"A true awakening of spiritual imagination inevitably and wholly changes one's view of what it is to be alive and who one is." — The Aquarian Almanac

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January 16, 2015 Theme for Contemplation: Degrees of Enlightenment

” The universal consciousness of the real Ego transcends a millionfold the self-consciousness of the personal or false ego.”

– H.P. Blavatsky

Well that is quite a gap!

As the Buddha said, like the difference between a man and  black beetle when asked the height of enlightenment.

January 17, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: Degrees of Enlightenment

“Little stokes, Fell great oaks.“

— Benjamin Franklin

“We shall find peace. We shall hear the angels, we shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds.”

— Anton Chekhov

Theosophy emphasizes human potential and hope for the future while appreciating the difficulties of overcoming separative consciousness.

I suppose the point is: are we moving closer to the Light or away from the Light?  Are we making the shadow self, longer or shorter?

I understand Franklin's concept but lets let the trees stay.

January 18, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: Degrees of Enlightenment

“Man should be a paradise in motion.”

— Claude de St.-Martin

“Let us rededicate ourselves to the long and bitter – but beautiful – struggle for a new world.”

— Martin Luther King Jr.

The degrees of enlightenment can be measured by the number of shackles unfastened since we are imprisoned by our own ignorance.  Every insight, like a spark of light, illuminates in the dark and can unlock the chains.     

How beautifully poetic.

"The degrees of enlightenment can be measured by the number of shackles unfastened since we are imprisoned by our own ignorance.  Every insight, like a spark of light, illuminates in the dark and can unlock the chains. "

January 19, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: Degrees of Enlightenment

“The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?”

— Edgar Allan Poe

“The great world’s stairs

The slope through darkness up to God.”

— Alfred, Lord Tennyson

One thinker made the point that the opposite of death is not life but rather birth.  Life takes on different forms, or states perhaps, with and without a body.

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Permalink Reply by Kristan Stratos on January 21, 2016 at 4:46pm

It is all sequential.  

Each state any particular agent is invested in, will be for that time, life.  It is a vague word really.  Life, to me is more of an atmosphere, a scope or field of activity.  As our dreams at times, are incredibly real.  So much so that the agent experiencing the dream develops attractions and aversions leading to the immediate emotional investment in that experienced reality.  

Are not the after death states just as real to the experiencer?  What are these terms,life, birth, death, when one agent is under constant sway of experience, from Narka to Svarga? 

Permalink Reply by ModeratorTN on January 21, 2016 at 2:46pm

January 20, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: Degrees of Enlightenment

“Being unique and undifferentiated because of the absence of a self, entity or personality, this supreme Enlightenment is known as the collectivity of all good dharmas..“

—Buddha

Permalink Reply by Gerry Kiffe on January 21, 2016 at 2:58pm

What does this mean?  What is the collectivity of all good dharmas?

Permalink Reply by Kristan Stratos on January 21, 2016 at 4:32pm

What is the collectivity of all good dharmas?

If I understand it correctly, the collectivity of all good Dharmas is the Universal Form spoken in many texts regarding the Logos or Isvara- not as a personal principle, but as a Universal Ego. 

To me, the collectivity of anything regarding Dharma, or rather Dharma itself, must be a Universal Entity, the source of involution; Law.  

What T. Subba Rao states in connection;

As far as we know, judging from our ordinary experience, this individuality, this sense of Ego, which we have at present is a kind of fleeting entity changing from time to time. Day after day the different experiences of man are being stored up, and in a mysterious manner united into a single individuality. Of course it seems to every man that he has a definite individuality during the course of a particular incarnation, but the individuality of his Karanasarira is made up of several individualities like these. It must not be imagined that all the experiences that are connected with the various incarnations and go to constitute their respective personalities are to be found in a kind of mechanical juxtaposition in the karanasarira. It is not so. Nature has a sort of machinery by which it is able to reduce all these bundles of experiences into a single self. Great as is this higher individuality of the human monad, there is an individuality over and above this and far greater than it is. The Logos has an individuality of its own. When the soul rises to the Logos, all that this latter takes from the soul is that portion of the soul’s individuality which is high and spiritual enough to live in the individuality of the Logos; just as the Karanasarira makes a choice between the various experiences of a man, and only assimilates such portions thereof as belong to its own nature, the Logos, when it unites itself with the soul of a man, only takes from it that which is not repugnant to its nature.

...The moment this union takes place, the individual at once feels that he is himself the Logos, the monad formed from whose light has been going through all the experiences which he has now added to his individuality. In fact his own individuality is lost, and he becomes endowed with the original individuality of the Logos. From the standpoint of the Logos the case stands thus. The Logos throws out a kind of feeler, as it were, of its own light into various organisms. This light vibrates along a series of incarnations, and whenever it produces spiritual tendencies, resulting in experience that is capable of being added to the individuality of the Logos, the Logos assimilates that experience. Thus the individuality of the man becomes the individuality of the Logos, and the human being united to the Logos thinks that this is one of the innumerable, spiritual individualities that he has assimilated and united in himself, that self being composed of the experiences which the Logos has accumulated, perhaps from the beginning of time."

Permalink Reply by ModeratorTN on January 21, 2016 at 2:48pm

January 21, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: Degrees of Enlightenment

” When stepping beyond the analogy of that which is known, it is easy to people the cosmos with entities, in ascending scale, until we reach something practically indistinguishable from omnipotence, omnipresence and omniscience.”

— T.H. Huxley

Permalink Reply by ModeratorTN on January 24, 2016 at 10:47pm

January 22, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: Degrees of Enlightenment

“Returning to the root is tranquilty;

It is releasing one’s destiny.

To release one’s destiny is to know constancy.

Knowing constancy is enlightenment.”

— Lao Tzu