Being aware of the present moment is a very simple exercise, and it is a fundamental beginning of spiritual transformation. By being aware of the present moment, we activate our consciousness, which is what we are beyond our body, personality, thoughts and emotions. By activating it we step outside of constant stream of thoughts and emotions. Most often we are not aware of the present moment, so it’s necessary to apply an effort to be aware. Being in constant daydreams and thinking about the past or the future is much more common state to be in during daily life. There are many thoughts which pass through our mind without us intentionally thinking about them. Those thoughts then activate corresponding emotions which holds us even more in a state of unawareness. Continue reading
Maya is a well known concept in Eastern religions, such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Sufism, etc, and it is more and more known in New Age circles as well as in Esoteric traditions worldwide. The concept entails that the entire third dimension in which we live is a material dimension created for beings to learn through suffering and paying karma, and to eventually start removing animalistic and negative impulses which consequently leads to knowledge of oneself and the reality of existence. The substance used to create this third (material) dimension is illusionary in comparison to higher planes of existence. Some traditions go even deeper and say that all created dimensions are illusion and that only that which is uncreated (Absolute/Source/God consciousness), which always was, is and will be, is real. Continue reading
Not long ago I found one of poem by Rumi which I found to be inspiring and insightful. It’s called The Water We Seek
The eye or the spirit that focuses on the transient
falls on its face wherever it goes.
Someone who focuses on the distance,
without knowledge, may see far,
but just as we do in a dream.
Asleep on the bank of a river, lips parched,
you dream you are running toward water.
In the distance you see the water of your desire
and, caught by your seeing, you run toward it.
In the dream you boast,
“I am the one whose heart can see through the veils.”
Yet every step carries you further away
toward the perilous mirage.
From the moment you dreamed you set out
you created the distance
from that which had been near to you.
Many set out on a journey
that leads them farther away from their goal.
The intuitive claims of the sleeper are a fantasy.
You, too, are sleepy; But for God’s sake,
if you must sleep, sleep on the Way of God,
and maybe some other seeker on the Way
will awaken you from your fantasies and slumber.
No matter how subtle the sleeper’s thought becomes,
his dreams will not guide him Home.
Whether the sleeper’s thought is twofold or threefold,
it is error multiplying error.
While he dreams of running through the wilderness,
the waves are lapping so near.
While he dreams of the pangs of thirst,
the water is nearer than his jugular vein.
Enlightenment today is a very famous concept. More and more people in the world are becoming interested in that concept and want to find out what enlightenment entails. When my interest in spirituality started to grow I didn’t really reflect on that word, or had any real interest to “become enlightened”. It was just another popular word that was used. After a while I began to take that word more seriously, reflecting on it and trying to find out what it really is, if such thing even exists.
That was when I decided that I will start applying spiritual teachings, after I finished a course that was written by mystic teacher Belzebuub. The course was called “Gnostic Wisdom” and it was about what enlightenment is, what one needs to do to achieve it, as well as about life, death, karma and some other things pertaining to existence. It was then when I got first concrete information on what enlightenment is. I was glad that the explanation about it was coming from someone who claimed that he actually achieved a concrete stage of enlightenment, rather then reading it in a book by someone who just wrote what he/she heard about it.
In that “Gnostic Wisdom” course, it was explained that enlightenment is a long process and requires a lot of hard work and complete dedication to that purpose. It is not a moment of realization that makes you enlightened, as it is commonly believed. According to him, one reaches enlightenment by practicing the 3 fundamental keys – elimination of negative inner states, alchemy and helping others spiritually.
By practicing those keys, one starts to walk along the spiritual path that is created and set by higher beings. It is a path of tests, hardships and spiritual rewards. It is an ancient path, known in many different cultures and religions. The Path is divided in three main stages known as mountains, and the first degree of enlightenment is attained when first mountain is finished. However the “ultimate” enlightenment, in the full meaning of the word is reached when the entire Path is completed.
Belzebuub has walked that path for years, and has explained it to others who wished to walk along it. So the things I learned in that “Gnostic Wisdom” course serve as a map. A map set by someone who has gone through it.
Having also read other spiritual texts I realized that information about enlightenment is the same in every sacred texts. Buddha, Krishna, Jesus, Moses, Rumi, Kabir, Gurdjieff etc. etc., all those individuals who are known for being spiritually developed, have explained what enlightenment is in the same way. All of them have said that enlightenment is about achieving permanent peace, love, bliss and reaching to the Highest, to the Ultimate reality – by inner purification and transformation.
So there is a universal meaning of that very popular concept. It is something very specific and concrete, and those who have reached it have told us and are still telling us that it is a potential that human beings can realize.