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Spiritual Tradition, Scriptures and Religion
Talk about what works in religion, what's useful in scriptures and the Bible. Traditional Advaita includes a lot of written guidance. Also old masters, and famous "divine figures" have a lot of tradition developed behind them.
I have come across the writings of Phillip Goddard, who suggests that all spiritual beliefs in chakras, auras, God, goddesses, religions new age or otherwise, rituals, E.T's, ghosts, entities, paranormal activity, astral projection and more are tricks/illusions which are actually thought forms, which interact and feed off of mind of conscious beings.The purpose of these things are to keep us distracted from our true nature as fundamental consciousness, which is all there is, or the ultimate. He calls it the metaspace in which all arises and dissolves. Furthermore the belief in a soul is also from this "garbage" and can lead to unnecessary and unhealthy physical incarnations. These thought forms/illusions collect in the astral sub reality, as he calls it which is different from fundamental consciousness, and are distortions of consciousness, and plague all of existence.
He explains how it came about here:
He says that the only safe way(to his knowledge) to clear out the astral sub reality is by using a set of affirmations which he came up with. As well as some yogic exercises and using what he calls a clarity sphere in order to dissolve/weaken the garbage. Apparently crystals, which new agers use for energy cleansing and healing are actually harmful. I have used some of his affirmations and have noticed a difference but am no longer actively doing so, but I do feel he may be on to something.
He insists this is not a belief, nor does he want anyone to believe in it, but it rather a working model that he has found to be effective in understanding whats going on.
quote from my main site:
This entire process of complete bodily (God) Realization is what I call Enbrightenment. The anatomical structure of (esoteric) consciousness that manifests within and through the body/mind during the Process of Enbrightenment is called the Spiritual Cross. The total Awakening and Realization of the Spiritual Cross is correlated with the entire Process of Enbrightenment. Furthermore, the True Spiritual Process of Enbrightenment is founded on two primary Teachings. First, All Real Spiritual life is grounded in simple Faith based Self Realization. Secondly, Realization of the whole body/mind via the Total Awakening of the Spiritual Cross is the other Teaching, and this involves a bodily process through which the esoteric anatomy of consciousness is awakened via Heart Communion with Siddha Buddha (Guru) and/or God, and the Divine One (God) progressively Assumes the living moment to moment life of the individual. Learn more at my website, link below.
Several years ago, I found these "Key Instructions" by Lama Gendun Rinpoche. They have been a good source for contemplation or inquiry into the nature of mind.
What I like most about them is that they start with the most basic word, happiness. Also, that they emphasize a relatively non-judgmental view of the mind, one in which stability and movement are not grasped onto.
Please find these here and see if they resonate:
Is humanity capable of a unified theory of spirituality that would create a universal spiritual revolution and unite all religions, cultures, etc, based on a few simple practices?
What’s up? (question the status quo of what you and the world are)
Open up (the heart and mind, compassionately and unconditionally)
Lighten up (the load of precepts, dogma, beliefs, past baggage, attachments, etc)
Fire it up (an enthusiasm and passion for life, curiosity, wisdom, and creativity)
Free it up (allow life/creation to unfold, beyond fear, doubt, or expectations)
Waken up (to pure, unconditioned, infinite, eternally evolving consciousness)
Sum it up (the finite contains the infinite, and the infinite contains the finite)
Step up (live it, love it, practice it, share it and apply it, in the present)
Hi, Meher Baba has helped me more than words can tell and I believe what he says with all of my heart, so I want to spread his message of love and truth as much as possible. Meher Baba dictated that "Now is the time for all to understand that I am God in human form" and that his Universal Message should be spread "far and wide" and given "to all, irrespective of whether one believes in me or not". It is copyrighted © by the Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust (www.ambppct.org) and reproduced here by permission of the Trust.
"The Universal Message" of Meher Baba
"I have come not to teach but to awaken. Understand therefore that I lay down no precepts.
Throughout eternity I have laid down principles and precepts, but mankind has ignored them. Man's inability to live God's words makes the Avatar's teaching a mockery. Instead of practicing the compassion he taught, man has waged crusades in his name. Instead of living the humility, purity and truth of his words, man has given way to hatred, greed and violence.
Because man has been deaf to the principles and precepts laid down by God in the past, in this present Avataric Form I observe Silence. You have asked for and been given enough words — it is now time to live them.
Be forewarned, this introduction is likely to leave you with more questions than answers. Furthermore, none of the questions you leave this page with will be worth answering until you have experienced liberation from self.
So if you're new to this way of thinking I'm guessing your first question is, "What is all of this about?'
What is liberation? First there are a few things you need to understand.
We think of the "self" as the "thing" that has the body, has the mind and lives life. This is an assumption. We assume this "you" exists and we live our lives accordingly. This would be but a minor inconvenience if it wasn't for the sense of self or ego we build in our minds to try and lend some credence to this fictitious assumption of self. In reality "self" is an impossibility. It does not exist in our experience of reality. It can not. Our experience of reality consists of the environment which conditions our arising thoughts and those thoughts. It also contains the body and the environment that conditions our bodies to act. There is of course an intersection between the environment of the body and that of the mind. For a self to exist it would have to stand outside of this experience of reality. Anything that is outside of our experience of reality can not exist in our experience of reality.
""Once I saw this guy on a bridge about to jump. I said, "Don't do it!" He said, "Nobody loves me." I said, "God loves you. Do you believe in God?"
He said, "Yes." I said, "Are you a Christian or a Jew?" He said, "A Christian." I said, "Me, too! Protestant or Catholic?" He said, "Protestant." I said, "Me, too! What franchise?" He said, "Baptist." I said, "Me, too! Northern Baptist or Southern Baptist?" He said, "Northern Baptist." I said, "Me, too! Northern Conservative Baptist or Northern Liberal Baptist?"
He said, "Northern Conservative Baptist." I said, "Me, too! Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region, or Northern Conservative Baptist Eastern Region?" He said, "Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region." I said, "Me, too!"
Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1879, or Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1912?" He said, "Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1912." I said, "Die, heretic!" And I pushed him over.""
It's not original, but still revealing.
Here is a text from the Mulamadhyamakakarika (Fundamental Verses on the Middle Way [2nd century?]) I actually never heard of it until this morning. So I can´t say whether I like the complete text or not, but this chapter below really struck me.
Take your time, have a cup of coffee, and treat/challenge yourself with these profound lines:
25. INVESTIGATION OF NIRVANA
1. If everything were empty, there would be no arising and perishing. From the letting go of and ceasing of what could one assert nirvana?
2. If everything were not empty, there would be no arising and perishing. From the letting go of and ceasing of what could one assert nirvana?
3. No letting go, no attainment, no annihilation, no permanence, no cessation, no birth: that is spoken of as nirvana.
4. Nirvana is not a thing. Then it would follow that it would have the characteristics of aging and death. There does not exist any thing that is without aging and death.
5. If nirvana were a thing, nirvana would be a conditioned phenomenon. There does not exist any thing anywhere that is not a conditioned phenomenon.
6. If nirvana were a thing, how would nirvana not be dependent? There does not exists any thing at all that is not dependent.
7. If nirvana were not a thing, how could it possibly be nothing? The one for whom nirvana is not a thing, for him it is not nothing.
8. If nirvana were nothing, how could nirvana possibly be not dependent? There does not exist any nothing which is not dependent.
Bringing up the name of Jesus Christ as though he were an enlightened master or rishi. This is not to say that he was not a participant in Oneness. He may very well have been "enlightened" in the sense dogmatic persons sometimes are. But the bare fact of the matter is that Jesus Christ was most likely an apocalyptic preacher who believed in a literal hell and expected the end of the world within his lifetime.
Now, I too think that beliefs should not matter when it comes to the Absolute, and that furthermore enlightenment is more akin to an apocalypse than any placid waterfall or stream, but I would like people to face the fact that the fear-based tradition of the West is not the exact same thing as the various traditions of the East which do not emphasize fear-based beliefs.
Q: Who wants Spiritual Liberation?
The three stooges!!! The fool, the blind and the ignorant. Who else?
When there is no spiritual bondage, who needs spiritual liberation? No one.
Bondage is simply a psychological belief created by acquiring spiritual and religious knowledge.
There is no other spiritual or religious bondage, chains, cage or prison other than religious words.
As long as someone believes and cultivates any religious or spiritual concepts and ideology,
they are paradoxically only bound to them. Bound to their spiritual beliefs only. Nothing else.
Like a fish in the water crying that he is thirsty.
Everyone alive is already abiding as their true nature and are already ever-Free.
They do not know it. No one told them the simple Truth about spirituality and religions.
Who told you that you are bound and why do you foolishly believe it? After all, what binds you?
Bondage and liberation are simply a product of false imagination, deception, lies and illusion.
There is no such thing as spiritual bondage and there is absolutely no spiritual liberation.
Spiritual bondage and liberation are only found inside religious organizations
and inside spiritual books. Used to entice simple Seekers to foolishly believe
in their religious stories of spiritual salvation and spiritual made up cause.
The fact is that spiritual bondage and of course, spiritual liberation never existed.
Just a religious hoax. God and the Devil and everything in between are only
fictitious, superstitious, imaginary and absolute illusion.