Someone asked:  “What insights have you experienced during meditation which you did not know before?”

That there is another world behind, through, yet integral with the ordinary world as perceived by the senses. This is a transcendental world, a realm of divine archetypes, the essences of everything. It is a world of power, of beauty, intelligence, harmony, clarity, and order. Or rather it is the essence of all these things raised to an infinite power. It is a world of pure meaning. It is transcendent in the sense that it completely transcends the power of all external words, concepts, and emotions, to describe it. It is the powerhouse of life, the soul of everything, and full startling surprises and wondrous beyond description. Each focus in this world is like a hyper-space doorway to infinity, revealing regions of transcendent and overwhelming beauty.

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Some one asked:  “Between Hinduism and Buddhism, which one do you prefer, which one makes more sense to you and why?”  

The religions of the world have a more external or surface appearance and also a deeper more spiritual core. Each religion in its more external and commonly known formulations expresses a part of the truth but often with much distortion, half-truths, and important things left out. But the core of all major religions contain the more essential teachings and are compatible with each other. This hidden (occult) side of religions is sometimes called “esoteric.” It is the core, the esoteric depth of religions that I prefer. And for that, one need not so much choose between them but rather study the unity that underlies them. One treatment of this is: The Essential Unity Of All Religions : Bhagavan das.

The above Bhagavan das book is a publication of the Theosophical Society (based initially on the Writings of H.P. Blavatsky) which is one of three major esoteric schools that are extant in modern times. (The other two esoteric schools being based on works appearing under the name of Alice Bailey and Lucile Cedercrans. (This latter author, incidentally, was also at one phase of her life a teacher of Tibetan Buddhism.) These three schools all are more or less compatible with and complementary to each other. They do not represent a particular religion but are a synthesis of their underlying principles. They also make some use of both Western Christian terms as well as the terms and concepts of Eastern religions. See, for example Is Theosophy Hinduism, Buddhism, or Something Else?

And again we see the parallel in that, “Through Alice Bailey’s writings many Hindu and Buddhist concepts became familiar in the West.” Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Denise Cush… P. 558

So I admire some things in Buddhism, Hinduism, as well as in Christianity, but I prefer to approach these through the schools of esoteric studies such as those above. The reason for my choice is that this path:

  • Is synthetic rather than exclusive
  • Does not limit you to a particular religion
  • Appeals to both the heart and head
  • If very practical
  • If knowledge based rather than faith based
  • Is comprehensive and far ranging
  • Address questions in depth that are left out of orthodox religions
  • Calls for the use of both the intellect and intuition
  • Allows for free thinking and complete individuality of approach
  • Is more compatible with science than external religions
  • Is conscious of modern culture and the needs of modern man
  • Accords with my own personal and spiritual experiences

Someone asked:  “Does ‘New Age’ mean ‘magical’? 

It is “magical” in the poetic and romantic sense of the word. It is not magical in the anti-scientific sense of it because the evolution of modern science itself is part of the “New Age.” The new age enhances the evolution of the mind and soul and is contrary to the superstitious sense of the word “magic.”

The new age is about the light of brotherhood and that is a soul magic whose time has come and without which humanity can not survive. For the light-based meaning of magic, the conventional image is symbolically instructive. The customary image has the magician perform two major feats: disappearance and levitation. Truly, the magic of the soul defies earthly gravity and uplifts life, and this same force illuminates to such a degree that the personality ceases to exist in its former mode—a true disappearance.

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Someone asked:  “Is it really true that love is life?”

Love is life in the cosmic sense, hence the axiom, “God is love.” Love is an aspect of the divine trinity: Will, Love, Intelligence. Love, in the cosmic sense, is the life of Space and the definition of divine purpose. Love is the impulse behind the evolution of human consciousness and the universe.

“As above, so below.”

Love is life in the sense that love and wisdom are the nature—that is, the essential energy and quality—of the soul, so love is central light of consciousness and is, in a profound sense, “I.” Love is self, the center and radiant focus of self, so the fundamental axiom of self-realization is: “I am love.”

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Someone asked, “If you believe in an afterlife, is there work to be done in it?”

I think people imagine that the afterlife is totally unlike physical life, and while there is a sense in which that is true, at the same time it is not at all true because the afterlife contains the higher correspondences of everything that exists in the physical world.

In the afterlife, as in the physical, there is relationships with many others and there is communication. There is striving for deeper knowledge, and there is teaching and learning of many grades. There is adventure and challenges and unending layers of mystery that call to us. So yes, there is work. Of course it is not physical work, but the work of the mind and heart.

And in that world everything is suffused with a consciousness of unity and an increasing depth of understanding of the meaning of it. Each persons individuality lives within the larger communal consciousness that is the human family as well as lives above and beyond the human. The humanity incarnate on Earth. as well as those in the afterlife, all remain a part of us, a part of our identification and responsibility. So the work of the afterlife, spiritual speaking, is the same as it is for incarnate life, namely to uplift, support, and encourage the evolution of all, both in and out of physical bodies. This is the work of the heart, the work of the soul, the work of love.

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Someone asked, “Why don’t we believe that the Earth is heaven?”

Most people have a kind of cleavage in their minds/emotions, a strict dualism that thinks of heaven as a separate thing—a vague spiritual something “up there” somewhere. whereas Earth is an entirely separate physical thing “down here.”

There is a new way of thinking, with which I’m in accord, that sees heaven and Earth, the spiritual and the material, as parts of a single continuum that is spirit-matter. It’s all energy, consciousness, life, and form, with a fluid and evolving interplay between them.

Earth could certainly use more “heavenly,” and the cliche “heaven on Earth” is in the air. And it is the newer way of thinking that is able to conceive and become conscious of this and know it as a reality toward which evolution is moving. This does not mean that heaven is only on Earth, but that the relation between heaven and Earth is far more intimate than is normally thought possible.

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Someone asked:  “Does heaven have an actual location or is it a state of mind? Is it a place your soul eternally resides outside of “self”?

It’s primarily a state of mind, or rather a state of consciousness, and in the heavenly sense, of transcendent consciousness that is capable of expressing as mind, heart, and in other ways not definable in intellectual terms. So “state of mind” is a very inadequate, and possibility misleading description.

It is not in space, or rather limited in space the way material things are, but at the same time the concept of space does play a part. The soul or out-of-the-body consciousness can interact with the physical world as occasionally happens in visitations from those in the afterlife, and also those in the higher state sometimes show awareness of what is happening in ordinary space/time on the physical plane.

It is only “outside of self” in the sense that, in the more advanced phase of life in the subtle worlds beyond the physical, there is progressive freedom from the usual egotistic concerns that trouble those in the body. But at the same time it includes “self” in the sense of identify, self-awareness—the soul is creative and multi-dimensional and knows itself as expressing “heart,” “head,” and “will,” but these expressions of consciousness are also in evolution and their meaning is for more than what the terms suggest to most persons.

And finally, the word “resides” is also partly misleading because it may suggest a static state where as soul consciousness and soul life are dynamic and always unfolding more of their infinite potential.

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