“Find a quiet retreat for the practice of Yoga, sheltered from the wind, level and clean, free from rubbish, smouldering fires, and ugliness, and where the sound of waters and the beauty of the place help thought and contemplation.” ~ The Upanishads
As everything else in this world, success in spiritual practice depends on a certain requirements that need to be met, such as discipline, having a strong will-power and determination, right intention and goals, clear vision, asking for help etc.
When you start your spiritual practices, and particularly if you start a journey on the Gnostic Path, inwardly you will become more balanced and clean. Naturally then, you will want for your exterior to mirror what is inside you. In spontaneous manner we then arrange our practice room in a way that is inspiring and, by doing practices and preparations, are unconsciously charging it with higher energies that boost any spiritual practice.
The more inspired you are by the place, the more will you be aligned internally with the spiritual side of life, and will therefore apply more efforts into staying focused. In fact, the ability to concentrate in such environment becomes ‘effortless’, as if we are riding on a wave of a higher energy that is taking us towards our goal that we’ve set with the practice, be that achieving peacefulness in meditation, deeper Samadhi states, out of body experience, or anything else that we may want to achieve. Continue reading
There is an interesting passage about art that I wish to share here, from the book In Search of the Miraculous. The book is written by Ouspensky but it mostly consists of transcripts from Gurdjieff talks. Gurdjieff was a mystic seeker who found esoteric teachings in the late 19th century. What follows is his take on art from psychological point of view. I do not completely agree with him on some things he say. I believe that sometimes an artist, accidentally or otherwise, can tap to a higher source which can help them create an objective piece of art, even if the artist himself is of the lower level of the being. Nevertheless, there are many interesting things in the following excerpt worth sharing, so here it goes:
“At the moment it is not clear to you that people living on the earth can belong to very different levels, although in appearance they look exactly the same. Just as there are very different levels of men, so there are different levels of art. Only you do not realize at present that the difference between these levels is far greater than you might suppose. You take different things on one level, far too near one another, and you think these different levels are accesible to you.
“I do not call art all that you call art, which is simply mechanical reproduction, imitation of nature or other people, or simply fantasy, or an attempt to be original. Real art is something quite different. Among works of art, especially works of ancient art, you meet with many things you cannot explain and which contain a certain something you do not feel in modern works of art. But as you do not realize what this difference is you very soon forget it and continue to take everything as one kind of art. And yet there is an enormous difference between your art and the art of which I speak. In your art everything is subjective – the artist’s perception of this or that sensation; the forms in which he tries to express his sensations and the perception of these forms by other people. In one and the same phenomenon one artist may feel one thing and another artist quite a different thing. One and the same sunset may evoke a feeling of joy in one artist and sadness in another. Two artists may strive to express exactly the same perceptions by entirely different methods, in different forms; or entirely different perceptions in the same form – according to how they were taught, or contrary to it. And the spectators, listeners, or readers will perceive, not what the artist wished to convey or what he felt, but what the forms in which he expresses his sensations will make them feel by association. Everything is subjective and everything is accidental, that is to say, based on accidental associations – the impression of the artist and his creation, the perceptions of the spectators, listeners, or readers.
“In real art there is nothing accidental. It is mathematics. Everything in it can be calculated, everything can be known beforehand. The artist knows and understands what he wants to convey and his work cannot produce one impression on one man and another impression on another, presuming, of course, people on one level. It will always, and with mathematical certainty, produce one and the same impression.
“At the same time the same work of art will produce different impressions on people of different levels. And people of lower levels will never receive from it what people of higher levels receive. This is real, objective art. Imagine some scientific work – a book on astronomy or chemistry. It is impossible that one person should understand it one way and another in another way. Everyone who is sufficiently prepared and who is able to read this book will understand what the author means, and precisely as the author means it. An objective work of art is just such a book, except that it affects the emotional and not only the intelectual side of man.
“Do such work of objective art exist at the present day?“ I asked.
“Of course they exist,“ answered G. “The great Sphinx in Egypt is such a work of art, as well as some historically known works of architecture, certain statues of gods, and many other things. There are figures of gods and of various mythological beings that can be read like books, only not with the mind but with the emotions, provided they are sufficiently developed. In the course of our travels in Central Asia we found, in the desert at the foot of the Hindu Kush, a strange figure which we thought at first was some ancient god or devil. At first it produced upon us simply the impression of being a curiosity. But after a while we began to feel that this figure contained many things, a big, complete, and complex system of cosmology. And slowly, step by step, we began to decipher this system. It was in the body of the figure, in its legs, in its arms, in its head, in its eyes, in its ears, everywhere. In the whole statue there was nothing accidental, nothing without meaning. And gradually we understood the aim of the people who built this statue. We began to feel their thoughts, their feelings. Some of us thought that we saw their faces, heard their voices. At all events, we grasped the meaning of what they wanted to convey to us across thousands of years, and not only the meaning, but all the feelings and the emotions connected with it as well. That indeed was art.“
Last year the prime minister of UK, David Cameron, said he will work towards implementing family friendly internet filters, to protect innocent children from dangerous website, such as pornography. However, upon deeper investigation, Open Right Group discovered that much more is about to be filtered, such as violent material, extremist and terrorist related content, anorexia and eating disorder, suicide related websites, alcohol, smoking, web forums, esoteric material. So this would be default setting, and if someone wants to change it could do it if they untick the category they don’t want it to be filtered. The problem is that majority of people won’t even know that they have default filtering set in place.
What I find very concerning is the fact that esoteric material and web forums have been put in the same list with other potentially dangerous categories. The only thing that was presented in the media was filtering of pornography, without mentioning other categories, and especially not esoteric materials. So why would the government want to limit people access to esoteric material? According to the article of Angela Pritchard, there is a war on consciousness going on, where powerful people behind the structures of society control the information coming to public. Esoteric means hidden, secret knowledge, the knowledge for those who put effort into discovering it. It is gained with spiritual development, which can transform human consciousness into a very high state. Spiritual techniques for such development are available online. It makes sense that those who maintain current world structure do not want people to awaken consciousness and change, which they certainly would if more people start to use these spiritual techniques and unfold their hidden potential.
The censorship is now put in place, but we can still stop it. There are two main petitions that you can sign, the one on change.org you can access here, and the one Avaz here. Signing petition is good but it may not be enough. Some friends have started a website through which you can write a message to David Cameron and they will send it as physical letter. There are already indications that countries such as Australia, Canada and France are sympathizing this censoring UK initiative, and some governments have already suggested copying it in their own country. One example is current Australian government, it’s plan to implement it and sudden change of plan a day before election.
Much has been written about Divine Cosmic Mother, or the Mother Goddess. She has been part of ancient cultures and their religions. She is the one that can transform our subconscious desires and sufferings into consciousness. Throughout history she was known by many names: in Greece she was goddess Rea, and later Athena. In Egypt she was known as Mut, and later as Isis. Aztecs knew her as Tonatzin, Celts as goddess Anu, Romans as Juno, Sumerians as goddess Ninhursag. In India she was Durga (Kali in her warrior aspect). She is briefly mentioned in Christian Bible, but spoken of much more widely in The Essene Gospel of Peace. The later text has apparently been found in Vatican Library and is also part of Royal Library of Habsburg dynasty. Here’s an excerpt from it pertaining to the topic of Divine Mother:
Your Mother is in you, and you in her. She bore you she gives you life. It was she who gave to you your body, and to her shall you one day give it back again. Happy are you when you come to know her and her kingdom; if you receive your Mother’s angels and if you do her laws. I tell you truly, he who does these things shall never see disease. For the power of our Mother is above all. And it destroys Satan and his kingdom, and has rule over all your bodies and all living things.
The blood which runs in us is born of the blood of our Earthly Mother. Her blood falls from the clouds; leaps from the womb of the earth; babbles in the brooks of the mountains; flows wide in the rivers of the plains; sleeps in the lakes; rages mightily in tempestuous seas. The air which we breathe is born of the breath of our Earthly Mother. Her breath is azure in the heights of the heavens; soughs in the tops of the mountains; whispers the leaves of the forest; billows over the cornfields; slumbers in the deep valleys, burns hot in the desert.
The hardness of our bones is born of the bones of our Earthly Mother, of the rocks and of the stones. They stand naked to the heavens on the tops of mountains; are as giants that lie sleeping on the sides of the mountains, as idols set in the desert, and are hidden in the deepness of the earth. The tenderness of our flesh is born of the flesh of our Earthly Mother; whose flesh waxes yellow and red in the fruits of the trees, and nurtures us in the furrows of the fields. Our bowels are born of the bowels of our Earthly Mother, and are hid from our eyes, like the invisible depths of the earth. The light of our eyes, the hearing of our ears, both are born of the colors and the sounds of our Earthly Mother; which enclose us about, as the waves of the sea a fish, as the eddying air a bird.
I tell you in very truth, Man is the Son of the Earthly Mother, and from her did the Son of Man receive his whole body, even as the body of the newborn babe is born of the womb of his mother. I tell you truly, you are one with the Earthly Mother; she is in you, and you in her. Of her were you born, in her do you live, and to her shall you return again. Keep, therefore, her laws, for none can live long, neither be happy, but he who honors his Earthly Mother and does her laws. For your breath is her breath; your blood her blood; your bone her bone; your flesh her flesh; your bowels her bowels; your eyes and your ears are her eyes and her ears.” ” I tell you truly, very great is her love, greater than the greatest of mountains, deeper than the deepest seas. And those who love their Mother, she never deserts them. As the hen protects her chickens, as the lioness her cubs, as the mother her newborn babe, so does the Earthly Mother protect the Son of Man from all danger and from all evils.”
During the time of Judaism, knowledge of female divine aspect has been supressed by orthodox religion of that time, and then later by Christianity and Islam. Her universal aspect is now resurfacing, and people are slowly becoming more aware of it. But as she exists on a macro scale, so she is also something personal to every individual. Together with the male aspect, the Divine Father, she is known as Higher Self of every person – greater part of ones own consciousness. In other words, as some would say, “there are as many Divine Mothers and Divine Fathers as there are people on Earth”. If a person is aspiring to attain development of consciousness, she is the one that guides them and eliminates their animal nature, transforming it into light.
I never found in the ages a place so delightful as the garden of my Mother. Abiding there, I forget my worries, I hear songs of birds sweet and modulated. As soon as I lay down on that soil, I feel myself emancipated from all suffering. I forget every sorrow, every past grief. Whosoever would abide there would be blissful. ~ Samael Aun Weor
Someone started a petition on Avaz.org with an aim of full government disclosure of extraterrestrial presense on Earth. Once there is enough signature gathered, the person plans to deliver it to the secretary-general of the United Nations. I don’t know if this will work, but it’s definitely worth trying. That ET’s are real is a fact which cannot be disputed. There are respected documentaries presenting evidences of ET’s presence. One of the example is Steven Greer, doctor from Virginia who quit his job to pursue this issue. He got testimonies and various kinds of documented evidences (such as radar tapes, video tapes, pictures, documents) from credible witnesses, ranging from pilots, to astronauts, to different military ranks to ex-ministers.
Why is this important? For one thing, many would finaly realize that we are not alone in the universe. This would expand people’s thinking, religious extremist wouldn’t have so much control over their communities, a chance for peaceful contact with ET’s would open up. They are our more advanced brothers and sisters, I think humanity is prepared enough to listen what they have to say.
There are many videos out there about Illuminati and their involvment in mystical things. Many of them show how they incorporate various secret religious practices and beliefs, such as those of ancient Egypt, Kabalah, Freemasonry, Rosicrucianism etc. Hence, all of these ancient teachings and their symbols (such as Hexagram, properly positioned pentagram, risen Phoenix, eye of Horus, etc.) are presented as diabolic.
This is completely false perspective based on ignorance of these teachings. Techniques for awakening and alleviation from human condition into spiritual have existed for many thousands of years. They are part of one universal teaching which was known under different names depending on time and culture that used them. We can see many similarities in these ancient cultures – in their way of life, architecture, symbols, etc.
Throughout history there were times when such teachings were under a threat of authority, so they were practiced in secret. One of such time was when Christianity became the religion of Rome in 4th century AD. The Church then started to persecute sincere followers of Jesus who wanted to achieve enlightenment and the end of suffering. They were known as Gnostics. Many of them were tortured and murdered, and the sacred Jesus teachings in text form was burned. This forced them to hid these scriptures (which were the teachings of Jesus that never made it to the Bible, such as Gospel of Judas, Gospel of Mary Magdalene, Gospel of Philip, Gospel of Thomas, Pistis Sophia and many more). Luckily, they were discovered many centuries later and became accessible to public.
Under such circumstances it is not strange that people who wanted to practice the universal teachings of light had to do it in secret. Genuine followers of Jesus’s teachings were called Mystic Christians and Gnostics. Gnosis means knowledge in Greek; knowledge of oneself and of the Universe. In this texts, unwanted and not understood by Christian society, Jesus often speaks about the need to attain self-knowledge through which one reaches the knowledge of everything else:
“Now, since it has been said that you are my twin and true companion, examine yourself, and learn who you are, in what way you exist, and how you will come to be. Since you will be called my brother, it is not fitting that you be ignorant of yourself. And I know that you have understood, because you had already understood that I am the knowledge of the truth. So while you accompany me, although you were uncomprehending, you have in fact already come to know, and you will be called “the one who knows himself”. For he who has not known himself has known nothing, but he who has known himself has at the same time already achieved knowledge about the depth of the all.” – Book of Thomas the Contender
A teaching of every well known religious figure has a deeper side which is not appropriate for general mass, as they would not understand it and could attacked it:
“Then the disciples came up and asked Him, “Why do you speak to them in parables’?” He answered them, “Because the secrets of the kingdom of heaven have been given for you to know, but it has not been given to them. For this reason I speak to them in parables, because looking they do not see, and hearing they do not listen or understand.” – Matthew 13:10,11,13
The deeper teaching of Christianity is known as Mystic Christianity, of Judaism as Kabalah, of Islam is Sufism, of Buddhism can be found in Tibetan Buddhism, etc.
During Medieval times in Europe, the Church had huge political and social power, which was the time when the secret teachings had to find another home. It is believed that they were brought back to Europe from East in 13th century by Knights Templars. The teachings were then practiced by people who founded societies and brotherhoods, such as Hermetic order, Freemasons, Rosicrucians, Alchemists, etc.
They’ve treasured them and practiced them in secret. Only those deemed prepared enough were granted access to them. The goal of these spiritual techniques was always clear – it was to purge the soul of all lower emotions, impulses and drives (of the bestial nature of man), and to merge such clean soul with the Spirit within. This incredible teachings which can transform the nature of human being are not about simply believing in something, but rather about actively applying certain techniques within ones own psyche.
It gradually happened that some of these esoteric schools attracted more and more corrupt people with political power who were more into the seeming elite side of it. One of the first of such school that started to deteriorate was Freemasonry, somewhere in the 18th century. Even though many of its teachings were still kept (which can be seen in Mozart’s Magic Flute), it started to become more and more a political society rather than spiritual one. Much more of it is described in an article dealing with the history of esotericism and esoteric knowledge.
So what is important to know is that the origin of mystery schools such as Freemasonry, Rosicrucians, Hermetic order etc., is of light. The teachings of Sufis, Kabalah, Taoism, ancient Egyptians etc., is of light. I do not doubt that elitist secret societies today have formed an image of themselves associated with ancient mystery schools and are even using the same names and symbols, but what these elitist group practice is the opposite of the true universal esoteric teachings of light. The latter are and always will remain what they are – the path of attaining the highest spiritual potential and freedom.