"When pride arises out of knowledge, that is always a sign that something in one's knowledge is indeed terribly wrong. For when knowledge is truly present, it makes one humble in a completely natural way." [Rudolf Steiner]
"Theosophy, in its abstract meaning, is Divine Wisdom, or the aggregate of the knowledge and wisdom that underlie the Universe - the homogeneity of eternal GOOD; and in its concrete sense it is the sum total of the same as allotted to man by nature, on this earth, and no more." [The Key to Theosophy, by H. P. Blavatsky, 1889]
"Theosophy is synonymous with the Jnana-Vidya (knowledge of the Great Knowledge), and the Brahma-Vidya of the Hindus (sacred knowledge, knowledge of the Divinity pervading the universe), with the Dzyan of the trans-Himalayan adepts, the science of the true Raja Yogis (Raja Yoga is the kingly union, the highest form of self-development leading to union with one's Egoic Self). It is the parent stem - the Archaic Wisdom; the Light of Truth; the inner teachings of the Mahayana school of Northern Buddhism. It is something more than simple metaphysics. It is meta-metaphysics, metageometry, etc. or a universal transcendentalism; etc., etc." [Helena Petrovna Blavatsky]
"All knowledge - then, now, or in the future, is latent within self - would man but begin to understand. The stamp, the image of the Creator is a part of the heritage of each soul." [Cayce (2533-4)]
"And what is knowledge? To know the Lord, to do good, to cast out fear; for partaking of knowledge symbolizes the bringing of fear - unless there has been that desire purposed in "Thy will, not mine, be done in and through me." [Cayce (1246)]
"For the beginning of knowledge is to know self and self's relationship to God! Then the relationship to the fellow man; then material knowledge to any entity, any soul, may become valuable, worth while, aggressive, advancing - success!" [Cayce (1249-1)]
"Change is the activity of knowledge from within. Learn to live! [Cayce 900-465]
"How (some would ask) did the body, Edgar Cayce, or soul, attune self at that particular period and yet not remember in the physical consciousness that conversation had with those that approached to communicate or to tell those things that were to them, are to them, very vital in their experiences in the present plane?
"This, as has been given, is because the soul passes from the body into those realms from which is sought that desired to be known by the seeker. Here there was sought (this is on the 9th of July, see?) concerning the physical condition of a body that which in the material world would aid in correcting the mental and physical conditions. This realm from which such information is obtainable, as we have given, is either from those that have passed into the realm of subconscious activity or from the subconscious and superconscious activity through which information is being sought by that superconscious activity in the realm of physical forces in action.
"Hence why this particular body, Edgar Cayce, was able to attune self to the varied realms of activity by laying aside the physical consciousness. Then, if the body from its material and mental development were to be wholly conscious of that through which it passes in its SOUL'S activity in such realms, the strain would be so great upon that which holds the mental and its applications of same in order for material activity as to become demented in its relationship.
"And he is thought crazy enough anyway!" [Cayce (5756-14)]
"He who has not even a knowledge of common things is a brute among men. He who has an accurate knowledge of human concerns alone, is a man among brutes. But he who knows all that can be known by intellectual energy is a God among men." [Plotinus]
"DISCIPLINE" is a beautiful word, but it has been misused as all other beautiful words have been misused in the past. THE WORD "DISCIPLINE" COMES FROM THE SAME ROOT AS THE WORD "DISCIPLE"; the root meaning of the word is "a process of learning." ONE WHO IS READY TO LEARN IS A DISCIPLE, and THE PROCESS OF BEING READY TO LEARN IS DISCIPLINE.
THE KNOWLEDGEABLE PERSON IS NEVER READY TO LEARN, because HE ALREADY THINKS HE KNOWS; he is very centered in his so-called knowledge. His knowledge is nothing but a nourishment for his EGO. He cannot be a disciple, he cannot be in true discipline.
Socrates says: "I KNOW ONLY ONE THING, THAT I KNOW NOTHING." That is THE BEGINNING OF DISCIPLINE. When you don't know anything - of course, a great longing to inquire, explore, investigate arises. And the moment you start learning, another factor follows inevitably: WHATSOEVER YOU HAVE LEARNED HAS TO BE DROPPED CONTINUOUSLY, otherwise it will become knowledge and KNOWLEDGE WILL PREVENT FURTHER LEARNING.
THE REAL MAN OF DISCIPLINE NEVER ACCUMULATES. Each moment he dies to whatsoever he has come to know and again becomes ignorant. That ignorance is really luminous. I agree with Dionysus when he calls ignorance LUMINOUS. It is one of the most beautiful experiences in existence to be in a state of luminous NOT-KNOWING. When you are in that state of not-knowing you are open, there is no barrier, you are ready to explore. THE HINDUS CANNOT DO IT - they are already knowledgeable. The MOHAMMEDANS cannot do it, the CHRISTIANS cannot do it. MY SANNYASINS CAN DO IT, for the simple reason that I AM NOT IMPARTING KNOWLEDGE. On the contrary, I AM DESTROYING YOUR KNOWLEDGE.
Hence it happens every day. Every day I receive many letters, many questions. One friend has come from the West. He says, for three, four years he has been reading my books and he was so much excited, he was in such great love with me, that he wanted to come somehow as quickly as possible. And now he has been able to manage to come, but here he feels frustrated. He was four years in deep love with me, and now he says, "I cannot say the same, because you are so shocking to me. YOU IRRITATE ME, YOU ANNOY ME; YOU GO ON HAMMERING ON MY CHERISHED IDEAS."
It is easy to read a book because the book is in your hands. I am not in your hands! You can interpret the book according to your ideas, you cannot interpret me according to your ideas - I will make so much trouble for you! He was not in love with me, HE WAS IN LOVE WITH HIS OWN IDEAS, and because he was finding support from my books HE LIVED IN AN ILLUSION.
But with me illusions are bound to be shattered. I AM HERE TO SHATTER ALL ILLUSIONS. Yes, it will IRRITATE you, it will ANNOY you - that's MY VERY WAY OF FUNCTIONING AND WORKING. I will sabotage you from your very roots! Unless you are totally destroyed as a mind, there is no hope for you.
The Goose is Out
Ch #9: Rejoice to abandon!
am in Buddha Hall
(part 3 of 4)
"True knowledge consists in a direct recognition of the truth and is taught by Nature herself. No man, no matter how great, educated and intelligent, can discover this science without divine intervention and revelation, as this knowledge depends entirely upon the grace of God and his divine dispensation." - [Paracelsus]
"We shall no longer hang on to the tails of public opinion or to a non-existent authority on matters utterly unknown and strange. We shall gradually become experts ourselves in the mastery of the knowledge of the Future." [Wilhelm Reich]
Manly Palmer Hall
“We have to be able to recognize that the attainment of knowledge is the highest labor of mankind. And that the attainment of knowledge is the basis of all philanthropy, the basis of all unselfishness, the basis of all cooperation, and the strengthening of all the constructive emotions of the human being. Therefore to do this, it must be a discipline. And all ancient people set aside certain disciplines for those who wanted to know the truth more than anything else. These they called mystery schools. The greatest of all wisdom is the love of truth, the love of reality. We’ve had years and years of corrupted wisdom. We’ve had years of years of pseudo knowledge and we’re now very much in need of the real thing.” [Manly Palmer Hall, What the Ancient Wisdom Expects of Its Disciples]
Christ Returns - Speaks His Truth
"(However, at the moment of creation, two BASIC IMPULSES came into being, ensuring individuality, and it was these which controlled mankind's consciousness.
These IMPULSES were explained to me in detail but this knowledge is reserved for a future Letter when you will be better able to understand it) ................................ ." [Christ Returns - Speaks His Truth, Letter 1, page 17]
"When the FATHER CONSCIOUSNESS within me began to dim, and I gradually returned to human consciousness I became aware of gnawing hunger and also a return of my human conditioning and thought.
My reactions to my six weeks' experiences began to change. My usual human awareness of 'me' and my desires, took over my thoughts.
'Why, the most amazing and completely unexpected thing has happened to me!' I exulted. 'I have been given knowledge beyond any yet given to any other man.'" [Christ Returns - Speaks His Truth, Letter 1, page 19]
"But now, as I relate, in small measure, the story of my sojourn on earth in Palestine, it is with the intention that you, my reader, will begin to perceive and understand the knowledge I was given during my enlightenment.
My intention is to give you knowledge. Hearsay is when you are told something but you cannot really prove it is true. Knowledge is when you are told something - or read something - and because what you have now heard or read complies logically and realistically with all related items of knowledge already in your mind, and you can understand and believe it in a realistic, logical way, the new information becomes knowledge. You KNOW that what you now 'know' is TRUE. You have a sense of 'conviction'.
Up to this time, some of you have had faith in 'Jesus Christ' but you have been like precocious children. Your faith has been partially blind and accepting, yet interwoven with much doubt.
Therefore, whatever you needed to be done for you, you depended on 'Jesus' for the work to be accomplished. Whereas, in fact, much of what you believe you have derived directly from 'Jesus' has been your own 'faith in Jesus' made visible in the form of things asked for.
Whilst this child-like 'faith' is very important to your well-being, those of you who are capable of moving onward on the spiritual path to perfection, must now reach a deeper level of true knowledge of the relation between mind and 'matter'. Without this foundation, people will continue to flounder in religious myths and will be locked into the misery of the human condition.
When I was on earth, I spoke Truth to the people, but it was continually misinterpreted. What I really said regarding faith, was this:
'You see this great big tree. It has grown out of the tiniest seed imaginable. See the vast trunk and branches and foliage. All that enormous growth has come out of a small seed.
'How did such a thing come about? From whence came all the wood in the tree and the foliage which adorns it! Is not this as much a miracle as are the miracles I perform for you, day after day? Is not the growth of this tree as much the work of the 'Father' as the healing which takes place in sick people? 'I ask you - what is a seed? Can you tell me? No - you cannot. But I will tell you.
'It is a tiny entity of 'consciousness knowledge'. It is the 'consciousness knowledge' of what it will become. It is a fragment of 'consciousness' drawn from 'Divine Creative Consciousness'.
'It is a fragment of mind power drawn from 'Father Mind Power' ... which, when planted in the earth and watered by rain, will begin to clothe itself with the visible 'matter' of which it possesses knowledge, deep within itself. This knowledge is true, it is firm, it is strong and undeviating. This self-knowledge embodied in the seed, is a conviction in 'consciousness'.
'All of life forms arise out of this one-pointed self-knowledge - a 'conviction in consciousness'.
This 'conviction in consciousness' is what separates the inanimate soil and rocks from all that lives and grows upon the face of the earth. Where there is no 'conviction of consciousness' or 'knowledge of identity' there is no growth. The consciousness within soil and rocks remains 'consciousness' in a dormant form. [Christ Returns - Speaks His Truth, Letter 3, page 64-65]