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The Soul: Epilogue

This concludes our compendium series on the nature of the soul. It covered sundry religious and philosophical motifs ranging from ancient Greek to present-day quantum soul realizations. The one salient theme or thread woven throughout is the principium of the life-force that animates. In Homer, it is the psyche (ψυχή) and shadowy-substance. Plato first presents the immortality of the soul as emanating from the Supernal Realms of Transcendent Forms. Aristotle considered the soul as a mechanism that animates all aspects of lifeforms, thus considered as the Actualized Principle of Animation. For St. Paul the soul is considered in three-fold fashion: a) Soul as vitality, life principle. b) Soul as Spiritual Body and c) Soul as Universal Principle. Gnostic notions continued to expand on St. Paul’s themes, with the added distinction between psychic and pneumatic aspects. Plotinus emphatically taught the idea of the One and Absolute; hence, for Plotinus, the vehicle of the soul is all about a journey home to the One and Unborn. In St. Augustine the soul was subservient to the spirit (spiritus) and he devised a seven fold tier system of the soul. The Byzantine-Orthodox tradition and St. Maximus states that the soul (like the ancient Greeks in our study) is the “Life-Force” that animates the body and its functions. As function it is mostly identified with Spirit and is non-corporal in nature. It is immortal in stature and cannot be soiled by any exterior phenomenal obtuse perceptions. It is a self-moving principle and thus exits the body upon death. Our portion on Christian Mystics and the soul focused on the ascetical theologies of Dionysius the Areopagite, as well as the Carmelite saints John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila. Perhaps the most fascinating segment of the series presented the North American Indian Soulology, with its vast network of various soul-extensions. The great spiritual system of Advaita Vedanta measured the soul as synonymous with the Self, or Divine Ātman. The Chinese-Taoist segment considered soul as a spiritual-force, one that is balanced between Yin and Yang energies. Buddhist notions focused on the problem of the theory of Anatman and the realization that it’s a matter of falsely equating the five-skandhas with True Soul or Self. The Quantum Factor brought our series to its mystic climax that asserts its Cosmic-nature: “I don’t see the soul and consciousness as an epiphenomenon, or product, of matter. It’s just the other way around: I see matter as an epiphenomenon of soul and consciousness. The material world has evolved from the absolute vacuum of space—the home of the soul.” (Dr. Fred Alan Wolf) Our series then concluded with the Lankavatarian notions of the no-soul, or personal soul vs. the ultimate realization of the notion of “soulness” that is synonymous with Self and Mind. read more

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Recognize the difference between Spirit and Soul.

The soul is Spirit´s “cognitive” power and knower of all things.

Where it needs to perceive and know as a demon, it perceives and knows as a demon. Where it needs to perceive and know as a man, it perceives and knows as a man. Where it perceives and knows as a god, it perceives and knows as a god. read more

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The Light in the Darkness

The authentic Spiritual Life can best be portrayed as a journey from the darkness encased in phenomena to Light, and then from that light to darkness. It’s a major alteration from a light which is darkness to a Luminous Light which is hidden in darkness. The mind needs to shut itself off and turn to that Luminous Wonder that is a host to invisible realities that the Mystic Mind alone can discharge. read more

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Journey to the Center of the Mind

In October of 2015 work was commenced on a series that described in meticulous detail the process of Right Contemplation as enunciated in the writings of John of the Cross, by and large a spiritual journey through an active purification of the senses and resolving in a passive transfiguration of the spirit, or more specifically  infused contemplation that also had a direct bearing on Union with the Unborn Mind. This present work is a sister-series if you will, one that compliments John of the Cross and his Dark Night of the Soul, and that is Teresa of Avila’s renowned work, The Interior Castle. Teresa’s approach also bespeaks of an infusion of the spirit with the divine, but her primary focus is on that Recollection of the spirit’s hidden majesty in the Unborn: Active Recollection and Passive Recollection. Before we proceed further, it needs to be avowed that her own spiritual development rests on the shoulders of a spiritual predecessor, the 16th century Franciscan Mystic: Francisco de Osuna (1497-1541 read more

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The Enlightenment Game


Aspects of Enlightenment


(1) Original Enlightenment: The essence of the Mind is free from thoughts. The characteristic of that which is free from thoughts is analogous to that of the sphere of empty space that pervades everywhere. The one [without any second, i.e., the absolute] aspect of the World of Reality (dharma-dhātu) is none other than the undifferentiated Dharmakāya, the “Essence-body” of the Tath1gata. [Since the essence of Mind is] grounded on the Dharmakāya, it is to be called the original enlightenment. Why? Because “original enlightenment” indicates [the essence of Mind (a priori )] in contradistinction to [the essence of Mind in] the process of actualization of enlightenment; the process of actualization of enlightenment is none other than [the process of integrating] the identity with the original enlightenment.  read more

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Awakening of Faith: Preliminaries



I take refuge in [the Buddha,] the greatly Compassionate One, the Savior of the world, omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, of most excellent deeds in all the ten directions;
And in [the Dharma,] the manifestation of his Essence, the Reality, the sea of Suchness, the boundless storehouse of excellencies;
[And in the Sangha, whose members] truly devote themselves to the practice,
May all sentient beings be made to discard their doubts, to cast aside
their evil attachments, and to give rise to the correct faith in the Mahāyāna, that the lineage of the Buddhas may not be broken off. read more

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