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maximus242
post Feb 27, 2007, 12:45 AM
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After a great deal of contemplation, I have decided to do a Treatise on Philosophy, this is mainly my view of philosophy and how I concieve the world. To understand the world around us has been a goal of humans since the dawn of their existance. I believe that we must avoid going into complex subjects for this, instead we must look at that which comprises everything in the universe or 'reality' as it is better known to philosophers. This is a work in progress and more will be added with time. Feel free to post your thoughts on this. Multiple perceptions are good for this sort of thing.

To begin, let us look at what our reality is made of and how it is formed. Reality, in essence - could be anything, I mean there are so many possibilities to what this place called reality is, that it would take an entire book to discuss all of them. So let us put those arguments aside for now, because those questions will not be answered anytime soon anyways. We do however know one thing, we are capable of percieving five diffrent senses which is the basis for the formation of reality.

We can logically deduce two things from this statement, A. We do recieve five diffrent signals from somewhere, whether they be internal or external. B. Our entire reality is formed by the way we interpret these five signals. One can also assume that it is possible to have more than five senses - because it is possible to have less without any affect on the individuals ability to form a reality. So if we did have the potential for more, but had not used said potential, then it wouldnt appear any diffrent if we hadnt had this potential for additional senses in the first place.

Now, we have all had dreams where we truely believed the dream was real - at least while we were dreaming it. In these sort of dreams, we act the same way as we act in so called real life. This takes us to the next part of how reality is formed, which is, percieved rules.

The stricter the rules of the reality, the more real it appears.

Rules of this Reality.

For something to live, something else must die

You are constantly in this reality, you cannot hop from one reality to another without the aid of the mind (For now).

Experiences repeat themselves - If you see the sun set one day, its likely to do it again. When there is snow on the ground you experience cold, ect.

Emotions overrule logic - Humans are emotional creatures, emotional decisions take presidence over logical ones.

Physics.

When I say Physics I mean the basics of how motion and time work, how if you throw something up in the air it will come down. Quantum Physics, though it is quite advanced, is still largely theoretical and it only forms the superficial reality.

There are more rules, but you get the idea. Strong rules in a perception create a feeling of consistency which causes one to percieve something as real. If you see a person walking towards you and then suddenly turn into smoke - you may think youve hallucinated. However if you see them walk past you normally, you will not make note of it. This is because the rules of your reality state people do not turn into smoke in regular conditions.

The more consistent the reality is with its percieved rules, the better this reality is accepted.

More to come.
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post Feb 27, 2007, 04:56 AM
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Emotions overrule logic - Humans are not emotional creatures, emotional decisions take presidence over logical ones.
"Max I suspect a little demon caused you to put in the not, right?

BTW, I presume you are familiar with Jungian types. Here are the questions Jung used for us to find out :
http://webspace.ship.edu/cgboer/jungiantypestest.html
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http://www.mdani.demon.co.uk/wword/types.htm
The functions of consciousness refer to the different ways in which the conscious mind can apprehend reality.
1.Sensation
2.Intuition
3.Thinking
4.Feeling

Years ago, when I did the test, I appeared to be a relatively even balance of all four types.

However, the following is close to how I think of myself:
The Extraverted Thinking Type

Extraverted thinking is driven by the objective evidence of the senses or by objective (collective) ideas that derive from tradition or learning. Its purpose is to abstract conceptual relationships from objective experience, linking ideas together in a rational, logical fashion.

Furthermore, any conclusions that are drawn are always directed outward to some objective product or practical outcome. Thinking is never carried out for its own sake, merely as some private, subjective enterprise.

The extraverted thinking type bases all actions on the intellectual analysis of objective data. Such people live by a general intellectual formula or universal moral code, founded upon abstract notions of truth or justice. They also expect other people to recognize and obey this formula.

This type represses the feeling function (e.g., sentimental attachments, friendships, religious devotion) and may also neglect personal interests such as their own health or financial well-being.

If extreme or neurotic, they may become petty, bigoted, tyrannical or hostile towards those who would threaten their formula. Alternatively, repressed tendencies may burst out in various kinds of personal 'immorality' (e.g., self-seeking, sexual misdemeanours, fraud or deception).
(I am working on this latter bit smile.gif) Years ago I was part of a seminar of seven people (Chicago University)--nine months--on Jung's approach to understanding human nature. I still have all the material we used.
Austin Clarke was a member of that seminar
http://www.thebukowskiagency.com/PolishedHoe.htm
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post Feb 27, 2007, 11:08 AM
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The not emotional creatures was a mistake, the second point I make (the emotion over-rules logic) directly contradicts the first (that humans are not emotional). Thanks for pointing it out.
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post Feb 28, 2007, 12:48 PM
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Max, as I said above: Years ago (mid 1970's) I was part of a seminar of seven people which undertook to try and understand Carl Jung's approach to understanding human nature. Over a nine month period, we used tapes and written materials, which came from the Chicago University, to the leader of the group. I still have all the material we used.

Interestingly, Austin Clarke, now a well respected writer who lives in Toronto, was a member of that seminar
http://www.thebukowskiagency.com/PolishedHoe.htm

How do you feel about psychological types and the role this plays in our philosophy of life?
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post Feb 28, 2007, 01:20 PM
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I think psychological types are a result of the learning mechanism which causes the brain to specialize early on in order for a better chance of survival. The brain retains its plasticity so it can adapt to changes in its environment, but it does not attempt to be good at everything. Instead, the brain tries to learn what the consciousness focus' on.. what you think on, grows.
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post Mar 01, 2007, 09:40 AM
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Well, I suppose if you looked at it on a quatum level, prehaps so?
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post Mar 01, 2007, 10:05 AM
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gee could I possibly think differently than I do out of habit? No that would be impossible, my current experience of reality is all there is.. huh.gif
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post Mar 01, 2007, 10:10 AM
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You mean, all that you know. Reality has infinite possiblities made finite by unwillingness to learn and change.
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post Mar 01, 2007, 10:35 AM
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So then, its not a supposition but a reality.
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post Mar 01, 2007, 01:20 PM
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The senses show us what is not there. However, we need extrasensory (not supernatural btw) assistance to really see what is not there!
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post Mar 02, 2007, 01:09 AM
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Hi Max, I don't think weve ever met, so Hi i'm Laz nice to make your acquaintance :0)

Have you gotten into the TV show Heroes at all? If so, what do you make of it?
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post Mar 02, 2007, 09:07 AM
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Hi Laz, pleased to meet you.

I havent seen the show Heroes, what network shows it?
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QUOTE(maximus242 @ Mar 02, 2007, 05:07 PM) *

Hi Laz, pleased to meet you.

I havent seen the show Heroes, what network shows it?


Anywhere on the internet it seems, it's a big hit online, or Sci Fi channel in the UK at the moment.

I was just wondering about the philosophy behind it, rather than in it and was hoping to share an idea with you, but no worries :0)

Think i recognise a kindred spirit in you...
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I just watched a trailer for it on YouTube. NBC is apparently the network, Its intresting, it reminds me of supernatural. Looks fairly intresting, care to explain more?
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Without wanting to give to much away, it goes way beyond the story of x-men type powers, and is a wake up call to the world, and i think people around the planet are actually getting this message! :0)
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A Treatise On Philosophy, Part 2

Since we know that consistent rules cause the appearance of a consistent reality and that every reality has rules, the question must be posed, can these rules be broken?

This is a question of the perception of the mind. If there is a rule that gravity applies to all things and you concieve a anti-gravity machine, then this truth is made false. This now means that ones perception of reality has changed and now gravity has exceptions to what it applies to. This is concievable with any rule in reality, rules in essence are things that the mind interprets from reality. It helps us to try and understand our world better, by creating rules we make it easier for our mind to understand the world we live in.

Now, let us discuss the nature and origins of life and death.

There is a rule in this reality that applies to most peoples perceptions - that is that in order for something to live, something else must die. So - how does the death of one thing lead to the life of another?

Some call this the circle of life. The balance which occurs in all ecosystems and allows multiple generations of species to live on. If one species is soley dominant and it produces offspring at a faster rate than those at the bottom of the pyramid, then the pyramid is doomed to collapse. By pyramid I mean the ecological pyramid that states the more dominant a species is, the less of them their shall be - because the harder they are to kill. Species at the bottom of the pyramid are like staple food to those higher up and therefore they occur in much larger numbers and die more easily.

We are seeing a dangerous curve in the balance of the ecosystem, as it is - humans are multiplying at a very fast rate, in order to keep up the demand for food, animals and plants must also be increased in volume. This invariably causes the entire ecosystem to have a need to expand in order to keep in balance with itself. If you add to the fact that we are reducing the amount of forestry instead of increasing it, this will cause less animals to survive and lower to food supply for those higher up the pyramid.

Thus it appears that there is a breaking point, where the amount of humans and the amount of food needed to feed those humans cannot be met by the size and climate of the earth (only apart of the earth is sutable for growing plants and the majority of it is covered by water). So, humans will be forced to either increase the genetic qualities of their food and find alternate means for room. We are already seeing the phenomenon in China where people are being forced into small cramped spaces due to lack of realestate.

This would also cause one to logically think that realestate will continue to go up in value because more people are born than die and therefore the population expands. An expanse of population increases demand and if we follow the market rules of supply and demand, real estate should always go up in the long run.

So then I do have to ask, is not one of three outcomes possible? A. Humans exceed the size of the earth and as a result, attempt a Singularity to surpass their bodies. B. They invariably destroy themselves just as rats begin eating each other when placed in a jar together, this may cause a survival of the fittest war where the strongest and most intelligent form a more advanced race (Nietzsche's Overhuman). C. Humans are able to develop the means to move on to other worlds and continue the vicious cycle of rapid multiplication.

Now of course, we may also just destroy each other in a war. However... This seems to be a bit unlikely, because humans naturally try to ensure their own safety, if the leaders of the world were to feel that another cold war would cause the destruction of both themselves and their enemies, it would make no sense to fight. The cold war ended out of fear of destroying the world, I think this is testimony to humans natural inclination to preserve their own existance.

In the next part I will talk about the likeliness of dying, what death is, what life is and attempt to see if their is such a thing as death.
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Since we know that consistent rules cause the appearance of a consistent reality and that every reality has rules, the question must be posed, can these rules be broken?

Natural laws support time, and the appearance of ideas. In other words the ability to witness something without it dissolving as the attention is given to something else such as the world visibly changing in the dream state as the mind wanders into different thoughts of reality.
Tho consciousness is the constant it exists in layers to the human in different states of consciousness.

Each state of consciousness is distinct subjectively and objectively. The inner experience and the metabolic rate are different in Waking, Dreaming, Sleeping and in the awareness of the absolute.

Waking is characterized by mental alertness and high physical activity.
Sleeping is characterized by no mental alertness but deep rest.
Dreaming is much more physically active than Sleeping, although the activity is slightly less than during the Waking State.
Active awareness of the absolute is the fourth major state of consciousness. It is similar to sleep in that the rest is very deep, but the mind remains awake and alert. Sometimes it is called, 'the missing state of consciousness,' for everyone has certain gaps in their circadian rhythms when the body attempts to settle down into the deep rest of the Absolute. The afternoon nap is a modern holdover of this unfulfilled longing. What do most people do to fulfill it? Have a cup of coffee or a cigarette. But that, of course, is not what the body is missing.

In the ancient literature of the East, focused attention on the absolute is simply called 'Turiya' which means, 'The Fourth.' It is also called Samadhi in India and Satori in Japan. In the West, it has been called the 'peace which passes understanding,' because the mind and intellect cannot describe the experience of this meditative state -- it's beyond all words, beyond all thought. Whatever it's called, however, the experience is the same. Ever since the human being has existed, there has always been the ability to experience the Absolute spontaneously. The subjective experience of expansion of consciousness and the objective experience of deep rest are the same for all, regardless of age, belief system or any other external criteria.

SEVEN STATES OF CONSCIOUS AWARENESS


THE RELATIVE STATES: WAKING, DREAMING AND SLEEPING


Sleeping. Each state of consciousness has its corresponding state in the physiology. This is how a major state of consciousness is distinguished from a merely altered state such as those produced in biofeedback, rebirthing or hypnosis. To qualify as a unique state of consciousness, the subjective and objective experience must be different.

Sleeping is characterized by the deepest rest of the three relative states of consciousness. It is typically considered a thought-free state, but the ancient description by Patanjali (who systemized Yoga about 5,000 years ago) is more accurate: sleep is the state of consciousness when the mind thinks of nothing. Sleep is required for the normal functioning of the physiology, and yet most of us sleep so very long because we gather excessive fatigue from faulty use of the mind and senses in the waking state. It is possible to gradually replace sleep with meditation; this not only results in deeper rest and therefore less stress and better health but also allows us to grow much more quickly to enlightenment. Filling the mind with coherence instead of a thought of nothing is a faster way to grow in consciousness.

Sleep is the primary manifestation of tamas guna. It is ruled by Shiva, the Lord of Destruction. Full mastery of sleep is a byproduct of Unity Consciousness.

Dreaming. Dreaming was sacred in many ancient civilizations. It was believed that dreams opened us to the abode of demonic and celestial forces; therefore no intelligent person ignored the advice gained from the supernatural realms entered in dreams. Some advanced societies built temples where individuals went to dream to gain the counsel of the gods -- for example, ancient Egypt and Greece had many hundreds. Even today, certain aborigines hold that the most important state of consciousness is dreaming. A common feature of this belief is that Someone Else is in fact dreaming our waking state world. This understanding was also found in ancient India; Narayana sleeps on the Mega-Cosmic serpent Sesha on the Cosmic ocean, His dreams create universes of name and form, one of which we inhabit. Narayana (Vishnu) rules sattva guna; mastering the pure creativity of dreams can open the door to mastering the ability to create anything desired. Full mastery of dreaming is a byproduct of Exalted Consciousness.

These ancient beliefs mirror truth: the waking state is in reality not absolute. Our experience of life is not solid or unchanging, but is produced by our beliefs and judgments. If we wish, we can change our minds; this necessarily gives us a completely different perspective on life. Suffering is not necessary in waking or dreaming -- we change our perceptions by changing our beliefs. We do not have to remain bound to our spatial, temporal, cultural, familial, or past interpretations of the world. And yet for most, particularly those who are not evolving to higher levels of consciousness, the dictates of rationality and empirical reasoning appear absolute: it is difficult if not impossible to rewrite our waking state dramas.

But for everyone, the dreaming state is free of all restrictions, which is exactly why so many have such a hard time understanding the symbols hiding in dreams. Every dream can serve as a source of healing or insight; dreaming integrates our experience of the outer world with our ancient internal knowledge, gathered from countless lives. There is no barrier to the future and the past in the dream state; therefore the total amount and variety of information conveyed in dreams is awesome: direct contact with our highest Self, precognition, past-life or future-life experiences, mythological dramas, communication with celestial beings, analysis and exploration of waking state reality, deep-rooted stresses, fears, wild humor and bizarre fantasy. All of this is wrapped up in metaphorical and symbolic experience that may or may not ever make sense to the waking state mind.

Since we are freed from the inhibitions and restrictions of our adopted world-views in dreams, they can be an excellent path for Self-knowledge. There are no accepted societal standards, no familial dictates, no ingrained defenses from our belief systems; full knowledge of spiritual Truth is therefore less hidden from us while dreaming.

The most serious consequences of our waking state universe are the stresses that lodge in our subtle bodies; these are released in meditation and in dreaming. To meditate while dreaming is of course the most powerful way to accelerate this process. Dreaming any desired dream, directing dreams in any desired direction is the natural result of expansion of consciousness. This occurs when one is awake during sleep in Perpetual Consciousness and the higher stages of enlightenment; before then, this ability develops to whatever extent awareness can be maintained while falling asleep.

Waking up while asleep (realizing that you are asleep and dreaming) is one sign of the developing witnessing quality of Perpetual Consciousness. This form of dreaming, lucid dreaming, most often occurs during REM sleep, which comes late at night after a full night's rest. Focusing on the throat chakra while falling asleep can cause lucid dreaming: the awareness typically gathers in the root and heart chakras during deep sleep and the second and fifth during dreaming. Once awareness hits the third or seventh, we awaken once more to the outer world.

Ignorance. The waking state of consciousness is known as ignorance, for in this state the omnipresent Reality of the Absolute is being ignored. It is a state of boundaries: the mind is caught by its interpretations of past experience and is not free to experience the freedom of life as it is in the present moment. It is also bound because only the crudest level of objects is perceived: the Unbounded Absolute is missed.

The waking state mind is incoherent: it is chaotically fragmented between thoughts produced by the rational intellect and those created by the emotions of fear and love. Silence and clarity are rare occurrences: the mind is always active, racing from one thought stream to another, from one regret, worry, difficulty, desire or frantic scheme to another. The waking state mind is buffeted like a small boat on a tumultuous sea as its 100,000 daily thoughts race through, completely without control. There is no awareness or at best a dim awareness of the Absolute in the waking state, therefore the individual is caught by identification with desires, thoughts, and possessions. This is like losing a million dollars by finding a dime. How do we return to our heritage of infinite awareness? How do we attain true freedom?

To be free from ignorance requires: (a.) the humility to recognize that our cherished waking state beliefs are not true; (b.) the courage necessary to challenge and erase these beliefs; (c.) an intense desire to change, whatever it takes; (d.) surrender to Cosmic will; and (e.) a formidable discipline (the willingness to adopt relative boundaries to gain Eternal Freedom). Such wisdom needed to tread the path to enlightenment is not easy to gain or develop in this modern world. But trying to gain enlightenment without the necessary focus has traditionally been compared to trying to churn butter from water. It simply won't happen.

Also required is (f.) consistency, or the intelligence to make a choice and then stick with it. Nature does not support vacillation. More accurately, Nature does try to support all human desires, but when these desires are mutually contradictory, what can She do? It takes a consistent choice -- then and then only can the forces of Natural Law be marshaled to create success.

Abundance in any area of human concern is always the result of (g.) one-pointed commitment. It does not work to say, "I will change as soon as the external conditions make it possible to change." God can and will outwait any such ego proposal. What does work is to say, "I will change Now, today; as I move consistently toward my goal, I assume that the means will manifest for me." And of course they do, for instead of resisting the flow of life, the individuality has now aligned with Cosmic Will.

My Teacher commonly said, "The means gather around sattva." (h.) Purity of life and (i.) clarity of intention bring fulfillment in their wake as inevitably as rain comes from cumulonimbus.

Death of the Ego. When we are born as humans, our first need is to learn how to relate to the outer world. Our need for physical and emotional support means that we must direct our senses outward, away from inner silence and complete consciousness, into the field of multiplicity. In order to do this, we organize our consciousness into an illusory structure that artificially maintains our separation from the Self. This structure is known as the ego. This was designed only to be a temporary stage of development, not the be all and end all of human evolution. The dominance of the ego was not supposed to continue much past puberty.

It is our attachment to the ego that keeps us trapped in the world of illusion, in samsara (which means literally, "perpetual succession" or "eternal cycle:" we rise up only to fall again, over and over again forever until the endless circle is Ascended). Since this structure is an illusion, everyone on the deepest level fundamentally desires to Ascend this artificial construct. In order for this to happen, the limited ego of the waking state must die.

This process, if not properly understood, can be extraordinarily painful. Without vitally needed knowledge, many decide at this point to abandon their quest for enlightenment. In extreme cases, the intense feeling of emptiness as the old behavior patterns fall away can actually lead to attempted suicide. These death-desiring impulses are signs from our higher Self that the old attitudes standing in our way must end. Mastering this process is an act of purest courage. The renunciation of the sense-oriented life of the lower self is horrifying to the ego; the subsequent birth to enlightenment is inconceivable and impossible from the perspective of the illusory structure of mind-created boundaries that is the ego.

A second twisting of the growth of consciousness can occur in life-threatening illness. This challenge can be much more subtle than an overt act of self-destruction, but the cause is the same. The internal spiritual forces are very powerful; like the mythical gods of ancient cultures, they can seem temperamental or capricious. If they are ignored or dishonored, they may actively seek to destroy us. The purpose is not of course to kill us, but to break our addiction to our limited world-views. Through death's dark door, we enter identical mental states to those that we discover inside during meditation as we ascend the boundaries of the ego. Debilitating illness can have a highly positive effect: like the phoenix from the ashes, an entirely new personality emerges from the painful death of the old. Ancient shamanic experience echoes this theme: it is only when the initiate accepts the communication from the spirit world that the torturing demon returns him/her to life or health and the new life-role of the shaman begins.

There is an astrological transit that occurs only once every thirty years and is universally dreaded in India. It is known as "Sapti Sati" and consists of Saturn transiting the natal Moon. The period of Sapti Sati can be a time of great difficulty; one thing after another can keep developing to generate unhappiness; the mind may not be at peace for this entire seven and a half year period. It is also very common for one or more members of the immediate family to die during this transit. Sapti Sati is in general a period of great distress and destruction. It is not that Saturn is malefic or evil, it is just that this intensely spiritual part of the personality insists that life be lived in enlightenment: if the individual has not turned toward Self-realization when this power is maximal in the life, it will feel as if life is trying to destroy you. It can seem as if you are being run over by a Mack truck every day of this transit. On the other hand, for those dedicated to spirituality, Sapti Sati produces great insights and inner development. It is only for those who are still caught by the ego that this transit produces great pain and suffering. The whole purpose of such an event is to dissolve the rigid boundaries of ego-based thinking. Fortunate are those who can accomplish this through a "negative" astrological transit without having to physically die or experience debilitating illness.

What is required for growth is our surrender to higher power. Only through the death of our old ego-based thinking does rebirth occur. Becoming immortal through dying is the theme of many ancient myths. Beneath the chaos of the waking state mind lies the perfect silence and beauty of the infinite bliss of the Absolute. When the ego is cut away, enlightenment automatically dawns. This is the transfiguration of the ego. This was symbolically attempted by the death initiation in many ancient (and current aboriginal) cultures. In Egypt, for example, the novitiate priest was instructed to stay inside a sarcophagus until the ego was killed. This process did kill the aspirant on occasion, but when it did not, the priest returned beyond the portals of death with knowledge from the Absolute.

In the West, we have the example of the death of Christ on the cross as a perfect example of the requirement of the death of the ego as the doorway to Ascension. The crucifying cross represents the opposites of earth-life, united at their center, in the Absolute. The personal self is crucified to give rise to the transcendental reality of the Son of God.

Until this ultimate transfiguration occurs, we continue to identify with the ego as it represses large parts of our personality in favor of those beliefs, which are favored. When we start to grow in enlightenment, these repressed areas start clamoring for recognition and acceptance; this can lead to intense inner conflict. Like the ancient battle at Kurukshetra outlined in the Bhagavad Gita, we find that the opposing forces in our lives rise in strength and power until the death of the world seems imminent. And yet it is only through this reconciliation of opposing internal values that full development of consciousness can occur. Universal love is required of us to manifest the all-inclusive nature of the Self: love toward all the disparate and hitherto denied portions of ourselves naturally translates into love for everyone and everything in the world. This is the opposite of judgment, which is always based in projection from the fear-based ego.

The ultimate Ascension is when we recognize that all the limited conditions of our belief system must be surrendered to the omniscient and omnipotent power of the Absolute. This results in a radical transformation of our previous ego-structured existence; the small and limited self rises into the Universal. Christ's death and Ascension thus serves as a model for any aspirant to enlightenment. The temporal and the personal are ascended as universality dawns; the ego melts into the Universal Self.

This is the essence of renunciation, not living the life of the monk or the nun. True renunciation means that all belief in the ego has been given up, not that we deny certain desires or behavior patterns. It is a misinterpretation of the path to enlightenment to feel that it is only suitable for recluses. This comes from a limited and incorrect understanding of the teachings of such enlightened leaders as Christ and Buddha. For example, the Mahayana Buddhists defined the three requirements for evolution past the waking state as: renunciation, compassion and clear experience of the Absolute. What was originally meant was the renunciation of thought-bound ego-identity; but what it came to be thought to mean was becoming a monk or nun and living the life of a recluse. True renunciation is the natural by-product of clear experience of the Absolute. And so is compassion. This is the three-in-one nature of the Absolute: the mind, the heart and the body all rise to fulfillment together.

The Mind. Awareness of the environment and our own mental processes is the function of the mind. The mind is not the same thing as awareness: rather, it is a machine that is operated by awareness. The old belief that awareness is an artifact of the physical body is a materialistic superstition that is falling rapidly aside in the modern scientific and medical communities. The attempt to understand awareness as a by-product of chemical and electrical processes in neurons and nerve tissue was doomed to failure from the outset, for the source of our awareness is not the physical structure of our bodies. Awareness is primary; the body and the physical brain are secondary. The twelve billion cells of the central nervous system create the physical structure of the greatest computer of all time, but they are not themselves aware of anything, any more than the wires and circuitry of a computer are by themselves conscious.

The various functions of the physical mind are performed by an extremely complex network of interconnected neurons: every neuron is connected to many thousands of others through direct synaptic connections and to millions or even billions of others through its receptor sites for neuropeptides. There are fifty trillion cells in the body; each is capable of producing the neuropeptides which communicate with the neurons in the brain. Thus the mind is not limited to the cerebral cortex; we are in fact body-minds -- the whole structure of our physiology is intelligent and capable of talking back and forth with itself. It is all-intelligent; it all reflects our individual awareness.

Memory and learning occur when we repeat a behavior long enough that new neurological pathways are created. The more the behavior is repeated, the deeper the groove in the brain becomes, the more neurons are tied into the loop and the more the connections between them increase. When any behavior is thus locked into the physical structure of the body, the habits, beliefs and judgments associated with it become extremely hard to modify. The self-sense that is our ego is built up on the groundwork of these mental structures. Although practical for much of life, the main trouble with these internal programs is that they keep us from fluidity of consciousness: we become stuck in old behaviors and beliefs and have a hard time in evolving to new life and experience.

These structures lock us away from new experience: the mind resonates easily only with that which corresponds to previous impressions. New experience does not easily lodge if there is no similar internal pattern; the mind filters out that which it cannot understand and discards it, particularly if the new information appears to pose a threat to the continuity of the ego. Thus the cycle of action-impression-desire continues and is quite difficult to break. An impulse of desire arises from the Absolute, collides with a previous impression which colors the desire; the warped desire leads to action to fulfill itself; this action leads to strengthening of the initial impression. The cycle can never be broken in its own universe: there is no escape from action-impression-desire on its own terms. What is required, of course, is a new program -- functional meditation provides the means to rewrite the old internal structures effortlessly, for the mind opens to new experience along the path of increasing enjoyment.

External reality cannot be separated from the beliefs, thoughts and perceptions of the mind. The mind creates its own universe. The mind creates what it thinks is reality. The mind is very like a mirror. If the glass of the mirror is dirty, the reflection is necessarily going to appear hazy or distorted. What is never experienced is the external reality of anything, but only its resonance with our beliefs, judgments and internal programs. What is this mirror? Without the reflection of objects, it vanishes. The mind can reflect anything, but without something to reflect, it is only awareness itself -- impossible to grasp by the intellect. The true nature of the mind's awareness can be experienced through systematic reduction of the reflection of thoughts and objects by meditating, but it can never be understood by the rational faculties.

If we abuse the mind, we fall sick; if we use it as it was designed to be used, we find that physical and mental health are its natural style of functioning. As the conscious awareness begins to expand as the result of meditation, it becomes more and more obvious that most if not all the problems of life are rooted in the old destructive beliefs and judgments of projected desire and its opposite, aversion. Every mind is subject to misinterpretation of everything until the awareness of the Absolute is stabilized.

The Waking State is a collective hallucination. The hypnosis of the cultural conditioning of humanity is a by-product of the mind's inherent tendency to define or name everything.

Naming occurs when the mind organizes perceptions into an object, then assigns reality to this mentally created object. This artificial reality is nothing more than an artifact of sensory perception; it is an out-picturing of a collection of images or concepts in the mind; it has no independent or external reality. Nothing exists in isolation from the value we assign to it. This is how the mind remains abstracted away from current experience: instead of seeing anything as it is, right Now, the mind sees only the past, or more accurately, only our previous beliefs and judgments about the past.

The waking state view of reality is that everything has independent existence. But what is that existence? If you take anything apart, you find that it no longer exists. Take a computer apart into its components, there is no computer left. "Computer" is just a name we have assigned onto an appearance. Thus external reality is phenomenal only. This is called mithya in Sanskrit. There is something outside which we call reality, but never what the mind has concluded it is. Each of us creates our own universe based on our private interpretation of the changing flow of energies and appearances, as they are perceived by us in our separate fragments of space and time.

The foundation of the entire belief system of the ego is in this waking state view of the universe. If things independently exist, then this "I" of the ego must also be independent and real. But the "I" is also simply a name -- it has no inherent reality.

When the old programs that sustain the waking state are rewritten, the energy that is locked into stresses in the body is released. This energy rises along the sushumna, the central energy channel along the spine, opening the seven chakras. When this happens, the mirror of the mind is cleansed: the Clear Light of the Absolute, the true nature of the mind, shines forth spontaneously.

The Absolute


When we perceive the external world, we are looking at our definitions of forms and objects, but not the underlying Unified Field in which they appear. Similarly, in our inner world, feelings and thoughts clutter our awareness, but the awareness of awareness itself is never known. The Absolute is the space in which things exist; it is the essence out of which everything is made: thoughts, feelings, computers, and my mother.

This is not a void as some have claimed; this is not an empty or negative reality. Rather, the Absolute is a positive state of fullness, of infinite potential energy out of which everything comes. Since the Absolute underlies and permeates everything in creation, it is called omnipresent. Everything comes from it and exists only because of it. Nothing can or does exist in isolation. Everything is composed of the Absolute, continually flowing in and out of manifestation.

The Absolute cannot be measured or defined. We can assign a name to it, like Infinite or Unbounded or Absolute or the One, but these still imply it is something. Any name for the Absolute or belief about the Absolute is not the experience of the Absolute. It is only when we abandon our insistence on attempting to limit the Unlimited by assigning waking state concepts to it that the Infinite Light of the Primal World dawns. Freed from mental fabrications about the Nature of Reality, awareness is experienced as Absolute and identical with everything.

The Absolute is without prior cause, it is its own cause; it is ever-the-same, unchanging. Like water, it is not altered regardless how much dirt is added to it: only the clarity of it is shrouded, its essential nature remains water. The Absolute is perfect stability -- it is the Ground of all grounds. There is no experience of duality in the Absolute, there is no difference between the self and the Self. There is no separation. Like a peak experience while painting, writing or composing music, there is no subject-object duality. There is no thought in the Absolute, there is no feeling, and there is nothing other than silence, eternal, self-sufficient.

The Absolute is the ultimate Reality from which everything has come and in which everything continues to exist forever. To experience this, as our true nature is enlightenment; to remain ignorant of this means remaining caught by the boundaries of illusion and life after life, caught on the wheel of samsara. Through meditation, the Absolute is experienced as our own essential nature, as awareness of awareness itself, as pure, unlimited consciousness. This is the experience of Infinite Freedom. This is liberation from the boundaries of the ego. Since the Absolute is the Source of everything, recognizing that "I am That" means that I recognize that I am all-pervasive. This is the state of Is-ness, free from any and every duality, freed from the sense of My-ness or even Am-ness. The Absolute simply is. And That I am.

Even though the experience of the Absolute is impossible to define in words, it is a real experience. In fact, the experience of the Absolute is more real than any waking state experience. The experience of the Unbounded is infinitely abstract and yet infinitely concrete. Having once tasted this clearly, life cannot remain the same. There is no previous behavior pattern, habit, judgment or belief that can withstand the force of Unbounded Awareness, for the Absolute is the root of everything.

When the mind is fully experiencing the silence of the Absolute, there is no motion of thought. Like a perfectly still pond untouched by wind, there are no waves, no ripples, no motion of any kind when the Absolute is clearly experienced. This state is measurable by the electroencephalograph: coherence of brain waves is the objective measurement of the subjective experience of transcending thought. The mind consumes vastly less energy when it is in the Absolute; because of this, the body settles down to its deepest possible state of rest. In the perfect state of Infinite Silence, there is no necessity for breath: the individual retains life by recognizing that he or she is part of Universal Life, in no way different or separate from eternal existence. In other words, life continues because life is the essence of the Absolute. In this state, no decay is possible, no illness, no death, no suffering, no pain.

PERPETUAL 'ABSOLUTE' CONSCIOUSNESS


The fifth state of consciousness

It is not sufficient to taste the Absolute only during silence with the eyes closed. The full development of consciousness requires a movement of the Absolute into daily life. To accomplish this, life itself becomes our Teacher. Every desire, every conflict, every problem is an opportunity presented to us by this flawless and wonderful Teacher to release us from the false confines of the ego and learn that the Absolute is the underlying Reality of everything. Once we start actively pursuing growth, every experience shows us exactly which desires and aversions maintain our past destructive behavior patterns. Every life-situation becomes an opportunity to grow toward enlightenment. As we become adept at renouncing all the previous mental constructs, we naturally develop a state of evenness that carries us smoothly over and through the mirage of earth-life.

Permanent renunciation of the ego's constructs radically alters our experience of the world. Since we are no longer enslaved by past destructive behavior patterns, since the mind is freed from the past and the future, we naturally act spontaneously in the present for the good of all creatures. Life becomes extraordinary in its simplicity -- the response to everything that comes to us is the same: unconditional acceptance, compassion and love.

One name for Perpetual Consciousness is Nirvana. Nirvana comes from the Sanskrit Nirva, to blow out. The fire of the ego's ignorance has been blown out because the fuel of its beliefs has been exhausted. Like a candle that has been blown out, all the old internal programs have been extinguished. Desire ceases to bind when every action is performed with complete consciousness, when each moment of life is lived spontaneously in the present moment. This is the natural by-product of life fully established in the awareness of the Absolute.

Another name for Perpetual Consciousness is Samadhi: "the ultimate," or " flawless evenness." Life becomes perfectly smooth and effortless when the individuality stops attempting to control or manipulate every aspect of existence. This is the natural result of having awareness permanently established in the infinite.

The essential characteristic of Perpetual Consciousness is known as prajna (pronounced: "pragya") in Sanskrit. (Note the similarity in structure to ajna, the name of the sixth chakra. The two petals of the sixth chakra create the dual style of functioning of the nervous system in Perpetual Consciousness that is called prajna.) Prajna is the power of the intellect that creates witnessing.

The nervous system is sufficiently flexible to experience the continual silence of the Absolute and at the same time the duality of the relative states of consciousness: waking, dreaming and sleeping. This duality of awareness or witnessing is the first stage of enlightenment. Hence is prajna called the mother of wisdom.

The mind can be compared to a flock of birds that constantly changes its shape and direction and yet maintains its formation. When we begin to culture witnessing consciousness, sometimes we watch the birds fly; sometimes we are the birds. When we are both at the same time continually, we have developed prajna fully. This is Perpetual Consciousness.

In the waking state, the common experience is that "I think," "I feel," "I act." This is a confusion of levels of reality. Once one's awareness is permanently established in the Source, in the Absolute, one recognizes that all actions, thoughts and feelings are external to the Self. Life continues, much as before, but now the individual does not mistake the source of thoughts, feelings or actions as being the individual Self. This experience of witnessing can be quite confusing to an aspirant, particularly if there is no one with sufficient knowledge available to explain what is happening. In extreme cases, it has been confused with insanity.

The gunas. When one experiences that thoughts, feelings, perceptions and actions continue without being caused by the Self, the question naturally arises, "Who is doing this thinking, feeling and acting?" The answer is that the fundamental forces of nature, called the gunas, are responsible for everything in creation. I said earlier that the Absolute is the Source of everything that is. This is true, but the Absolute never leaves its Infinite, Ascended status to create the universe. Where then did the universe come from? The answer is that it came from the three gunas -- the three fundamental forces that cause everything to exist.

Sattva. The first guna is the force of evolution. Everything in the universe grows, matures, becomes more complex. Sattva is this infinitely creative force. In Taoism, this is called yang. Yang is positive, male, expansive, directed outward. The primal force of sattva manifests in the individual life as clarity of thought and purity of intention. When sattva guna takes charge of an individual's life, happiness and health automatically develop.
Sattva manifests throughout every aspect of creation. In terms of the three relative states of consciousness, sattva is maximal in the dreaming. In terms of the three enlightened states of consciousness, sattva is maximal in Exalted Consciousness. Sattva is predominant in certain foods, in certain drinks, in certain perceptions, in certain activities, in certain emotions and in certain thoughts. By gently redirecting our eating, drinking, perceiving, acting, thinking and feeling, we can turn our lives more and more in the direction of sattva. Sattva naturally increases in life as one Ascends duality in meditation on the absolute, bringing about deep inner peace, silence, clarity, creativity, joy and perfect health.
Sattva is ruled by the primal power of the Absolute known as Vishnu or Narayana, that part of the Absolute that maintains the evolutionary direction of the universe. In the Christian tradition, the sattvic power is represented by the Holy Spirit.

Tamas. The opposite of sattva in every way is the guna known as tamas, or inertia. Tamas is the yin to sattva's yang -- it is negative, feminine, contractive, directed inward. Yin is the ultimate receptivity, the perfect complement to the infinite creativity of yang. If sattva is light and white, tamas is dark and black. If excessive sattva brings happiness and creativity, excessive tamas brings unhappiness and sloth.
And yet, tamas is also responsible for intuition and the inward direction so necessary for growth of consciousness. This is why the aspect of the Absolute known as Shiva, who rules tamas, is called yogiraj -- "the King of the Yogis" -- tamas is necessary to destroy ignorance. This primal power must be in our favor if we wish to rise to complete consciousness. In the Christian tradition, tamas is represented by the Christ aspect of the trinity. Christ destroys the ignorance of the world and replaces it with the truth of pure, unconditional love, perfect bliss. This is why Isha is known as the Lord of Bliss. Just as with sattva, there are certain foods, drinks, perceptions, actions, thoughts and feelings that increase tamas. When these increase in life, life becomes sick, depressed, sad. Excessive sleep brings about an imbalance of tamas, for of the three relative states of consciousness, tamas is maximal in sleep. In the three Absolute states of consciousness, tamas is maximal in Unity: in this state, all perception of duality has been destroyed.

Rajas. Sattva and tamas always work together: nothing can change or evolve or even be created until the previous state is destroyed. A bud dies so that a flower can bloom; a boy dies so a man can be born. The connecting link between sattva and tamas is the guna known as rajas. The infinite tension between pure creativity and pure destruction creates the third guna, the guna of energy: rajas. Rajas is neutral in direction until it is applied to creation or destruction. It is responsible for the waking state, for waking is activity. It is also dominant in Perpetual Consciousness, for the external world continues more or less exactly as it was in this fifth state of consciousness, the first stage of enlightenment. Only the inner reality has opened to perception of the Absolute: the outside continues very much as it was.
As with sattva and tamas, there are certain foods, drinks, perceptions, actions, thoughts and feelings that increase rajas in the life. An imbalance of rajas leads to passion, to anger, to violence. Rajas tempered by sattva bequeaths the energy necessary to achieve anything in life -- including, of course, the energy necessary to rise to enlightenment. This is why it is said that action is the means to develop Perpetual Consciousness, but silence is the means to develop the more refined states of enlightenment, Exalted and Unified.
The human world is the world of rajas: we as humans stand on the threshold of sattva and of tamas, capable of moving in either direction. By our thoughts and actions, we create heaven or hell of our lives. We stand on the borderline of the visible and the invisible -- living in material, physical bodies, we are nevertheless made of spirit. By our choice, we enliven the heavenly qualities of sattva or the earthly qualities of tamas. By our choice, our lives rise to joy and health or fall to unhappiness and death.
The primal force of rajas is represented by Brahma, the Creator or Visvakarman, the Universal Architect or Prajapati, the Lord of Creation. In the Christian tradition, God the Father embodies the qualities of rajas.

Nistrai Gunyo Bhava. ("Be without the three gunas." -- Bhagavad Gita, II, 45) The formula for success in life is to free oneself from the influence of the three gunas (Getting around the rules so to speak in staying on topic with Max's quote in this post). How is this done? By Ascending beyond the gunas thru consistent meditation on the absolute -- by taking the awareness to its Source in the Absolute. When this happens, one naturally experiences that the thoughts, feelings, perceptions and actions continue, for they always were being caused by the action and interaction of the three fundamental forces of Nature. The gunas playing on the gunas give rise to thoughts; the gunas playing on the gunas give rise to feelings; the gunas playing with the gunas give rise to perception; the gunas playing with the gunas give rise to action. Thus the entire field of human life, subjective and objective, is under the dominion of the gunas. In the waking state, we mistakenly assume authorship for our thoughts, feelings, perceptions and actions. This is healed in Perpetual Consciousness: in every experience, in every thought, in every action, the enlightened person realizes that "I do not think, I do not feel, I do not perceive, I do not act at all." All the thoughts, feelings, perceptions, and actions are born from the gunas acting on the gunas; when this is understood, not as a dry intellectual thought but as a direct, living experience, the individual is stabilized in Perpetual Consciousness. One no longer attempts to control the universe. One is innocent and unattached and therefore free.

Perpetual Consciousness is perfect freedom: since in Perpetual Consciousness we realize that it is only the activities of nature that are causing our thoughts and experiences, we can direct our life in any way we choose. No longer subject to the old destructive internal programming, we create any new structures of habit and belief that we desire. The mind, no longer caught by ego-based fearful thinking, rests in perfect inner joy. No more are we chained to past experiences or future worries; life is lived continually in the present moment. Life unfolds in perfection, for we no longer believe that our rational mind controls anything. Just as in the waking state we have no control over the hemoglobin carrying oxygen to our cells and have very little ability to change consciously all the myriad electrical and chemical processes in the body, just so in Perpetual Consciousness, all of our mental processes -- thoughts, feelings, perceptions, actions -- become automatic. Because we have ceased undermining the perfect flowing of life from the Absolute, everything about our individual lives becomes successful and supremely fulfilling. Life is lived in perfection.

Heyam Dukham Anagatam. Maharishi Patanjali wrote this in his Yoga Sutras. It means that the suffering that has not yet come deserves to be avoided. How does this happen? It is the natural by-product of permanently establishing the individual awareness in Perpetual Consciousness. When we stop usurping the authority of the three gunas, all of life flows perfectly for us; no suffering is possible in this state. Patanjali also said, when we perfectly establish ourselves in Asteya, non-stealing, then all ratna, priceless wealth, presents itself to us automatically. When we stop usurping authority for our thoughts, feelings, perceptions and actions, we have perfected Asteya. All good and wonderful things come to those who have risen to Perpetual Consciousness, not the least of which is freedom from involuntary rebirth.

Perpetual Consciousness develops extraordinarily quickly as a result of regular attention on the absolute. It does not take nearly as long to rewrite the internal programs as it took to create them in the first place. Fortunately! If we had to relive or consciously un-create all the horrors we have created in our minds and world, who would have the courage even to begin? Fortunately, it is not necessary. Through meditation on the absolute, we gracefully, without even being aware that it is happening, erase all the old beliefs, habits and judgments that keep life bound to the waking state.

The typical result of five to eight years of regularly practiced meditation on the absolute is that Perpetual Consciousness dawns in any nervous system, regardless how stressed it was at the outset. But of course this depends on a number of factors: how regular the individual is with his or her practice; how much stress the individual is adding to his or her nervous system every day; how badly the individual wants to be free from his or her self-destructive behavior patterns. But all things considered, the typical average is five to eight years. This can of course be dramatically shortened by active participation in the process.
"To the intensely vehement, soon."(from Patanjali's Yoga Sutras) When one has this attitude for evolution, the growth can be dramatic and very, very fast.

It is a little surprising that it takes any time at all. Where is there to go, after all? The Absolute is inside everyone. The reason it takes some time is simply that we are so deeply conditioned by our habitual modes of thinking, seeing and acting. Old habits die hard.



EXALTED CONSCIOUSNESS


The Sixth State of Consciousness
How could there be development of consciousness beyond Perpetual Consciousness? In Perpetual Consciousness, Infinite awareness of the Absolute has been permanently established. Where could there be room for more growth? Logically, there cannot be. This fact has led many individuals in the past to remain "stuck" in Perpetual Consciousness. The reason I put stuck in quotes is that the Eternal Freedom of Perpetual Consciousness is not accurately described as being a state of non-motion, particularly when compared to the ignorance of the waking state. But compared to what else is available, remaining until death in Perpetual Consciousness is being stuck.

The mind is fulfilled in Perpetual Consciousness, for the blocks to individual awareness remembering that it is Infinite have been removed. The mind sees no potential for further growth. But the heart is not satisfied. Before, in the waking state, there was at least a kind of unity with the loved person or object. What was lost was awareness of the Unbounded Inner Self, but at least there was a level of enjoyment in this pseudo-union. Every level of creation has its corresponding level of happiness, even the waking state. So when in Perpetual Consciousness the mind is content with this Infinite duality between the Self and everything else, the heart feels dissatisfied. The mind says, "Logically, there can be no more," but the heart responds, "Wait awhile and see." There is an old saying, "The heart knows no reason." It may be completely unreasonable that there could possibly be growth past recognition that we are Infinite, but the heart is not to be so easily defeated, not even by the Absolute!

Infinity may stand between the heart's desire, but the heart will storm the Citadel of Eternity if it must to reunite with its sundered beloved. And the heart's ally in this, of course, is that the Ultimate Reality of everything is Love.
What the heart can do is love. The individual, freed from the destructive internal programs of attempting to live in the past or the future, no longer sabotages the natural impulse of love. In the waking state, love rises only to be eclipsed by doubt, fear, projection and interpretation. There is no consistency of love in the waking state, for the ego-self is never consistent. Not living in the present moment, the self is caught between regret, worry, and fear; there is little room left for perfect love. But love for everyone and everything spontaneously blossoms for one who lives completely in the present moment without judgments of the past or fear for the future. Since love flows spontaneously, we naturally find that it is easier and easier to love everyone and everything. This state of spontaneously flowing love begins to change our senses of perception: we begin to experience more and more refined levels of every object.

The unifying thread of life is Love. From the most abstract to the most concrete, at every level of existence, at every level of experiencing, runs this slender thread. It seems delicate, a fragile thing, easily lost or broken, but is not so. It is more obdurate than granite; it can never be broken, never diminished, never lost; and it is forever growing, primarily by being given away. We cannot fall out of it, although sometimes we mistakenly believe that we do. Rather, what happens when we feel we have fallen out of love is that our mutually contradictory projected desires have made it impossible for our relationship to provide further growth. This is the kindest and most accurate description. For underlying all our desires -- the mélange of contradictory impulses we drop into the still waters of the Absolute -- there remains forever our original intention, crystalline, flawless, pure, directing our being through situation after situation, life after life, world after world. And what is that original intention? It is to return to our Source. We are not and never will be at home here; we will always feel that we are the dispossessed wanderers of time. That, truly, we are. Like Pellinore of the Arthurian legends, we have lost our kingdoms and queendoms and wander aimlessly about, slowly rusting since our home has become invisible to us.
Yet is our exile self-imposed. We chose to be here; we can choose to return whence we came whenever we so desire. Nothing can stand between us and our re-union with our Source, for we never truly left the Absolute. We only thought we did; we have traveled exceedingly far in our imaginations, but it is fantasy merely. The Absolute will wait patiently for us to remember throughout all Eternity if need be. For we are the Absolute. No matter how long we forget this simple fact, no matter how long we adamantly deny that this is true or continue to build up false dreams and strange beliefs, the Absolute waits patiently for us. There is no thought we can think, no action we can perform, that will ever change this simple fact. The Absolute is the root of all that we are, it is the fullest expression of all we shall ever be; it is the Source not only of us but also of everything everywhere at all times. Life, therefore, is extremely easy to understand.

Even in the waking state, it is our experience that when we are in love, we don't much notice the boundaries and limitations of our experience. We are too busy flowing in waves of appreciation. This quality of increasing appreciation naturally opens us to the ability to love more and more deeply -- the two, appreciation and love, feed each other more and more easily and completely once the undermining tendency of the old belief systems have stilled.

The body has built into its wondrous structure the mechanics of much subtler styles of functioning. The genetic code, for example, has encoded approximately 90% of its material with no known function in the waking state. This is one of the greatest mysteries of modern genetic research: why only here in the DNA is Nature, typically so ruthless in Her efficiency, squandering over nine-tenths of the building blocks? The answer is that these blank sections of code are only blank in the relative states of consciousness. In the three enlightened states, certain parts of the DNA start functioning to create protein molecules that have no purpose in the relative states. Two of the most important of these in the ancient literature are named soma and amrita.

Soma is called the "glue of the universe" for this molecule allows us to see the subtlest level of creation, that level of Reality, which holds everything joined to the Absolute. When soma increases in the body, the senses of perception gradually refine their ability to see more and more subtly. Everything comes to be experienced in its celestial value -- the most refined level of relative structure. This is true for vision: soma allows the mind to see everything filled with or made of Infinite Light, of purest Beauty. This is true for hearing: soma allows us to hear the subtlest level of sound; every sound is exquisite in its perfection. This is true for our sense of smell: every scent is redolent with fragrant wonder. This is true for touch: every physical sensation surpasses the wonder of the softest silk. This is true for taste: every morsel is sweeter than the sweetest sugar.
A prime result of this deeply refined level of perception is to make life supremely enjoyable. A second result is the ability to see and communicate with the beings that live on the subtler levels of reality: the angels, celestials, devas, elementals, gods. This state is the incarnation of magnificence: every moment is lived to the maximum. Soma transforms our clay-like bodies into temples of God's light. Celestial perception is the norm in Exalted Consciousness. Every perception is wonder. Truth and Beauty and Love are the handmaidens of Exalted Consciousness.

Amrita is the molecule that bequeaths physical immortality. There is nothing built into the genetic code that insists the human being age and die. There is no absolute law that the damage caused by the free radicals ranging our bodies cannot be perfectly repaired forever. Rather, every cell desires to replicate perfectly. Why does this not happen? Stress. Every year, 98% of the molecules in our body are replaced. Some parts are replaced much more often: for example, the stomach lining, in terms of the molecules creating the cells, is completely new every five days. We have a new liver every six weeks, a new skeleton every six months, a whole new body, 100% replaced, every two years. Even the nerve cells, which themselves are not replaced after birth, are renewed every year by the changing of the atoms that compose them.
In the waking state, we keep rebuilding the body's structure in exactly the same way: if we have a malformed knee due to some old injury, we continue to replace the atoms in the knee in exactly the same way so that true healing never occurs. There is no reason that this has to be so; there is no reason that life has to end at seventy-five. These are simply beliefs. We don't normally recognize them as beliefs, since they are so very deep in the collective unconscious, but beliefs they are. If we change our mind deeply enough, we become familiar with the Master Programmer, the impulse of our consciousness that determines exactly where these belief systems are being maintained. One feature of Exalted Consciousness is the ability to reverse all the old belief systems, including the belief in death. Amrita is the physical molecule that enables us to regenerate our body indefinitely.

UNITY CONSCIOUSNESS


The Seventh State of Consciousness

The final step of growth of human consciousness comes when the refined value of celestial perception melts into continual awareness of the Absolute on the outside. This is the highest level of enlightenment and is known as Unified Perpetual Absolute Consciousness, or Unity.

Unity Consciousness sounds impossible from the perspective of the waking state: How can the Infinite be seen, heard, touched, tasted, smelled? It makes sense only from the standpoint of one who has risen to awareness of Infinite Consciousness on the inside. There is no resolution to my heart's longing until every individual, every object is experienced as being the same Infinite Self that I am on the inside.

How does this final stage of growth occur? Through an act of intellectual discrimination, the enlightened individual realizes that the infinite light being experienced on the outside is the same infinite light that is being experienced on the inside. The glorious celestial reality melts into Infinity. Said another way, the individual discovers that his Cosmic Beloved is his own Self. Funnily enough, all love ends up directed back at the Self. It is not directed back at the limited self of the waking state, that self cannot love anything or anyone consistently. The love is directed back at the Universal Cosmic Self of the Enlightened Mind. And that gives us the full awareness that each and everyone of us is a spark of the Divine Flame; each and every one of us is the same beneath all our surface differences.

What sparks this ultimate realization? Certain treatises on the subject of Unity were written by individuals in Unity: the Brahma Sutras of Badarayana, the Upanishads, the Maharamayana (Yoga Vasishtha) of Valmiki, A Course in Miracles. The entire Vedanta (literally, End of the Veda) philosophy of ancient India was designed for those in Exalted Consciousness to rise to Unity.
Another catalyst of this transformation can be the direct words of the fully enlightened to the aspirant standing at the last doorway to Unity: "Thou art That," "All this is That," "There is nothing other than That." "That" of course refers to the Absolute. At the appropriate instant of time, these great words (Mahavakyas) irrevocably crush the last taint of limitation in the mind of the evolving soul. Or this transformation can occur in a countless number of ways; Nature Herself can create the necessary conditions so that it must happen.

Individual life continues to function in Unity because of leshavidya, the "last remains of ignorance."

Karma (action) is divided into two types: that which is returning, regardless of our present actions, and that which lies as if dormant -- dormant because it has no chance to reach us in this lifetime. The results of our past karma are comparable to seeds. A tiny fraction of these seeds have already sprouted and are going to have effects in our life. It is as if a small amount of our storehouse of karma has gone into building a bridge to this lifetime. Beyond this bridge lies the vast majority of our karma, comparable to mountain ranges of grain, awaiting the appropriate conditions to grow. Ascending, through the discipline and focus on the absolute is a divine fire which roasts these seeds so they have no potential to sprout. The bridge burned, there is no longer a connection with the past; the karma no longer has the potential to return. The seeds have been roasted in the fires of wisdom.

The karma that has already sprouted creates leshavidya. This keeps the body and mind functioning in Unity. It is like a thin film of grease on the hand after one picks up a cube of butter and then drops it down again. The life continues on by force of habit; the individual essence is experienced as a thin, almost invisible membrane between two fullnesses: the inner Self is experienced as Infinite, the outer world is experienced as Infinite; what is left of the individuality is the faint, translucent boundary between these two fullnesses. This is what is meant in the Upanishads by, purnam ida, purnam idam: "This is full, that is full." This Infinite, unchanging internal experience of Eternity is not different from the Infinite, unchanging external experience of Eternity. These two fullnesses are experienced as one. This is what my Teacher meant when he said, "200% of life is the birthright of every human being."



The natural laws act/respond differently to different levels of conscious awareness.





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Joesus I was reading your post and wow, I didnt know you had it in you, that was some really great information. It shows how Philosophy and Religion and Science can work in cohesion as one. You got my mind going at about a 1000 mph right now - so many ideas to talk about I am having trouble settling on which one.

Oh and on enlightenment, let me take a shot at what it is; Enlightenment is going beyond the regular boundaries people experience and reaching a higher level of understanding and consciousness. You have to let go of your beliefs and allow your mind to reach a higher level of thinking.

I have too many thoughts going on right now, I will have to give it some time before I can organize them and write them down.

Note to anyone reading this, Joesus' post is definatly worth taking the time to read.
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Ahhhh! There's my inspiration, thanks for being there Joesus, you've done it for me again :0)

It's funny, i had a vivid dream last night that i was being watched by someone very important, thought it was pri blair, or pres bush! and was also trapped in a military compound and the security would not let me out as they didn't recognise me from my pass.

It's all making sense again...

Looking forward to your next post Max; on death, and you are spot on with the writing things down idea, it makes remembering and believing so much easier.
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Oh and on enlightenment, let me take a shot at what it is; Enlightenment is going beyond the regular boundaries people experience and reaching a higher level of understanding and consciousness. You have to let go of your beliefs and allow your mind to reach a higher level of thinking.

Yes. As the influence of past impressions are broken the mind is returned to innocense and clear perception, by perceiving reality from the now, one has clear perception.

From the gospel of Thomas:
5. Jesus said, "Know what is in front of your face, and what is hidden from you will be disclosed to you.

For there is nothing hidden that will not be revealed. [And there is nothing buried that will not be raised.]"

17. Jesus said, "I will give you what no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, what no hand has touched, what has not arisen in the human heart."

22. Jesus saw some babies nursing. He said to his disciples, "These nursing babies are like those who enter the (Father's) kingdom."

They said to him, "Then shall we enter the (Father's) kingdom as babies?"

Jesus said to them, "When you make the two into one, and when you make the inner like the outer and the outer like the inner, and the upper like the lower, and when you make male and female into a single one, so that the male will not be male nor the female be female, when you make eyes in place of an eye, a hand in place of a hand, a foot in place of a foot, an image in place of an image, then you will enter [the kingdom]."
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Hmm, I have a lot of thoughts on what you said. Im still working things out in my head, though I will probably post my thoughts on this in Treatise on Philosophy #3
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A Treatise On Philosophy #3

What is the nature and origin of life? When we look at death one must obviously look at life. In Quantum Physics we attempt to use gravity to help us understand the 4th dimension, so too shall we attempt to use life in order to understand death.

First, one must evaluate whether or not the subject in question even exists. Numerous definitions exist for death, we must systematically evaluate these before being able to move on further. I have simplified and group various philosophies on death both religious and scientific.

One life and then Heaven

In this philosophy we see that a person is given life and when they die they are said to go to Heaven. If the person should go down the wrong path, they may face a unfortunate fate in hell, commonly viewed as the center of the earth. Satan and his angels are essentially rebels who defied God and as punishment they were sent down to the center of the earth. Life is essentially seen as the way of measuring the character of the person and developing of their self. It is seen that the body dies but the soul lives on, their is no true death in this philosophy, only a transition in mediums.

Reincarnation

This philosophy has several diffrent deviations. The most common philosophy is that a person dies and is then reborn as another person, their soul is the same so traits from one life are carried on to another (hence the term past lives). The second deviation is that we are all living, breathing animals and when we die we have as much of a chance of being reincarnated as a fish as we do a human. One must also look at the Buddhist philosophy and the idea that we are here until we achieve enlightenment, in which one is allowed to go onto the Buddhist heaven. This has certain similarities with the one life and heaven philosophy in that we are living to achieve something and when it is achieved we will move onto paradise.

Life and then Death

This philosophy is mainly scientific as few religions are successful at promising 'nothing' after death. This view was held by figures such as Sigmund Freud, that once we die - thats it and its all over. It is this philosophy that requires the most inquiry because one already knows that it is quite illogical to assume something can become nothing. It is really a question of this..

Is the scientific physical world all their is? If so, have we fully explored it to invalidate claims of a soul, energy, or similar things proposed to exist in nature?

In order to answer this question we need a clear understanding of what it is that defines death.

To be declared medically dead is usually to have ones heart stop beating, but people have been 'brought back' to life after a medical death has occured. Thus we can logically surmise that medical death is not the signal that a person is truely dead. Alright so what about when a person is buried six feet under the ground? Actually the brain remains active 21 days after death, so its quite possible a person still has something going on up their.

This leads us to the next question which is, what about when decomposition of the body occurs and the body is turned into soil? Here we have an intresting look, now we can be quite assured that the body is not about to be reanimated... Or can we? We all know that individual cells contain enough DNA for an entire human body, we also know that things do not just disappear into nothing.

Maybe you really are what you eat? (Dianah, if your reading this, re-read that last paragraph, I think you will see something intresting)

This could support theories of reincarnation, but then we need to look at - what is the self?

I was once told by a man that your soul is your emotions, memory and personality. Now, if the soul is to pass on - then how can it be if the brain deteroraites? We musnt forget though, this is just one opinion of the soul, and all claims cannot be based off of this one definition.

So, if their really is life after death, or rather, life after life - then how is the self preserved? On a purely theoretical note, DNA is not static, it can be changed and modified - if their was an area of the dna that influenced how the brains 'self' is formed then this could be substantial. Purely theoretical though, but worth looking into.

Alright, so I am having trouble defining death, how about you? Death seems to be a thing of something ceasing too exist and that seems a bit childish. Death may be better defined as a transition in the life cycle.

In order for one thing to live, another thing must die. This is how our world of living organisms works, animals and plants are the food for other animals and plants. Whether decomposed or not. But we need to look deeper on this one, because living organisms are not all animals eat. Salt for example is a rock, iron is a metal and all plants + animals are comprised of chemicals on the quantum level.

What does this tell us? Living organisms are made up of non living things... Now ive just put myself into a paradim. Or maybe this is sciences fault? How can something that is not alive create something that is alive... which leads us to the big question

What is life? If neuroscience tells us that all brain activity is neurochemical reactions and thoughts are formed this way. And if chemisty tells us that plants and animals are made of the same basic chemicals as everything else....

Then are we not just a thing of chemical reactions ruled by physics - no diffrent than the ground below our feet?

Think about this one, if you die, you will be decomposed into soil and then if some so called living organism stands on that soil - why is that organism more alive than your decomposed one? If you cut off a limb, is it now dead and if so, why?

This leads to the conclusion that everything must therefore be living or be dead. Personally I prefer life.

Now we can see their is no real distinction between life and death, death in itself does not exist - it is a perception, nothing more. But Alas, I am not nearly done yet, this is only discussing the known physical world elements of life and death in a scientific context. Now we need to move onto...

Consciousness Theory

Prehaps this isnt even a physical world at all, what if this is all just a computer game? Well then, we have a completly new situation to handle. Other possibilities exist like is this just a dream and when I die, I will wake up?

Then we have a definition for death, that definition is - a change from one reality to another. You do not cease to exist, you just simply move out of one reality and into another. This is a big one in connection to many of the religious theories. With this in mind, the body is more like a toy for the soul, like how one has a robot that is controlled through a remote control. If so, then one does have to ask - if my body is no more than a remotely controlled organism for which my soul to have fun with (or something more religious), then shouldnt I be aware of this fact and able to observe it?

Not nessecarily. As we observed in the former posts, reality has to have consistent rules, if you wanted to have a deep experience of reality, you would need to create the illusion that you are contained within the body.

This theory is appliable to the theories of the soul, of reality being a dream and of it being a computer simulation. So, let us more deeply explore some of these elements. If it is the soul, then when we die we shall go to paradise. If it is the dream then when we die we will go to another reality. If it is the computer simulation then we never actually live or die but rather just experience.

In any case, the most absurd of all theories is one ceases to exist entirely, the theory is completly out of context with the rules of this reality. Reincarnation is really just a change from one reality to another while staying in the same environment. Now this is not in itself all that there could be to life, many more possibilities exist.

In fact, I am suprised at the boldness of people who try to answer the question what is the meaning of life? I havent even decided what life is - or if we are even alive.

More to come in #4
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Excellent work Max :0) that was very interesting. One question though...

QUOTE(maximus242 @ Mar 15, 2007, 08:23 AM) *

Actually the brain remains active 21 days after death,


Is that for real? i've not heard that before, is there a reference you can provide for me to go look into this?
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Actually another question has just occured...

To support the life goes on after death idea and reincarnation, shouldn't we have memories from earlier lives? (please try to avoid answers involving marie antoinette)

Presumably we can't all be noobs :0\
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QUOTE(Laz @ Mar 15, 2007, 02:03 AM) *

Excellent work Max :0) that was very interesting. One question though...

QUOTE(maximus242 @ Mar 15, 2007, 08:23 AM) *

Actually the brain remains active 21 days after death,


Is that for real? i've not heard that before, is there a reference you can provide for me to go look into this?


no, this is false
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Okay :0\ have either of you got any info to back up your claims?

I found that Wikipedia says 37 hours after death there can still be electrical activity!
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QUOTE(Laz @ Mar 15, 2007, 11:07 AM) *

Actually another question has just occured...

To support the life goes on after death idea and reincarnation, shouldn't we have memories from earlier lives? (please try to avoid answers involving marie antoinette)

Presumably we can't all be noobs :0\


It is certainly possible but not always useful. For one thing without the clarity of perception from greater levels of conscious awareness, a lot of assumptions are made regarding reality, the soul, dense physical life and life in higher vibrational realities.

Because of the karmic action creating each life there are certain desires the mind focuses on rather than the source of its Self. Generally speaking any premonition or vision in the waking state might be shrugged off as a daydream or hallucination or even obsessed over.

There are barriers created so that lifetimes do not intermix freely in memory upon active participation within the a life cycle.
They can be overcome with the awakening realization of the Self in higher states of conscious awareness but generally not before unless it is supremely important to their conscious development in this lifetime.

I have had a couple of memories; one of troop trains and blown up buildings while travelling on a night train from Switzerland to France. I was told by another that I had my own tank in WWII, as a U.S. Army Seargent that was blown up in my Tank in France.

Tho these memories can be entertaining if one was obsessed with other lifetimes they wouldn't pay much attention to what was happening here and now, let alone what is the source of all of their lives and why they were created in the first place. Humanity is largely distracted as it is by fear and often immerses itself in thoughts and desires of fantasy rather than reality.

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Okay :0\ have either of you got any info to back up your claims?

I found that Wikipedia says 37 hours after death there can still be electrical activity!

Eastern traditions say the soul hangs around the body for three days which is why they wait three days before cremation. Maybe its an attachment thing and maybe it has some relationship to the three days of Christs transition from death to rebirth in a certain orientation that takes place.
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About the 21 days thing

I heard it once and then I remembered it when I was writing the post. It could be false but I would imagine that some level of activity remains for at least a short period of time. Shawn will know whether or not it does for sure.

About Reincarnation and a person having memories of past lives. That was a good question Laz, to answer it we need to look at the rules of reality and how information is passed on. We know several things, one - reality must be consistent, so it may make sense not to have those memories to avoid confusion. Two, you dont remember anything pre-natal, although some people claim to have memories of such events, neuroscience tells us diffrently. Three, we get memories from reality but we can also create our own, so the remembered memories may be created by the person unconsciously rather than remembered from a past life.

In order to pass on such information, we would need a vechical to pass it on - this is the idea behind the soul.
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So are you saying your treatise is a collection of things you heard from someone else and doesn't come from first hand experience?
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I havent died Joesus so no I dont have first hand experience of whether or not my brain remains active after medical death.. The treatise on philosophy is my own thoughts, not someone elses. I heard it as in I may have read it somewhere or something, I have forgotten the source of the information about the 21 days thing.

That would be like if I commented on neuroscience, much of what I know is from books but I am giving my opinions and insights on it.

The Treatise on Philosophy is an original piece of writing, its soley the result of me contemplating on various thoughts. Its like like you writing about spirituality and talking about Buddhism, your not Buddah, you learnt about Buddhism from someone else. I talk about neuroscience in my writing, I didnt invent neuroscience though.
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