Tuesday, July 13, 2021

The human problem right now is freedom.

This freedom presents itself to us as a paradox; an inconsistency, an illogical truth.  We are free, now to make ourselves miserable.  We are free to make ourselves joyous.  We are free to live like a god.  We are free to live like a demon.  Nature has given us our freedom because we are now evolved enough to make a mature choice.  In short, Nature trusted our intelligence.  But unfortunately, we humans take our own time to make use of that intelligence, we rather frolic within the touch and feel of all the material  aspects of life, while unconsciously trapping ourselves within the frame work of the paradox.  We believe that we are self entitled to do whatever we want, whenever we want.  We feed our egos with a positive view of our entitlement, as if we were at the pinochle of what a human life is suppose to be. In truth, we are a long way from being at the peak of our potential.  Our altruistic mind set has not yet reached its full capacity.  We still long to leave our deepest foot print as a acknowledgment of "my magnanimous life;" yet the shekels are never released.  

Some were along our life line we must sit face to face to acknowledge what and were our truth lays.  Whether we are solid enough to advance our truth, and expand our capacity to engage it within multiple levels of access and with out compromise.  There is an old proverb which goes;  "Error runs down an inclined plane, while Truth has to laboriously clime its way up hill."  Truth can never be killed; hence the failure to sweep away entirely from the face of the earth every vestige of that ancient Wisdom, and to shackle and gag every witness who testified to it, is not possible. 

Existentially life is moving toward its ultimate nature, of its own accord, and you also put your energies into it by moving faster.  That is, you are turning consciously spiritual with your own momentum, collaborating with Nature's plan, and that is all that is necessary for you to do.  

                       

                              Thank you H.B.P.  One truth, many paths.  Be good, do good.

                                                               Louis DiVirgilio

Friday, June 18, 2021

Beyond all the divisions of mind.

I do believe that our world is now in a over anxious state, becoming over whelmed and thus, not being enabled, in anyway, to clarify the distortions.  However, I believe it unwise, spiritually and psychologically unwholesome to emphasize this, for it raises none to higher things, but depresses courage,  the courage to meet life and carry on in a higher nobler way.  This manner of thinking goes      beyond all the divisions of mind, for it is to see beauty in and behind things, see beauty in all human beings no matter their race; see likewise the ignorance and the ugliness in life, though do not let these latter depress you or discourage you.  There is no reason to lose our calm, or our inner peace, in order to become like those who are passion driven, and governed by prejudice.  Such an attitude will not help us or those who suffer.  We have it within ourselves to send into the world, thoughts of courage and hope and an optimistic looking into the future: that no matter what happens, our folly or infamy or infidelity to his or her's inner god, to his or her's spiritual essence, that there is always right and justice which will ultimately triumph over all.  The only thing that is sure, is to be that we are on the side of right and justice---- and let us not forget, that we cannot always judge by appearances.  

Those who do not like this optimistic outlook and conviction and who are trying to get down into the arena of hysteria and discouragement, mock at it; yet every sane human who keeps there mind cool and clear and can think for there selves realizes full well that the mightiest forces in this world are cosmic right and cosmic justice, and they in the long run will always prevail. There is no need, to be discouraged.  Avoid hysterias; on the other hand, avoid running at one and the same with the hares and chasing with the hounds, which is what we all do more or less.  Have your own convictions and some times hide them if it is not wise to shout them from the house tops; but keep your own heart upright, in love with love, hating hate, always standing up for justice and innate right. Only be sure that when you stand up you are not standing up for the propaganda atmosphere around you, but for something that you in your heart know to be true.

It would be a sorrowful thing if there were nothing to our world but what we see around us today, or have seen at particular intervals during the past; but every time and always the conscience and the sense of justice of mankind have proved supreme over all and risen above human feelings and follies, and marched onward and upwards toward balance and harmony.  Don't be down hearted or discouraged or think the world is going to the devil because you don't like what is going on.  You have the right to like or dislike it.  But be sure that you, as an individual, on your part do not add to the hatred in the world, and add to its discouragement and unhappiness.   


                            Thank you, G. D. P.  One truth many paths.  Be Good, do good.

                                                              Louis DiVirgilio

Thursday, May 13, 2021

The Force be With You.

Most people would recognize where that title originated from.   It originated, from the movie, "Star Wars."  In the Star Wars vernacular, the force is used as the equivalent usage of the words, "divine-destiny," and has a spiritual connotation of an enlighten, "spirit-soul."  The force can only be evoked, by those who have been initiated into a "Jet I,".   However, there are numerous path ways to spiritual initiation; as Patanjali, who wrote the "Yoga Sutras", explains thus, "One truth, many paths;" with the key ingredients being spiritual integrity and divine manifestation of a spiritual nature.  What this means is that all human beings are, spiritually evolving into their spiritual heritage.  "Know ye not that ye are gods and the spirit of the eternal liveth with you?"

Gautama the Buddha, speaking to his disciples, reinforces and conforms our heritage, "Never let discouragement enter into your soul, see you suffering in the world, see your unhappiness and pain and ignorance, misery and distress which wring the heart; the stones, the plants, the beasts, all the component atoms of these, each and every one, aye, and sun and moon and stars and planets----all in evolutionary future ages will become Buddha.  Each one will become Buddha." 

What a wonderful picture of our spiritual heritage the Buddha has set before us.  How it quiets the heart and stills the mind; for if one atom, one man, becomes a Buddha, everything will, in this universe be rooted in that One; in it we will live, move and have our being.  Some day, somewhere in the incalculable aeons of what we call the future, all now in the multitudes of suns, and stars, planets, comets, gods, men and women, animals, plants, stones, atoms, elements, worlds, everything, each as individual, is destined for Buddhahood.


Thank you G. de. Purucker---   "One truth, many paths." Be good, do Good"

                                                           Louis DiVirgilio

                                

Friday, April 16, 2021

We are our own saviors, and are our own destroyer's.

Our heritage is, we our selves.  Each of us is our own regenerator and savior, and each of us undo the work upon him or her self's which in the past we may have been building. Is it not clear enough that, what we  have is the result of our former lives, and resultant of our thoughts and feelings?  We therefore, make ourselves; we fashion our own characteristics.  This is a commonplace experience within our lives as  human beings.  But just think what it means to grasp it in its fullness.  We can make our lives in which ever way we decide, day to day, and year to year and from life to life; or we can make our lives very ugly; and no one is to blame but we ourselves.  Think how just this is.  We have nobody to blame if we have made ourselves unshapely and ugly and full of sorrow and pain; and their is none to be praised when our lives become shapely and beautiful in symmetry through our own efforts, save we ourselves.  We by thinking, may change his or her's character, which means changing our soul, which means changing our destiny, which means changing everything that we are or can become in the present and in the future.  Way blame the blameless gods for our own faults, for molding us in the patterns that we ourselves have shaped?  This is the surest way to go down instead of going up; for the recognition of truth and of justice and the cognizance of responsibility are the first steps to climbing the path higher.  Think of the mistakes we have made in the past, the wrongs that we have wrought on others and on ourselves.  Only half of that story is what we are responsible for ourselves. 

The other half of the story is what we have done upon others: how we helped to shape their lives in beauty, or to have misshaped their lives in ugliness.  This recognition of our responsibility not only to our selves, but to others, is the lost keynote of modern civilization which seems to be infatuated with the idea that things will run themselves, and that all we have to do is to get what we can from the surrounding atmosphere. This is a hellish doctrine, and whose only outcome can be misery.  Let us realize, that what we sow so shall we reap, and what we reap is the product of what we have sown.  The great consequence of such a realization is that the face of the world's thinking, will have changed.

Each of us will become enormously observant, not only of our acts, which will establish proofs of our thoughts and feelings, but firstly upon ourselves and more importantly, the impact upon others. I believe, it is the lack of this feeling of individual responsibly and also mass responsibility in the world today which is the cause of the many horrors which are growing worse instead of better.  It fosters the belief that violence can right a wrong.  It never can. Violence never has perished by adding violence to it.  No problem ever has been solved after that manner.  It is against the laws of being, against the laws of things as they are.

So what is our human heritage?  Our heritage is we our selves, walking a tight rope of spiritual courage, and self-determination.

                                                   Thank you G. de Purucker.


                                             One truth, many paths.  Be good, do good      

                                                                  Louis DiVirgilio            









        


Sunday, March 28, 2021

We try to seek the source of our longing, but we fail because we give it expression within the outside world.

Due to the  unreliability of our senses, we are deceived into believing that our outward expressions will  somehow bring us fulfillment.  When these expressions are misrepresented as the cause, a great entanglement appears, not freedom.  The aim of every individual's life energies, weather you realize it or not, is to touch infinity; even though you may be satisfied with where you are, at.  However, your life energies are longing to brake the boundaries set up by your physical and mental structures.  The out come of such decisions is that you start believing that you are a separate and autonomous entity.  

Nothing in the Universe is separate.  It's our psychological and physical content that exposes the myth of separateness.  We are not, by a long shot, the masters of the Universe.  Remember, the effects of karma are still in play, which binds one to the body and determines many aspects about a person.  In truth we, are in a primary and original sense, a chip off the old cosmic block, or as Carl Sagan was found of saying, we are made of  "star stuff."  Our whole being, atom for atom, is intimately tangent and networked throughout the breath of the cosmos.  We are the same "stuff" molded from a cosmic matrix into one of many possible forms.  In other words, we are the embodiment of the cosmos, and the same quality and same conditions as those required to uphold the cosmos are essential to each of us.  Giordano Bruno, a fifteenth century natural philosopher, explains our cosmic connection and relationship in the following manner:  "All things are in the Universe, and the Universe is in all things; we in it and it in us; and therefore, all things concur in perfect harmony."  He continued, "All the differences that we see in bodies is in regard to their form, complexion, constitution, and other properties and relationships, which is nothing more than a different mode of the same substance, the unchangeable and eternal essence in which are all forms, constitutions and members, un-manifest and homogenous."  So, in the whole universe there is a certain relativity of its parts, irrespective of the exact measurements of anyone of its forms.  

We are as musical tones resonating in certain proportional vibrations to one another.  If we keep within the proper proportion we create benefit for all others and for ourselves.  If we violate this harmony in any manner, we bring injury to all others and to ours selves. 

                                  One truth, many paths.  Be good, do good.

                                                        Louis DiVirgilio
                 

Thursday, March 4, 2021

One general law and one common system of manifest rule throughout the universe.

We humans are the universal composites of all our cosmic elements, and therefore, in truth we are a microcosm, or little world in and of our self, and as such our very thoughts touch the outer limits of the most distant stars, and also with the tiniest of vibrations, touches those distant stars.  All things in universal nature are repetitive in structure and in action .  The small mirrors the great, and the great reproduces itself in the small, for in truth the twain is one.  "Know ye not that we are gods, and that the spirit of the eternal liveth within you."  

You may believe that what we observe about where we are in our present developed behaviors, does not even come close to being god like.  What is more, our witness to our behaviors acknowledge that we chose to  live at the level of the animals, even though we have evolved further then the animals.  We however, cannot be excused because we have evolutionarily surpassed the animal's level of instinct, and as such, have a solid foothold into becoming the highest technological species existing, now on this earth.  There is a caveat, this evolutionary component, although locked in, needs more tweaking, before it can operate at its full capacity; which means more time is needed, and in the mean time there is a steady evolutionary march forward.  Without taking into account the affect evolution plays within our solar system, one great part of our understanding of its mysteries will not readily become available to us: the Universe's time movements are in sink with evolution. 

I know that the above explanation of the working of evolution within Universal Nature seems difficult, but help is on the way.  We shall seek that help by invoking the understandings of the Ancient Wisdom Tradition.  There is an ancient worldview from India that relates a time, millions of years ago, where the gods walked the earth among nascent mankind.  The gods instructed mankind in principles of life, science, and the arts.  Then, when it was time for the gods to leave, they took the highest developed members of mankind and trained them to be in charge of Mystery Schools. The Schools were meant to be crucibles of the cosmic truths taught by the gods to fledgling mankind, and though a strict initiation process were meant to establish a trough of truth to feed evolving mankind. Some of the truths have been, over the millennia, let out through master teachers, especially in periods of darkness, to act as beacons of light for struggling mankind.  Some of the truths remain within the Mystery Schools , and even today, are to be let out as necessary, to aid humans to unfold their spiritual evolution.  When studied comparatively and comprehensively, the truths or the various teachings that have been let out compose the basis for understanding the origin, nature, purpose, and destiny of our lives. 

The Ancient Wisdom Tradition breaks down the universal movements of evolution into a series of  Seven Rounds; for clarity it helps to think of a circle where the apex of the circle is at Round One, moving downward, clockwise. In each round there is a series of evolutionary movements of durations, lasting from millions to billions of years.  Within the evolutionary movement there is a certain quality of manifestations directed by, what are called spiritual monads; there are many monads, each monad moves with its variant acts of  its own destiny in accordance with its own inmost character, but nevertheless must obey the architectural plan of the divine ideation.  In Round Two, the evolutionary movements of durations are followed, and its own destiny with its own inmost character is manifested, but since the movement is downward, the material quality of the motion has a greater affect towards its material aspect.  In Round Three, its trajectory is still downwards, but the quality if its downward movement is beginning to collapse, and its  spiritual side or light side is beginning to expand.  When Round Four opens up, the spiritual and its evolutionary ascension begins to overlap the material side, with its trajectory now moving upward.  Round Five, with its foothold still into the material side, the upward evolutionary movement is beginning to over take the material side.  Now there is a greater evolutionary movement spiritually.  In Round Six, the evolutionary movements have flipped over the material side, and now has fully expressed the spiritual side.  In the Seventh Round, the spiritual side has completely taken over the material side, fulfilling its finial evolutionary act.  Now, within the accordance of Universal Nature, it falls into what is called a, Pralaya; a state of rest, between two life-cycles. After the Pralaya, begins a new Seven Round movement, only this time on a higher spiritual level.


      Some thoughts from G. de Purucker, a Theosophist.  "The great lost cord of modern civilization is forgetfulness of the fact in nature of universal brotherhood, which means not merely a sentimental or political brotherhood; it means that we are all of one common cosmic or spiritual origin, and that what affects one affects all, and therefore that the interests of the unit are insignificant as compared with the interests of of the multitudes."


                                               One truth, many paths.  Be good, do good. 

                                                                      Louis DiVirgilio                                     

         


     


 

 

                     

         

Saturday, January 30, 2021

"The world is too much with us. Getting and spending we lay waste all our powers, little we see in nature that is ours." "William Wordsworth"

Most of our living is at the level of our solar plexus.  This level of living coincides with our senses: seeing, smelling, hearing, feeling, and tasting.  The trouble with our senses is that they are not reliable. For example, it is dusk and you are walking, your eyes see something coiled, your senses say it is a snake.  However, the truth is, it is a coiled hose.  Its not that all our senses deceive us, they do however, lack the consciousness to discern fully, and at the same time you might say there is a quality of ignorance about them.  Our senses do however, provide us with the capacity to maneuver effectively about our lower levels of  our lives, that is "the getting and spending" part, but at the same time, negatively disassociates us with Nature. 

The Buddhist keep the relationship between the, lower material aspects of our lives, and the spiritual part,  by simply dividing the outcome of living a material based life, against the higher spiritual. The basic difference is that a strict material, "getting and spending" lived life, brings suffering, while the spiritual lived life brings happiness.  Most people, if asked which they would prefer, would chose happiness.  However, our "getting and spending" way of life has been praised, culturally excepted, and built into the perceived best practice of life to emulate. It has been praised so positively, that it has become a compulsion, to the point that we cannot control it, it controls us.   Compulsion is cyclical, and loops us, so that the more we use it the stronger it becomes, and the more difficult it becomes to brake free. 

The spiritual aspect of our lives is always with us, but becomes veiled and restricted by the "getting and spending" of the material side of us, causing us to live on the lower levels of life, while grooming us for even greater down word slides.  The result is a blocking of our hearts, and the unensouling of our self.  This disconnect, is our own making, and the finger of responsibility points directly at us. 

What we forgot to install in our life is that we have an innate capacity for self-determination.  Viktor E. Frankl, an immanent psychiatrist, and survivor of Nazi death camps at Auschwitz and Dachau, says, "...Man is not fully conditioned and determined, but rather determines himself whether he gives into conditions or stands up to them.  In other words, man is ultimately self-determined.  Man does not simply exist but always decides what his existence will be, what he will become in the next moment." 

Let  us extend self-determination to include the determinate effect of the immediate Universe.  This link to the Universe my seem surreal to the solar plexuses level we are accustom to be living at, but you may be surprised to find, we are in fact: born of the moon, children of the sun, off spring of the stars, and inheritors of the cosmic spaces...we and the universe are in essence not twain but one. Truly, we all are wondrously fashioned by the elements of the Universe: earth, water, wind, fire, akash or some say ether. 

Our inherit connection to the Universe is not haphazard, we are it's inheritors, it's children, in all aspects of our commingled lives.  We are looked after with the greatest of love and compassion, just as our earth parents looks after us.  Because we live at a lower, evolutionary level then the harbingers of the celestial realms, our habits of life are not as virtuous and solidified as are the celestial beings.  However, with self-determination and relentless application in following the right thing to do, we will rise higher, and higher, to take our place with the celestial divinities in their cosmic labor.  


                                              One truth, many paths.   Be good, do good.  


                                                                   Louis DiVirgilio