Treatise on Energy I

Energy flows one way in nature – from east to west. one must become aligned with the natural flow if one is to become the highest that one, indefinitely, is. Within all humankind there is a natural tendency toward the divine, for being of the divine, we yearn to return from whence we have come. It is a natural truth that, being so hidden and now mostly forgotten, is feared by most who now dwell hither. Ere the coming of the new ages of this world, The Ancient Ones beheld the movement of energy in great awe, but they were not afraid of it and knew that it, the energy, underlying all things was there too for them to make use of. This knowledge and understanding has been lost largely within the spheres of all the cultures of this world. Even to those few to whom this arcanum is now held, they possess not the wisdom of begetting their true forms – of utilising this energy, and many who know not of it or understand it not, must receive the effects of its wrath in accordance with the Foundational Law of Balance.

The Law of Balance dictates that all change in the universe must interact such that it minimises effects – change must, like energy its begetter, flow and meet little or no resistance. It also means that, all things in the universe must change in such away that the totality of the universe’s energy remain balanced. This is why universal changes take a long time to happen, though the effects be great; but man, in haste and in fear for his mortality, delves into immediate use and destroys and cultivates, imbibes and imbues. For every positive that exists, there must be a negative. It is for this reason, that The Ancient Ones, the Great Teachers of the world, taught that balancing energy was more important than doing good things. Doing what is right is more important than doing what is good. Indeed, this is still true even though the terms “right” and “good” have become jumbled and are now regarded as identical in meaning. However, to do what is right, means that when the action is complete, it flows into the direction of the universal energy flow and as such, minimises latent effects in the total energy system of the universe. In other words, doing what is right means that the “Domino Effect” no longer has weighting on the actions or inactions of the universe.

All things in nature mirror this effect – that in change, they naturally flow in the manner of least resistance. This is most easily observed with water, that does not allow obstacles to impede its flow, but gracefully meanders around it or carves a new path – whichever possesses the least resistance. However, the “Domino Effect” accumulates Karmic Energy that would seek to balance all action and inaction in the universe. It is a stringent two-fold rule that alternates in waves creating negative and positive reactions in its wake.

That which is right takes upon itself its own action, like a river flows into the ocean taking with it naught but itself. This flow carries one to the Divine Realm. What is called “good” is defined by man based on what he has learned and on what he has been told, but only that which is right is ordained by God and can carry one to the realisation of Immortality in the Kingdom of the Divine One.

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Kriya Yoga (by Paramhansa Yogananda)

My guru, Sri Yukteswar, liked a chant that I have translated, two lines from which go, “Pranayama be thy religion. Pranayama will give thee salvation.”

“Pranayama means control of the energy in the body, and its direction upward through the spine to the brain and to the Christ center between the eyebrows. This alone is the pathway of awakening. It isn’t a matter of dogma or belief. It is simply the way we were all made by God.

“The consciousness enters the body by way of the brain and the spine. When the sperm and ovum unite to create the physical body, they do so at what becomes the medulla oblongata, at the base of the brain.

“From this medulla, the life force moves out into the brain, down the spine and into the nervous system, then on to the muscles, etc., creating the body.

“The way out of the body, then, is to reverse this process. The difficulty in doing so lies in the fact that the life force is already conditioned by birth to continue its outward direction – through the senses and onward to the environment as it is perceived through the senses. Thus, we think to possess the world and to enjoy it through the body.

“We can never experience anything outside ourselves, however, except vicariously, as the senses report their impressions to the brain. We may try to expand our understanding of the world by study, or our enjoyment of it through sense pleasures. The fact remains, we can never know anything except through the medium of the senses, so long as the life force remains trapped in the body.

“There is a way out, however. It is for the life-force to merge with the cosmic energy; for the consciousness to merge in the infinite consciousness.

“The way to accomplish this end is to withdraw the life force from the senses, and center it in the spine; to direct it upward through the spine to the brain, and thence out through the Christ center between the eyebrows.

“The ego is centered in the medulla oblongata. This is the negative pole of self-consciousness. The positive pole is situated at the Christ center. Concentration at this center – in the spiritual eye, the seat of spiritual vision – projects the consciousness beyond the ego into Infinity.

“The spine is the highway to the Infinite. Your own body is the temple of God. It is within your own self that God must be realized. Whatever places of pilgrimage you visit outwardly, and whatever outward rituals you perform, the ultimate ‘pilgrimage’ must be within. And the ultimate religious rite must be the offering of your life-force on the altar of inner God-communion.

“That was why Jesus said, ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.’ ‘He spake,’ the Bible adds, ‘of the temple of his body.’ (John 2:19,21) “This is the path of Kriya Yoga.”

– Pramhansa Yogananda

Spiritual Pillars (Christianity): Gifts, Fruits and Virtues

GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

These are the rewards which the Paraclete, the Holy Spirit has been commanded by God to give unto the Faithful. Each gifts qualifies itself and is qualified by the others.

Example: One who fears the Lord, is pious and thus is fortuitous in life, proving his faith. Thereby, Knowledge and Understanding are given to him as befits the discretion of the Lord. Counsel and Wisdom follow thereafter.

  • Wisdom
  • Understanding
  • Counsel
  • Fortitude
  • Knowledge
  • Piety
  • Fear of the Lord (Humility)

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FRUITS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

These are the noble qualities or virtues that the Faithful must have. Thereupon, according to the discretion of the Lord, they shall receive the above Gifts.

  • Charity (also, Caritas, “Loving-kindness”)
  • Joy
  • Peace
  • Patience
  • Kindness
  • Goodness
  • Generosity
  • Gentleness
  • Modesty
  • Faithfulness
  • Self-control
  • Chastity

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CAPITAL SINS AND OPPOSED VIRTUES

  • Pride | Humility
  • Covetousness | Liberality
  • Lust | Chastity
  • Anger | Meekness
  • Gluttony | Temperance
  • Envy | Brotherly Love
  • Sloth | Diligence

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VIRTUES

Cardinal Virtues

  • Prudence
  • Temperance
  • Fortitude
  • Justice

Theological Virtues

  • Faith
  • Hope
  • Love (Charity, See. FRUITS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT)

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CHARISMATIC GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT

These are Gifts given by the Spirit for the Ministry of God, ordained and lay alike.

  • Utterance expressing Wisdom
  • Utterance expressing Knowledge
  • Faith
  • Healing
  • Working of Miracles
  • Prophecy
  • Power of Distinguishing Spirits
  • Different Tongues
  • Interpretation of Tongues

The Eight Limbs of Classical Yoga

1. YAMA

Restraints, or moral discipline. The yamas consist of five elements of outward spiritual practice performed to avoid unrighteous behavior:

  • Aparigraha

Non-acquisitiveness. In contemporary terms, this could mean to avoid greed and the acquisition of material goods, to avoid grasping for power, and to simplify your life. Be content with what you have. Do not hoard. Share and share alike.

  • Asteya

Nonstealing. Do not take that which does not belong to you in a material, physical, spiritual, intellectual, or emotional sense. Respect others’ boundaries and property.

  • Ahimsa

Nonviolence. Do no harm. Practice nonviolent words and deeds toward yourself and others. Live peacefully in word, deed, and thought.

  • Brahmacharya

Moderation, self-control, strength of will, sexual restraint. Though this yama was originally intended to mean abstinence from sexual activity or depravity for spiritual and religious purposes, it has far-reaching significance today. Even if you do not take a vow of celibacy, be virtuous and loving in thought and action. Do not fall prey to lust, selfishness, over-indulgence, or ego trips. In other words: If you talk the talk, you must walk the walk. You cannot live one way on the yoga mat and another off it. Beware of gurus and teachers who live this kind of double-life.

  • Satya

Truthfulness, sincerity, integrity, honesty, the power of the word. Speak the truth. Tell no lies. Be honest to yourself and others, and the world will reflect that honesty back to you, providing you with all the support you need.

2. NIYAMA

Observances; self-restraint. The niyamas consist of five inner practices to follow in maintaining correct moral principles. These are:

  • Samtosa

Contentment, equanimity, happiness, satisfaction. Practice happiness and contentment, honoring all that you are and all that you have right now in this moment. Know that it is truly enough. Be satisfied with your life on a deep level in the present moment. Enjoy the now.

  • Tapas

Burning zeal, desire to achieve self-realization, purification. Practice discipline and cultivate a fiery spirit. Burn through the ego. Practice endurance, building strength, stamina, and wisdom. Understand that discipline is a form of self-care, not self-deprivation.

  • Saucha

Purity of body and mind. Embrace purity in your body, environment, relationships, communications, and actions. Keep yourself and your life clear and clean, within and without. Care for your soul and the environment.

  • Svadhyaya

Self-observation, self-study. Be rigorous in looking at yourself. Practice introspection. Study the ancient texts and scriptures, read philosophy to enrich your mind and recite poetry to lighten your heart. Know yourself deeply and authentically, so that you may fully know others. Assess your thoughts and actions. Change what you don’t like, relinquish what does not serve you or others well. Embrace what does.

  • Ishvara Pranidhana

Surrender to God or the Divine. Be devoted. Let go of your small self and your ego, throw away willfulness and competition. Embrace a higher source, and trust in its benevolence. Accept the mystery and miracle of life, approach it with a sense of gratitude, awe and wonder.

3. ASANA

Yoga postures. An external spiritual practice that helps us attain stillness in mind and body. These powerful poses create strength, flexibililty, vitality and self-awareness, cleansing the body and mind and guiding us to a sense of stillness and unity within and without.

4. PRANAYAMA

Breath control; achieving a balanced state of mind through the steadiness of the breath. Pranayama refers to an array of invigorating and relaxing yogic breathing exercises that help us calm the mind and steady the thoughts, awakening inner peace and cleansing the system.

5. PRATYAHARA

Withdrawal of the senses, turning the senses inward, controlling the mind through the control of the senses. Practicing detachment from the vicissitudes of life. Moving beyond the ups and downs of external reality into a greater sense of stillness, ease, and spaciousness, by turning awareness inward.

6. DHARANA

Concentration, fixing the attention on one focal point to gain unbroken contemplation. Fostering equilibrium, equanimity, poise, and grace.

7. DHYANA

Meditation, sitting in stillness as the threshold to union with the Divine. Quieting the mind and opening the heart to allow the radiance of the Divine to nurture, heal, inspire, and enliven.

8. SAMADHI

Super-consciousness, pure contentment, equilibrium, enlightenment, ecstasy (standing outside the ordinary self), enstasy (standing inside the self), bliss, peace, union with the Divine. In this state, the spiritual seeker (sadak) loses the individual self and merges with the Universal Spirit. Samadhi is the state in which one feels, knows, and revels in the direct presence of the Divine with the entire body and soul.

Taken and Modified from:
Leza Lowitz;Reema Datta. Sacred Sanskrit Words: For Yoga, Chant, and Meditation.

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