I have a new true fiction book coming called Passages-Tripping in the Forest of Illusions. I expect to publish this by March or maybe earlier. For now, enjoy a brief intro to the book:
- Sattva Guna Blog
- Primary Truth of Identity, Nature and Unity
- 10 Dimensions Chart
- Bow with Unity Foundation
- My Own Faith and Religion
- Yahweh is the Son of God
- Satan's True Identity - Sin-Tet-Nun
- Adam and Eve - Know Thyself
- The Truth of Baptism - Introduction Sample to the Book, Ritual
- The Answer to MU - No Thing is Nothing at All
- Tree of Life
- Book Art by Tony Boyd
- The Key to I Heart Huckabees - Symbolism of Enlightenment
Saturday, January 9, 2021
Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Across the internet, there are many websites and forums falsely stating that Satan in Sanskrit means Truth or True. While words like Sattva, Satya and Sat do mean truth, the word Satan in Sanskrit is Satanu, or the following meanings below. As you would expect, the idea is closer to possession of a body or cutting down a fallen tree. In Hebrew, the meaning is outlined here with an article I put together on the Hebrew word root, STN. The same meaning applies. See my article on this topic. Here are the Sanskrit meanings:
The Fallen Body of Manu (Manu means, 'to think')
A soul embodied here in a material body is the concept of immersion into the lower waters (baptism), or the Sanskrit concept of Samsara. Samsara is immersion into the lower six domains (Gunas are 3 modes of being: Sattva, Rajas and Tamas). The lower two domains Rajas and Tamas, or passion and ignorance. Truth is mind only, or the Sattva Guna as the upper mode above time and space (above Rajas and Tamas). In other words, the lower six worlds of Rajas and Tamas are Hell, Hungry Ghost, Animality, Anger, Human and Heaven. In total, there are 10 worlds. Sattva guna is the higher world of mind only, or Learning, Realization, Bodhisattva and the 10th world of Buddha, or awakened mind. All 10 worlds are the true being of Sattva. As we are informed in countless Sutras, the human represents all 10 worlds as one world of Buddha / Brahman. Above and below are the same practice to mastery as we meditate, or think. Manu means, 'to think'.
Brahman is the creative mind of God. Vishnu is the Avatar of the Atma (each higher being), or Vishnu as the sustainer. Shiva is the liberator of the Atman back to Sattva, or Mind only. See these terms by their definitions on Wikipedia for more. From the Hebrew context, Brahman is the Father (EL). Vishnu and Shiva are the Lord of the Host avatars, or the sustainer and liberator of the host. The Son of God is the Lord of both the Old Testament and the New. God the Father is Elohim, resting in Genesis 2 before Satan is made by the Son in Genesis 3:1. Why did the Lord (Son of God) make Satan cunning (Arumim) and mankind naked (Arum)? The conscience (accuser) must be clothed with knowledge to accuse man of sin. See this article on the Lord's hidden identity as the Self: Yahweh is the Son and so are YOU
The essence of this immersion is rising to new life, or the Hebrew concept of the word STN (Satan), which means roughly, "in support of the fallen one." In Sanskrit, Maya is illusion, or Buddha's birth mother. Breaking the illusion is passing to Heaven out of the womb of Samsara, then learning, realization, Bodhisattva and finally, BUDH, or fully awakened. As the school of thought goes, all are Buddha. We will all pass through the lower world of Yama, or the ruler of the underworld. Yama means, 'self-control,' or the judge of man. The Hebrews called Yahweh Yama during their Babylonian captivity, recorded in 200 cuneiform tablets. Yama is well known as an aspect of the Lord as judge of mankind, or the Lord of Hosts.
Children Eventually Find Santa and Christmas
Breaking the illusion reveals who rested in Adam in Genesis 2. Read the head of Genesis 2 to see that the Elohim rested from all of their work, which is when you meet the Son of God, or Yahweh. When a person awakens, they become the 'good man' of Sanskrit, or Santa. Santa breaks the illusion of Christmas, so to speak, and finds the Mother and Father inside. This is finding the Elohim who rested in Genesis 2, right there inside us all. God is both male and female as the image of Adam, or Elohim and Ruach (breath and spirit) Elohim. God is one undivided, both male and female. "Let US make Adam in OUR image and likeness." God and his Spirit (mind). One mind, many thoughts. One blood, many veins. One breath, many breathing. From one, many. Merry Christmas if you get it. Here is the important takeaway: We are ALL the house of God's Sprit, or his mind and consciousness. Consciousness is breath. The mind is regulated by the incoming and outgoing breath, which has a mediator in the form of the accuser (mediator of cause and effect).
The Conscience is the Accuser and Adversary
All definitions in Sanskrit are called the 'Great Mother,' or Maya as illusion of Samsara. The Mother is the inner person, so the accuser is easily seen as the conscience of the lower mind. The Hebrew text is the outer story of the Father and Son in the wilderness of life. In the case we discuss here, support is for the benefit of the one in the body, or the suffering soul finding its Sattva, or true being. Satan is defined as the accuser, or what we all have in the karmic body: A Conscience
Satan is the accuser of your sin in Samsara, which is karma. Karma is not possible above Samsara, so beings are immersed into the fallen domain to learn about their own mind, or the definition of Manu (to think). This is meditating on the breath, or thinking about what comes in and goes out as Spirit acting. Satan is the life and death of the body by sin, or the accuser of our karma. Like Shiva, death liberates us back to our true higher mind of Sattva (true being). It's the requirement of being born again and baptized into the body of Christ, or the cross you wear. Open your arms wide. You hang on the accuser of your sin and it will perish. Your Atman can never perish or be harmed. It's eternal and immortal.
Sattva is your truth being above, or the Atman. Jiva is your lower nature in Samsara, which will pass away as an illusion. Jivatman is your individual soul, or the self once the Jiva and Atman individuate back to the original Sattva, or true being. Above, no Karma. Below, accusation of karma and the payment of debt. Who made Satan in Genesis 3:1? Yama, or Yahweh. The ruler of the underworld in the form of the Lord and his Host. Support. There is one goal of creation: To Love and support mankind. God is Love. As 1 John 4 states clear, if we do not have Love, we do not have God. Love only recognizes itself. Between the time we find Love and the time we live as a fallen being, we find our true being again. Sattva is the true being above facing the Father.
Without the shedding of blood, there can be no remission of sin.
Matthew 18:20 - Parable of the Lost Sheep and Child of God in Heaven
“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven."
You are the child, or the greatest in Heaven (see the full context to this verse). Below, in Samsara, you are the child. Above, you are the Angel facing the Father (Sattva). Jiva below. Atman above. Both.
Matthew 22:30 - Marriage of the Jiva and Atman as one Sattva
At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.
As John 3 states, you are first born of water, then Spirit. Water is Samsara. We are born many times and die many times below. Above, we can only be born once after the resurrection of the dead. We have one birth above. Below, illusion is as practice only, which is seen by defining illusion in Latin, which means, 'at play'. Both true for marriage and in life out of the womb, we practice below in simulation of our one and only marriage and birth in Sattva above. TRUTH!
To get this straight, learn the essence of the first religion. From this, simply know the root of your true Identity, Nature and Unity with the whole of creation, which is what this blog is designed to reveal. Hindu, Buddhist, Taoist or Christian is not as significant as knowing the truth behind all perennial religions of the Heart. All is good and all is God. You are this. You are that. One. See the video below.
Satan in Sanskrit does not mean truth, but it is part of the truth that sets you free from your accuser and conscience. How? Overcoming the illusion is the path out of the conscience and back to the God of Truth above this place of fallen mind. You are not the fallen one, but the loved one of God: Good man and Manu thinking when you realize the truth.
Saturday, November 7, 2020
A text belonging to the Instructor, who is to enlighten and teach all the Sons of Light about the character and fate of humankind: all their spiritual varieties with accompanying signs, all their deeds generation by generation, and their visitation for afflictions together with eras of peace.
All that is now and ever shall be originates with the God of knowledge. Before things come to be, He has ordered all their designs, so that when they do come to exist—at their appointed times as ordained by His glorious plan—they fulfill their destiny, a destiny impossible to change. He controls the laws governing all things, and He provides for all their pursuits.
He created humankind to rule over the world, appointing for them two spirits in which to walk until the time ordained for His visitation. There are the spirits of truth and falsehood. Upright character and fate originate with the Habitation of Light; perverse, with the Fountain of Darkness. The authority of the Prince of Light extends to the governance of all righteous people; therefore, they walk in the paths of light. Correspondingly, the authority of the Angel of Darkness embraces the governance of all wicked people, so they walk in the paths of darkness.
The authority of the Angel of Darkness further extends to the corruption of all the righteous. All their sins, iniquities, shameful and rebellious deeds are at his prompting, a situation God in His mysteries allows to continue until His era dawns. Moreover, all the afflictions of the righteous, and every trial in its season, occur because of this Angel’s diabolic rule. All the spirits allied with him share but a single resolve: to cause the Sons of Light to stumble.
Yet the God of Israel (and the Angel of His Truth) assist all the Sons of Light. It is actually He who created the spirits of Light and darkness, making them cornerstone of every deed, their impulses and premise of every action. God’s love for on spirit lasts forever. He will be pleased with its actions for always. The counsel of the other, however, He abhors, hating its every impulse for all time.
Upon Earth their operations are these: one enlightens a man’s mind, marking straight before him the paths of true righteousness and causing his heart to fear the laws of God. This spirit engenders humility, patience, abundant compassion, perpetual goodness, insight, understanding, and powerful wisdom resonating to each of God’s deeds, sustained by His constant faithfulness. It engenders a spirit knowledgeable in every plan of action, zealous for the laws of righteousness, holy in its thoughts, and steadfast in purpose. This spirit encourages plenteous compassion upon all who hold fast to truth, and glorious purity combined with visceral hatred of impurity in its every guise. It results in humble deportment allied with a general discernment, concealing the truth, that is, the mysteries of knowledge. To these ends is the earthly counsel of the spirit to those whose nature yearns for truth.
Through a gracious visitation all who walk in this spirit will know healing, bountiful peace, long life and multiple progeny, followed by eternal blessings and perpetual joy through life everlasting. They will receive a crown of glory with a robe of honor, resplendent forever and ever.
The operations of the spirit of falsehood result in greed, neglect of righteous deeds, wickedness, lying, pride, and haughtiness, cruel deceit and fraud, massive hypocrisy, a want of self-control and abundant foolishness, a zeal for manifestation, a reviling tongue, blind eyes, deaf ears, stiff neck, and hard heart—to the end of walking in all the ways of darkness and evil cunning.
The judgment of all who walk in such ways will be multiple afflictions of God’s furious vengeance, never-ending terror and reproach for all eternity, with a shameful extinction in the fire of Hell’s outer darkness. For all evil, and dark happenstance, until their utter destruction with neither remnant nor rescue.
The struggle for good and evil, and good’s ultimate triumph.
The character and fate of all humankind reside with these spirits. All the hosts of humanity, generation by generation, are heirs to these spiritual divisions, walking according to their ways; the outworking of every deed inheres in these divisions according to each person’s spiritual heritage, whether great or small, for every age of eternity. God has appointed these spirits as equals until the last age, and set an everlasting enmity between their divisions. False deeds are thus an abomination to the truth, whereas all the ways of truth are for perversity equally a disgrace. Fierce dispute attends every point of decision, for they can never agree. In his mysterious insight and glorious wisdom God has countenanced an era in which perversity triumphs, but at the time appointed for visitation He shall destroy such forever.
Then shall truth come forth in victory upon the earth. Sullied by wicked ways while perversity rules, at the time of the appointed judgment truth shall be decreed. By His truth God shall then purify all human deeds, and refine some of humanity so as to extinguish every perverse spirit from the inward parts of the flesh, cleansing from every wicked deed by a holy spirit. Like purifying waters, he shall sprinkle each with a spirit of truth, effectual against all the abominations of lying and sullying by an unclean spirit. Thereby He shall give the upright insight into knowledge of the Most High and wisdom of the angels, making wise those following the perfect way. Indeed, God has chosen them for an eternal covenant; all the glory of Adam shall be theirs alone. Perversity shall be extinct, every fraudulent deed put to shame.
Until now the spirits of truth and perversity have contended within the human heart. All people walk in both wisdom and foolishness. As is a person’s endowment of truth and righteousness, so shall he hate perversity; conversely, in proportion to bequest in the lot of evil, one will act wickedly and abominate truth. God has appointed these spirits as equals until the time of decree and renewal. He foreknows the outworking of their deeds for all the ages of eternity. He has granted them dominion over humanity, so imparting knowledge of good and evil, deciding the fate of every living being by the measure of which spirit predominates in him, until the day of the appointed visitation.
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
RUMI: "God is a hidden treasure who wants to be known: a treasure because he is perfection itself, and he wants to be known because all striving can only tend toward him. Love is God’s activity of wanting to be known; love is the recoil of the perfect being toward perfection that he already is. Hence, God’s creative act, motivated by his desire to be known. God created the cosmos and everything in it to make himself manifest, and he makes it the destiny of all creatures 7 to seek the treasure hidden in all of creation, including the treasure hidden in themselves. God decrees that all creatures desire him."
Rajas and Tamas are the modes of being referred to as the six worlds, or lower six dimensions of time and space listed in the chart above. There are 10 in total, but 9 comprising Mind, Time and Space. Each mode is divided into three dimensions. Symbolically, God is 10 (unmanifest) and the Son of God is 9, or all minds formed into one. He is also the branch, or the divided mind into his host (humanity below).
Tamas is the mode of being we see, or ignorance. Dimensions one, two and three are what you see, or the 3D world. Rajas is defined as passion, or the three dimensions of time. Just like the first three dimensions being line, branch and fold (1D line, 2D plane and 3D form), time is the same.
Brahma (mind), Vishnu (time) and Shiva (impermanent form). Brahma creates, Vishnu embodies as the avatar and Shiva destroys (liberates back to Sattva). Without this impermanence, no liberation is possible. As the Bible states, "Without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sin (karma)."
See the chart above of the 10 worlds of Buddhism. Line of thought, branching of thought and folded thought are Mind only, or the birth of creation. Above time, you are the true being, or Sattva. Sattva, or mind only as the Buddhists call it, is one mind (SON), branching mind (all of us) and line of mind entering time for each person. The Son experiences all of it as the enfolded mind. We only experience what is seen in Tamas (ignorance). Once you pass this life, you return to perfection (Sattva). You again remember your true home and are there until the next life you choose. For a good view of this truth, visit Youtube and learn about near death experiences.
Manu in Sanskrit means, "To Think." Meditation here is again remembering Sattva. First, a person must get past their ego and let it die. From there, the higher nature (your true Sattva) gives you what amounts to a download and update. Communication with your higher nature allows the lower nature to cast out negative, which is why so many people meditate. It creates a pathway to the higher realm (neutral/positive only). All the demons of life are the lower realm, as shadows of your own ego. This is what it means to experience ego death, or rebirth. Rebirth as the first Sattva causes your lower nature to die, or what seeing the face of God accomplishes from seeking God. Seeing God's face is seeing your own true face. This is rebirth of the real you; what John 3 calls born from above, or what the Buddhists call Buddha (Awake).
This lower suffering is for one reason:
You cannot experience suffering or karma above. Why? You know God's love directly instead of from ignorance of it. This truth sets you free from the former lives (liberation). Those lives are only temporary and used to teach you from above. Why? By experiencing a time of separation from the true knowledge of God, you gain wisdom by necessity and seeking. You get value from the lower life, which is only temporary and passing.
One day is to the Lord as 1000 years, and 1000 years is as a day (2 Peter 3:8). In other words, if you live 70 years here, you have only been gone from above for 1.64 hours (70/1000). Here, time seems to be long. Above, this was only a moment.
The Matrix of Created Reality
Put this into perspective in our own life. If you could enter a movie with a headset for 1.5 hours, your mind could perceive the movie as a lifetime. Given the technology, we could temporarily put a person into a state of inconscience, allowing them to live an entire life. Imagine giving a child the age of 12 a 70 life in virtual reality, educating them in the art of learning to love others, science, math, the arts and so on. 1.5 hours later, they are 70 years ahead.
The Bible makes it clear we are in a created reality, with the Father's name in Hebrew being Aleph Bet (Letters). The Son is the Word (John 1), or the thing made from letters (programming). Compare this to the body we wear as the avatar being made from DNA (letters of programming making a body). It's a hologram (Matrix / Womb). Imagine this unimaginable knowledge producing the transit from 10 (GOD) into Mind (SON), Time and Space. This reality is not the real reality.
Our reality above is far into our future so to speak. We are much more than the cartoon we live here. If death is only an illusion, then the allusion to a created reality is simple: We are here to learn to appreciate eternity. How? The Tao (see the Tao Te Ching) is all about learning to see relative states. Eternal states cannot change or end. What's relative to this? Impermanence. Look that word up in relation to Buddhism. You are born again each moment you live; each life you live and each moment you change your thinking by learning. Seeing with correct view is a choice.
We are what we think.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts we make the world.
Speak or act with an impure mind
And trouble will follow you
As the wheel follows the ox that draws the cart.
We are what we think.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts we make the world.
Sattva is our true unchanging being, or what Rumi states here: "Love is the recoil of the perfect being (Sattva) toward perfection that he already is." Unless that perfect being experiences suffering, there is no way to appreciate the perfection he returns to in the end. Look toward home, not just back at the journey's lessons. Look at the person you become, then remember the perfection you return to when the journey is complete. Take refuge in the fact that you are a copy of God originally, then again when the work is done. Sattva never changes, but only learns to appreciate what it is.
Recoil: to draw back; start or shrink back, as in alarm, horror, or disgust.
Imagine your reaction to seeing God by His true identity as Love, his true nature as Love and his true Unity with all beings. Identity (who you are as an image of God), Nature (what your nature is as Love) and Unity (all as one love and family). Would you recoil, or snap back to your own unity with God as Love? Yes. This is what it means to be BUDH, or awake. Being born from Buddha's mother (Maya means illusion), the mind can remember. Awake is the same as knowing your identity in Christ (SON of God). One with the Father is one with this truth: God is Love
Do you know why people say this? It literally means, "The God in me recognizes the God in you." It's an acknowledgement that the goodness in me sees the goodness in you. Unity recognizes the true Nature of another person. This is the one unified Identity of God, or Love as His nature. Even if you seem to be a suffering fallen being, a person who is awake sees the truth beyond the façade.
Know and remember who you truly are above. Meditation can reveal this to you. Am I Buddhist, Christian or some other identity? No. I'm a child of God and God is Love. One identity that is the Unity we all share by our true highest nature. This truth wants to be known. This truth will be fully known, even if we now see only from a dimly lit mirror.
1 Corinthians 13
9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
Sunday, November 3, 2019
The theme of this movie is enlightenment and the death of the ego. The unity of all beings is the blanket. The three aspects of enlightenment are Identity, Nature and Unity, as you will read in my books on the subject. Mark Walburg is the conscience, or default mode network and negativity bias (fire fighter / Accuser / Satan) of Jason Schwartzman (consciousness / dweller in Samsara). Lilly Tomlin and Dustin Hoffman are the higher nature (both male and female), which represent the higher mind with its consort (wisdom). In all Eastern traditions, we create with a consort. Using the Ego as a consort, we create graven images. With Wisdom as a consort, true creation takes place.
Dustin and Lilly are the silent watchers above Samsara (Sattva). Below, they are all characters as guides helping the dweller on the threshold learn to overcome the Ego. Below, all characters are personifications of the main character (Jason Schwartzman). The Ego of Jason is Jude Law. The Ego's voice and identity are the girl spokesmodel for the company, Naomi Watts. SHE is the true identity / consort of Jason, but only when the false image is killed (false consort of the Ego). Both male and female must be refined separated (Adam / Eve). Why does Naomi and Mark Walburg fall for each other? The conscience is silenced when the Ego dies. This is our true nature finding its consort, or the mind (both male and female) agreeing. LOVE!
The death of the Ego and the return of the identity (Naomi Watts) to center bring enlightenment, which is when Naomi returns to her first nature. She drops the false identity, but is then tricked into desiring it again by the Ego (Jude Law). Eventually, all the anger and ill will of Jason Schwartzman is nullified once the ego dies, which then allows him to again control the board of directors (running the company of relatives). The company represents desire and production in the world. He then runs the company again (the relatives in the blanket). Love replaces greed, false identity and ego, which brings back open spaces and nature. This is enlightenment. Identity, Nature and Unity.
All characters in this show are aspects of the one character, which is always center of the universe. We all have these three aspects at war on the inside. Finding enlightenment is finding Identity (the blanket), Nature (Love and not Ill Will) and Unity, which only happens when the false identity dies (Ego Death / Jude Law losing control of the company).
It is revealed that Light (Dustin and Lilly) are working with (in unity with) Darkness (the French guide who shows up to explain the relative nothingness to everything), which IS the Blanket covering us from knowing who we truly are. Both are necessary to understand the whole, or what the Bible calls the knowledge of good and evil. Having this knowledge and wisdom then gives you your consort back, which is the essence of knowing who you are as all characters, ending your wrong nature and finding unity from right nature. Ego must die, which is Jude Law at the end of the movie.
Knowing who you are is Identity as the blanket, nature as the function of the blanket and unity as part of the whole. Snuggle up and watch the movie again.
Friday, September 6, 2019
If you are unfamiliar with the first Koan, please read about the Gateless Gate here:
From the Yes / No Version
When asked by one student (with no realized nature), the teacher says none. When asked by a student who has realized his nature, the teacher responds yes. In other words, the students asking are the answer. One student had to ask the question, followed by the teacher giving him the answer to the student's own nature. The student wishing to clarify already knew that all have Buddha nature. Each student represents the dog. Buddha nature is not something you can possess. Just this All in All what you are. Becoming denotes realization of this as All in All. Being denotes that you realize your identity, nature and unity as one. For instance, being angry and full of ill will denotes disunity, not Absolute Buddha nature. This makes a changing state of impermanence, which is not being. Unity (one hand clapping) denotes unity of two hands coming together as one. Play two trumpets in tune and you hear one trumpet. Unity of all things as one. All Koans are this answer when identity, nature and unity make one from all the 10,000 things. Your first face before creation is this.
No Only Version
In another answer to MU, the word means does not exist (no such thing as a dog without Buddha Nature). In other words, "Has a dog Buddha nature?" Buddha nature is not a named thing like a dog, therefore a dog is not named by Buddha nature as an individuality. On the other hand, Buddha nature is the Dog. Its predication is Buddha nature one with all in all. Buddha nature is not a dog possessing the nature of a dog alone. A Dog is Buddha nature as a thing. Has a dog Buddha nature? The question is incorrect of course. A dog that is not Buddha nature would be no thing (nothing). MU. Things which are predicated are all the 10,000 things named.
What then is the one unnamed and unmanifest no thing (nothing)? What is the nature of nothing? What cultivates our nature leading to realization of identity and unity with the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha? Identity, nature and unity are all one thing. Buddha nature. Has a Dog Buddha nature? It all depends on how you see nothing. What is being empty of things? No thing at all. This. Buddha (Identity), Dharma (Nature), Sangha (Unity of all Things as One Identity).
Another answer to MU: Same same, only different.
My Answer on Reddit
I recently answered a funny question on Reddit: "Does a chimp have Buddha Nature?"
MU is nothing, or no such thing. No Thing at all. Since all is Buddha Nature, something without (outside of it) is not possible save nothing, which is no thing at all. Go back to the first Koan in the Bluecliff. Emptiness, without holiness. Without (outside of) holiness is emptiness. What, then, is inside holiness?
Go to the Tao 1. What is unmanifest and unnamed? Emptiness. What is the mother of 10,000 things? Holiness. The work done in creation is the relative aspect of the Sangha (Assembly). The basis for this work is the value (Tao 11). All in All. Emptiness is the potential of the whole, which is and must be imperminance to become. Being is unchanging, which is also necessary for Absolute to be with its assembly as an anchor. In Physics, this is invariant symmetry as the anchor for translational symmetry.
The buffalo’s head sprouts horns
As he emerges from the weeds (relatives),
In a dream, he tries to speak
Of the valley of the timeless spring.
Although he has bathed in the fragrant waters,
I hit, saying, “Not Good Enough!
How will you impart strength to others?”
MU - As the three ox states about holiness, once you find the truth, what value will your domesticated ox impart to others? Cultivation of the seed. Enlightenment is only half if absent the work of nature, which is our compassion for others. It's not just for you. But then again, it's all you. Both and none. Raise one to know three. Even a chimp can become a human, rise to heaven, then learn for realization as a Bodhisattva. What is it that a Bodhisattva finds keeping them in the work of their own holiness discovered? Both Nirvana and Samsara are the same if you arrive at who you are, your nature and your unity. Identity, Nature and Unity bring Nirvana to Samsara. One. There is only one thing in creation worth being. By removing all relative things (images of yourself), what is left?
But he asks, "How will you carry it out?" One realization answers all Koans. Who are you? What is your nature? Who are others in relation? All the same question.
Monday, September 2, 2019
Herein is the key to the allegorical creation of Eve out of the side of Adam; for Adam, representative of the idea or pattern, is reflected into the material universe as a multitude of ensouled images which collectively are designated Eve. According to another theory, the division of the sexes took place in the archetypal sphere; hence the shadows in the lower world were divided into two classes consistent with the orders established in the Archetype. In the apparently incomprehensible attraction of one sex for the other Plato recognized a cosmic urge toward reunion of the severed halves of this archetypal Being.
Exactly what is to be inferred by the division of the sexes as symbolically described in Genesis is a much-debated question. That man was primarily androgynous is quite universally conceded and it is a reasonable presumption that he will ultimately regain this bisexual state. As to the manner in which this will be accomplished two opinions are advanced. One school of thought affirms that the human soul was actually divided into two parts (male and female) and that man remains an unperfected creature until these parts are reunited through the emotion which man calls love.
From this concept has grown the much-abused doctrine of "soul mates" who must quest through the ages until the complementary part of each severed soul is discovered. The modern concept of marriage is to a certain degree founded upon this ideal. According to the other school, the so-called division of the sexes resulted from suppression of one pole of the androgynous being in order that the vital energies manifesting through it might be diverted to development of the rational faculties. From this point of view man is still actually androgynous and spiritually complete, but in the material world the feminine part of man's nature and the masculine part of woman's nature are quiescent.
Through spiritual unfoldment and knowledge imparted by the Mysteries, however, the latent element in each nature is gradually brought into activity and ultimately the human being thus regains sexual equilibrium. By this theory woman is elevated from the position of being man's errant part to one of complete equality.
From this point of view, marriage is regarded as a companionship in which two complete individualities manifesting opposite polarities are brought into association that each may thereby awaken the qualities latent in the other and thus assist in the attainment of individual completeness. The first theory may be said to regard marriage as an end; the second as a means to an end. The deeper schools of philosophy have leaned toward the latter as more adequately acknowledging the infinite potentialities of divine completeness in both aspects of creation.
The Christian Church is fundamentally opposed to the theory of marriage, claiming that the highest degree of spirituality is achievable only by those preserving the virginal state. This concept seemingly originated among certain sects of the early Gnostic Christians, who taught that to propagate the human species was to increase and perpetuate the power of the Demiurgus; for the lower world was looked upon as an evil fabrication created to ensnare the souls of all born into it--hence it was a crime to assist in bringing souls to earth.
When, therefore, the unfortunate father or mother shall stand before the Final Tribunal, all their offspring will also appear and accuse them of being the cause of those miseries attendant upon physical existence. This view is strengthened by the allegory of Adam and Eve, whose sin through which humanity has been brought low is universally admitted to have been concerned with the mystery of generation. Mankind, owing to Father Adam its physical existence, regards its progenitor as the primary cause of its misery; and in the judgment Day, rising up as a mighty progeny, will accuse its common paternal ancestor.
Those Gnostic sects maintaining a more rational attitude on the subject declared the very existence of the lower worlds to signify that the Supreme Creator had a definite purpose in their creation; to doubt his judgment was, therefore, a grievous error. The church, however, seemingly arrogated to itself the astonishing prerogative of correcting God in this respect, for wherever possible it continued to impose celibacy, a practice resulting in an alarming number of neurotics. In the Mysteries, celibacy is reserved for those who have reached a certain degree of spiritual unfoldment. When advocated for the mass of unenlightened humanity, however, it becomes a dangerous heresy, fatal alike to both religion and philosophy. As Christendom in its fanaticism has blamed every individual Jew for the crucifixion of Jesus, so with equal consistency it has maligned every member of the feminine sex. In vindication of Eve philosophy claims that the allegory signifies merely that man is tempted by his emotions to depart from the sure path of reason.
Many of the early Church Fathers sought to establish a direct relationship between Adam and Christ, thereby obviously discounting the extremely sinful nature of man's common ancestor, since it is quite certain that when St. Augustine likens Adam to Christ and Eve to the church he does not intend to brand the latter institution as the direct cause of the fall of man. For some inexplicable reason, however, religion has ever regarded intellectualism--in fact every form of knowledge--as fatal to man's spiritual growth. The Ignaratitine Friars are an outstanding example of this attitude.
In this ritualistic drama--possibly derived from the Egyptians--Adam, banished from the Garden of Eden, represents man philosophically exiled from the sphere of Truth. Through ignorance man falls; through wisdom he redeems himself. The Garden of Eden represents the House of the Mysteries (see The Vision of Enoch) in the midst of which grew both the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
Man, the banished Adam, seeks to pass from the outer court of the Sanctuary (the exterior universe) into the sanctum sanctorum, but before him rises a vast creature armed with a flashing sword that, moving slowly but continually, sweeps clear a wide circle, and through this "Ring Pass Not" the Adamic man cannot break.
The cherubim address the seeker thus: "Man, thou art dust and to dust thou shalt return. Thou wert fashioned by the Builder of Forms; thou belongest to the sphere of form, and the breath that was breathed into thy soul was the breath of form and like a flame it shall flicker out. More than thou art thou canst not be. Thou art a denizen of the outer world and it is forbidden thee to enter this inner place."
And the Adam replies: "Many times have I stood within this courtyard and begged admission to my Father's house and thou hast refused it me and sent me back to wander in darkness. True it is that I was fashioned out of the dirt and that my Maker could not confer upon me the boon of immortality. But no more shalt thou send me away; for, wandering in the darkness, I have discovered that the Almighty hath decreed my salvation because He hath sent out of the most hidden Mystery His Only Begotten who didst take upon Himself the world fashioned by the Demiurgus. Upon the elements of that world was He crucified and from Him hath poured forth the blood of my salvation.
And God, entering into His creation, hath quickened it and established therein a road that leadeth to Himself. While my Maker could not give me immortality, immortality was inherent in the very dust of which I was composed, for before the world was fabricated and before the Demiurgus became the Regent of Nature the Eternal Life had impressed itself upon the face of Cosmos. This is its sign--the Cross. Do you now deny me entrance, I who have at last learned the mystery of myself?"
And the voice replies: "He who is aware, IS! Behold!"
Gazing about him, Adam finds himself in a radiant place, in the midst of which stands a tree with flashing jewels for fruit and entwined about its trunk a flaming, winged serpent crowned with a diadem of stars. It was the voice of the serpent that had spoken.
"Who art thou?" demands the Adam.
"I," the serpent answers, "am Satan who was stoned; I am the Adversary--the Lord who is against you, the one who pleads for your destruction before the Eternal Tribunal. I was your enemy upon the day that you were formed; I have led you into temptation; I have delivered you into the hands of evil; I have maligned you; I have striven ever to achieve your undoing. I am the guardian of the Tree of Knowledge and I have sworn that none whom I can lead astray shall partake of its fruits."
The Adam replies: "For uncounted ages have I been thy servant. In my ignorance I listened to thy words and they led me into paths of sorrow. Thou hast placed in my mind dreams of power, and when I struggled to realize those dreams they brought me naught but pain. Thou hast sowed in me the seeds of desire, and when I lusted after the things of the flesh agony was my only recompense. Thou hast sent me false prophets and false reasoning, and when I strove to grasp the magnitude of Truth I found thy laws were false and only dismay rewarded my strivings.
I am done with thee forever, O artful Spirit! I have tired of thy world of illusions. No longer will I labor in thy vineyards of iniquity. Get thee behind me, tempter, and the host of thy temptations. There is no happiness, no peace, no good, no future in the doctrines of selfishness, hate, and passion preached by thee. All these things do I cast aside. Renounced is thy rule forever!"
And the serpent makes answer: "Behold, O Adam, the nature of thy Adversary!" The serpent disappears in a blinding sunburst of radiance and in its place stands an angel resplendent in shining, golden garments with great scarlet wings that spread from one corner of the heavens to the other. Dismayed and awestruck, the Adam falls before the divine creature.
"I am the Lord who is against thee and thus accomplishes thy salvation, " continues the voice. "Thou hast hated me, but through the ages yet to be thou shalt bless me, for I have led thee our of the sphere of the Demiurgus; I have turned thee against the illusion of worldliness; I have weaned thee of desire; I have awakened in thy soul the immortality of which I myself partake. Follow me, O Adam, for I am the Way, the Life, and the Truth!"
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