Akasha — The Five Atmospheres #79
Similar in content and consideration to the principle of time, the principle of space gets treated in a unique way in Indian Cosmology as well. To say the word “akasha” within hearing of India and its religious and philosophical circles is to become swiftly informed as to the various levels of ether that exist within the human mind and soul. An ether for every cross-section of living beings, in addition to their cor responding realms or worlds, i.e., akashas, releases the embodied soul from the limited thinking of the existence of the physical universe alone, thereby directing it to “king doms of Heaven within.” In India, to study the subject of space is to find all the hiding places where the transmigrat ing soul sports, or hides, allowing for the revelation of the timeless, deathless Soul that underlies all such activity.
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Kalpa — The Concept of Time in Vedic Cosmology #78
For the higher elucidation of the Western cultures in modern times, the dharmic teaching of kalpas is offered forth so as to inform the people of the ancient’s way of looking at time — predominantly that it is a concept in the mind, and ultimately illusory, but also that its appearance, real or not, rolls on far longer than even western scientists assign to the physical universe. The kalpa reckoning takes into account how time expands inside of worlds that are contained within the mind, and God’s Mind. Thus, it broad ens the human thinking process far beyond the conventional ideas of a very young Western scientific view.
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Lord Brahma’s Universal Projection #83
The dharmic teachings coming from ancient Vedic times are replete with wisdom concerning both God with Form, and God beyond form — what was termed Saguna Brahman and Nirguna Brahman in those times. Importantly, the con nections between the two, i.e., God with attributes and God beyond attributes, proved the whole point of Absolute Existence to the ancients, described then as a single state of Consciousness that possessed the ability to bifurcate into two, then express Itself through the many — all without ever separating Its Essence in any way. Thus, when even gods and illumined souls take births in the outer realm with humankind, the intrinsic oneness of all paths and peoples gets well acknowledged under the auspice of Lord Brahma.
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Nirguna & Saguna Brahman #134
God with form, and God without form, is a fascinating subject. Along with bondage and liberation, it is also one of the subtlest dualities to meditate upon. Few beings spend any time concentrating of formlessness; there are just too many allurements in the realms of name and form that are more attracting. Such beings would rather “eat sugar than be sugar,” as the philosophical terms states. But the knowers of formless Reality respond that these souls do not know the Bliss of being sugar. Whatever the case may be, pondering Reality beyond attributes (gunas) while experiencing that selfsame Reality with attributes explains the bliss of the realized soul. From Brahman, to the Trinity, to the realms of higher and lowers deities, and all the way out to the physical universe, the Light of Divine Awareness shines. It is all a matter of how many or how few coverings are in the way of the seer of Truth.
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Patanjali’s & Shankara’s Yoga of the Mind #119
In the incomparable world of Philosophy, Religion, and Spirituality, there can be no finer example of the sublime and the subliminal than a meeting the great minds of two fully realized luminaries. In this teaching chart a grand sire of Yoga meets with a perfected exemplar of Advaita Vedanta to put forth the beloved darshana of Yoga as it has rarely been seen before. Masterfully inserted into the traditional eight limbs of Yoga are six other complementary concomitants that bring Patanjali’s system from the second century forward to a more contemporary age. For those who have long cherished the integration of Yoga and Vedanta as a superlative pathway in spiritual life, a study of this unique blending of fine philosophies and facile minds will be welcome indeed.
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Quintessential Quintuplications #86
The crucially important but almost entirely forgotten dharma teaching of Panchakarana — how manifestation from the internal source proceeds outwards to the gross physical universe in sets of fives — gets presented in this helpful chart. It shows all dimensions of this process of expression, from subtle principles to the five elements, as well as other sets of quintuplications that both serve and support each other in the interim. With this ancient system brought back into contemporary consciousness, dedicated meditators can “connect the dots” leading from outer life to inner existence, like lost souls following a trail of bread crumbs back to the Source.
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Srsti Rahasya — Tantra’s Secret of Creation #98
All of the religious traditions of the world possess some system or ideology that proposes what the origins of life are and where they come from. Of them all, India stands out and is head and shoulders beyond the others, mainly because its cosmology is both sensible to the intellect and philosophically sound. In India’s well-thought, deeply meditated systems of cosmology there is no conjecture based in hope or sentimentality, no faint-hearted appeal leveled towards attracting the soul towards the phenomenal and the occult. There is no force utilized based in fear of damnation or alienation. There is no immortality, either on earth or in heaven. There is just the Eternal beyond them both. Mother India has many darshanas, clear pathways to Freedom, and these the Divine Mother reveals to souls seeking the highest Refuge. With any one of these, like Tantra’s Srsti Rahasya, Origins both physical and spiritual will be plumbed, resulting in the full understanding of the presence and meaning of all worlds and the beings who abide in them.
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The Four Celebrated Mystical Utterances #84
Another look at the dharmic teaching of the three worlds — Bhur, Bhuvah, and Svaha (or svar, or suvah) is given here, along with the revelation of the then newly dis covered inner world of Mahah, or fourth world, that was perceived by the great rishi, Mahachamasya. Suffice to say, that as cycles of time move forward, and consciousness comes and goes in various forms and bodies, so much of what was once seen and known fades to the background of human awareness. It is then that great souls are born on earth to unveil what has become hidden in consciousness, exposing the existence of internal realms and the presiding deities that abide there.
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The Meaning of Maya, & A Subtler Look at Panchakarana #108
In this age, Swami Vivekananda has brought crystalline clarity to the subject of Maya and what it means. It is five fold, i.e., name, form, time, space, and causality. Other forms of five pepper its inner and outer regions as well, and if they are studied and known, this esoteric knowledge will carry the transmigrating soul to new levels of spiritual awakening. The Mother of Maya, Mahamaya, will become pleased with the devotee who strives to pierce through the veils of nescience and arrive blissfully at the farthest shores of nondual Awareness.
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The Stainless Cause of the Universe #74
India’s cosmology is ancient and thorough in its depth and its scope. It is also eternal, since it sites principles that the Divine Being, in all its many aspects, utilizes to project, sustain, and dissolve the many realms of name and form that exist in time and space. Though the Divine Being is beyond causality, is the Causeless Cause, Its amazing Mind, the Mahat, or Hiranyagarbha, facilitates the appearance of countless worlds peopled by an infinite amount of living beings, all under the auspice of the Mahashakti, the Divine Feminine Power. Coming to know of this trickle-down process, from the highest and deepest Escalon on out to the gross, physical plane of existence, the soul very soon reach es for and attains the highest Wisdom that solves all prob lems, settles all issues, and even puts death to death.
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The Thirty-Six Cosmic Principles of Shaivism #148
Utilizing Lord Kapila’s original twenty-four tattvas as its basis, the various philosophical schools inside of the darshana of Shaivism have fashioned an umbrella of subtle principles over the top, a sort of frosting on the cake of Indian philosophical in general. But much more than a sweetening, the upper twelve tattvas cover a range that had remained hitherto unexplored by most inner travelers of the terrain of consciousness. What was revealed as a result came in the form of vibrational fields too subtle for the mind to fathom through rationale and speculation. Contact with such ultimately living principles as Ishvara and Sadasiva brought to the fore the very meaning of direct darshan with higher deities that stretched far beyond mere visualization. Even a basic study of these spandas alerts the mind to their existence, opening up close relations in the near future.
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The Three Classes of Beings According to Tantra #127
In an illumined designation reminiscent of Sri Krishna’s Bhagavad Gita’s teachings on the effects of the three Gunas on different classes of beings, Tantra proffers this helpful list in order to allow discerning spiritual aspirants an under standing of human nature and temperament. Though given as a guide that pertains to people who are already on the path, or who are devotees, this threefold division applies nevertheless to worldly beings as well. The animalistic, the heroic, and the transcendent — if mankind be examined under this triple lens it will become clear where people fall in scheme of evolution and involution, both.
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