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The Right Approach to "Is": God is the IS, the Source of Being


The Right Approach to "Is": God is the IS, the Source of Being

The formulation of a question, a question, already presupposes a worldview, a logical framework within which the reason, the question, is articulated. Many times the questions formulated by man are wrong, they lead to wrong conclusions and they base life and action on not solid foundations. But why are questions phrased the wrong way? Because the worldview framework is flawed the reason is weak and the logical consequence is not real but typological. A question, a question that people have been asking for thousands of years: Is there a God? What Is God? How do we know Him? how do we approach Him? With this question as a starting point, religions, systems, philosophies have been created and hundreds of thousands of volumes have been written. And yet it is a wrong question that starts from a wrong perception, position. So, everything is up in the air, history, religions, philosophies, activities, it's all intellectual rubbish. Why? Here's why: We start from the mistaken notion that God is Something, Something outside of us, an Object that we can know, perhaps by intuition, mental processes, or possibly by sensation. But God is not Something. God is the IS, the Source of Being. We ourselves (as Consciousness, Consciousness of Existence, of "Being") belong to IS. Therefore, in order to approach the IS, we must do it through Experiencing of the IS and not by considering the IS in front of us, an Object. To regard God as Something outside of us, of our Being, of IS, is the worst idolatry.

In order to approach the IS we must do so through the IS that we are. The IS, the Consciousness of Being, the Consciousness, must be cleansed of all mental misinterpretations, of all mental activities, in order to Reveal the IS. Such a position that considers IS as the Superset of "the being we are" and we approach it through the Experiencing of IS, is completely different from the other perception, from the perception that considers that IS, is outside of us and leads to other conclusions and founds life and activity on other bases. It directs us to the Experiencing of IS, of Existence, to an inner perception, and not to an outer activity. It establishes from the beginning our Relationship with IS, our Destiny, our Wholeness.

So, more useful than formulating questions and giving answers on which we base our Existence is to see from which theoretical base we start. The perception that connects our Being with IS and directs us to the inner life is clearly stronger logically. Whereas the perception that starts from a small, weak, unlearned, consciousness that perceives everything outside itself is immature and belongs to obsolete times. Unfortunately, humanity perceives Existence completely lightly.

Η Ορθή Προσέγγιση του “Είναι”: Ο Θεός Είναι το ΕΙΝΑΙ, η Πηγή του Είναι

Η διατύπωση μίας απορίας, μίας ερώτησης, προϋποθέτει ήδη μία κοσμοαντίληψη, ένα λογικό πλαίσιο μέσα στο οποίο αρθρώνεται ο λόγος, η ερώτηση. Πολλές φορές οι απορίες που διατυπώνονται από τον άνθρωπο είναι λανθασμένες, οδηγούν σε λανθασμένα συμπεράσματα και θεμελιώνουν την ζωή και την δράση σε όχι στέρεες βάσεις. Γιατί όμως διατυπώνονται απορίες με λάθος τρόπο; Επειδή το κοσμοθεωρητικό πλαίσιο είναι εσφαλμένο ο λόγος είναι αδύναμος και η λογική συνέπεια είναι όχι πραγματική αλλά τυπολογική. Απορία, ερώτηση που κάνουν οι άνθρωποι χιλιάδες χρόνια: Υπάρχει Θεός; Τι Είναι Θεός; Πως Τον γνωρίζουμε; πως Τον προσεγγίζουμε; Με αφετηρία αυτή την απορία έχουν δημιουργηθεί θρησκείες, συστήματα, φιλοσοφίες κι έχουν γραφτεί εκατοντάδες χιλιάδες τόμοι. Κι όμως είναι μία λανθασμένη ερώτηση που ξεκινά από μία λανθασμένη αντίληψη, τοποθέτηση. Έτσι όλα είναι στον αέρα, ιστορία, θρησκείες, φιλοσοφίες, δραστηριότητες, είναι όλα διανοητικά σκουπίδια. Γιατί; Ιδού γιατί: Ξεκινάμε από την λανθασμένη αντίληψη ότι ο Θεός Είναι Κάτι, Κάτι έξω από εμάς, ένα Αντικείμενο που μπορούμε να γνωρίσουμε, ίσως με την διαίσθηση, τις διανοητικές ενέργειες, ή ενδεχομένως με την αίσθηση. Αλλά όμως ο Θεός δεν είναι Κάτι. Ο Θεός Είναι το ΕΙΝΑΙ, η Πηγή του Είναι. Εμείς οι ίδιοι (σαν Συνείδηση, Συνείδηση της Ύπαρξης, του «Είναι») ανήκουμε στο ΕΙΝΑΙ. Για να προσεγγίσουμε λοιπόν το ΕΙΝΑΙ πρέπει να το κάνουμε μέσα από την Βίωση του ΕΙΝΑΙ κι όχι θεωρώντας το ΕΙΝΑΙ απέναντί μας, ένα Αντικείμενο. Η θεώρηση του Θεού σαν Κάτι έξω από εμάς, από το Είναι μας, από το ΕΙΝΑΙ, είναι η χειρότερη ειδωλολατρία.

Για να προσεγγίσουμε το ΕΙΝΑΙ πρέπει να το κάνουμε λοιπόν μέσω του ΕΙΝΑΙ που Είμαστε. Το ΕΙΝΑΙ, η Συνείδηση του Είναι, η Συνείδηση, πρέπει να καθαρισθεί από όλες τις διανοητικές παρερμηνείες, από όλες τις διανοητικές δραστηριότητες, για να Αποκαλυφθεί το ΕΙΝΑΙ. Μία τέτοια τοποθέτηση που θεωρεί το ΕΙΝΑΙ σαν το Υπερσύνολο του «όποιου είναι είμαστε» και το προσεγγίζουμε μέσα από την Βίωση του ΕΙΝΑΙ, είναι τελείως διαφορετική από την άλλη αντίληψη, από την αντίληψη που θεωρεί ότι το ΕΙΝΑΙ Είναι έξω από εμάς κι οδηγεί σε άλλα συμπεράσματα και θεμελιώνει την ζωή και την δραστηριότητα σε άλλες βάσεις. Μας κατευθύνει στην Βίωση του ΕΙΝΑΙ, της Ύπαρξης, σε μία εσωτερική αντίληψη κι όχι σε μία εξωτερική δραστηριότητα. Θέτει εξαρχής την Σχέση μας με το ΕΙΝΑΙ, τον Προορισμό μας, την Ολοκλήρωσή μας.

Περισσότερο λοιπόν χρήσιμο από το να διατυπώνουμε απορίες και να δίνουμε απαντήσεις πάνω στις οποίες θεμελιώνουμε την Ύπαρξή μας είναι να δούμε από ποια θεωρητική βάση ξεκινάμε. Η αντίληψη που συνδέει το Είναι μας με το ΕΙΝΑΙ και μας κατευθύνει στην εσωτερική ζωή είναι σαφώς πιο ισχυρή λογικά. Ενώ η αντίληψη που ξεκινά από μία μικρή, αδύναμη, αμαθή, συνείδηση που τα αντιλαμβάνεται όλα έξω από τον εαυτό της είναι ανώριμη κι ανήκει σε παρωχημένες εποχές. Δυστυχώς όμως η ανθρωπότητα αντιλαμβάνεται την Ύπαρξη εντελώς επιπόλαια.



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Our Prayer

The Path Within

 

O Cosmos, we stand at the precipice of the Absolute, gazing into the void of the Unknown. We search for a way to transcend the bounds of thought and ego, to experience the essence of our deepest being.

The Buddha, the Masters of the East Upanishads, Orpheus, Jesus – all these wise beings have pointed us towards the Path. But it is not a path that is external, not a journey that can be traversed by the feet. It is a path that lies within, a journey that must be undertaken by the heart and the mind.

We must let go of the external orientations that nurture and educate us, that direct us towards other goals. We must look inward, to the stillness and silence that resides within. We must listen to the whispers of our soul, to the voice that speaks of the Absolute.

Krishnamurti and other modern Sages have shown us that it is possible to experience the Absolute, to transcend the limitations of thought and ego. They have shown us that it is not a mystery, not a miracle, but a possibility that lies within our human nature.

So let us embark on this journey, this Path that few follow. Let us let go of the burdens that weigh us down, the attachments that bind us. Let us embrace the unknown, the uncertainty, the chaos that lies within.

For in the depths of the Absolute, we will find the stillness and peace that we seek. We will find the answers to the questions that have plagued us for centuries. We will find the Truth that lies within.

Let us be brave, let us be bold, let us be fearless. Let us take the step into the void, into the unknown. For it is there that we will find the Absolute, the essence of our being. It is there that we will find our true nature, our true self.

May we be guided on this journey by the wise words of the Sages, by the light of the Absolute that shines within us. May we find the strength and courage to let go of the old, to embrace the new. May we find the peace and stillness that we seek, the Truth that lies within.

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Glimpses of the Absolute

 

Within each of us lies the potential to transcend the limitations of ordinary mind and experience a deeper reality - what some traditions call the Absolute, the Ground of Being, or God. While this state of unity or peak experience has often been considered the domain solely of mystics and saints, the truth is that the capacity dwells dormant in every human soul. It is our essential nature, awaiting discovery through disciplined inner work.

All genuine spiritual paths point to the same destination, though using different languages and methods. At their core, they offer a process of liberation from identification with separate ego and gradual awakening to our intrinsic divine essence. This involves cultivating noble virtues, practicing presence of mind through meditation, and cultivating wisdom through inquiry into the nature of reality and self.

Over time, such disciplines help peel away layers of superficial conditioning to reveal our true blissful and peaceful self - one with the fundamental pure consciousness that underlies all forms. In that state of inward stillness and clarity, the usual boundaries between subject and object fall away. One perceives directly that all is contained within the one infinite life and knows directly one's identity with the eternal. Though ineffable, this realization brings transcendent peace, love, creativity and compassion.

While glimpses of the Absolute may come through grace to anyone at any time, consistent experience depends on committed effort. The seeker must firmly resolve to strip away all that obscures their true nature like the proverbial onion, layer by layer. With patient practice of presence and purification, the trappings of small self dissolve, and one may abide as peaceful, blissful awareness itself - fully awake in every moment to life's deepest meaning. Then daily living becomes worship, and ordinary reality is transfigured by love, joy, wisdom and service. This is the fruit of following the perennial path with heart and will - a taste of our shared spiritual potential.

 

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Quotes

Constantinos’s quotes


"A "Soul" that out of ignorance keeps making mistakes is like a wounded bird with helpless wings that cannot fly high in the sky."— Constantinos Prokopiou

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CHAPTER III

 

QUIETING PEOPLE

Neglecting to praise the worthy deters people from emulating them; just as not prizing rare treasures deters a man from becoming a thief; or ignoring the things which awaken desire keeps the heart at rest.

Therefore, the wise ruler does not suggest unnecessary things, but seeks to satisfy the minds of his people. He seeks to allay appetites but strengthen bones. He ever tries by keeping people in ignorance to keep them satisfied and those who have knowledge he restrains from evil. If he, himself, practices restraint then everything is in quietness.

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Quieting People

Neglecting to praise the worthy:

Neglecting to acknowledge and praise individuals who deserve recognition can discourage others from emulating their positive qualities.

Just as not appreciating rare treasures deters a person from engaging in theft, the absence of recognition can hinder the development of desirable traits in others.

By recognizing and praising the worthy, we can inspire others to strive for excellence.

Ignoring the things that awaken desire:

When we disregard or ignore the things that evoke desire, we can maintain a sense of contentment and inner peace.

By not constantly seeking external stimuli, we can cultivate a state of tranquility within ourselves.

This approach allows us to find satisfaction in what we already have, rather than constantly chasing after new desires.

The wise ruler's approach:

A wise ruler understands the importance of satisfying the minds of the people they govern.

They do not unnecessarily burden their subjects with irrelevant information or demands.

Instead, they focus on allaying appetites and reinforcing the overall well-being of their people.

The wise ruler restrains those with knowledge from engaging in harmful actions and promotes a culture of restraint and tranquility.

The benefits of quietness:

When individuals practice restraint and embrace a state of quietness, harmony and peace prevail.

By prioritizing calmness and self-control, both on an individual and societal level, conflicts can be minimized.

The pursuit of quietness allows for personal growth, contentment, and a more harmonious coexistence.

Embracing quietness

Quieting people involves recognizing the worthy, ignoring unnecessary desires, and fostering a state of tranquility. The wise ruler seeks to satisfy the minds of their people by allaying appetites and promoting restraint. By embracing quietness, individuals can experience personal growth and contribute to a more peaceful society. Remember to appreciate the positive qualities in others, find contentment in the present, and practice self-restraint for a harmonious existence.

 

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