat, light, chemical force, and electricity, the
molecular powers; 3d. Spirit. They applied the same rule to each of
the elements; and everything evolved from their combinations and
correlations, man included, was held by them to be triune. Fire, in
the opinion of the Rosicrucians, who were but the successors of the
theurgists, was the source, not only of the material atoms, but also
of the forces which energize them. When a visible flame is
extinguished it has disappeared, not only from the sight but also
from the conception of the materialist, forever. But the Hermetic
philosopher follows it through the "partition-world of the knowable,
across and out on the other side into the unknowable," as he traces
the disembodied human spirit, "vital spark of heavenly flame," into
the Æthereum, beyond the grave.
Isis Unveiled, by Helena P.
IF A MAN GIVES WAY TO ALL HIS DESIRES,
OR PANDERS TO THEM, THERE WILL BE NO
INNER STRUGGLE IN HIM, NO 'FRICTION'
NO FIRE. BUT IF, FOR THE SAKE OF ATTAINING
A DEFINITE AIM, HE STRUGGLES WITH THE
DESIRES THAT HINDER HIM -- HE WILL
THEN CREATE A FIRE WHICH WILL GRADUALLY
TRANSFORM HIS INNER WORLD INTO A SINGLE
WHOLE. -- OUSPENSKY
-- IN SEARCH OF THE MIRACULOUS
... P. 43
HAD YE BUT FAITH, YOU COULD
MOVE MOUNTAINS, SAID JESUS
AND THAT IS LITERALLY TRUE
THE BIBLE IS NOT A METAPHOR
IT'S NOT A STORY MADE UP TO TEACH US
HOW TO BE MORAL BEINGS
IT'S A STRAIGHT MESSAGE OF HOW IT IS
WHEN MAN LIVES IN THE SPIRIT, AND
THE SPIRIT IS RIGHT INSIDE.
THE WAY TO GET INTO THE SPIRIT
IS NOT A LOT OF HOCUS-POCUS.
IT'S A VERY SIMPLE METHODICAL,
MECHANICAL SET OF STEPS
BUT THEY'RE ONLY AVAILABLE
TO HIM WHO CAN HEAR
LET THOSE WHO HAVE EARS HEAR
TEACH NOT HIM WHO DOES NOT WANT TO KNOW.
THE WHOLE GAME IS BASED
WHAT YOU MAY NOT UNDERSTAND IS: THE WHOLE
GAME YOU HAVE BEEN PLAYING IS ALSO BASED ON FAITH
YOU HAVE HAD FAITH IN THE RATIONAL MIND
WE ARE LIVING IN A SOCIETY WHICH IS A TEMPLE
DEDICATED TO THE RATIONAL MAN. EVEN THOUGH
THE FIRST COMMANDMENT SAYS:
I AM THE LORD THY GOD
THOU SHALT HAVE
NO OTHER GODS
There is no thoughtful soul that does not at times
despair. There is perhaps none, of all that think at all of anything
beyond the needs and interests of the body, that is not at times
startled and terrified by the awful questions which, feeling as
though it were a guilty thing for doing so, it whispers to itself in
its inmost depths. Some Demon seems to torture it with doubts, and
to crush it with despair, asking whether, after all, it is certain
that its convictions are true, and its faith well founded: whether
it is indeed sure that a God of Infinite Love and Beneficence rules
the Universe, or only some great remorseless Fate and iron
Necessity, hid in impenetrable gloom, and to which men and their
sufferings and sorrows, their hopes and joys, their ambitions and
deeds, are of no more interest or importance than the motes that
dance in the sunshine. The philosophical and scientific world
becomes daily more and more unbelieving. Faith and Reason are not
opposites, in equilibrium; but antagonistic and hostile to each
other; the result being the darkness and despair of scepticism,
avowed, or half-veiled as rationalism. Many a thoughtful mind has so
doubted and despaired. How many of us can say that our own faith is
so well grounded and complete that we never hear those painful
whisperings within the soul? Thrice blessed are they who never
doubt, who ruminate in patient contentment like the kine, or doze
under the opiate of a blind faith; on whose souls never rests that
Awful Shadow which is the absence of the Divine Light.
Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite
of Freemasonry, by Albert Pike
Perhaps no word in the English language has been so misinterpreted and
abused as the word "Faith." In the various creeds Faith has been
degraded to a caput mortuum of dogmatic teaching,
which neither saved nor damned anybody but in the imagination of those
who framed the creeds; whereas faith -- used in its real sense --
is that condition of mind essential not only to "salvation," but to the
performance of any act whatsoever. Without faith I could not take a
single step, or write a single line. Faith is the very groundwork of our
lives. It is a living force within man, not a dead make-believe in
events which are recorded as having occurred in certain places and at
certain times. Faith is a power, the manifestation of which lifts man to
inconceivable heights of might and grandeur, and the absence of which
renders him a helpless molecular mass. "He that believeth not shall
be damned." "I don't believe it," says the sceptic. But, all the same,
it is true that he who does not believe, not only shall be damned, but
is already damned by the negative state of mind he is in -- damned much
more effectually than he could be by the fire and brimstone of theology.
Vivendi (Art of Living), by Arthur Lovell
This precious jewel
Upon the which is every virtue founded...
That as unjust our justice should appear
In eyes of mortals, is an argument
Of faith, and not of sin heretical.
-- Paradiso, from The Divine Comedy
of Dante Alighieri, translated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
EVEN THOUGH THAT HAS BEEN SAID
& EVEN THOUGH WE REPEAT IT
WE STILL WORSHIP THE RATIONAL MIND AND ITS PRODUCTS
WE WORSHIP OUR OWN SENSE DATA.
IT'S ONLY WHEN WE SEE THE ASSUMPTIONS THAT
WE'VE ALREADY BEEN FUNCTIONING ON THAT
WE CAN START TO EXTRICATE OURSELVES.
WE HAVE GOT TO HAVE HEARD THE FIRST
BEFORE ANY OF THE KEYS OPEN ANYTHING.
YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW THERE ARE DOORS
UNTIL YOU HAVE HEARD THE FIRST MESSAGE
GEORGES I. GURDJIEFF,
A WESTERNER WHO WENT ON THIS HIGHER TRIP
OR AT LEAST ON A LARGE PART OF THE TRIP, SAID:
YOU DON'T SEEM TO UNDERSTAND
YOU ARE IN PRISON
IF YOU ARE TO GET OUT OF PRISON
THE FIRST THING YOU MUST REALIZE IS:
YOU ARE IN PRISON
IF YOU THINK
YOU'RE FREE YOU CAN'T ESCAPE.
The “fire,” “heat,” and “motion”
here spoken of, are, of course, not the fire, heat, and motion of
physical science, but the underlying abstractions, the noumena, or
the soul, of the essence of these material manifestations — the
“things in themselves,” which, as modern science confesses, entirely
elude the instruments of the laboratory, and which even the mind
cannot grasp, although it can equally little avoid the conclusion
that these underlying essences of things must exist. Physical
Science is welcome to speculate upon the physiological mechanism of
living beings, and to continue her fruitless efforts in trying to
resolve our feelings, our sensations, mental and spiritual, into
functions of their inorganic vehicles. Nevertheless, all that will
ever be accomplished in this direction has already been done, and
Science will go no farther. She is before a dead wall, on the face
of which she traces, as she imagines, great physiological and
psychic discoveries, but every one of which will be shown later on
to be no better than the cobwebs spun by her scientific fancies and
illusions. The tissues of our objective framework alone are
subservient to the analysis and researches of physiological science.
The six higher principles in them will evade for ever the hand that
is guided by an animus that purposely ignores and rejects the Occult
Sciences. What is our scientific philosophy but that which was so
justly and so politely defined by Kant as “the Science of the limits
to our Knowledge”? Where have the many attempts made by Science to
bind, to connect, and define all the phenomena of organic life by
mere physical and chemical manifestations, brought it to? To
speculation generally — mere soap-bubbles, that burst one after the
other before the men of Science were permitted to discover real
facts. All this would have been avoided, and the progress of
knowledge would have proceeded with gigantic strides, had only
Science and its philosophy abstained from accepting hypotheses on
the mere one-sided Knowledge of their Matter.
Dzyu is the one real knowledge, or
Occult Wisdom; which, dealing with eternal truths and primal causes,
becomes almost omnipotence when applied in the right direction. Its
antithesis is Dzyu-mi, that which deals with illusions and false
appearances only, as in our exoteric modern sciences.
-- The Secret
Doctrine -- The Synthesis of Science, Religion, and Philosophy, by
Helena Petrovna Blavatsky
The eyes of a world that stepped
out from a night of bigotry into the light of day were dazzled and
blinded for a while by the vain glitter of a pile of rubbish and
broken pots that had been collected by the advocates of material
science, who palmed it off for diamonds and precious stones; but the
world has recovered from the effect of the glare, and realised the
worthlessness of the rubbish, and it again seeks for the less
dazzling but priceless light of the truth. Treasures that have long
been buried and hidden away from the sight of those that were
neither able to realise nor to appreciate their value are now
brought to light; pearls of ancient wisdom are brought from the
East; fountains of knowledge that have been for centuries closed up
are again opened, and a flood of light is thrown over things that
appeared impossible, mysterious, and occult.
-- The Life of Philippus
Theophrastus Bombast of Hohenheim Known by the Name of Paracelsus
and the Substance of his Teachings, by Franz Hartmann, M.D.
'Whoever desires to sit with God
most High, let him sit with the people of Sufism.' These
intellectual sciences are a game and a waste of life, compared with
the spiritual experiences of dervishes. When a man has reached the
age of discretion and is intelligent and completely formed, he no
longer plays; or if he does, he keeps it secret out of exceeding
shame so that no one may see him. This intellectual science and
discussion and worldly whims are as the wind, and man is dust; when
the wind tangles with the dust, wherever it reaches it makes the
eyes sore, and nothing but conturbation and protestation accrues
from its existence. But although man is dust, with every word he
hears he weeps, and his tears are as running water. Now when instead
of wind, water descends upon the dust, undoubtedly the exact
opposite comes to pass. When dust gets water, fruit and grass and
fragrant herbs and violets and roses grow. This way of poverty is a
way in which you attain all your desires. Whatsoever thing you have
longed for will certainly come to you on this way, whether it be the
shattering of armies, victory over the enemy, capturing kingdoms,
reducing people to subjection, excelling your contemporaries,
elegance of speech, eloquence, and all that is like to this.
Discourses of Rumi,
translated by A. J. Arberry
In our civilization the chasm that
stretches between mind and heart yawns deep and wide and, as the
mind flies on from discovery to discovery in the realms of science,
the gulf becomes ever deeper and wider and the heart is left further
and further behind. The mind loudly demands and will be satisfied
with nothing less than a materially demonstrable explanation of man
and his fellow-creatures that make up the phenomenal world. The
heart feels instinctively that there is something greater, and it
yearns for that which it feels is a higher truth than can be grasped
by the mind alone. The human soul would fain soar upon ethereal
pinions of intuition; would fain lave in the eternal fount of
spiritual light and love; but modern scientific views have shorn its
wings and it sits fettered and mute, unsatisfied longings gnawing at
its tendrils as the vulture of Prometheus' liver....
As surely as the pre-existing light
created the eye whereby the light is seen; as surely as the
primordial desire for growth created the digestive and assimilative
system for the attainment of that end; as surely as thought existed
before the brain and built and still is building the brain for its
expression; as surely as the mind is now forging ahead and wringing
her secrets from nature by the very force of its audacity, just so
surely will the heart find a way to burst its bonds and gratify its
longings. At present it is shackled by the dominant brain. Some day
it will gather strength to burst its prison bars and become a power
greater than the mind....
Man has within himself faculties
which eliminate distance and compensate for lack of size to a degree
as much greater than the power of telescope and microscope as theirs
exceeds that of the naked eye. These senses or faculties are the
means of investigation used by occultists. They are their "open
sesame" in searching for truth....
The occult scientist sees in
everything that happens a cause of a spiritual nature manifesting
itself, not omitting the prevalence and alarmingly increasing
frequency of seismic disturbances, which it traces to the
materialistic thought of modern science.
Cosmo-Conception, by Max Heindel
You should become serious, and
hence take your leave from science. There is too much childishness
in it. Your way goes toward the depths. Science is too superficial,
mere language, mere tools....
I believe that we have the choice: I preferred the living wonders of
the God. I daily weigh up my whole life and I continue to regard the
fiery brilliance of the God as a higher and fuller life than the
ashes of rationality. The ashes are suicide to me.
-- The Red Book:
Liber Novus, by C.G. Jung
WHAT CALMING THE MIND IS ALL ABOUT
WHAT MEDITATION IS FOR
IS TO COOL YOU OUT SO YOU
SO YOU SEE HOW IT ALL IS
TRY SITTING AROUND WHEN YOU'RE FULL OF
YOU SIT DOWN IN FRONT OF YOUR PUJA TABLE
AND YOU TAKE A PICTURE OF MEHER BABA
AND HE'S SMILING AT YOU LIKE HE'S
THE OTHER MARX BROTHER AND HE'S SAYING:
LET ME HELP YOU
OH, I WISH YOU WOULD, MEHER BABA
(WOW! DIG THAT SELF-PITY ISN'T THAT
EXQUISITE IT'S SO HARD
FULL BLOOM! WHAT AN EXTRAORDINARY COLOR IT MUST BE A NEW BRAND OF
A PARTICULARLY FRAGRANT VARIETY I JUST REALLY WANT TO SMELL THAT ONE
TO SIT AND SMELL IT FOR EVER SO LONG. SUCH A GOOD ONE.)
I MEAN: I WISH I COULD HAVE TIME TO GROOVE
YOU BUT I'VE GOT TO GET ON W/LIFE.
I HAVE IMPORTANT THINGS TO DO TODAY.
ALL RIGHT BABA!
I'LL SIT WITH YOU FOR ONE MINUTE. OKAY?
HERE WE ARE. YOU'VE GOT ONE MINUTE.
DO YOUR THING. FORTY SECONDS LEFT!
YOU'VE GOT TO BE QUIET INSIDE TO DO
THAT KIND OF PHOTOGRAPHY
IT'S VERY EASY TO "PHOTOGRAPH"
'INANIMATE OBJECTS' -- LIKE OTHER PEOPLE
BUT: TURN THE LENS RIGHT IN ON
THE VERY STUFF YOU'RE HIDING IN --
SHOOT THE CAMERA THIS WAY!
VERY POWERFUL STUFF!
The personality is the reflected picture of the
Spirit, the mind being the mirror, or focus. As when reflected in a
pond, the images of trees appear inverted, the foliage seeming to be
the deepest down in the water, so the highest aspect of the spirit
(the Divine Spirit) finds its counterpart in the lowest of the three
bodies (the dense body). The next highest spirit (the life spirit)
is reflected in the next lowest body (the vital body). The third
spirit (the human spirit) and its reflection, the third body (the
desire body), appear closest of all to the reflecting mirror, which
is the mind, the latter corresponding to the surface of the pond --
the reflecting medium in our analogy. The Spirit came down
from the higher Worlds during involution; and by concurrent action,
the Bodies were built upward in the same period. It is the meeting
of these two streams in the focusing Mind that marks the point in
time when the individual, the human being, the Ego, is born -- when
the Spirit takes possession of its vehicles.
-- The Rosicrucian
Cosmo-Conception, by Max Heindel
The power of vaticination, popularly denominated
"second sight," appears to have been possessed by [Emerson and
Plato]. Apollonius asserts his own possession of the faculty as
"I can see the present and the future in a clear
mirror. The sage need not wait for the vapors of the earth and the
corruption of the air to foresee plagues and fevers; he must know
them later than God, but earlier than the people. The theoi
or gods see the future; common men, the present; sages, that which
is about to take place. My peculiar abstemious mode of life produces
such an acuteness of the senses, or creates some other faculty, so
that the greatest and most remarkable things may be performed."
This is what may be termed spiritual photography. The soul is
the camera in which facts and events, future, past, and present, are
alike fixed; and the mind becomes conscious of them. Beyond our
everyday world of limits, all is as one day or state -- the past and
future comprised in the present.
SO ALL I CAN DO ALL THE TIME IS TO
COOL MYSELF OUT ...
THAT'S ALL I'M DOING -- I DO NOTHING BUT
IF SOMEBODY SAYS: WHAT DO YOU DO, MAN?
I SAY: I DO SADHANA
SURE, BUT DON'T YOU LECTURE?
SURE, LECTURING HAPPENS BUT
I'M DOING SADHANA
THIS TRIP IS HELPING ME GET FREE OF MY EGO.
BECAUSE: IF I GET FREE OF MY EGO
WE ALL GET FREE OF OUR EGO
BECAUSE: THAT'S THE WAY THE TRIP WORKS
BECAUSE: WE'RE ALL THE SAME BEING AND
THAT'S THE PROBLEM -- WE CAN ONLY MOVE AS
FAST AS WE ALL CAN MOVE ...
YOU CAN HEAR THIS MESSAGE ONLY AS PURELY AS
I AM PURE. THAT'S THE WAY IT BOILS DOWN --
I CAN RESONATE WITH YOU IN THE HIGHEST PLACE
SO: I CAN DO NOTHING FOR YOU BUT
WORK ON MYSELF ...
YOU CAN DO NOTHING FOR ME BUT
WORK ON YOURSELF!
OH! I'M GOING TO DO GOOD THINGS FOR MY
THAT'S ALL EGO. JUST WORK ON YOURSELF
AND: EVERYTIME YOU WORK ON YOURSELF,
YOU GET CALMER
YOU HEAR MORE
YOU SENSE MORE
YOU ARE MORE
YOU'RE MORE PRESENT
WHAT ARE YOU OFFERING A CHILD?
NOT A SET OF SOCIAL ROLES
PASSING IN THE NIGHT ...
YOU'RE OFFERING A CHILD HERE AND NOW-NESS
THE TREASURE OF CONSCIOUSNESS
THE TREASURE OF AWARENESS.
IF YOU DON'T HELP OTHER BEINGS CUT
THROUGH THE ILLUS-ION BECAUSE YOU'RE
THROUGH THE ILLUSION
WHAT ELSE IS THERE?
WHAT ARE YOU DOING? DOING MORE OF THE DANCE
WITHIN THE DANCE??? ?
ARE WE ALWAYS GOING TO MEET ON THE STAGE?
DON'T WE EVER TAKE OFF THE COSTUMES?
THAT'S WHAT I FELT AS A CHILD.
WE ARE ALWAYS ON THE STAGE.
IN OUR COSTUMES
(I'M A GOOD CHILD
THAT'S WHAT I AM)
I KNOW TO PLAY
I'VE BEEN IN THAT ROLE FOR YEARS
I KNOW HOW TO DO IT.
DON'T TALK BACK
GO TO BED EARLY
I'M A MASTER AT THAT GAME
DON'T GET YOUR KNEES
IS ANYBODY HOME???? ? EAT ALL THE FOOD ON
HELLO. I'M HOME. IS ANYBODY HOME? SURE I'LL HAVE
IF I GIVE YOU THE EXTERNAL THINGS
I'M A GOOD
YOU AND I CAN ALWAYS STARVE TOGETHER
WE'RE BACKSTAGE IN THE HERE & NOW
IF WE'RE NOT IN THE HERE & NOW
NO MATTER HOW MUCH FOOD
WE PUT IN OUR BELLIES
IT'S NEVER GOING TO BE ENOUGH
AND THAT'S THE FEELING OF WESTERN MAN
IT'S NOT ENOUGH
HE'S GOT IT ALL GOING IN
AS FAST AS HE CAN SHOVEL IT
HE'S GOT EVERY SENSUAL GRATIFICATION
HE CAN POSSIBLY DESIRE &
IT'S NOT ENOUGH
BECAUSE THERE'S NO
HERE & NOW-NESS ABOUT IT
HERE & NOW
IS THE DOORWAY TO ALL THAT
BECAUSE IF YOU'RE TRUTHFULLY HERE & NOW
THERE'S NO MORE YOU THAT'S THE WAY IT WORKS
DID YOU EVER GO TO THE MOVIES AND GET SO
IN THE MOVIE THAT YOU FORGOT WHO YOU WERE
AND THEN THE LIGHTS CAME ON AND
YOU WONDERED ... WHERE AM I?
WHAT'S GOING ON? OH IT'S A MOVIE
WHAT YOU'VE GOT TO DO IS CREATE IN YOURSELF
ABSOLUTELY CALM CENTER WHERE IT'S
ALWAYS RIGHT HERE & NOW IT IS JUST
LIGHT IT IS JUST IS-NESS GETTING INTO THE
GETTING INTO BED
UP THE STAIRS
JUST THE IS-NESS
RUNNING DOWN THE STREET
WHEN YOU MEET A BEING WHO IS CENTERED
YOU ALWAYS KNOW IT
YOU ALWAYS FEEL A KIND OF
BUT: YOU CAN'T HUSTLE IT
YOU CAN'T MAKE-BELIEVE YOU'RE CALM
WHEN YOU'RE NOT.
IT NEVER WORKS
YOU MUST CENTER
FIND THAT PLACE
ALWAYS RIGHT IN HERE RIGHT IN
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