Friday, 23 December 2016
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since i was young I've believed in the concept of hell in Christianity. at young age the notion of hell was drilled into my head to the point where a thought of a simple flame brought up the fear of eternal damnation for my sins. though i found the Gnostic teachings(don't get me wrong there great and eye opening) the concept of inferno and recycling over and over again sounds 1000 times worse in my view of things. i realize that this comes from my fear from my upbringing, and i'm working on it. but at the same time i can't seem to shake this feeling of hopelessness, considering i don't know where i'm at in terms of my number of lives I've used or the amount of karma i've accumulated from the previous lives. as a result my practice has turned from being enthusiastic self improvement oriented to being done out of a fear based obligation when considering the weight of the consequences if i don't do the work.

Questions
How can i know where i stand in the Karmic scale of all my lives in their entirety?

Are there beings that i can invoke in the astrals that can give me sort of a karmic credit rating? if so who?

whats the point of ascension? even if we destroy the ego, create the bodies, and pay all our karma and enter the absolute, what's the point of it all?

Context to questions
I've been having a rough patch in my practice and have been wondering whats the point of it. lately i've been feeling like i'm racing to something as appose to progressing. and it's not that i'm not enthusiastic about the work it's just that looking at all that needs to be done and the amount of time one needs to do it seems daunting, especially when you're not entirely sure what meaning the work implies.
5 years ago
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#13271
Accepted Answer
Our level of being is shown to us, symbolically through internal experiences, by the masters in the superior planes when we learn how to invoke them.

The point of the work is to free the consciousness from its conditioning so it can remain in its primordial, natural state, distinguished by happiness, serenity, cognizance, contentment, and liberation from suffering.

By removing the conditions that make us suffer, we gain self-knowledge and learn not to commit mistakes again (which condition our psyche and produce suffering on a physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual level).

We gain enthusiasm for meditation when we see how it works. By perceiving the causes that make us suffer, we resolve, with diligence, confidence, and zeal, to change.

With recognition of a superior way of life, we strive to follow it, not from coercion or venerated precepts, but due to our direct experience.

Happiness emerges when we see what conditions our psyche, because by discovering the causes of our suffering, we are empowered to change them for the better.

If your practice is pessimistic and stale, you need to revise your approach, because meditation is not a chore or terrestrial obligation: it is a lifestyle, a superior way of being.

As Samael Aun Weor explained, the greatest joy of the gnostic is the discovery of one of his or her defects, because a discovered defect is a dead defect.

If the gnostic work is negative, it is due to the ego.

The consciousness experiences happiness when discovering the causes of the ego through self-observation, because it knows that in this manner, it will be liberated and returned unto divinity in a permanent fashion.

For thirty years I sought God. But when I looked carefully I found that in reality God was the seeker and I the sought. -Bayazid al-Bastami

5 years ago
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#13271
Accepted Answer
Our level of being is shown to us, symbolically through internal experiences, by the masters in the superior planes when we learn how to invoke them.

The point of the work is to free the consciousness from its conditioning so it can remain in its primordial, natural state, distinguished by happiness, serenity, cognizance, contentment, and liberation from suffering.

By removing the conditions that make us suffer, we gain self-knowledge and learn not to commit mistakes again (which condition our psyche and produce suffering on a physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual level).

We gain enthusiasm for meditation when we see how it works. By perceiving the causes that make us suffer, we resolve, with diligence, confidence, and zeal, to change.

With recognition of a superior way of life, we strive to follow it, not from coercion or venerated precepts, but due to our direct experience.

Happiness emerges when we see what conditions our psyche, because by discovering the causes of our suffering, we are empowered to change them for the better.

If your practice is pessimistic and stale, you need to revise your approach, because meditation is not a chore or terrestrial obligation: it is a lifestyle, a superior way of being.

As Samael Aun Weor explained, the greatest joy of the gnostic is the discovery of one of his or her defects, because a discovered defect is a dead defect.

If the gnostic work is negative, it is due to the ego.

The consciousness experiences happiness when discovering the causes of the ego through self-observation, because it knows that in this manner, it will be liberated and returned unto divinity in a permanent fashion.

For thirty years I sought God. But when I looked carefully I found that in reality God was the seeker and I the sought. -Bayazid al-Bastami

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