The Eightfold Path and the Pentalpha
The following text was utilized as the basis for discussion in a lecture of the free online course about the Transformation of Energy.
Ain Soph (Shiva-Shakti)
The Five Aspects of the Divine Mother Devi-Kundalini
1. The Unmanifested KUNDALINI
2. Ineffable ISIS, Chaste Diana (Wisdom, Love, Power).
3. The Greek HECATE, the Egyptian PROSERPINE, the Aztec COATLICUE (The Queen of the Infernos and Death. Terror of Love and Law).
4. The INDIVIDUAL PARTICULAR MOTHER NATURE (The one who created our physical body).
5. The Instinctive Elemental Female Magi (The one who originated our instincts). - The Three Mountains by Samael Aun Weor
Temptation of Buddha
"The three daughters of MARA (the three perverted GUNAS) tempted the Bodhisattva, but he paid no attention to them, and when MARA saw that he could kindle no desire in the heart of the victorious SRAMANA, he ordered all the evil spirits at his command to attack him and overawe the great MUNI.”
“But the Blessed One watched them as one would watch the harmless games of children. All the fierce hatred of the evil spirits was of no avail. The flames of hell became wholesome breezes of perfume, and the angry thunderbolts were changed into lotus-blossoms.”
“When MARA (the Dragon of Darkness) saw this, he fled away with his army from the Bodhi-tree, whilst from above a rain of heavenly flowers fell, and voices of good spirits were heard:”
“Behold the great MUNI! his heart unmoved by hatred. The wicked Mara’s host (the red Devils who constitute the famous ego) ‘gainst him did not prevail. Pure is he and wise, loving and full of mercy.”
“As the rays of the sun drown the darkness of the world, so he who perseveres in his search will find the truth and the truth will enlighten him.” - Gospel of the Lord Buddha
And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet; for they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. Revelations:16: 13-14. - Parsifal Unveiled by Samael Aun Weor
Sermon on the Mount
Renunciation, the Eightfold Path
“Know that the Bodhisattva who liberation changes for Renunciation to don the miseries of "Secret Life," is called, "thrice Honored," O thou candidate for woe throughout the cycles.
“The PATH is one, Disciple, yet in the end, two-fold. Marked are its stages by four and seven Portals. At one end — bliss immediate, and at the other — bliss deferred. Both are of merit the reward: the choice is thine.
“The One becomes the two, the Open and the Secret. The first one leadeth to the goal, the second, to Self-Immolation.
“When to the Permanent is sacrificed the Mutable, the prize is thine: the drop returneth whence it came. The Open PATH leads to the changeless change — Nirvana, the glorious state of Absoluteness, the Bliss past human thought.
“Thus, the first Path is LIBERATION.
“But Path the Second is — RENUNCIATION, and therefore called the "Path of Woe."
“That Secret Path leads the Arhan to mental woe unspeakable; woe for the living Dead, and helpless pity for the men of karmic sorrow, the fruit of Karma Sages dare not still.
“For it is written: "Teach to eschew all causes; the ripple of effect, as the great tidal wave, thou shall let run its course."
“The "Open Way", no sooner hast thou reached its goal, will lead thee to reject the Bodhisattvic body, and make thee enter the thrice glorious state of Dharmakaya which is oblivion of the World and men for ever.
“The "Secret Way" leads also to Paranirvanic bliss — but at the close of Kalpas without number; Nirvanas gained and lost from boundless pity and compassion for the world of deluded mortals.“But it is said: "The last shall be the greatest". Samyak Sambuddha, the Teacher of Perfection, gave up his SELF for the salvation of the World, by stopping at the threshold of Nirvana — the pure state." - The Voice of the Silence
Buddhism: 1. Upright Understanding/Spiritual View
Christianity: Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Daath/ Binah
"If you love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter that he may abide with you for ever; even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees him not, neither knows him: but you know him; for he dwells with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you." - John 14: 15-18
Buddhism: 2. Upright Love/Peace/Meditation
Christianity: Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Gedulah – Love/ Chesed – Mercy
And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" He said to him, "What is written in the law? How do you read?" And he answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself." And he said to him, "You have answered right; do this, and you will live." But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" Jesus replied, "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was; and when he saw him, he had compassion, and went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; then he set him on his own beast and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, `Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.' Which of these three, do you think, proved neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?" He said, "The one who showed mercy on him." And Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise." - Luke 10: 25 – 37
Buddhism: 3. Upright Mindfulness/Awareness – Consciousness
Christianity: Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. The Law/Geburah – Comprehension
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tiniest bit shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say unto you, that except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. You have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shall not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, “you are worthless”, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, “you fool”, shall be in danger of hell fire. Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go your way; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver you to the judge, and the judge deliver you to the officer, and you be cast into prison. Verily I say unto you: You shall by no means come out thence, until you has paid the uttermost penny. - Matthew 5: 17 – 26
Buddhism: 4. Upright Action – Willpower
Christianity: Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Beauty/God’s Will – Tiphereth
And Jesus said to them, "You will all fall away; for it is written, `I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.' But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee." Peter said to him, "Even though they all fall away, I will not." And Jesus said to him, "Truly, I say to you, this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times." But he said vehemently, "If I must die with you, I will not deny you." And they all said the same. And they went to a place which was called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, "Sit here, while I pray." And he took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be greatly distressed and troubled. And he said to them, "My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch." And going a little farther, he fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. And he said, "Abba, Father, all things are possible to thee; remove this cup from me; yet not what I will, but what thou wilt." And he came and found them sleeping, and he said to Peter, "Simon, are you asleep? Could you not watch one hour? Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak." And again he went away and prayed, saying the same words. And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy; and they did not know what to answer him. And he came the third time, and said to them, "Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? It is enough; the hour has come; the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand." - Mark 14: 27 – 42
Buddhism: 5. Upright way of Thinking / Nous Motives
Christianity: Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Humbleness/Faith Netzah
And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: `Do not kill, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.'" And he said to him, "Teacher, all these I have observed from my youth." And Jesus looking upon him loved him, and said to him, "You lack one thing; go, sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me." At that saying his countenance fell, and he went away sorrowful; for he had great possessions. And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, "How hard it will be for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!" And the disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said to them again, "Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." And they were exceedingly astonished, and said to him, "Then who can be saved?" Jesus looked at them and said, "With men it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God." Peter began to say to him, "Lo, we have left everything and followed you." Jesus said, "Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life. But many that are first will be last, and the last first.") Mark 10: 17 – 31
Buddhism: 6. Upright Feeling/ Speech/ Truthfulness
Christianity: Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Hod/Thou shall not lie
Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly. Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me. But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. I and my Father are one. Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God. Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God? If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him. - John.10: 24-38
Buddhism: 7. Upright Effort/Exertion – Bobbin-Kandelnosts
Christianity: Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Related to Yesod.
The breath of life, (Prana, which is the origin of life) manifests itself through five fundamental principles; these are known as Tattwas. These Tattwas are natural, subtle forces, which are modifications (Vikritis) of Prakriti.
Each one of these modifications acts in each of the five senses of the human being.
The Sun and Mars influence Tattwa Tejas, fire, which is mainly active through the eyes and vision.
The Moon and Venus influence Tattwa Apas, which is applied to the sense of taste.
Jupiter influences Tattwa prithvi, earth, which rules the sense of smell.
Saturn influences Tattwa Akasa, ether, which is mainly active in the ear, with hearing.
Mercury influences Tattwa Vayu, air, the sense of touch and speech are mainly active through this Tatwa.
Thus, the universe emerges from the imbalance of the three Gunas, which modifies the primordial substance and is modified (Vikritis, modifications of Prakriti) into Tattwas and create (by means of the three primary forces); creation is sustained by the Tattwas and it is dissolved into the Tattwas. So, the true human being is the child of his senses (Tattwas); he lives because of the senses, he sustains himself through the senses and dies through his senses.
These Tattwas (or cosmic modified vital principles of Prakriti) produce the concrete matter; they animate any type of matter with its energies.
The Tattwas are reflected within the senses and are modified in the different organic functions and regulate its manifestations in all of its aspects.
The sense of touch belongs to the physical body, the sense of taste to the vital body and its activity in the instinctive functions of the physical body (the Pancatattwa ritual); the sense of smell to the body of desires (astral), the sense of hearing to the mental body and the sight to willpower.
The five senses express the five modifications (Vikritis) of the primordial substance (Prakriti); these five modifications are also expressed through: Respiration, digestion, circulation, excretion and reproduction.
The senses are the windows of the Temple (the physical body); through them we know the exterior modifications (the Tattwas) of Prana; however the consciousness also receives the internal Light or modifications (the Tattwas) of Prana from the interior worlds and by means of them it can act upon the exterior world.
Through initiation we transform, we educate the five senses (which entangle us within the power of illusion) making them useful instruments of Nous. The five sense are the five talents of Matthew 25: 14 – 30.
For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.
And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.
But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money.
After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.
And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.
His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.
Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. - Matthew 25: 14 – 30
Each human being has five senses and within the initiations we have the duty of making a profit off of them. Every well-educated sense profits from an internal talent and this is how the five talents are duplicated with their upright use for the benefit of our Innermost.
And Shiva formed the physical body from the modifications (the Tattwas) of the dust (the Gunas of his Prakriti) of the ground (the primordial substance), and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life (Prana); and the human being developed his senses through this living soul (Prana) of God.
So, Prana, the breath of life is the creator of our five senses. Tattwa Tejas develops the sight. The sight is a sense of vital importance. The initiate must practice in order to see the internal light of truth emanated from the Innermost, thus, he/she illuminates all of his/her thoughts and mental aspirations in order to modify them through his/her internal sight.
“The light of the body is the (the Pineal Gland or the internal) eye: if therefore thine eye be sincere, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!” - Matthew 6:22, 23.
Internal sight is positive imagination or faith by means of which the Inner-Christ (Prana) performs miracles within us.
This light (Christ-Prana) influences our mind and through our imagination (Nous), faith helps us to become children of God; thus since our thoughts are influenced by our feelings (our heart) this will be the foundation of our behavior.
Likewise, what we are, feel and think about ourselves, modifies our internal and external sight. Happiness, disgrace, beauty, ugliness, etc., exist within our internal feelings. This is why any two people perceive or see the same things or circumstances differently.
The initiate must acquire the perfect external and internal vision in all of his/her acts. Externally, we must look and contemplate upon everything that can elevate our soul into the superior worlds: Beautiful paintings, landscapes, flowers and all of the beautiful things that Mother Nature offers us.
Internally we must visualize everything that is constructive, in order to always have the internal eye luminous, thus we can illuminate our path and the path of our neighbor.
A dense and low visualization darkens the internal eye or Pineal Gland. We must not wrongly interpret what we see in our neighbor.
Every exterior activity is the expression of our internal vision. Every initiation is always revealed by inner vision. The external hazards manifest themselves to us in the same measure as the misconceptions of the things that we internally possess.
Positive visualization is power in the hands of the initiate. Any type of exterior hazard disappears before the perfect vision that guides us upon our internal development.
The first talent is the internal and perfect cognizance of things.
An evil mind is an obstacle in order to visualize the internal and perfect cognizance of things.
The second talent is the ear. We determine what we think and believe by the hearing of the ear. What we hear gives a strong foundation and trust in all of its manifestations. However the best knowledge is the one that comes from the voice of the Innermost, who always talk to us through the heart (Nous) through intuition.
Avoid slander, calumny, vituperation, criticism and anything that can hurt human nature. Let us listen the voice of the silence, the voice of the innermost when the mind is silent.
Internal sight grants us the consciousness of the truth which builds faith and reveals for us our God’s will and the internal hearing grants us understanding of that truth, which grants us comprehension of that faith and willpower. The sense of touch unleashes for us the power of love (Yesod, El-Shaddai, the Ruach, the wind, Vayu) that increases our faith and willpower, our hands are the messengers of our Innermost (Gedulah, Love) through a silent mind. We must learn how to morally touch the neighbor in order not to hurt him/her.
Our psychological touch must be done with prudence, skill, and with love in order to acquire the third talent from our Innermost. This is why our actions must be touched with an impersonal love, without expecting any type of reward: “But when you do alms (something given to help the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needy), let not your left hand know what your right hand does: that your alms (aids) may be in secret: and your Father which sees in secret himself shall reward you openly.” Matthew 6: 3, 4
The fourth talent belongs to the sense of taste. Taste is an intelligent guard or the sense that represents the guardian Angel that intelligently chooses our food in order to keep our body healthy; likewise we must choose and search for the individual spiritual taste, or the Shakti of things.
A person with spiritual taste is the one that has transcended the vulgarity of things and acquired the exquisiteness of the superior or elevated things in order to control his instincts which must be tamed and controlled by his Innermost. Remember that the sense of taste is related with our instinctive center.
The fifth talent is the sense of smell which is very much related with the sense of taste. Upon the sense of smell is based the science of Pranayama, which has a strong influence in our spiritual development. We need to purify our minds in order to breathe the pure atoms of light from our Innermost.
Buddhism: 8. Upright Livelihood - Surviving
Christianity: Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Upright way of living
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Matthew 6: 24 Unquestionably, Mammon and Dionysus (the God of the Wine of Transubstantiation) can never be conciliated because they are incompatible in their summaries as well as in their contents. In an irrefutable axiomatic way, we can and even must define Mammon with two terms: A) Intellectualism B) Money (gold, material wealth) It is urgent to correctly define Dionysus in the following precise and blunt way: A.) Voluntary transmutation of the sexual libido B.) Transcendental Mystic Ecstasy Dionisian Positive Pole: Subliminal sexual enjoyment; voluntary transmutation of the entity of semen; awakened consciousness; objective knowledge; superlative intuition; transcendental music of the great classical Masters, etc., etc., etc. Dionisian Negative Pole: Sexual degeneration; infra-sexuality of many types; homosexuality, lesbianism; demonic pleasures within the infernal worlds by means of drugs, mushrooms, alcohol, etc., infernal music such as the “music” of these modern-days, etc., etc., etc. Gnostics and New Age Hippiedom were annoyed with the vain intellectualism of Mammon. They were bored with so many theories. They arrived at the conclusion that the mind, as an instrument of investigation, is abundantly miserable... Zen? Gnana Yoga? These are superlative. Faculties of cognition, which are infinitely superior to the mind, exist in a latent state within us. We can experience that which is the reality, that which is not of time, in a direct way by means of these faculties. Unfortunately, the New Age Hippiedom preferred the inferno of drugs. Indubitably, they defined themselves perversely. We, the Gnostics, plainly disappointed with the stubborn intellectualism of Mammon drink the wine of meditation from the cup of perfect concentration. Radical and in depth psychological changes are urgent when we are disappointed with the scoundrels of the mind. To return to the original point of departure is what is wise. Only thus is a radical transformation possible. Sexology? Bless my soul oh God and Hail Mary! This theme horrifies the puritans... It is written in the sacred scriptures with words of fire that sex is a stumbling stone and a rock of offense... The evidence stands out; we are not the offspring of any theory, school or sect. In the crude root of our existence, we only find the coitus of a man, and a woman... We were born nude, somebody cut our umbilical cord, we cried, and then we searched for the maternal breast... Clothing? Schools? Theories? Erudition? Money, etc., etc., etc.? All of these came later on, as an addition. Beliefs of all types exist everywhere. However, the unique force which can transform us in an integral and unitotal way is the force which placed us on the carpet of existence. I am referring to the creative energy of the first instant, to the sexual potency. The delightful love, the erotic enjoyment is by logical sequence the greatest joy... To know how to wisely copulate is indispensable when a definitive psychological change is sincerely longed for. The “New Age Hippiedom” forebode all of this when they revolted against Mammon, but they erred in their way. They did not know how to synchronize themselves with the positive pole of Dionysus. We, the Gnostics, are different, we know how to enjoy. To transmute and sublimate the libido is enjoyable for us. This is not a crime. The New Age Hippiedom and subsequent resolutely marches on the devolving, descending path of infra-sexuality. The Universal International Christian Gnostic Institutions victoriously progress on the ascendant revolutionary path of supra-sexuality. - The Three Mountains) by Samael Aun Weor.
Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor yet for your body, what shall you put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take you thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? Or, what shall we drink? Or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek :) for your heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things; but seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.) - Matthew 6: 25 – 34
Therefore: Blessed are ye (on the Path of Initiation), when men shall censure you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake (the Nous Atom). Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
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