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Respect Yourself and Others

“As students, you have to have one thing: You have to have respect and honor for one another. Because when you respect others, you respect yourself. When you love others, you love yourself. Always direct your mind to Gd and say, ‘Lord, teach me to love people as you love them, teach me to know people as you know them, and teach me to act as you act.’

“The basic reason for all things is the spirit. The first result of the spirit in the world, the first result in the world with which life begins, that is love. The result of love is the life on Earth. The life that we have is a result.

“In order to love somebody, you have to be ready to get in his situation and he has to be ready to get in your situation too. A king must get in the situation of his citizens and vice versa.

“Love is not the easiest science. You, when you enter love, will be absolutely free. You will enter one completely new world. … You will look at all of your life, and you will see that in everything is hidden something nice.” ~Biensa Douno

Respect Fellow Students

Some people seem to have the idea that as students, they are in competition with the other students in the class. They act as if they were in a race and there can be only one winner. Not only is that not true with a class of students, but it is the opposite of the truth. Students will actually advance better if they work together rather then competing with each other.

The idea that we should be in competition with each other is understandable. It is an idea promoted by the manipulators who control the masses as much as possible. Competition, much like fear, is a great way to manipulate and control people. But now that we are at the dawn of a New Golden age of Spirit, many are realizing the foolishness of operating in fear and in competition with everyone. Unfortunately, others are embracing fear and competition as if they were great treasures, but that will soon end. In the business world, people working together to accomplish a goal is called synergy, and it is considered a good thing. Yet, at the same time they promote teamwork, the corporations also encourage competition with ideas like promoting only the top ten percent of performers.

Respect does not need to be limited to our fellow students. We should, in fact, respect all people, even those we strongly disagree with. But again, turning the people against each other is how the powers that control the material world keep us under their thumbs.

Practice Respect

If respect isn’t something you are used to, like most other things you can learn respect through practice. When you are with someone or talking to someone, you don’t have much respect for, try to think of someone you do respect. Then try to imagine how you would handle the same situation if the other person was the one you did respect. Now treat the person like the one you do respect. Eventually, you will get the habit of treating everyone with respect.

One thing to remember is that just because you respect someone doesn’t mean you have to like them or agree with everything they say or do. Respect is based simply on the idea that they are fellow humans with divine souls. The particulars are not relevant to that. That is the way you have to think about. It’s like the way we used to be taught to hold the door for the person behind us, even if they are complete strangers.

With Love Comes Respect

When you love others, you will respect them as well. But we don’t always love other people, even those we think we love. But a spiritual awakening can bring love to us. With it, we recognize our oneness with all. We become aware that we are one with all people, all animals, plants, all of creation. Ad because we are one with the All, we love all. That is true love. And respect for all comes with that kind of love. Respect for other people, respect for Nature, for animals, for the environment. Respect for truth and wisdom. Respect for honesty. But first, we have to learn to have love and respect for ourselves. Even just a little love for ourselves is necessary. When we love ourselves—not in the overblown, egotistical way of a Donald Trump, but in an honest and humble way—we want to be our best, to grow and learn. If we don’t have any love of self, then we just waste our life in fun and games. So love and respect must begin at home.

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The Proud Man Lacks Truth and Wisdom

“I ask, ‘How can you rectify a proud man?’ Act with love with him, nothing more. There is no other power that can soften a man’s pride. That’s how you will soften it and put it in its normal condition. In man’s life where love does not reign there, greed will be born.

“Christ says, ‘I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.’ … When you enter this way, you will act well, you will work well, and when you enter the Truth, you cannot stay indifferent, you will love all people! This is the Truth! And when you enter this life, you will think together with all people and you will take the nice from them from everywhere. …

“I am teaching you the the nicest thing: ‘Learn to Love God!’ This is Love!

“So I am telling you now if you are listening to me, according to the law of love, you will understand these things. With love, all things have meaning. And in Truth, all things have meaning. …

“Love is manifested through the law of Wisdom. Wisdom is manifested through the law of Truth. Truth is realized in life. It is a circle. You have to be reasonable in order to enter love and to benefit from all it carries.” ~Biensa Douno

A Proud Man

Today many will wonder what is wrong with being a proud man. There is nothing wrong with some reasonable pride based on accomplishment. But that is not the kind of pride Douno is referring to. He is talking about having way to much pride for minor accomplishments, or simply being full of pride with no accomplishments at all. In short, he is talking about hubris, the opposite of humility. It is the kind of pride that makes a person believe they could make a good president with no political experience whatsoever. This is the kind of pride that convinces you that when anything goes wrong, it is always someone else’s fault. This pride may give you some success in the overly materialistic physical world of today, but it gets you nowhere in the realm of spirit.

Act With Love

It is not just the proud man who needs the power of love. All of us do. And the ones who need it the most are very often the ones who get it the least. Orphans, immigrants, homeless people, poor people, and such are often ignored or forgotten by the majority of humanity. So we should all practice giving love and acting with love, not just to relatives and friends, not just to those we like or agree with, but to all of humanity. Then we should go beyond loving humanity to love animals, plants, and all of creation. Even the mountains and rivers are living things and need love.

Acting with love means more than simply saying you love everyone and everything, although that is a good start. It means that when you do things you ask who will benefit by it and who will be harmed by it. If you benefit from it, but others are harmed, doing it is probably is not an act of love. And if your act of love does benefit others, but you do it only to boost your ego and pride, you are not doing an act of love. The proud man may do good deeds, but he (or she) only does it for recognition. Continue reading “The Proud Man Lacks Truth and Wisdom”

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Human Pride Supports the Great Illusion

Fable Is Love’s World, Poem By Schiller

“Tis not merely
The human being’s pride that peoples space
With life and mystical predominance,
Since likewise for the stricken heart of Love
This visible nature, and this common world
Is all too narrow; yea, a deeper import
Lurks in the legend told my infant years
That lies upon that truth, we live to learn,
For fable is Love’s world, his home, his birthplace;
Delightedly he dwells ’mong fays and talismans,
And spirits, and delightedly believes
Divinities, being himself divine.
The intelligible forms of ancient poets,
The fair humanities of Old Religion,
The Power, the Beauty, and the Majesty,
That had their haunts in dale or piney mountain,
Or forests by slow stream, or pebbly spring,
Or chasms or wat’ry depths;—all these have vanished.
They live no longer in the faith of Reason,
But still the heart doth need a language; still
Doth the old instinct bring back the old names.”

~ Friederich Schiller: The Piccolomini, Act. ii.”

Human Pride

Pride can be a good thing, but often isn’t. This poem is talking about one of the adverse effects of human pride: it hides the truth from us.

While we love to be individuals, to be unique, we love even more to be part of the group, to be accepted. We don’t like to admit that, but it is true for nearly all of us nonetheless. And fitting in with the group, with our neighbors, our family and friends, means accepting what they believe.

This Common World

The world of matter is what this poet is calling “the common world”. It is common in the sense that it is ordinary. It is also common in the sense that it is a shared experience. But as a shared experience, it must be shared similarly to avoid confusion.

Suppose you are sitting in a movie theater with one hundred other people. You are all watching a movie. You think you are seeing trees and flowers, houses and people, cars and trucks, etc. Actually, however, there is noting on the screen but abstract blobs of color constantly moving and changing. Yet if everyone agrees that at a particular moment what is on the screen is a red and black truck, nobody is the wiser. But if everyone is forming their own idea of what is on the screen, those images will differ greatly. And when people start talking to each other and realize that they are seeing different things, they will begin to figure out the truth. And the “real” world of matter functions much like that movie theater.

The powers that control the realm of matter, both physical and spiritual beings, don’t want us to see beyond the illusions anymore than a stage magician does. So they train us beginning when we are infants to listen to what others see and say and form beliefs. This creates a common view and allows everything to keep moving along smoothly in this realm of illusion. But a common illusion isn’t reality. A shared fantasy is still a fantasy. Continue reading “Human Pride Supports the Great Illusion”

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Cultivating Yourself on All Levels

“Some people spend all of their time thinking about common and ordinary things; no wonder they don’t progress much. Others spend half an hour and more thinking about the good, faith, love, thinking about the great things of the world. These people are cultivating the soil for their future genius.

“God’s teaching is the best soil; whoever falls on that soil will grow and multiply.

“Evil in mind is an abnormal condition. It is manifested through weak people. Strengthen your will; do not let your negative traits manifest themselves.

“Tell yourself the truth about your defects and you will free yourself from the restrictions you are living in.

“Prepare yourself for paradise. With the burden of materialism, one will not stay a second in paradise. The materialism that a man has in his consciousness is so heavy that if he happens to enter paradise with it; he will be expulsed for less than a second or he will go down.

“Arm yourself with Truth, Good, Wisdom, and Love, and begin to erase your sins from the past. Ask for forgiveness and forgive.” ~Biensa Douno

Common and Ordinary Things

Many people will insist they do not spend all of their time thinking about common and ordinary things. They think of great things, important things. They think about the rules of law. Some may think about running a business. Other may be studying and experimenting to make some great scientific discovery. But while those things may seem great on the level of materialism, in reality, they are very much the common and ordinary things that Douno is talking about. Virtually anything about the realm of matter, with the possible exception of escaping from it, is common and ordinary. What is really sad is that many today seem to think they are engaging in some sort of spiritual activity when they are trying desperately to manifest material things. Manifesting is only spiritual if you are manifesting spiritual things. But I’m not even sure manifesting is possible with spiritual things. The realm of spirit doesn’t function like thought-manipulated molding clay. Only matter does that since it is illusion to began with, and has no definite shape.

When Douno says the people who spend all their time and effort on common things “don’t progress much,” he doesn’t mean in the material sense. Of course such people become governors, senators, and business executives. He means they don’t make any meaningful progress. In other words, they don’t make spiritual progress.

Cultivating Yourself

Spending thirty minutes developing yourself daily is indeed cultivating yourself. It doesn’t have to be thirty minutes a day. It could be a few hours a week. It might be only fifteen minutes a day. The important thing is that you never stop learning, never stop growing. This is important for your mental self but is even more important for the spiritual self.

In today’s materialistic world, the spirit and soul are, on average, the least developed parts of humanity. And then we wonder why we live in violence and poor health. We wonder why we are never satisfied with what we have. The answer is that deep down some part of us is craving a spiritual awakening. That is what we need more than anything else. Cultivating yourself includes body, mind, and spirit.

Truth, Love, Wisdom

Douno says we need to prepare ourselves for paradise. That certainly sounds like a good idea. But how? You have to have some understanding of what heaven is in order to be ready for it.

If your boss tells you that it would be great if you learned to operate a glopstugel, it doesn’t help you any if you don’t have any idea what a glopstugel is (I certainly hope you don’t, I made it up).

Douno helps by telling us to arm ourselves with truth, good, wisdom, and love. While that is certainly a big part of cultivating yourself, even here there are some problems of understanding. In order to prepare for heaven, you need to go beyond ordinary truth, ordinary wisdom, and self-serving love.

If, for example, you see an oak tree across the street, and I ask you what it is, if you say it is an oak tree, you think you have told the truth. But you haven’t. You have only told the truth within the boundaries of the great illusion of the world of matter. The real truth is something much deeper that few people ever see, or even realize exists.

Wisdom is even more confusing. In today’s world, knowledge and wisdom are often confused. Many think that being wise simply means having a lot of knowledge. Others will say that wisdom is knowing how to use what knowledge you have. While that second one is correct, it too comes with a caveat. First, if your knowledge is limited to the world of matter, it is incomplete and inaccurate. In such a case, it is impossible to truly use it wisely.

Love and good are also too vague to truly understand. But there is an answer to this dilemma.

Awakening to Gnosis is Cultivating Yourself

Our mind is limited to an understanding of the physical world. The soul knows the realms beyond the physical. But that doesn’t do us any good if we spend our entire life on Earth with our soul dormant. We are born into this realm with our spirit and soul in a coma-like state. They are not dead, but they can’t really function until awakened. Doing that takes effort. While there may be some very rare cases of the soul awakening without effort, just sitting back and waiting for that to happen is like planning on winning the lottery to finance your retirement. Make the effort to awaken them.

It takes energy to awaken our spiritual faculties. Energy that comes from God, down to the spiritual sun, and then down to Earth. So we need to turn to the spiritual sun and actively take in that energy. We need to do that regularly. That is not just cultivating ourselves, it is cultivating our real selves, our permanent selves. Cultivating yourself means seeking out and excepting that energy that awakens and nourishes the soul.

When the spirit and soul are truly awakened, they understand the real truth. They also know real love, real goodness. That gives them real wisdom.

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