Friday, 08 November 2013
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1. When comprehending the ego in accordance with the guidelines given in Tao Meditation the depth of concentration is very shallow due to effort in remembering gaps and , so one has to rewind and forward the various memories in order to find missing spots, is this considered ok procedure?

- The first step of the retrospection takes about 20-30 minutes alone at this moment. How fast do you rewind the film ?

- I saw at another post that deep meditation if required when comprehending the ego's , this is the same meditation depth required when retrieving information from symbols etc ?

- Should i then wait until capacity of concentration is there to do 'Tao Meditation' practice ? Or continue practicing like now until it gets deeper, because at this moment i am having trouble just labeling the various sentiments and sensations that have cropped up during the day.

- At the moment my efforts are directed towards Vipassana and Mindfulness practices given by Thích Nhất Hạnh , and they are helping tremendously with peace and calmness during the day. Is this this a fair start ?

- Swami Sivananda and Benjamin Franklin both held a journal of some sorts , where they cycled virtues they wanted to develop. Focusing on one virtue weekly/daily/monthly and so on. And i am pulled to this method, but what is your take on it ?

2. Am i right to believe that when one reaches a certain level in concentration and the practice is suspended, one keeps that level because the capacity and skill is stored in the sexual energy of the neophyte ? At the sister site sacred-sex.org there is a quote about a practitioner that lost all of his virtues and concentration because of the couple wanting to conceive a child. So if for an example trying to speed up the process of developing concentration by doing a retreat, i would keep some of it when coming back to a place with a lot of impressions ?

3. The books and procedures by Swami Sivananda, Rudolf Steiner and Dion Fortune are OK ? I know Rudolf Steiner was considered a true gnostic by the Master , and i have seen one book on Mystical Qabalah (Dion Fortune) recommended here.

The reason is because it helps me understand the red thread of spirituality and occultism through the various authors, and helps me put away a few fears and worries that comes from just reading from one authoritative source.

Thank you for your time and efforts with this site, i have known this site and teachings for a few years, but realized every time i come back that i haven't been mature to accept the teachings . I don't expect every question to be answered, but hopefully some of them !

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8 years ago
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#4825
Accepted Answer
1) If there are gaps in your work memory, then try to reflect on those moments you do remember.

How fast or slow you review the events of the day depends upon your intuition. Follow your heart. What does your Divine Mother want you to reflect on the most, to seriously analyze? Review in accordance with your spiritual inclinations.

Regarding meditation on any object, we must always be profound, whether we seek to understand a symbol or an ego.

Concentration is fundamental. Without it, we cannot access real meditation. If you struggle with the Tao meditation, perform concentration exercises as detailed in the Gnostic Meditation course, such as fixating your eyes on a candle and watching your thoughts. Simply observe the candle.

Vipassana means special insight, which we can develop through practices with imagination, visualization, and concentration. These are good preliminary practices for helping us establish the foundations of religious practice, but they are not the goal in themselves. Afterward, we must go deeper, such as the Tao meditation and psychoanalytical practices given by Samael Aun Weor, since these exercises pertain to the Mahayana and Tantrayana levels of esotericism, and are superior in scope.

Journals can be very helpful. I have worked with them for years! :)

2. Regarding the suspension of one's practice, we in turn retrogress in our capacities to concentrate and visualize when we, as the consciousness, slack in our discipline. The skills for meditation are within the consciousness, and depending upon our discipline, whether on retreat or in the city, we can access those states that we might have previously developed in past lives or our current life. Only if we reinitiate our efforts to reach and maintain those states we lost, can we return to that level of concentration. Remember that nothing is static. We reach a certain level of being, stay there, or move higher in accordance with our work. It is up to us. Now, if we can maintain a high level of being in the city, our level of concentration and willpower will be greater than if we worked in meditation on retreat, since the former circumstance requires greater discipline to produce and maintain than the latter.

3. Those authors you mentioned are excellent and highly recommended! Yes, I do not tell students just to read Samael Aun Weor, because it's important to see the unanimity of perspectives on esotericism from the great initiates. It is sad to see some students and missionaries of this gnostic teachings who only read Samael Aun Weor and become very fanatic, demanding that students only read his books. Meanwhile, our Guru Samael Aun Weor told us explicitly to stud the writings of Swami Sivananda, Dion Fortune, and others as part of our spiritual education. This is part of developing a robust intellectual-spiritual culture, which helps us from being misled, as Samael Aun Weor explained in Fundamental Notions of Endocrinology and Criminology.

When I read other authors like those you mentioned, and when I compare their level of knowledge and perspective, it gives me a greater appreciation for the wisdom of Samael Aun Weor, because the depth of his writings are tremendous and very clear, which is refreshing if one has proceeded out of a labyrinth of spiritual authors and writings. Reading works by the great initiates also helps us understand the universality of this teaching, and helps us see how much Samael Aun Weor really knew and taught.

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!"

8 years ago
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#4825
Accepted Answer
1) If there are gaps in your work memory, then try to reflect on those moments you do remember.

How fast or slow you review the events of the day depends upon your intuition. Follow your heart. What does your Divine Mother want you to reflect on the most, to seriously analyze? Review in accordance with your spiritual inclinations.

Regarding meditation on any object, we must always be profound, whether we seek to understand a symbol or an ego.

Concentration is fundamental. Without it, we cannot access real meditation. If you struggle with the Tao meditation, perform concentration exercises as detailed in the Gnostic Meditation course, such as fixating your eyes on a candle and watching your thoughts. Simply observe the candle.

Vipassana means special insight, which we can develop through practices with imagination, visualization, and concentration. These are good preliminary practices for helping us establish the foundations of religious practice, but they are not the goal in themselves. Afterward, we must go deeper, such as the Tao meditation and psychoanalytical practices given by Samael Aun Weor, since these exercises pertain to the Mahayana and Tantrayana levels of esotericism, and are superior in scope.

Journals can be very helpful. I have worked with them for years! :)

2. Regarding the suspension of one's practice, we in turn retrogress in our capacities to concentrate and visualize when we, as the consciousness, slack in our discipline. The skills for meditation are within the consciousness, and depending upon our discipline, whether on retreat or in the city, we can access those states that we might have previously developed in past lives or our current life. Only if we reinitiate our efforts to reach and maintain those states we lost, can we return to that level of concentration. Remember that nothing is static. We reach a certain level of being, stay there, or move higher in accordance with our work. It is up to us. Now, if we can maintain a high level of being in the city, our level of concentration and willpower will be greater than if we worked in meditation on retreat, since the former circumstance requires greater discipline to produce and maintain than the latter.

3. Those authors you mentioned are excellent and highly recommended! Yes, I do not tell students just to read Samael Aun Weor, because it's important to see the unanimity of perspectives on esotericism from the great initiates. It is sad to see some students and missionaries of this gnostic teachings who only read Samael Aun Weor and become very fanatic, demanding that students only read his books. Meanwhile, our Guru Samael Aun Weor told us explicitly to stud the writings of Swami Sivananda, Dion Fortune, and others as part of our spiritual education. This is part of developing a robust intellectual-spiritual culture, which helps us from being misled, as Samael Aun Weor explained in Fundamental Notions of Endocrinology and Criminology.

When I read other authors like those you mentioned, and when I compare their level of knowledge and perspective, it gives me a greater appreciation for the wisdom of Samael Aun Weor, because the depth of his writings are tremendous and very clear, which is refreshing if one has proceeded out of a labyrinth of spiritual authors and writings. Reading works by the great initiates also helps us understand the universality of this teaching, and helps us see how much Samael Aun Weor really knew and taught.

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!"

8 years ago
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#4841
This was a great answer , thank you Benedictus. Yes it is the fanaticism , and often fatalistic approach that makes me question the nature on some of the lectures. To be honest i wasn't expecting any answer at all, but you proved me wrong. For what its worth you seem like a very intelligent and well spoken individual.

Thanks again
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