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Pure Experience of Sublime Reality

“Buddhist philosophy, therefore is the philosophy of Suchness, or philosophy of Emptiness, or philosophy of Self-identity. It starts from the absolute presence in which there is no differentiation of subject and object, and yet which is not a state of sheer nothingness. … This Suchness defies all characterization or denotation. No words can express what it is, but as words are the only instrument given to humna beings to communicate our thought, we have to use words, with this caution: Nothing is available for our purpose to say ‘not available, (anupalabda in Sanskrit and pu k’u te in Chinese) is not to the point either. Nothing is acceptable. To say it is already negating itself. Suchness transcends everything. It has mo moorings. No concepts can reach it, no understanding can grasp it. Therefore, it is called pure experience.

“ In pure experience there is no division between ‘ought’ and ‘is,” between form and matter or content, and therefore there is no judgment in it. …

“The Buddhist philosophy of Suchness thus starts with what is most primarily given to our consciousness which I have called pure experience. But, in point of fact, to say ‘pure experience’ is to commit oneself to something already posited somewhere, and thus it ceases to be pure. The Dhammapada reflects this thought when it designates the starting point of Buddhist philosophy as trackless, unboundable, … formless.” ~Daisetz Teitaro Suziki

Pure Experience is Truth

Here is something that a lot of people have not yet grasped, even spiritual ones: you can never be sure that what you read in a book, or what you are told, or see on YouTube, is absolute truth. You have to accept that it is almost certainly someone’s opinion. Worse yet, it is often the understanding of one person reading the opinions of another person, who studied the writings of someone like Buddha who had actual spiritual pure experience.

I hear people in various spiritual groups on social media say that spirituality is about having your own experience. Yet when one of them posts a meme, one hundred others will re-post it as if it is a known and absolute truth. As the above quote says, anything put into words can never be absolute truth. At best, it can only hint at the truth. In any case, reading what someone else wrote is not having your own experience.

Every day I see someone in one of these spiritual groups asking other members to recommend books or movies that will help them awaken. These things can only point you in the right direction. Only experience of your own can truly awaken and enlighten. Once you have awakened your spiritual faculties, they can connect with higher dimensions of reality. The experience of those dimensions, the knowledge found within them, is the pure experience Buddha was talking about. It’s a spiritual thing, not a mental one. Continue reading “Pure Experience of Sublime Reality”

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Regeneration of the Sacred Self

“Thou will ask, ‘What is the New Regeneration?’ or ‘how is it done in Man?’ Hear and see, stop not thy Mind, but not thy mind be filled by the spirit of this world, with its might and pomp. Take thy mind and break through the spirit of this world entirely. Incline thy mind into the kind love of God; make thy purpose earnest and strong to break through the pleasure of this world with thy Mind, and not to regard it. Consider that thou art not at home in this world, but that thou art a strange guest, captivated in a closed prison. Cry and call to Him who has the Key to the prison; yield thyself up to Him, in obedience, righteousness, modesty, charity, and truth. And seek not so eagerly after the Kingdoms of this World. … Then the chaste virgin will meet thee in thy in thy Mind highly and deeply, and will lead thee to thy bridegroom, who has the key to the Gate of the Deep. … Thou will break through as the daybreak; … yet the rays of the break of the day will appear to thee in the Paradise, in which place the chaste virgin stands, waiting for thee with the joy of the angels, who will very kindly receive thee in thy newborn mind and spirit.” ~Jacob Boehme

New Regeneration

Born again, rebirth, regeneration. Whatever words we use for it, the true meaning of them all is the same. Unfortunately, many have no idea what that meaning is. When Jesus spoke of the need to be born again, his apostles questioned how that could be possible. They had already been born once, they noted, how could they do it again? Believers in reincarnation of the physical body think that is what it refers to. Others believe that simply becoming aware of the illusion and falsehoods of the world of materialism is being reborn, or regenerated. While all of those ideas have some merit, the great spiritual teachers, masters, and Messiahs would not have placed so much importance on such ordinary events. They had to be talking about something else, something that rarely happened. That is why they came here to teach us about it and how to do it.

The regeneration they speak of is the rebirth of the spirit and soul. It is not truly a rebirth, because the spirit and soul are never dead. They are, however, dormant when we come into this world. Making them conscious and fully functional is the new regeneration Boehme is talking about. Continue reading “Regeneration of the Sacred Self”

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Gnostic Mystics and True Knowledge

“The Gnostics were religious mystics who proclaimed Gnosis, knowledge, as the way of salvation. To know oneself truly allowed Gnostic men and women to know God directly, without any need for the mediation of rabbis, priests, bishops, imams, or other religious officials. … They accepted insight wherever it could be found. Like those who came before them, they embraced a personified wisdom, Sophia, understood variously and taken as the manifestation of divine insight.

“They concluded that a distinction, often a dualistic distinction, must be made between the transcendent, spiritual deity, who is surrounded by aeons and is all wisdom and light, and the creator of the world, who is at best incompetent and at worst malevolent. Yet through everything, they maintained, a spark of transcendent knowledge, wisdom, and light persists within people who are in the know. The transcendent deity is the source of that enlightened life and light. The meaning of the creation drama, when properly understood, is that human beings—Gnostics in particular—derive their knowledge and light from the transcendent God, but through the mean-spirited actions of the Demiurge, the creator of the world, they have been confined within this world. (The platonic aspects of this imagery are apparent.) Humans in this world are imprisoned, asleep, drunken, fallen, ignorant. They need to find themselves—to be freed, awakened, made sober, raised, and enlightened. In other words, they need to return to Gnosis.” ~Marvin Meyer

Gnostic Mystics

The Gnostics were mystics in the best sense of the word. They were not court magicians. They didn’t use spells to control people. They were seekers of truth and wisdom. They were spiritual teachers and healers. That is what real mystics do.

Knowledge is Salvation

But why would the Gnostic mystics think that knowledge is the way of salvation? Does that mean only people with college degrees will be saved? Does it mean that only those who have read many books will get to Heaven? No, not at all.

The knowledge we are talking about is never found in books or in state-approved classrooms. It is not the superficial knowledge of the illusions that make up the world of matter. This knowledge must be sought out and experienced by each of us individually. It is found by looking within and looking without to higher dimensions. It is not found by lowering your frequencies to those of bugs and toads but by raising them to those of angels and light beings. All the books and teachers can do is give you hints of what you will find and where to look for that knowledge.

Know God Directly

The Gnostic mystics did want to know God directly. Many of them succeeded in doing that. But it requires following a path of spiritual growth and development that takes years. This kind of knowledge cannot be dropped on us overnight. It is so overwhelming that it can—and has—driven people mad. It has to be obtained a little at a time so it won’t overwhelm us. First, we will reach a stage where we get occasional insights from the realms of spirit. Then we are able to communicate with angels and Light Beings. Eventually, we become one with God and then know God directly. That is the ultimate goal of the Gnostic mystics.

By Any Other Name

The Gnostic mystics have been known by many names. Most people think that Gnostics came into existence in the early centuries of Christianity, but that is only true of Christ Gnostics. Long before those Gnostics, thee were the Essenes, the Therapeutae of Egypt and Greece, the Pythagoreans, and others who could easily be classified as Gnostic mystics. While historians generally don’t think those groups go back to more than a century or two before the Christian era, the Essenes claimed to go back much further.

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Cosmos of Wisdom, Universe of Light

“When after an interval of rest, our Earth system appears as the successor of this Cosmos of Wisdom, all the beings newly emerging on the earth, developed out of their moon-germs, prove to be filed with wisdom. And this is the reason why earthly man when contemplating the things around him , is able to discover the wisdom concealed in their inner nature. The wisdom in each leaf of a plant, in every bone in animal and man, in the marvelous structure of the brain and heart, fills us with admiration. If man requires wisdom to understand things, and therefore gathers wisdom from them, this shows that there is wisdom in the things themselves. For however much man might have striven to understand things by by means of wise perceptions, he could not draw wisdom from them if it had not been put into them. He who tries by means of wisdom to understand things, assuming at the same time that wisdom had not been concealed within them, may just as reasonable believe that he can empty water out of a glass into which it had not first been poured.” ~Rudolf Steiner

Cosmos of Wisdom

To say that the cosmos is one of wisdom is to say that it has hidden meaning and knowledge within it. That is true, and fairly obvious, at many levels. Even the most materialistic scientists who believe nothing exists beyond matter do not claim that we already know everything. Even on that level, there remains much to be learned. There is also much which can’t be learned if trapped in that philosophy since there will always be things that can never be understood as part of a universe of only matter and no spirit.

Those who have awakened to some degree are aware that wisdom is not found in books or anything else of matter. It is found in spirit. It is broadcast throughout the realms of spirit and received by the soul. Only the soul can understand. But as Steiner says, there is wisdom in everything and every being. And if we start looking for that wisdom within them, we will start seeing the world in a whole new way. Continue reading “Cosmos of Wisdom, Universe of Light”

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