The Philosophy of the East

17 02 2012

The basis of life is nothing. When we really comprehend our lives while understanding there contrast in relation to the absolute, which is an emptiness which contains everything, only then will we find true happiness. Contemplating the void for many is a frightening experience, because it makes you realise that everything which you base your life on is very flimsy and temporary. But that’s not what this philosophy is asking us to do. It doesn’t want us to be afraid, to live in fear, to live with a realisation which is in itself terrifying.

But it does make us realise that our lives are something which is in contrast with that emptiness. In this philosophy we are not supposed to realise anything, to learn any principle or follow any particular set of beliefs or commands, though there are guidelines for those who need to cling to something such as “don’t eat meat, drink, have sex, kill”.

Sometimes we wonder why did our lives turn out this way? Why am I suffering? The compassionate, as was Christ. Those masters showed us that suffering comes from clinging to false ideas of the self. Who ever actually does anything in life with the thought that actually one day they will be dead? No one ever thinks that this life is temporary. Everyone always acts as if they are building their life forever, treats it as if it were infinitely sustainable and never ending.

 

What can I say that is reassuring? In this life, we are not “strangers in a world we never made”, as Alan Watts put it. We came here or rather, we are the world, not separate from it, but rather part of it. Just as the fish is not separate from the river or the bird separate from the sky. We always trick ourselves into believing that we are. The reassuring element of this knowledge is that everything is, as it ought to be. Actually if I contemplate all of the lost opportunities and failures of my life, those are meant to be, and that in reality the world does not produce one single human being that it doesn’t want to produce.

There are different states of awareness of course. Those who are aware of the interconnectedness and of the essential emptiness of life eventually enter into the Deva world, the find supreme bliss in living, and happiness, but impermanent happiness, and they must eventually come back down because it is temporary. Those who do not have awareness are more likely to suffer from day to day because their conception of reality is dependent on very temporary things which they conceive of as permanent.

 

To find enlightenment one must come into contact with that essential emptiness. It is a state of existence a state of mind in which there are no people to cling to, no ideas, no thoughts, not even images, no principles, no beliefs, nothing. It is not a state of darkness, but there is light, the light of consciousness, and once you experience that light, there is bliss to be found.

Our lives which depend on planning the future, depend on defining ourselves with the past are not authentic not really. We put ourselves in a straight jacket when do this, when we are taken in by the illusion of the future and past, with our ideas of who we are. The idea that I am me because I am a teacher or that I was born in England, or that I like classical music or heavy metal music, or the idea that I have a religion, those are not real things, they are not “me” in the end so all defining is futile.

 

In this sense then, life is a happening. It happens. And to hope that it could happen or should happen in any other way is our source of suffering. Most people think about what they wish to do or achieve in the future and contemplate their successes and failures in the past. But this is a cause of anxiety. There is no past and there is no future, there is only now. In order to find liberation one breathes out, releases all desires and hopes. What is destined will come of itself and on its own volition.

Because our egos are based on a mistaken idea of who we are, this is the reason why “I can’t change anything”. In fact the “I” which wants something which possesses desire is actually just a manifestation of the greater power, the universe. Of course the desire must be fulfilled, all desired are eventually fulfilled. In science the negative charge always travels towards the positive charge which is its fulfilment. The “I” negative is attracted to the “I” positive in one sense, but both are just a play of forces which belong to the whole, and once they are united, the overall charge goes back to zero.

 

The point of all of this is though, to acknowledge that the individual “I” is actually in the exact spot where it should be. But, that at the same time, all ideas, all abstractions, history, and future plans are also without meaning. The reason for this is that all abstractions take the “I” away from its true self.

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Pisces Neptune Experiences

5 02 2012

The world is the same as it was yesterday, in the sense that it carries on without much notice of human life. But to us humans, after living for 14 years in an Aquarius Neptune era, and perceiving and living life according to all Aquarian ideals, Neptune going into Pisces will make us think and feel it is a new and very different world. 

During those last 14 years I have lived inspired by Aquarius Neptune. One thing stands out about this life. It has been a life aloof and standing back from life. In Aquarius I have been studying life from a distance without really joining in. I have been reading about a dead and buried ancient civilization, but without being a true part of that civilization, or my own. During those years I have felt alone many times despite having friends. I have rationalized and understood life in terms of a system, which i have compared to many other systems whether they were astrological, or political, philosophical, or about the theory of teaching. But where was I? Who was I? I was of no emotion and of no particular party. I was impartial, but i was far away. I tried love, but I was too cerebral about it and it didn’t work for that reason.

Now I feel different. I had an experience that no words can describe. I might as well write poetry in this space here. Pisces has much beauty, and love and kindness in it. It also has temptation and sin. But, so long as I remain morally upright, no suffering will come to me. I must put my total faith in God now. The experience that I now have is not a mental experience. It is a vibration which resonates throughout my entire body, it is a powerful feeling. Words fail me, they just won’t come, they don’t help and they don’t work. ALL of life is feeling. But the highest form of feeling comes from love, which in its true meaning is SACRIFICE. This is the reason Venus, planet of love is exalted in Pisces. If you love one person you sacrifice personal ambition and pleasure and you give them your time and money, that is sacrifice and that is love. When Christ died on the cross that was sacrifice of his own self for all of us. But sacrifice is beautiful. We do not have to die physically. All that must die is personal ego, the egos of lust, anger, fear, and possibly many other egos which we are not aware of.

When Neptune first entered Aquarius in 1997, I became intrigued by Astrology, a system which allowed me to study human life and functions without actually living or experiencing them in any kind of personal or subjective level.

Today in 2012 with Pisces Neptune I became aware of the infinite to which I am connected to, to sacrifice and to true love which is based on nothing more than pure sacrifice. This kind of love comes close to the infinite. It is a feeling of total belonging. This higher dimension is not reached through thought, and through intellectual understanding. This is why I have been praying and meditating. This is the reason I have been ridding myself of excessive possessions, of clutter in my house and clutter in my mind.

There is a choice. In Pisces there is a choice. You may give your all to one person and to one God, and find bliss and happiness in doing this. Or you may pursue your desires, indulge your senses, lust, and anger, and by doing so bring about your own losses and suffering. God has one life planned for us from our birth, this life would be paradise if we did  not follow our animal desires. I pray to God to show me the path, to keep my heart clean, to make sure that I never want what God has not planned for me. I pray that the love that I have found never diminishes.





The Aquarian Sun

17 10 2011

The Age of Aquarius

Some say that the Aquarian Age began on the 4th February 1962. Indeed on this day there were no less that 7 planets in the sign of Aquarius including a Solar Eclipse. This is noteworthy, although there are occasionally amazing stelliums in other signs, for example the one that came in March-April 2011. Whatever the actual date of the beginning of the new age, it is clear that there are some very deep changes which go beneath what is superficial. In the material plane everyone can see that the Aquarian Age is marked by an increase in the number of human beings on the planet, the increase in the amount of technology, and science, and what appears also to be intermittent and sudden changes such as revolutions, catastrophic wars, holocausts, earthquakes, tsunamis etc. All the history of the 20th century is easily understood by looking at the sign of Aquarius. Communism, although linked to the cycles of Neptune is in line with the spirit of Aquarius which says that all are equal in the eyes of God.

Past Ages

It is difficult to say what the future age will bring. One thing is a constant though, and that is the nature of humanity and the nature of the human species. We are capable of the greatest dignity and happiness, and we are also capable of degeneration and degradation. In the Age of Pisces the world was filled with Saints, and mystics, musicians, poets, great artistic masters, but also plagues, and tyrannical kings. In the Age of Aries going further back we know that people prized fighting, the Greek civilisation was of the nature of Aries. It is interesting and slightly disturbing to note that our past civilisation only goes back two or three ages. What came before this? What is humanity without civilisation? According to the Aquarian paradigm itself, we are in fact animals. These are questions for which the answers are circumstantial considering that the past is gone.

The Ego

In the coming Age, the Ego is not going to last. By ego, what is meant is the identification of the self with the sensations of the five senses, of the body, of the mind, of the emotion. The purest consciousness does not identify with the physical sensation of existence. Naturally just as in the Age of Pisces there will be saints and sinners, those who understand the energy of the new age, and those who don’t. Those who understand Aquarius will detach themselves from their physical life. But there must be a word of warning also, Aquarius is not ruled by Mercury, Aquarius is not pure reason as some might argue, Aquarius is not an Age of total rationalism either as some might like to have us believe. It is ruled by the planet Saturn which inclines towards making mistakes, more so than Jupiter. The logic of Saturn is not reasonable and clever like Mercury, it is the logic of experience, and of learning out of suffering and pain. The holocaust and the Atomic bomb are the great mistakes of this current Age, and the coming Nuclear Holocaust and Holocaust of Global Warming will surely propel us into this new Age. Saturn is unkind to its children, this is a well known fact from ancient myth. Saturn is “the reaper” in Medieval astrology, more so than Mars. In the Age of Aquarius we can expect world government, which will be brought about following one or more of the coming catastrophes.

The world has a lot of Ego. Saturn in Aquarius will cull it. All of the lust of the world will be destroyed, by itself largely. The process that works itself in the ego of an individual man in order to find higher consciousness is the same which works in the world. The spiritual existence of Man will continue throughout Aquarius. Those who throw out religions and reject spiritual truth which is not just “Piscean” but rather belongs to all ages will suffer the consequences. The book of Revelation and Christ indicated that in the future Age there would be cataclysm and that the love of most would grow cold. However, those who stay true to the central message of Christ will not be burned in the fire. Those who stay true to the dignity and divine nature of mankind, and understand the sacred nature which is within will be instructed and will find spiritual truth according to the method of Aquarius. This may be scientific, but it will rely heavily on truth which has not changed since the birth of humanity. And since Saturn is the “father” planet, it will be seen that our spiritual knowledge is not “new” but rather received from the most ancient sources.

Consciousness

Consciousness cannot be developed without ego sacrifice. Consciousness is the keynote of Aquarius. Consciousness is not the vigil state. Consciousness is clarity of vision without analysis, without thought, without feeling. The spiritual truths of past ages are eternal because humanity is eternal, it is constant because we are constant. What will change though will be that people will be able to come to spiritual truth more easily. New religion and philosophy will and is emerging already, it may be synthetic and it may be free from superstition but essentially there is truth, spiritual truth which the dignified will always find.

The use of Astrology in order to understand the ego is there only in so much as it is an aid in destroying it. Where we have lust, that lust must be understood and then destroyed in order for the person to come to consciousness. Where there is self-pity or other unhappiness caused by loss or lack of fulfilment, that depression is another Ego of the self, it must be understood and destroyed.

All manifestations in the physical plane are product of internal thought. We must become mindful and watch each individual thought and feeling which arises in the mind, which at this moment in time only serves the ego or the self.





Meditation

30 08 2011

The malefics Saturn and Mars are guilty of all of our depression and anger, in this order. All unhappiness in life can be traced back to disappointment, or lack. When one goes to the core of it, it is lack of affection (Venus) and loss of hope (Jupiter) which activates the malefics within.

The only way to deal with malefics properly is to develop affection within, and to develop hope within, without depending on any external reality or force, without relying on  the love of any one other person.

Meditation and prayer as well as religion are the path which Jupiter takes. Venus takes the path of beauty and appreciation.

But the key of course is that beauty and illumination are not always in our world around us. One day is beautiful and sunny, and the next day it’s raining and the world is a hard place. The only answer is an inner answer.

In meditation, it is possible to find illumination. The key is to stop depending on the external world’s influence. The key is to stop thinking with the rational material mind.





On the Path

8 06 2011

Supernova when you close your Eyes

It’s difficult to pinpoint the exact astrological signature of any one event, though some are obviously easier to describe. The question I pose here is one of those which isn’t so clear cut, though I can offer some hypotheses in order to take a stab at where this blueprint is.

There are some, who search all their lives for “something”, and never find contentment, they read thousands and thousands of books, and travel an equal number of miles, both nautical and terrestrial, and they still don’t “FIND IT”.

I’ve spent a lengthy amount of time walking past it, day in day out, and one fair, fine day I walked in. I opened the door and simply walked into the garden of Eden, awed by the tree of life.

Planets which are terrestrial and rule over the personality, these are the traditional “inner planets”. Extra terrestrials include everything beyond Saturn. These have nothing to do with the personality. This is the point in the solar system where particles turn into waves.

The key to the door was having a peaceful spot, to practice the mantra. Not only peaceful, but beautiful, dazzled in Sun, surrounded by flowers that look like red and yellow flames. I might say that this is a Venusian picture of beauty and peace.

The primary accomplishment was to disengage from the ego, and the personality. It required some clean living, and discipline, so I can thank the long transit of Exalted Saturn for this. Once I desired nothing, it was easy to untangle myself from my-self.

Since this is primarily an “inner heaven” which I have found, I might thank Jupiter and Sun conjunct the IC. I progressed from living in mentality and rationality, to living in a different area. If the third rules the mind and the senses, then what is the fourth? It’s the core. So I travelled inside. Right into the heart.

Total Inversion

Spiritual realisation came from stopping on my current path, turning around and walking in the exact opposite direction. I’ve found purest consciousness. When I released myself from the word “I”, when thought became something that occurred around and in that person that I once “was”, it was possible to step out from my “body”.

Who can I thank for these mystical realisations? Pluto first brought me intense transformation, Neptune brought me transcendence, and Uranus hit me with the bolt of enlightenment.

 

Still a Demon

But, I am still here in this body. I still have desire and senses and thought and mind. What’s the state of my consciousness? Revelling in Nirvana. The only way to progress is the path of the Bodhisattva. Christ was temped by Satan himself. Where would I make a deal with the almighty evil one? I drive a pretty hard bargain normally, but if that one with the strong will and even stronger ego, came to me now, how could I resist it?

Keep Going

Keep doing the mantra and keep on  the path. Transcendence was found in a terrestrial place. But I now know that I don’t strictly need a place. Anywhere where I am, I can transcend. I’ve often wanted to travel, and I can do so now, without actually going anywhere.

 





Rapture, today and every day

21 05 2011

Heaven is found within. All religious and spiritual truth is found within. These are words that I heard but never understood, for most of my life, until I started meditating and seriously working on understanding “myself” or the illusion of myself.

If I were to go to heaven tomorrow, there “I” would be. In this sense I’d be taking my “self” with all of its flaws there and I would still be suffering there, and so it wouldn’t be heaven. To find heaven I must leave behind the “Ego”, all thoughts, and all emotions which relate to the physical body or the idea of the self. Heaven is to be found by those who are able to leave behind everything which builds ego.

I will be in the “Rapture” tomorrow, I am sure of it, because I will go and meditate in the afternoon after work. And as I meditate repeating my special prayer, or “mantra”, I will confess all of the things which are of this earth and which cause me to be caught up in hell, which is internal. After hours of this meditation I will ascend into a part of my being, which is spiritual and it will appear as a white light. And there will be no thoughts which perturb this vision, and there will be no emotion which is able to destabilise it, and with my eyes closed I will find heaven.

Jesus Christ the man, may be walking the Earth. But I do not need to see the man, to know Christ the consciousness. My physical body and mind will not go to heaven. In heaven there is no death and decay, and so the physical body as it is with blood can’t and shouldn’t go there. The solar body, which is a different kind of body, which operates in a different dimension can find heaven, but this body can only be created through not being attached to the physical existence, which is animalistic.

When I realise that my ego and my body are just a test for the real self, which is of a different dimension, when I understand that the earthly plain is not truly real, and that it is more or less a game or an act, and that my self in fact and my body is not my real self, then I am able to move forward.

I, as a man, am a body, and of flesh, I have family which are also made of flesh and I have a job and a role, which is mental, but which is nothing more than sustenance to that flesh. But when we talk about consciousness, we leave the lower mind, which relates to the matter of the earth, and we also leave behind all things related to the body. Those who will find the rapture tomorrow will leave behind their physical bodies, this does not mean death, it just means awakening of consciousness.

The idea of heaven is not “post-physical death”. This is the great mistake of modern thought, which looks at the spiritual writings and says, after death, is the afterlife and heaven. No, heaven is on earth, heaven does not occur after one dies at the age of 78 after living a “good life”. Heaven is possible now. Heaven is spiritual living. The biggest spiritual mistake is to believe that God is only to be found or seen after physical death. All my life, I inclined to believe that God was something the individual came into contact with as an external entity. It is true we must be “good” in order to begin to live the way we were meant to live, which is in true glory.

To begin the journey I must go into myself. It takes concentration to silence all thoughts related to the lower mind, and there are techniques to doing this, which involve prayer, or mantra, sitting in silence in a serene location, preferably with a pond or lake with fish in it and trees, and stillness. The aim is to leave behind totally the daily life. At first thoughts which relate to this unreal life will swim around in the consciousness, and they will do all they can to talk over the spirit. Once the lower mind is conquered, there will still be emotion, or feeling which exists, like a residue of past events, which can weigh a person down. Focusing on something within nature such as a stone or flower, and understanding its existence in relation to all things around it, will help me to calm those waters. This is a long process and it requires persistence and strength of mind in order to get results.

All belief which relates the personal ego of this life to the eternal soul, is seriously mistaken.  The idea that “I” as a personality, or even as a collection of memories related to the physical life of my human body could live, or even want to live eternally is absurd. When one has experienced suffering in life and has understood that all of life is suffering and that all individual egos are caught in the illusion of the self, then one understands that for that individual ego to continue living after physical death is not only impossible, but utterly undesirable also.

I as a person, as a physical body, do not wish to continue living after death. This life is a trial, it is suffering. But this suffering is a wonderful opportunity in which to develop pure consciousness. All that which you can see and test, is logic, and relates directly with physical existence. But  there is a higher knowledge, a higher understanding which is not one mind which can only deal with one thought at a time, and this is heavenly knowledge, and relates to the tree of life.

In this life I must turn things on its head. It doesn’t matter if I lose my job or fail my course. It doesn’t matter if I have not money either. It doesn’t matter if my love for someone is not mutual. All of these things are superficial distractions, because they are primarily external to the true self, and that they are all part of the ego of illusion. If all of these things in my life were to fall apart and leave me, I should be happy, because I would have the chance to work on my true self. I would have the chance to go inside and find heaven.





Conversations in Zen

15 03 2011

A: Do not renounce anything, do not accept anything. What is built upwards is also built downwards.

B: I feel doubt, and I feel loss, and I feel terrible despair.

A: Clinging, or trying to capture and keep things is the source of suffering. This is why the rich man cannot get into heaven, because he is attached to the things and people of the world.

B: How is it possible to walk on water?

A: When one is lighter than water, when one is not weighed down by any attachment.

B: But it is impossible to live without being attached to anything. Should I chose to be homeless, and destitute and without family, work, or friends? Should I chose to starve and burn in the midday Sun? I love comfort. I love people, and I love my shelter and food served every day. I love my job, and I love being loved. I am attached to people, I have desire and need and want, and I can’t renounce, and I can’t let go, and I love and I crave, and I am a storm of desires.

A: Nothing is built up, without being built down also. You must accept that the castles you build in the sand, will be flattened with the tide.

B: But I shall build it out of cement and I’ll build it on a rock.

A: It will last longer, but it will still be eroded and destroyed, and the stronger you build it, the greater will be the destruction of it.

B: I will build my castle magnificent, and its destruction, I will accept and take pleasure in.

A: You will take pride in the creation, because it will cost you your life and blood and bones. And when its destruction comes, you will be desolate.

B: Be it so, I shall be proud and pleased with what I build in this life. And it shall last me until death, and it shall be good, and solid and strong. And I shall suffer to build it and test it and keep it, but it shall be good and it shall be with me, and I’ll not lose it.

A: This is a noble goal. And it shall be your eternal happiness and grief at the same time.

B: I shall build it, because I must, because I desire it.

A: This is admirable.

B: I am unhappy.

A: Why?

B: Because my dream, is still just a dream it is not real, it is a fantasy in the air. I cannot touch it, I cannot feel it, I have no satisfaction from it.

A: What have you got right now? What have you built up to now?

B: I have modest achievements, but in reality it is nothing. It’s not enough, I am a hollow cavern with nothing but all-consuming desire, and I crave my future, now.

A: When your future comes, you shall still feel you have nothing, and that all you have it rot and that you still crave to improve your castle and your dream will always try to reach out into the future.

B: I shall never be content. I am doomed by my desire. I am doomed to suffer eternally for my dissatisfaction.

A: Everything that you want you already have. Everything that you love and desire are in existence and present. You just do not know them properly, you do not know their properties and true value.

B: But, I love… C.

A: And C loves you equally, and with the same force that you love.

B: How can you be so sure?

A: The building loves the earth it stands on, and the earth draws the building towards it. Gravity is the attraction of two masses towards each other.

B: I am still unhappy.

A: You will be loved in exact proportion to your love.

B: But even if I were loved by C, it would still not be enough would it…?

A: Perhaps you are not born to be satisfied.

B: Perhaps it is my destiny…

A: But all are capable of being aware of truth. All are capable of being revealed the real nature of life. Those who have great desire and great suffering, and don’t know, are no different to those that have little suffering and little desire but do not realise the truth.

B: So just by understanding that all things are ephemeral and are in perfect balance and harmony, I somehow am better?

A: You will never cease to suffer and to desire. But in understanding you may be able to achieve harmony.

B: Harmony then. A balance between up and down?

A: Build your castle in the East of the land, and you will be balanced by a castle in the west.

B: But I thought that the balance was “creation and destruction”?

A: You are the East. And you will be balanced by West, and you may love West, and marry West, or you may hate West and go to war with West.

B: But should I not suffer then?

A: Only if you chose to.

B: No, I chose to build and I chose the path of peace.

A: But you must prepare for war, because if you are peaceful, West will be aggressive and angry with you for it.

B: This is not fair. I chose the path of peace, and I chose equability.

A: Then you shall be balanced by fire and in-equability. Your order will be balanced by its equivalent and you will have to continuously fight in order to maintain it.

B: I wish for contentment and peace. I wish for security and happiness. But I also wish for excitement and fun, I wish for change and movement and dynamism. I wish to have my desires, but I wish also to be happy and content with those desires when they are fulfilled.

A: Your wish is already granted.

B: I am eager and impatient to have my wish.

A: Your wish is in existence already, all you had to do is to imagine it and conjure it, and it will materialise.

B: I wish also that I will one day realise that everything I ever wanted I got. I wish my life to be like the sweet smell, touch and glow of a ripe peach in the autumn Sun, I wish for it to be golden-red and deliciously sweet, dripping with sweet juice. I wish it to be a shared experience.

Snake: Your wish is already true.

Adam: I love God, but it doesn’t mean that I can’t have money does it?

A: Yes, this is the truth of the path. However, there will be no peaches on your tree come winter.

B: But, there is a different beauty in winter, there are different shades of colour and different pleasures.

A: The path is narrow dear student.

B: Yes, sometimes I forget all about the balance…