suggested to me as a good place for bits of knowledge i am looking for, student of American Indian Holy man and am always looking to expand my ideas..
Favorite Sacred Sciences
the relationship between science and the spirit
A Pilgrim in the world, in this place to observe and learn, share and care for the only real and truly real thing I know off...other people and communication with them, to understand and be understood. Have finally had the time to re-invent myself and am going back to school at local University study Anthropology and History.
Sorry if you feel like you're floundering, but the Guru is a particularly clean example of the embodied Self, and so even if men die, the Self remains. Where could it go? The Self exists outside of space-time, so distance is not even a characteristic of its nature. If the Self is God, it is found in the midst of space-time; it both creates and organizes space-time.
Our lives are like iron filings on a sheet of paper - random. Apply a magnet underneath, and all that randomness assumes a pattern, symmetry - all by the invisible lines of magnetic force. While so aligned, we participate in the nature of that Force. We might fight the particular place that the lines of Force arrange us in, but that place is our destiny, and much of our pain derives from fighting against what has been determined for us. The answer to this rather deterministic philosophy is surrender. Islam means 'submission,' it's the same thing. Our free-will works best along those lines of Force which hold us in our place. We can perhaps best realize or actualize ourselves by acceptance.
This does not mean fatalism. My blood work returned with high cholesterol numbers despite a very healthy diet. That is one of the determinants of my nature. I am using my intelligence and will to obtain substances to counteract the cholesterol - certain plant sterols. There is a certain amount of freedom, of leeway, within one's determined nature and destiny.
If this stuff makes any sense to you, good. Otherwise, I am not in any position to advise someone who I do not know. That would be presumptuous of me. As a counselor, I prefer the Socratic approach of 'spiritual midwifery,' in which another being brings forth from her/himself that which [s]he needs. I am here to encourage, coax, and remind you to 'breathe.'
Well, as a node at which different planes intersect, I think that we simultaneously operate on several planes. I am, however, primarily aware of one at a time. I dream on the Astral plane[s], and sometimes a shadowy 'something' scurries along the floor, momentarily interfacing partially with the Physical plane (even my ex- wife and her sheepdog saw this on one occasion)! The only time that I had what could be a Causal plane experience (Asamprajnata samadhi), the experiencer was radically different, with no memory or self-conscious referent. It seemed to be the Causal being aware of its own self-effulgent infinitude of "Unbearable Compassion" and Clear Light.
Why would a Caucasian of Romanian (and possibly German) decent feel Tibetan Buddhist conceptual frameworks more acutely than his Jewish heritage, or the Christian identity that I sought so fervently? I do not know, and neither did the late Lama Govinda when I presented this to him, but he was himself a German by birth.
The Tibetan Buddhist Yoga has a close parallel with Hopi psychocosmic concepts. I feel an affinity with the Great Spirit of Native Americans, and I would love to attend a Peyote mitote with members of the Native American Church. So there you have it - strands woven into my own temporary manifestation on Earth.
Thanks for the introduction! I'm certainly not one to turn down an invitation for friendship based on mutual interests People often force friendships rather than forge them in the fire of shared passions. I'm an esotericist for most of my life, though I haven't met any in real life in many years, and I am world-weary. That's why I'm here.