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Seeking More Than Materialism

“Man is not organized as a self-consistent unity. He always demands more than the world, of its own accord, gives him. Nature has endowed us with needs; among them are some that she leaves to our own activity to satisfy. Abundant as are the gifts she has bestowed upon us, still more abundant are our desires. We seem born to be dissatisfied. And our thirst for knowledge is but a special instance of this dissatisfaction. We look twice at a tree. The first time we see its branches at rest, the second time in motion. We are not satisfied with this observation.

“The something more which we seek in things, over and above what is immediately given to us in them, splits our whole being into two parts. We become conscious of our antithesis to the world. We confront the world as independent beings. The universe appears to us in two opposite parts: I and World. We erect this barrier between ourselves and the world as soon as consciousness first dawns in us. But we never cease to feel that, in spite of all, we belong to the world, that there is a connecting link between it and us, and that we are beings within, and not without, the universe. This feeling makes us strive to bridge over this antithesis, and in this bridging lies ultimately the whole spiritual striving of mankind. The history of our spiritual life is a continuing search for the unity between ourselves and the world. Religion, art and science follow, one and all, this aim. The religious believer seeks in the revelation” ~Rudolf Steiner

Seeking More

Actually, man is fairly consistent in one thing: wanting more. Whatever he has, he wants more. Whatever he knows, he wants to know more. This is a good thing. Contented cattle may be easy to control, but they don’t grow, they don’t evolve. Man grows and evolves simply because he is not content with the status quo. He always looks for something better. Yet, while we have this discontent, we also want happiness and unity.

We also have to work to get things. It is our nature as well as that of the universe. Everything is moving. We must move also, we must work also. And we tend to not appreciate that which is handed to us without earning it.

Knowing What to Seek

One of the big problems with this seeking more is knowing what to seek for. Shortly after The Fall, man knew what he had lost and what he needed to get back. After many centuries, the majority of us have forgotten. We know that we crave something more, something greater, but we don’t know what it is. We have become so accustomed to being matter that we don’t really know what spirit is anymore. But that is starting to change. Continue reading “Seeking More Than Materialism”

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Satisfaction, Karma, and Seeking Truth

“If thou are paying the penalty of a mistaken belief, thou canst not rightly impute the fault to circumstances. If it is the felicity which Fortune gives that moves thee—mere name thou it may be—come reckon up with me how rich thou art in the number and weightiness of thy blessings. … What right hast thou to talk of ill-fortune when keeping all fortune’s better gifts? …
“Fortune’s hate hath not involved all thy dear ones, the stress of the storm that has assailed thee is not beyond measure intolerable. … Who enjoys such settles felicity as not to have some quarrel with the circumstances of his lot? … So petty are the trifles which rob the most fortunate of perfect happiness!” ~Boethius

Can’t Get Satisfaction

Few of us are ever satisfied with our conditions in life, at least all of the time. We all have those periods when are circumstances are not pleasant. No one has a perfect life all the time. While it may be hard to believe, this is actually fortunate. Yes, it is a good thing that sometimes things happen to us that we don’t like. On top of that, psychiatrists say that frequently complaining about things can lead to depression and low self-esteem.

Karma

One reason why it is a good thing is Karma, or the Golden Rule of Christianity. In short, this rule says what we give out, we get back. We may not get it back right away, or in the same form, but we do get it back.

If we do something mean to another person, and we get back karma that pleases us, we would learn nothing. When we do something wrong or stupid, we should get a response from karma that lets us know it was stupid. Unfortunately, many people simply gripe and moan when something bad happens to them. Rarely do any of us look at it and honestly ask, “What did I do to deserve this?”. If we started doing that, we might figure it out and stop doing the things that cause problems. Continue reading “Satisfaction, Karma, and Seeking Truth”

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The Great Sphinx of Truth and Knowledge

“Confronting mankind there stands a sphinx—the vast unknown. However well a man may be informed concerning a specific subject, his furthermost outlook concerning that subject is bounded by an impenetrable infinity. And the ‘discovered,’ as I will show, has only transferred ignorance to other laces. Science has confined its labors to superficial descriptions, not the elucidation of the fundamental causes of phenomena. … She dare not attempt to explain the why even of the simplest things. … How does the maple tree secrete a sweet, wholesome sap, and deadly nightshade growing in the same soil and living on the same elements, a poison? …
“That word Why to man dominates the universe. It covers all phenomena, and thrusts inquiry back from every depth.” ~John Uni Lloyd

The Great Sphinx

When you talk about a sphinx, most people immediately see a great statue in Egypt. That statue, however, is a depiction of a sphinx, not the thing itself. The sphinx represents a mystery, the unknown, the great riddle of the universe, and beyond.

The Limits of Science

There is no doubt that the scientific community has found answers to many questions. They can tell us what chemical make some people have red hair, while others have brown or blond. They can tell us what chemicals make some peppers hot while others are not. They can tell us what makes the sun hot. They can tell us that ice expands when it freezes. They can tell us that metals liquify when heated enough. They can even tell us at what temperature each type of metal will melt. They are good at discovering the whats and wherefores of the universe, but not so good with the whys.

They can tell us that a certain chemical in some peppers makes them hot, but they can’t really say why some peppers have a lot of that chemical, and others don’t. They can’t say why some plants spread their seeds using the wind, while others rely on birds, insects, or animals to spread the seeds. They can’t tell us why plants exist at all.

The Seeker Asks Why

Whether they realize it or not, the seekers of the world are really trying to answer that question “Why?”. Telling them that copper makes red hair isn’t enough. They want to know why they have red hair. They want to know why they have hair at all. Most of all, they want to know the root causes of it all.

Science might be able to give those answers if it would go beyond the limitations of the material plane, but few scientists are willing to do that. When they do, they are often ridiculed by those who refuse to look over the fence, to look outside the cave of matter.

The Spiritual Teacher

Religion generally doesn’t do any better than science in this. Today’s churches are often just as materialistic as the business and scientific communities. They too look for answers in matter rather than in spirit. When they do venture beyond the realms of matter, it is often made up nonsense that pleases the congregation, but is not based on any spiritual truth. It has no actual answers for the Sphinx.

A real spiritual teacher, however, is both religious and scientific. He applies the rules of science and scientific study in exploring the realms beyond matter. Since matter ans spirit are very different, the study of spirit must be different, yet still scientific. You cannot put a spirit on a scale and weigh it to prove it exists. A spirit has no weight, but it is still real. A spirit has no beginning and no end, so cannot be measured. That doesn’t make it ay less real.

So if man really wished to answer the great riddle of the Sphinx, he needs to embrace spirituality as well as science, the non-material as well as the material. Maybe soon the scientists and the spiritual seekers will join together to find the real truth. But for now, we must learn different things from each discipline and put it together ourselves. We must each solve the riddle of the Sphinx.

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Seeking Truth, God, and Heaven

“We find in all the mystics the strong sense of a mysterious spiritual life—a Reality—over against man, seeking him and compelling him to its will. It is not for him, they think, to say that he will or will not aspire to the transcendental world. Hence sometimes this inversion of man’s long quest of God. The self resists the pull of spiritual gravitation, flees from the touch of Eternity; and the Eternal seeks it, tracks it ruthlessly down. The Following Love, the mystics say, is a fact of experience, not a poetic idea. … Man, once conscious of Reality, cannot evade it.” ~Evelyn Underhill

Seeking the Seeker

According to Ms. Underhill’s interpretation of mystical writings, the great mystics believed that God was seeking us even more than we seek Him. On the other hand, God will not force us to awaken and become spiritual; it must be our choice. In that, we can agree with her.

She also says that, according to these same mystics and prophets, God needs us more than we need Him. That I cannot agree with. Yes God seeks us and desires very much to bring us back to the fold, but only because he loves us. He can, however, function quite well without us.

By Underhill’s interpretation, we would be justified in believing that we can do just about anything we want to and get away with it. God will, in the end, forgive everything because he desperately needs us back. Much like the football team that ignores the crimes of the star player because they need him.

But heaven is not at all like a football field. It is a place of the perfected, and only the perfected. So while God certain does want us to return there, if we are unwilling to do what it takes to make that happen, He will not just allegorically shrug His shoulders, and let us in anyway. Continue reading “Seeking Truth, God, and Heaven”

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