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Spiritual Masters, Profound and Subtle

“The ancient masters were profound and subtle. Their wisdom was unfathomable. There is no way to describe it all we can describe is their appearance. They were careful as someone crossing an iced-over stream. Alert as a warrior in enemy territory. Courteous as a guest. Fluid as melting ice. Shapable as a block of wood. Receptive as a valley. Clear as a glass of water.
“Do you have the patience to wait till the mud settles and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving till the right action arises by itself? The master doesn’t seek fulfillment. Not seeking, not expecting, she is present, and can welcome all things.” ~Tao Te Ching

Spiritual Masters

The ancient masters were great. Modern masters are just as great. We all have the potential to become a spiritual master. But it won’t happen just because we want it to. It also won’t happen if we do nothing. The spiritual masters are hard-working and sacrifice much that others hold dear. But in sacrificing much, they gain a lot more.

The Wisdom of Spiritual Masters

The wisdom of the masters is unfathomable because it is not earthly wisdom, material wisdom. Being spiritual in nature, it is wisdom that the brain-mind cannot really understand. Only the soul can understand it. That is why the first task of the spiritual student is to awaken the spirit and soul using the light of the spiritual sun.

Attributes of the Spiritual Masters

The Tao Te Ching is correct in saying the attributes and wisdom of the masters can only be described allegorically. That is because we have no words to describe that level of truth and wisdom.

So allegorically speaking, a spiritual master is as careful as someone walking on ice. His means that she makes no move without thinking about it first. Not only does a master consider the immediate effects of his thoughts and action, but also long-term effects. Few of us do that, but it is a wise habit to develop.

The master is alert. He doesn’t have “accidents” because he pays attention to what is going on around him on all levels. The master isn’t surprised because he understands cause and effect. He is spontaneous, yet also a planner because he knows what effect actions will have. Continue reading “Spiritual Masters, Profound and Subtle”

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Highest State of Spiritual Development

“If the highest state of spiritual development is attained, the spirit, endowed with the highest spiritual activity of the soul, attracts the truth, and perceives and knows at once the conditions, causes, and effects of all external and internal, natural and divine things. It sees them within the eternal truth like a mirror of Eternity. By this process Man, while he remains in eternal nature, may know all that exists in the internal and external world, and see all things, not merely those which are, but also those which have been, or which will exist in in the future, and, moreover, by being and identified with the divine power (the Logos), he obtains the power to change things buy the power of his (spiritual) word.” ~Franz Hartmann

Highest State of Spiritual Development

At the highest state of spiritual development, the soul doesn’t just “attract” the truth, it knows the truth. We may have the truth around us right now, but we often can’t distinguish it from the clever lies of the manipulators. The fully developed spirit and soul have no such problem.

See all Things

Not only do those who have reached the highest state of spiritual development now truth, they see all things. What Mr. Hartmann means is that even if something is happening in a distant land, or in hidden chambers, they know. Of course, they can’t really know everything, but they can know anything they need to know. They will know anything that will aid them in their continued spiritual growth. Anything that doesn’t contribute to that growth is of little concern to them.

Seeing Past and Future

Not only do those who have achieved the highest state of spiritual development know everything that is happening now, they are capable of knowing the past and the present just as easily. I knew a person who was like that: Gene Savoy, founder of Cosolargy. Sometimes when he was giving a lecture and he would talk about some spiritual illuminary from the past, he would talk as if he was present at the event. Whether he was Talking about poet Kalil Gibran a few decades earlier, or Moses many centuries ago made no difference to him. All time to him was the present.

The same is true for seeing the future, although not to the same level of detail and certainty. That is because the future is rarely set in stone. There are often several possible futures. The person at the highest state of spiritual growth can see these possibilities, but not necessarily which one will actually happen. She can, however, see causes, and understand that if a certain thing is done today, certain future paths will become more probable, and others less. By knowing that, and acting on it, they can help to make the future better for all of us. Continue reading “Highest State of Spiritual Development”

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Adepts, Masters and Higher Planes

Understanding Adepts and Masters

“The masters or Adepts are human beings who have passed from lower to higher planes of consciousness, thus gaining wisdom, power and qualities that seem almost miraculous to the man of the ordinary consciousness. A Hindu writer speaking of them has said: ‘To him who hath traveled far along the Path, sorrow ceases to trouble; fetters cease to bind; obstacles cease to hinder. Such an one is free. … No new longings arise within his soul. He is like a lamp which burneth from the oil of the Spirit, and not from the oil of the outer world.’ … These great Masters are above all petty sectarian distinctions. … They are called by many names according to the viewpoint of the speaker, but at the last they are of but one religion; one philosophy; one belief—TRUTH.” ~William Walker Atkinson

Whether we call them Master, Adepts, Ascended Beings, or any other name, it is what they have accomplished that is important, not what title we give them. What they have accomplished is complete escape from the prison of matter and materialism and all it entails.

As Mr. Atkinson notes, they are free of sorrow, fears, jealousy, egotism, greed, and all the other manifestations of a negative clinging to the material. What man still don’t understand is that clinging to the material world as it slowly fades away is like falling in the ocean and trying to cling to water instead of to a piece of driftwood. But why are these people free of such things? We can say it is because they have moved beyond them, but that is too simple an answer. Lets look at some specifics and details. Continue reading “Adepts, Masters and Higher Planes”