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Is Krama-Mukti (Sanskrit) the same spiral path that the Pratyeka Buddhas and Saints walk?
9 years ago
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#2922
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The term Krama-Mukti is used in different ways depending upon which particular tradition or scripture is using it. The Sanskrit word krama means "gradual" or "sequential," while mukti means "release." So in the context of what we study here, the term would accurately apply to the spiral path followed by pratyekas and shravakas. However, when studying scriptures or teachings of other traditions, be aware that the term has been used in other ways. For example, amongst some devotees of the ancient Vedas and for example the Brahma Sutra, the term is used to refer to those who over countless aeons have such devotion to God that they slowly rise up to merge with the highest. This process does not require any particular spiritual effort; it is just a slow evolution through uncountable lifetimes. In the end, the soul merges with the divine, but has accomplished no mastery, self-knowledge, or self-realization. This is different from the spiral path, because the spiral path requires the creation of the solar bodies and some degree of self-knowledge.

"Do not worry; cultivate the habit of being happy." - Samael Aun Weor

9 years ago
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#2922
Accepted Answer
The term Krama-Mukti is used in different ways depending upon which particular tradition or scripture is using it. The Sanskrit word krama means "gradual" or "sequential," while mukti means "release." So in the context of what we study here, the term would accurately apply to the spiral path followed by pratyekas and shravakas. However, when studying scriptures or teachings of other traditions, be aware that the term has been used in other ways. For example, amongst some devotees of the ancient Vedas and for example the Brahma Sutra, the term is used to refer to those who over countless aeons have such devotion to God that they slowly rise up to merge with the highest. This process does not require any particular spiritual effort; it is just a slow evolution through uncountable lifetimes. In the end, the soul merges with the divine, but has accomplished no mastery, self-knowledge, or self-realization. This is different from the spiral path, because the spiral path requires the creation of the solar bodies and some degree of self-knowledge.

"Do not worry; cultivate the habit of being happy." - Samael Aun Weor

9 years ago
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#2944
So in terms of what we study here in Gnosis, those devotees of God who reach total liberation through Krama-Mukti, would they be like the equivalent of Elemental Buddhas but residing within the Absolute?

Thank you for clarifying, sharing your knowledge and advice with us.
9 years ago
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#2945
By our definition of Buddha, no, since we understand the title of "Buddha" ("awakened") is earned by the Innermost after the completion of the fourth Initiation of Major Mysteries (Netzach), the creation of the Solar Mental body (Sahadeva / Najuda). The mind of such a being is different from animals (elementals).

Let us remember that at the end of the mahamanvantara (great age), everything will be returned to the Absolute, so in a sense, everything will acquire "krama-mukti," at least through the pralaya (cosmic night). By my understanding, however, the term is used more specifically to refer to those souls who have such longing for Divinity that they "rise above" the mechanical flow of the other elementals (raw consciousness, undeveloped). That is, they have more longing than others, but not enough longing to create the soul (Spiral Path) or incarnate the Light itself (Direct Path).

"Do not worry; cultivate the habit of being happy." - Samael Aun Weor

9 years ago
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#2954
By the sounds of it, essentially there appears to be grades or levels of development even within the Absolute?

I remember reading in the book by Samael Aun Weor, The Initiatic Path in the Arcana of Tarot and Kabbalah, that the ones who have developed their solar bodies, when they enter into the Absolute, they enter as particles with something extra due to having created their solar bodies.
9 years ago
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#2956
Just as there are differences in our comprehension here and now, so will there be differences when everything is stripped away and we return to our core of Being. What remains is our conscious comprehension, nothing more. Part of that is our devotion to the Ultimate.

"Do not worry; cultivate the habit of being happy." - Samael Aun Weor

9 years ago
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#2960
When you say returning to the core of our being, in terms of Kabbalah, are you referring to the Ain?
9 years ago
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#2973
"In the final synthesis, each one of us is nothing more than an atom from the Abstract Absolute Space, which is the interior atomic star that has always smiled upon us." - Samael Aun Weor

"Do not worry; cultivate the habit of being happy." - Samael Aun Weor

9 years ago
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#2981
Okay, that's clear as day, thank you again.
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