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The Path of the Spiritual Warrior

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The Path of the Spiritual Warrior

The Path of the Spiritual Warrior is a continual process of learning. In order to be a Spiritual Warrior you have to be genuine in every moment of your existence. The Way of the Spiritual Warrior is the renunciation of anything that is experienced as an obstruction to relationship. It is the process of renouncing contraction, of making ourselves more available to consciousness in our relationships.

The Path of the Spiritual Warrior does not belong to any one. This tradition has existed at many times throughout history; it has been expressed through many cultures and religions. We can find confirmation of the glory and enormity of this tradition by studying the spiritual teachings of many different cultures and religions.

The Way of the Spiritual Warrior is the Way of the Heart. The teachings of this way are founded on the fundamental understanding of the nature of consciousness and the wisdom that appears as a result of this understanding.

 

                                                                        Hermes


The Tradition of the Heart

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The Tradition of the Heart

Underlying all the great religious traditions is a universal process. The complete description of this process is what some call the way of the Heart. The way of the Heart is the culmination of the great tradition of spiritual teachings and represents the most advanced and direct school of spiritual teachings. It is the instruction in and practice of the highest forms of sadhana, which means true action. The sadhana of the Heart is the greatest form of purification. Instruction in the way of the Heart ultimately leads to the final stages of gnosis within the tradition of transcendentalism.

All human experience ultimately leads to the realization of the Heart. The Heart itself is realization. It is this Heart that resonates at the core of all existence. The legacy of realization has been a powerful inspiration for the creation of many great traditions and religions. Throughout history, the tradition of realization has been referred to as the Way, the Path and even the process of Alchemy. Over the centuries, this realization has been the inspiration for countless institutions and different ideological interpretations. Conventional spirituality and religion tend to imply, an ultimate goal to be achieved. In the way of the Heart, there is nothing to be accumulated or attained, there is only a principle to be understood. Unfortunately, as a result of power and ideology, few schools today represent this tradition. Traces of this tradition can only be found in spiritual teachings that are free from the rigidity of ideology.

One tradition that is similar to the way of the heart, is Vedanta. Vedanta is a school of philosophy within Hinduism which addresses the nature of reality. Vedanta can be interpreted to mean the completion or essence of the Vedas. One of the greatest teachers of Vedanta was Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi. Maharshi taught one of the purest and most popular forms of Vedanta, Advaita Vedanta. Advaita Vedanta essentially refers to the self (atman) and the whole (Brahman) as one. This can be interpreted to mean that only the absolute exists. According to the school of Advaita Vedanta, God or Brahman is the true reality and cannot be said to have any attributes or qualities. The world as it arises is an impermanent illusion, the illusory power of Brahman often referred to as Maya causes the world to appear as it does. Only through real understanding of Brahman, the unchanging essential truth, can liberation be realized.

Ignorance of the true nature of reality is the cause all of the suffering in the world. For one seeks to know Brahman through motivation or desire, sufferring is their continual experience. In realty there is no difference between the individual, the universal soul (Atman) and God (Brahman). Essentially, the concept of separation between man and God is imaginary so to behave as if it were true is a classic error of judgment within the great traditions.

In the last century, their has been significant contributions to providing proof of the reality described in the way of the Heart. Consider the relationships between frequency, energy and mass that has been observed in modern physics. These observed relationships formalized as equations by Albert Einstein among others, suggest that the whole substance of the universe is one force exhibiting itself as infinite forms. In essence, everything is made up of the same material or force. These physical observations, are supportive of the view in Advaita that everything in the universe is an aspect of the one great force or power.

Ultimately, science has confirmed what enlightened masters have been saying for centuries: that we can name things, but we don’t know what they are. We can call it a tree, but it is essentially energy or atoms in the form of something we call a tree. The very naming of an object in some cases implies that it is independent and different. Truth is often lost in naming, as everything is one energy and nothing is separate. All form is ultimately a modification of the Heart.

All religious traditions perform a valuable role in the ultimate process of enlightenment. If they weren’t serving a purpose within the great process, they wouldn’t exist. Sengstan in the Hsin Hsin Ming describes this process clearly, “At the moment of inner enlightenment there is a going beyond appearances and emptiness. The changes that appear to occur in the empty world we call real only because of our ignorance. Do not search for the truth; only cease to cherish opinions.“ This quote summarizes the same process within the Buddhist tradition that someone may find within Taoism and other great traditions. Traces of this teaching can be found within all of the world’s great religions, to a greater or lesser degree depending upon institutional influences. In fact, the tradition of true God realization can be traced all the way back to the beginning of civilization. The Egyptian God Thoth, or Tahuti later know as Hermes Trismagistus, was one of the original representations of the esoteric teachings which underlie all of the great systems of religion and spirituality today.

One of the most amazing representations of the Way of the Heart in many of these great traditions is the principle of non-duality. All of the non-dualistic spiritual traditions with their obvious differences, can be interpreted as similar to Monism in their essential meaning. Monism is the metaphysical and theological conception that all is one. In Monism, there is no fundamental divisions as a unified principle of law governs all of nature. These concepts, monism and non-dualism, are essentially different perceptions of the same consciousness, like two sides of the same coin.

In the Way of The Heart, what is needed in order to grasp the nature of consciousness is not merely a comprehension that the world is an illusion, but a true understanding of the nature of the human condition. In the Way of the Heart, ancient concepts of suffering and separation are described in terms of principles that represent the modalities of human unconsciousness. The principles described in the Way of The Heart when comprehended in relation to the Truth can produce radical awakenings. This process of conversion from the usual principle of suffering and unconscious life, to consciousness can be found at the core of all human experience. Radical awakenings, or religious experiences, are the foundation of all religion and spirituality, and  represents a transformation of mans individual relationship to the Divine.

In many conventional religions, the principle religious or spiritual conversion is represented by the process of initiation into the godhood. Religious and spiritual conversion in the Way of the Heart is considered to be a deceptive principle because it implies that there is a separate individual existence from god. A person’s desire to have this religious conversion experience is generally motivated by a state of being in which they feel separate from themselves or God. In the way of the Heart, this is regarded as the search for enlightenment. The very motive behind seeking is rooted in a sense of separateness. In the Way of the Heart it is understood that man assumes the identity of a separate individual unconsciously by reacting to his subtle sensations of emptiness and separation. When the attention of the individual is not free, or liberated it tends to turn back on itself. We could compare this to a knot of energy. The manifestations that result from this self absorbed state normally appear in the form of different variations of fear, doubt, sorrow and anger. Generally, this form of suffering is a fundamental sign of unhappiness. In the teachings of the Heart, this is called self-meditation or self-contraction. In the Way of the Heart it is regarded that man makes the presumption that his sensations of suffering are real either out of ignorance or a lack of knowledge. This means to a certain extent, that we are in fact what we know or what we perceive ourselves to be. If you believe yourself to be a limited form, you will feel inhibited or stagnant. Based on this convention, any carelessly made presumptions about the nature of realty can be costly to the happiness and health of the individual who is making and living there life based on these presumptions or errors of judgment.

The realization of the Heart cannot be attained by the one who is suffering. The nature of this understanding happens only by the grace of divine circumstance. The Heart is understood through knowledge, honesty, objectivity, observation and compassion. The Teaching of the Heart is a spontaneous and paradoxical communication focused on the undoing, or freeing of the mind from ridged belief systems and limited perceptions. These limited qualities reinforce the tendency to seek outside or inside for what can only be found through transcendence. “The more you know, the more you know you don’t know.” This statement by Aristotle is reminiscent of the state of consciousness the way of the Heart represents. The mind cannot conceive of the Heart. The surrendering of conflict, duality and ideology is a reflection of this understanding taking place prior to the arising of thought or effort. The inclination to conceptualize or compartmentalize reality ideologically must ultimately be surrendered to the prior nature of what is already our native condition of enjoyment.

                                                     Hermes


Illusion serves the enjoyment of Truth

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Illusion serves the enjoyment of Truth

Most of the practical arguments relative to consciousness focus on human behavior. The more we are aware of the subtle motivations behind our behavior the more conscious we become. The more of our attention we focus on observing this behavior the more likely we are to comprehend our suffering. By ignoring our behavioral habits we only prolong the inevitable Truth which we ultimately must come to terms with.

If we look around, we can easily find all sorts of ignorance and denial that we as a collective are suffering from.  Ignorance and delusion are obviously common qualities of the human experience. If we observe closely, we will find that Ignorance and delusion are the cause of most of the wars and disagreements that take place within society. The tendency to judge what we don’t understand can easily become a burdensome practice leaving us annoyed and weary.  This is part of the secret to why we are unhappy: we are not living in truth. Much of our time is devoted to maintaining illusions that we find consoling or anxiety reducing. We use these beliefs to shield ourselves from the anxiety of living in a finite reality, from the inevitability of ultimate change and death.

Enlightenment is about transcendence. When we are no longer afraid of the Truth we accept it, we let go of what we were holding on to. We find out that what we were holding on to wasn’t serving us any longer. Ultimately, we discover that we were just trying  to avoid facing a painful Reality until we were ready to accept it.

Illusions play an important role in the growth process and serves us at every stage of the conscious process. Without illusion, there would only be the revelation of Truth. For the most part, the majority of people would admit that they are not ready for the complete revelation of the Truth. Generally, we tend to struggle to find vitality and happiness in the midsts of the inevitability of the Truth that we were avoiding. It takes a lot of energy to maintain an illusion in the face of the truth. The avoidance of an inevitable Truth will require more and more of our vital and psychic energy to postpone the acceptance of the obvious fact we were not looking at. This increase in the demand on the vital and psychic energy used to maintain this illusion causes us to become more and more depressed and unhappy. Essentially, we are suffering from a struggle to maintain a fantasy in the face of Reality. As this Reality becomes more apparent, it becomes much more difficult to maintain a fantasy. Eventually, it becomes so difficult that we can’t maintain the illusion anymore.

As the light of Truth shines through, we are set free from the reactive emotions that are caused by fear and the clinging to illusion. When we realize that happiness is the inherent condition of Reality, there is no fear and no reason to cling, there is only happiness. There is only the enjoyment of what already is. In this discovery, we find that the concerns of the past and the fears for the future are transcended by the enjoyment of this moment. Ultimately, all apparent negative human attributes are servants to the enjoyment of the now. They serve the natural process of conscious evolution through the process of expansion and contraction. Life uses illusion to teach us about the Truth. Life forces us to grow so that we can learn to enjoy the ultimate condition of this Reality. Illusion is a very powerful tool. Illusion helps show us what the Truth is not. It helps us find a Truth that is not dependant on limited or temporary conditions. Illusion helps us to find a Truth that is beyond the limited qualities of all human experience. Where there is this ultimate Truth there is only enjoyment. The Truth shall set you free !

                                                                                                                                                        Hermes