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Will I Achieve Enlightenment Without Ascension by My Own Efforts?

October 13, 2012

I had an enjoyable conversation with a lightholder about enlightenment under normal circumstances vs. enlightenment at this time of mass ascension and I’d like to make a few comments arising out of that conversation.

Many people say, “I’m happy with my spiritual path. I don’t need to be thinking of Ascension.” That’s an acceptable choice, but how likely is it that a person would achieve an enlightenment of a similar level to Ascension by their own efforts? I would say the chances are not great.

Only a permanent heart opening, which occurs in a level of enlightenment called sahaja samadhi, leads to a stable, enduring and “full” experience of enlightenment, (1) as far as I’m aware. And a stable, enduring and full experience of enlightenment is what we can expect from Ascension.

The lesser experiences, such as stream-entering (when the kundalini reaches the fourth chakra), savikalpa samadhi (sixth chakra), and nirvikalpa samadhi (seventh chakra), don’t result in a permanent heart opening and so don’t lead to liberation. (2) They’re not equivalent to Ascension, as far as I know. Read more…

Life Achieves Its Purpose Through Spiritual Evolution

October 3, 2012

Earlier we touched on the Divine Plan for life. (1) We said at that time that, viewed from the standpoint of the Divine, the purpose of life is that God should meet God in a moment of enlightenment. Viewed from our standpoint as the created life forms who realize God, the purpose of life is enlightenment.

If we accept this as the case, then it follows that life could also be said to have a process, a way of unfolding so as to realize that purpose. And that process can be epitomized as spiritual evolution.

Darwin was correct in saying that the physical body evolves but what he failed to note was that the spirit also evolves. And apparently it evolves from lower to higher dimensions, as we are doing at present in this year of 2012, or from one kingdom to another – from rock to plant to animal to human, etc. Rumi captured this process when he wrote:

“I died as mineral and became a plant.
I died as plant and rose to animal.
I died as animal and I was man. …
Yet once more I shall die as man, to soar
With angels blest; but even from angelhood
I must pass on: all except God doth perish.
When I have sacrificed my angel soul,
I shall become what no mind e’er conceived.
Oh, let me not exist! For Non-existence
Proclaims in organ tones, ‘To Him we shall return.’” (2)

The fact that consciousness evolves is the reason why Jesus could say: “God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.” (3) In fact we are those “lively stones,” as St. Peter called us, “built up a spiritual house.” (4) Read more…

Who Am I and What Do I Want?

October 3, 2012

Whether we know it or not, the two most important questions in life are: “Who am I?” and “What do I want?” Why?

Who am I?

“Who am I?” is important because knowing who we are is the purpose of life. The sages have been telling us this in many different ways since as far back as we have been recording their sayings.

The sufi sage Ibn Arabi expressed this truth when he said: “I was a hidden treasure and I loved to be known, and I created the creation so that I be known.” (1) God was a hidden treasure and longed to be known and so he (she or it – God has no gender) created this world full of living creatures to whom he gave the assignment of knowing their true identity – which is God.

And why did God do this? Sri Ramakrishna answers: “It is the Godhead that has become these two [God and devotee] in order to enjoy Its [own] bliss.” (2) God created life to know himself so that God could meet God and thereby experience his own bliss. Read more…

The One Became Two and the Two Became Three

October 3, 2012

Our lives are destined to change in a dramatic way in less than 90 days.

We’ll ascend, moving from the Third Dimension (physical plane) and Fourth Dimension (astral plane) to the Fifth Dimension (mental plane).

Where does all this fit into the overall journey of life? That’s a question which has to be answered if we’re to feel at peace with what’s occurring.

Some people consider these rarified topics, but they form the base of my own knowledge and the ground I stand on. So I feel the need to state the case for those to whom it’s of interest. So let’s begin.

The one formless God, decided that It wished to know itself, a circumstance that was difficult when It is all there is. Reflecting upon the matter, it hit upon a Plan – a Divine Plan.

It decided to create a temporary and fictitious Other. The Formless would create an Other in form and then unite with this Second to create a Third. It would then hide this Third in a multitude of other fictitious and temporary forms created by the Second. Read more…

The One and Only Assignment, Lifetime after Lifetime

October 2, 2012

Rumi

Please let me comment on the significance of the rise of interest in spirituality as a result of this “process” that many of us seem to be going through.

God is a Spirit and can only be known in spirit, Jesus said two millennia ago. And knowing God is the assignment we all have in common and the reason why we’re here lifetime after lifetime, as my vision from 1987 showed. Rumi phrased the matter this way:

“There is one thing in this world which must never be forgotten. If you were to forget everything else, but did not forget that, then there would be no cause for worry; whereas if you performed and remembered and did not forget every single thing, but forgot that one thing, then you would have done nothing whatsoever.

“It is just as if a king had sent you to the country to carry out a specified task. You go and perform a hundred other tasks; but if you have not performed that particular task on account of which you had gone to the country, it is as if you have performed nothing at all. So man has come into this world for a particular task, and that is his purpose; if he does not perform it, then he will have done nothing.” (1)

No matter what else we do, no matter how noble or consequential it is, if we don’t know ourselves as God, we haven’t accomplished our assignment; we have done nothing.

As our knowledge of our own true nature expands, we move from stage to stage in our spiritual evolution, by what you could think of as Ascension after Ascension. And Rumi describes that as well. Read more…

An Introduction to the Perennial Philosophy

October 1, 2012

Sri Yukteswar Giri

In his Sept. 11, 2010 message, Matthew said: “The truth is [that] religions were devised to keep you from knowing who you truly are, to keep you ignorant of the universal laws, and to create divisiveness within the populace.” (1) So bad did the situation of religious division become that, SaLuSa tells us, “throughout your history, religious battles have been at the root of many wars.” (2) As I understand it, in many of these wars, the controllers funded both sides.

The division and manipulation that Matthew and SaLuSa are referring to are not born of the Truth itself but of a desire to control. Paramahansa Yogananda explained that religions may argue with each other but “men of realization who have the common knowledge of the same truth do not contradict one another.” It is not they who create dissension. “Their disciples of limited understanding create differences and establish different cults with varying beliefs.” (3)

Having seen the Truth of life, the masters searched for words to describe it to the people of their time. The Truth that lay beyond words and beyond religions has been called the “perennial philosophy” or “ageless wisdom.” One group called it the “divine wisdom” or theosophia. Another called it the “eternal law” or sanathana dharma.

Paramahansa Yogananda’s guru, Sri Yukteswar Giri explained it this way:

“There is an essential unity in all religions; … there is no difference in the truths inculcated by the various faiths; … there is but one method by which the world, external and internal, has evolved; and … there is but one Goal admitted by all scriptures.” (4)

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What Are We Up to Here?

September 30, 2012

Many wars and much discrimination have arisen over differences in religious interpretations of Divinity. It’s our purpose here to show that all religions worship the same God but just interpret Him/Her/It (God has no gender) differently.

We’d like to make the interpretation of that one God more understandable cross-culturally and we’d like to show where the various religions meet and what the “perennial philosophy” is under all religions. Read more…