Tuesday, 20 December 2011
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Gnostic instructors (which I'm not) usually avoid giving lists of things that students have to do, nevertheless it seems that there are some absolute essentials according to the Gnostic Dharma (in no paritcular order):

1) Daily Chaste Transmutation (whether with Pranayama, Tummo/Kumbhaka, or Karmamudra).

2) Regular (i.e. consistent) Communion/Eucharist/Ganapuja, to purify downfalls and strengthen our connection with the Christic Forces of the Guru, Yidam, and Dakini.

3) Daily Meditation (mostly on Emptiness and eliminating the egos) or Contemplation in the Natural State (the inseparableness of Emptiness/Wisdom and Bliss, Clarity, & Awareness).


4) Mantras

5) Dream Yoga

6) Regular (i.e. consistent) study.

7) Regular (i.e. consistent) Karma Yoga.

8) Always protecting our Meditation and/or sleeping space with Conjurations and Pentagrams or with Wrathful Protectors.

9) Daily Yantra Yoga, or Runes/Runic Yoga, Tsa-Lung, or at least three or so daily physical Asanas of Swami Sivananda; in order to keep the body healthy enough for the rigors of walking the Path (in addition to regular exercise and a healthy diet).

10) Always Bless the Plants when working with Elemental Magic or Plant Medicine.

And to tie it all together:

Daily Guru Yoga:

Remembering our Divine Mother (Dakini Guru); and moment-to-moment self-observation & Self(Guru-Yidam)-Remembering.

This being said, this is the minimum that we need in order to properly accumulate Merit (Upaya) and Wisdom (Prajna) and overall walk the Path of Self-Realization and/or Self-Liberation according to the Gnostic Teachings and Vajrayana, correct?

Sarva Mangalam


By the way, about the questions regarding physical body issues (it wouldn't let accept the T&C as to comment in the other threads):

Samael Aun Weor wrote that if our body is too damaged or too elderly for the work, that we can still prepare for future lives in this life by Meditating and practicing Dream Yoga. If one is on their 108th life, I've heard that it's possible to ask for and receive another body in order to continue the work without having be reborn in lower realms.
10 years ago
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#164
Accepted Answer
Doing all of the things you mentioned would be a very complete practice so long as it is done consciously and not mechanically.

The practice unfolds itself in front of the student as he or she progresses upon it. Everything is to the degree, to the jot. A student can make first steps without having much of any formal practice, just the willpower to make some changes in behavior in the physical plane. Then a little meditation, a little self-remembering, some dream yoga, etc. is all you need to continue. Plus chastity of course, but that comes in small steps as well. The practice grows organically and it is different for each person.
10 years ago
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#142
What is necessary are the Three Factors of the Revolution of the Consciousness, in whatever format you choose. You don't need to practice runes daily to progress so long as you are transmuting in some other way. You just need to practice Death, Birth, and Sacrifice. Samael Aun Weor gave many very powerful methods and they can be combined, yet it is better to have a simple and sincere practice rather than a complicated, rational, intellectual, "all my bases are covered so I must be guaranteed to advance" approach. The latter, while looking very serious can actually be very lazy in terms of the consciousness. Of course, as one matures in their practice, their level of seriousness will grow and a natural progression may occur that he or she does do all of the things on your list.
10 years ago
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#143
KH wrote: "It is better to have a simple and sincere practice rather than a complicated, rational, intellectual, "all my bases are covered so I must be guaranteed to advance" approach. The latter, while looking very serious can actually be very lazy in terms of the consciousness."

Ha, you almost read my mind. Except for I was thinking more along the lines of:

"All my bases are covered, so I must be somewhat guaranteed to at best be in a position to even begin to 'think' about the possibility of advancing."

Because from what I've gleaned from my studies thus far, is that all of the above said ten points are interdependent parts of a complete practice (although maybe we could say that it is like the Ten Sephiroth are related to the above ten points, in that all ten are 'latent' within the Trinity or the Three Factors); meaning that without all ten of them (in some form or another), it could be similar to a Tree of Life without all of Its Sephiroth. For example like trying to Meditate and Transmute everyday, but without having a strong enough body to handle the rigors of daily Meditation and Transmutation.

Speaking of which, about the Runes, I'd said "in some form or another" here because I wasn't suggesting that we have to do all of the practices from each of the mentioned ten subheadings (# 9 in this case); but that we should pick at least one from each numbered subheading (for example pick one of the following from # 9: Yantra Yoga, Runes, Tsa-Lung, or at least a few Asanas from Swami Sivananda's Hatha Yoga).

Anyway, so what you're saying is that we could pick three daily practices (i.e. Birth: Transmutation, Death: Meditation, Sacrifice: Karma Yoga) from only three of the above list of ten practices or groups of practices (a list that doesn't even take into account that there are dozens if not hundreds of Gnostic practices, or variations of the above list of ten practices, found within the writings of Samael Aun Weor), to start out with, as long as they include the Three Factors (of course we should include Guru Yoga as outlined above, Communion/Eucharist/Ganapuja, and protecting our meditation/sleeping space, making for a good six of the above ten 'practices' total) ?

For anyone here who has Received Dzogchen Transmission, whether in the physical dimension or in the astral/mental/causal etc. dimensions, regarding Longchenpa Rabjampa's writings Patrul Rinpoche is quoted as having said: "Besides studying these texts, there is no other practice." Not that this should necessarily be taken literally; but if you read any of Longchenpa's great works, you'll know what Patrul Rinpoche means. Of course if you have Received Dzogchen Transmission in the Internal Worlds it's possible that you could have Received Transmission from Longchenpa Rabjampa himself. It is said that Longchenpa gave Karmamudra (Sexual Magic) instructions in the Lama Yang-thig (or Yang-tig, Yangthig, Yangtig), which unfortunately is not translated into English yet (not to say that we don't already have enough Gnostic Karmamudra instructions to get started).


Thank you.


Best Regards
10 years ago
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#144
In trying to collect "all the right practices", there is also the danger of falling into a wrong approach that was advised against by Longchenpa Rabjampa:

"Avoid thinking of the teacher as a musk deer, oneself as a hunter, the teachings as musk, and the act of requesting teachings as extracting the musk from the musk deer."


Sarva Mangalam
10 years ago
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#164
Accepted Answer
Doing all of the things you mentioned would be a very complete practice so long as it is done consciously and not mechanically.

The practice unfolds itself in front of the student as he or she progresses upon it. Everything is to the degree, to the jot. A student can make first steps without having much of any formal practice, just the willpower to make some changes in behavior in the physical plane. Then a little meditation, a little self-remembering, some dream yoga, etc. is all you need to continue. Plus chastity of course, but that comes in small steps as well. The practice grows organically and it is different for each person.
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