What is the Science of Salvation?

A collection of quotes and sayings about Truth from the great traditions of the world.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Our Daily Bread

"I die daily."

St. Paul
I Corinthians 15:31

Sunday, January 28, 2007

The Divine Spark

"The way of wisdom is to count only on oneself; to rely neither on family, nor friends nor possessions, but on that tiny divine spark which lives in each one of us, and which we must nourish and tend so as to achieve, one day, true stability and true happiness."

Ivanoff

Saturday, January 27, 2007

I Am a Child

"I am a child of Earth and starry Heaven,

But my Race is of Heaven."

Orphic Burial Tablets

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Dreaming

"A person must control his thoughts in a dream. The training of this alertness will produce awareness of the intermediate dimension. It will produce great benefits for the individual.

Everyone should apply himself to the attainment of this ability of such great value."

Ibn El-Arabi (from Idries Shah, The Sufis)

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Asleep and Dreaming

The secret is to be awake.
To be awake is everything.
Keep awake whatever you are doing!
Do not imagine that you are already awake.
No; you are asleep and dreaming.

Gustav Meyrinck
The Green Face

Monday, January 22, 2007

The Rabbi's Tarot

Part III

Alchemy had for its primary project an emotional and a physical transformation, and the alchemist himself had his own body for the only laboratory he worked in. The process, of course, had been known long before the Middle Ages. It had been taught from time immemorial by the Secret Teachings, and there are many disguised allegories about it in the Old and New Testaments.

The beginning of the process is physical digestion. But you have to get ready for that. It is physical digestion that brings about physical transformation.

Physical changes which finally result in the transmutation of the alchemist begin with the chemistry of food.

From The Rabbi's Tarot by Daphna Moore

Sunday, January 21, 2007

The Rabbi's Tarot

Part II

...The saints and the mystics who have this experience of occasional union can never sustain it. It came and went in a manner inexplicable to them, and the fact that it went caused them many a heart-burning. It would plunge them into grief, sometimes into despair and into softening of the mind. They could never recover from the fact that their Deity had deserted them. They feared that they had forfeited their right to ascend to that height again.

What really happened was that, for one reason or another, they had raised their vibrations to this point where they could contact the Father, but they could not keep it there, for they did not know how it was done. It was only the result of fortuitous circumstances. They attained it by acutely maltreating the body. The object of the occultist is the same as the mystic.

He finds out how he can remove the gross matter from his body; that allows him to raise the vibration of his body. This Union with the Father is made easier by an effort of the will, or is kind of an effort of the will. Thus the occultist finds out that he can keep it raised as long as he desires it. So with the occultist the result is a psycho-physiological process, a process partly of the self-conscious mind. In the Middle Ages this process of reconstructing the body was called "alchemy."

From The Rabbi's Tarot by Daphna Moore

Saturday, January 20, 2007

The Rabbi's Tarot

Part I

...It is the melting of the personality into something which takes possession of it. In it, "all sense of self-consciousness is lost and the personality is fused with the universal consciousness." "So great is this experience," said Carpenter, "that if it happens only once to a man, it changes him for the rest of his life."

Even with the saints this experience was unusual, and they spent their lives in seeking to repeat it by fasting, praying, and depriving their bodies. Even Jesus had not by any means a continuous state of this feeling of "union." He constantly had to go up to the Mount to pray in order to renew it. In the Psalms, David is always complaining that his God has retired from him.

To become One with the Father in permanent union cannot be achieved by aspiration or devotion alone...

From the Rabbi's Tarot by Daphna Moore

Friday, January 19, 2007

The Whole World is Asleep

"Almost the whole world is asleep--only a few people are awake and they live in a state of constant, total amazement."

Joe (Joe Versus the Volcano)

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Light

Light...travels freely in the vacuum of space; it travels less freely through air, even less freely through water where it is refracted and partially reflected, and it travels even less easily through solids.

But the inverse holds true for sound; it cannot travel at all through a vacuum; it travels fairly well through air, better through water, and it moves best through solids. So, as far as the transmitting medium is concerned, light does the inverse of sound.

Light descends from the subtle regions toward the increasingly denser regions until it reaches solid matter. As it travels, it advances with more and more difficulty. On the other hand, sound originates in the world of matter and diminishes in intensity as it ascends until it completely disappears in the vacuum.

Before sound (the word) which is powerful in the world of matter, there was light, which is powerful in the world of spirit.

Aivanhov, Complete Works-The Second Birth,Volume 1, pp. 153-154.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Sound II

Ahat nada - created sound

Anahat nada - uncreated sound

Nada Yoga

Technique of Nada-Yoga -- consists in focusing consciousness on a succession of sounds as they emerge from and retreat into silence.

The four stages in this process correspond to the four stages of tonal manifestation:
vaikhari, madhyama, pashyanti, and para.

Vaikhari is the level of audible sound produced by striking together of two surfaces or by the plucking of a string. (Created Sound)

Madhyama (Sanskrit for medium) is the transition between heard sound and its inner vibration.

Pashyanti is the sound only heard by the spiritually awakened aspirant.

By the time the Para stage is reached (Para from the Sanskrit word for 'transcendental' or 'beyond') the sound has passed far beyond the audible. Para lies deeper than silence, it is an inner decidbel that is experienced as the unrealized root-sound, or sound potential. It is sound with practically no vibration, which has an infinite wavelength. The Yoga scriptures describe Para as without frequency, movement or vibration.

Para is the final stage attained in the deepest contemplation. The Upanishads describe the sound "OM" as the purest manifestation of Para. This refers to OM not chanted, but to OM at its most subtle: the point at which form again touches formlessness.

As the nature of OM becomes Jyotih (innermost light), it becomes the center at which the world of color and sound are ruled by the same law.

At the climax of meditation, light and sound have become identical.

The five elements, the five Karmendriyas (motor or physical senses), the five Jnanendriyas (organs of understanding), the four-fold mind and the three gunas all originate continuously from this single, infinite sound.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Sound I

Sphotavada (sound-metaphysics)

Also: Shabda Brahman or Nada Brahman: The whole as vibration - sound

Nada - from Sanskrit root: nad, flowing.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Don't Go Back to Sleep!

The breezes at dawn have secrets to tell you.

Don't go back to sleep!

You must ask for what you really want.

Don't go back to sleep!

People are going back and forth across the doorsill where the two worlds touch;

The door is round and open.

Don't go back to sleep!

Rumi

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Brahma

"I am That. Thou art That. All this is That."

Friday, January 12, 2007

Messenger of the Thrice-Great

"'Tis true, without falsehood, and most real: that which is above is like that which is below, to perpetrate the miracles of One thing. And as all things have been derived from one, by the thought of one, so all things are born from this thing, by adaptation.

"The Sun is its Father, the Moon is its Mother. Wind has carried it in its belly, the Earth is its nurse. Here is the father of every perfection in the world. His strength and power are absolute when changed into earth; thou wilt separate the earth from fire, the subtle from the gross, gently and with care.

"It ascends from earth to heaven, and descends again to earth to receive the power of the superior and inferior things. By this means, thou wilt have the glory of the world. And because of this, all obscurity will flee from thee. Within this is the power, most powerful of all powers. For it will overcome all subtle things, and penetrate every solid thing.

"Thus the world was created. From this will be, and will emerge, admirable adaptations of which the means are here. And for this reason, I am Hermes Trismegistus [From the Greek, "Messenger of the Thrice-Great"], having the three parts of the philosophy of the world. What I have said of the Sun's (Son's) operation is completed."

Thursday, January 11, 2007

The Law

"All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient..."

St. Paul
I Corinthians 6:12

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

The Violent

"And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of Heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force."

Jesus Christ
Matthew 11:12

Monday, January 8, 2007

Madness and Blessings

"Our greatest blessings come to us by way of madness."

Plato
Phaedrus

Thursday, January 4, 2007

Wakan-Tanka

"Peace... comes within the souls of men when they realize their relationship, their oneness, with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the Universe dwells Wakan-Tanka, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us."

Black Elk

Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Mysticism

"Mysticism... the art of establishing one's conscious relation with the Absolute, being an ordered movement toward ever higher levels of reality and ever closer identification with the infinite."

E. Underhill
Mysticism

Tuesday, January 2, 2007

The Profitable Science

"Thou shalt understand that it is a science most profitable, and passing all other sciences, for to learn to die.

"For a man to know that he shall die, that is common to all men; as much as there is no man that may ever live or he hath hope or trust thereof; but thou shalt find full few that have this cunning to learn to die...

"I shall give thee the mystery of this doctrine; the which shall profit thee greatly to the beginning of a ghostly health, and to a stable fundament of all virtues."

Heinrich Seuse
Horologium sapientiae