Don’t Close the Door to Truth

The Buddha told a story to his monks:

“A young widower was devoted to his little son. But while he was away on business, the whole village was burned to the ground by bandits, who took away the little boy. When the father returned and found only ruins, he was brokenhearted. He thought that the charred remains of an infant was his own child, so he organized a cremation, collected the ashes, and carried them always in a special bag.

One day his real son managed to escape from the bandits and found his way back to his old home. His father had rebuilt the house. When he arrived, late one night,  and knocked on the door, his father called, “Who is there?”

“It is I, your son. Please let me in.”

The father, still carrying the ashes and hopelessly sad, thought this must be some wretched boy making fun of him and he shouted, “Go away!”

The boy knocked and called again and again, but the father always made the same response, and at last the boy left, never to come back again.”

When he told this story, the Buddha added, “If you cling to an idea as the unalterable truth, then when the truth does come in person and knock at your door, you will not be able to open the door and accept it.”

–  Udana Sutta

It’s very difficult to stop clinging to our ideas, believes, and even incipient amount of knowledge that we may have gained. This creates a wall around us and prevent us from being open to new learning and getting closer to knowledge.

One night while being conscious in the astral plane, someone there indicated to me that what I was holding as truth wasn’t really such absolute truth. My initial response was reaction to that person, I did recitation on them to see if I’m dealing with negative entity who is trying to mislead me, but that wasn’t the case. Much later I realized that I was trying to make the reality fit into a belief that I had. Even though that belief was supported with some basic knowledge, there is much more to it than what I thought.

There is often/always much more to reality than we are aware of, and if we close ourselves to what we firmly believe or “know” to be true, the doors to progress will remain shut. It takes a lot to stay open for the new, unhindered by the old. We may regard the old (ideas, believes, incipient knowledge) as pillars without which our temple would collapse and because of that we fear experiences that may expand our perception or even make us realize that what we regard as real and true is not really so. To progress it’s necessary to be able to question what we think we know, being prepared to expand it or let it go, and overcome the fear that keeps us in the ignorance of our comfort zone.

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Heroes, by Rumi

HEROES

Does any artist paint for the sake of the picture itself, without the hope of offering some good?

No, but for the sake of  the viewers and the young who will be drawn by it and freed from cares.

Or does any potter hastily throw a pot or a bowl without any thought of what it will hold?

Does any calligrapher write for the script alone without any regard for the reader?

The external form is for the sake of something unseen, and that took shape for something else unseen.

Just as the moves in a game of chess reveal the results of each move in what follows.

They make one move to conceal another move, and that for something else, and so on and on.

So move on, aware of reasons within reasons, one move after another, to checkmate.

One step is for the sake of another, like the rungs of a ladder, to reach the roof.

The hunger for food produces semen; semen is for procreation, and the light in the parent’s eyes.

Someone with dulled vision sees no further than this: his intelligence has no movement; it vegetates.

Whether a plant is summoned or not, it stays planted within the soil.

Don’t be deceived if the wind bends it.

It’s head says, “We obey the zephyr’s request,” while its feet say, “Leave us alone!”

Since he does not know how to move, he advances on trust like the blind.

Consider what acting on trust means in a war: it’s like a gambler trusting the throw of the dice.

But if someone’s insight is unfrozen, it penetrates the veil.

He sees with his own eyes in the present what will come to pass in ten year’s time.

In the same way, everyone perceives the invisible future, whether good or bad, according to the measure of his insight.

When barriers in front and behind are removed, the eye penetrates and reads the Tablet of the Unseen.

When he looks back to the origin of existence, the beginning and all the past display themselves, including the argument between the angels of earth and Divine Majesty, their resistance to recognizing our Father Adam as God’s steward.

And when he casts his eye forward, he sees all that will come to pass until the Gathering.

Therefore he sees back to the root of the root, and forward to the Day of Decision.

Anyone, to the degree of his enlightenment, sees as much as he has polished of himself.

The more he polishes, the more he sees, the more visible do the forms become.

If you say purity is by the grace of God, this success in polishing is also through that Generosity.

That work and prayer is in proportion to the yearning: People have nothing but what they have striven for.

God alone is the giver of aspiration: no rough brute aspires to kingliness, nor does God’s gift of good fortune preclude one’s own consent and will and choice.

But when He brings trouble upon some ill-fated person, he ungratefully packs off in flight.

Whereas when God brings trouble upon a blessed man, he just draws nearer to God.

In battle the cowardly, from fear of their lives, have chosen their means of escape.

But heroes are borne forward by their fear and pain.

From fear, too, the weak soul dies within itself.

Tribulation and fear for one’s life are touchstones to distinguish the cowardly from the brave.

– Rumi

(translated by Kabir Helminski)

The Water We Seek

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.

Overview of Gnostic teachings as taught by Belzebuub

In this blog entry I will write a short overview of Gnostic teachings as taught by Belzebuub.  He is  a spiritual teacher that reached significant stage of spiritual development by walking along the path to awakening that is described in many different cultures and religions.  It is a very difficult path, yet rewards of it are beyond words. By going through it one slowly realizes its true potential, increasing its own consciousness, merging with Divine and arriving to Truth.

To walk along that path and to reach the end of it one needs to practice what is esoterically known as the three keys to awakening. Those keys are

– Elimination of negative states within us (states such as negativity, anger, jelousy, fear, gluttony, greed etc.);

-Alchemy (a practice with which one transforms internal energies and build inner higher energy bodies);

– Helping others to progress spiritually.

According to Belzebuub’s experience of the path,  those 3 keys are essential to awaken. Beside those 3 keys there are other practices that are recommended , such as astral projection, meditation, mantras and concentration practices. With those extra practices one can reach to knowledge beyond this physical world – one can get answers to questions such as why are we here, where were we before we were born; who or what were we before this life; what is our purpose in life; where are we going after we die; are there other realities and how are they experienced and much much more.

I will conclude this blog with one of Belzebuub’s video which I think sums up very well the importance of investigating , questioning and doing the spiritual work.