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Infinite Spirit and the Central Sun

Infinite Spirit

“How shall we approach this subject, which even the most advanced minds in the flesh today can but faintly comprehend? How can the finite express or comprehend the infinite? Spirit, man’s seventh principle, is the Divine Spark – our most precious inheritance from the Divine Power – a ray from the Central Sun – the real Self. Words cannot express it. Our minds fail to grasp it. It is the soul of the Soul. To understand it we must understand God, for Spirit is a drop from the Spirit Ocean – a grain of sand from the shores of the infinite – a particle of the Sacred Flame. It is the something within us which is the cause of our evolution through all the weary ages. It was the first to be, and yet it will be the last to appear in full Consciousness.

“When man arrives at a full consciousness of Spirit, he will be so much higher than man that such a being is at present inconceivable to the intellect. Confined in many sheaths of matter, it has waited through the long and weary ages for even a faint recognition. … Man will ascend many steps of development – from man to archangel – before Spirit will fully claim its own.” ~William Walker Atkinson

Faintly Comprehend

There are many people today who believe they fully understand the spirit and soul and the complete and complex structure that is a human being, but very few of them actually do. I am not claiming to be one of them, yet I think I have been given a better understanding of it as a student of Cosolargy than most others who call themselves spiritual. It is a simple fact, as Atkinson states, that the human mind is not capable of understanding spirit and soul as they exist outside the limitations of matter which is all the mind can truly understand.

Ray of the Central Sun

I have quoted Atkinson and others in older posts about the concept of the Central Sun. The idea is rarely explained but is fairly obvious. If there are many suns, there must be a Central Sun, a Lead Sun, a Sun that is the greatest of all suns. But why should we as spiritual students care about any sun, let alone some theoretical Central Sun? We should care because of what the prophet Malachi told us about the coming Sun of Righteousness, which is here, now, in our time! Just as physical beings and even physical objects have a spirit, so does a star or sun. Planets and moons have spirits too, of course, but it is the Spiritual Suns that matter to us. The Spiritual Suns are all linked on a spiritual and energetic level with every other sun including that great Central Sun.

There are suns within us as well. The energy centers commonly called chakras are, in a very real way, miniature suns. As such, they connect us to other suns, stars, and the Central Sun.

Spirit Ocean

It is true that our spirit is a drop in the spirit ocean, but it is not like matter. When you put a drop of water in the ocean, it quickly blends with all other drops and becomes indistinguishable. It loses all individuality. Some spiritual schools teach that such an end to the Self is the goal, but it isn’t. We have a spirit Self for a reason. I think a more apt comparison is that of an individual brink in a grat wall of many bricks, or, as Atkinson also notes, a grain of sand on an infinite beach. The tiny grain of sand may seem insignificant, but it is part of that great infinite shore that offers solace to those drowning in the illusions of matter. And like the bricks in the brick wall, each grain of sand remains an individual though being very much a part of the infinite shore of spiritual reality. We cannot claim to be infinite spirit, but only a small part of it. While it is true, to some degree, that like a hologram, the whole is in every part, none of us who is honest can claim to understand the whole physical universe, let alone the spiritual one. So while we are a part of that whole, we don’t yet comprehend the whole.

Full Consciousness

There are many levels of consciousness. We are not at the highest, but the good news is we are not at the lowest level either (though we may question that with some). Indeed, even within the human race, we are at several different levels of consciousness. The even better news is that we are capable of developing our spirit and soul and slowly, over a period of years, raising their consciousness to higher and higher levels until we reach the level where we are one with Infinite Spirit and Infinite Consciousness. When we reach that level, we will comprehend the whole of reality and truly be Infinite Spirit. First, however, we must start by turning to the Spiritual Sun to awaken our spirits and souls.

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Light of Eternity and the Now-Moment

“All these Zen mondo may sound nonsensical and the reader may come to the conclusion that when the subject is ‘living in the light of eternity’ they are altogether irrelevant. It is quite a natural criticism from the point of view of an ordinary man of the world. But let us listen to what Eckhart, one of the greatest mystics in the Christian world, states about the ‘now-moment’ which is no other than eternity itself:

‘The now-moment in which God mad the first man and the now-moment in which the last man will disappear, and the now-moment in which I am speaking are all one in God, in whom there is only one Now.’

“I have been reading all day, confined to my room, and feel tired. I raise the screen and face the broad daylight. I draw a long breath, fill my lungs with fresh air and feel entirely refreshed. … Who would say that I am not living in the light of eternity? I quote again from Eckhart:

‘In eternity, the Father begets the Son in His own likeness. “the Word was with God and the Word was God.” like God, it had his nature. Furthermore I say that God has begotten him in my soul. Not only is the soul like him, and he like it, but he is in it, For the Father begets His Son in the soul exactly as He does in eternity and not otherwise. … What is more, He begets me not only as His Son, but as Himself, and Himself as myself, begetting me in His own nature, His own being. At that inmost source, I spring from the Holy Spirit and there is one life, one being, one action. All God’s works are one and therefore He begets me as he does His Son and without distinction.’” ~D. T. Suzuki

Light of Eternity

There is only one Light of Eternity and that is the Light that emanates from God Himself. It is the Light of Eternity because it always existed and always will. Any physical light is temporary. Even the stars and the sun die, as do all things physical, but not the Light of Eternity because it isn’t physical, it is spiritual. Like all things that are part of the spiritual worlds, this Light exists outside of any of the limitations of time and space.

The Now-Moment

What Suzuki is calling the “now-moment” is a way of saying an eternal now. In other words, there is no before, no after, no yesterday, no tomorrow, there is only an eternal now. This is definitely true on a spiritual level, but it may not be true on the physical, material level. At the very least, we have to admit that for the sake of human sanity, it is best for us to look at time as linear rather than an eternal now-moment in which all things are happening simultaneously.

The now-moment does make it easier to understand some things, though. Many people say that if the material world is not the creation of God, but of the Demiurge, why doesn’t the true God fix it? The answer is that God did fix it in the Light of Eternity and the now-moment, but for those still living with linear time, that correction hasn’t happened yet. Others say why doesn’t God end disease, hunger, death, greed, etc. Again, the answer is that He did in the eternal now-moment and in the Light of Eternity, but to those of us dealing with linear time, it is in the future. So it isn’t God that is failing us in these matters, it is those of us trapped in and promoting linear time that keeps such things alive.

Old Souls

One of the expressions you hear a lot in New-Age Spirituality is “I am an old soul,” or “he/she is an old soul.” Yet quite often, those same people will promote the idea that time is an illusion. This is the spiritual equivalent of having your cake and eating it too. If there is no linear time in the spiritual realms—and there isn’t—then no soul is any older than any other soul, no soul is more experienced than any other soul. All souls are part of the one, all souls exist in the Light of Eternity and the now-moment.

In His Likeness

I have covered this in older posts, but I will mention it again. The statement found in the Bible that God created us “In his likeness” does not mean that we look like God. For starters, God didn’t create us as physical beings. He did not create our physical bodies so the appearance of those bodies is not at all like that of God. We might say that our souls look like God, but that is not really relevant. What the saying really means is that God created “us” in his mind, in his thoughts. He thought about us, and we came into existence. It doesn’t refer to appearance at all. And when we say God created “us”, it means our spirits and souls, not our bodies. He created us in the now-moment using Light of Eternity. And he wants us to, in a responsible way, use that Light of Eternity to be co-creators with Him.

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Spirit Directs Us to Enlightenment

“Zarathustra knew that Spirit directs the course of human evolution. … He had worked in the etheric body since the entrance of the Luciferic nature. It was therefore necessary that a man should appear who had transformed the astral body to the same level that it would have reached in the middle of the Atlantean evolution, had there been no Luciferian influence. Had Lucifer not appeared, mankind would certainly have attained this level before, but without personal independence or the possibility of freedom. Now, however, in spite of those qualities he should again arise to this height. Zarathustra, endowed with prophetic vision, could see that in the future it would be possible, within human evolution, for a personality to exist, who would have a suitable astral body for that purpose. But he also knew that the great Sun-spirit could not appear on earth before that time, though he could be perceived by a seer in the spiritual part of the Sun. When as a seer he turned his attention to the Sun, Zarathustra was able to see this Spirit, whom he proclaimed to his people. He announced that the Sun-spirit was at first to be found only in the spiritual world, but that later He would descend to earth. This was the great Sun-spirit, or Spirit of Light (the Aura of the Sun, Ahura-mazdao, or Ormuzd).” ~Rudolf Steiner

Spirit Directs

Overall, spirit does direct the course of human evolution. When we look at it individually, we may find that it isn’t. That is because few individuals have awakened their spiritual faculties so they are controlled entirely by the physical and mental faculties. That results in devolution to lower, more material forms instead of higher, more spiritual forms. But even though only a small percentage of humanity have awakened their spirits and souls, it is enough to cause the course of evolution to shift towards the spiritual.

Etheric Body

What Steiner is calling the etheric body, most of us today would call the spirit body, or simply the spirit. Zoroaster, who Steiner calls Zarathustra, did work on his etheric body, as does anyone truly interested in spiritual growth. The awakened spirit directs us to do so. The unawakened sometimes need hints from outside sources to get them to start dealing with their spiritual self. Either way, we have to work on the etheric body and the soul to gain eternal life, and that is what spirit directs. Continue reading “Spirit Directs Us to Enlightenment”

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Saints Resisted Sin Out of Love

“For the sake of love all the saints resisted sin, not showing any regard for this present life and they endured many forms of death, in order to be seperated from the world and unified with themselves and with God, joining together in themselves the broken fragments of human nature. For this is the true and undefiled theosophy of the faithful. Its consummation is goodness and truth – if indeed goodness as compassion and truth as devotion to God in faith are the marks of love. It unites men to God and to one another, and on this account contains the unchanged permanence of all blessings.

“The actualization and proof of perfect love for God is a genuine and willing attitude of goodwill towards one’s neighbor. ‘For he who does not love his brother whom he has seen,’ says St John, ‘cannot love God whom he has not seen’ (1 John 4:20).

“The way of truth is love. The Logos of God called Himself the way; and those who travel on this way He presents; purified from every stain, to God the Father.

“This is the door through which a man enters into the Holy of Holies and is brought to the vision of the unapproachable beauty of the Holy and Royal Trinity.” ~The Philokalia

Saints Resisted Sin

What it meant to resist sin varies depending on the religion, and even on different churches within the same religion. Christians and Jews have the Ten Commandments to follow. But the Laws of God are more complicated than those basic rules. It can be expressed simply by saying that sin is anything that opposes the Will of God. It has also been said that sin is ignorance of God, because anyone who truly knows God would not violate His laws.

No Regard for the Present Life

I don’t think this is entirely true. There are many saints in various religions who spent much of their lives fighting for religious freedom and the human rights of their people. Moses took on the Pharaoh. Gandhi took on the British colonialist in India. So I think it is more accurate to say that saints place the spiritual life of themselves and others ahead of physical life on Earth. They are, in almost all cases, willing to fight against those persons, organizations, and forces that prevent people from practicing their spiritual growth methods. Continue reading “Saints Resisted Sin Out of Love”

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