The Heart Doctrine - Last Updated Feb 9, 2018
The Heart - the Holy of Holies of the Temple of God - The Holy Place
Shiva / Shakti
"The pulse point has been properly termed the drum of Shiva - the drum that beats the doom of every man. It is the mystery that Sankaracharya writes when he says: "Unless Shiva be united to Shakti, he cannot produce even the flutter of well-being".
"In Israel's Holy of Holies could be heard the soft flutter of angels' wings, the whisper and the rustling of curtains, and in the midst the flame of the Covenant-God in His world. The heart then is not only the seat of the emotions so-called, but also high Olympus, for it is said that the mountain of the gods rises above the four elements until its peak is in either. And there in the utter tranquility of the fifth element the gods reside. The ether is not the ether of science but that "smaller ether" wherein is contained a spirit so vast that the universe can scarcely contain it." Manly P. Hall
1 Kings 6: 7 And the house, when it was in building, was built of stone made ready before it was brought thither: so that there was neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron heard in the house, while it was in building. 8 The door for the middle chamber was in the right side of the house: and they went up with winding stairs into the middle chamber, and out of the middle into the third.
The Upper Room
Luke 22:10-12 And he said unto them, Behold, when ye are entered into the city, there shall a man meet you, bearing a pitcher of water; follow him into the house where he entereth in. And ye shall say unto the goodman of the house, The Master saith unto thee, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples? And he shall shew you a large upper room furnished: there make ready.
Stand in the Holy Place
Matthew 24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
The Temple in Man - Schwaller de Lubiez
This lost alchemy, the pursuit, of which extends back to its flowering in ancient Egypt, can be seen as the hidden esoteric roots of both civilization and individuals throughout recorded time. It is this same alchemy which is at the core of the vision of the anthropocosm—of Man as being and containing within himself the entire universe. This vision, which is introduced by Schwaller de Lubicz in these pages and expanded and brought to life in his major work, The Temple of Man, leaves us with a single, enduring message: the inevitable resurrection of the spiritual essence which has involved itself in matter in the form of organic creative energy.
This resurrection depends upon the transformation of the material universe—or to express the idea more as Egypt left it imprinted in the stones of Luxor: the birth of divine man (symbolized by the pharaoh) depends upon the transformation of the universal mother (materia prima). This transformation was considered the sole cosmic goal. Every human birth participates in this alchemy, either in an awakened manner through the intentional perfecting and expression of one's higher nature, or unawakened, through the tumult and suffering of karmic experience leading eventually to a spiritual self-awareness, the temple in man. The intensification and heightening of human consciousness was believed to cause biological and even cellular changes in the physical body of the initiate. This divinization of the individual body, on the microcosmic level, comprised the goal and purpose of the evolution of human consciousness in general.
... the Universe is only consciousness and presents only an evolution of consciousness, from beginning to end, which is the return to its Cause.1 The aim of every "initiatory" religion is to teach the way that leads to this the ultimate merging.
Cerebral consciousness, which is peculiar to the animal kingdom and the human animal, requires the faculty of registering notions that are only acts of comparison, and this faculty is located in the cerebral cortex and the double cerebral lobes.
On the other hand, understanding—Intellect or Reason2—is the faculty of synthesis in the coordination of ideas and is functionally centered in the pituitary and pineal bodies (hypophysis and epiphysis). This is what the ancients called the "intelligence of the heart," because its impulse is manifested through the solar plexus (the sympathetic nerve), the emotive center, and its direct physical reactions upon the heart."
The two lobes of the cerebrum were called by the ancients "Cain and Abel", and have much to do with the legend of the curse with Cain, which is literally the curse of unbalance. For the murder of the spirit of the equilibrium, Cain is sent forth a wanderer of the earth. ⸺ Manly P. Hall
The Lion's Heart - Regulas - Sphinx Riddle - Shinx spot lines up with Regulas a new cycle begins
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Matthew 5, 8
Christs message entails the healing and awakening of the heart, in order that we might know and love God. The sower sows the word in their hearts, so that we might come to "understand." The deepest desire of the heart is to know God, but our hearts are far from the Lord, and instead filled with innumerable personal desires and ill feelings.
Mar 4:14 The
sower soweth the word.
The verse from Mark 4, 14-15 suggests that the 'word' was sown in their hearts. The following image depicts the Word, the Hebrew four letter name of God, as sown within the Heart. Further, it depicts the Christos principle within a human being, surrounding the heart with the word 'Christus.'
"Then from the heart that Power shall rise into the sixth, the middle region, the place between thine eyes, when it becomes the breath of the ONE-SOUL, the voice which filleth all, thy Master's voice. Tis only then thou canst become a "Walker of the Sky" who treads the winds above the waves, whose step touches not the waters". - The Voice of the Silence by H. P. Blavatsky
The devoted dwell with Him, they know Him always there in the heart, where action is not. Made free by His Knowledge from past uncleanness of deed or of thought, they find the place of freedom, the place of no return (Bhagavad Gita 5:17).
"The place of life is where the Lifegiver is to be found, and that is the heart of each seeker. I am the Atman that dwells in the heart of every mortal creature: I am the beginning, the life-span, and the end of all (Bhagavad Gita 10:20)
The Great Sifter
"Great Sifter" is
the name of the "Heart Doctrine," O disciple.
For mind is like a mirror; it gathers dust while it reflects. It needs the gentle breezes of Soul-Wisdom to brush away the dust of our illusions. Seek O Beginner, to blend thy Mind and Soul.
Shun ignorance, and likewise shun illusion. Avert thy face from world deceptions; mistrust thy senses, they are false. But within thy body the shrine of thy sensations seek in the Impersonal for the "eternal man"; and having sought him out, look inward: thou art Buddha.
Shun praise, O Devotee. Praise leads to self-delusion. Thy body is not self, thy self is in itself without a body, and either praise or blame affects it not.
Self-gratulation, O disciple, is like unto a lofty tower, up which a haughty fool has climbed. Thereon he sits in prideful solitude and unperceived by any but himself.
False learning is rejected
by the Wise, and scattered to the Winds by the good Law. Its wheel revolves
for all, the humble and the proud. The "Doctrine of the Eye
is for the crowd, the "Doctrine of the Heart," for the elect.
The first repeat in pride: "Behold, I know," the last, they
who in humbleness have garnered, low confess, "thus have I heard".
"The technique to create heart-brain coherence is appropriately called the Quick Coherence® Technique and has been refined by the Institute of HeartMath into the first three simple steps described below. Independently, each step sends a signal to the body that a specific shift has been put into motion. Combined, the steps create an experience that takes us back to a natural harmony that existed in our bodies earlier in life, before we began to disconnect our heart-brain network through our conditioning. Steps 4 and 5, where we access our heart’s wisdom, build upon the coherence created in Steps 1 through 3.
Step 1: Create Heart Focus Action: Allow your awareness to move from your mind to the area of your heart.
The top left photo to the right shows Jesus & Mary physically touching their heart, moving their awareness to that area.
Step 2: Slow Your Breathing Action: Begin to breathe a little more slowly than usual. Take approximately five to six seconds to inhale, and use the same pace as you exhale.
Step 3: Feel a Rejuvenating Feeling
Braden, Gregg. Human by Design: From Evolution by Chance to Transformation by Choice (Kindle Locations 2141-2148).
I have used this technique for quite a while, when the light is slow to appear, focusing first on my heart and then on events or people that brought me a deep feeling within my heart. It works well.
"The Coptic Christian saint Macarius, founder of an ancient Egyptian monastery that bears his name, powerfully captured these levels of potential within the heart in saying:
Aboriginal Heart Doctrine
When a man moves away from nature his heart becomes hard. - Lakota
One day ... the gods decided to create the universe. They created the stars, the sun and the moon. They created the seas, the mountains, the flowers, and the clouds. Then they created human beings. At the end, they created Truth.
Lakota Instructions for Living
Friend do it this way - that is,
And if you do it that way,
When one sits in the Hoop Of The People,
If you do it that way - that is,
Passed down from White Buffalo Calf Woman
"I was given a young man's heart - and started craving beer and Kentucky Fried Chicken. My daughter said I even walked like a man."
This is a story that must be told and heard...a fascinating example of how cellular memory can outlive physical death". — Deepak Chopra, M.D.
"From the time of the first procedures, there has always been a curious phenomenon that’s now acknowledged in the medical community as a possible side effect of a heart transplant. It’s called memory transference. One of the earliest examples of this phenomenon was documented by the direct experience of a woman named Claire Sylvia who received a transplant in 1988. Her memoir, A Change of Heart, is an account of her experiences as a recipient and how they opened the door to researchers for the serious study, and eventual acceptance, of how life’s memories can be preserved within the heart itself, regardless of whose body the heart resides within.23
It was clear that Tim’s desire for the foods he enjoyed in his lifetime was now part of Sylvia’s experience and that she had acquired her cravings through memory transference.24
Key 18: Scientific documentation of memories carried from a donor into the body of a recipient through the heart itself—memory transference—demonstrates just how real the heart’s memory is."
"This case involved an eight-year-old girl who received a heart from another girl two years her elder. Almost immediately after the surgery, the young girl began having vivid and frightening dreams—nightmares—of being chased, attacked, and killed. While her transplant was a success technically, the psychological impact of the nightmares continued. She was eventually referred to a psychiatrist for a mental health evaluation. The events and images that the young girl described were so clear, consistent, and detailed that the psychiatrist was convinced the dreams were more than curious by-products of the transplant. She felt sure that the girl was describing memories of a real-life experience. The question was, from whose memory? The authorities were eventually brought in on the case and quickly discovered that the girl was recounting the details of an unsolved murder that had occurred in their town. She could share the specifics of where, when, and how the murder happened. She could even repeat the words that were spoken during the attack and name the murderer. Based upon the
details she provided, police were able to locate and arrest a man that fit the circumstances and description. Eventually he was put on trial and convicted of the assault and murder of the ten-year-old girl whose heart was now in the body of the eight-year-old.25 This account tells us how real the little brain in our hearts is, and how it can function in ways that were once believed to happen only in the cranial brain. The discovery of this second brain in the heart, and the compelling evidence of its ability to think and remember, has opened the door to a vast array of possibilities in our lives."
Heart Intelligence / Intuition
"Key 26: Intuition is a real-time assessment that draws upon personal and past experience, sensory cues, and street smarts, while instinct is a response that is “hardwired” into our subconscious as a survival mechanism."
In the Cherokee language, there is a term for the intuition that already exists within each of us beyond logic and reason: chante ishta, which is pronounced “shawn-tay eesh-ta.” Just as the Sanskrit word prana has no equivalent in the English language and must be translated loosely as “life force,” chante ishta has no direct translation. An approximation of its meaning is “single eye of the heart” or “one eye of the heart.” Chante ishta is information that comes from the heart’s natural wisdom. Another way of saying this is that intuition is a knowing made possible through the specialized cells that form the secondary brain in the heart. Our heart’s cells are wired to sense the present moment and inform us about our immediate environment. And while our brains may listen in and respond to what our heart cells detect, they don’t necessarily have to do so. We have the ability to listen to the heart’s wisdom independently of the brain and our instinctive and learned responses. The key is to avoid filtering the information that we’re receiving from the heart through a subconscious library of instincts. The value of such wisdom is that it offers us a clear perspective on people’s actions, life events, and situations that is beyond the polarities of judgment, beyond bias, and beyond fear
Braden, Gregg. Human by Design: From Evolution by Chance to Transformation by Choice (Kindle Locations 1933-1943).
"Your heart’s intelligence is with you always. It’s constant. You can trust it. It’s important to acknowledge this because it means that the wisdom of your heart—the answers to the deepest and most mysterious questions of life that no one else can answer—already exist within you. Rather than being something that needs to be built or created before it can be used, the link between your heart and the place that holds your answers is already established. And while it’s been with you since the time you were born, it’s your choice as to when you access that link as a “hotline” to the deepest truths of your life."
When we are experiencing judgement and ego, what is that saying to us really?
Well, the first thing it’s telling us is that we are not in our heart because the heart has no judgement and the heart has no ego. When we are experiencing those qualities, it is coming from our mind. It’s coming from our inner child. It’s coming from our fear, from our families, our perceptions, our conditioning. It’s not coming from our heart.
"The goal of many ancient traditions, early Christian, early Jewish, early Buddhist, Native American, and now the scientific principles today, is to find the way to view the experiences of life, what happens in the world around us; our relationships, our finances, our health, through the single eye of the heart, the eye that says, “yes, this is what has happened.” without saying that what has happened is good or bad or right or wrong. And when we find ourselves having those experiences, we are in our mind … and the way they say to transcend, to get through the judgement that we find ourselves in. ... rather than judging the experiences, when they come to us, if we can look at each experience as a blessing and when we find ourselves hurt say again, “Yes, I feel hurt.” So, acknowledge it first. Secondly, what is this hurt saying to me? What voice am I hearing? What does it tell me about my life? and bless the hurt now that is giving us information about ourselves.
... The acquirement of self-knowledge means the effective bonding of our Spirit (or intuition) with our Mind. In Sanskrit this is known as the union of “Buddhi-Manas.” It is expected, in the course of spiritual evolution, a new human will at last emerge out of this self-initiated alchemy.
... It is a process of occult transformation that will give birth to civilizations of the future, where every person will naturally manifest a permanently embedded higher consciousness.
... The transformation, or raising-up, is not in interposing of an outside, personal god, but the overview effect and incarnation of our Higher Self—the only god man can ever know.
In her Appendix on Dreams in the Secret Doctrine Commentary (Transactions of the Blavatsky Lodge) — Mme. Blavatsky admonishes her students:
Remember that the only God man comes in contact with is his own God, called Spirit, Soul and Mind, or Consciousness, and these three are one.
“But there are weeds that must be destroyed in order that a plant may grow. We must die, said St. Paul, that we may live again. It is through destruction that we may improve, and the three powers, the preserving, the creating and the destroying, are only so many aspects of the divine spark within man.”
This process what Theosophy calls the synthesis of the ‘head’ and the ‘heart’ and its development is predicted to be the eventual (and only) savior of our humanity and our cosmic home, planet Earth.
“All that we are is the result of what we have thought: all that we are is founded on our thoughts and formed of our thoughts.”
Purusha in the Heart
Purusha (Sanskrit puruṣa, पुरुष) is a complex concept whose meaning evolved in Vedic and Upanishadic times. Depending on source and historical timeline, it means the cosmic man or Self, Consciousness, and Universal principle.
" ... the aura of the Pineal Gland vibrates during the activity of the Consciousness in the Brain, and shows the play of the seven colors. This septenary disturbance and play of light around the Pineal Gland are reflected in the Heart, or rather in the aura of the Heart, which is negative to the brain in the ordinary man. This aura then vibrates and illumines the seven brains of the Heart, as that of the Pineal Gland illumines the seven centres in the Brain. If the Heart could, in its turn, become positive and impress the Brain, the spiritual Consciousness would reach the lower Consciousness.
"The Eastern Secret School knows each minute portion of the Heart, and has a name for each portion. It calls them by the names of the Gods, as Brahma’s Hall, Vishnu’s Hall, and so on. Each of these corresponds with a part of the Brain. The student will now begin to understand why so much stress is laid on the Heart in connection with meditation, and why so many allusions are made in old Hindu literature to the Purusha in the Heart. And so with regard to concentration the Blessed MASTER Koot Hoomi ... writes:
"Your best method is to concentrate on the Master as a Living Man within you. Make His image in your heart, and a focus of concentration, so as to lose all sense of bodily existence in the one thought."
"The great difficulty to be overcome is the registration of the knowledge of the Higher Self on the physical plane. To accomplish this, the physical Brain must be made an entire blank to all but the Higher Consciousness."
When the Brain is thus rendered a blank, an impression from the Heart may reach it and be retained; and this is what is spoken of on p. 618, with regard to the Chela, who is able to hold only parts of the knowledge gained. The above-quoted letter says:
"In acquiring the power of concentration the first step is one of blankness. Then follows by degrees consciousness, and finally the passage between the two states becomes so rapid and easy as to be almost unnoticed."
He who can do this at will has become an Adept, and can “store the knowledge he thus gains in his physical memory.”
Such is the kingly function of the Heart in the human Body, and its relation to the Brain, which, as a whole, “is the vehicle of the Lower Manas, enthroned in Kâma-Rûpa.”
Collected Writings Vol. XII, pp. 694-97
The City of Brahman - The Chhandogya Upanishad
In our own self, in the deepest recess of our own heart, there is a great secret. This is the subject of this chapter. We carry within our own self a great mystery. No one can be a greater mystery than our own Self. Everything else is capable of definition and understanding, but one's own Self is the greatest enigma in the whole world. Everything can be investigated into, but not one's own Self, because it is a great secret by itself. It is not an open box where we can pick out whatever we like merely by sense perception. It is a tremendous mystery which hides, within its own bosom, the miracles of the whole creation. Such is the heart of man which is the pivot of every kind of activity, whether internal or external.
The great teacher of this section of the Upanishad tells us that there is the city of Brahman, the Absolute, in our own Self. A very small lotus-like abode exists in our own heart, and in this little abode, there is a little space which shines by its own light. What is there in that space? To know this is our duty. It is our duty to understand what is inside this little space in our own heart, which is inside the city of Brahman, which is very small and looks like a lotus. This is the city of God. Some people may ask, "What is inside this? What is this great secret you are speaking about?"
"You ask me what is inside this little space. I tell you that everything is inside here," says the teacher. It is like a speck of sunlight. Though it may look like a speck, it contains constitutionally everything that is in the orb of the sun. Similarly, that which is in this little space can magnify itself to any extent. It is an emblem of the cosmic secret. Whatever is the extent of this vast space that is outside, that is the extent of this little space in our own heart also. So, one should not be under the impression that it is little in an arithmetical sense. It is little in a different sense altogether. It is not physically small. It is not a little handful of space. It is really as expansive and as extensive as this universal ether that we see outside. The whole of the heaven and the whole earth can be found inside this little space. The principles of the five elements—earth, water, fire, air and ether—and whatever you see outside, is all present here in this little ether. The sun and the moon and also the stars can be seen inside this very heart of ours. They have a corresponding emissary planted in our own heart. We need not look up to the sun outside. He is inside our heart and he shines in the same way as he is seen outside in outer space. Even the lightning and the thunder that are seen outside are taking place inside our heart. Everything that happens in any manner, even the littlest thing, takes place here inside. Whatever we see in the outside world and whatever we cannot see in the outside world—all those things are inside our heart.
Well, the heart inside seems to be a greater mystery than the outer world. Whatever we cannot see in the whole world also is here, says the Upanishad. Why is it that we cannot see everything in the outer world, and why should everything be inside our own heart? Because our heart, which we call the selfhood of our being, is the true representative of the ultimate Reality. The outer world cannot be regarded as such a representative. The externality that is characteristic of the outer world prevents it from revealing everything that is in the Supreme Being, whereas one of the aspects of the Supreme Being, which is subjectivity, is present in us. Externality is not a characteristic of God. Ultimately, He is subjectivity, and that aspect is present in us, although the outer aspects are not. Hence, while the incapacity of probing into the subjectivity of the external universe prevents us from knowing everything in the universe, there is a possibility of diving into our own Self and knowing all things at one stroke.
What we call the outer world is only that aspect of Reality which can be comprehended by the senses. Whatever the senses are incapable of grasping cannot be contained in the external world. Only a little bit of the total value of the ultimate truth can be taken out by the vessels of the senses, more than that they cannot contain. What is sensed by the senses in the form of sensation is not the whole reality. They can take up only what they can contain and what they are able to cognise. It is the five elemental features of the external manifestation that the senses can present to us in experience. But, there are other aspects which they cannot contain within themselves and about which they cannot, therefore, give any kind of information.
This is the secret, as the Upanishad puts it. This heart is a great secret, and by an introversion of Consciousness into its depths, it would be possible to plumb the mysteries of the whole cosmos. The reason is that the tentacles of all planes of being are centred in one's heart. It is as though this heart is the centre of a universal circle. The radii of this circle converge into this little centre of Consciousness which we vaguely call the subject of perception.
We cannot have freedom absolute, because of the absence of the knowledge of the Atman. Even those people who are well-to-do in this world, who are regarded as great by people in this world, but who do not know the nature of this Atman, go like animals. Just as animals die, those people also die, and the fate of those people ultimately is like that of the animals, for however great their category be, they are bereft of true Knowledge. The real nature of oneself is the nature of one's own Atman. The point made out here is that if we cannot understand our own Self, how can we understand anybody else? We have not known the Reality that is inside us. Then how can we know what is really outside in the world? Those people who are ignorant enough not to know even their own internal nature go to worlds which produce limited results, and they have absolutely no freedom. Just as we have no freedom in this world, because there is a ruling law operating external to us, so is the case with people who go to the other worlds. There, too, they have no freedom. If some law operates here, in this world, some other law operates in the other worlds also. Just as we are subjected to rules here, we will be subjected to rules in the other worlds also. Everywhere we will be subjects and not kings or masters. Merely because we have a little bit of freedom to enjoy the objects of senses, it does not mean that we are completely free. It is like the freedom of cattle to eat grass and chew cud. It is not real freedom. This is the fate of those who do not know the truth. The reason is simple. They cannot exercise their will to the furthermost limit on account of these limitations.
New Jerusalem / New Heart / The Holy City
Ecclesiastes 3:11 Also He has put eternity in their hearts,
The centers of consciousness called the "gods" - could have no other dwelling than the heart.
Psychostasia, the weighing of conscience
The heart is not only the temple of God in the microcosm; it is also the Holy City, the Jerusalem of the Jews and Christians, the Mecca of Islam and the Benares of the pious Hindus. Sankaracharya - him who abides in the heart "Lord of the city of Brahma."
T. Subba Row. writing on the subject of pilgramages to sacred places for the securing of Moksha, or liberation from ignorance, after corelating the seven holy cities with the seven chakras, continues: Benares corresponds with the heart in the human body, in the center of which the Anahata chakra is located ... the state of ecstacy is realized when consciousness is centered in the germ of Pragna, which is located in this chakra".
The Zohar "Who enters to the king can only enter from the Holy City, from when alone the Road lies to the kings, from here the way is prepared"
Ezekiel 48:35 It was round about eighteen thousand measures: and the name of the city from that day shall be, The LORD is there.
In Eastern occultism, when the time of death arrives, the spirit withdraws its radiance from the parts and extremities of the body into the heart. "Whereupon the point of the heart becomes luminous; from this fact it has become luminous, the soul departs." We learn furthermore from the sixth Khanda of the Khandogya Upanishad that "there are one hundred and one arteries of the heart; one of them penetrates the crown of the head; moving upward by it a man reaches the immortal; the others serve for departing in different directions, yea, in different directions" Thus the 101st artery goes directly to that point in the head where the door of Brahma is located. The souls of ordinary men depart through the one hundred Nadis (arteries), but the soul of the adept alone departs through the higher one. ... "he is going to the sun, for the sun is the door of the world."
The Chakras: The Seven Gates
to Freedom - Straight is the Gate!
Thymic Chakra - Church of Thyatira (ThyPrayer (Hebrew))
Act 16:14 And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.
The stars possess those gates in Genesis 22:17! The reward is found in Revelation under the description of the 7 churches / chakras. If you want to shoot for the stars, open your heart! The reward is Venus! Rev 2:28
Gen 22:17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy (your personal) seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his (your personal) enemies
Rev 2:18 And
unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things
saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and
his feet are like fine brass;
The chakras are a part of what might be called our spiritual anatomy. Just as there is an anatomy to the physical body and maps to the physical world, so also there is a definite anatomy of our spiritual beings, as well as maps and guideposts to follow along the path of inner awakening. If we understand this spiritual anatomy, then we will find it much easier to advance in our search for God.
shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Legend has it the palm holds the nest of the phoenix.
there were narrow windows to the little chambers, and to their posts within
the gate round about, and likewise to the arches: and windows
were round about inward: and upon each post were palm trees.
The Thymic Chakra (High Heart Chakra)
"The High Heart Chakra
is located between the Throat and Heart chakras. Like the Base of the
Throat Chakra it is an important activator of higher consciousness. The
Christian esotericist Ann Ree Colton describes it as a minor white-fire
chakra associated with the thymus gland (essential for the immunological
system of the body), which works as a reflex centre for higher levels
of consciousness [Colton, Kundalini West, p.64]. This may be the same
as the centre briefly described in Tibetan Buddhism as the Fire Chakra,
located midway between the Heart and Throat level, and possessing three
petals or spokes. It is also referred to as one of the centres of concentration
in Heschyastic Christian mysticism [Eliade, p.410]. It may also be the
outer doorway for the inner spiritual centre referred to by Barbara Brennan
as the "Soul Seat", which she says is the source of meaning,
direction, and spiritual longing in life [Brenann, Light Emerging, p.29].
John ONeill suggests that this chakra is where "intent" originates,
that it links the emotions of the heart with the reason of language."
not travel on the Path before thou hast become that Path itself.
The realization of Self within the Heart is the basis for the mystical declaration I AM.
"The heart sees, the heart hears, the heart knows and the heart understands. And in the heart of the wise hearted, I have placed wisdom, thus wisdom, intelligence, and knowledge are in the heart, for in them. The heaven and the earth were made." - The Sepher Zohar
The heart doctrine is found throughout eastern and western religious teachingsincluding Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, Islam and Sufism, Judaism and Christianity, as well as in numerous other esoteric mystical and spiritual teachingsfrom The Secret Doctrine of Blavatsky, to A. Crowley and Kabbalah. The heart doctrine is illustrated most simply in this Aboriginal tale about creation and the gods:
One day ... the gods decided to create the universe. They created the stars, the sun and the moon. They created the seas, the mountains, the flowers, and the clouds. Then they created human beings. At the end, they created Truth. At this point, however, a problem arose: where should they hide Truth so that human beings would not find it right away? They wanted to prolong the adventure of the search.
Lets put Truth
on top of the highest mountain, said one of the gods. Certainly
it will be hard to find it there.
In the Upanishads of ancient India, the heart doctrine is elaborated most eloquently:
Within the lotus of the heart
he dwells, where, like the spokes of a wheel in its hub, the nerves meet.
... This Self, who understands all, who knows all, and whose glory is
manifest in the universe, lives within the lotus of the heart, the bright
throne of Brahman.
Self-luminous is that Being, and formless. He
dwells within all and without all.
The Self exists in man, within
the lotus of the heart, and is the master of his life and of his body.
... The knot of the heart, which is ignorance, is loosed, all doubts are
. Mundaka Upanishad (Prabhavanada & Manchester, 1957,
Inner Sound / Word - Logos / Heart Chakra
"Not only organized units like the sun or the atom which are ... considered living organisms like the human body are kept in organized condition by the means of an Inner Sound which creates kind of a field which makes the integration of all constituent particles and their harmonious working possible.
This sound proceeds from the "heart" or Bindu in which is centered the life of the whole body and through which descend all the influences and energies from higher planes into the physical body. This sound is called Anahata Shabda in Hindu mystic literature and can be heard by those who practise Laya Yoga and train themselves to hear the inner sounds, and by merging their mind with them, attain higher states of consciousness. According to one of the Upanishads this Anahata Shabda ceases to be heard by the Yogi sometime before his death and this is a clear indication of impending death. This fact is significant and shows that the organized life of the physical body is due ultimately to a Sound and when this sound ceases, death takes place and the constituent particles of the body fall apart.
... It is only in the practise of Yoga that is is possible to hear these sounds directly and utilize them for manipulating the processes which they control and regulate in the various vehicles of consciousness.
... It is well know that the dense physical body is permeated by another subtler though still physical body which is referred to as "etheric double" in Theosophical literature. ... This subtler body is the vehicle of Prana or vitality which regulates and coordinates all the chemical, physical and biological processe taking place in the physical body. It is only through Prana that mind can act upon matter.
... The purely physical vibrations which are received by the sense organs and carried by the nerves to the corresponding centres in the brain can be converted into sensations, which are mental in their nature, only through the agency of Prana. This is why in Pratyyahara (“gaining mastery over external influences”), the voluntary and complete inhibition of sensation in Yogic practise requires the previous practise of Pranayama (controlling the breath, which is the source of our prana) which gives complete control over to the Prana acting in the body.
According to Occult doctrine, the solar system in not a play of blind, insentient forces of s-called Nature but the expression and vehicle of a Divine Being who is referred to as Ishvara in Hinduism and Logos in Theosophical literature. ... Logos means "the Word" and "the Word" indicates the power of sound through which He/It controls and regulates all the activities in His/It's Solar system."
The "Soundless Voice", or the "Voice of the Silence." Literally perhaps this would read "Voice in the Spiritual Sound," as Nada is the equivalent word in Sanskrit for the Senzar term.
"upper rung, the ladder of the mystic sounds, thou hast to hear the voice of thy inner GOD in seven manners.
The Breath of Heaven
The breath of heaven, or rather
the breath of life, called in the Bible Nephesh, is in every animal, in
every animate speck as in every mineral atom. But none of these has, like
man, the consciousness of the nature of that highest Being,* as none has
that divine harmony in its form which man possesses. It is, as Novalis
said, and no one since has said it better, as repeated by Carlyle:
There is but one temple in the universe, and that is the body of
man. Nothing is holier than that high form . . . . We touch heaven when
we lay our hand on a human body! This sounds like a mere flourish
of rhetoric, adds Carlyle, but it is not so. If well meditated
it will turn out to be a scientific fact; the expression . . . of the
actual truth of the thing. We are the miracle of miracles, the
great inscrutable Mystery.
Gen 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
Man is a microcosm, or a little world, because he is an extract from all the stars and planets of the whole firmament, from the earth and the elements; and so he is their quintessence. - Paracelsus
"Yet, this cosmic dust
is something more; for every atom in the Universe has the potentiality
of self-consciousness in it, and is, like the Monads of Leibnitz, a Universe
in itself, and for itself. It is an atom and an angel."
Fohat (Light) Is Spirit
The whole Kosmos must necessarily exist in the One Source of energy from which this light (Fohat) emanates.
as a human being is composed of seven principles, differentiated matter
in the Solar System exists in seven different conditions (ibid).
So does Fohat.* He is One and Seven, and on the Cosmic plane is behind
all such manifestations as light, heat, sound, adhesion, etc., etc., and
is the spirit of ELECTRICITY, which is the LIFE of the Universe.
As an abstraction, we call it the ONE LIFE; as an objective and evident
Reality, we speak of a septenary scale of manifestation, which begins
at the upper rung with the One Unknowable CAUSALITY, and ends as Omnipresent
Mind and Life immanent in every atom of Matter. Thus, while science speaks
of its evolution through brute matter, blind force, and senseless motion,
the Occultists point to intelligent LAW and sentient LIFE, and add that
Fohat is the guiding Spirit of all this. Yet he is no personal god at
all, but the emanation of those other Powers behind him whom the Christians
call the Messengers of their God (who is in reality only the
Elohim, or rather one of the Seven Creators called Elohim), and we, the
Messenger of the primordial Sons of Life and Light.
In the Gnostic gospel of The Acts of Peter and the Twelve Apostles, the disciple explains that the physicians of this world heal what belongs to the world. The physicians of the soul, however, heal the heart. (Robinson, 1981, p. 170) Mystical Christian literature depicts the heart as the bridal chamber, wherein the soul is healed and then wedded to the Lord, or the individual might attain Christ.Consciousness.
"Jesus reveals the existence
of this Central Point in His mustard seed parable. ... He is referring
to the smallest of all things--the infinitesimally-small Center Point."
(Francis, 1998, pp. 14-5)Mainstream Christian churches and evangelical
groups emphasize the worship of Christ as an external historic personage,
and as a living being who overcame death. In contrast, a central mystical
Christian teaching is that "the kingdom of heaven is within,"
and attaining Christ Consciousness involves a process of the mystical
awakening of the heart. This teaching is suggested in both the Old the
New Testament and numerous Christian writings, hymms and church doctrine,
but is generally not understood in its significance as a principle of
psychology-a science of the soul.
In the New Testament, the heart
is depicted as an organ of thinking, reasoning and feeling, with the potential
for harbouring evil or loving thoughts and feelings. Christ knew and perceived
in spirit what was within peoples hearts:
he answering said unto them:
O generation of vipers, how
Christ was a reader of hearts,
intuitively knowing and feeling what was within the hearts of the disbelievers,
the hypocrites and scribes. Although scientists consider telepathy a mind-to-mind
process, spiritual teachings regard emotional, intuitive and spiritual
knowledge as being related to the dynamics of the heart. Christian teachings
also describe the heart as a deeper level of mind, related to the life
of the soul, to Christ and to God.
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Luke 12, 34
Saint John Eudes, a mystical Christian of the fifteenth century, explains that the heart has varied meanings in sacred scripture. In The Admirable Heart of Mary, the Saint elaborates upon these mysteries:
The word heart, first of all, signifies the material and corporeal heart which beats within our breast, the noblest part of the human body. It is the principle of life, the first organ to begin to live and the last to be stilled in death; it is the seat of love, hatred, joy, sadness, fear and every passion of the soul. ...The word heart [also] expresses the free will of the superior and rational part of the soul, the queen of the other faculties, the root of good and evil, and the mother of virtue and vice. ... We must also understand by the word heart that highest part of the soul which theologians call the point of the spirit ... .The word heart can also signify the Holy Spirit, the veritable Heart of the Father and the Son, Whom They desire to give us for our own mind and heart.And I will give you a new heart, and put a new spirit within you. ... Jesus, who is the heart of His Father, and the Holy Ghost, who is the heart of the Father and the Son, were given to Mary to be the soul of her soul and the heart of her heart. (1680, pp. 8- 10)
In the Gospel of Truth, Christ encourages the disciples to gain the light which is within themselves, instead of living in outer darkness; and to proclaim the things that are in the heart of the Father in order to teach those who will receive teaching. The roots of the Self are within the heart of the Father, and within the pleroma:
"... you ... of interior knowledge ... Say, then, from the heart that you are the perfect day and in you dwells the light that does not fail. ... They are the ones who appear in truth since they exist in true and eternal life and speak of the light which is perfect and filled with the seed of the Father, and which is in his heart and in the pleroma, while his Spirit rejoices in it and glorifies the one in whom it existed .... (Robinson,1981, p. 44 & 49)
"Those of interior
knowledge have realized their spiritual nature and know of the perfect
light within the heart. The seeds of the Father, the perfect
light of the heart, are within the pleroma, the divine mother."
The Heart Doctrine - Voice Of The Silence
"In the Hall of Ma’at scene in the Egyptian Book of the Dead, the deceased is judged before Osiris, the god of resurrection and rebirth. The cross is the judgement scales, with its extended arms and the head of Ma’at, the goddess of wisdom, representing the risen kundalini, at the top of the central column. The dead person is being judged by how balanced they are – to make it into ‘heaven’ they have to reach that fine point of balance between opposites."
Matthew 24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)". . . .
"Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of thy presence, and of the consummation of the age?" (1) asked the Disciples of the MASTER, on the Mount of Olives.
The reply given by the "Man of Sorrow," the Chrestos, on his trial, but also on his way to triumph, as Christos, or Christ (2), is prophetic, and very suggestive. It is a warning indeed. The answer must be quoted in full. Jesus . . . . said unto them: —
Take heed that no man lead you astray. For many shall come in my name saying, I am the Christ; and shall lead many astray. And ye shall hear of wars . . . . but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there shall be famines and earthquakes in divers places. But all these things are the beginning of travail. . . . Many false prophets shall arise, and shall lead many astray . . . . then shall the end come. . . . when ye see the abomination of desolation which was spoken through Daniel. . . . Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is the Christ, or there; believe him not. . . . If they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the wilderness, go not forth; behold, he is in the inner chambers, believe them not. For as the lightning cometh forth from the East, and is seen even in the West, so shall be the presence of the Son of Man, etc., etc.
Two things become evident to all in the above passages, now that their false rendering is corrected in the revision text: (a) "the coming of Christ," means the presence of CHRISTOS in a regenerated world, and not at all the actual coming in body of "Christ" Jesus; (b) this Christ is to be sought neither in the wilderness nor "in the inner chambers," nor in the sanctuary of any temple or church built by man; for Christ — the true esoteric SAVIOR — is no man, but the DIVINE PRINCIPLE in every human being. He who strives to resurrect the Spirit crucified in him by his own terrestrial passions, and buried deep in the "sepulcher" of his sinful flesh; he who has the strength to roll back the stone of matter from the door of his own inner sanctuary, he has the risen Christ in him.(3) The "Son of Man" is no child of the bond-woman — flesh, but verily of the free-woman — Spirit (4), the child of man's own deeds, and the fruit of his own spiritual labor.
On the other hand, at no time since the Christian era, have the precursor signs described in Matthew applied so graphically and forcibly to any epoch as they do to our own times. When has nation arisen against nation more than at this time? When have "famines" — another name for destitute pauperism, and the famished multitudes of the proletariat — been more cruel, earthquakes more frequent, or covered such an area simultaneously, as for the last few years? Millenarians and Adventists of robust faith, may go on saying that "the coming of (the canalized) Christ" is near at hand, and prepare themselves for "the end of the world." Theosophists — at any rate, some of them — who understand the hidden meaning of the universally-expected Avatars, Messiahs, Sosioshes and Christs — know that it is no "end of the world," but "the consummation of the age," i.e., the close of a cycle, which is now fast approaching. (5) If our readers have forgotten the concluding passages of the article, "The Signs of the Times," (6) in LUCIFER for October last, let them read them over, and they will plainly see the meaning of this particular cycle."
Sons of God - The Immaculate Conception
Ruachthe "Spirit"is feminine, and that consequently the Holy Ghost of the New Testament is a feminine potency. in Luke (1. 35) two divine potencies are mentioned? " The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the Power of the Highest shall overshadow thee." The Holy Ghost (the feminine Potency) descends, and the Power of the Highest (the masculine Potency) is united therewith. ... thee shall be called the Son of God
Acts 2:17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
Conceive In Your Womb
Luk 1:30 Then
the angel said to her, "Fear not, Mary, for you have found grace
6: Tiphereth (Heart Chakra) - Located at her womb.
(Solar Plexus - Ka)
"The Father" and "the Son" are single names; "the Holy Spirit" is a double name. For they are everywhere: they are above, they are below; they are in the concealed, they are in the revealed. The Holy Spirit is in the revealed: it is below. It is in the concealed: it is above. - The Gospel of Philip
1Jn 3:1 Behold,
what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be
called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because
it knew him not.
Purify your heart, your mind and your body and solve the mystery of the faith!
1Ti 3:9 Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.
Rev 12:1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:
The Immaculate Conception with Saints by Piero di Cosimo (1462-1522)
So students of the Teachings know the reason that it's called the "immaculate conception" and why Mary is the "virgin mother" is because the Divine Female was seeded with the Demi-God upon the creation of the Divine Male and Female Soul Tribe. This is also what the Holy Trinity refers to, the Divine Male and Divine Female were created both Spiritually (Soul) and Physically (Body) by God this is why they are Divine, however the Demi-God was brought down from God (Spiritually) and created Physically in mortal birth by his Divine mother which is what makes him the Demi-God. He is the link between the Divine and the Mortals and is what the symbolism of "baby Jesus" represents.
Thymus Chakra - High Heart - Soul Seat - The Church of the Heart - Thyatira
2:18 And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things
saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and
his feet are like fine brass;
"At this time on our planet the pathways within the human heart are opening and expanding. Three of the major chambers are located at the bottom (self love), middle (human to human experiences/duality) and top (soul and higher self) of the heart. The top of the heart is the thymus that connects to the endocrine system ~ it is very important for ascension. The thymus activates and opens the hypothalamus, pineal, pituitary glands and the middle and bottom portions of the heart. As the heart expands we open ourselves up to experience unconditional love. Unconditional Love is an unlimited way of being for ourselves and others where we release judgment (no right or wrong) ~ stepping into allowance for everyone's free will choice to experience life however they choose.....whether it be through a positive or negative experience understanding that both dark and light experiences have value in our souls growth.
love for self requires us to listen to our heart."
Gods meeting place with
man is in the heart, and in a still small voice he speaks; and he who
hears is still. 26, 7
The Path of Love
"Since there is hope for
man only in man
"The heart sees, the heart hears, the heart understands and the heart knows. And in the heart of every wise-hearted I have placed wisdom.
Thus, wisdom, intelligence
and knowledge are in the heart, for in them the Heaven, the Earth and
the deeps were made, and in them was the tabernacle made."
"The Upanishads, the final word on mystic experience uttered by the Vedas, stressed the ultimate reality, the eternal truth behind the ephemeral things of this world. The teachers of the Upanishads told their students to seek knowledge of the Atman, their true Self. The consummation of this knowledge was to know that the Self within was one with Brahman, the ultimate reality pervading all things. This was encapsulated in the statement Tat tvam asi, You are that that imperishable being, that immortal Reality. Brahman, the nameless, formless Godhead, could be known only in the superconscious state.
Seeking an eternal, indefinable, hidden Godhead is rather a tall order for the average (or even above average) person. In fact ... it is said to be beyond the reach of practically all embodied beings (dehavat, those who have bodies). This path of wisdom may be just too spiritual for earths children, because those who identify to a large degree with their physical nature find the way of knowledge too steep a climb.
Fortunately there is the path of love; for when God is loved in personal aspect, the way is vastly easier. According to the Hindu scriptures, God can be loved as a merciful father, a divine mother, a wise friend, a passionate beloved, or even as a mischievous child.
Dionysius the Areopagite, a
Christian monk of the fifth century, sounding remarkably "Then, beyond
all distinction between knower and known, the aspirant becomes merged
in the nameless, formless Reality, wholly absorbed in That which is beyond
all things and in nothing else. . . . Having stilled his intellect and
mind, he is united by his highest faculty with That which is beyond all
Where is the Love?
Love raises your consciousness and until you understand these verses (below) and take them into your heart, do them and be them, your consciousness will always be in suffering. Haven't we suffered enough? You can't choose by race, nation, gender, age, status, et al - the minute you choose, you have lost your love.
Love can exist without form, but no form can exist without Love. HPB
A love which is directed towards all things alike, an universal love, is beyond the conception of the mortal mind, and yet this kind of love, which bestows no favours upon any one thing, seems to be that eternal love, which is recommended by all the sacred books of the East and the West; because as soon as we begin to love one thing or one being more than another, we not only detract from the rest an amount of love which the rest may rightfully claim; but we also become attached to the object of our love, a fate against which we are seriously warned in various pages of these books.
Nevertheless the spirit alone is real, the form is an illusion. Love can exist without form, but no form can exist without love. It is pure Spirit, but if its light is reflected in matter, it creates desire and desire is the producer of forms. Thus the visible world of perishable things is created. But above this visible nature there exists another, unseen and eternal, which, when all created things perish, does not perish, and from which they who attain to it never return. This is the supreme abode of Love without any object, unmanifested and imperishable, for there no object exists. There love is united to love, enjoying supreme and eternal happiness within her own self and that peace, of which the mortal mind, captivated by the illusion of form, cannot perceive. Non-existent for us, and yet existing in that Supreme Be-ness, in which all things dwell, by which the universe has been spread out, and which may be attained to by an exclusive devotion.
But above this visible
nature there exists another, unseen and eternal, which, when all created
things perish, does not perish, and from which they who attain
to it never return. This is the supreme abode of Love without any
object, unmanifested and imperishable, for there no object exists. There
love is united to love, enjoying supreme and eternal happiness within
her own self and that peace, of which the mortal mind, captivated by the
illusion of form, cannot perceive. HPB
The powers and forces of spirit, Blavatsky wrote, lend themselves only to the perfectly pure in heart and this is DIVINE MAGIC.
Kamadeva, a Sanskrit word, is defined in The Theosophical Glossary as the first conscious, all-embracing desire for universal good, love, and the first feeling of infinite compassion and mercy for all that lives and feels, needs help and kindness.
The Sun rhythmically expands and contracts like the human heart it is taught, and there is a regular circulation of the vital fluid throughout our system, of which the Sun is the heart the same as the circulation of the blood in the human body.
All the organs in our
body generate their own specific fields. One organ in particular seems
to generate significant fields which affect the entire body. The
heart is the Emperor in the system. The liver and all the organs
have other tasks. But the heart is overruling all.
"The great Hermes Trismegistus
teaches the same identical doctrine; for he says: Rise and embrace
me with thy whole being, and I will teach thee whatsoever thou desirest
to know. The Bible also tells us that God is Love
(I. John iv., 8), and that we should love Him with all our heart, with
all our soul, and with all our mind (Math, xxii., 37), and while it teaches
that we should love nothing else but God (Math. xx., 37), who is All in
All (Ephes. i., 23), yet it affirms, that this God is omnipresent, eternal
and incomprehensible to the finite understanding of mortals (I. Timoth.
vi., 16). It teaches this love to be the most important of all possessions,
without which all other possessions are useless (I. Corinth, xiii., 2),
and yet this God, whom we are to love, is not an object (John
i, 5), but everywhere. He is in us and we in Him (Rom. xii., 5). We are
to leave all objects of sense and follow Him alone (Luc. v., 2), although
we have no means of intellectually knowing or perceiving Him, the great
Unknown, for whose sake we are to give up house and brethren, sisters,
father, mother, wife, children and lands (Mark x., 29)."
" love is not an intellectual
result. Love is the result of low entropy consciousness. ... Each choice
presents us with an opportunity to convert an increment of high entropy
ego-fear into low entropy unconditional love. As high entropy consciousness,
we covet the power that serves our needs, wants, and desires because we
cannot imagine, much less understand, the power that serves love, compassion,
humility, and balance. Choices made in pursuit of getting what we want
produce occasional material success, anxiety, stress, pain, frustration,
emptiness, insecurity, and unhappiness while choices made to express
unconditional love produce all types of success, peace, tranquility, confidence,
satisfaction, fulfillment, happiness, and joy. Given these results,
the goal should be obvious, yet we can only express the quality we have
earned. To do better, we must pull ourselves up by our bootstraps one
tiny increment at a time."
"Now that we are talking about feelings, personality, and ways of being, a discussion of the role and function of ego and its relationship to fear will be helpful. To understand ego you must first understand fear. At the deepest level, fear is generated by ignorance within a consciousness of low quality. Fear and high entropy are mutually supportive one creates and encourages the other. Earlier, we mentioned that evolutionary pressure was at the root of the four major motivators of humankind: 1) survival and material success, 2) male-female relationship and sex, 3) influence, control, and power, and 4) self-improvement, love, and fear. The first three are a direct result of physical evolution whereas the last is a product of consciousness evolution.
... Fear resides in the intent
or motivation, not in the action. For example, purposely avoiding trouble
may be an act of good judgment and not necessarily an act motivated by
fear. Fear, as a product of intent, represents a state or condition of
consciousness. Fear is like mind-cancer; it is a disease of consciousness,
a dysfunctional condition of ignorance trapped within a little picture.
Fear is expressed by a high entropy intent driving action that reflects
neither understanding nor vision. Like a biological cancer, fear is debilitating
and destructive of the system in which it grows."
"A consciousness becomes
the embodiment of love, humility and compassion as it engages its free
will to reduce its entropy toward the positive side of being. Thus, increasing
your quality of consciousness increases your capacity to love and allows
your intents and actions to be animated by love. Love is the natural result
of low entropy, high quality consciousness. Love is the word
we use to describe how a low entropy, high quality consciousness interacts
with other individuated consciousness and other sentient or non-sentient
entities. Love is the result of successful consciousness evolution. The
capacity, ability, and willingness of an individual to love is a function
of how much entropy his or her individuated consciousness contains. Love
capacity is a direct measure of entropy within consciousness."
shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater
The Making of Man
Pain checks man in the midst of senseless enjoyment and makes him
ponder his fate. It causes him to turn his thoughts towards greater
things and to reflect on the approach of death. Suffering, sorrow
and trouble are tests, which, if passed successfully, qualify the soulspirit
for entry into a greater sphere of existence. They create within
him the qualities, which are needed there. To those who realize these
tests and trials have a purpose, they do not appear too harsh. But to
those who cannot rise above them or who blame The Supreme Spirit or their
fellowmen for what befalls them, the tests and trials appear unnecessary
hardships barely endurable. - LUC:3:8 "Pain checks man in the midst
of senseless enjoyment and makes him ponder his fate. It causes him to
turn his thoughts towards greater things and to reflect on the approach
of death. Suffering, sorrow and trouble are tests, which, if passed successfully,
qualify the soulspirit for entry into the greater sphere of existence.
They create in him the qualities, which are needed there. To those who
realise that these tests and trials have a purpose, they do not appear
too harsh. But to those who cannot rise above them or who blame The Supreme
Spirit or their fellowmen for what befalls them, the tests and trials
appear as unnecessary hardships barely endurable."
LUC: 1:6: Nothing, except The Supreme Spirit can have a real, self-contained and independent existence. This does not mean that nothing else is real, and by illusion is meant deception by the senses which interpret falsely. Man is deluded by his senses and so cannot distinguish the real from the unreal. - (The Kolbrin Manuscripts: Chapter 1 Book of Lucius: The Spheres of Existence)
You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. Buddha
The Human Heart: More Than Just a Pump!
"New research shows the
human heart is much more than an efficient pump that sustains life. Our
research suggests the heart also is an access point to a source
of wisdom and intelligence that we can call upon to live our lives with
more balance, greater creativity and enhanced intuitive capacities. All
of these are important for increasing personal effectiveness, improving
health and relationships and achieving greater fulfillment. The heart
is, in fact, a highly complex information-processing center with its own
functional brain, commonly called the heart brain, that communicates
"Early on in our research we asked, among other questions, why people experience the feeling or sensation of love and other regenerative emotions as well as heartache in the physical area of the heart. ... Over the years, we have conducted many studies that have utilized many different physiological measures such as EEG (brain waves), SCL (skin conductance), ECG (heart), BP (blood pressure) and hormone levels, etc. Consistently, however, it was heart rate variability, or heart rhythms that stood out as the most dynamic and reflective indicator of ones emotional states and, therefore, current stress and cognitive processes. It became clear that stressful or depleting emotions such as frustration and overwhelm lead to increased disorder in the higher-level brain centers and autonomic nervous system and which are reflected in the heart rhythms and adversely affects the functioning of virtually all bodily systems. This eventually led to a much deeper understanding of the neural and other communication pathways between the heart and brain. We also observed that the heart acted as though it had a mind of its own and could significantly influence the way we perceive and respond in our daily interactions. In essence, it appeared that the heart could affect our awareness, perceptions and intelligence."
" ... communication
between the heart and brain actually is a dynamic, ongoing, two-way dialogue,
with each organ continuously influencing the others function. Research
has shown that the heart communicates to the brain in four major ways:
neurologically (through the transmission of nerve impulses), biochemically
(via hormones and neurotransmitters), biophysically (through pressure
waves) and energetically (through electromagnetic field interactions).
Communication along all these conduits significantly affects the brains
activity. Moreover, our research shows that messages the heart sends
to the brain also can affect performance."
"... a common way people express their love for one another, this thing or that thing is to do it with all their heart, not all their mind/brain (i.e. intelligence). Historically, this line of thought assumes, of course, that intelligence is purely within the realm of the brain in your head until relatively recently.
Researchers at HeartMath Institute and many others around the world now believe, based on scientific studies, that a great deal of human intelligence is heart intelligence. As numerous as the studies demonstrating this are, for most people, it only takes one simple observation in their daily lives for a clear example of their hearts intelligence: How many times has the brain in your head told you to do one thing while your heart advised another? No doubt, experiencing an actual physical feeling in the heart when torn between one direction or another has left many a skeptic of listening to your heart at least somewhat skeptical of their skepticism.
How strong is the power or intelligence of love? Here is a scientific experiment HMI researchers who wondered about this conducted several years ago.
A boy, Josh, and his dog, Mabel, were placed in a room together. Then Josh moved to a separate room, the result of which was that the dogs monitored heart rhythms were chaotic and incoherent, unlike with Josh in the room. Josh was instructed to use a coherence technique to consciously feel feelings of love and care for Mabel, which he did upon re-entering the room with her and while having no physical contact with her. Mabels heart rhythms quickly became smooth and stable, or coherent.
How many millions of people
with pets throughout history can relate to that?"
wise reasoning, is closely dependent upon what scientists refer to as heart rate variability as well as an ego-decentered mind. Both are key determinants of wiser, less-biased judgment.
Scientists at HeartMath Institute and elsewhere know that optimal levels of heart rate variability the slight time differences that can occur between heartbeats typically reflect healthy function of a bodys systems.
Now, according to a recently published study, high heart rate variability (HRV) in an individual may be associated with a greater ability to reason wisely. This is according to researchers who conducted the study, A Heart and A Mind: Self-distancing Facilitates the Association Between Heart Rate Variability, and Wise Reasoning.
Besides high HRV, another characteristic the researchers found with those who exhibit a capacity for wise reasoning is self-distancing oneself from an issue when making judgments or decisions.
A self-distanced perspective on an issue, for example, takes into account the opinions of others and additional external factors and tends to result in less personally biased judgments and reasoning.
Self-distancing contrasts with self-immersed, or egocentric perspectives, which, the researchers note, tend toward more personally biased judgments and reasoning because they typically do not incorporate others viewpoints and additional external factors.
"... researchers acknowledge a longstanding viewpoint that a tangible empirical inquiry of wisdom may be too ethereal, meaning that it has been considered unquantifiable.
Neuroscientists (more recently) have proposed that to understand individual differences in wisdom, one also ought to consider aspects of human physiology. That is what led to the focus on HRV, the authors explained.
Our research suggests that wisdom-related judgment is not exclusively a function of the body or the mind. Rather, greater heart rate variability and an ego-decentered mind are required for a wiser, less-biased judgment.
Specifically, we propose that high-HRV people will be abler than low-HRV people to reflect on a social issue in a wise fashion when they are cued to self-distance. However, when they are not cued to self-distance, both low- and high-HRV people are expected to show the default egocentric biases.
It is consistent with
other studies that show higher levels of HRV are associated with better
mental functioning, McCraty said. Additionally, it shows
that when we get outside our self-centered perspectives we make wiser
"While our hearts obviously do pump the blood that nourishes our organs and each of the 50 trillion or so cells that make up our bodies, recent discoveries suggest that the purpose of the heart may reach far beyond the function of a pump. The benefits of harmonizing our hearts with our brains to empower us with deep intuition, precognition (knowledge of future events), and the direct wisdom of heart intelligence can immediately catapult us beyond traditional thinking when it comes to the way we live and solve our problems. Its these capabilities, as well, that provide the resilience to embrace big change in our lives and to do so in a healthy way."
If the 20th century has been the Century of the Brain . . . then the 21st century should be the Century of the Heart. The Living Energy Universe
"The adult heart beats an average of 101,000 times a day, circulating some 1,900 gallons of blood through 60,000 miles of arteries, blood vessels, and capillaries! A growing of body of scientific evidence, however, now suggests that the pumping of the heart, as important as it is, may pale in comparison with the additional functions that have been recently discovered. In other words, while the heart indeed pumps blood powerfully and efficiently through the body, the pumping may not be its primary purpose.
As far back as 1932, scientific investigation of the role of the heart in the body opened the door to a possibility, and a controversy, that continues to unfold to this day. In the early study, Harvard University scientist J. Bremer filmed the movement of blood flowing through the body of a chicken early in its development. 6 So early, in fact, that the chicks heart had not yet started functioning. What made this film so exceptional is that Bremer was able to document the chicks blood moving through its body, on its own, without the aid of the heart pumping it.
Additional experiments to solve
the mystery, performed using similar embryos, showed that the blood flowed
as a series of spiral motions, like small eddy currents, rather than in
a straight line. The studies also showed that the movement continued throughout
their systems even after the heart was removed from the body for as long
as ten minutes.7
"The two questions here are obvious: (1) How is it possible for the blood to flow in the embryo before the heart is even functioning? and (2) Why does the blood continue flowing even after the heart itself is removed? What could be driving the movement of the blood? Interestingly, these questions were already answered over ten years before the Harvard film was made. And the answer to both came from the same man, Austrian-born philosopher and architect Rudolf Steiner, the creator of the Waldorf method of education and learning. In the early 1920s, Steiner had been researching the motion of fluids, including water and blood, in their natural environment. Steiner discovered, and later demonstrated, that liquids in their natural state, such as water when its still in the ground and blood when its still inside arteries and veins, move freely on their own due to an action that originates within the fluid itself. And rather than flowing in a straight line, as perceived by the naked eye, the fluids follow tiny spiral patterns created by continuous microvortices to maintain their flow. This spiral movement, Steiner believed, solved the mystery of the blood flowing without the aid of the heart. We see the vortex motion that Steiner described on a large scale in rivers and streams.
... So while the heart definitely
plays a role in the process, Steiner contended that it was more to serve
as a booster to add momentum to the inherent motion of the blood, not
the main reason for the motion itself. Steiners work was never refuted
in his scientific circles and remains controversial today. What he documented
early in the 20th century opens the door to an obvious question that goes
to the core of this chapter: If the pumping of blood through the body
is not the hearts primary purpose, then what is?"
scientist and philosopher, pointed out on several occasions that the blood
moves autonomously 5, and that the pressure is not the cause of blood
flow but the result of it 6. The clinicians of old used elaborate
methods of describing the nature of the arterial pulse and the ictus cordis
or the apex beat, which is the impulse of the heart against the chest
wall. Many descriptive terms such as thready pulse of hypovolemic shock,
collapsing or water-hammer pulse of aortic incompetence and `heaving'
apical impulse of left ventricular hypertrophy, convey the intuitive understanding
of the real mechanism of the heart's action."
"Almost universally, indigenous
and mystery traditions have held the heart in high esteem as a gateway
to the deepest wisdom of this world, as well as to realms beyond this
world. The heart is mentioned 878 times in the modern Bible, for example,
and the word heart appears in 59 of its 66 books. The Old Testament describes
the heart as a vast source of wisdom that requires a cultivated understanding
to make sense of. The book of Proverbs states, Counsel in the heart
of a man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.
8 The same sentiment is expressed in the wisdom of the North American
Omaha people, who invite us to ask questions from your heart and
you will be answered from the heart. The Lotus Sutra of the Mahayana
Buddhist traditions teaches of the hidden treasure of the heart.
Its described in the commentary as being as vast as the universe
itself, which dispels any feelings of powerlessness. 9
Love as an Advanced Mode of Intelligence
What is love? It is a question sure to elicit a great many responses. Simply defined, love is an affection, attraction, admiration or other strong, positive feeling for another person, thing or idea. From a metaphysical or philosophical perspective, love is more of a complex interweaving of many emotions, behaviors and intangibles whose origin, influence and potential has been food for thought over thousands of years and likely will be for thousands more to come.
People the world over can at least agree on what some of the most cherished forms of love are: romantic love for another and the love shared by children and parents, siblings and friends. So, too do such loves as love of life, nature and country rank high on a very long list.
People today and perhaps in every generation likely would concur that love is something we all could use more of in our lives and throughout the world. And, in our heart of hearts, more than a few of us would concede to an inner desire to be more loving toward others.
Isnt Love a Form of Intelligence?
One way of creating more love in ourselves and the world could be to have a greater understanding of what love is.
Love has been called the greatest force in the universe, the answer to all things and the stuff that makes the world go round. Certainly there are lots of good arguments to made for any of these.
But what of the notion that
love is an actual form of intelligence, some would say an advanced mode
of intelligence? How exactly would such an argument be framed? Because,
after all, isnt love merely a feeling that comes from within, albeit
a strong or deeply held one?
"Rather than responding
to situations from habitual patterns that are not necessarily healthy
or constructive, those situations could be more effectively addressed
with new and creative solutions. These solutions can take into consideration
the available inner resources that are congruent with ones deeper
intuition and core values. In other words, we can learn to intentionally
align with and access our intuitive intelligence, which can provide moment-to-moment
guidance and empower what HeartMath calls heartbased living, reliance
in all things on the wisdom, intelligence and qualities of the heart."
Types of Intuition
"Our research at the HeartMath Institute suggests there are three categories or types of processes the word intuition describes. The first type of intuition, often called implicit knowledge or implicit learning, essentially refers to knowledge weve acquired in the past and either forgot or did not realize we had learned.
Drawing on the neuroscience conception of the human brain as a highly efficient and effective patternmatching device, a number of pattern-recognition models have been developed to show how this fast type of intuitive decision-making and action can be understood purely in terms of neural processes. In this regard, the brain matches the patterns of new problems or challenges with implicit memories based on prior experience.[224, 230, 231]
The second type of intuition
is what we call energetic sensitivity, which refers to the ability of
the nervous system to detect and respond to environmental signals such
as electromagnetic fields (also see Energetic Communication section).
It is well established that in both humans and animals, nervous-system
activity is affected by geomagnetic activity. Some people, for example,
appear to have the capacity to feel or sense that an earthquake is about
to occur before it happens. It has recently been shown that changes in
the earths magnetic field can be detected about an hour or even
longer before a large earthquake occurs.  Another example of energetic
sensitivity is the sense of being stared at. Several scientific studies
have verified this type of sensitivity.
The third type of intuition
is nonlocal intuition, which refers to the knowledge or sense of something
that cannot be explained by past or forgotten knowledge or by sensing
environmental signals. It has been suggested that the capacity to receive
and process information about nonlocal events appears to be a property
of all physical and biological organization and this likely is because
of an inherent interconnectedness of everything in the universe.[235-237]
Examples of nonlocal intuition include when a parent senses something
is happening to his or her child who is many miles away, or the repeated,
successful sensing experienced by entrepreneurs about factors related
to making effective business decisions."
Evidence that the heart is
not a pump Significant problems with the heart is a pump model
Our heart is the metronome of our bodys biorhythm and health happens when we are in rhythm with ourselves, synchronized with other living systems, and moving to our pre-set beat. Pearsall, Hearts Code, p. 222)
The heart wave is the
body's master wave that reflects and organizes the degree of synchronization
of all behavioral waves from those of the whole organism through molecular
biological and genetic oscillations. Irving Dardik, The
Origin of Disease and Health Heart Waves, Cycles Magazine, Vol.
46, #3, 1996.
The outward and inward
currents must move in all fields if there is to be health and happiness...
The heart center is the pivot for the circulation of these energies through
and becomes the control center for these energies.
Stone, Polarity Therapy, Vol I, Bk 3, p. 36.
"Little Brain" / Neurites
"The neurites in the heart duplicate many of the same functions found in the brain
The Little Brain in the Heart In 1991, a scientific discovery published in a peer-reviewed journal put to rest any lingering doubt regarding the hearts multifaceted role in the body. The name of the article gives us a clue to the discovery: Neurocardiology. Its all about the intimate relationship between our hearts and brains. The discovery described this powerful relationship that had been unrecognized in the past. A team of scientists, led by Dr. J. Andrew Armour of the University of Montreal, discovered that about 40,000 specialized neurons, called sensory neurites, form a communication network within the heart itself.
For clarity, the term neuron describes a specialized cell that can be excited (electrically stimulated) in a way that allows it to share information with other cells in the body. While large numbers of neurons are obviously concentrated in the brain and along the spinal cord, the discovery of these cells in the heart, and in smaller numbers within other organs, offers new insight into the level of communication that exists throughout the body.
What makes this discovery so
exceptional is that the neurites in the heart duplicate many of the same
functions found in the brain."
The Lotus Sutra teaches of the great "hidden treasure of the heart," as vast as the universe itself, which dispels any feelings of powerlessness. It teaches a vigorous way of living, in which we breathe the immense life of the universe itself. It teaches the true great adventure of self-reformation.
The ancient Egyptians believed that, when they died, they would be judged on their behaviour during their lifetime before they could be granted a place in the Afterlife. This judgement ceremony was called "Weighing of the Heart" and was recorded in Chapter 125 of the funerar text known as the "Book of the Dead".
The ceremony was believed to
have taken place before Osiris, the chief god of the dead and Afterlife,
and a tribunal of 43 dieties. Standing before the tribunal the deceased
was asked to name each of the divine judges and swear that he or she had
not committed any offences, ranging from raising the voice to stealing.
This was the "negative confession". If found innocent, the deceased
was declared "true of voice" and allowed to proceed into the
For thousands of years, the ancients viewed the human heart as the center of thought, emotion, memory, and personality the master organ of the body. Traditions to honor the role of the heart were created and passed down generation after generation. Techniques were developed to utilize the hearts function as a conduit of intuition and healing.
In the rare treatise The Secret
Symbols of The Rosicrucians, Franz Hartmann defines the sun alchemically
as: "The symbol of Wisdom. The Centre of Power or Heart of things.
The Sun is a centre of energy and a storehouse of power. Each living being
contains within itself a centre of life, which may grow to be a Sun. In
the heart of the regenerated, the divine power, stimulated by the Light
of the Logos, grows into a Sun which illuminates his mind." In a
note, the same author amplifies his description by adding: "The terrestrial
sun is the image or reflection of the invisible celestial sun; the former
is in the realm of Spirit what the latter is in the realm of Matter; but
the latter receives its power from the former."
Pyramid Texts of Unas - Purify
Purify Body, Mind, Soul, Thoughts, Emotions - get a grip on things!
Your Body Can Absorb Free Electrons from the Earth
The Earth carries an enormous negative charge. It's always electron-rich and can serve as a powerful and abundant supply of antioxidant and free-radical-busting electrons.
Your body is finely tuned to "work" with the Earth in the sense that there's a constant flow of energy between your body and the Earth. When you put your feet on the ground, you absorb large amounts of negative electrons through the soles of your feet.
The effect is sufficient to maintain your body at the same negatively charged electrical potential as the Earth. This simple process is called "grounding" or "earthing," and its effect is one of the most potent antioxidants we know of.
Grounding has been shown to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, improve sleep, enhance wellbeing, and much, much more. When you wear rubber- or plastic-soled shoes, however, you are effectively shielding yourself from this beneficial influx of electrons from the Earth.
Why It's So Important to Stay Grounded
Grounding's potent antioxidant effect helps alleviate inflammation throughout your body, a potentially life-saving benefit since inflammation is at the root of most diseases, including heart disease.
According to Dr. Stephen Sinatra, a prominent cardiologist, inflammation thrives when your blood is thick and you have a lot of free radical stress, and a lot of positive charges in your body. Grounding effectively alleviates inflammation because it thins your blood and infuses you with negatively charged ions through the soles of your feet.
Grounding helps thin your blood by improving its zeta potential, which means it improves the energy between your red blood cells. Research has demonstrated it takes about 80 minutes for the free electrons from the earth to reach your bloodstream and transform your blood.
Hypercoagulable (thick, slow-moving) blood contributes to chronic inflammation, because when your blood does not flow well, oxygen can't get to your tissues. Grounding's effect on blood thinning is so profound that if you are taking blood thinners, you must work with your health care provider to lower your dose otherwise you may overdose on the medication. You can see my interview with Dr. Sinatra below.
The Heart of Food
Our minds are fields of energy
which absorb the subtle energies of whatever we eat and are affected thereby.
To eat meat is to absorb the mental state of the animal.
By food, indeed, do all the breaths [pranas, life forces] become great (Taittiriya Upanishad 1.5.4).
Man, verily consists of the essence of food (Taittiriya Upanishad 2.1.1). So we are what we eat.
From food, verily, are produced all creatureswhatsoever dwell on earth. By food alone, furthermore, do they live. From food all creatures are born: by food, when born, they grow. Verily, different from this, which consists of the essence of food, but within it, is another self, which consists of the vital breath [prana]. By this the former is filled. This too has the shape of a man. Like the human shape of the former is the human shape of the latter (Taittiriya Upanishad 2.2.1). The spiritual, astral body is drawn exclusively from food, so diet is crucial in spiritual development.
Food when eaten becomes threefold. What is coarsest in it becomes faeces, what is medium becomes flesh and what is subtlest becomes mind. Water when drunk becomes threefold. What is coarsest in it becomes urine, what is medium becomes blood and what is subtlest becomes prana. The mind, my dear, consists of food, [and] the prana of water (Chandogya Upanishad 6.5.1, 2, 4).
That, my dear, which is the subtlest part of curds rises, when they are churned and becomes butter. In the same manner, my dear, that which is the subtlest part of the food that is eaten rises and becomes mind. The subtlest part of the water that is drunk rises and becomes prana. Thus, my dear, the mind consists of food, [and] the prana consists of water (Chandogya Upanishad 6.6.1-3,5; the same is confirmed in 6.7.1-6).
"When the food is pure, the mind becomes pure. When the mind is pure the memory [smritimemory of our eternal spirit-Self] becomes firm. When the memory is firm all ties are loosened (Chandogya Upanishad 7.26.2).
On food rests everythingwhatsoever breathes and whatsoever breathes not (Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 1.5.1).
In the body there are nerves [nadis] called hita, which are placed in the heart. Through these the essence of our food passes as it moves on. Therefore the subtle body receives finer food than the gross body (Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 4.2.3).
The heart spoken of by Jesus in the carnivores no defilement misquotation is not the organ which circulates the blood in the physical body, but rather the inner psychic bodies of the individual. And their makeup is determined almost exclusively by diet. Therefore, diet does determine what the nature of the heart shall be. Out of a pure and enlightened heart only purity and light can come. But conversely, out of a darkened and deadened heart only darkness and death can come. This should be realized, for it is the emanations of this heart that do indeed defile not only us but those around us. And since diet determines the nature of the heart, there can be no alternative to vegetarianism for one who aspires to accomplish conscious evolution and return to the infinite Source.
and wine and new wine take away the heart (Hosea 4:11).
"The Consciousness which is merely the animal Consciousness is made up of the Consciousness of all the cells in the Body, except those of the Heart. For the Heart is the organ of the Spiritual Consciousness; it corresponds indeed to Prâna, but only because Prâna and the Auric Envelope are essentially the same, and because again as Jîva it is the same as the Universal Deity (p. 672). The Heart represents the Higher Triad, while the Liver and Spleen represent the Quaternary, taken as a whole. The heart is the abode of the Spiritual Man, whereas the Psycho-Intellectual Man dwells in the Head with its seven gateways. It has its seven brains, the upâdhis and symbols of the seven Hierarchies, and this is the exoterically four, but esoterically seven, leaved Lotus, the “Saptaparna,” the “Cave of Buddha” with its seven compartments.
The Heart is the king of the Body, its most important organ. Even if the Head be severed from the trunk, the Heart will continue to beat for half an hour. If wrapped in cotton wool, and put in a warm place, the pulsation will continue for some hours.
In the Heart is a spot which is the last to die, a spot marked by a tiny violet light; that is the seat of Life, the centre of all, Brahmâ; the first spot that lives in the foetus, and the last that dies. When a Yogi is buried in a trance, it is this spot that lives, though the rest of the Body be dead, and as long as this remains alive the Yogi can be resurrected. This spot contains potentially mind, life, energy and will. During life it radiates prismatic colors, fiery and opalescent.
The Heart is the centre of the Spiritual Consciousness, as the Brain is the centre of Intellectual Consciousness. But this Spiritual Consciousness cannot be guided by a person, nor can its energy be directed by him, until he is completely united with Buddhi-Manas. Until then, it guides him––if it can. That is, makes efforts to reach him, to impress the lower Consciousness, and those efforts are helped by his growth in purity. Hence the pangs of remorse for wrong done, the prickings of Conscience, reproaching for evil, inciting to good. These come from the Heart, not from the Head. In the Heart is the only manifested God; the other two are invisible. And it is this manifested God that represents the Triad, Âtma-Buddhi-Manas." HPB
Awaken The Heart
"The real person; the real nature of things, reside in the heart. The heart therefore, is the silent one; that power which is generally ignored but which alone contains the fountain of things. Nagarjuna took the attitude that the means of the heart, we are bound to the world of cause. By means of the nerves of the mind, we are bound to the world of effects. At the moment, in some way, the truth in us is concealed by the conflict between these two systems. By the fact largely, the control of the body come to be vested in the intellectual or neural system.
About second century of the
Christian Era in Asia, there rose a sect in Vedism which was centered
around what was called the Lotus Gospel. The Lotus Gospel, possibly the
result of the work of the great Buddhist arhat Nagarjuna; certainly one
of the greatest saints and reformers of primitive Buddhism, centered around
what was called the Heart Doctrine. The thought that the truth
of things must be obtained by restoring the sovereignty of life to the
heart, the Bible gives us much the same thing; as a man thinketh in his
heart, so is he."
Bliss Sheath of the Heart
Mystical teachings repeatedly describe a point source of coherent light consciousness established within the Heart. This point source of light emerges from a realm of infinite light–that is supernal, divine, ineffable Light. The Self illuminates the inner world through the interior dimensions of a human being, emerging through and within the life of the heart.
This point source of pure light is enthroned within the Bliss Sheath of the Heart–the Anandamaya Kosha of yogic teachings, or the “causal body” of Theosophy. Saraswati (1987, p. 112) describes this as “an oval mass of unemergent light,” approximately the size of a baby’s thumb or a small grape. This “unemergent light” does not radiate away from its source, but is contained within a volume of space. (Similar methods are being developed in fibre optics to contain light within a volume of space.)
The five sheaths or koshas
Annamaya kosha - the food sheath
Our physical bodies are made up of the material elements of the physical world. We are what we eat, so to speak. We are made up of food and will return to the earth, where our food came from, after our death. This sheath belongs to the physical body.
Pranamaya kosha - the vital sheath
This sheath belongs to the astral body. We are composed of five vital energies, all of which flow through the physical body via the astral plane; prana, apana, samana, udana and vyana (I will write another blog on the vital energies so please check back soon if you want to learn more). The pranamaya kosha also contains the five organs of action (the karma indriyas); mouth, hands, feet, anus and genitals. Within this kosha, we experience hot, cold, hunger and thirst etc.
Manomaya kosha - the mental sheath
This sheath again sits in the astral body. We experience thought through this sheath. We can experience thinking, doubting, anger, lust etc. The elements are; mind (manas), subconscious (chitta) and the jnana indriyas (the organs of knowledge; eyes, ears, nose, tongue and skin).
Vijnanamaya kosha - the intellectual sheath
This sheath relates to the astral body. It consists of the intellect (known as the buddhi) which analyses the information we receive. It also controls the ego (ahamkara), our self-assertive principle. It works alongside the five organs of knowledge, listed above. Discrimination and decision making are its manifestations.
Anandamaya kosha - the bliss sheath
This is the only kosha that sits in the causal body. It's the part of us that experiences bliss, joy and peace. This is the part of us that we tend to lose connection with as it's the most difficult body to feel. Our aim in yoga is to reach connection with the anandamaya kosha - when we reach that inner place where everything is silent and calm, we have found our connection with anandamaya.
The Wizard of Oz had many lessons for Dorothy and you are Dorothy. She had to conquer her fears, she had to learn to love and she had to - get smart. Many of you separate yourselves from others by government, religion, race, creed, species, sex etc. You do not know love when you hate your neighbour. You do not know love when you hate your enemy. You do not know love when you mistreat animals. You lack understanding. You are ignorant of your evolutionary process. A pure heart is necessary for you to raise your consciousness. You cannot be selfish in any way or the veils will not be removed. I get by with a little help from my friends. But I still help others if I can ... mostly by waking them up to their ignorance, but also by helping if any situation crosses my path. Everyone needs help. There is not a soul alive that does not need help or who has not needed help. Most go to the system for help, but they get none! There is no help in the system - understand that! It is based on money as all systems in this world are. Any system based on money has made a choice. You cannot serve God (One) and Mammon. It is either - or. This is why I do not go to the system for help. If you want to be part of the next triad, then you had better look in the mirror.
Worried about your pension
I worry about making sure I don't have to come back to this lower world. This prison of a body in a world with so many rules no one can remember them all. This is a lower world of lessons. We are to Passover this world. Build a bridge to the next world. You can't do that unless you make the choice The One or Mammon. That bridge will not cost you a dime!
man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the One, and love the
other; or else he will hold to the One, and despise the other. Ye cannot
serve God and mammon.