The universal path to awakening is mentioned in many esoteric texts throughout the history. To get the full understanding of it, you should first read my previous article The Wheel of Samsara, and the purpose of human life.
Many secret schools existed in the past that were teaching this very path, some of them are the Hermetic Order, the Rosicrucian, the Freemasons etc. It can also be found in legends, myths and arts of the past – it is depicted in the story of Odyssey, Jason and the Argonauts, the quest of knights for the Holy Grail, in the opera the Magic Flute by Mozart, and many others.
The teachings of many ancient schools have sadly degenerated and/or gotten lost, so for example we can see that Freemasons today are something very different than original spiritual teachings leading toward the light. The path was the same in ancient Egypt, among Mayas, Incas, ancient Hindus, Nordic, Druids, and many other spiritual cultures that existed. They were aware of the universal techniques and process to full awakening.
There are many spiritual and pseudo-spiritual paths today leading to many different ends. Many of them say that they lead to enlightenment, but when you inquire about what they mean by that, you discover many of them are referring to various forms of Samadhi. This means that through meditation they enter various higher realities, the ultimate of them being the God-consciousness. Through this they realize the true nature of existence and how it relates to them and every other living creature. Even though such meditative states are possible to achieve, once the meditation is over they return to their bodies and are again trapped within the limits of the animal egos. Egos do not just vanish by this realization.
Achieving such states is immensely beneficial, but there is much more to it than just that. The teachings state about the universal path leading to becoming a fully awakened spiritual being, merged with ones own Monad/Being, being free from this galaxy and the whole Universe, with the permission to permanently return to the Source of all life. Such ultimate freedom grants an infinity of choices, whether it is to stay within the dimensions, or to return back to the Source.
The path that leads to that is the same for everyone and it consists of many tests and initiations.
The objective of it is:
– to completely eliminate the animal egos (by reducing them, the parts of our consciousness that are trapped in them go back to our main consciousness)
– to build high energy bodies which will allow incarnation of higher parts of our Being in us, and therefore to merge with it.
To start walking upon it you have to practice the three main keys to awakening: death of the egos, alchemy (white tantra), and helping others spiritually.
Before the main path is the probative path. Sexual energy is very much related to advancement, so you start by being chaste (not to be confused with celibacy) and changing the nature of the sexual energy (by practicing elimination of egos and, if you have a partner, alchemy). The sexual energy is the root of all other energies within you, therefore as it changes it affects other energies and you become clearer and balanced. There are 4 main tests of the probative path – the test of fire, water, earth and air (these are related to anger, attachments, how we face difficulties and the unpleasant situations of life).
There are also many other tests thrown to us by spiritual beings to see how we are going, testing all of our psychological defects.. When the nature of the energies is purified and symbolized by the red color (which you can see in a dream), then Kundalini awakens and the path has begun.
The First Mountain
Each mountain has 8 initiations. In the first mountain, with alchemy we build the 7 (inner) solar bodies – solar physical, solar vital, solar astral, solar mental, solar causal, solar buddhic and solar atmic. With the solar causal body we also incarnate the part of our Being that resides in the causal plane, called the Human Soul. With the solar buddhic we incarnate another part that resides in the buddhic plane, called the Divine Soul. And by building the solar atmic body we incarnate the Atman/Spirit.
The Kundalini raises up the spine vertebra by vertebra as the 3 keys are practiced. As it raises it opens up the chakras. It has to be raised within each of these bodies. 7 initiations correspond to the 7 bodies, and we get them fully as we pass the initiations. The initiations in this case are like big tests, where our egos are stirred up and our reactions are tested.
Solar bodies bring with them their benefits, so for example it is said that with solar astral we feel higher emotions; with solar mental we have access to superior way of thinking; with incarnation of the first part of the Being, the Human Soul, we start feeling heat and calmness. This happiness is intensified as other parts of the Being are incarnated, like the Divine Soul (Buddhi) and Divine Spirit (Atman).
When we incarnate Atman, we have received a grade of spiritual mastery. This means that we have passed all the 7 initiations and that we have eliminated 50% of the egos (this is the requirement to finish the First mountain). The final 8th initiation is related to rest. By completing the First Mountain we have freed ourselves from the law of karma and the Wheel of Samsara, and have freedom to stay in higher dimensions. Another advantage is that we can return back to the physical dimension to continue the path during the new Golden Age, when the environment for doing the work would be better. At the end of the first mountain we free ourselves of this Solar system, so if we wish we can do the inner work on another planet, one that is more advanced than Earth. Options start to open up.
The Second Mountain
The second mountain is more difficult than the first one; on it the solar bodies are replaced by the golden bodies, which are higher ones and are capable of receiving higher parts of the Being. The process is the same as on the first mountain – the initiatie has to eliminate their egos, but now in a much more intense way, and through alchemy the solar bodies are transformed into golden ones, Kundalini also being raised in all of them. Initiations here are more difficult and the requirements for passing them are more strict. On this mountain we go through the Cosmic Drama of Christ, incarnating the part of our Being that is Christ on all initiations. Like this Christ incarnates seven times, in all of our golden bodies. Initiations on this mountain are related to events that Jesus went through in his life, such as birth, temptation in the desert, baptism, gathering disciples, betrayal, crucifixion and the resurrecion. In the later stage of this mountain we also incarnate Holy Spirit/Divine Mother (Shiva-Shakti), and the highest part of our Being – the Father. With completion of the Second Mountain we achieve Resurrection and don’t have to return to the physical dimension any longer. Instead, if we want, we can work on the Third Mountain in the astral plane.
At the end of this mountain we free ourselves of our Milky Way galaxy.
The Third Mountain
On the third mountain we replace golden bodies with the bodies of light, also through the process of elimination of egos, alchemy, and sacrifice for humanity. It is said that on this mountain, there is another big part that is being incarnated from initiation 1 – 7. Also, all parts of the Being we have incarnated so far have to merge into one, so our Higher Self is no longer fractured but united. Then with the completion we have finished the Work and have achieved full self-realization and Liberation,which is the ultimate purpose of human life and the a high form of freedom.
At the end of this mountain we free ourselves from Universe, and we have the choice to enter the Source, stay in the Universe, or we can continue the work in a more advanced form so to attain even greater degree of freedom.