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Chapter XI - Cosmos University

XI - 01: Cosmic rules

XI - 02: Course 1 - Found your life on the right basis

XI - 03: Course 2 - Towards a Superior State of Conscience

XI - 04: Course 3 - Acquisition of the shamanic conscience

You are here XI - 05: Course 4 - How to reach the Absolute

XI - 06: Course 5 - The fundations of an authentic civiization

XI - 07: Course 6 - The model of eco-development - The "Children of the earth"'s civilization

XI - 08: Course 7 - Definition of an authentic civilization - The "Children of the Cosmos".

Part 5 - Course 4

"To teach superstitions as truth is the most terrible thing" Hypatia

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Summary

Definition of the civilization

Analysis of the two types of civilizations' values and their mutations

Why the cities?

Analysis of the positive and the negative aspects of these two types of civilization, and conclusion.

 

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Course 4

 

HOW TO REACH THE ABSOLUTE

that is acquiring the Bodhisattvic Conscience, by totally freeing yourself from the material world: this is the condition that makes possible to not re-incarnate in this world, and to access to the Absolute Conscience within the spiritual world.

4.01 The necessity for being guided

 

This funny cartoon, drawn by my friend Philippe Giot, shows the difficult conditions of environment that the contemporary Man has to face: he is divided between the matter -the prevailing value and all its interdicts, and the spirit that inspires him in his quest of freedom and absolute.

Spiritual progress can be compared to the ascent of a mountain with a thousand confused paths (and sometimes dangerous), of which only 4 will lead you to the top; whereas a lot of these paths will lead you to dead-ends, or will collapse under your feet -just above a precipice.

This is a great game... the game of the Life. 
This ascent of the conscience is expressed by our elevation (in every meaning): from our vibratory level, our sensitivity, the finesse of our senses, and so our pleasures that become more and more sharp, subtle; but also -as any ascent- it can exhilarate in us the quest of the personal powers; but this quest has the inescapable danger that you can fall: and this danger increases with the altitude.

This is why, even if you can start the ascent alone in the "meadow", you will need a guide when you will come nearer to the top.

 

At a certain altitude, the guide becomes more than necessary: he is indispensable.

Because the guide is the only one who can show you the safe way between the precipice. As for the mountain, where the guides have different diplomas of qualification regarding the level of difficulty (from the walk in the forest to the high climbing), the spiritual guides (when they are not charlatans) also have different levels, and only can go with you until the part of the mountain they are qualified for; or if you prefer, spiritual guides only can lead you until the spiritual level they have reached.

Besides, reaching the Absolute Conscience is much more than you can imagine and requires many life of work and sacrifice for most of us. Reaching this Absolute Conscience particularly requires to give up with any kind of material attachment: this goes beyond the level of the shamanic Conscience's detachment and the actual capacities of evolution for most of the actual humans.

Reaching the Absolute is the common aim of every consciences, but only a few of them have reached it in this cycle; and the period of Kali-Yuga, which is yours, is also the one where this objective is harder to reach, because of the unfavourable context.

  This is why if you need a guide now -and this Faculty was founded in this aim-, at first you must learn to distinguish the fake guides who just want to deprive you of your personality, and then easily deprive you of (the whole or some parts) your belongings. The real guides are easy to recognize: they live as ordinary people and will never ask you for money; and even if some of them will accept your donations (by necessity), they will never ask for anything,

 

And please, never trust one of those!
For those who wish to continue, I only can point out the slope of the mountain that seems to me the easiest, and tell you how (regarding my humble opinion) to find the competent guides, apart from the Faculty.

About the guides: there are only a few, regarding our period of spirituality decay. Anyway, I think that it still remains some competent guides, especially in Asia and in some tribes.

You need to prepare yourself with many things if you wish to meet them:

 

If you really desire it inside you, the guide will come spontaneously to you wherever you are.

The Guide will never appeal to you, he will wait that you call for him.

Being guided implies some sacrifices from you, and a total trust towards him.

If you do not have a total trust towards him, you can't be guided and the Guide would quickly give up to help you.

About the way to follow: I can say there are many different ways to pursue your spiritual ascent -such as in the mountain: some are easy, and some are very hard. And like in the mountains, these ways lead to the top. The choice of the way is only a question of affinity and capacity. Now, let's have a look together to the social choices and aptitudes that you can follow.

4.02 The 4 Ways of the Liberation

To give you some light about these different ways, or upward tracks, the best is to refer to the Tradition -in this case, the Baghavad-Gità.
And what does it teach us about these different ways?

It distinguishes 4 ways, each of it being adapted to a certain type of individuals.

We all have a very different personality, haven't we? So, it's natural that there is not only 1 way to progress for our conscience. These 4 ways correspond to the 4 large types of personality and temperament, which result of the interaction inside oursleves of the 3 gunas: Virtue - Passion - Ignorance, and the proportion of their respective influences.
Here are these 4 ways :

 

The way of the Devout 

 is the Bhakti-Yoga: or Yoga of self-denial and devout action

This is the easiest and most reliable way, regarding its effects. It can be practiced by those whose temper is neither intellectual, nor warlike, nor ascetic. It does not require to make long spiritual studies, it does not require to face the danger, and it does not require to give up with the ordinary life. In a word, it's the ideal and popular way for everybody.

It's a sublime way that leans on the faith, the prayer, the detachment and the permanent conscience of God in every acts of the daily life. As the other ways, it is not compatible with the attachment and must be totally disinterested: an authentic devout is completely absorbed in the love of the Divine force and does not ask anything to It, even his own Liberation. It is only founded on the love of God -or Mother-Source- in the frame of a unique spiritual relation, where God can be considered in different ways: as your father, as your mother, as your lover, as your friend, and even as your child -because God accepts it.

This is the Royal Way that all of you can practice if you are humble or poor: this is for you a major asset. It is compatible with any religious practices, as far as these religions are monotheist. And there is no doubt that if you persevere until you die, you will succeed!

This way of the Devout requires to get through pride and doubts, and to have a simple temperament. The 2 major virtues are: Humility and Receptivity.

  These people's nature makes them ideal collaborators or servants for the intellectuals or men with political responsibilities; in return they have to respect them, by being fair and protecting them.

 
The way of the Intellectual

 is the Janà-Yoga, or Yoga of the intellectual knowledge of the spiritual Learning and the Absolute

This way is the most difficult, the slowest, and also the less efficient: because the spiritual progress can be quickly and easily reached through emotions, but very hardly and slowly through the intellect. Nevertheless, this way can suit very well to the people who have predispositions for reflection and studies; in a word, it's good for the intellectuals -especially scientists, writers, teachers and students- if they get freed of the erroneous material thought, beforehand. These people can access to all the levels of Knowledge by successive and progressive steps: with time, a lot of readings -particularly the one I mention in this website-, many hours of reflections and meditation. They will first understand the impersonal aspect of God: the Brahman; and then its aspect localized in the individual soul: the Paramahatma. Nevertheless, they will have a tendency to "block" when it will be the time to understand the personal aspect of God: Bhagavan. If they can overcome this obstruction, their reflection will become transformed into Faith and authentic knowledge. Then, these people will access to the detachment and the Liberation.

The way of the intellectual requires a temperament based on the spiritual research. The 2 major virtues are Integrity and Patience.

  These people's nature makes them perfect educators or research workers, and also the experts/advisers of the men with political responsibilities; in return the latest have to listen to them and give them the necessary means for their missions, and protect them.

 
The way of the Warrior

is the Karma-yoga, or yoga of the action detached from its results.

This is the way of Arjuna, the way of the Samourai, the way of the Sioux from the past. By definition, the warrior must face on a daily basis: danger and death in a concrete and frequent way
This is a very hard way that makes possible a quick liberation, as soon as the warrior completely dominates his fear of the danger, and his fear of dying; and above all he has to give up with acting for himself.

I insist about the detachment towards the danger and the physical death, and the renouncing to get for oneself the fruit of one's fight. The fruit of the fight must be offered to God, one's family, one's country. This is why, according to the Vedas, the Ksatryias require the generosity (Ksatryias -pronounced Kashtria- was a cast of king-warriors from India). And this is also why, when the American Indians were back from their expeditions, they distributed generously their haul (principally horses and weapons). They could not keep anything for themselves, or just a little bit if they had indispensable personal needs. The warriors acting this way were well considered, and they could reach in the social hierarchy. The one behaving the opposite way could not hope to reach a high social status.

To understand this way, you must understand what is a warrior. The warrior is not a soldier. The words "warrior" and "hunter" are synonymous in most of the American Indian languages -and in many other languages. There are some concepts in the word "warrior" that do not exist in the word "soldier".

These concepts are:

1) the quest, in a material and spiritual ways,

2) the acquisition of the subsistence,

This subsistence for the American Indian is the game, and for the modern man it's money, which is the same.

3) the sacrifice and the gift of oneself.

 

This way fits to the men of actions with adventurous spirits, who enjoy life and its pleasures. This may be the best way for some businessmen/women -industrialists or traders- if they abandon a large part of their profit to help the others. Their first duty being to meet the material needs of the intellectuals, the ascetics and the spiritual guides. The modern way of this duty would be to financially help (in Asia and the Western world) different Institutes: Buddhist - scientific - medical research - help to the poor and to the sick people.

The way of the warriors requires a brave temperament that likes to take risks and that also has the spirit of sacrifice. The 2 major virtues are Courage and Generosity.

If you feel that this is your way, you must complete your knowledge by reading the indispensable model of the warrior and the treaty of the 5 wheels by Miyamoto Mushashi.

 

The teachings of Musashi can be reduced to 9 principles, "Those who want to know my tactic must obey the following principles from where they can practice the Way..."
1 Avoiding any perverse thoughts.

2 Forging oneself in the way by practicing.

3 and 4 Embracing all the arts and not confining oneself to only one of them. Knowing the way of each trade and profession.

5 Being able to distinguish the pros and the cons of each thing.

6 Being used to the intuitive judgment, for anything and in any case.

7 Instinctively knowing what we cannot see.

8 Paying attention to the slightest details.

9 Not doing anything useless, or Wu-Weï.

 These people's nature makes them men of responsibilities who are intended to materially control the world. Their education must be particularly planned and must be handled by the highest spiritual guides of the society. In return of the honors and the wealth they receive, they must put their lives to the service of everybody and be completely honest: but the actual society cruelly lacks of such leaders. 

The way of the Renouncing

 is the Sankhya-Yoga, which makes possible to unite with the Supreme Being through the practice of Yoga, in a serie of 8 levels.

This way corresponds to the popular idea of the Yogi, living in a solitary place and devoting himself to control his mental with the meditation, and his vital functions with the Hatha-yoga and breathing. This kind of person is seeking for the awakening of the Kundalini, which is the energy located in the axis equivalent to the spine. When this energy grows, it successively develops all the Chakras (the 7 energetic centers) of the body, from the sex to the forehead, and will allow the Conscience to get out from the body by the top of the head: this leads to the Liberation.

 

 http://www.e-kundalini.net/

This yoga, very much practiced in India, is often wrongly associated to an extremely severe asceticism.
Nevertheless the Vedas teach the vanity of the extremism in this field:
"ô Arjuna, nobody can become a yogi if he eats too much, but also if he eats not enough, if he sleeps too much, but also not enough."

(Bhagavad-Gîtà chapter 6, verse 16.)

Buddha (whose eyes were opened by the god Indra) renounced to the extreme aceticism -after he practiced it- and taught that it was not necessary to self-torture oneself to reach the Liberation, but only a simple moderation. Moreover, self-torture does not necessarily imply detachment and renouncing, because it can also be the effect of the fake-ego that wants to become God. And if this is the case, the yogi who acquired some powers will fall into the trap of the senses and the material world, again. In my opinion, I think that it is today very hard to practice for most of the people, because it implies to renounce to the family life and the professional life: but it may be possible for the elder people who are free of responsibilities. And this Yoga, associated to a perfect renouncing and a perfect meditation on God, certainly procures the irreversible liberation:

"That way, by the mastery of the body, the mental and the action, the yogi shielded from the material existence reaches my home" (the spiritual kingdom)"

(Bhagavad-Gîtà chapter 6, verse 15)

This ascetic way requires to have eradicated in yourself the attraction for sensual pleasures, and also to have a virtous and mysterious temperament. The 2 major virtues are Detachment and Fidelity.

  These people's nature makes them the real leaders of the world who, because they can't possess and can't act, exert their power through the warriors/leaders -who were taught by them since their childhood-, by the absolute respect that the lattest must pay to them.

4.03 Choosing the right way for you

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You can be certain that there are only these 4 ways.

If you want to continue, you should choose one of these ways: the one that matches your personal temperament. This choice is essential, because if you chose a way that does not suit you, you would waste a lot of time and had to face internal contradictions inside you that you could not get through. It looks like nothing, but it is not easy to know yourself well if you have an erroneous image of you.

You can believe you are a warrior, and may be you are not: in this case, the day you will have to face a danger you will feel shabby! Either if you believe you are an intellectual person, and that you are not, when you read the texts I advised you to read: you will only get an acute headache! Or if you think that you are an ascetic person, while you are not able to stop smoking and drinking alcohol! Etc...

Perfectly knowing yourself is the first step to a spiritual process: and many people fail or doubt of the credibility of one of these ways, simply because the way they chose was not the suitable one for them.
This sect is a Fucking Mess!
Anybody can do ...
whatever he wants!

 

4.04 In what spirit must you follow your way?

Let's have a look at the human stupidity and intolerance that also concerns this field:
everyone believe that he knows the Truth: this is impossible because Truth can't be possessed, but IT possesses us.

We generally believe that we can access the truth by an intellectual process: but this is partially right and only possible for the relative trueness of life because they are linked to the imperfections of our intelligence. These relative truths continuously evolve in all the cultures, including ours, because they are linked to a mass of impermanent prejudices or knowledge.

But the Absolute Truth is very different: IT exists by ITself, independently from any cause or any human spirit, IT is alive and anterior to us: IT is God. We can't discover it by our reflections or by our thoughts coming from the fake-ego: this is totally impossible! Einstein said: "There is no process that can lead from the experience to the idea, because the idea is anterior to anything.". Niels Bohr, who discovered the structure of the atom -comparable to a tiny solar system, with its electrons turning around the nucleus-, said he discovered this fact because of a DREAM where he SAW the Atom: and he was extremely surprised.

The only way to access the Truth is to desire it with deep love -like you can do with a woman- and also to clear up the space in us to allow IT to come inside ourselves. Clearing up means: at first, we have to get detached from our prejudices, from our daily ideas; then we have to be ready to receive the Truth, even if it seems astonishing -and sometimes shocking- to our limited intelligence.

Truth comes inside us when we are ready to welcome it,

and it is at this moment that the Conscience inside Us recognize it,

And also knows that IT was already there: inside us and anterior to us.

Truth can't be possessed by anybody and does not belong to anybody,

because IT choose ITself who IT wants to possess and because

IT is nothing else than our Mother-SOURCE, under another aspect.

Many people renounce to the spiritual progress because they wrongly devise that it implies a dull and grey life, with no happiness, no risk, and no lyrics. This is because they think that it would be contrary to their own nature. And this prejudice is totally wrong! Amongst these 4 ways, there is surely one that suits your nature. For example, in my opinion there is nothing more agreeable and more cheerful than the Sioux's ancient way of life.

So, you have to free yourself from all your prejudices: for this, meditate this quotation of the Sioux shaman called Tahca Ushté (lame deer) who says about the story of his life:

 

 Tahca Ushté. by Richard Erdoes

"I am neither an alcoholic, nor a pishko (a bird reputed to abandon its eggs anywhere), and nor a saint. A clairvoyant-faith healer must not be a saint. He must know and live: the up and the down, despair and happiness, clairvoyance and reality, courage and fear, that are the community's daily life. He must be able to be as flat as a bug, and to rise up into the sky as an eagle.

If he did not experience this double condition, as a clairvoyant-faith healer, he will be worthless...

Illness, prison, alcoholism -I had to know all of these things by myself, because only the sin makes the world turning round

You can't remain stilted and inhuman at the point that you want a totally pure soul; wanting to have a soul wrapped in a waterproof bag.

You must be god and devil in the same time.

The real faith-healer stays in the eye of the tornado, and does not avert it.

He must experience all the stages of the life. He must not be afraid to break the moorings, and to let himself go to the madness, from time to time. Nature and the Great Spirit are not perfect. The world could not withstand such a perfection. The spirit has some bright and dark sides. And sometimes, the dark side gives me a deeper knowledge about the bright side."

Now, Tahca Ushté is really a Saint Man, such as Saint François d'Assises who used to have a very dissolute youth: one day, nearly at the end of his life, somebody was astonished to see that Saint François d'Assises eating meat, since he was formerly practicing asceticism. So, this person who thought that Saint François d'Assises had renounced to frugality criticized him; then he just answered:

"What I eat does not concern me anymore"

Something may shock you: when Tahca Ushté says:

"Nature and the Great Spirit: they are not perfect"

Finally, he is totally right concerning the Nature because the material manifestation is only possible if it lose the perfection of the non-manifest's state: passing from Unity to Duality.

Now, the basis of the duality is the opposition: Yang and Yin - good and evil - light and darkness - heat and cold - dryness and humidity - male and female etc... This is the opposition and the continuous fight between the opposites (alternating their respective powers in everything) that create and maintain the world: and none of these powers ever defeat the other one. Moreover (in a situation that is reaching the end of its cycle), the Yang spontaneously changes into Yin, and in into Yang. And it's the same process for the Good and Evil: when the Good arrives at its end, it changes to Evil; and when Evil reaches its end, it changes to Good.

He is also right concerning the Great Spirit, in its aspect "God in action": the Vedas and Taoism think the same. The Vedas make of the Brahma, the Creator, an imperfect being too: because IT will die, even if its longevity of 311.000 billion years is impressive,

And Lao Tseu said

verse 4

"The Sense (Tao) constantly elapses.

But it never overflows in its effects.

It is a chasm with no bottom, and it seems to be the ancestor of everything" 

"Son of who?... I don't know.

It seems to be anterior to God."

verse 5

"The Sky and the Earth are not good.

They take humans for straw dogs"

Note: In China, people used to make straw dogs that were magnificently adorned during the sacrifice, and then neglectly thrown away. In other words, all the beings are perfectly equipped to perform the function of their species, whereas it's out of the question to have "respect for the person".

on confectionnait des chiens de paille, qui étaient magnifiquement parés pendant le sacrifice, pour être négligemment jetés ensuite. Autrement dit tous les êtres sont parfaitement équipés pour remplir la fonction de leur espèce, tandis qu'il ne saurait être question d'avoir "égard à la personne". Commentary by Richard Wilheim.

For Taoism, Kindness -a concept that is in the heart of our vision of God: the "Good God"- is moved away because imperfect, and because it does not go beyond the personal interest.

On the other hand, when Lao Tseu says that "Tao seems to be anterior to God", and that "The Sky and the Earth are not good." , he only asserts two things: Tao (or the Absolute God beyond any determination) seems to generate "God in action", and that God and the Nature are not good; because in the verse 5, you have to understand the Sky and the Earth as: "God in action" and the Nature.

Asserting that "God is neither good, nor perfect", would have lead me to a catholic stake, not so far ago; and even today this assertion horrifies any judeo-christian brain. And for me, it took quite a long time to accept this truth that seriously hits our culture in its deepest roots. Nevertheless, today I am sincerely convinced of its reality: in fact, kindness and perfection are only relative concepts that come from the world of duality; and in this world of duality (which is our world) nothing can -by its own nature- be "good", "perfect" or "pure". This is why, attempting to reach a totally pure life here -where any trace of evil would be erased- is absolutely impossible. And it is only possible by a return to the spiritual world mentioned above.

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Whatever is your past and whatever are the mistakes you did in the past, there are amongst these Ways: The Way that suits you. You have to choose it, regarding your temperament and your tastes: and you must follow it to your own rhythm, with courage and perseverance.

Be tolerant and lucid towards your mistakes and failures: exactly as you would look at your child's faults.

Do not be overwhelmed with your imperfections: we all have some!

Never hate yourself; but do not be obliging towards yourself either.

The just and sound attitude is to observe yourself from outside: this is the most suitable way because your fake-ego is not You.

You must observe yourself with no lies and hypocrisy, with a look heavy with kindness and humor towards your weaknesses. This humor, that relativizes and dis-dramatizes everything, is indispensable. Heartily laugh about yourself! It will help you to get unchained from all the things that you consider important: but that are absolutely not.

 

Be cool !
This is an individual process. Nevertheless, in the unfavourable actual context of the contemporary society, this problem is blocked by enormous difficulties coming from this context. This is why we cannot avoid to have a global reflection about our civilization; and for that, we must start to try to understand what are the different types of human civilizations.
This will be the purpose of the next course, but before we will do an exercise to understand and master the necessary bipolarity of the thought.

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