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Philosophy, Physical and Spiritual

“The philosophy of psychic, spiritual, and mental relations with man’s physical functions is in almost inextricable confusion. Neither the old Aryan, nor the Egyptian psychology are now properly understood. Nor can they be assimilated without accepting the esoteric septenary, or, at any rate, the Vedantic quinquepartite division of the human inner principles. Failing which, it will be forever impossible to understand the metaphysical and purely psychic and even physiological relations between the Dhyan-Chohans, or Angels, on the one plane, and humanity on the other. No Eastern (Aryan) esoteric works are so far published, but we possess the Egyptian papyri which speak clearly.

“Occultists will demur to this statement, for it is based on the erroneous conception that Prana and Atma or Jivatma are one and the same thing. The author supports the argument by showing that with the ancient Hebrews, Greeks and even Latins, Ruach, Pneuma, and Spiritus – with the Jews undeniable, and with the Greeks and Romans very probably – meant Wind; the Greek word Anemos (wind) and the Latin Anima ‘Soul’ having a suspicious relation.” ~H. P. Blavatsky

Confusion in Spiritual Philosophy

There is little doubt that there is a great deal of confusion in spiritual and religious philosophy. There are a number of reasons for this. Perhaps the primary one is that languages designed to describe the physical are inadequate to explain the spiritual. As a result, the prophets and others who have spiritual visions can only give them an approximate description using the written or spoken word. Another is the tendency to interpret everything according to what you already know or believe. A good example of this is the way that members of certain Christian churches see the face of Jesus in any shape that vaguely resembles a bearded man. The interesting thing is that if you compare a number of these images, you will see that they don’t look very much alike, yet all are assumed by those people to be Jesus. The same thing happens in interpreting words and phrases that can have several meanings. Continue reading “Philosophy, Physical and Spiritual”

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Live Again Through Spiritual Rebirth

“That which most men would think themselves most happy for, and would prefer before all things, if the would grant it unto them after their deaths, thou may while thou lives grant unto thyself; to live again. See the things of the world again, as thou has already seen them. For what is it else to live again? Public shows and solemnities with much pomp and vanity, stage plays, flocks and herds, conflicts and contentions; a bone thrown to a company of hungry curs; a bait for greedy fishes; the painfulness, and continual burden bearing of wretched ants, the running to and fro of terrified mice; little puppets drawn up and down with wires and nerves: these be the objects of the world among all these free from all manner of indignation; with this right ratiocination and apprehension, that as the worth is of these things which a man does affect, so is in very deed every man’s orth more of less.” ~Marcus Aurelius

Prefer to Live Again Before All Things

I’m not sure all men prefer it above all other things, but I think it is true of most of us. What we want is to live for a long time. A very long time. We want it so badly that many have accepted the idea that we are reborn into the world over and over again with very little evidence to back up the belief. But many are not just satisfied with being born again. They want to be reborn smarter, richer, more attractive, and otherwise better than they are now. Aurelius is saying that it is possible, and without waiting for death and the afterlife. You can live again now, not later.

Grant Unto Thyself

Aurelius is saying that rather than waiting for death to bring us to a better, more illuminated life, we can seek and gain that life now, while still alive on earth. This is what has been taught by mystics and mystery schools for ages, but only a few ever listened. That is changing, though, now that we are at the dawn of a new Golden Age of Spirit. The spiritual sun known as the Sun of Righteousness is now shining down on us. This is making it easier for men to awaken and develop their spiritual faculties. It is also making it more imperative since the arrival of this sun also marked the beginning of the End Times, the age when the illusions of materialism will be pushed away and the truth revealed. We are learning to live again and be reborn right where we are. Continue reading “Live Again Through Spiritual Rebirth”

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Wisdom Lifts to Higher Consciousness

“ Wisdom lifts up the head of him that is of low degree, and maketh him to sit among great men. Commend not a man for his beauty; neither abhor a man for his outward appearance. The bee is little among such as fly; but her fruit is the chief of sweet things. Boast not of thy clothing and raiment, and exalt not thyself in the day of honor: for the works of the Lord are wonderful, and his works among men are hidden.

“Many kings have sat down upon the ground; and one that was never thought of hath worn the crown. Many mighty men have been greatly disgraced; and the honorable delivered into other men’s hands. “Blame not before thou hast examined the truth: understand first, and then rebuke. Answer not before thou hast heard the cause: neither interrupt men in the midst of their talk. Strive not in a matter that concerneth thee not; and sit not in judgment with sinners. My son, meddle not with many matters: for if thou meddle much, thou shalt not be innocent; and if thou follow after, thou shalt not obtain, neither shalt thou escape by fleeing.

“There is one that laboureth, and taketh pains, and maketh haste, and is so much the more behind. Again, there is another that is slow, and hath need of help, wanting ability, and full of poverty; yet the eye of the Lord looked upon him for good, and set him up from his low estate, and lifted up his head from misery; so that many that saw it marveled at him. Prosperity and adversity, life and death, poverty and riches, come of the Lord. Wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of the law, are of the Lord: love, and the way of good works, are from him.” ~Ecclesiasticus

Wisdom Lifts

Wisdom does lift us up when we are feeling down or lost. When things get complicated and we don’t know where to turn, Wisdom knows the answer. First, though, we have to awaken our spirit and soul so that the soul can link to the source of Wisdom and Truth. Until then, we have only Earthy wisdom, which isn’t the best Wisdom, and may, in fact, not be wisdom at all.

Unfortunately, many mistake lies for wisdom and truth, especially when the lies tell them exactly what they want to hear. This is an error we must grow out of, and soon. We need to realize that if the politicians, news reporters, and other authorities are telling us exactly what we want to hear, it is almost certainly a lie. A pleasant lie is not truth at all, no matter how often it is repeated.

Flying Things

The bee does seem small and insignificant when compared to the eagle, hawk, or even a hummingbird. But such is not the case. The bee may be small, but it is more important for us than all those other flying animals. Nearly all the plant food we eat requires bees to be fertilized. And even the meat animals need to eat plants that are fertilized by bees. So the bee is far more important than its size might indicate. So what Ecclesiasticus is saying is don’t judge things by their size, beauty, or outward appearance of any sort. The large blueberries grown in a greenhouse have less flavor and nutrients than the smaller ones growing wild. Continue reading “Wisdom Lifts to Higher Consciousness”

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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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