As always, the path of spirituality is a knife-edge between abysses.
The nature of things is in the habit of concealing itself.
Neo: The Matrix has you ...
Remember always that it is all truly beautiful. Be civil to others, and stay alive.
Although the Egyptians and others had been interested in mathematics for its practical uses in building, commerce, and so on, Pythagoras was interested in mathematics for its own sake. And while the Milesians searched for the stuff of all things, Pythagoras (or the Pythagoreans) focused on the form of all things. He claimed that ``things are numbers,'' that mathematical formulas and ratios explain the physical world.
Of course, in a sense we already live inside that room, as the Buddhists know. That is, the human nervous system, properly programmed, can edit and orchestrate all experience into any gestalt it wishes. We encounter the same dismal and depressing experiences over and over because they are repeating tape loops in the central programmer of our brains. We can encounter ecstasy over and over by learning the neurosciences that orchestrate all incoming signals into ecstatic tape loops. The contact has already happened right where you are sitting now. Whether it is tuned-in or not-tuned-in depends on your skill as metaprogrammer.
The game of Universe is like chess with 92 unique men, each of which has four different frequencies available, and it works on 12 degrees of freedom instead of a planar checkerboard. The vector equilibrium becomes the omnidirectional checker frame and you can change the frequencies to suit conditions. But you must observe and obey the complexity of mass attraction and the critical proximity between precessing and falling in. And there are also electromagnetic attractions and repulsions built into the game.
The genetic code is surely not an accidental adhesion of molecules. It is an instrumental message, an energy directive created by a meta-biological intelligence.
This intelligence is astrophysical and galactic in scope, pervasive, ubiquitous, but miniaturized in quanta structure. Just as the multi-billion year blue-print of biological evolution is packaged within the nucleus of every cell, so may the quantum-mechanical blueprint of astronomical evolution be found in the nucleus of the atom.
We have defined consciousness as energy received by structure. And we have defined intelligence as energy transmitted by structure. The contelligence of life-forms is shaped and limited by anatomy and organic form. Sub-atomic-gravitational force fields are obviously capable of faster, more complex and more extensive levels of consciousness and intelligence.
... Then, as Manu says, ``when the head of the family sees his skin grow wrinkled and his hair turn white, when he beholds the son of his son'': when he has no further obligations to fulfill; when no one has further need of his assistance, then, whether he be the richest merchant of the city or the poorest peasant of the village, he may at last devote himself to things eternal, leaving his wife, his children, his kinsfolk, his friends, and, ``taking a gazelle--skin or a cloak of bark,'' may withdraw into solitude, burying himself in the vast tropical forest, forgetting his body and the vain ideas born of it, and giving ear to the voice of the God hidden in the depths of his being; the voice ``of the unseen traveler,'' in the words of the ``Brahman of the Hundred Paths'';``the voice of him who, understanding, is not understood; of the thinker of whom none thinks; of him who knows but is not known; of the Atman, the inner guide, the imperishable, apart from whom there is only suffering.'' He may meditate on the infinity of space, the infinity of reason, and ``the non--existence of nothing''; may seize the moment of illumination which brings with it ``the deliverance which no one can teach, which each must find for himself, which is ineffable,'' and may purify his soul in order to spare it, if that be possible, yet another return to earth.
Having reached this stage, ``let him not wish for death; let him not wish for life. Like a harvester, who, at the fall of night, waits quietly for his wages at the master's door, let him wait until the moment has arrived.''
``Let him meditate, with the most exclusive application of the intellect, upon the subtle and indivisible nature of the Supreme mind, and on its existence in the bodies of the highest and the lowest of created things.''
``Meditating with joy upon the Supreme Being, having need of nothing, inaccessible to any desire of the senses, without other society than his own soul and the thought of God, let him live in the content expectation of eternal bliss.''
``For the chiefest of all his obligations is to acquire knowledge of the Supreme Mind; and this is the first of all the sciences. for this alone confers immortality upon man.''
``Thus the man who discovers the Supreme Mind in his own mind, and present in all living creatures, will show himself the same to all, and will thus assure himself of the happiest fate, that of being finally absorbed into the bosom of Brahma.''
``Having thus abandoned all pious practices and acts of austere devotion, applying his intellect solely to the contemplation of the great First Cause, exempt from all evil desires, his soul is already on the threshold of Swarga, while his mortal envelope is still flickering like the last glimmer of a dying lamp.''
The Two Commandments for the Molecular Age
1.Thou shalt not alter the consciousness of thy fellow men.
2.Thou shalt not prevent thy fellow man from altering his or her own consciousness.
"I was completely astonished by the beauty of nature," he said, laying a slightly gnarled finger alongside his nose, his longish white hair swept back from his temples and the crown of his head. He said any natural scientist who was not a mystic was not a real natural scientist. "Outside is pure energy and colorless substance," he said. "All of the rest happens through the mechanism of our senses. Our eyes see just a small fraction of the light in the world. It is a trick to make a colored world, which does not exist outside of human beings."
Every man and woman is a star. You, being a man, are therefore a star. The soul of a star is what we call genius. You are a genius. This fact is obscured either by moral complexes which enmesh it, or lack of adequate machinery to express it...
The right to control one's own consciousness is the quintessence of freedom. If freedom is to mean anything, it must mean that each person has an inviolable right to think for him or herself. It must mean, at a minimum, that each person is free to direct one's own consciousness; one's own underlying mental processes, and one's beliefs, opinions, and worldview. This is self-evident and axiomatic.
In a society, civility is the most important object. It is then from civility that all other things of importance flow, those including freedom, education, the ability to satisfy one's procreative urge, etc...
It cannot be for one man, or one group of men, to dictate the behaviors of others beyond that single, one required behavior, that behavior being civility.
The failure of a society to acknowledge this simple fact is surely the reason that as most civilizations go, most do not last.
1st person: "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law."
2nd person: "Love is the law, love under will."
Once more I heard Mr. Gurdjieff's words echoing my feelings: ``No ordinary reason is enough to enable a man to take the Great Knowledge to himself, and make it his inalienable possession. Nevertheless it is possible for him. But first he must shake the dust from his feet. Vast efforts, tremendous labors, are needed to come into possession of the wings on which it is possible to rise. It is many times easier to drift with the current, to pass with it from one octave to another; but it takes immeasurably longer than, alone, to wish and to do. The way is hard, the ascent becomes increasingly steeper as it goes on, but one's strength also increases. A man becomes tempered and with each ascending step his view grows wider. Yes, there is the possibility.
There was, however, another basic difference between these earlier religions and the faith of thelema. They had been founded by avatars or prophets who identified themselves totally with their teachings. Crowley admitted freely that he had done his best to evade his responsibility as the custodian of The Book of Law. Disciples like Norman Mudd and Leah Hirsig recognized this when they denounced Crowley for ceasing to be faithful to the The Book of Law, and declared themselves the new custodians. The religion of thelema claimed to be the direct word of some superhuman entity, who announced the coming of the new age, and its basic teaching was the reality of free will. Crowley regarded himself as an extremely imperfect mouthpiece of this teaching. But he also believed that any final merit he possessed was the result of having been chosen to propagate the religion of Ra-Hoor-Khuit.
The priest of Ra-Hoor-Khuit was a failure as a human being, as he himself was inclined to acknowledge in moments of honesty. But he thought that unimportant compared to the religion of thelema, the philosophy of human free will that would enable man to evolve to a higher stage. If we ignore Crowley and concentrate on the philosophy, it seems highly probable that he was right.
And what happens when the mind becomes merely a function? If i am annoyed, if I lose my temper, I shall think, or rather ``it'' will think, in accordance with the annoyance, and I shall see everything in light of the annoyance. To hell with it!
And so I say that a serious man -- a simple, ordinary man without any extraordinary powers, but a grown-up man -- whatever he decides, whatever problem he has set himself, that problem will always remain in his head. Even if he cannot achieve it in practice, he will always keep it in his mind. Even if he is influenced by other considerations, his mind will not forget the problem he has set himself. He has a duty to perform, and, if he is honest, he will strive to perform it, because he is a grown-up man.
But I don't want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin ...
Not to mention the right to grow old and ugly and impotent; the right to have syphilis and cancer; the right to have too little to eat; the right to be lousy; the right to live in constant apprehension of what may happen tomorrow; the right to catch typhoid; the right to be tortured by unspeakable pains of every kind...
Their family god or city god might intervene on their behalf, but that would not necessarily happen. After all, man was created as a broken, labor saving, tool for the use of the gods and at the end of everyone's life, lay the underworld, a generally dreary place.
The me were assembled by Enlil in Ekur and given to Enki to guard and impart to the world, beginning with Eridu, his center of worship. From there, he guards the me and imparts them on the people. He directs the me towards Ur and Meluhha and Dilmun, organizing the world with his decrees.
[Man] does not see the real world. The real world is hidden from him by the wall of imagination.
You feel super -- as though you've tapped into an energy field and are being compelled not by your own volition, but by the very force that fuels the spinning of the planets. In fact, this is true!
If we do what we like doing, we are immediately rewarded by the pleasure of doing it. If we do what we don't like doing, the reward must come later. It is a mathematical law and all life is mathematics.
Impressed by the geometric significance of these modules, Fuller proposes that somewhere within this discovery lies secrets with far greater applicability that just to geometry:The A and B Quanta Modules may possibly quantize our total experience. It is a phenomenal matter to discover asymmetrical polyhedral units of geometry that are reorientably compositable to occupy one asymmetrical polyhedral space; it is equally unique that, despite disparate asymmetric polyhedral form, both have the same volume... . Their unit volume and energy quanta values provide a geometry elucidating both fundamental structuring and fundamental and complex intertransformings, both gravitational and radiational. (920.01)From their energy associations to their remarkable symmetry, these modules synthesize much of Fuller's research. Significant relationships to physical phenomena may well reward continued investigation, for nature also deals with discrete quanta, creating endless variation through synergetic recombinations. Fuller reasoned that his geometric quanta -- the end result of a systematic and logical progression of steps -- must relate to physical phenomena. The approach is typically Fuller's: assume significance until proven otherwise. In essence he suggests that tiny whole or discrete systems should replace irrational unending digits -- somehow providing a comprehensive rational coordinate system.
So then it was one design of the first institution of the true religion to propose to mankind by the frame of the ancient temples, the study of the frame of the world as the temple of the great God they worshiped ... So then the first religion was the most rational of all others till the nations corrupted it. For there is no way (without revelation) to come to the knowledge of a deity but by the frame of nature.
The science of pattern is mathematical. As the fundamental communication system of all the sciences mathematics is both the most comprehensive and the most abstract of all the sciences. Experimentally discovered mathematical relationships permit generalized statements of such laws as are found to be governing all science, and all sciences must use mathematics.
Things can be whatever we want to make of them, and the truth of all things holds much more beauty than almost anyone can imagine.
Life is the eternal present in the temporal. Life is the now event with reaction past and resultant future. Each individual life is a special--case articulation of the infinite variety of ``scenarios" to be realized within the multidegrees of freedom and the vast range of frequencies of actions that are accommodated by the generalized laws governing Universe. With death, the individual probably loses nothing but gains the insight and knowledge of all others as well.
Husband to wife: Look at this, honey. It says here that the Earth travels 595 million miles around the sun every year at a speed of 66,000 miles per hour. At the same time, the Earth is rotating around the center of the galaxy. The galaxy is traveling endlessly through space and is pulling the Earth along with it. Now how can you say we never go anywhere?
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