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Only the Ego can be Offended.

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Only the Ego can be Offended.

The ego lives in illusion, and it is our spiritual destiny to understand this ego and it’s illusions. What is required to fully appreciate this Teaching is the understanding of this ego. We have to have the strength to look at the nature of our appearance. We have to have the resilience to look at what is true about ourselves. No body-mind is perfect; the ego has inherent limitations in its mechanical nature. To accept this is to begin to move beyond our denial about non-perfection. You believe that these Teachings don’t apply to you because you are special, but your very belief that there is a ‘you’ and a ‘me’ is a sign of this illusion of separateness of which I speak. These Teachings are not my opinion, they are true to form in their historical context. These Teachings are an offence to the ego, and they have always been an offence to the ego. If they are an offence to you, it means that they are working. Only the ego or the separate one can be offended! There is only God, everything else is illusion.

                                                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                        Hermes


The Transcendence of Selfishness

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The Transcendence of Selfishness
Selfishness or self-absorption is a form of suffering which leads to dis-function. The transcendence of selfishness makes us capable of functioning. Spirituality involves responsibility, the more awake you are the more strength you have to stand up for what is good and true. Spirituality is about facing your responsibilities, not avoiding them. A spiritual friend or teacher is needed in order to provide us with constructive criticism, so that we can transcend our selfishness and enjoy positive self development. By developing the capacity and appreciation for constructive self criticism, we can enjoy more enlightenment in our daily lives

                                                                                                           Hermes


Transcending the Ego

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Transcending the Ego

Once you have grasped the nature of ego your suffering will be obvious.  Examine your actions you will find that everything you do is rooted in suffering. Ego is the selfish motive! It is the driving force behind the entire spectrum of selfishness in our society. In the face of this ego the best thing you can do for yourself is to examine your behavior. That’s what sadhana in its early stages is, it’s a continual process of self observation. In general, self observation doesn’t come to an end once you’ve observed something about yourself, it only intensifies as you understand what you are observing more clearly. The more you observe this ego the more familiar you will become with it. Eventually, by Divine grace, you will come to have greater and greater insight into the nature of this ego; in this increasing insight there is profound intuition into the nature of Reality. This allows us to apply much more energy to the process of purification or transcendence. This is how the actual process of ego transcendence  works: the more you understand, the more you will transcend.


Hope is Mediocre

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Hope is Mediocre

As we witness the further degeneration of our society, many of us may be inclined towards hopefulness or wishful thinking. What we should really do with hope is throw it away. Hope is a mediocre gesture, it is an expression of self delusion. Hope is a symptom, a strategy of contraction; it is a way of maintaining the illusion of separateness. The ego dramatizes this illusion of separateness, this false reality, which justifies the need for hope. If you understood the nature of our manifestation here you would have no need for hope, instead you would have complete faith in god’s plan. You would be happy instead of hoping for something better. You would be full instead of seeking. Things are as they are, as it is God’s will for it to be this way. Everything that we are experiencing in our lives is completely appropriate for our present state of development. It is not our ultimate destiny to live in a deluded state, in a false reality. When we realize the true nature of our existence we will simply appreciate what we have. We will not be looking for a false sense of security in which to console ourselves, we will live in the enjoyment of this moment with complete trust in the Divine for our sustenance. Then we will be free from the bounds of a threatened and mortal body, then we will bathe in the transcendental force of the Heart for eternity.      

 

                                                                                                    Hermes


The Ego and Enlightenment

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The Ego and Enlightenment

I am not here to tell you what you want to hear, there are many others who can tell you that. I am only here to tell you the truth. In my many years of study and contemplation I have come to understand that the way of esoteric revelation is an extremely profound process of initiation. One cannot read a few books and thereby become enlightened. There will never be a time were you will not have to do sadhana; there will never be a time were you will not be a devotee, as ultimate enlightenment requires one to be an exemplary devotee. There is no other way, as one must sacrifice themselves to God. If you are manifested bodily, you will have to do sadhana relative to your separate existence regardless of what spiritual experience you have. There is no experience of consciousness; the one who apparently experiences enlightenment is the illusory separate self. The experience of enlightenment is the illusion of the ego. Enlightenment transcends experience. In Truth, nobody exists to experience anything. Enlightenment is the inherent enjoyment of reality, the ego is not capable of this enjoyment! The ego cannot grasp the nature of reality, enlightenment is truly realized when the ego is transcended. This is why the guru is so important, for satsang with the guru is the means by which the ego is made irrelevant. Through the process of this satsang, happiness is increasingly enjoyed and understanding becomes more profound. The ego seeks to be gratified in it’s search for enlightenment, this is why it is not achieved by the one who is seeking it. One cannot do it on one’s own, as it is the ego that desires to achieve enlightenment by its own merit. In the enjoyment of satsang one transcends oneself. The true benefits of enlightenment are embraced through this realization.

                                                         

                                                                                                                                                       Hermes


The Way involves the Guru

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The Way involves the Guru

The true teachings are not a distraction from the Truth, they are an expression of it. We need the Truth if we are to heal from the pain produced by our illusions. How else are we to ever enjoy redemption from our entrenched pattern of unhappiness?  We will never get beyond our unhappiness while we struggle to maintain our state of egoity. Often we can maintain our egoity through the rugged individualism that we integrate into our spirituality. This is why there are so many teachers who will tell you that you can transcend the ego on your own. In many cases, this is a convenient way for people to sell books. It is the ego who wants to hear that it doesn’t need the guru. It has become popular in our trendy spiritual culture to promote spiritual life without the guru. Most spiritual teachings in the West are watered down to suit Western culture. Most of the spiritual teachings today are simply different expressions of layman religion. To enjoy real enlightenment requires understanding; understanding that the “l” is the source of our state of suffering and that we need a guru in order to deal with this “I”. We have to come to terms with the fact that it is the one that exists as an individual that is the cause of all this karma that we suffer from. The ego is not just your mind, it is you altogether! By transcending the totality of “I”, the native condition of happiness is truly realized. The Great Way involves the Guru, the Teaching and the Community, as each part of the process is necessary for the realization of transcendental consciousness. If it wasn’t for my guru I would be somebody, and that somebody is the “I”. As Shirdi Sai Baba said, “This body is just my house. My guru has long ago taken me away from it.”


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