A couple of years ago I visited a place in India where I’ve met a devote of the Hare Krishna movement. We spent some time talking about spiritual things, and during that conversation a topic of lust came up, that further sparkled a talk about Krishna and his human characteristics, particularly some romances from his life. The devote said how it was normal that Krishna had human characteristics such as erotic playfulness and that he had over 16108 wifes, even though he was a spiritual being of a high caliber. (by the way, if you add that number kabalistically you get number 16).
I noticed over the years that it is not uncommon for people who lean towards spiritual side to have such view about higher beings who once walked the earth. Similar perception is attributed to Jesus, for whom it is said that he was a husband of Mary Magdalene, which interpretation is obtained from the early Christian texts, primarily the Gospel of Philip. If you ask many of the believers of the Christian faith, they will tell you: “despite of all he was also a human.” Continue reading
I thought it would be a good idea to start this new week in July with the prayer of messanger Paul. I deliberately don’t want to call him an apostle because he came after Jesus (he never met him personally), and was not part of the original twelve. Yet it seems he was well connected to a higher guidance, and the following prayer has depth. It is included and an opening text in the Nag Hammadi scriptures. The latter are gnostic scriptures (most of which are early Christian texts) discovered in Egypt in the 19th century. I hope the prayer will inspire you:
PRAYER OF THE MESSENGER PAUL
Grant me your mercy.
My redeemer, redeem me,
for I am yours.
I came from you.
You are my mind:
give me birth.
You are my treasure:
open for me. Continue reading
There are many ideas out there about what spiritual mastery entails, and there are many people who think of themselves as spiritual masters. Many believe that to become a master, it is necessary to renounce the mundane life, to retreat to nature and live for the rest of their lives as hermits. Many believe that in order to become a master it is mandatory to be a celibate, and that having a spouse is an obstacle to that. There are also many that believe, that experiencing Reality through meditation is what gives someone illumination, after which they become enlightened and free from this world. None of these beliefs touch the core of what spiritual mastery really is.
Experiencing Reality can only give a person a clear vision as to what they need to work towards to build permanently in themselves. Even if they are for a very brief time given the experience of the Being, it is only temporary as the Being is not integrated within.
Withdrawing from everyday life to live as a hermit somewhere deep in nature, one is missing amazing opportunities to discover ones own darkness, the inner defects that emerge in everyday situations and interactions. It is this platform that enables egos within us to surface so that we can see them and eliminate them as they arise. Continue reading
Last year I was traveling in India, visiting many of the interesting places with temples and heightened energy. There are many religions in India, and people practicing them are co-existing peacefully with one another. The spiritual energy permeating many of the places in India has attracted spiritual seekers for centuries, and being there last year for the first time I glimpsed as to why that is so. Such a long tradition of spiritual activity has left tangible charge to the country, and while visiting some places one may tap to sources of intuitive feelings, which is why many seekers come to India in the first place – to get an insight that they need in life.
I was there to visit ancient sacred sites and just generally ‘places of peace and power’, with a hope to discover how such places can influence ones meditation, and if they could speed up a process of entering the higher states of consciousness.
While traveling in India I noticed that many of the places I stayed at have exit to the top of the building, which is like a terrace without a roof. I would often come out there before going to sleep, sat down somewhere and then just meditated under the stars. I noticed that meditating on the roof, unhindered by a roof, has an interesting influence. I felt as if there is less separation between me and the starry sky. Intuitively I knew I should try and visualize myself out there, and so I did. Continue reading
To worry is a common thing within the human being. We worry so much, almost all the time. Worry can be related to everything in life, but it tends to be strongest when it comes to things that are related to ones own survival. We constantly worry about so many things. For example, what others think of us occupy a strong place in the mind, and it is a worry directly related to pride. All of the worries have their roots in one ego (subconscious inner state, a defect) or another. Worry itself is an inner state/defect that pops up and manifest as an emotion, thought, or an impulse, and sadly often time it can consume the human being.
The best way to deal with it would be as with any other defect – observing it from the state of detachment. Once the defect is observed in that way, we gain an understanding of it, and can then eliminate it. This would be an ideal way to do it, a way also known as the First Key of the Path to Awakening. However, for those who are not yet ready for such technique, there are alternatives that could work.
Not long ago I’ve read a book by Annie Besant, a famous Theosophist. In it she says how a worry is a strong thought current, and if frequent enough, it digs for itself a channel by which it makes continuous impression on the mind of a person. She suggests that in order to counter it, a person should create a thought current and a channel of an opposite character. She says: Continue reading
Recently I returned from a longer trip in South Asia. I wanted it to be a research into sacred sites of peace and power, and their influence on the consciousness and meditation. My intention was also to learn about myself and to get knowledge and wisdom I previously did not have. Spiritually, I found the trip very good, giving me lots of new understanding, situations to learn from, and breakthroughs into my inner work. However, it is beyond the scope of this article to write about what happened. I will only focus on one aspect of it – the role of the heart in that recent journey.
Many of us heard statements such as, ‘Listen to your heart’, or ‘It is important to connect to your heart’, and the like. For a while I didn’t properly understand these sayings, even though I was aware of intuitive hunches having its source in the heart area. It was only later in life, as I continued pursuing the inner work, and later on doing long travels, that I learned what that really means.
Ancient spiritual traditions have said that the heart is the temple of the Divine within us. It is the place where we feel the energy of love. The latter may not be bound to heart only, but it is the source where we feel it, and later, if sufficiently developed, it radiates outwards. The heart is multi-layered, which means that there are different aspects of it in various dimensions. Physical heart is the material aspect, or counterpart, of the heart center. However, this heart center is also present in higher levels. For example, it also exists as a heart center on the astral body, as well as other higher bodies too. In that case, people know it as the heart chakra. Continue reading
If we do not make an effort, how can we change? The most important thing is not to identify ourselves with external circumstances. Life is like a movie that in fact has a beginning and an end. Different scenes are constantly passing through the screen of the mind. The most serious error within us is to identify ourselves with these scenes. Why? Simply because they pass. They are just scenes of a great movie and in the end they always pass. ~ Samael Aun Weor
Not long ago I have read a transcript of a talk of Samael Aun Weor in which he, among other things, writes about the passing of things in this world. Even though I already have a certain undertanding of how we shouldn’t react to things when we find ourselves in situations that seems endless, I was still touched by his childhood story:
“Our father forbade us from visiting our earthly mother. Nevertheless we were not so ungrateful as to forget her. I used to always escape from my house with a younger brother who would always follow me. We would go for a short visit, then return back home, but my little brother suffered a lot because when we returned he would be very tired and I would have to carry him on my back. While crying he said, ‘when we get home Dad is going to whip us.’ I would say back, ‘Why do you cry? Remember that everything passes.’ Continue reading