Re: Theos-World Re: Visualizing masters/God
Aug 29, 2006 08:51 PM
by Cass Silva
This reminds me of what Hazrat Inayat Khan says on the Mystic.
"There are four different stages of God-realization of theSufi.
The first and primitive stage is to make a God. If he does not make him out of rock or out of wood he makes Him out of his thought.
He worships this Being whom he has 'imagined' (thought) as his God. He is mercy, compassion, friend, protector.
The next stage he makes of himself the lover of God. In this stage he begins to look upon God as his Beloved, and then only then does he begin to learn the manner of true love.
Third stage is that he considers all earthly sources, whether favourable or unfavourable, all that comes to him, as God. To the Sufi if a friend, beggar, foe, he sees the existence of God. Then he begins to to see in this world of variety the only Being playing His role as various beings, and for him every moment of his life is full of worship.
The fourth development of the God-ideal is in the loss of self. But which self is lost? The false self is lost, and the true self is gained. In this stage the Sufi hears through the ears of God, sees through the eyes of God, works with the hands of God, walks with the feet of God. For him thee is no longer that difference which a worshipper makes between himself and God. Khusrau the Indian poet says, "When I have become Thee and Thou hast become me, when I have become body and Thou has ecome soul, then, Beloved, there is no difference between "I" and Thou".
What profit does the Sufi derive from this loss of what he calls his outer personality? It is not really a loss of outer personality, it is an expansion of the outher personality to the width and height of the inner personality. Then man becomes God-man, God-conscious; outwardly he is in the universe, inwardly the universe is in him. Outwardly he is smaller than a drop, inwardly he is larger than the ocean; and in this realization the purpose of belief in God, of worshipping God, and of loving God is accomplished.
Mark Jaqua <email@example.com> wrote: Re: Visualizing masters
I think the following from Dan is a phoney quote,
or something altered or added to the second-hand quote
in the Judge Esoteric Instructions he takes it from
(BCW v12, I think). (You got somebody's goat on that
one.) If it isn't a phoney quote, I think it is just
wrong - not thinking anyone should visualize something
INSIDE one's self, and also... what if one is tricked
and visualizes some nasty character he thinks is a
Dallas's quotes on psychology/ Patanjali has a
few good points, but leaves me dry as far as any real
psychological insight or understanding. Just what
does that stuff actually mean, practically - its still
Philosophy and not practical psychology. Probably it
was written by the ULT writer Garrangues, who was a
big brain and astute student, but doesn't seem to me
much of a practical psychologist - I don't think he
had results from the axiom "Man, Know Thyself." I
don't doubt one bit that practical psychology can be
correlated with the 7 principles, and seven
sub-principles, and this would be an extremely
valuable study - but no one yet has done it. The best
practical psychology in Theosophy and Invaluable keys
is found in the MLs and Blavatsky's writing on pledge
- jake j.
<Master Koot Hoomi once wrote:
<"Your best method is to concentrate on the Master as
a Living Man
<inside you. Make his image in your heart and a focus
<concentration so as to lose all sense of bodily
existence in the one
<thought. . . ."
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