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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


Nirvana is the Key

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Nirvana is the Key

There is no belief that we can hold that would be an ultimate solution to our dissatisfaction with the present situation, as the only solution to our state of separateness is Nirvana. Idealistic solutions are only temporary fixes for our suffering, it is not an ultimate answer for our unhappiness. All form has a beginning and an end, all things change, as all things appear and disappear. The unqualified nature of Brahman, our native condition, transcends all forms of temporary manifestation. The belief that fulfillment can be achieved through the limits of temporal experience is a delusion, it is a myth that we use to console ourselves in our denial of our native condition. Happiness cannot be achieved through sentient reality, the sooner we accept this truth, the sooner we will be happy. When we embrace Nirvana, our happiness will no longer be dependent on temporary objects or experiences; it will be a Happiness that is based on an understanding that transcends limited conditions. With Nirvana comes the unqualified enjoyment of the realization of Brahman, the True Self. Nirvana is the key to the ultimate enjoyment of enlightenment.


The Way to Enjoy Happiness

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The Way to Enjoy Happiness

Happiness is enjoyed through the falling away of illusion. Enlightenment is the realization of the unqualified nature of Happiness, not the dilution of an illusory appearance that derives from perception and conception. In any case, what is required in order to truly enjoy Happiness is that we transcend the obstruction of our individualized experience. The true Reality of the Divine can be enjoyed when there is the transcendence of this false imagery of appearance. Only through these means can the ultimate nature of Happiness be enjoyed. The way to enjoy Happiness is through complete understanding of the true nature of the Divine. When the true nature of the Divine is understood the bliss of the Happiness is spontaneously enjoyed.

                                                                                                     

                                                                              Hermes

 


Die While You Are Alive

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Die While You Are Alive

Many of you may have heard of, or seen symbols of the process of resurrection or rebirth at some point in your life. As I have mentioned many times in the past, death is not something bad! In fact, many of the references to dying that we may observe within traditional esotericism are references to radical external or spiritual transformation, not a physical death. Much of this historical symbology is positively associated with the processes of external death or transformation. Death as taught by the ancient wise ones did not just imply physical death, spiritual rebirth was also implied by the processes of physical transformation. Profoundly, death was not seen as negative, on the contrary, it was seen as a transformative force that brought renewal.

Death is truly amazing; it is an essential force in the process of renewal, as it frees us from old attachments which have become restrictive. Death is often associated in the classical teachings with the process of transcendence, or purification; a literal process of the freeing of the spirit from the shackles of conditional bondage. Death is sometimes used as a symbol for the transcendence of old conditioning and rigid belief patterns. In fact, it has been recommended as a spiritual practice since ancient times. The practice of death is the primary foundation of the teaching of enlightenment as traditionally communicated in the East and the West. Dying before you die is not a grim or morose process, it is a profoundly adorned process viewed by the ancients as a sacred initiation, or passage into the gardens of paradise (heaven). In truth, death is not an obstruction, it is a profound force of transformation, as it involves the utter dissolution of separateness. The ultimate result of the practice of death is the gift of unqualified enjoyment, of true happiness. Dying before we die is the essence of enlightenment, it is the holy grail of manifest existence. There is no way to completely enjoy life as long as we are afraid of external change or transformation. Clinging to what is temporary only prevents us from being in complete flow with life. Inevitably, everything that is old must be destroyed to make way for what is new. “Die before you die,” as the Sufi saying goes!

 

This post was inspired by a quote from Frank L Morton.

“Die While Alive”


Shadow and Light

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Shadow and Light

In many religions death is associated with something dark, as many people since ancient times have associated it with something evil and unholy. Through Understanding, we realize that there is more to death than evil and darkness. In the East many people worship this destructive force as a God. This is because there is a more profound function to death than simply deprivation. Death is the force of change, it is the force of renewal. Like winter, death sweeps away the old to make way for the new; it is a positive part of process of transformation. Everything that occurs happens for a reason, the same force that is behind both good and the evil is the same force behind all the qualities of manifest existence. Cosmic forces conspire behind all events, both good and bad, in service to the Divine purpose. All conditional manifestations are servants to the greater process of Consciousness, and all qualities of life are simply expressions of our Divine nature. All of our successes and failures are simply momentary modifications of the ultimate nature of our divinity and infinite beingness. Without light, all would be darkness, without shadow, all would be desert.

                          

                                                                          Hermes


The Law of Love (Divine Justice)

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The Law of Love (Divine Justice)

       Some of you may feel that life is unjust or that there is no Justice in life. In some sense this may be implied by the lack of apparent Justice in our society. Many may feel that the nature of our society is a reflection of the nature of life and that life is brutal. They may even doubt the existence of God because of the brutal nature of life on earth. We often get angry when we feel things are unjust, or that we have been done wrong; it has a sense of offensiveness to it, like you have been violated or something. Often people have their own sense of Justice. The ego usually has it’s own version of Justice in the world that it envisions. We have our own preferences, opinions and ideas about how Justice should be administered according to our limited viewpoint. Some may even feel that there is no law at all, and that man is forsaken.

       Yes, mankind’s laws are often unjust, they generally do not appear to reflect the Universal Laws that govern our dimension. If you consider this matter more closely, you will find that all the manifest forces of existence are bound by Universal Laws. Divine Justice or the Divine law of Love is implemented through the Universal Laws. These laws are not controlled by any man, machine, or deity; they are de facto laws which underlie the mechanical processes of conditional existence. In other words, they just are. These Universal Laws are responsible for prioritizing the primary processes of manifest existence towards conscious evolution rather than towards bodily satisfaction. Conscious evolution through the purification of karma is the primary means by which God is realized for all human beings.

       Karma is another word for action or deed. The implication of our actions or deeds determines our karmic destiny, as our lives are defined by the results of our past actions. As a result of our decisions, we have to face the actions of our past in the form of present conditions. In other words, everybody must face their karma in this life or the next. One cannot escape one’s karma, as one is ultimately forced to confront the truth of the existence that they have creating for themselves. Basically, you cannot escape the reality of your behavior; you can only avoid it temporarily. By avoiding reality we only create more karma for ourselves. This is the sense in which I would like to describe Divine Justice. This kind of Justice transcends the temporal rounds of materiality and bodily existence. To describe it simply, the more invested you are in materiality the more karma you accumulate, and the more unnecessary suffering you endure.

       God is not to be confused with conditional forms; the more that you confuse your true nature with a false identity the more pain and suffering you will endure. Suffering from attachment to temporary forms of existence is the means by which the Divine Justice is implicated. When one forgets about his true nature he suffers. True prosperity or the blessings of God are not to be associated with bodily satisfaction. The way is about sacrifice through transcendence, this is why suffering is the great equalizer in the process of Divine Justice. The suffering that we experience is completely appropriate for our present state of growth, it is God’s will or it would not be this way. We suffer because we are attached to things that are not God. Consciousness is the priority of life, not bodily fulfillment. The Divine uses suffering as a tool to demonstrate this to us. “Existence is suffering,” as the Buddhist saying goes! This world is not meant to be turned into a paradise, it never was. This is the earth, not heaven! We are here to transcend our attachment to manifest conditions. The sacrifice of our separate self existence is an expression of the Divine law of Love; Love is realized through the transcendence of the appearance of separateness. The nature of Divine Justice is Love,  Love is the ultimate blessing of the Divine.

 

                                                                           Hermes


The Love in you is God

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The Love in you is God

The ego is the key obstruction in the process of conscious evolution, as learning about the ego is the means by which Love is realized. The more you understand the ego the happier you will be, and the more you will be capable of Love. The ego cannot truly Love another, it has only concern for it’s self. Real Love is expressed through the transcendence of the modalities of ego. That which is Love in you is God, God is all there is. Knowledge of the true Self is the means by which Love is realized.


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