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Jainism

 

Jainism

Jainism is an ancient religion from India that prescribes a path of non-violence towards all living beings. Its philosophy and practice emphasize the necessity of self-effort to move the soul toward divine consciousness and liberation.

Here are some key aspects of Jainism:

Non-Violence (Ahimsa): Jainism is perhaps best known for its doctrine of non-violence, which applies not only to human beings but to all other forms of life. This principle has deeply influenced Indian culture and ethics, contributing to the widespread vegetarianism in India.

Jiva and Ajiva: Jain philosophy teaches that the universe is made up of two eternal categories: jiva (living beings) and ajiva (non-living objects). Every living being has a soul (jiva), which is potentially divine. Through right action, knowledge, and effort, the soul can attain liberation (moksha) from the cycle of birth and death.

Karma: In Jainism, karma is not only the action but the material particles that affect the soul based on those actions. These karma particles stick to the soul, affecting its ability to attain liberation. By living a life of purity and simplicity, a Jain can burn off the karma particles and achieve moksha.

Asceticism: Jainism encourages spiritual development through asceticism, like fasting and renunciation of material possessions. Monks and nuns take five great vows: ahimsa (non-violence), satya (truth), asteya (not stealing), brahmacharya (chastity), and aparigraha (non-attachment).

Tirthankaras: Jainism has 24 spiritual teachers known as Tirthankaras, the last of whom was Mahavira (599–527 BCE). These Tirthankaras are revered for having achieved moksha and for guiding others on the path to liberation.

Sallekhana: This is a religious ritual of voluntary death by fasting. Practitioners view it as a way to purge old karmas and prevent the creation of new ones. This practice has been controversial and is not common.

Jain Scriptures: The scriptures of Jainism are called Agamas. The oldest of these texts are believed to have been lost, and the surviving versions were recorded by Jain monks in written form around 1,500 years ago.

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It's important to note that Jainism is a diverse religion with two major sects: Digambara and Svetambara, each with its own interpretation of the scriptures and religious practices. However, the core principles of non-violence, karma, and the path to liberation are universally accepted across these sects.

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A PHENOMENOLOGICAL APPROACH OF REALITY

Preamble

JIVA

Ajiva

Pudgala

The Cosmic Fields

Human

The life

The Spiritual Discipline: Ascetic Renunciation (Pratyakyana)

The Discipline in the Physical Field: "Stillness" (Keyyocharga)

The Discipline in the Dynamic Field: "Calm" (Samagika)

Discipline in the Mental Field: Thoughtful Discipline (Anouprexa)

Discipline in the Karmic Field: The True Self

The World

At the SOURCE: Liberation (Kevala)

In conclusion

Preface

To be able to properly understand a Teaching (in this case the Jain Teaching) we must first have properly understood its "language", its "terms", the meaning, the mental content of the words it uses to describe the reality. Some serious scholars, religious scholars or researchers correctly transfer the meaning of "terms" in their description to another language as well. Most of those who deal with the subject, because they do not have a proper understanding of the religious-philosophical language of the Teaching and its "terms", translate the terms incorrectly. Thus, confusion is created and errors and misunderstandings arise in their narration. Also, because they do not understand the Teaching correctly and rely on their incomplete information, they "distort" the Teaching and attribute to it things that are not true or are completely different.

The Terms: There are Six Ontological Essences (Dravyas): JIVA and Five A-Jivas, namely, Pudgala, Adharm , Dharma, Akasa, Kala. There are other terms like Loka, Karma, etc. What do all these terms really mean? Let's try to put things in their place because there are many mistakes and misunderstandings and this leads to wrong descriptions.

JIVA

JIVA is Limitless Conscious Presence. There is. Is here. We cannot understand or describe anything else because there are no properties, perception, or any substance to detect. It is the ABSOLUTE SUBJECT. It is neither Substance, nor Energy, nor Activity, nor Perception. JIVA is characterized as "Setana", ("Consciousness"), i.e., that which "Sees", has "Vision", and "Understanding" (Darshana and Jnana), nothing more. Is there one JIVA or many? Actually, the question has no real meaning, it is only linguistic, verbal. As we define JIVA, it has an absolute character where the one or the many have no meaning, there are no properties that allow us to distinguish such a thing. On the other hand, when we "view" reality from the "point of view" of the "Embodied Jiva" there seem to be infinite Jivas, as many as there are conscious beings. So, what is true? Which view is correct? In the correct understanding of the Teaching both apply, it depends on where we look. In reality JIVA is One and many at the same time. Unintelligible to earthly Western logic. Just don't get carried away with superficial descriptions of the Teaching.

Ajiva

Atjiva means "non-conscious substance". And here are included not only some substance or varieties of substance, but also abstract or metaphysical conditions of existence, states, activities, etc. We will explain all this along the way.

Pudgala

The pre-eminent Essence is Pudgala. In the correct description of the term, we would say that it is the "Cosmic Essence", that from which all things are born, subjective activities and objective phenomena and events and things. When we use the term Pudgala in the sense of "Matter" we mean Metaphysical Matter, that which takes form, from the most abstract (suksma) to the most gross and concrete (stula). There are various "varieties" of the Cosmic Essence, the "Matter" from the most "subtle", to the most "gross". There is Karmic Substance or Matter, Mental Substance or Matter, Energy Substance or Matter and Material Substance or Matter.

But what is Pundgala really, beyond its abstract definition as a Substance? Essence is a word; it means nothing more than a mental concept. Pudgala is actually Space (Akasha), in its abstract sense, an Immensity (Framework) Without Limits, and not "Space" in the Local sense (Loka). This Infinity is "full". Not of some abstract substance but of an infinite number of units of substance having a dual aspect of energy-form. They are the "paramanou" (the smallest indivisible energy elements or units of energy). The paramanus is a vibrating and moving charged energy point. The higher the energy the more the form tends to disappear and the lower the energy the more compact the form. This is how the various "varieties" of Cosmic substance or Matter arise. Karmic Substance or Matter consists of high energy "paramanu" without form, while in contrast Material Substance or Matter consists of low energy "paramanu" of compact form.

From the "varieties" of Cosmic Substance or Matter thus arise the Fields of Existence or Worlds, the Karmic Field (Karma), the Mental Field (Manas), the Energy Field (Tejas) and the Material Field.

But how are the various phenomena created within the Cosmic Essence, in the various Fields of Cosmic Creation? Aggregations, clusters of paramanus are created from the different compounds. These are the “varganas” (the cosmic substance or matter which is detectable). All activities and all forms depend on or are “varganas”. We will explain it below.

The Cosmic Fields

But the real question is this: What is Reality? Who and How Perceives Reality? What does JIVA (or Jiva in the Manifested Worlds) have to do with Ajiva-Pudgala? And How Does the Creation of the Worlds Unfold? How are subjective and objective phenomena created?

JIVA (Jiva) is the Absolute Basis of Knowledge (in its abstract sense), Existence and Life. Let's explain this.

JIVA (Jiva) as ABSOLUTE SUBJECT (SIDDA), as "Consciousness" (Setana), "Seeing" (Darsana). When it "sees" Reality, in a Direct Apprehension of the Totality of Reality, it apprehends All That Is or can be. That Which Is Itself, the Ajiva-Pudgala, all Phenomena.

JIVA (Jiva) "Sees" (Darsana-Setana). What He "Sees" is Pudgala , the Cosmic Essence. The Cosmic Essence, as we have described it because it is Ajiva, non-conscious, does not activate itself, but remains in a State of Potentiality. JIVA (jiva) also "Moves" (Karma -Setana) the Pudgala, Cosmic Essence, causing, compounds, aggregations, phenomena. At the Beginning in the subtlest Karmic Field and then in the Lower Fields. JIVA (Jiva) also "uses" these phenomena (Karmaphala-Setana).

The "Vision" of the Cosmic Essence and its variations, is a Continuous Activity and becomes a function. This Operation, as a Perceptual Process has by its nature the character of Subjective Perception. Thus the Universal Subject (Arihad ) Emerges. What is perceived is the Totality of the Cosmic Essence in its Finest version, the Karmic Essence or Matter consisting of karmic " varganas ". What is perceived has the character of the objective. This is how the Objective World emerges. Thus "Vision" creates the Subject and what is perceived is the Objective.

The Creation Process is Gradual. At the beginning, Adharma prevails. The term Andharma is translated as “Stillness”, but this needs clarification. Immobility is not simply a lack of activity, something non-existent or empty. The Potential for Activity is there but no Activity manifests. Thus "Stillness" has more the meaning of "Rest". In this State the "Sight" and the " Outstanding ", the Cosmic Essence, are not "distinguished" because there is no movement in the Cosmic Essence. When "Sight" is "distanced" from Cosmic Essence, Cosmic Essence appears as Space (Akasa), Here the Universal Subject is separated from Objective Space. In the further investigation of the Subject-Space relationship, the Subject realizes that it fills the Space, it is Omnipresent. In this Process which takes place in the Frames of Adharma (Rest) there is only a Differentiation in the Subject-Object Relation and not a real objective movement, a differentiation of subjective activity, or creation of objective phenomena. It is the Universal Subject that Faces the Objective differently. All this Unfolds in the Subtle Karmic Field.

The Universal Subject who has separated from the Cosmic Essence, the Cosmic Space of Manifestation, and Fills the whole Space of Cosmic Essence Perceives the Space of Cosmic Essence as the Great Karmic Body (Maha Karma Sharira).

When the Universal Subject, the Universal Perceptual Center, Permeating the Entire Space of Cosmic Essence (the Maha Karma Sarira ), is "confined" to a "spot" (pradesa) the individual subject, the individual perceptual center, the self, emerges, the pure ego (and not the "personality" belonging to a lower Plane). This "individual perceptual center" consists of karma vargana (i.e. "synthesis" of karmic paramanou) and is at the same time the individual perceptual center and an individual karmic body (karma sarira) within the Cosmic Essence. Imagine (to be understood) a vast lake where at some point (and countless points) the water freezes and creates various crystals. The crystal, while having the nature of water, now behaves like something "different" in the infinite lake where at the same time it is a "distinct" body in the environment.

This individual karmic entity (and at the same time karmic body) is the individual existential core and exists until it is "dissolved" again in the Cosmic Environment. This existential core is "responsible" for the manifestation of individual beings in the Lower Fields. And as long as the karmic core exists, beings will wander in the Lower Realms from life to life (samsara).

The individual existential core, the karmic subject (body) in its "natural" state is pure spontaneous, unobstructed and unbounded perception (Paramatma). It is Non-Dual Consciousness that as Awareness Embraces the Totality of the Environment. This is the State of free beings (or liberated beings).

When this individual karmic subject accumulates and crystallizes perceptions (impressions) it actually creates a mental content (manas). Thus, the manas "emerges" as a mental perceptual center and the entity manifests itself in the Manasic Field and functions as a manas body (manas sarira) within the Manasic Environment.

When the individual manasic subject gathers and strengthens perceptions it actually "charges" these perceptions and turns them into "desire", desires. This is how the tejas "emerges", the energy subject and the entity manifests itself in the Lower Energy Field (Tejas), as an energy body (tejas sarira) within the Energy Environment.

Finally, the Entity that is JIVA (Jiva) and constantly "adds" new perceptual possibilities (Global Karmic Subject-Body, Individual Karmic Subject-Body, Manas-manasic body, Tejas-tejas body) is "embedded" in a material body. All the Higher Perceptive Abilities manifest within the material body, as "functions" (the Depth of Existence, the Universal Subject, the Individual Subject or Pure Ego, the Manas or "Personality", Dynamism or psychic energy), in the corresponding material centers (brain center, cortex, nervous system, body). This is the "man".

Human

The "man", depending on what he "focuses" his attention on, creates the corresponding awareness, perception of reality. Everyone "sees", perceives and acts from his own level, which reveals his "position" in the ontological scale and ontological evolution. The ordinary man functions on the level of manas (where three sub-levels are distinguished, objective intelligence, conceptual thought, belief) and on the lower levels, on the level of desires-emotions and on the physical-material level.

The life

JIVA is the All from which all proceeds, to which all rests and to which all returns. It is a Sense of Presence with an Abyssal Depth, Without Attributes, without possibility of perception or possibility of description.

By its "definition" JIVA is One, but every entity is supported by JIVA. Thus, there seem to be infinite Jivas within Creation. This is illusion, for when the Jiva is freed from the cosmic matter, it Emerges in its Wholeness, its Oneness and its Uniqueness.

Karmic aggregations are the existential core of beings and are responsible for the manifestation of beings in the Lower Planes. Karmic agglomerations do not dissolve unless the lower manifestations are first expelled.

The individual karmic core, the individual karmic subject-body, is the "existential core" of the being when it manifests in the Lower Fields (the Manasic-Mental, the Dynamic-Tejas and the Material). It functions as a "fixed existential memory" and experiences-memories (in the mental) are accumulated (as far as it is connected to its lower carriers) and tendencies are formed (in the potential) and activities are oriented (in the material) in it. Thus, when the individual karmic core manifests in the Lower Fields, "karma" of the corresponding order is created (manas karma, tejas karma, physical karma).

When the Being is incorporated (man) beyond the ontological composition that it has and its physical function, it "is" in a specific cultural environment, in a "society" that already has formed perceptions, behaviors and ways of life. Thus, man through his "socialization" learns to "acclimatize" to the "surrounding atmosphere", to "genderize" and uncritically adopt social perceptions. This is “Social Maya”, 'the “social delusion”. How are people raised? How are they oriented in life? How do they "spend" their lives? For thousands of years societies have dragged on without being able to solve basic anthropological and social problems. The civilization of men remains even today a "civilization of barbarism."

Thus all "intelligent people" are forced to carve out their "own" path in life and necessarily come into conflict with their cultural environment or be forced to withdraw from "society". All spiritual movements are basically "criticism of culture" and the opening of new spiritual horizons for man.

The Spiritual Discipline: Ascetic Renunciation (Pratyakyana)

In general, Spiritual Discipline based on Ethical Conduct shows the Spiritual Orientation of Man for the Attainment of the Ultimate Existential Purpose which is the Experiencing of True Nature, Integral Reality. On the contrary, the unorganized life, the moral freedom, shows the lack of Spiritual Orientation that leads to a life with the taste of existential failure and the final impasse.

Consider what the Teaching of Mahavira ( Vardhamana , the 24th Tirthankara of Jainism ), Jain Dharma and leading. Mahavira taught that the path to spiritual liberation is through the observance of the three jewels (triratna), right vision (samyak darsana), right knowledge or understanding (samyak jnana) and right conduct (samyak charitra). At the heart of right conduct are the five great vows 'Ethics', the observance of the vows of ahimsa (non-violence), satya(truth),asteya (abstention from theft), brahmacarya (purity) and aparigraha (abstention from attachment) is simply the condition for spiritual liberation. In fact, when you enter the "Path" of Jainism, you are called to completely reform your life.

The main purpose of "Spiritual Discipline" is precisely the dissolution of Karma at all levels, from the outermost to the innermost (which is the individual karmic existential core).

The Discipline in the Physical Field: "Stillness" (Keyyocharga )

This means that in the physical realm you must purify your life (and only then is it truly "religious") by experiencing "Stillness" not only on a physical level (with "yoga" exercises) but also on the level of physical and social activities. Obviously, Walking the Path to Liberation is much more important to the Jain than the life that ordinary people live. And this is the only way to "dissolve" "natural karma".

The Discipline in the Dynamic Field: "Calm"  Samagika)

Then, if you wish to be declared a "Victor" of life (Jina) you will have to overcome passions, calm desires and eliminate "attachments" to reach the "windless" port of "Inner Silence". Only in this way does "dynamic karma" stop being created. And that's the only way you can progress on the Road.

Discipline in the Mental Field: Thoughtful Discipline ( Anouprexa )

JIVA (Jiva) although "separate" from Cosmic Matter, "Sees" (Perceives and Understands) Cosmic Matter, in various Fields, "Moves" and "Uses" what it perceives, its very "carrier" in each Field of Event, but also the "Environment" and the "things" of the Environment. In the Material Realm, on the Mental Level ("Sees", "Moves" and "Uses" the Mind), Means (i.e. internalizes and conceptualizes external perception), Intellects (i.e. organizes and synthesizes concepts into reasonings and "inferences, "perceptions") and "Glorifies" (that is, he has opinions and perceptions about things).

Just as people are brought up and "socialized", they are "formed" and uncritically adopt the social perception of the world and things. From the society itself they are oriented towards the external life and "programmed" with the social beliefs they are completely absorbed in the social life, trying to achieve their individual goals within the social contexts, within the limits usually defined by others and the possibilities granted to them by others. And so, they are consumed in the social war for power, wealth, life and experiences.

So, how can one "See", "Understand" and move towards Truth and Liberation? Certainly, the "Management of the Mind" is the most important work of the Follower of the Jain Path. The "mistake" that society deliberately pushes us into is to uncritically adopt what parents, teachers, social agencies and agents teach us, in their own ignorance and irresponsibility. Therefore, the Right Vision and Understanding of things leads in itself to the "demystification" of things and to their "transcendence".

Careful Observation of all social beliefs, prejudices and "perceptions" reveals their superficial and "false" character. All the cultural rubbish that people present as culture, knowledge, ethics and way of life should be rejected without hesitation. They lead nowhere and this can be seen from the level of barbarism humanity is at.

So, one should "think" about things on his own. But by what criteria? The only safe criterion is truth, objectivity, personal experience and verification. But what is real? Truth, in fact, transcends the mental plane, the intellect, it cannot be grasped by thought. The way the world appears in thought is a chaos driven by many and often invisible factors. Life goes on. But can we see what's really going on? In fact, there is no "order" in the world beyond the "order" the human mind can or wants to see. Whatever perception we try to form about the world, life, action and our purpose will always be a "constructed" reality (Anekand) in which we can dream as much as we want but it will not lead us to any way out. Thought has no outlets. And it must be abandoned. This abandonment is not the product of discipline or exercise but of Right Vision and Understanding.

The only Right View of the world and things is the Simple, Effortless and Unadulterated Perception, which we do not process but let it flow and guide us completely naturally, without internal pressures and external conflicts. It is the Path of the Peaceful Warrior, which completely naturally removes lies, useless activities and futile conflicts. The only Way is simply to move forward in life towards your purpose. In the Light of Understanding the Purpose of Liberation is now clearly seen.

Even here, however, when man arrives as long as he remains "oriented" towards the world and retains any "bond" with the world and things he is still active on the level of the mind and "creates" mental karma. Real liberation from the world is "conquered" by inner detachment, by understanding the secondary and phenomenal character of the world. Only then can the "inner shift" towards the Self occur. Only then do we realize that Reality is the Self and not the content of perception. This leads to a more inner and higher view of the world and not to an "exit" or "disconnection" from the world. It leads to Non-Dual Consciousness, to an Awareness that Embraces all in Oneness without "separations" or "conflicts" It leads to the Peaceful World, beyond thought, regardless of what is done in the world where conflict continues. No more mental karma is created here.

Discipline in the Karmic Field: The True Self

The Atomic- Karmic Entity in its True State is "Transparent", with crystal clarity, no mental content etc. It is Non-Dual Consciousness and its Awareness is All Embracing. When mental content "accumulates" the Karmic Entity thickens, clouds, "gets heavy" and falls into the lower Lokas .

Therefore, the condensation of the Karmic Body leads to the "material world". Purification, purification, makes the Entity "Transparent" and frees it in its True State, frees it from all limitation, determination.

The Being, the human being, with Ascetic Renunciation (with True Understanding and Liberation from the shackles of external activities) Returns to the True Self, the Pure Individual Existential Core, i.e. the Vision-Perception-Understanding of Local Presence. In this State the JIVA (Jiva) has only one limitation, the Presence at a “Point” (pradesa), which creates precisely the individual perception.
In reality Consciousness has no other qualities and is in no way different from Non-Local Universal Consciousness. It is realized that "local limitation" is purely a matter of "Will". Consciousness in this State is in an average, intermediate State of Balance. It may Retain its Non-Dinary Locality, it may be oriented towards mental content (with all that entails), or it may give up its “locality” and “Diffus”', “Expand” into the Boundless Worldwide.

The World

"Diffusion" into the Universal brings Consciousness into a State truly Inconceivable by ordinary human consciousness. This one can only "Experience" but not "describe". After all, it doesn't "make sense" because everyone has to "Get There" themselves. After all, this is his Cosmic Destination. Here the Universal Cosmic Body is "Seen", Without Limits, Limitations. Surely here is an "Inner Process of Unification of Universal Subject and Universal Object" which Leads to the Absolute Unity of Universal Essence. It is the Ultimate Vision of Universal Cosmic Essence, the "Final Frontier." After This there is no "Create".

At the SOURCE: Liberation (Kevala)

According to the Teaching of the Tithankaras (Tithankara means "Savior", " Conveyor to the Opposite Shore" of Reality) True Liberation Comes when the JIVA ceases to be Jiva, that is, when the "Vision" of the Cosmic Essence ceases. What does JIVA Withdrawal really mean to SELF? One must Come Here to "Feel" it, to become a Kevalin, a Liberated One. Here the perception or discussion of the One or the Many is meaningless. In ABSOLUTE SILENCE nothing is "heard".

In conclusion

One may wonder what is the point of studying or referring to an Ancient Religion that dates back 2500 years like Jainism. In fact, beyond the religious, historical and philosophical interest we must understand that the Great Traditions are beyond time. Anyone who has been initiated into the Esoteric Tradition has understood that Truth is Eternal, non-local, non-linguistic, it is the Innermost Experience of True Existence. This has nothing to do with religions, places, history. The Teaching of the Jains, the Tithamkaras, the Mahavira, is still alive and will be as long as man exists.

Jainism is a thoroughly "phenomenological" approach to Reality that gets to the very essence of the phenomenon of Existence. It can always be used to Experience TRUTH.

In the Inner Circles (and not only in the Rosicrucians or other Inner Groups) it is necessary to "speak" all human ("religious") "languages". This leads not simply to the mutual understanding of traditions but mainly to the "Clarification" of the Eternal Truth.

In the end it doesn't matter which Inner Path we follow. The Way is One, the Living of our TRUE NATURE. Obviously, this concerns the very few intelligent people on the planet and not the great crowd. Most people want, are forced, or forced to remain at the level of " homo." simian.' Just "look" around you at what world you live in!

 

 


 

 


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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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Δικαιώματα πνευματικής ιδιοκτησίας

Το σύνολο του περιεχομένου του Δικτυακού μας τόπου, συμπεριλαμβανομένων, ενδεικτικά αλλά όχι περιοριστικά, των κειμένων, ειδήσεων, γραφικών, φωτογραφιών, σχεδιαγραμμάτων, απεικονίσεων, παρεχόμενων υπηρεσιών και γενικά κάθε είδους αρχείων, αποτελεί αντικείμενο πνευματικής ιδιοκτησίας (copyright) και διέπεται από τις εθνικές και διεθνείς διατάξεις περί Πνευματικής Ιδιοκτησίας, με εξαίρεση τα ρητώς αναγνωρισμένα δικαιώματα τρίτων.

Συνεπώς, απαγορεύεται ρητά η αναπαραγωγή, αναδημοσίευση, αντιγραφή, αποθήκευση, πώληση, μετάδοση, διανομή, έκδοση, εκτέλεση, «λήψη» (download), μετάφραση, τροποποίηση με οποιονδήποτε τρόπο, τμηματικά η περιληπτικά χωρίς τη ρητή προηγούμενη έγγραφη συναίνεση του Ιδρύματος. Γίνεται γνωστό ότι σε περίπτωση κατά την οποία το Ίδρυμα συναινέσει, ο αιτών υποχρεούται για την ρητή παραπομπή μέσω συνδέσμων (hyperlinks) στο σχετικό περιεχόμενο του Δικτυακού τόπου του Ιδρύματος. Η υποχρέωση αυτή του αιτούντος υφίσταται ακόμα και αν δεν αναγραφεί ρητά στην έγγραφη συναίνεση του Ιδρύματος.

Κατ’ εξαίρεση, επιτρέπεται η μεμονωμένη αποθήκευση και αντιγραφή τμημάτων του περιεχομένου σε απλό προσωπικό υπολογιστή για αυστηρά προσωπική χρήση (ιδιωτική μελέτη ή έρευνα, εκπαιδευτικούς σκοπούς), χωρίς πρόθεση εμπορικής ή άλλης εκμετάλλευσης και πάντα υπό την προϋπόθεση της αναγραφής της πηγής προέλευσής του, χωρίς αυτό να σημαίνει καθ’ οιονδήποτε τρόπο παραχώρηση δικαιωμάτων πνευματικής ιδιοκτησίας.

Επίσης, επιτρέπεται η αναδημοσίευση υλικού για λόγους προβολής των γεγονότων και δραστηριοτήτων του Ιδρύματος, με την προϋπόθεση ότι θα αναφέρεται η πηγή και δεν θα θίγονται δικαιώματα πνευματικής ιδιοκτησίας, δεν θα τροποποιούνται, αλλοιώνονται ή διαγράφονται εμπορικά σήματα.

Ό,τι άλλο περιλαμβάνεται στις ηλεκτρονικές σελίδες του Δικτυακού μας τόπου και αποτελεί κατοχυρωμένα σήματα και προϊόντα πνευματικής ιδιοκτησίας τρίτων ανάγεται στη δική τους σφαίρα ευθύνης και ουδόλως έχει να κάνει με τον Δικτυακό τόπο του Ιδρύματος.

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