The Four Defects of the Conditioned Soul
- Imperfect Senses (Karanapatava): The senses are limited and can easily be misled.
- Illusion (Pramada): Accepting as real something that is not real.
- Mistakes (Bhrama): “To err is human.”
- Cheating (Vipralipsa): To propagate falsehood, to present yourself as something you are not.
A conditioned soul in the material world has the disqualification of cheating. He has four disqualifications: he is sure to commit mistakes, he is sure to be illusioned, he is prone to cheat others, and his senses are imperfect. But if one carries out the order of the spiritual master by disciplic succession, or the parampara system, he overcomes the four defects. – Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.24.12, purport Continue reading
THE HOLLOW EARTH: A MADDENING THEORY THAT CAN’T BE DISPROVED
From OMNI Magazine (October 1983)
If there were a hall of fame for pseudoscientists, surely Cyrus Teed would deserve a place of honor. It was shortly after the Civil War that Teed had his vision: The earth is a hollow sphere, and WE LIVE INSIDE IT. Everything else in the universe is in here with us — planets, comets, stars — everything. What’s outside the sphere? Nothing.
Teed’s cosmology had a particular appeal to religious fundamentalists. It made the earth important again, rather than an insignifigant speck in the cosmos. And it eliminated the difficult concepts of infinite space and aimlessly scattered worlds. We’re all right here together in this safe, spherical womb.
In 1870 Teed changed his name to Koresh (ancient Hebrew for Cyrus) and started a cult. At its peak in the Nineties the Koreshan (pronounced ker-ESH-an) Unity movement had some 4,000 followers. Teed Continue reading
Flat Earth Society
by Michael Rogero Brown
The following is the flyer that the Flat Earth Society sends to people interested in them. I have entered it VERBATUM. ALL typos, punctuation errors, etc are THEIRS. Enjoy.
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International Flat Earth Research Society
FLAT EARTH SOCIETY
Charles K. Johnson, President
Marjory Waugh Johnson, Sec.
Telephone: (805) 727-1635
PO Box 2533, Lancaster, CA 93539
Aim: To carefully observe, think freely rediscover forgotten fact and oppose theoretical dogmatic assumptions. To help establish the United States…of the the world on this flat earth. Replace the science religion…with SANITY Continue reading
Fundamental Education. Chapter XXXVII: The Consciousness
By Samael Aun Weor
People confuse Intelligence with Intellect, and say that a very intelligent or very intellectual person is very conscious. We say that the CONSCIOUSNESS is, in man, beyond any doubt and without any fear of fooling ourselves, a very particular type of “APPREHENSION OF INNER KNOWLEDGE” which is wholly independent of all mental activities.
The faculty of Consciousness allows us to reach the knowledge of ourselves.
Consciousness provides us with an integral knowledge of what is, of where it is, of what is really known, of what is certainly not known.
The Revolutionary Psychology teaches that only man himself can get to know himself. Only we can know whether we are Conscious or not at a given moment. Only you yourself can know about your own Consciousness and whether it exists at a given moment or not. Continue reading
Light & Shadow Tarot by Michael Goepferd
From Vopus [Excerpted]
The Being, the Inner-Self, the Monad, has two Souls; the first is the Spiritual Soul, the second is the Human Soul. The former is Dante’s Beatrice, Beautiful Helen, the Shulamite of the wise Solomon, the ineffable adorable wife, the Buddhi of Theosophy. The Latter is the Human Soul, the Causal Principle, the Noble Husband, the Superior Manas of Theosophy. Even when it may seem rare and strange, while the Human Soul works, the Spiritual Soul plays.
Adam and Eve integrate within the Monad and its Kabbalistic value is 10, which reminds us of the IO, in other words, of the vowels iiiiiii ooooooo. The very sacred union of the Eternal Masculine with the Eternal Feminine, the integration of the opposites within the Essential and Divine Monad. Continue reading
ARE WE POSSESSED?
By Paul Levy
The demons, psychologically speaking, are very real, in that they alter our experience of ourselves. Jung says,
“As a rule there is a marked unconsciousness of any complexes, and this naturally guarantees them all the more freedom of action. In such cases their powers of assimilation become especially pronounced, since unconsciousness helps the complex to assimilate even the ego, the result being a momentary and unconscious alteration of personality known as identification with the complex. In the Middle Ages it went by another name; it was called possession.”
We, as “modern” people, to the extent we are acting out our unconscious, are as much “plagued” by possession as people in the Middle Ages.
“…in all cases identification with the unconscious [complex] brings a weakening of consciousness, and herein lies the danger. You do not ‘make’ an identification, you do not ‘identify yourself,’ but you experience your identity with the archetype in an unconscious way and so are possessed by it.”
Anything we are unconsciously identical with we are possessed by, and hence, compelled to act out in our life without understanding why. Though we have dismissed the idea of demons on the altar of our rationality, to quote Jung, Continue reading
ARE WE POSSESSED?
By Paul Levy
C. G. Jung writes, “If, for a moment, we look at mankind as one individual, we see that it is like a man carried away by unconscious powers.” We are a species carried away — “possessed” by — and acting out, the unconscious. Jung elaborates, “Possession, though old-fashioned, has by no means become obsolete; only the name has changed. Formerly they spoke of ‘evil spirits,’ now we call them ‘neurosis’ or ‘unconscious complexes.’” To condescendingly think that we, as modern-day, rational people, are too sophisticated to believe in something as primitive as demons is to have fallen under the spell of the very evil spirits we are imagining are nonexistent. What the ancients call demons are a psychic phenomena which compel us to act out behaviors contrary to our best intentions. To quote Jung, “…the psychic conditions which breed demons are as actively at work as ever. The demons have not really disappeared but have merely taken on another form: they have become unconscious psychic forces.”
“Possession,” according to Jung is “a primordial psychic phenomenon” that “denotes a peculiar state of mind characterized by the fact that certain psychic contents, the so-called complexes, take over the Continue reading