The Flight of the Feathered Serpent – A book review

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The Feathered Serpent must fly. When you know what the flight of the Feathered Serpent is, you will know what to do. Until then…make it clear that the Message of the Immortals vibrates throughout the centuries.

One of the spiritual books that had the most impact on me was The Flight of the Feathered Serpent, by Armando Cosani. He was a journalist in Spain during the Second World War, and after his injury he started going to church, turning to Jesus. It was then when he was approached and befriended by a mysterious person who throughout the time of their friendship did not introduce himself to him, but nevertheless they became great friends. Armando quickly saw the strangeness that was part of that man, as he was different to anyone he knew, different to all of his other friends, yet at the same time he also recognized his greatness. This mysterious person guided him in many of his day-to-day dealings, and at the end of their meetings he gave him a manuscript that he wanted him to publish. It was then known that the mysterious person was Judas Iscariot, one of the characters of the ancient drama that was played out over 2000 years ago.

The book consists of three parts. In first book Cosani writes about the part of his life when Judas was his friend. He speaks about the learning he went through while spending time with him during the Second World War.

Part two and three are manuscripts that Judas asked Armando to publish. Part two is a teaching of Judas to humanity. It is a profound spiritual text that shows his high inner level. In it he symbolically and literally speaks about the path to self-realization, about the pitfalls of humans, about the incredible rewards of the Spirit, and much more. The second book is written in layers, meaning that on the surface everyone can get something out of it, but it also has levels where those who can’t get more than the surface can still feel the profundity of the text. And then there are other levels of the book that can be understood depending on the development of consciousness of the reader and their capacity for comprehension. Continue reading

The Smoky God: Journey to the Inner World (Book Review)

Antartica sunset. Copyrights of v1ctor
Antartica sunset. Copyrights of v1ctor

I’ve read The Smoky God book a couple of years ago and it definitely left me with an interesting impression. I love reading adventure books, especially when it has incorporated some metaphysical experiences that actually have a basis in reality. This one definitely seems like a genuine experience of Norwegian sailor Ola Jenses and his father.

The author of this book, Wills George Emerson, claims that Ola Jensen has narrated the story to him while on his deathbed. Ola apparently went through horrendous sufferings due to mentioning this experience in his youth, with a consequence of being mentally institutionalized for nearly three decades. Because of this he decided to keep quiet about it until the last moments of his life. It was then when he entrusted the story to Emerson.

The story is narrated from perspective of Ola Jensen, who was at the time very young man living in a fisherman village on the coast of Norway, learning from his father about the skills of sailing the seas. One day his father invited him to a long journey to the North pole, and beyond to the land for which traditions say that it’s inhabited by the „Chosen“. Ola agreed to go with him.

Even now I can see the expression of pleasurable surprise on his countenance as he turned toward me and asked: “My son, are you willing to go with me and explore — to go far beyond where man has ever ventured?” I answered affirmatively. “Very well,” he replied. “May the god Odin protect us!” and, quickly adjusting the sails, he glanced at our compass, turned the prow in due northerly direction through an open channel, and our voyage had begun. ~ from the book

After days of preparing, they’ve finally set off on adventure that would have profound impact on both of them.

The book is a great traveloque recording important details of their trip, from the moment they’ve set off to the return. The most important part of the book is their entrance and experience of the Inner Earth, in esoteric literature also known as Agartha. There they’ve met a spiritually advance race of giants, who taught them various things about their way of life, spirituality, technology and many other things. They stayed with them for several years.

According to some spiritual explorers, Agartha is actually located in the forth dimension. It is possible that Ola Jensen and his father have actually gone through a portal of a sort, or a crack between dimensions, which would explain the sudden transition from the freezing cold of the North pole to a beautiful semi-tropical region of green hills and flowing rivers. This is reminiscent of Lobsang Rampa’s story and the passage of his party from the cold snowy Himalayan mountains to a warm and lushy mountain top, where they’ve seen an extraterrestrial station.

According to many accounts, one does not actually have to be out of the body in order to experience other dimension. Although more rare than astral projection and lucid dreams experiences, there are still many accounts of peoples physical bodies being engulfed and pulled through those portal-like cracks. Bermuda triangle is a good example of that.

In conclusion, The Smoky God is definitely a worthvile read. It can serve as a good inspiration to metaphysically explore the Inner Earth, through means such as astral projection, remote viewing, lucid dreaming, and/or some other consciousness related potentials.

I sprang to my feet, and oh! joy unspeakable! There, far in the distance, yet directly in our path, were lands jutting boldly into the sea. The shore-line stretched far away to the right of us, as far as the eye could see, and all along the sandy beach were waves breaking into choppy foam, receding, then going forward again, ever chanting in monotonous thunder tones the song of the deep. The banks were covered with trees and vegetation. I cannot express my feeling of exultation at this discovery. My father stood motionless, with his hand on the tiller, looking straight ahead, pouring out his heart in thankful prayer and thanksgiving to the gods Odin and Thor. – from the book

Memories of Reincarnation, by Grace Cooke

ancientMemories of Reincarnation is an updated version of the book The Illumined Ones, written by Grace Cooke. In it the author describes in detail parts from two of her lifetimes, many thousands of years ago – one in South America and another in Egypt.

The author claims that the information contained in the book originate from her ability to “tune-in to a super-normal consciousness and steady thinking back into the past. It was an arduous creative effort, not of which is called imagination but of memory, to recover a past that is imperishable in the soul.” She also claims that at one point in her life she got in contact with some higher beings from a higher dimension, who have collectively introduced themselves to her as White Eagle. Since then they used her as a channel to pass on messages to humanity. Personally I’m very sceptical with the approach of letting another soul to take control of your body, for obvious reasons. At one point in the book she says that one of those teachers is someone she was very close to during the two lives she describes in this book.

In the first part of the book the author describes her life as a young Indian princess Minesta, in a beautiful semi-tropical valley of South America, being a daughter of an Indian chief of a Mayan race, at least some 10 000 years ago. They had an advanced spiritual understanding of life and were in harmony with themselves and nature. Minesta’s father, Hah-Wah-Tah, was particularly of above average spiritual development, which is why he was in charge of their culture in the first place. In the second chapter she describes their closeness, and relates an interesting story of their going to a forest where they would spend time and talk. They were both sensitive to higher perception and could see into a higher dimension. In one of such instance they both saw an elemental spirit and her father gave her an interesting teaching about them and their evolution.

At the end of the first part of the book the author describes her journey to the top of a mountain, to a temple where some higher beings dwelt and influenced the world in a good way. She got there after a while of being initiated into the mysteries of their spirituality.

The second part of the book is about her life in ancient Egypt. Her name was Ra-Min-Ati, and she was a priestess of the temple of Ra. She again goes into fine detail to describe both her life and activities, as well as how life was during that time in history.

I personally found this book interesting and enjoyable to read. It’s not a book with deep esoteric teachings, but I got some interesting and insightful things out of it. I particularly liked a detailed description of those two ancient cultures (Mayan and Egyptian) and their way of life, as well as spiritual activities of main characters. The new age thought seems to have had an influence on some things the author wrote, which in my opinion covers some segments with the layer of subjectivity. Overall though it was a good book to read.

Autobiography of a Yogi

yogiAutobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda was an interesting read. In it, Yogananda writes about his life and spiritual journey, starting from spiritual experience from early childhood, and his wonderings in search of a guru. Eventually he finds a guru that he believes was destined to be his teacher, Sri Yukteswar Giri. From then on he spends a lot of time in his ashram, learning from him, while at the same time period attending college. After he learned fair amount, he decides to spread the teachings in USA and to open his own school in India.

There are many insightful things in it and I’m glad I’ve read it. It increased my understanding of karma, it gave me some insights into some aspects of non-physical realms, astrology and many other things. At one point there is narration of several stories about Babaji – famous yogi who apparently lives with the same physical body for millions of years. In one of them he manifested real material palace in the midst of Himalayan mountain in order to help his disciple with something. When that was completed, he made it vanish. He explained how that was done, he compares it to this physical world and what would it take for the palace to remain longer, just as this physical world remains. There are many more extraordinary stories, many entailing developed yogis who exhibit amazing powers.

The main teaching that Yogananda and his guru promote is called Kriya Yoga. Yogananda dedicates a chapter to it, explaining what it is, but he doesn’t give concrete how-to technique, saying that it’s better that people acquire it from their own Kriya teacher. I haven’t tried this yoga, though it’s basically based on breathing, and as I heard there are several variations of it. Yogananda says that its daily application would speed up human evolution tremendously, stating that just by natural course it takes about a million years of evolution of human brain to reach God consciousness, while with 8 hour daily practice of Kriya it takes several decades. I’m personally skeptical about it since he ignores the law of devolution and how it affects human development, and he also ignores the aspect of self-knowledge.

Nevertheless, I would recommend this book because, as I said in the beginning, it has many useful insights about various things and can generally increase people’s understanding or deepen their thought. Here are some quotes from the book:

 “Man can understand no eternal verity until he has freed himself from pretensions. The human mind, bared to a centuried slime, is teeming with the repulsive life of countless world-delusions. Struggles of the battlefield pale into insignificance here, when man first contends with inner enemies! No mortal foes these, to be overcome by a harrowing array of might! Omnipresent, unresting, pursuing man even in sleep, subtly equipped with miasmic weapons, these soldiers of ignorant lusts seek to slay us all. Thoughtless is the man who buries his ideals, surrendering to the common fate.” – (said by an unknown person he met)

Sri Yukteswar Giri, Yogananda's teacher
Sri Yukteswar Giri, Yogananda’s teacher

“I have left a few paltry rupees, a few petty pleasures, for a cosmic empire of endless bliss. How then have I denied myself anything? I know the joy of sharing the treasure. Is that a sacrifice? The shortsighted worldly folk are verily the real renunciants! They relinquish an unparalleled divine possession for a poor handful of earthly toys!” – Bhaduri Mahasaya

“Forget the past. The vanished lives of all men are dark with many shames. Human conduct is ever unreliable until man is anchored in the Divine. Everything in future will improve if you are making a spiritual effort now.” – Yukteswar Giri

“Do not fix your spiritual ideal on small mountains, but hitch it to the star of unqualified divine attainment. If you work hard you will get there.” – Ram Gopal Muzumdar

“Wrath springs only from thwarted desires. I do not expect anything from others, so their actions cannot be in opposition to wishes of mine.” Yukteswar Gir

“Mukunda, why don’t you get an astrological armlet?” “Should I, Master? I don’t believe in astrology.” “It is not a question of belief; the scientific attitude one should take on any subject is whether it is true. The law of gravitation worked as efficiently before Newton as after him. The cosmos would be fairly chaotic if its laws could not operate without the sanction of human belief.” – Yukteswar Giri

“Death, and indeed sleep, “the little death”, are a mortal necessity, freeing the unenlightened human being temporarily from sense trammels. As man’s essential nature is Spirit, he receives in sleep and in death certain revivifying reminders of his incorporeity. “ – Yogananda Paramahansa

“Those who cling to the cosmic illusion must accept its essential law of polarity: flow and ebb, rise and fall, day and night, pleasure and pain, good and evil, birth and death. This cyclic pattern assumes a certain anguishing monotony, after man has gone through a few thousand human births; he begins to cast a hopeful eye beyond the compulsions of maya.”  – Yogananda

“Creation is light and shadow both, else no picture is possible. The good and evil of maya must ever alternate in supremacy. If joy were ceaseless here in this world, would man ever seek another? Without suffering he scarcely cares to recall that he has forsaken his eternal home. Pain is a prod to remembrance. The way of escape is through wisdom! The tragedy of death is unreal; those who shudder at it are like an ignorant actor who dies of fright on the stage when nothing more is fired at him than a blank cartridge. My sons are the children of light; they will not sleep forever in delusion.” – (this message came to Yogananda by what he calls “Divine Voice”)

“The reflection, the verisimilitude, of life that shines in the fleshly cells from the soul source is the only cause of man’s attachment to his body; obviously he would not pay solicitous homage to a clod of clay. A human being falsely identifies himself with his physical form because the life currents from the soul are breath-conveyed into the flesh with such intense power that man mistakes the effect for a cause, and idolatrously imagines the body to have life of its own.” – Paramahansa Yogananda

The Pistis Sophia Unveiled

Mother_of_the_World“Come to us and within us, Divine Ancient, for we are part of Thyself.”

This great Gnostic text is discovered in the 18th century, and is thought to originate from 2nd century AD. The book consists of Jesus’s teachings. According to it, when Jesus resurrected, he remained on Earth for 11 more years. During that time he was teaching his disciples. The book is divided into several parts that are continuing one upon another, but with different spiritual topics.

First and the largest part is about the story of Pistis Sophia. According to Samael Aun Weor, she is one of the higher aspects of our own Inner Being. Other parts are about the teachings relating to high planes of existence, their structures, about the Infinite, about the things that happen “behind the curtain” pertaining to this physical life, and more. Two or three apostles had a role of scribes and were writing down what Jesus was saying. Among regular apostles, there were also Mary Magdalene, Mary (Jesus’s mother), Martha and Salome.

The book I read contains the commentaries by Gnostic teacher Samael Aun Weor, hence the “Unveiled”. I was really amazed at how deep this book actually is. There is so much genuine depth to it, and it has the potential to trigger your very core. I felt that while reading both the original text and Samael’s commentaries (the latter achieved very high development, which can be sensed in his writings).

There are parts where Jesus is speaking clearly, but most of it is really deep, that’s why I couldn’t understand too much on intellectual level, but deep down I felt the importance and profundity of it. This feeling of importance and spiritual depth was intensified when I read the part of the book pertaining to high realities – how they work, how they relate to us, what can we achieve etc.

Overall, it is not a type of text that you read like any other book. It demands reflection upon what you read, otherwise you do no get much out of it. It also helps if you are familiar with Gnostic teachings in general. I really feel that this book is genuine and authentic, really consisting of Jesus’s words.

The biblical gospels finish with resurrected Jesus meeting apostles, but it is in Pistis Sophia (and some other early Christian texts that never made it to the Bible) that we can find out what happened next. The Pistis Sophia really shows the vastness of Jesus’s knowledge.

Pistis Sophia Unveiled by Samael Aun Weor is a book I highly recommend. You can read only original text or you can also read it with Samael’s commentaries (click here).

Cease not to seek day and night and remit not yourself until ye find the mysteries of the Light-kingdom, which will purify you and make you into refined light and lead you into the Light-kingdom.