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Celestial Greatness from Spiritual Development

“Will you see the infancy of this sublime and celestial greatness? Those pure and virgin apprehensions I had from the womb, and that divine Light wherewith I was born are the best unto this day, wherein I can see the universe. … Certainly Adam in Paradise had not more sweet and curious apprehensions of the world, than I when I was a child.

“My very ignorance was advantageous. I seemed as one brought into the estate of innocence. All things were spotless and pure and glorious: yea, and infinitely mine, and joyful and precious. I knew not that there were any sins or complaints or laws. I dreamed not of poverties, contentions or vices. All tears and quarrels were hidden from mine eyes. Everything was at rest, free and immortal. I knew nothing of sickness or death or rents or exaction, either tribute or bread ….

“All time was Eternity and a perpetual Sabbath. … All things abided eternally as they were in their proper places. Eternity was manifest in the Light of the Day, and something infinite behind everything appeared which talked with my expectation and moved my desire. The city seemed to stand in Eden, or to be built in Heaven. …” ~Thomas Traherne

Celestial Greatness

The celestial greatness that Traherne is referring to is not the stars and planets around us. It isn’t even black holes and nebula galaxies. He is talking about other dimensions of reality, spiritual dimensions, including the highest dimension that most call Heaven.

This real celestial greatness is something that most of us do not see, even though it is all around us. Spiritual dimensions, being free of the limitations of space and time that controls physical dimensions, can occupy the same space and time as those dimensions, and yet not be affected by them, or apparent to the beings that dwell in them. Some of us do get occasional glimpses of these higher dimensions (or higher states of consciousness), but it generally doesn’t last. Naturally, those practicing spiritual development techniques are more likely to have such contact than those devoted to materialism. Continue reading “Celestial Greatness from Spiritual Development”

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The Desire of The Soul Awakened

The Desire of the Soul When Awakened

“The Soul’s Desire sent Forth to Seek the Beloved One.
Thus spake the soul to her desire—
‘Speed forth afar and see Where may my Belovèd be,
And say to Him, “His love I crave.”’
Then fled the swift desire afar,
And rose beyond sun, moon, and star,
And called before the heavenly door,
‘Lord, open unto me!’
Then spake the Host—
‘What need hast thou,
That thou dost thus implore?’
‘O Lord, I come with the prayer of one
Who weepeth upon the earth alone—
The fish on the sand must pine.’
‘Go back! no door is unbarred to thee
Till thou bring the sorrowful soul to Me,
For the need is Mine.’
Then sped the messenger swiftly home, and said—
‘The Master calleth Come! Arise and shine!’
Then she as on summer winds doth rise
In joyful flight through the starry skies,
And there meet her angels twain;
For God hath sent two angels fleet,
The well-belovèd soul to meet.

“And they ask—
‘What seekest thou thus afar?
With the dark earth art thou clad.’
The soul said—
‘Greet me better than so,
For to Him who loveth me well I go,
And I am no more sad.
Lo! dimmed as ye near the earth below,
Is the sweet light of your eyes;
And with light of God do I shine and glow
As aloft I rise.’
Then with an angel on either hand,
The soul sped through the skies,
And when she came to the angel land,
To the country of Paradise,
She was a stranger guest no more,
For to her was opened the heavenly door,
She saw the Beloved Face.
Forth flowed her heart in weeping blest,
She said, ‘My Lord, I have found my rest
In the glory of Thy grace.
I needs must praise Thee and adore,
For evermore, for evermore.
Whence came I here?
I am lost in Thee;
I can think no more of the earth below,
Nor of the sorrow and weeping there.
I had thought to tell Thee my grief and woe,
But, Lord, I have seen Thee, and nought I know,
But that Thou art fair.’” ~Matilda of Magdeburg

The Desire of the Soul

The awakened Soul actually has two desires, though they are so closely related, they can be considered one. The first desire is to return home. That is, to return to the worlds of spirit where the spirit and soul originates. Home to the soul is not a place in the physical world, nor is it the physical body of the person it is in. The second desire is to return to God, the Beloved One, the Originator of all Souls. Since God is found in that highest of spiritual dimensions that most of us call Heaven, this seeking to rejoin with the creator is also part of the desire to return home to the realms of spirit. Continue reading “The Desire of The Soul Awakened”

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Heavenly Treasure is Better than Earthly Treasure

Heavenly Treasure from God

“If a man is very rich in this world, and possesses a hidden treasure, out of that treasure and wealth that he has he purchases whatever he has a mind to purchase. Whatever rare articles in the world he fancies, he readily amasses them, relying upon the treasure, because by means of it he easily procures any piece of property he fancies. In like manner those who seek at God’s hand, and have found, and have the Heavenly Treasure of the Spirit, which is the Lord Himself shining in their hearts, accomplish every righteousness of virtues, and every acquisition of goodness commanded by the Lord, out of the treasure of Christ in them, and by means of it they amass a yet more abundant heavenly wealth. By means of that heavenly treasure they effect every virtue of righteousness, relying upon the multitude of the spiritual riches within them, and easily work every righteousness and commandment of the Lord by means of the invisible wealth of grace that is in them. The apostle says, Having this treasure in earthen vessels, that is, the treasure which it was granted to them in this life to possess within themselves, the sanctifying power of the Spirit; and again, who was made to us Wisdom from God, and righteousness, and sanctifications, and redemption.” ~St. Macarius the Egyptian

Worldly Treasure

Having wealth isn’t necessarily an evil thing, but having worldly wealth, a wealth of material possessions often develops into a desire for more and more material wealth, and at any cost. That is how it becomes evil. It is why the Essene leaders, including Jesus, required members of their community to donate all their material wealth to the community as a whole and do not claim ownership of anything. That is why the Essenes were often called “the poor,” and this is what Jesus meant when he told the wealthy man who wanted to join his community that he would have to give all his wealth to the poor. He meant to the Essene community of which he was the Rabbi, not some random poor people found in the streets. Continue reading “Heavenly Treasure is Better than Earthly Treasure”

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Mansion in The Heart of Man

Mansion in the Heart

“Om. Now, in this city of Brahman, there is a mansion in the shape of a small lotus; in it is a small inner Ākāsha. What is within that, that should be sought; that indeed, one should desire to understand. If the disciples should say to him, ‘In this city of Brahman in which is a small mansion in the shape of a lotus and in the small inner Ākāsha within—what is it that lies there which should be sought, which one should desire to understand?’—he should say in reply, ‘As large indeed as is this Ākāsha, so large is that Ākāsha in the heart. Within it, indeed, are contained both heaven and earth, both fire and air, both the sun and the moon, lightning and the stars. … This (Ākāsha) is the real city of Brahman, in it are contained the desires. This is the Atman, free from evil, free from old age, free from death, free from sorrow, free from hunger, free from thirst, whose desire is of the truth, whose resolve is of the truth. Just as in this world, the subjects follow as they are commanded and whatever province they desire, be it a country or a part of the field, on that they live. (So the ignorant depend upon others for enjoying the fruits of their Karma). ‘Just as here on earth the world which is earned by work perishes, even so there in the other world, the world which is earned by righteous deeds perishes. So those who depart from here without having understood the Atman and these true desires, for them there is no freedom to act as they wish in all the worlds. But those who depart from here, having understood the Atman and these true desires, for them there is freedom to act as they wish in all the worlds.’” ~Chandogya Upanishad

Lotus Mansion

This Upanishad says the “mansion in the heart” is shaped like a lotus. That seems like a strange shape for a mansion. But if you interpret it allegorically, as you should with most scripture, it makes sense. The lotus is a symbol of enlightenment. So the lotus mansion is one of enlightenment, of spiritual growth and development. It isn’t a literal mansion, but it is our true home or true self. It is our soul.

Contains Both Heaven and Earth

The mansion in the heart doesn’t literally contain the planet Earth. Nor does it literally contain Heaven. Again, this is an allegory. This “mansion” contains truth, knowledge. The Knowledge that the Gnostics called Gnosis. This knowledge is beyond the physical, yet includes it. It is spiritual knowledge and physical knowledge. It is what hides behind the illusions and trickery of matter.

City of Brahman

This mansion in the heart is the true city of Brahman (God) because the soul is, in essence, a tiny part of God. Everything that is of spirit and exists in the highest levels of consciousness is part of God. A part of God, not God. It is fine to say that you are a part of God, but to claim that you are God is both false and an exercise in extreme egotism. You can no more claim to be God than one hair on your head can claim to be you. The hair is but a tiny part of your physical being. Your soul is a tiny part of God. And the spirits and souls together are the city of Brahman in the mansion in the heart. Continue reading “Mansion in The Heart of Man”

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