It is curious, sometimes quite humorous, how some scientists will tie evidence into ridiculous knots to prevent even hinting at the idea of God or a spiritual world from which the material is generated. I sometimes watch those shows on the H2 channel where “experts” tell us how all the ancient stories about angels, fairies, gods, nymphs, sprites, etc. are really about aliens, by which they mean material beings from other planets who traveled here on very material space ships and showed off their very materialistic sciences which were so advanced that our ancestors considered them magic or miracles. There only proof of this theory is that it must be true since, obviously, spirits are not real.
Yet, as Blavatsky points out, many great philosophers, teachers, and leaders have always said that spirits are very real, and so is God.
One reason for this conflict in humans may be what is mentioned in the last sentence of the quote. When we hear people talk of the human soul, we thing of only one soul. Some people will see that soul as being primarily concerned with human emotions and worldly affairs. Others see the soul as being purely a spiritual thing that is interested only in spiritual matters and in God. But this is not truly a conflict because they are actually speaking of two distinctly different souls. There is what Aristotle called “the soul of the world” or the mundane soul. This soul is connected to the physical and psychic bodies and is primarily concerned in worldly matters. This is not the soul that spiritual teachers are talking about when they tell you do develop your spirit and soul. What Aristotle calls, “the rational soul” is more correctly called the spiritual soul or the Divine Soul. It is this soul which connects us directly to God and to all spiritual worlds and spiritual beings, but only if it is awakened.
Since the materialists have never awakened this soul, they often don't believe in it, or in anything spiritual. But that doesn't change the truth. No matter how many knots they try to tie in reality to make it a purely material place, they do not change what is truly real, and that is that the spiritual soul, the spiritual worlds, and God are very real.
The Kolbrin Bible is very old. Some believe it is based on ancient writings that predate the birth of Jesus. So I was pleasantly surprised to come across this message in it that fits so well into the modern environmental movement.
First, we are told that any tree that has grown to double the height of an average man, or taller, should not be cut down simply to burn in a campfire or to clear land for farming or other purposes. This is the very thing that many today complain is happening in much of the world, but especially in South America where thousands of acres of rainforest are plowed down every year to make room for growing cattle, or to build houses for humans. And what do those humans plan on breathing once all the trees are gone?
It may not be true that the treas “move the winds”, but it is true that much of the oxygen we need and most animals need to breathe is generated by trees. Smaller plants contribute, of course, but mostly it is the trees. On the other hand, the trees absorb much of the carbon dioxide in the air which can be dangerous to us if it builds up too much. They also absorb some other unhealthy gases in the air.
The most interesting sentence in the quote is the one that tells us that killing a tree is no less wrong than killing an animal because “the same breath of life is in each”. In other words, life is life, at least on a material level, so the idea that certain species, or types of life must be protected, while others may be safely slaughtered is ridiculous. So if you are a vegetarian or vegan for health reasons, that is fine, but if it is because you think it is mean to kill animals, as this quote says: life is life, it really doesn't matter what form it currently has. So if it is wrong to take life from one being, it is just as wrong to take life from another being, regardless of it's shape, size, or color.
The last sentence is another interesting one. While an earlier part of the quote tells us it is acceptable to cut down a tree so a furniture maker, or carpenter can make things with it, we are now told that the gods (or the God, for that matter) would rather we dedicate a grove of living trees to Him rather than carve a statue from the tree or from a rock, and that is very true also. It used to be a common practice in many places and many churches to plant trees in memory of the deceased. We have done that at our Redrock Sanctuary in Reno and it is a practice that other churches and spiritual communities should revive.
In a very general sense, there is no doubt that evolution is real, but that doesn't mean everything that is suggested by it is true, nor does it mean that it is true for all species on Earth.
While Darwin wrote about the survival of the strongest or the fittest, leading to the unfortunate idea that we should all function as if we are in competition with each other to get a bigger piece of limited resources so we can be the ones to survive, and the sick idea of awarded greed almost to the point of worshiping the greediest among us, others have a different idea. Bergson said that evolution is not survival of the fittest, but a movement from the simple to the complex and from very limited consciousness to an expanded consciousness. Bergson believed there was a guiding force to evolution which he called the elan vital. In fact, if you think about it, you can easily see evolution as a diseased organism attempting to heal itself, and in a sense that is exactly what is happening.
The creationists believe they must deny the whole concept of evolution as being opposed to the idea of creation by God. That is not necessarily true. Both evolution, within certain limits, can be true as well as the idea of God as creator.
First, we have to recognize that when we talk about creation we must look at it in two different levels as a minimum. The first level is the spiritual and the second is the universe of matter. The spiritual universe existed long before the material and man existed on that level long before there was any matter. Which means that contrary to the more materialistic views of evolution, man existed long before plants and animals, but in spiritual form, so man was indeed created bu God, the real God, the God of spirit.
The second level being matter was, according to Gnostic beliefs, not created by God at all but was the result of The Fall, the creation of the fallen angels called the Demiurge by the Gnostics and the Essenes. So it is not truly created by God, except in an indirect sense since it was “created” by changing part of the existing spiritual universe. And the goal of God and the spiritual people working for him is to return the material universe back to it's normal state as spirit.
Sadly, many people think they have to wait until after they die to experience any significant changes in their consciousness and reality, when the truth is just the opposite. If you don't at least start the process while you are physically alive, you won't get the opportunity to do so after you die.
Others think that such shifts in consciousness is nothing more than hallucinations brought on by drugs or some sort of malfunction (I was very disappointed in the ending of the movie Phenomenon starring John Travolta where it's revealed at the end that his strange psychic visions and other unusual powers are caused by a brain tumor, not something spiritual). Of course, it is true that some people take drugs and have hallucinations that they mistake for a spiritual awakening, but that doesn't mean there aren't people having real spiritual awakenings by following real spiritual enlightenment techniques as taught in a legitimate spiritual school.
As Ms Peirce says, as we awaken and become more aware, more conscious (in the true sense of the word), we become more aware that we are not as individual, as alone, as we tend to think we are. We are all a part of everything else, and everything else is connected to us. The bell does toll for us, because when another person dies, a piece of each of us dies. And when a person, or animal, or even a plant, is tortured, burned, mistreated, it has an affect on each of us, and that affect is not good. The good news is that the opposite is also true. Treating other beings kindly and lovingly helps to reduce the anger, hatred, and other negative energies in the world that work against spiritual enlightenment.
I particularly like what she says about mystics. I remember reading a quote, I don't remember who from, that said something like, “The magic of the past becomes the science of the future”. Many people still associate the term “mystic” with magicians, but we are once again learning that the mystics were simple spiritually advanced individuals. And now that we have the Sun of Righteousness shining down on us to aid us in our quest for enlightenment, it is easier for us all to achieve what the ancient mystics did if we try.
“We must also clearly realize as makers of the future, that as the Church has its special dangers of conservatism, cosiness, intolerance, the checking of initiative, the domestic tendency to enclose itself and shirk reality; so the cultus has also its special dangers, of which the chief are perhaps formalism, magic, and spiritual sloth. Receiving the conserving as it does all the successive deposits of racial experience, it is the very home of magic: of the archaic tendency to attribute words and deeds, special powers to a priestly caste, and to make of itself the essential mediator between Creative Spirit and the soul. … The impulsive mind is inevitably conservative; … its easy slip-back into traditional and even archaic and self-contradictory beliefs.” ~Evelyn Underhill
It is unclear how Ms Underhill separates church from cultus, but what she warns about here is largely true. We have seen much of this in recent years where many large churches that were very new and innovative at one time have become very conservative and very intolerant of those who want to change. We have seen this also in some spiritual schools of today. Not only have the older ones become set in their ways and often continue following traditional ceremonies that no longer serve a purpose, but new schools form that collect old ways from the study of ancient books and assemble them into their teaching with little understanding of what such processes are for or when they should be performed.
In short, a real spiritual school must be able to follow ceremonies and techniques adapter to the people of today, and even to different regions of the world. Also, as Ms Underhill warns, they must not allow their teachers to function like all-knowing priests who will tell initiates how to live their lives, but will instead tech people how to communicate with spiritual beings, angels, and God Himself directly so they will not only know for sure what is needed of them, but also because the details of what God needs of each of us will differ. While we all have the general duties to help accomplish God's Divine Plan and to help awaken others, the details for each of us will differ.
As I write this, I am reminded of something I saw a few days ago on Facebook. Someone was suggesting a reality TV show where some Christians of the type who are constantly going on about gays being evil, God hating gays, etc. and thumping there Bibles to back it up, would be put into a place where they would have to live according to the rules of the Bible for six months. My guess is most of them wouldn't make it past the first week. Those poor One Million Mothers (actually a few thousand) would have to shut up and let their husbands do the talking: no public speaking allowed for women. And no eating pork, shellfish (yes, that includes shrimp and lobster), or any sea creature that doesn't have scales (octopus, squid, eels). And no wearing makeup since Paul says only whores do that. But worst of all, what will they do about that pesky stuff where Jesus tells his followers to worry about the log in there own eyes rather than dwelling on the mote in their brothers?
While some of these people are intolerant, we should not follow that example. We should be tolerant of their unwillingness to grow and change because it really is human nature. To our minds, that which we know is almost always preferable to what we don't know, so we all tend to resist change. That is one reason why it is so important to communicate with spiritual beings like the angels. They can help you know when change is the best option.
So Russia has decided to invade Crimea and probably take over the Ukraine again. And Europe, the United States, and possibly the United Nations will now tell them in no uncertain terms: tsk, tsk!
As GMO foods continue to spread into nearly all processed foods, more and more mysterious illnesses with no known cause keep popping up. Just coincidence, go back to sleep, back to sleep.
Unfortunately, I think the story in the news this week about the guy who woke up in a body bag will encourage the family keeping the dead body of their teenage daughter who is brain dead wiggling and jiggling so they can pretend she is alive and will wake up one day.
A good article everyone should read if you are planning to retire soon. Investment banks and 401k operators have us all scared that we won't have enough money when we retire if we don't put aside huge amounts of money while we are working. This financial expert says that is being exaggerated and most of us can live just fine on less.
“If a man enjoys the Bliss of God, he doesn't enjoy the world. Having tasted divine bliss, he finds the world insipid. If a man gets a shawl, he doesn't care for broadcloth.” ~Ramakrishna
When you read the first part of this, you might get the impression that spiritual teachers used to beat their students, or otherwise physically punish them for infractions of the rules of the order. As it later says, this was usually not true, simply because it was not necessary. The person punished himself with bad karma and a lack of progress. It would be like a materialist having a big chest full of gold coins in front of him, but every time he reached to grab one, the chest would move out of his reach. That would be harsh punishment to such a person and he would probably start listening to his teachers and following the disciplines so he could get the coins.
In a modern spiritual school, things are a little different. Because people today are not accustomed to much self-discipline, the teachers rarely talk about rules that must be followed, but instead talk of things that can help in one's quest for enlightenment. You are told what disciplines you should follow, but there are usually no threats involved. You are simply told that failure to follow the disciplines will limit your progress and then you are left to choose yourself. If you are caught eating beef or pork after being told that you shouldn't, no one is going to whip you, or even criticize you. You will suffer the consequences and, hopefully, learn from your mistakes. If you are told that you should always attend a weekly service, no one is going to show up on your doorstep to drag you to it if you don't go, but you will suffer the consequences of missing the benefits that come from attending. More importantly, as the last part of the quote indicates, if you don't discipline yourself, you will remain attached to worldly things and they will be able to pull you off the path of enlightenment and eternal life, and that is the harshest punishment of all.
Today, we would say avoid cities and the suburbs of big cities rather than towns and villages. In most areas now, there is little wilderness left, and even if there is, trying to live in it is impractical. Still, the idea remains a sound one for a number of reasons. One reason is because we are benefited by regular contact with nature which people living in large cities rarely get. Not that, as some claim, nature and the natural world is holy in some way, but because nature obeys the Law of God, while many men try to avoid it. Another reason is that there tends to be a lot more negative energies, angry energies in cities or crowded areas simply because they are so crowded, and those low-frequency energies make it more difficult for the spiritual aspirant to raise her frequencies to allow contact with spiritual beings. Another is that spiritual techniques should be practiced outdoors, but in a place where you are not being watched, especially by doubters.
If, however, you do live in a large city or suburb and it is not practical for you to move, you can get around this problem. The thing to do is to make regular trips out into the country, especially into places where there are very few people. And spend some time there, not just a few minutes. When that is not practical, you can get some benefit by simply visiting a large park in the city (assuming it has parks).
The next part of the quote advises the monks to stay in the country and let the city folk come to them. This, unfortunately, is also impractical these days, though there are some work-arounds. With modern technology, you can reach people just about anywhere in the world with videos, television, radio, and the internet with forums such as this blog. While they may not be as effective as talking to folks in person, they may make up for that by reaching a lot more people. But even with such tools, it may be necessary to occasionally go into a big city to speak at events, or to some particular individual. In those cases, there are methods the spiritual student can apply to help protect himself during the time he is exposed to those negative energies.
The last part of the section quoted is particularly significant, and is something I haven't really mentioned here before. While wealthy people really glory in there importance during their lifetimes, rarely does that fame last for long after their death. Can you name the ten wealthiest people of the last century? How about the previous century? Can you name the wealthiest people from the time of Jesus or Buddha? My guess is, most cannot without looking up that data on a history site, and you might not even find it there. Yet you find plenty of information about humble men like Jesus, John the Baptist, St. Francis, etc. Something to think about, but being spiritual is not about achieving world fame, its about saving your soul and the souls of others, at least if your practicing real spirituality and not some phony version.
Some people feel that if you see someone doing wrong, or talking rudely, you have an obligation to object to their behavior in the hope that you can get them to change, or at least convince others nearby to not follow in their path. Others will say that we should not interfere and just ignore the person because it is not our business. The correct path is somewhere in the middle.
If we see a person who gives the impression of being a generally good person, or at least a reasonable person, saying or doing something that is clearly wrong, we should, gently and politely, inform him of the error of his ways. He may be insulted at first, but upon thinking about it later on, he may very well realize that you were correct.
On the other hand, if we see a person who is argumentative, confrontational, and generally obnoxious, to try to confront him about it is probably worthless, and possibly dangerous. This type of person thrives on confrontation and loves to be challenged so he can argue his side without ever listening to what the other person has to say. What's more, if he appears to be losing the argument, he may actually become violent in defending his belief. Even if he doesn't become physically violent, he may be sending violent and negative thoughts toward you and the negative energy carried in those thoughts can weaken you.
These days we have a new variation of this rude and obnoxious person known as internet trolls. This are people who have noting nice to say about anyone or anything. They in fact have nothing of significance to say at all, so instead spend as much time as they can criticizing others in the vilest terms for almost anything they say. It is very tempting many times to reply to them, but it usually isn't worth while. They almost certainly will not listen, and if they truly believe they things they post, they will get angry with you contradicting them and send negative energy to you. So very often, the best approach with this people is to just ignore them.
Of course, there are always extreme cases in which you must, as a human being and a child of God, interfere no matter what. This is when the person is not just being rude and argumentative, but is actually doing physical violence to another. You should then try to stop in whatever way you can, preferably by calling police over, but getting involved yourself if you have to.
Most of us know that a hologram is a kind of three dimensional image that is reproduced by shining a laser, or lasers, on the film it is recorded on. Not as many are aware that if you cut the recorded holograph in half, unlike a normal photograph, when you shine a laser on each half, each part will show the entire image. This happens even when the film is cut into four, ten, or even twenty pieces. It seems like the whole image is recorded on every part of the film.
So when we consider the physical universe as a hologram, this has some interesting implications. If just like a holographic film, each part contains an image of the whole, then theoretically we do not have to travel all over the universe to learn about it, we can simply study a small part in the correct way, and learn the whole. Obviously, the correct way is not the mechanical way that has governed most scientific research for centuries. A more organic and holistic approach is needed. What this means, in a general way, is that instead of the biologist studying a specific animal, ant the chemist studying the effects of a specific chemical, etc. without looking at anything else, they would study the animal not as an individual, but part of the universe. How does it related to other species? How does it affect the whole? How are other species affected by it?
The other, perhaps more significant implication is the new importance of light, both the material and the spiritual kind, that is implied by this. A hologram is nothing more than a matrix of light. And, according to what was said above, each beam of this light contains the knowledge of the whole. On the material level, that implies that a beam of this light could provide virtually all information we might need about the entire universe—if we knew how to extract and interpret that information.
When it come to spiritual Light, the same thing applies with regard to the spiritual levels of reality. And, fortunately, we have the ability to interpret it in our souls. We just have to awaken the soul, which is usually not easy, but doable, and then it can receive and interpret the spiritual light coming to us mostly from the spiritual sun. Even better, since the spiritual worlds are the source from which the material hologram is generated and continuously powered, understanding the spiritual also makes it possible to truly understand the material in a complete and fundamental way that doesn't happen when you have one scientist studying the woodchuck, and another studying global warming, and another studying sound vibrations, then trying to somehow tie it all together. In other words, if scientists truly want to understand the universe, they need to include the spiritual in their studies.