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August 4, 2010


Remembering & Forgetting
Exile from the Kingdom

( Section V, 7 of The Heart Doctrine)

"I am seated in everyone’s heart, 
and from Me come remembrance,
knowledge and forgetfulness."

Bhagavad-Gita, XV, 15
 

"The secret of secrets is the divine spark
within each of us. Remembrance is remembering 
that which we already know
It is to get in touch with that divine spark
that God has placed within each human being. ... 
"To practice remembrance," you've said,
"is to unveil the knowledge and power 
and beauty of this spark of God within us."

(Robert Frager/Sheikh Ragip, psychologist and Sufi Master
in conversation with Jonathan Cott: On the Sea of Memory: 
A Journey from Forgetting to Remembering, 2005)

Modern psychology, philosophy, science, religion and education are simply based on contemporary ignorance, prejudices and  forgetfulness.  Knowing self is the missing idea in scientific theories and modern thought, and provides a key to the enigmas of creation.  One must die to the levels of ego within oneself, and be reborn in Self, in order to realize the Kingdom and the Pleroma within.
    As one begins to awaken, one will realize more and more deeply the sleepwalking state of one's former self, and of humanity.  Ouspensky (1949) wrote of his early experiences with self-remembering, a practice taught within the fourth way which aids the individual in becoming  more conscious and awake within the fullness of the present moment:
 
I was walking along the street and suddenly I saw that the man who was walking towards me was asleep.  There could be no doubt whatever about this.  Although his eyes were open, he was walking along obviously immersed in dreams, which ran like clouds across his face. ... After him came another also sleeping.  A sleeping coachman went by with two sleeping passengers.  Suddenly I found myself in the position of the prince in the “Sleeping Princess.”  Everyone around me was asleep.  ... I realized what it meant that many things could be seen with our eyes which we do not usually see.  ... I at once made the discovery that by trying to remember myself I was able to intensify and prolong these sensations for so long as I had energy enough not to be diverted. ... When attention was diverted I ceased to see “sleeping people” because I had obviously gone to sleep myself.   (1949, p. 265)


   Consciousness must be understood within oneself, through the processes of self-study, self-remembering and awakening.  Nothing else is serious but to awaken and to remember.  Can we say, as in the Gnostic Gospel of Truth: “... from the heart that you are the perfect day and in you dwells the light that does not fail. ...  and speak of the light which is perfect and filled with the seed of the Father, and which is in his heart, and in the pleroma.”?  Or, are our hearts and selves far from the Lord? 
    Mystical and spiritual teachings offer inspired views on the origin and nature of life and the universe.  Human consciousness is ultimately rooted in God consciousness, in a Sea of Infinite Light, Divine and Spiritual Intelligence, in Radiant Bliss, in the Void and Plenum.  These principles are elaborated in a remarkably consistent way throughout the mystical literature and are suggested by the esoteric maxim: “Know thyself, and thou wilt know the Universe and the Gods.” 
     Hence, we as individuals–as divine or spiritual sparks, Sons of the Lord  and Sons of the Sun–have miraculous and awesome possibilities open to us within a vast universe of unspeakable complexity and subtlety.  The individual consciousness, which emanated as the divine spark, and then brought down into the spiritual nature, and then ensouled and embodied, is qualitatively One with the Supersoul and the Lord of the Universe!  We are all point sources of Ineffable Light emerging from within higher dimensional Space, within which we  live and move, and have our being.  I AM is a Son, a star, a divine source emanation, of the Living Father emerging from within the Divine Plenum of the vacated Heart Space.  Most importantly, we can know these things directly to varying levels through the awakening of consciousness and the transformation of the Heart. 

 

         The heart doctrine is an ancient, timeless teaching of eastern and western mystical and religious traditions.  The individual spirit soul emerges within/without from a Sea of Infinite Consciousness into a contracted state of egoistic consciousness, as an ‘eye’ or ‘I’ of the Absolute.  This ‘I’  loses its high state of transcendental realization as it descends through subtle dimensions of being, finally to be born into the material world of sense-based awareness.  This is a world of distractions and attachments, of suffering, pleasures and pain, and of forgetfulness.  The spirit soul is seemingly cast out from the realm of transcendental being, as Adam and Eve are expelled from the Garden of Eden, and sewn into the instrument of time.  The spiritual soul forgets its true nature and inward relationship to the Infinite Sea of Light Consciousness, and hence lives in ignorance, exiled from the Kindgom within. 
      Mystical and spiritual teachings offer inspired views of the nature of consciousness and the possibilities for self-realization and attaining real I.  In addition to the everyday state of sleep walking consciousness,  the possibilities exist for humans to experience objective knowledge and varied subtle planes and dimensions.  In addition, we might experience states of samadhi, cosmic consciousness, even divine consciousness and the world of emanations!   The mystical and religious teachings of humanity all point to such possibilities for profound states of self-realization, cosmic insights and illuminations, and God consciousness. 
     Are these mystics, saints and seers correct in what they proclaim?   Perhaps, as materialist science maintains, humans are nothing but higher primates that have evolved through random chance and nature's mechanical processes.  Perhaps consciousness originates in the mid-brain or cortical structures, and human beings have no soul or spiritual nature–or any substantive consciousness.  Perhaps we should tell our sweathearts that we love them with all our limbic systems or hormones, as scientists imagine.   Maybe the ‘I’ does simply disappear with the breakdown of the material brain as Isaac Asimov suggests.
      The mind longs to know the secrets of the heart and the inner life, but the unenlightened mind is deluded and ignorant of the nature of Self.  Unfortunately, humanity is lived out in a state of waking sleep and the vast majority of people have no remembrance of their true nature.  They do not realize the love and bliss inherent within their inner being.  They do not realize consciousness as light or experience their inward depths as spiritual beings or divine sparks, that are reflections and emanations of the divine world.  Life in the quantum vacuum is very deep indeed. 

 

Swami Prabhupada explains the fallen position of the spirit soul: 

 While exploiting the gross and subtle inferior energy (matter), the superior energy (the living entity) forgets his real, spiritual mind and intelligence.  This forgetfulness is due to the influence of matter upon the living entity.  But when the living entity becomes free from the influence of the illusory material energy, he attains the stage called mukti, or liberation. (1972b, p. 370) 

 The basis of self-realization is the understanding that one is not simply the material body, nor the personal mind and emotions, and that, on the contrary, the true nature of the spirit soul is of light consciousness, related to the metaphysical dimensions of the heart.   The opening of the heart chakra, and the dissolution of the knots of the Heart, bring about Self realization.  Mystical psychologies and philosophies elaborate complex theories and methods to enable the individual to be liberated from material contamination through spiritual practices.  Disciplines for the purification and refinement of the body, emotions, mind, and consciousness, all help to bring one deeper into the essential nature and into remembrance of Self. 

      Humans live in a state of forgetfulness, like the Dwarf of Ignorance depicted here, but the possibility exists to remember one’s true nature.  Mystical and spiritual teachings set forth different emphases and assume different orientations to transformation and awakening, but all speak of the possibilities for enlightenment and supernatural modes of experience and existence.  In fact, all of life is miraculous and it is only we, in our state of sleep, who are ignorant about the essential nature of both material reality and self.  All of material nature exists in relationship to the deep dimensions of existence and being, and all physics must ultimately lead to metaphysics. 
     The following account of how the Soul forgets her true nature derives from the secret teachings of the Egyptian Gnostics:  

The soul turned at one time towards Matter: she fell in love with it, and burning with desire to experience bodily pleasures, wished no more to be separated from it.  Thus the world was born.  From that moment the soul forgot herself; she forgot her original dwelling, her true center, her everlasting life. ... But God, unwilling to abandon the soul to its degradation with Matter, endowed her with understanding and the faculty of perception – precious gifts which would remind her of Her high origin, the spiritual world ... which would restore her consciousness of herself, teach her that she was a stranger here below. ... As soon as the soul ... has regained self-consciousness, she longs for the spiritual world as a man exiled in a strange land sighs for his distant homeland.  (Doresse, 1986, p.316)

 The aim of life is Self-remembrance and the realization of one’s essential nature.  The lost souls–who search in the unknown for meaning, pleasure and happiness–simply do not understand Self. 
     The soul, conditioned by the three modes of nature, tries to be lord within the realms of material existence and becomes more and more divided and fragmented through the processes of identification, attachment and desire, isolation and heartbreak.   Only through mystical death and rebirth, the healing and awakening of the human heart,  can the false persona be dissolved and individual consciousness resolve back into the Self and the Supreme.  The ego must yield to the Bright, within the lotus of the heart, in order to remember our deep origins.  Only escape from the general laws, from illusions, conditioning and forgetfulness can afford a true happiness and fulfilment in life and the afterlife.  Such liberations establish us in the blissful and illumined nature of the soul, experiencing life within the nothingness, which contains such potencies and possibilities.  Paradoxically, these conditions already exist and all separation is illusory.


   In the Phaedrus, Plato explained: 
Every soul of man has the way of nature beheld true Being; this was the condition of her passing into the form of man.  But all souls do not easily recall the things of the other world.
For Plato, the soul is sewn into the “instrument of time,”  or the matrix of creation, and the goal of life is to recall or remember that knowledge which lies within ourselves, within the vacated Spaces of the Heart. 
     The ancient meaning of education similarly referred to bringing out that knowledge already inherent within the individual–that is cosmic and spiritual knowledge and realization.  This is not blind acceptance, faith or belief, but knowledge inherent within the inner dimensions of the cosmos of consciousness in its relationship to the Infinite Sea of the Absolute. The aim of religion is to ‘re-unite’ the individual soul with the Supersoul, just as yoga seeks to yoke or join these together. 
   The realization of the mystics are also reflected in the works of various poets who realized the transcendent dimensions of existence, as well as in the poetry and music, and literature of the world.  Wordsworth, in Intimation of Immortality, wrote:

Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:
The soul that rises with us, our life’s star,
 Hath had elsewhere its setting, 
And cometh from afar. 
Not in entire forgetfulness,
And not in utter nakedness, 
But trailing clouds of glory, 
do we come from God,  who is our home. 
 Heaven lies about us in our infancy . . . 
At length the man perceives it die away 
And fade into the light of common day.

And similarly, the modern rock band Tea Party, sings: 

... here, here we are
shelterless souls
lit by the stars
... because the world keeps turning
... seven circles twisting
around these moments of our lives...
... see what we are is limitless light
reflecting the stars
seven circles, Tea Party

  The mystical and spiritual traditions offer a view of human nature which radically opposes all modern views of humans as being nothing more than higher primates, who die upon physical death and the dissolution of the body: all with no spiritual or soul nature.  Instead, the mystics teach that all knowledge, eternal life and a state of blissful existence are facets of the hidden, secret self- the human birthright, under our noses the whole time, as is said  in the Hebrew tradition.  As it happens, however, in this accidental and strange universe, our hearts are far from the Lord, our hearts are imperfect mirrors, veiled and knoted, and full of so much non-sense of the Dwarfs of Ignorance.   People unfortunately do not remember ourselves, are not fully present, but are instead always absorbed, attached and identified with the legions of little i’s which constitute the lives of sleeping humanity.

"The secret of secrets is the divine spark
within each of us. 
Rememberence is remembering 
that which we already know
It is to get in touch with that divine spark
that God has placed within each human being.
In the Koran it says that God breathed from
the divine soul into Adam; 
another way of translating that would be
that God placed a divine spark into
every human being.  And that divine spark
is the secret of secrets.
My master put it this way:
That spark in us could set the whole universe
on fire. Its greater than the universe itself
because its a spark of what is infinite.
And its within every one of us.
Who we are is far more than who we think
we are. 
"To practice rememberence," you've said,
"is to unveil the knowledge and power 
and beauty of this spark of God within us."

Robert Frager/Sheikh Ragip
psychologist and Sufi Master
in conversation with Jonathan Cott
On the Sea of Memory: 
A Journey from Forgetting to Remembering
(Random House, N. Y., 2005)

     As Genesis, describes, there is a Tree of Life within the Garden of Eden, so we might long to gain the deepest knowledge, understand and wisdom as all contained within the physical and metaphysical dimensions of the human heart.  Oh, if we only all realized the wonderous nature of the magical universe, transcend false ego to realize Self, and experience the mystical dimensions of the love and the heart.  Oh that we might be so illumined by the supernal life.  Man, woman and children live in exile, while the Kingdom exists within.

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