“Put love as a foundation of your home, put goodness and virtue as a wall, wisdom as a roof, and truth as windows.
“One thing will save you when you are broken, applying love!
“Many people are slaves to the outer conditions. Apply faith, start loving the whole world, and you will be free.
“In the future, the relationships among people must be based on cleanness and holiness. If they keep repeating the contemporary kind of relations among each other, that will be a waste of time
“Knowledge is obtained from higher beings. Do not expect knowledge from ordinary people. …
“ Use natural methods, the good you acquire with them is lasting, artificial methods begin with great effects, but always end up bad for you.
“The reason for the badness lies in you. The reason for the goodness lies in you. To transform your bad traits into good is the alive science.” ~Biensa Douno
Building Your Home
It is, I think, a wonderful allegory to think of our gaining of truth and positive motions as building our home. Our physical body, at least, lives primarily under the control of our mind. A healthy mind will, therefore, lead to a healthy body. A loving mind is indeed a great foundation for our home. And the foundation is the most important part of the home. A bad roof can be replaced without disturbing the rest of the house. Bad doors or windows can be replaced. But a crumbling foundation likely means he whole house will have to be replaced.
But the mind should also be under control of the divine soul. This is rarely the case, however, because few of us have awakened their souls. In fact, few are even aware that we come into the physical world with our spirit and soul in a dormant state something like a coma. Because we don’t know this, we make no effort to fix it.
Slaves to Conditions
In Plato’s famous tale of the people living in a cave, the people living in that cave know nothing of the world outside of the cave. In fact, as far as they are concerned, the cave is the world. They are trapped by their own beliefs.
We may not be literally living in Plato’s cave, but most of us are, in many ways, much like those unfortunate cave-dwellers. We are trapped by the beliefs and conventions of the society we live in and the education it provides. A great deal of that education is theory, but rarely are we told that. When we accept these things over time, we create filters in our minds. Those filters prevent us from seeing or hearing things that contradict those beliefs. This is one way in which we become slaves to conditions.
But even when we break out of those false beliefs to some degree, we are still slaves. That is because we must continue to act as if we do believe the untruths accepted by most if we are to continue to function in society. We can only avoid that by becoming a hermit. But if we have love as a foundation, we can handle these difficulties.
Knowledge from Higher Beings
Not all knowledge comes from higher beings. The most useful knowledge does. Higher beings meaning the angels and beings of light. Spiritual beings, not material ones who think they are higher than the rest of us.
Higher beings bring us higher knowledge. Spiritual beings bring us spiritual knowledge.
But we shouldn’t just sit on our hands waiting for those higher beings to bring truth and wisdom to us. We need to strive for truth and knowledge with as much effort as we strive for an education or a good job.
The foundation of our spiritual house is an awakened soul. We are all born with a soul, but if we never awaken it, we might as well not have one. After that soul has been awakened, usually with the light of the spiritual sun, it must be developed further. Only then does it make a good foundation for our spiritual home, our spiritual self.
But a foundation alone does not make a home. As Douno says, it needs virtue and goodness as walls, wisdom as a roof. It needs truth as windows, he says. But he doesn’t mention the door. The door into this spiritual house is an open mind. Without an open mind, spiritual progress is difficult, if not impossible.
And that spiritual house it to help us transform. As Douno notes, true transformation is a science. Like many sciences, there is some art to it, but mostly it is science. And like any science, it has its rules and methods. Those who ignore the true spiritual schools who have been practicing this science for decades, and follow their own path, are not likely to get far. Science cannot be ignored just because it is convenient to do so.