Thursday, May 28, 2015

Torment of Sanctification

"Just as Christ through the torment of sanctification subjugated the flesh, so the God of this time through the torment of sanctification will subjugate the spirit. Just as Christ tormented the flesh through the spirit, the God of this time will torment the spirit through the flesh. For our spirit has become an impertinent whore, a slave to words created by men and no longer the divine word itself. " .....................Carl Jung, Liber Novus, Page 300.

These are very strong words from a person who, I personally consider, understood the mind body connectivity at a very deep level. In the classification of the levels of consciousness, Jung could see the borderless and seamless connection between the waking consciousness, dream state and the universal unconsciousness.

From the time of early Greek philosophers and with clear pronouncement, it was Plato who introduced the duality of Body and Soul. In Phaedo, Socrates explicitly appeals to the idea that it is the soul that animates the body of a living thing. His argument is closed with the statement:
"What is it that, when present in a body, makes it living? — A soul."
Plato in The Republic also puts forward a new theory of soul, which involves the claim that the embodied human soul has (at least) three parts or aspects, namely reason (mind), spirit and appetite (potentiality). This I am able to see evolving into our current knowledge as an inherent classification within the "Body-Mind-Spirit" matrix. While the physical body is the portal of expression which we call life, this life is the integral aspect of mind or consciousness which  derives its potentialities from the Spirit or Soul.
The reason why I have introduced the Greek thought is that most of the Biblical text are influenced by Greek philosophical thought. St. Paul is definitely classified as Neo-Platonic and Thomas Aquinas and his "Summa Theologica" has a deep Aristotelian influence.

Having said the above, the first misconception that must be removed is the duality of flesh (body and mind) and soul or spirit.
All manifestations in creation are the expression of the Divine spirit which is beautifully call Paramatma (Divine soul). The individual atma or soul is a limited perception within the created consciousness.

let us return to Jung's observation on the subject of "Theology of Suffering"
The word sanctification comes from two Latin roots "sanctum" which means "holy" and "facere" which means "to make". When we move away from our embedded mindset that suffering denotes an experience of injury, illness, pain, etc., which are mostly associated with the body or mind, the soul is excluded from this category of experience.
Kahlil Gibran poetically points out the meaning of pain in his book "The Prophet"

"Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self. Therefore, trust the physician and drink his remedy in silence and tranquility."

Now with this new perception if we look at what Jung says.
Subjugating the flesh through torment means peeling away the layer of consciousness that gives rise to a mental positioning of the lower levels of functioning of the body in ego gratification. When Christ is stripped of his garments and his flesh torn to pieces in scourging and crucifixion to a horizontal dimension (dimension of creation), we attach too much meaning to the physical suffering. Salvation or making holy means transcending from the lower self to the status of the Sons and Daughters of the Father or the Higher Self.

Now we move to the next statement that Jung makes that ".......Just as Christ tormented the flesh through the spirit, the God of this time will torment the spirit through the flesh. For our spirit has become an impertinent whore, a slave to words created by men and no longer the divine word itself."

When we want to be Christ like or be the Sons and Daughters of the Father, we are faced with a different proposition at our spiritual level. Our spirit is so corrupted that the torment of the flesh is no longer possible at the current level of our spirit but the spirit itself has to be tormented, broken up, stripped naked and crucified to the vertical dimension (Cosmic or divine dimension). This is only possible by raising our spiritual potential through the grace of God of our times or the divine Father

Jung concluding justification for this revised process of sanctification put the last nail in the coffin. The reason for the current level of corruption of the spirit is put in a very strong statement that the spirit has become a prostitute by communing with diverse words of men or the plurality of objective essence derived purely from dogmas, rituals and convenient interpretation so much so that the Divine word or Logos is unrecognizable and lies buried deep and enslaved to corrupting elements. A new mindset, derived from our mind-body matrix, denoted as flesh, is required and this is what Jung calls: "........... torment the spirit through the flesh."

Contemplate deeply on what Jung says and if my writing has enabled you to get a deeper insight, I am greatly blessed.

Love to you all.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Contemplation on the Void

"Thou has to study the voidness of the seeming full, the fullness of the seeming void. O fearless Aspirant, look deep within the well of thine own heart, and answer. Knowest thou of Self the powers, O thou perceiver of external shadows?  If thou dost not – then art thou lost.
For, on Path fourth, the lightest breeze of passion or desire will stir the steady light upon the pure white walls of Soul. The smallest wave of longing or regret for Maya's gifts illusive, along Antahkarana – the path that lies between thy Spirit and thy self, the highway of sensations, the rude arousers of Ahankara – a thought as fleeting as the lightning flash will make thee thy three prizes forfeit, the prizes thou hast won.  For know, that the ETERNAL knows no change." .....................The Voice of the Silence

The voice of silence is a book by Madame Blavatsky Blavatsky's and is a devotional classic, describing in poetic language spiritual development from the inner awakening, through the parameters discernible only through intense inner preparation. Tibetan Buddhism lays a heavy emphasis on an arduous course of preparation as a necessary precondition for a further and even more fundamental transformation of consciousness that is the fruition of meditation upon emptiness.

According to a contemporary commentary upon this Teaching delivered by Geshe Rabten, a religious counsellor to the present Dalai Lama, a Mahamudra may be understood as a great seal symbolizing an immutable realization of voidness.
The Mahamudra defies unlocking by a lesser prepared mind. The cognitive embodied mind operates predominantly in the objective sensory concepts domain. This is what is called in the above quote as
"..............Knowest thou of Self the powers, O thou perceiver of external shadows?.............."
In the practice of Mahamudra meditation we are recommended to do ten thousand prostrations before the physical symbolism of the three natures of Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha. The meaning of this is not a physical prostration, though this could eventually lead to an inner process, but a complete surrender to the spiritual powers seen in the manifest. The total prostration of one's being, as enjoined by Krishna in the fourth chapter of the Bhagavad Gita, is an essential mental posture preparatory for true meditation.

The pitfalls that lie in this inner path of purification is explained in the text as:
"...........The smallest wave of longing or regret for Maya's gifts illusive, along Antahkarana – the path that lies between thy Spirit and thy self, the highway of sensations, the rude arousers of Ahankara – a thought as fleeting as the lightning flash will make thee thy three prizes forfeit, the prizes thou hast won"
The path of purification lies necessarily in the interconnected channel of the self and the spirit domain. This channel in Tibetan Buddhism is called Antahkarana (Antahkarana is the lower Manas, the Path of communication or communion between the personality and the higher Manas or human Soul. At death it is destroyed as a Path or medium of communication, and its remains survive in a form as the Kâmarûpa — the "shell.").

This is where 'dependent arising' originates. Due to our conditioned consciousness the pull and perturbation, defined as - "wave of longing or regret for Maya's gifts illusive" -, are strongest in the rather high gradient nature of the field of 'the self'. This is the mountain peak to which Sisyphus was ordered to roll the heavy stone in Greek mythology.

When I read this part of the text my mind immediately latched on to a parallel in the scientific field where experiments conducted to seek answers to the most fundamental constituent of the universe occupies current headlines; namely the experiments at CERN particle collider.
The need for very highly focused and extremely high energy levels capable of ripping apart the strongest bonds that glue together very fabric of space, or the void, and where extremely transitory phenomenon are captured through computer modelling are employed. Any deviation from extreme precision leads to collapse of years of preparation.

The  Mahamudra can be equated to this effort but here we do not have recourse to external agencies, equipment or mathematical tools but our own internal spiritual energies. The increasing of the spiritual energies, which is changeless, in ripping apart the extreme bonds of Ahankara can only be achieved through the lowering of the potential of the higher gradients of the field of  Antahkarana.

Blavatsky summarized the pitfalls in this process in the following lines:

"The more thou dost advance, the more thy feet pitfalls will meet. The path that leadeth on is lighted by one fire—the light of daring, burning in the heart. The more one dares, the more he shall obtain. The more he fears, the more that light shall pale—and that alone can guide. For as the lingering sunbeam, that on the top of some tall mountain shines, is followed by black night when out it fades, so is heart-light. When out it goes, a dark and threatening shade will fall from thine own heart upon the path, and root thy feet in terror to the spot."

May your every effort at the contemplation of the void empower you towards transcendence.

Love to you all. 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Symbolism of the Twins

Leda and the Swan is a story from Greek mythology in which the god Zeus, in the form of a swan, seduces Leda. According to later Greek mythology, Leda produced four offspring from two eggs: Castor and Clytemnestra and Helen and Polydeuces Therefore, Castor and Clytemnestra were fathered by Tyndareus, whereas Helen and Polydeuces (Pollux) were fathered by Zeus. But the myth says that Castor and Polydeuces (Pollux), the boy twins were from one egg and the girl twins Clytemnestra and Helen from the second egg. The significance of this cross fertilization is explained in the commentary below.

In Vedic texts, the Ashvins can be compared with the Dioscuri (the twins Castor and Pollux) of Greek and Roman mythology, and especially to the divine twins Ašvieniai of the ancient Baltic religion.
In the epic Mahabharata, King Pandu's wife Madri is granted twins by the Ashvina Kumaras and bears the twins Nakula and Sahadeva who, along with the sons of Kunti, are known as the Pandavas.

In Vedic Astrology, Scorpio is the only sign that has twin symbols. The Scorpion who eventually stings itself (Self destroying) and the Phoenix (self reincarnating) who rises from the ashes.

In Mayan mythology the Hero Twins are the ball players.
Summoned to Xibalba by the Lords of the Underworld, the father and uncle were defeated and sacrificed. Two sons were engendered, however, by the seed of the dead father. The pregnant mother fled from Xibalba. The sons - or 'Twins' - grew up to avenge their father, and after many trials, finally defeated the lords of the Underworld in the ballgame. The Popol Vuh narrative features other episodes involving the Twins and the prime role of the twins was that of a redeemer from the forces of the underworld.

The reason for my starting this article with the theme of the twins in mythology is to bring forth the spiritual meaning these myths would evoke in the human psyche when seen through the theatre as drama or heard through reading or poetry from an allegorical perspective.

Man by his nature perceives duality in his objective understanding due to his sense oriented and conditioned concepts. Hence every creation is assigned a quality of being good or evil. It takes a deeper understanding to see every manifestation as two sides of the same coin.
When the myth presents a negative role in a character it also brings out in its narrative a character in a positive role. This balancing is vital to changing our consciousness through an emotional counter flow. This is primarily the role of the twin symbolism.

I need not delve deep into these examples I have given above. But I will elaborate on one narrative so that you can clearly see that the divine child Pollux and the mortal's child Castor emerge from the same egg. This signifies that in creation the physical manifestation and underlying unmodified consciousness is assigned to the mother archetype and the cross pollinated and conditioned consciousness emerges from the father archetype. This assignment should not be extended to the physical parentage in real life.

The characters of the twins, Nakula and Sahadeva and their parentage assigned to the twins, Ashvini Kumaras. again portrays the complex consciousness matrix that every creation yields.

This understanding can be demonstrated in the Biblical story of twins, Esau and Jacob. The entire episode when read from a mythological perspective clearly evokes the principles we have been discussing.

The transfer of birthright to Jacob though it rightfully belonged to the elder son Esau and ultimate banishment of Esau to the highlands of Canaan while Jacob is granted an encounter with the messenger of God at Bethel, all point to a spiritual inheritance and final settlement in Egypt till his old days .
In Gnostic scriptures and writings Egypt was assigned a sacred demography while Jerusalem or Canaan were assigned a demography where wisdom was corrupt. This is why Carl Jung, writing under the pseudo name of Basilides of Alexandria (Egypt), in his "Seven sermons to the Dead" states that;

 "The dead came back from Jerusalem, where they found not what they sought."

"This is the reason Isaac had blessed Jacob and had sent him to Paddan Aram to take a wife from there, and that when he blessed him he commanded him, "Do not marry a Canaanite woman," ........Genesis 28:6

In the vision of Obadiah we read:

"............ But on Mount Zion will be deliverance; it will be holy, and the house of Jacob will possess its inheritance. The house of Jacob will be a fire and the house of Joseph a flame; the house of Esau will be stubble, and they will set it on fire and consume it. There will be no survivors from the house of Esau." .....................Obadiah 1: 17-18

The ultimate reconciliation of the twin aspect of Esau and Jacob and the unification of the twin aspects in the house of Jacob is the core meaning in this episode.
Every human being is created with the intention of receiving his or her birthright which is to receive  and nurture Divine consciousness with which he or she is endowed. All dualistic perceptions downgrades the needed level of consciousness to achieve this spiritual imperative.
Only through a process of identifying the twin nature of all manifestations as illusion, we will be able to achieve the insight into our true nature.

Love to you all