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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


Reality Transcends the Mind

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Reality Transcends the Mind

Scientific facts have revealed, and will continue to reveal, that the reality that we perceive is merely a construct of the mind, and not a genuine representation of the actual state of Reality. We may find more and more sophisticated ways of describing how this reality manifests, but they will only ever be approximations of Reality, not Reality itself. We will never be able to truly perceive, or describe the true nature of Reality because we are always looking at it from outside; we are always observing it from the point of view of being separate from it. Reality itself is un-qualified, it is beyond the qualities that can be observed from a limited angle. From our apparently separate viewpoint, we are not able to perceive the actual condition of Reality itself. Where we err is in our tendency to focus our attention on the separate qualities of Reality, rather than on the quality of Reality itself. We are concerned with how things work or how they appear, rather than on what they mean!

Understanding is not belief, as belief is a product of the mind. It is a convention of the human mind to try to know what is infinite and indivisible. The actuality of consciousness is beyond the limits of comprehension. The revelation of Reality comes through the transcendence of perception, memory and belief. Understanding is freedom from the constraints of metallization and ideology. The conventions of the mind are transcended through the understanding of the paradox of Reality.


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.


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”


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