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Purification for Enlightenment and Spiritual Growth

“No one can be enlightened unless he first be cleansed or purified and stripped. Purgation, which is the remaking of character in conformity with perceived reality, consists in these two essential acts: the cleansing of that which is to remain, the stripping of that which is to be done away. It may best be studies, therefore, in two parts. …
“These than are the branches into which the subject will be split. (1) The negative aspect, the stripping or purging away of those superfluous, unreal, and harmful things which dissipate the precious energies of the self. … (2) The positive aspect: a raising to their highest terms, their purest state, of all that remains.” ~Evelyn Underwood


Purification is a word that scares many people away from spiritual development. It shouldn’t. Real spiritual purification doesn’t involve self-flagellation. Nor does it require hanging weights from our bodies using fish hooks like some in India do. As Ms. Underwood explains, spiritual purification is not a physical thing, but a mental and spiritual one.

There may be some physical aspects to it, but it is nothing as drastic as flagellation. It may mean changes in diet to a healthier one. It may mean changes in behavior so we don’t waste our energy too much.


The purging part of it is to rid ourselves of false beliefs and limitation that prevent spiritual growth. Actually, we should purge ourselves of all false beliefs and limitations, but our primary interest is the spiritual.

The first is our concept of God. Whatever religious or spiritual background we have, almost all of us have a concept of what God is and how he functions which is far from the reality. Proof of this can be seen in the way we like to declare holy men to be God. Only a servant of God would ever descend to the physical realm to help us out. God doesn’t do that. He might put His presence in the spiritual sun, but God Himself isn’t in there.

Our ideas of Heaven are another one. The way many people talk about their dead friends and relatives, it sounds like all we have to do to get to heaven is drop dead. That is about as far from reality as you can get. Even most holy people don’t get to go directly to Heaven after they die physically. They enter lower spiritual dimensions and spend many more years working their way up to heaven.

The Oriental mystical teaches say we must empty out cup before it can be filled again. That is their allegorical way of saying we must first get rid of false beliefs before our cup can be filled with truth. This is not something most of us can do in a day. We have to work for years to purge ourselves of false beliefs. But the more veils re remove, the more clearly we can see beyond them. Purification may not sound like fun, but removing veils of falsehood actually is. Continue reading “Purification for Enlightenment and Spiritual Growth”


Ferry to Heaven

“The ferryman comes to the place of waiting, he of the winding river which is the tortuous channel of purification. The Newcomer stands at the mooring place and proclaims, ‘O ferryman, away to the region of the Blessed Ones. I am purified, purged of polluting evils; make haste, do not delay. I am a wanderer anxious to reach my destination. … Do not tarry, for I am anxious to depart from this somber shore. Have no fear, cautious one, for no evil dogs my footsteps. …’ The ferryman hesitates: he says, ‘Show me your token that I may know you have truly passed the tests, that I may know your true destination. …’ The Newcomer says, ‘My token is the brightness, which, if you be no imposter, you may see shining above my head, …” ~The Kolbrin Bible SCL:5:3-5

ferrymanWe are familiar with the tales of the ferryman who ferries people to Hades (Hell), but this story is of a different ferryman, or perhaps the same ferryman, but a different view of him. Here, it seems, the ferryman has a choice of destinations and can bring his passenger to the region of the Blessed or the Land of the cursed.

The new arrival asks the ferryman to take him to the place of the blessed ones, but the ferryman hesitates. The newcomer tries to encourage him to get moving, but the ferryman stays still. The Newcomer informs the ferryman that he has been purified and purged of pollution. What does he mean by that? Has he been pasteurized? Has he been mummified? Has he been soaked in some detox formula? No, that isn’t it. What he means is that he has purged himself of evil. The evils of materialism, ignorance, jealousy, negativity, violent behavior, and so on. He has done all this while still alive on the material plane so he will be ready and worthy of being taken to the place of the blessed ones. Continue reading “Ferry to Heaven”