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Authors of Evil and Defeating Them

Authors of Evil

“The greatest authors and instigators of evil are ignorance, self-love and tyranny. Each depends on the other two and is supported by them: from ignorance of God comes self-love, and from self-love comes tyranny over one’s own kind. The devil establishes these in us when we misuse our pwn powers, namely our intelligence, our desire and our incentive power.

“By intelligence we should be stimulated to overcome our ignorance and to seek the one and only God by means of spiritual knowledge; through desire – through a passion of self-love which has been purified – we should be drawn in longing to the one God; and with an incentive power divorced from all tyrannical propensity we should struggle to attain God alone. From these three powers of the Soul we should actualize that divine and blessed love on account of which they exist, that love which joins the devout man to God and reveals him to be a god. …

“We should care for ourselves and each other in the way that Christ Himself, who patiently suffered fro us, has already shown us in His own person.

“For the sake of love all the saints resisted sin, not showing any regard for the present life: and they endured many forms of death, in order to be separated from the world and united with themselves and God, joining together in themselves the broken fragments of human nature.” ~The Philokalia

Ignorance

While it may be true that ignorance, self-love (more on this later), and tyranny are the greatest authors of evil, I think we can safely say that the greatest of these is ignorance, specifically ignorance of God and Spiritual Truth. This is because only one who is ignorant of truth can have the other two traits. So if we want to develop our spiritual self, we need to concentrate on ending our ignorance. The rest will follow automatically.

Ignorance of God doesn’t just mean that someone doesn’t believe in God. It also applies to the many millions who have no first-hand knowledge of God, but rely on the written or spoken word of others to inform them of God. Such written or spoken descriptions are never accurate because God is so much more than human language is capable of expressing. We must know God from personal experience by reaching to the higher levels of being and consciousness where God and the Angels are found.

Self-Love

This is a tricky one. We absolutely do need to love ourselves, but only in a certain way. It can’t be in an arrogant, narcissistic way. It can’t be in a way that we put ourselves above others. Rather we must love ourselves as equal to others, not better. I really believe that one reason many people today can’t believe in God is that their narcissism won’t allow them to accept that another being is superior. In truth, you can’t really love others if you have no love for yourself. Having proper self-love doesn’t mean that you accept everything you do and don’t want to change a thing. You can love yourself and still desire to grow and change. So as far as authors of evil go, self-love is not always one of them.

Tyranny

Tyranny is definitely an author of evil. If you have tyranny in you, you cannot love all beings as God requires. You also must still be in ignorance of God to some degree, or your tyrannical ways would end.

Note that practicing tyranny “over one’s own kind” isn’t limited to tyrannical government leaders. It can be a business manager, a school teacher, or even a parent lording over their children. It isn’t the position, but the behavior that determines a tyrant. But a tyrant who wants to can reform. A tyrant who wants to awaken and develop their spiritual Self MUST reform.

The way to do that is the same for most forms of bad behavior. Before you go to sleep at night, review your day mentally. Were you mean to others? Were you too easy to anger? Did you rule over others with tyranny? If the answer to these, and similar questions is “Yes,” you need to think about how you can do better the next time, and vow to make the effort to do so. It also helps to awaken your spiritual faculties so you will know and love God, and all that He created. You cannot be a tyrant with those you love.

Spiritual Development

The way to defeat all the authors of evil, even ones that were not mentioned in this passage from The Philokalia, is to awaken and develop your spiritual Self. You do that by using the Light of the Spiritual Sun and practicing Spiritual Sun-Gazing. This is not the same as physical sun-gazing, I. e., gazing at the physical sun, though we have to do that as a starting point. Proper sun gazing doesn’t mean staring at the sun. Not only is that concentrating too much on the physical, it can cause serious harm to your eyes. It has to be done in a subtle way that is taught in real spiritual schools such as the school of Cosolargy. When done properly, sun gazing will gradually shift from the physical sun to the Spiritual Sun and a true awakening of the soul will happen. That is the way to defeat the authors of evil.

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Limitless Happiness and Spiritual Wealth

“Love infers limitless happiness in which the universe is immersed. You are living in the world, but you have closed your mind and your heart, but you have to know that God’s goods are received through the mind and the heart. How will happiness come for you if your mind and your heart are closed? Every day in your mind must shine one bright thought; every day in your heart must shine one warm feeling.

“Children have excellent and uncorrupted minds and hearts, consequently, all those people who possess uncorrupted minds and hearts are children of God. To them belongs the Kingdom of God.

“The new sits in the following: your mind and your heart must become like those of children. Then you have to start to serve God with Love.

“There is nothing impossible for God. When somebody says that he is a sinner, that means he does not love. As soon as he begins to love, he will right away become righteous. ‘But I am not a happy man.’ You are unhappy because you do not love. When you begin to love, you will be happy.’I am poor.’ You are poor because you do not love. When you begin to love, you will become a rich person. … When love comes in man, he will resurrect.” ~Beinsa Douno

Limitless Happiness

The universe may be immersed in limitless happiness and love, yet the physical universe is, by its very nature, neither a happy or loving place. Love and happiness are found in the underlying spiritual universe from which the Demiurge generated the flawed physical universe. So if we really want to find true happiness and love while trapped in the fallen realm of matter, we must seek beyond the limits of matter and into the spiritual realms.

Closed Mind and Heart

While I can understand his meaning, I do wish spiritual writers would stop using “heart” and “soul” interchangeably. The heart is a physical organ. It pumps blood. It doesn’t have emotions, although it doe react t them because of the mind. Happiness of a worldly sort comes to the mind, not the heart. The happiness of the spiritual sort happens in the soul, not the heart. While many may think of the soul as residing in or near the heart, that is only partially true. Since the soul is pure spirit, it is beyond the limits of time and space, so is not found in any particular spot in the body.

It is true that a closed mind and a closed soul cannot know happiness. A mind needs to be open to new things to experience happiness, even of a limited sort. And the soul must be awakened from its coma-like slumber before it can experience limitless happiness. So the first step in achieving limitless happiness and love is to awaken the soul. The best way to do that is to use the light of the Spiritual Sun following a process called Spiritual Sun Gazing. Continue reading “Limitless Happiness and Spiritual Wealth”

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Honor Your Soul and Your Spirit

Honor Your Soul, Your Spirit, Your Mind, and Your Heart

“That for which people can honor you are your soul, your spirit, your mind, and your heart. All other things in the world have immerged from these four powers in man. These are treasures that we have to study. If you don’t study the treasures of your heart, your mind, your soul, and your spirit, you will never find happiness.

“Man’s strength does not sit in that which people give him, because what people give they may take back, even on Easter. Man’s strength sits in the Love he shows. Strong is that one who shows his love, but not the one to whom love is shown. Strong is God, because He shows His Love. … He tells the people: ‘If yo want to be happy, you have to show your Love.’

“How is Love defined? Love is defined in th following way. The only thing in the world that does not lose faith is Love. The only thing in the world that does not lose hope is Love. Consequently, faith and hope are absolute in Love. He who has Love in himself easily copes with anything and everything.

“We have come to Earth to do God’s Will. Man’s faith, his greatness, lies in doing God’s Will.” ~Biensa Douno

Which People can Honor

To start with, we shouldn’t be overly concerned with having people honor us. What matters is what God honors in us. So while Douno says soul, spirit, mind, and heart are the things people can honor in us, they are also the things God can honor, and that is what matters.

We honor the spirit by awakening it and nourishing it with Spiritual Light so that it can grow strong and healthy. We honor the Soul in much the same way, but with the goal of having the soul become conscious, and linking us then to higher levels of consciousness where Angels and other Divine Beings of Light dwell. Continue reading “Honor Your Soul and Your Spirit”

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Divine Thought Brings Divine Change

“If you perceive a single Divine Thought in yourself, it is worth not a million, but billions. In the future, it will be a tremendous fortune.

“If you want honor from people, honor them. If you want Love from people, love them.

“Think about God every day. Not about what He is. Just think about Him, because when you do, something nice will come in you. Just think of the Lord. He is the best. He is the image of Love, like the sun that rises. Do not think that he will judge you. If you remember Him every day, right away something will come in you that will stimulate your heart. After your heart gets stimulated, then your mind, your soul, and your strength will get stimulated.

“You have painted a picture. Critique the picture, but not yourself. Do not critique your gift! Make another picture and correct yourself. You cannot correct and critique each and every action of yours, but of yourself ever say ‘I am an ungifted person’ or ‘ I am a bad person.’ You can say, ‘My deed could be bad in that particular case, but I am not bad. The picture may not be good, but that does not show that I am ungifted. I just have not paid enough attention.’” ~Biensa Douno

A Single Divine Thought

What is the difference between a Divine Thought and an ordinary thought? The source. A Divine Thought can come from a higher level being such as an Angel communicating with us. It can also come from us reaching a higher level of consciousness where we can obtain such knowledge directly. Either way, these divine thoughts are coming from something external, not internal. While going within may help us relax our mind so that we can more easily receive Divine Thoughts, those thoughts are still coming from outside ourselves.

If You Want Honor and Love

What Douno says here about honor and love is generally true, but not always. In any case, some might argue, “If you only get honor from those you honor, love from those you love, why should I go first? When others start to honor and love me, I will be the one to return it?” They would have a point based on what Douno says in the quote. But it is not that simple. It is not a matter of exchanging gifts like kids at a Christmas or Valentine’s Day party. What he is really saying is that if you wish to have honors, you must be an honorable person and if you wish to be loved, you must be a loving person. This is not a place where opposites attract. Instead, loving people are attracted to loving people, honorable people are attracted to other honorable people, spiritual people are attracted to other spiritual people. Continue reading “Divine Thought Brings Divine Change”

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