Saturday, 24 November 2012
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Hello

Ive felt the need lately to really get stuck into the doctrine and gain comprehension of it rather than just intellectual. I would like to ask an instructor if they have any advice about how to acquire comprehension of Samael Aun Weors books and also by things written by instructors as well.

I remember something written a while ago but cant really rememeber from were about reading emotionally, about reading with the heart. Could someone maybe expand on this.

Also meditation is important but how can we start to meditate on something we have read in a book. is imagination necessary?

Sometimes I would concentrate on teh concept and reflect on it and images would come that are related to it and a chain can develop from this which can be productive.

Sometimes I also would pray to my divine mother, divine mother help me comprehend something about this that I have read and I would relax be attentive but remain receprtive, images can arise which are relvent and help with comprehension, sometimes a chain of related images develops and other times a keep praying an image comes, understand it then pray again with this process.

Does anyone have any advice?

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9 years ago
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You will get the most out of the Gnostic literature by reading lightly and meditating frequently, extensively and profoundly. Although there are times where we need to be intellectually informed about the knowledge through prolonged study, an efficient means of acquiring cognizance of the doctrine is to read little, reflect often about what you read, and apply that knowledge as best as you can to your own life.

When we meditate on the writings of the initiates, we should follow the preliminary steps for actualizing occult practice: relax the body (Asana) and silence the mind (Pratyahara). Through silence of mind (Pratyahara) we can in turn concentrate (Dharana) effectively on a given object, in this case, a line or two of esoteric writing.

When you read, pause often to engage in reflection. Close your eyes, relax your body, and concentrate on the line of writing you seek to extract information about. Learning to contemplate with the heart is difficult for those who are predisposed to intellectualism. It is a type of cognizance you can only become familiar with through consistent practice and experience. However, with discipline you can learn to "think" with the heart and "feel" with the head.

Throughout this process you still work with the faculties of imagination, since as Samael Aun Weor wrote, "For the wise, to imagine is to see." This does not necessarily mean you perceive "images" as we typically discuss in these teachings. You must learn to perceive with spiritual sight the esoteric message within a given statement, and this in itself is very abstract, bearing similitude to the Buddhist teachings on emptiness. This is the reason why many students have asked us for help in this regard, since meditating on emptiness is challenging indeed. It goes beyond concepts in the intellect to noumenal principles, which relate to a very different form of logic (Dianoia and Nous) than we are accustomed to.

When you know how to concentrate on an enigmatic phrase without being distracted, you can begin to extract new information about it. This is meditation (Dhyana).

Meditating on an esoteric concept is difficult, as are many other aspects of occult practice, but through increased familiarity with internal experiences, their symbolic representations and, most importantly, their practical application, you will begin to bridge the mysterious world of intuition with your daily life.

When you read a work of literature, take it slow, and work to see how it applies to everything you do. Comprehension emerges when we least expect it, yet we must be alert within meditation for the reception of new insight. Again, it might come in the form of an image, but it also might arrive simply as a spark in the heart, a flash of understanding that is apparently "empty" of imagery. Despite this fact, imagination is still very active, since it is the penetrative perception of the consciousness to apprehend the given nature of any phenomena.

In synthesis, take a line of writing that is powerful or inspiring to you, and reflect on how it applies to your experience. As it is mentioned in the reference link below, we gain an emotional understanding by contemplating how the written word relates to daily life. Furthermore, that knowledge becomes ingrained without our consciousness when we awaken here and within the internal dimensions through direct mystical cognizant experience. As always, pray to your Divine Mother to grant you understanding (Hebrew: Binah), since She is the fire of comprehension that ignites the dead letter and grants life to the spirit.

Joyful in hope, suffering in tribulation, be thou constant in thy prayer.

Benedictis, qui venit in nomine Domini. Osanna in excelsis.

"Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest!"

9 years ago
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#2541
Accepted Answer
You will get the most out of the Gnostic literature by reading lightly and meditating frequently, extensively and profoundly. Although there are times where we need to be intellectually informed about the knowledge through prolonged study, an efficient means of acquiring cognizance of the doctrine is to read little, reflect often about what you read, and apply that knowledge as best as you can to your own life.

When we meditate on the writings of the initiates, we should follow the preliminary steps for actualizing occult practice: relax the body (Asana) and silence the mind (Pratyahara). Through silence of mind (Pratyahara) we can in turn concentrate (Dharana) effectively on a given object, in this case, a line or two of esoteric writing.

When you read, pause often to engage in reflection. Close your eyes, relax your body, and concentrate on the line of writing you seek to extract information about. Learning to contemplate with the heart is difficult for those who are predisposed to intellectualism. It is a type of cognizance you can only become familiar with through consistent practice and experience. However, with discipline you can learn to "think" with the heart and "feel" with the head.

Throughout this process you still work with the faculties of imagination, since as Samael Aun Weor wrote, "For the wise, to imagine is to see." This does not necessarily mean you perceive "images" as we typically discuss in these teachings. You must learn to perceive with spiritual sight the esoteric message within a given statement, and this in itself is very abstract, bearing similitude to the Buddhist teachings on emptiness. This is the reason why many students have asked us for help in this regard, since meditating on emptiness is challenging indeed. It goes beyond concepts in the intellect to noumenal principles, which relate to a very different form of logic (Dianoia and Nous) than we are accustomed to.

When you know how to concentrate on an enigmatic phrase without being distracted, you can begin to extract new information about it. This is meditation (Dhyana).

Meditating on an esoteric concept is difficult, as are many other aspects of occult practice, but through increased familiarity with internal experiences, their symbolic representations and, most importantly, their practical application, you will begin to bridge the mysterious world of intuition with your daily life.

When you read a work of literature, take it slow, and work to see how it applies to everything you do. Comprehension emerges when we least expect it, yet we must be alert within meditation for the reception of new insight. Again, it might come in the form of an image, but it also might arrive simply as a spark in the heart, a flash of understanding that is apparently "empty" of imagery. Despite this fact, imagination is still very active, since it is the penetrative perception of the consciousness to apprehend the given nature of any phenomena.

In synthesis, take a line of writing that is powerful or inspiring to you, and reflect on how it applies to your experience. As it is mentioned in the reference link below, we gain an emotional understanding by contemplating how the written word relates to daily life. Furthermore, that knowledge becomes ingrained without our consciousness when we awaken here and within the internal dimensions through direct mystical cognizant experience. As always, pray to your Divine Mother to grant you understanding (Hebrew: Binah), since She is the fire of comprehension that ignites the dead letter and grants life to the spirit.

Joyful in hope, suffering in tribulation, be thou constant in thy prayer.

Benedictis, qui venit in nomine Domini. Osanna in excelsis.

"Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest!"

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