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Mortal Man and Spiritual Man

“I myself also am a mortal man, like to all, and the offspring of him that was first made of the earth, And in my mother’s womb was fashioned to be flesh. … And when I was born, I drew in the common air, and fell upon the earth. … For all men have one entrance into life, and the like going out. Wherefore I prayed, and understanding was given me: I called upon God, and the spirit of wisdom came to me. I preferred her before sceptres and thrones, and esteemed riches nothing in comparison of her. Neither compared I unto her any precious stone, because all gold in respect of her is as a little sand, and silver shall be counted as clay before her. … I learned diligently, and do communicate her liberally: I do not hide her riches. For she is a treasure unto men that never faileth: which they that use become the friends of God, being commended for the gifts that come from learning. God hath granted me to speak as I would, and to conceive as is meet for the things that are given me: because it is he that leadeth unto wisdom, and directeth the wise. … For he hath given me certain knowledge of the things that are, namely, to know how the world was made, and the operation of the elements: The beginning, ending, and midst of the times: the alterations of the turning of the sun, and the change of seasons. … For wisdom, which is the worker of all things, taught me: for in her is an understanding spirit holy, one only, manifold, subtle, lively, clear, undefiled, plain, not subject to hurt, loving the thing that is good quick, which cannot be letted, ready to do good, … For wisdom is more moving than any motion: she passeth and goeth through all things by reason of her pureness. For she is the breath of the power of God, and a pure influence flowing from the glory of the Almighty: therefore can no defiled thing fall into her. For she is the brightness of the everlasting light, the unspotted mirror of the power of God, and the image of his goodness. ” ~The Wisdom of Solomon

Mortal Man

Solomon, or whoever actually wrote this book using his name, that he is a mortal man like any of us. By this, he means that he is physically mortal for his mortal body will dies one day, just as will ours. He adds that he was fashioned of flesh in his mother’s womb, and born into the common air. He was not born in any special way that should make us think he was some special sort of being and not an ordinary human. Yet we all know that he was far from being an average person.

One Life to Live

Solomon also says: “For all men have one entrance into life, and the like going out.” This is probably the most important thing he says here, yet few will understand or believe it. We are all born once and die once. No second, third, or fourth chance. One physical life, that’s all! No reruns on this channel! So don’t just shrug things off thinking you will do better the next time. There is no next time. Mortal man gets one chance only. Continue reading “Mortal Man and Spiritual Man”

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Life Thread We Help Weave

“THE ONE RAY MULTIPLIES THE SMALLER RAYS. LIFE PRECEDES FORM, AND LIFE SURVIVES THE LAST ATOM. THROUGH THE COUNTLESS RAYS THE LIFE-RAY, THE ONE, LIKE A THREAD THROUGH MANY BEADS.

“This sloka expresses the conception—a purely Vedantic one, as explained elsewhere—of a life-thread, Sutratma, running through successive generations. How, then, can this be explained? By resorting to a simile, to a familiar illustration, though necessarily imperfect, as all our available allegories must be. Before resorting to it, however, I would ask whether it seems unnatural, least of all “supernatural,” to any one of us, when we consider that process known as the growth and development of a fetus into a healthy baby weighing several pounds evolves from what? From the segmentation of an infinitesimally small ovum and a spermatozoa; and afterwards we see that baby develop into a six-foot man! This refers to the atomic and physical expansion from the microscopically small into something very large, from the—to the naked eye—unseen, into the visible and objective. … What are the forces at work in the formation of the fetus, and the cause of “hereditary transmission” of likeness, physical, moral or mental, have never been properly answered.” ~H. P. Blavatsky

The Life Thread

The Life Thread, or Thread-of-Life as we prefer to say it in Cosolargy, is well known in mystical and spiritual schools. Most think of it as connecting together all beings that exist at the present time, but it also connects with previous generations. To remind us of this thread that connects us to all beings, we wear a thread-of-life that has eight crystals, gems, or colored stones on it. It is not that such a thread has some magic or mystical powers. We wear it simply as a reminder. Of course, the stones on it do have mystical powers, but that is another tale. (click here to read older posts about gems and crystals).

Imperfect Allegories

I like that Blavatsky refers to the use of imperfect allegories. When you describe something by the use of an allegory, you are almost certainly describing it in an imperfect way. But with spiritual things, that is often the best way to describe it. But we should all be aware that stories found in the Bible, in the Upanishads, and many other ancient spiritual books are full of allegory and that allegory is never perfect. That is fine with most real spiritual teachers because the intent is to get the students to experience it for themselves, not rely on descriptions from others.

Life Survives

Blavatsky is correct in saying that life survives the last atom. That makes no sense to the materialist. “How,” they ask, “can there be life without a single atom of matter?” The answer is twofold. First, on the level of the physical universe, life isn’t a creation of matter. Life is a force that exists independent of matter. So even if all matter was gone, life would still be there. And if matter somehow returned, the life force would soon have some of that matter forming living beings. That is one way that life survives. The other is that life also exists on a spiritual level. In fact, some spiritual masters and gurus say that it is the only real life because it is eternal. So even if the realm of matter were to be completely wiped out so even the life force was gone, life survives as eternal spirit. The life thread also survives, even when there are no life forms, or all matter is gone. The life thread is just as much spiritual as it is material.

Hereditary Transmission

Blavatsky says that we don’t understand how our offspring, or that of any other earthly being, is given the likeness, physically and mentally of the parent. Today we understand it a lot better than in her time about 100 years ago. Still, we don’t understand it as well as we think we do. We know about DNA and how it carries information from one generation to another. Yet some recent discoveries show that our knowledge of DNA still doesn’t tell the full story.

It has been found that our minds, consciously or subconsciously, can effect this passing of DNA on to new generations. How we think determines what traits we pass on to others. We are responsible, at least in part, with weaving our own thread of life. And it is likely that animals and plants can do that as well, though to a much lesser degree. We can’t control the life thread that connects us to our parents, but we should make the effort to control the one that connects us to our children.

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Beast Man: a Dying Breed

“For the ungodly said, reasoning with themselves, but not aright, Our life is short and tedious, and in the death of a man there is no remedy: neither was there any man known to have returned from the grave. For we are born at all adventure: and we shall be hereafter as though we had never been: for the breath in our nostrils is as smoke, and a little spark in the moving of our heart: Which being extinguished, our body shall be turned into ashes, and our spirit shall vanish as the soft air, And our name shall be forgotten in time, and no man shall have our works in remembrance, and our life shall pass away as the trace of a cloud, and shall be dispersed as a mist, that is driven away with the beams of the sun, and overcome with the heat thereof. … Come on therefore, let us enjoy the good things that are present: and let us speedily use the creatures like as in youth. Let us fill ourselves with costly wine and ointments: and let no flower of the spring pass by us: Let us leave tokens of our joyfulness in every place: for this is our portion, and our lot is this. Let us oppress the poor righteous man, let us not spare the widow, nor reverence the ancient gray hairs of the aged. Let our strength be the law of justice: for that which is feeble is found to be nothing worth. Therefore let us lie in wait for the righteous.” ~The Wisdom of Solomon (or Book of Wisdom)

Beast Man

When humans come to believe that they are no more than animals, physical beings that live a brief life then die, it is not surprising that they develop the attitude of having as much joy and fun as they can while they live. There is no harm in it, they think since there is no God and no afterlife. That is why it is so important for man to understand his true nature. Atheists claim that we do not need a belief in God to be moral and ethical, but studies have shown otherwise. It has been found that Atheists are ethical only when it is convenient. What’s more, is how do they know what is ethical and what isn’t? If you rely on the human brain-mind to answer that question, we are in deep trouble. The studies also found that each new generation of atheists is less moral and ethical than the previous one. After three or four generations, all ethics and morals are gone. Beast man is not something to desire.

Short and Tedious Life

Our life in the physical world is indeed short. It is often tedious as well. But while we can’t do much about making our physical life longer, we can make it less tedious. That doesn’t mean seeking out idle entertainments to keep us occupied. Those are the very things that become tedious over time. We need to find meaningful things to do, things that help us and others grow. Even if we only do that on a physical level, it is better than not doing it at all. Feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, helping people find jobs may not be as entertaining as watching movies and football games, but it is a lot more satisfying. Continue reading “Beast Man: a Dying Breed”

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Lily Intelligence: a Startling Lesson for Man

“The lily has intelligence enough to start itself out of the seed when put in the ground and called upon by the to do so, as a man or a woman has the same intelligence (or should have) to go out in the sun on a pleasant day, and absorb the life and power sent in by the sun. Those who do not, who remain five-sixths of the time indoors, are, as a result, weak and bleached like potato-vines growing in a cellar. The lily has also sense enough to grow in the sun. It you put it in a room, it will grow toward that part of the room where the light enters. That is simply because it wants the light: it knows it needs it, and goes after what it needs, because it knows, or rather feels, that the light is good for it. …

“Where the lily gets ahead of us with its limited life and intelligence is that it does not concern itself or worry about the morrow. It toils not. It takes on water, air, sunshine, and whatever of the elements are in these, just what it needs for the minute, the hour, or the day, just so much and no more. …

“If the lily, with its limited intelligence, worried and fretted for fear the sun might not shine tomorrow, or that there might be no water, or money in the house, or potatoes in the cellar, it would surely become a cast-down, forlorn looking flower.” ~Prentice Mulford

Lily in the Ground

By an interesting coincidence (syncronicity?), I came across the above quote a day after planting some tulips and lilies in my yard. When you plant these bulbs, the instructions always tell you to plant then root down and bud up. This is always best, of course. But have you wondered what would happen if you ignore it and planted then upside down, or if one just flipped over while you were covering it with soil? The answer is that it would probably grow just fine. The roots would go down, not up. The stem would curve and grow up toward the sun. You may not think of that as intelligence, but it is. Lily intelligence may be severely limited intelligence, but it is intelligence nevertheless.

Lily Intelligence for Growing

Most lilies are summer-blooming. They do not grow in the winter, not if you live anywhere that gets below freezing in the winter. Yet we don’t plant them in the spring. Though several centuries of observing results, experts have learned, and therefore advise us, to plant these bulbs in the fall rather than waiting until spring. You can plant them in the spring, but they do better when planted in the fall. But here is the evidence of their limited intelligence. If you plant them in the spring, they will come up in a week or two. If you plant them in the fall, they won’t come up until spring. The temperature is not the main factor in this. It is the short days, the shortage of sunlight, that prevents them from growing in the winter. Yet something does happen in the winter as they do grow best when planted in autumn. I tried doing some online research to find out why summer bulbs like lilies should be planted in the fall, I can find nothing specific. If you know the answer, feel free to comment. Continue reading “Lily Intelligence: a Startling Lesson for Man”

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