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Taoism

9 Oct

Every religion’s mystical path portrays its ideal of the holy man. In Taoism, he is called “The Perfect Man.”

Taoism’s Perfect Man is our universal mystic. Taoist texts by the eastern mystics like Lao Tzu describe him as the man who could ascend the loftiest heights without fear, could enter the water and not get wet, and could enter the fire and not get burned.

Perfected people lean on a pillar that is never shaken, travel a road that is never blocked, are endowed from a resource that is never exhausted, and learn from a teacher that never dies. Whatever they do, they embrace destiny and go along without confusion. Taoism’s Perfect Man govern.

In Chinese, Tao means literally Way; it also denotes Teaching. In Taoism the term takes on a metaphysical meaning as the Absolute, the ineffable Reality, the First Principle and source of all being to which all things ultimately return. The goal of Taoists is to become one with the Tao.

The word Tao, which literally means “Way,” is the animating principle of life that sustains all creation and is in all creation. According to the teachings of Taoism, it is the transcendental First Cause, the Absolute, the Ultimate Reality.

 

The antidote for the seemingly insurmountable problems facing earth’s evolutions is for each member of the human race to take wise dominion over himself, to take control of his being, and to liberally give of his heart to those who need his love. When you are in command of your forces, nothing can deter you from tackling any problem, personal or planetary.

Taoism is a religious or philosophical tradition of Chinese origin which emphasizes living in harmony with the Tao (Chinese: ; pinyin: literally: “the Way”, also romanized as Dao). The Tao is a fundamental idea in most Chinese philosophical schools; in Taoism, however, it denotes the principle that is the source, pattern and substance of everything that exists.] Taoism differs from Confucianism by not emphasizing rigid rituals and social order, but is similar in the sense that is a teaching about the various disciplines for achieving “perfection” by becoming one with the unplanned rhythms of the universe called “the way” or “dao”. Taoist ethics vary depending on the particular school, but in general tend to emphasize wu wei (action without intention), “naturalness”, simplicity, spontaneity, and the Three Treasures: 慈 “compassion”, 儉 “frugality”, and 不敢為天下先 “humility”.

 

Taoism teaches a person to flow with life. Over the years Taoism has become many things to many people. Hundreds of variations in Taoist practice exist. Some of these practices are philosophical, and others are religious. Taoism makes no distinction in applying labels to its nature because to do so would limit a person. We are each a blend of many truths. The truth taught in Taoism is to embrace life in actions that support you as a person.

Taoism teaches a person to live in their heart.

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Illumination – An Exercise in the Expansion of Consciousness

3 Oct

Men ask, “Which way is the age going, up or down?” But the power of one man or woman to influence the age is seldom sensed. And when it is, this power is too frequently used as the doorway for egoistic opportunity whereby one or more individuals can secure the attention that is often captioned, “The eyes of the world are upon you.”

The difference between the teachings of our brotherhood and the concepts of mankind which revolve around the ego is quite simple — simple enough for a child to understand. “The eyes of God are upon you” is the motto of our temple and the significant order of the day in our brotherhood.

We who understand the meaning of illumination are not so much concerned with rote — with the memorizing of earthly formulae, flights of fancy or poetry, a grasp of flora and fauna, or even an understanding of history itself.

Unless the motive behind the acquisition of knowledge be an exercise in the expansion of consciousness and memory in order that the finer and more subtle senses of the individual may become God-attuned for the purpose of cosmic revelation, the real purpose of academics is not fulfilled.

Without cosmic revelation all men would be ultimately dead, for the goals of men (artificial and superimposed by society as they are in most cases) which they esteem so highly are played out in threescore and ten plus. To create the fineness of mind and spirit which God has done, to create the glorious opportunities he has fashioned, would have but little meaning if life were but a merry-go-round whirl, its purpose lost among vast cosmic cycles, and the goal coming to a close as “terminus” is written on each individual chapter.

The beauty of infinite life was captured in the Psalms of David and in his statement “Thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, nor suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.” Thus all of the beauty of life without end was created for the joy and glory of the manifest son; and the eternal brotherhood serves only to release infinite directions to finite man as a means to effect his permanent liberation from the cycles of birth and death.

Here in the Grand Teton Ranges the high and holy vibratory action of the sacred fire pulsates within our temple. The pulsations of that flame of golden illumination are beamed every moment into the world atmosphere, and what we do here is done in every retreat of the Great White Brotherhood. Outwardly our temple represents the Rock of Ages; within it represents the golden flame of illumination which the Rock of Ages really is.

It has been said that “no man is an island.” Yet every man is his own gatekeeper. At the gateway of the eternal temple he must free himself by knowing his real nature.

Just as man knows his outward nature and can psychoanalyze himself, giving a host of names to various situations in which he finds himself, so must he learn to know the man that is within, the man of the Spirit, the Infinite One who guides the outer man into the temple of divine experience and immortality.

Without immortality, life has little meaning. With it, life has all meaning.

This excerpt on the meaning of illumination from Our Brotherhood, Part 1 by Lord Lanto from September 24, 1967 published in the 1967 Pearl of Wisdom Vol. 10 No. 39..thesummitlighthouse.org

Mystical Path of Hinduism

1 Oct

Hinduism is the world’s oldest religion and one of the least understood in the West.

Hinduism is the fount from which all the Western and Eastern mystics have drunk whether they knew it or not. It is the oldest source of the idea that latent in each one of us is the Self that is God.

Hinduism gives the first step-by-step instructions on how to realize or become one with God. The inner, mystical path of Hinduism is a well marked one, yet to the casual Western observer it may appear to be lost in a mire of superstition.

Hinduism as one of the major world religions corresponds to the root or base-of-the-spine chakra and the fourth ray in the spectrum of the divine consciousness. As the name implies, the base-of-the-spine chakra is located at the end of the spinal column. It has four petals and its etheric color is white, though it may appear red or orange in a less pure state. The fourth ray, for which this chakra is a receptacle, is the ray of divine order, harmony and purity.

The Sanskrit name for the base-of-the-spine chakra is Muladhara, which means “root support.” It is associated with the perineum, near the anus. Within this chakra, say the Hindus, lives the Goddess Kundalini—the coiled-up energy or “sleeping serpent” of unlimited spiritual potential. By means of spiritual exercises, discipline and self-purification, the force of the Kundalini is awakened and travels up through the chakras, along the spine, through three main energy channels: the Ida, Pingala and Shushumna. Ultimately, this rising energy unites with Brahman in the crown chakra. When this happens, the spiritual aspirant reaches enlightenment and liberation (moksha).

The ascended masters speak about the sacred fire of the Kundalini as the white light of the Mother or the Mother Flame. The golden yellow flame of illumination in the crown chakra is the light of the Father, or pure Spirit, whereas the Mother light is associated with the Matter or material world. For most human beings, pure Spirit is an abstraction that is difficult to comprehend. Matter, on the other hand, constantly presents itself to our senses in the objective world all around us. Spirit or Father is hard to know; Matter or Mother is the loving presence of the Shakti of God that is so close to us that we can literally touch it.

The ascended masters use two terms for these two polarities of being that illustrate this principle. They speak of God the Father as the “Impersonal Impersonality” which manifests to us via general, universal and impersonal principles and laws. In contrast, God the Mother is the “Personal Personality”—the comforting presence and manifestation of God that is most readily accessible and knowable to us.

In Hinduism, God as Mother shows herself in the myriad manifestations of deities and sacred animals, objects and places. Each of these expresses a unique aspect or attribute of the divine. It’s as if in Hinduism, the Mother made sure that wherever and whenever her children turn for help and inspiration, she can immediately be found. Hindus understand that in essence, these many manifestations of God are not separate realities; they are illusory manifestations of the one great divine consciousness. But it doesn’t matter; the Mother presence wraps this ancient culture in a warm, comforting embrace that ever reminds them of the need for spiritual striving and the goal of reunion with the Father, Brahman.

 

We’ve seen that mystical Hinduism acknowledges several different paths to union with the divine, known as margas. These are often described as four main types of yoga, designed for four different temperaments or types of people. They are:

Bhakti Yoga: Union through the path of love and devotion

Karma yoga: Union through selfless action and service; dedicating all our actions to God

Jnana yoga: Union through knowledge and discernment

Raja yoga: Union through deep meditation

Raja yoga is also called the Supreme Yoga or the Royal Road to Integration. Its current practice is largely based on the yoga instructions of Patanjali, one of India’s great teachers on this ancient mystical tradition.

 

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