Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Mandatory Self Purification

Yeshua said, “You see the sliver in your friend's eye, but you don't see the timber in your own eye. When you take the timber out of your own eye, then you will see well enough to remove the sliver from your friend's eye.”…….Saying 26 Gospel of Thomas

This is a simple saying which has a primary message. This message is the importance of self purification. It is a common sight today that we see spiritual leaders and Gurus who profess and expound spiritual wisdom through wonderful words and eloquence and miraculous deeds to convince their followers of their high standard but when you take a look at their inner most thoughts and actions in privacy, they have a very questionable life. They are like the Pharisees whom Christ chided in the following words

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men's bones and everything unclean.”…………Matthew 23:27

Self purification through self forgiveness and self love is a prerequisite in our life of being a guide to our fellow humans. The eye is the sense organ of perception. But if one has a timber or obstruction which leads to total distortion in what we perceive then the knowledge and wisdom we gain is also distorted. It is with humility one must evaluate one’s state of spiritual progress before we embark on trying to guide others.

Both in this saying and in the previous saying Yeshua refers to the eye. It is the primal portal to our mind through which we observe the universe and all the great beauty of creation. In order to understand the deep meaning of the revealed reality, one has to have no preconception or bias. But we all carry a timber installed through conditioned belief system and cultural derivatives. Eradicating these obstacle is what Yeshua recommends as “take the timber out of your own eye”.
Usually a seeker or a friend or brother comes to us because he or she assumes that he or she is approaching a person of superior knowledge and wisdom. This very approach qualifies the seeker as having rid himself or herself of any rigid stand. It is not only the size but also the quality of the obstacle is explained in this saying. A timber is a tough and inflexible object while a sliver is capable of easy manipulation. This is a very practical example as we have experienced when a friend has a dust or speck in the eye, we can manipulate it by blowing into the eye and removing it.

Here I would like to quote Tau Malachi’s words:

“The first three initiations of mystical Christianity place an emphasis upon the process of self purification. The rite of baptism is specifically a ceremony of purification. It is a mystical death to our old self bound in a lower level of conditioned consciousness. The rite of Chrism (anointing) continues this process, the darkness being transformed in the transmission of supernal light of Divine consciousness in a process of purification and consecration. Finally, the Holy Communion completes this process in a spiritual alchemical transmutation which is the fruit of purification.”

This act of self purification is not a one-time process but as long as we live in this world, it is a work in progress.

Love to you all


  1. Yes, that is the reason in the eight limbs of Yoga, Yama and Niyama are the self purifying methods set forth by Pathanjali.
    Yama - Social Disciplines like, Ahimsa, Satya, Asteya (non-stealing), Brhmacarya (not only sexual restraint, but also protecting our energy for instance by avoiding endless chattering with no clear purpose.), Aparigraha (not coveting that which is not ours).
    Niyama - Individual Discipline like, Cleanliness, contentment, Austerity, Self study and Surrender of the self to God.
    Without self purification reaching GOD is not possible has come out well in your article.

  2. Thank you Ram for the detailed exposition from the Yogasutra.

  3. One who has through constant and conscious practice purified his Self is a sthitapragna - perfectly still in his inner being. And when the mind and the intellect are not at variance with each other, perception becomes crystal clear; one becomes healthy... he then no longer sees with a jaundiced eye. A fine article for one to reflect on..