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Love of Truth Leads to Knowledge

“In mysticism, that love of truth which we saw as the beginning of all philosophy leaves the merely intellectual sphere and takes on the assured aspect of a personal passion. Where the philosopher guesses and argues, the mystic lives and looks; and speaks, consequently, the disconcerting language of first-hand experience, not the neat dialectic of the schools. Hence while the Absolute of the metaphysicians remains a diagram—impersonal and unattainable—the Absolute of the mystics is lovable, attainable, alive.

“’Oh, taste and see!’ they cry, in accents of astounding certainty and joy. ‘Ours is an experimental science. We come to you not as thinkers, but as doers. Leave your deep and absurd trust in the senses, with their language of dot and dash, which may possibly report fact but can never communicate personality. If philosophy has taught you anything, she has surely taught you the length of her tether, and the impossibility of attaining to the doubtless admirable grazing land which lies beyond it. One after another, idealists have arisen who, straining frantically at the rope, have announced to the world their approaching liberty; only to be flung back at last into the little circle of sensation. But here we are, a small family, it is true, yet one that refuses to die out, assuring you that we have slipped the knot and are free of those grazing grounds.’” ~Evelyn Underhill

Love of Truth

A love of truth is a primary reason why mystics practice their craft. But it is more than just a love of truth, it is a strong desire to know the truth. They don’t want to know opinions or partial truths, they want to know the whole truth without question. They want to know spiritual truth as that is the only absolute truth there is. Truth in the physical world is always partial and limited, subject to debate and opinions. On top of that, physical truth can actually change with time. Only spiritual truth is absolute and unchangeable, that is why mystics who have a love of truth seek spiritual truth. Continue reading “Love of Truth Leads to Knowledge”

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True Knowing is Spiritual Knowing

“Every soul, authentically a soul, has some form of rightness and moral wisdom; in the souls within ourselves there is true knowing: and these attributes are no images or copies from the Supreme, as in the sense world, but actually are those very originals in a mode peculiar to this sphere. …

“Thus, if by the content of the sense-world we mean simply the visible objects, then the Supreme contains not only what is in the realm of sense but more; if in the content of the Cosmos we mean to include Soul and the Soul-things, then all is here that is There.

“There is, thus, a Nature comprehending in the Intellectual all that exists, and this principle must be the source of all. But how, seeing that the veritable source must be a unity, simplex utterly?

“The mode by which from the unity arises the multiple, how all the universe comes to be, why the intellectual principle is all and whence it springs, these matters demand another approach.

“But on the question as to whether the repulsive and the products of putridity have also there Idea-whether there is an ides of filth and mud—it is to be observed that all that the Intellectual Principle derived from the First is of the noblest; in those idea the base is not included; these repulsive things point not to the Intellectual Principle but to the Soul which, drawing upon the Intellectual Principle. …

“The products of putrefaction are to be traced to the Soul’s inability to bring some other thing to being.” ~Plotinus

Rightness and Moral Wisdom

First, I remind everyone of what I have stated before regarding Plotinus, that what he calls the Intellectual-Principle is not intellect at all, but Consciousness. Without going into too much detail, Intellect is a purely material thing, while Consciousness is more spiritual.

It is true that all souls have some sense of rightness and moral wisdom. I’m not sure what Plotinus means by “authentically a soul,” as I am not aware of any sort of cheap imitation souls. It is true, though not often taught, that humans have two souls. We have, as with all animals and perhaps even plants, a mundane soul that is linked to the body and mind and knows no more than they do. Yes, it still has a sense of rightness and morality, though limited to the realm of matter. Humans also have a Divine Soul, which is pure spirit and comes from God. This Divine Soul doesn’t just have “some form of rightness and moral wisdom,” it has the highest, most complete form of truth and wisdom. But when we are in the material world, that Divine Soul is dormant and must be awakened and developed for that nature to be realized. Continue reading “True Knowing is Spiritual Knowing”

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Ignorance of the Divine Spark and Awakening It

Human Ignorance

“Humans are generally ignorant of the divine spark resident within them. This ignorance is fostered in human nature by the influence of the false creator and his Archons. … Not all humans are spiritual and thus ready for Gnosis and liberation. … Gnostics do not look to salvation from sin (original or other), but rather from ignorance of which sin is a consequence. Ignorance – whereby is meant ignorance of spiritual realities – is dispelled only by Gnosis.

“And as a terminal downbeat observation: Death does not automatically bring about liberation from bondage to the realms of the Demiurge. … It is implicitly understood in most Gnostic teachings that those who have not made effective contact with their transcendental origins while they were in embodiment would have to return into the sorrowful condition of earthly life.” ~Bernard Simon

Ignorance of the Divine Spark

Much of humanity is ignorant of the Divine Spark within. They generally fall into two groups. One group believes in God and is often quite religious, but doesn’t see and need for spiritual self-development. The other doesn’t believe in God or anything spiritual. Both are living in some degree of ignorance.

Ignorance is Sin

Mr. Simon says that, according to the Gnostics, that salvation (or forgiveness) of sin was not the path to Heaven and enlightenment, but rather to be free from ignorance, which causes sin. That is true of most Gnostic groups and it is true of Cosolargy, which I follow. Gene Savoy, Sr said:

Man punishes himself because he breaks the supernatural laws of the cosmos. Man suffers because of his ignorance of God and His laws. Ignorance is the only sin for which man must atone.”

Why is ignorance the only sin that matters? Because one you overcome ignorance, you stop sinning, it is that simple. When you were an infant, you may have touched a hot stove and got burned. Not badly, but enough so you knew it wasn’t a good thing to do. But because you didn’t quite put the stove and the burning pain together as connected yet, you may have made the same mistake a day or two later. But after getting a few mild burns (hopefully, your parents had you protected from the hotter areas where you could get serious burns!), you got the connection and stopped touching it.

Death and Liberation

A common belief of those living in spiritual ignorance is that when you die, you go on to Heaven or some variation of the Christian Heaven. You need not do anything special, you don’t have to earn this high privilege, you just have to die. If that were true, the idea that suicide is wrong would make no sense at all. Why should anyone be deprived of the right to rush off to heaven whenever they choose?

The answer, of course, is that death is not a ticket to Heaven. It isn’t even a ticket to an afterlife, at least not in the sense that most of us expect an afterlife to be. Those who die without doing what is necessary to get into heaven will find that their soul will separate from them, and return to heaven without them. The soul is like a guest living in your spiritual guest room. If you don’t go through the process that allows you to become one with the soul as taught by mystics and mystery schools for ages, the soul moves out and you do not go with it. Instead, your consciousness becomes part of the Gaia mind that controls the planet. You become, in a way, a piece of Mother Nature’s consciousness. That is not what I want when I die and I don’t think it is what anyone else wants.

I have heard of some Eastern Gurus telling people that when they die, their soul is like a drop of water falling into an ocean. Once that happens, it becomes just a part of the whole ocean. That is a good description of what happens to those who, out of ignorance, don’t integrate with their soul.

Escape from Ignorance

So don’t become a drop of water in the ocean, a tiny piece of the Gaia mind. Lose your ignorance by awakening and developing your soul. You do that primarily by taking in the light of the Spiritual Sun through a process called sun-gazing. But sun gazing alone won’t do it. It is more complicated, which is why those who are serious about ending their spiritual ignorance join a reputable spiritual school to learn the complete process one step at a time.

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Secret Knowledge of the Chaldeans, Persians, and Others

Secret Knowledge of the Ancients

“The Chaldeans, Persians, and Egyptians had all of them the same knowledge of the secrets of Nature, and also the same religion. It was only the names that differed. The Chaldeans and Persians called their doctrine Sophia and Magic; and the Egyptians, because of the sacrifice, called their wisdom priestcraft. The magic of the Persians, and the theology of the Egyptians, were both of them taught in the schools of old. Though there were many schools and learned men in Arabia, Africa, and Greece, … still there were different opinions among them as to the wisdom of the Egyptian on points wherein they themselves differed, and whereupon they disagreed with it. For this reason Pythagoras could not be called a wise man, because the Egyptian priestcraft and wisdom were not perfectly taught, although he received therefrom many mysteries and arcane knowledge; and that Anaxagoras had received a great many as well, is clear from his discussions on the subject of Sol and its Stone, which he left behind him after his death. Yet he differed in many respects from the Egyptians. Even they would not be called wise men or Magi; but, following Pythagoras, they assumed the name of philosophy: yet they gathered no more than a few gleams like shadows from the magic of the Persians and the Egyptians.” ~Paracelsus

Knowledge

Knowledge is something most of us seek. But not all knowledge is good. For example, knowledge of ways to kill yourself quickly and easily should not be shared with someone prone to bouts of depression. Adam and Eve got into trouble when they ate from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. It was the evil part that is the problem. What that allegorical tale really means is that Adam and Eve turned to the light of the physical sun and were pulled down into the physical dimension because of it. That is knowledge they would have been far better off without. In most cases, though, gaining knowledge is a worthy pursuit.

Chaldeans, Persians, and Egyptians

The Chaldeans and Persians were among the ancient civilizations that had a lot of spiritual knowledge. Much of that knowledge was passed on to the Egyptians. But this secret knowledge was around even before the Persians and Chaldeans. It was also found in Atlantis, which was a real place, a real civilization, though some of the details in Plato’s tale of that land may not be accurate. Continue reading “Secret Knowledge of the Chaldeans, Persians, and Others”

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