Noble Self-realization

Janaka: O’ Noble One, help me to discern how Gnosis is to be Self-realized, Liberation won, and necessary Dispassion obtained. Gnosis: The Realization of the Ultimate Principle: Parabrahman—the Supreme and undivided Self. Liberation: Releasement from all avidya (ignorance), the quelling of misery and despair. Dispassion: Total disregard for all sensate phenomena, both physical and mental—even of spiritual states beyond. Ashtavakra: To win Absolute Freedom and contentment Read more [...]
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The Ashtavakra Gita in Light of the Unborn

The Ashtavakra Gita, (likely composed after the Bhagavad Gita but before the start of the common era) or The Ashtavakra Samhita as it’s sometimes called, is a short treatise on Advaita Vedanta, ascribed to the great sage Ashtavakra. A text most Monistic in temperament. It is written in dialogue form between King Janaka, the father of Sita, and his guru, Ashtavakra. Some scholars assert that this dialogue format is just a literary device; be that as it may, most works of this genre utilize such Read more [...]
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Wheel of Fortune-Wheel of Existence

Our next Arcanum bespeaks the Karmic-Fortunes that lie in store for the un-awakened mind, i.e. playing the game, rolling the dice without regard for the consequences. This Wheel of Fortune can either be an open system, or a closed system: It sets forth, in the First place, the idea of the open circle and the closed circle. The open circle —or the spiral —is the world before the Fall of the six days of creation crowned by the seventh day, the cosmic sabbath, which corresponds to what one Read more [...]
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The Hermit-Milarepa

The Hermit is the most outstanding Arcanum of the Tarot—yea, it bespeaks the very nature of the hermetic-spirit. It is the ideal of spiritual-awakening and the advice is quite simple—look inward. The image of a tortoise that withdraws into its shell is brought to mind here, for just so must the eremitical hermit withdraw from outside influences and take refuge in the stillpoint within. By turning inward and reassessing the situation from the Noble-Contemplative vantage-point, one realigns Read more [...]
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Justice-Avalokiteshvara

Just as the previous Arcanum revealed how inner-equilibrium is attained (through Vajradhara’s Vajra and Ghanta), the presentation of the Arcanum Justice reveals how this equilibrium, once reached, is maintained. Justice also determines how all of us are judgement makers: Because to pronounce judgement with respect to anything whatsoever amounts to an action having as its aim the finding of justice. It is not only the judges at tribunals who judge; everyone judges in the degree to which he Read more [...]
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The Chariot-Vajradhara

The Arcanum of the Chariot is best marked by Determination which leads to success and triumph. Vajradhara captures the very essence behind this realization. The best way to define his significance is the following: By the 7th century A.D., the Buddhist pantheon of Mahayana had beome extensive, though the Buddhist monks knew that the hosts of gods and goddesses were really śūnya in essence. It was, therefore, found essential to evolve a primordial god. The monks of Nalanda got busy and developed Read more [...]
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The Hierophant-Bodhidharma

Historically the Hierophant stands for wisdom and the ongoing strength and teaching of a living spiritual tradition. In our study it relates to mystical-spiritual respiration: There are two kinds of respiration: horizontal respiration which takes place between "outside" and "inside", and vertical respiration which takes place between "above" and "below". The "sting of death" or the essential crisis of the supreme agony is the abrupt passage from horizontal to vertical respiration. Yet he who Read more [...]
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The High Priestess-Mother Prajnaparamita

The Arcanum of the High Priestess discloses how Pure Wisdom builds her house which is referenced as "book" (MOTT). For our purposes this is revealed through the texts of the Prajnaparamita Sutras wherein Mother Prajnaparamita is revealed in all her sacred glory. Firstly, she is a mother born out of her own Womb of Wisdom. Her perfect Voidness signifies the bottomlessness of all phenomena. Perfect Wisdom in the words of Sakyamuni himself means: "This unformulatability and unapproachability is Read more [...]
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The Magician-Padmasambhava

As a backdrop to the phenomenon of Padmasambhava as Magician we first need to consider the magical landscape on which it was spawned. The Tibetan universe is infused with spirits—spirits that live in the rocks, the trees, and the mountains, spirits that live in one’s body, spirits that wander the landscape, spirits that live under ground and in the sky, spirits that cause illness or natural disasters. The spirit world of Tibet is an unruly domain. Spirits demand recognition and respect, Read more [...]
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Buddhist Meditations on the Tarot

The groundbreaking work, Meditations on the Tarot (21 May 1967) was written anonymously by a Christian-Hermeticist Monk and covered extensively everything mystical and philosophical under the sun in the context of Major Arcana cards of the ancient Tarot of Marseilles. It had nothing to do with fortune telling or Divination, but rather focusing on meditation and intuitive insight bearing the mark of a rich Arcanum. As written in a previous series: “An arcanum is that which it is necessary to Read more [...]
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