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Dreadful World that Hides Paradise

“What is this dreadful world that moves me and to what unknown land?

“What is this earth that opens wide her jaw to swallow our bodies and prepares an everlasting shelter for greed? Who is this man who contents himself with the favors of Fortune and craves a kiss from the lips of Life while Death smites him in the face? … Who is this man who swims on thewave of Ignorance toward the gulf of Darkness?

‘Tell me, Wisdom, what are all these things?’

“And Wisdom opened her lips and spoke:

‘You man, would see the world with the eyes of God, and would grasp the secrets of the hereafter by means of human thought. Such is the fruit of ignorance. … The world that moves with you is your heart, which is the world itself. And Man, whom you deem so small and ignorant, is God’s messenger who has come to learn the joy of life through sorrow and gain knowledge from ignorance. … March on, and fear not the thorns or sharp stones on Life’s path.” ~kahlil Gibran

A Dreadful World

When you look at all the horrors that happen here, you see that this is indeed a dreadful world. It is not without it’s good side and its pleasures, to be sure. But the “world” of matter is one of death and disease, one where beings have to kill and eat each other to survive, then they die anyway. How can one say that is not a dreadful place? But it is a mask, a disguise for the real world that lies hidden behind the realm of matter. The dreadful world is hiding paradise.

Favors of Fortune

Yes, many of us do fall for this trap. The bait of material wealth and material pleasures leads many into the traps of Darkness. We think we have accomplished something because we have accumulated a big bag of money. Yet that money cannot prevent illness or death. It cannot stop us from getting sad at the loss of a loved one. How many wealthy celebrities have committed suicide in recent years? There depression is often due to a subconscious realization that they have followed a false path. An attractive path that leads to death. A path where our “friends” often love our money and fame rather than us. They sense it’s emptiness, yet are not sure how to escape other than to end their live. There is another way, a better way.

By Means of Thought

One reason we find the true path so hard to find is that we look for it with the wrong “eyes”. We let our material brain-mind lead us and it takes us to places which, we discover, are not as great as we thought they would be. Yet we turn to that same brain-mind to lead us to another path,but it can’t.  It knows no other path, just variations of the path of matter and materialistic pursuits. It knows its way around the Dreadful World, but not how to escape it. Continue reading “Dreadful World that Hides Paradise”

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Preaching Soul Gives Great Advice

My soul preached to me and taught me to love that which people abhor and befriend him whom they revile. My soul showed me that love prides itself not only in the one who loves, but also in the beloved.

“Ere my soul preached to me, Love was in my heart as a tiny thread fastened between two pegs. But now love has become a halo whose beginning is its end, and who’s end is its beginning. It surrounds every being and extends slowly to embrace all that shall be. …

“My soul preached to me and instructed me and taught me to listen to the voices which the … lips do not utter.

“Ere my soul preached to me, I heard naught but clamor and wailing. But now I eagerly attend silence and hear the choirs singing the hymns of the ages.” ~Kahlil Gibran

Preaching Soul

Our souls do have much they can teach us. First, of course, they have to be awakened. A dormant spirit and soul may still have much to teach us, but is unable to do so. Once awakened, the soul is delighted to teach us what we should know. The mind may not want to listen, but the soul can be persistent in its effort.

Preaching Soul on Love

Love is naturally the main thing the awakened soul wants to teach us. Not lust or want, but love. The soul understands love far better than the mind does. The soul doesn’t see love as something at at a particular individual. It’s not even limited to a particular species. The soul sees love as applying to all beings, all life, all existence. Yes, even the evil ones. The soul knows that love cannot truly be real if it is limited.

This doesn’t mean, as some believe, that we must embrace our dark side and listen to the demons and beings of darkness. It means that we love them to transform them. We don’t want them destroyed. We want them transformed. That has, in fact, already happened as some of them have given up already and turned back to God. This is how light wins, not by killing and mayhem. Continue reading “Preaching Soul Gives Great Advice”

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Knowledge and Wisdom from Mind and Spirit

“We have a clear example in Lucifer, and also in Adam the fist Man, of what SELF doeth, when it getteth the Light of Nature to be ts own, and when it can walk with the understanding in its own dominion. … They get the light of this outward world of nature into the possession of their reason, nothing comes of it but pride of themselves. And yet all the world so vehemently desireth and seeketh after this light as the best Treasure. …

“But while SELF, viz. Reason, is captivated and fast bound in a close and strong prison, … it is very dangerous for man to make use of the light of knowledge in SELF, as if it were in the Posession of SELF. For the wrath of the eternal and temporal nature will soon take pleasure in it, and then SELF and a man’s own reason will rise up in pride,and depart from the true resigned humility towards God, and will no longer eat the Fruit of Paradise.” ~Jacob Boehme

SELF is not Self

In Hindu scripture hat I have quoted from on this blog, Self is a good thing. It is our spiritual Self, our true Self, as opposed to our material self. But when Jacob Boehme says “SELF” he clearly means Ego, which is not at all the same as the Hindu Self.

Lucifer and Adam

So Boehme is telling us that the big mistake both Lucifer and Adam made was to let their egos get too strong and dominate their thinking. A dominant ego is a powerful thing, but it is also a troublemaker. It tends to be stubborn and not want to take advice from others. A dominant ego thinks it is in charge of everything, and that which it doesn’t know, namely spiritual things, are of no importance. When we have a dominant ego, we make rash, materialistic decision, like Adam deciding to eat the forbidden fruit. When we have an ego mind that is not guided by the soul ,we often act out of fear instead of wisdom. A life controlled by fear is one of the saddest lives we can possibly live. Continue reading “Knowledge and Wisdom from Mind and Spirit”

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Spiritual Treasure in a Heavenly Palace

“Imagine a man goes into a royal palace, and to see the portraits and works of art there, treasures kept in one place, other things in another. Imagine him to sit down to table with the king, and to have delicious meats and drinks set before him, and to be in every way refreshed with the contemplation of such beautiful things; and after that, to be hurried off, and found carried away to noisome places. …

“This is what God has done to poor wretched man. He has shown him glories and royal beauties unspeakable and heavenly; and so the man, comparing those spiritual things with the things of this world, casts all away, and … turns his gaze to the heavenly treasure.” ~St. Macarius the Egyptian

Palaces and Kings

I have actually visited a royal palace, the Palace of Versailles in France. There are no kings there anymore, but it is maintained as a tourist attraction. I have also visited

Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles

some castles in Germany and a palace in Japan. Of course, most such places are now in ruins and those that are not have mostly been turned into museums, hotels, or tourist sites. This should be an indication of the fate of the treasures of materialism.

An old saying goes, “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.” That is only true if the birds are the same. If the bird in the hand is a pigeon and the two in the bush are fat turkeys, drop the pigeon and grab a turkey! For our purposes, the bird in the hand is material wealth while the fat turkeys in the bushes are the spiritual treasures.

Spiritual Treasure

St. Macarius is telling us that when God grants us a glimpse into heaven, it is as if we have been invited to a party at the greatest palace of all with more treasures in it than all the earthly palaces and castles. Of course, these treasures are different. They are spiritual treasures.

The materialist will say that spiritual treasures are worthless, so he will stick with his material baubles and bling. The smart person knows better. No matter how much imaginary value you place on silver and gold, diamonds and rubies, those things are all temporary. Not only because your time on Earth is limited, but even the physical planet is temporary. The process of changing it slowly back into spirit has, in fact, already began. It doesn’t really take a spiritual awakening to realize that the permanent is more valuable than the temporary. Spiritual treasure is permanent.

Become a Resident

Of course, after seeing those great treasures that await us in the spiritual realms, we don’t want to leave and return to the worlds of matter. A land of death, disease, and greed no longer attracts us. But what to do about it?

What we do is work to become worthy of a permanent place in Heaven. We start by awakening our dormant spiritual faculties, which we probably already did when we had that brief glimpse beyond. Then we continue to develop our spirit and soul. We raise our consciousness one level at a time until we reach the level of angels and Light Beings. Then we help others learn how to do the same. We do what we can do to help God’s Great Plan of Redemption to happen as soon as possible. We help rid the world of evil, not by killing anyone, but by helping them awaken and transform.

Then when we die physically, our spirit and soul can start climbing that spiritual ladder to higher and higher dimensions until we are knocking on Heaven’s Door. Then we can be allowed in to share in that spiritual treasure forever.

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