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
Not long ago I had a chance to read a book that was about an esoteric practice, as seen in the context of Tibetan Buddhism. One of the practices that was mentioned in this book is called Guru Yoga. It is a type of meditative practice that entails bringing in a high ideal and putting it in front of you. I heard about Guru Yoga term even before that, but in the context of invoking a spiritual teacher.
Being inspired by the description of the practice, I decided to do it but from the Gnostic approach and to see how it would affect me. Because the results were good, I decided to share here how the practice goes.
In Hinduism “guru” is a term that signifies “teacher”. It is most often referred to a physical teacher who is transmitting some kind of spiritual teachings. However, on a deeper level, in Hindi faith they say that any life-form can be a teacher, be it a plant, a rock, a mountain, a bird, a friend, a flowing water, a child, a stranger, or anyone else for that matter. Guru can also be some high principles of divinity, such as the three Logos – Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva. From the Gnostic perspective, a guru is also ones own Being (Higher Self), and based on this precise perspective I modified the practice that I’ve read in the abovementioned book. Continue reading
In one of his online talks about spirituality and the inner Work, Mark Pritchard (Belsebuub), mentioned a specific scenario that, I believe, has put many people to thought. The recurring theme was the importance of the inner work in the context of this life that we have on this planet, how valuable such existence is, and how precious is our time here. He mentioned the hypothetical situation of imagining ourselves at the end of our life reflecting back. The following meditation is inspired by what he said.
Imagine that you are 85 years of age, lying on your deathbed. You don’t have much more to go, but enough time to reflect on your life. You see how things went, the ups and downs. You see yourself at one point of your life doing the inner work. Perhaps the memory of happiness and joy overwhelms you, the happiness that you had when you were living a spiritual life and when you were walking towards your Being. You then see yourself getting pressured by life, perhaps by some strong emotions of excitement, of pleasure, of the mundane flow of life that swept away the innocent joy that you have previously found in the Inner work. And little by little, you lost an interest in that which previously uplifted your soul. 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
“Ananda said to the Buddha: “I think there has never been a teacher as great as you, nor will there ever be one as great in the future.”
The Buddha asked: “Have you known all the awakened ones, the buddhas of the past?”
“No, Honored One.”
“And are you able to know all the buddhas of the future?”
“No, Honored One.”
“Then I suppose you do know this awakened one’s mind completely?”
“No, Honored One, I do not even know your mind completely.”
“Then how can you make such a bold statement? It is better to talk what you know than to speculate foolishly.”
– Majjhima Nikaya
There are many such examples around the world. People seeing there guru/savior/god as the most developed person that ever existed. Usually, such blinding viewpoint can hinder a person to get to a knowledge of reality and truth, because they are locking themselves in a very limiting mindset that is ruled by illusion.
(EDIT: This retreat centre is now closed. I will post if there will be more events in Scotland organized by the same group). I haven’t been on many spiritual retreats, but each time I attended I always gained a great deal of learning. Mostly this learning is related to knowledge of some of my psychological processes and subconscious states. In general, spiritual retreats are a great way to meet like minded people, start new friendships, get practical insights on practices such as astral projection, meditation etc., and most importantly to gain knowledge about oneself.
Esoteric retreat centre in Scotland is located in Edinburgh’s country side. I have been there around a year ago and have received many benefits by making that journey to Scotland. The centre is located in an old castle which is being transformed into truly sacred place. There are several rooms dedicated to practices, with the main one on the ground level. A lounge room has a fireplace, and a very nice view on the garden.
It feels like each of those rooms and passageways are charged with superior type of energy. I remember on the first night when we did an astral practice I felt genuine happiness due to high energy of that room. The main meditation room is particularly uplifting room which I find can be of a great help to achieve mystical and meditational states of consciousness. Inspiring spiritual art and nice incense scents are also a big part of the centre.
As the centre is located in the countryside there is a lot of natural areas where retreat attendees can go for walks or just sit outside and enjoy the present moment. Lounge room is a great place to relax, to read some spiritual text or to have some nice dialogues. Overall this description does not do it justice because the retreat centre is a place that can only be properly valued when personally experienced. It’s a spiritual sanctuary that can give strength, learning, understanding and mystical experiences to everyone searching for spiritual change.
Retreats are being held there almost every month. They are free of charge – including food and accommodation. Donations are welcome so that many more people can experience the value of such retreats. For more information about this location and next retreat dates visit http://www.esoteric-retreat-centre.com