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Parapsychology - Book of the Penitence of Adam

 



What Is The Book of the Penitence of Adam?


A manuscript dealing with kabalistic heritage that may be found at the Arsenal Library in Paris.

Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal


It tells how Adam's first two sons, Cain and Abel, typify physical power and intelligence, respectively, and how Adam's heritage was handed down to his third son, Seth.

Seth was allowed to proceed as far as the Earthly Paradise's gate without being threatened by the guardian angel's flaming sword, indicating that he was an occult science adept.



He saw the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge, which had grafted themselves together to create a single tree.



Some critics say this represents the Kabala's harmony of science and religion.





Seth was given three seeds from this tree by the guardian angel, who instructed him to deposit them in the mouth of his father, Adam, when he died.

The blazing bush emerged from this planting, from which God revealed his holy name to Moses and from which Moses produced his miraculous wand.

This was put in the Ark of the Covenant and was subsequently planted on Mount Zion by King David, where it grew into a triple tree that was ultimately chopped down by Solomon to build the pillars Jachin and Boaz that stood at the Temple's entrance.

A third piece was placed at the big gate's threshold as a talisman, preventing any impure item from entering the sanctuary.

However, some evil priests took it away, weighed it down with stones, and tossed it into the Temple reservoir, where it was guarded by an angel who kept it hidden from men's eyes.

The reservoir was emptied during Christ's time, and a beam of wood was uncovered and put across the stream Kedron, which the Savior crossed after being apprehended in the Garden of Olives.

His executioners took it and turned it into a crucifix.

This mythology is very similar to the ones that led to the creation of the Holy Grail.

The wood, by whose instrumentality Adam, the first man, fell, restores man.

The belief that the Cross was a branch of the Tree of Knowledge was popular in the Middle Ages, and it may be found in the twelfth-century Quete del St. Graal, which is attributed to Walter Map but was most likely just modified by him.

The allegory found in the Book of the Penitence of Adam, which enriches and sheds substantial light on the whole kabalistic literature, embodies all of the Kabala's traditions.


~Kiran Atma




Yogic Philosophy - The Eternal Life Of The Universe

 



We introduced the notion that the human mind was forced to report the fact that it could not conceive of The Absolute without thinking of it as having the characteristic of Omnipresence—Present Everywhere in the first lesson of this series. 

Similarly, the human mind is forced to believe that everything that exists must be The Absolute or of the Absolute. 

And if anything is of the Absolute, it must contain the Absolute in some way—it must be the core of it. 

If we accept this, we must conclude that everything must be imbued with the essence of Life, since Life must be one of the Absolute's characteristics, or rather, what we name Life must be the outward manifestation of the Absolute's fundamental Being. 

And if that's the case, then everything in the Universe must be alive. 

This is a conclusion that the intellect cannot avoid. 

If the evidence do not support this conclusion, we must acknowledge that the whole fundamental idea of the Absolute and its emanations must collapse and be seen as a mistake. 

No chain is stronger than its weakest link, and if this link is too weak to carry the weight of the universe's truths, the chain must be abandoned as flawed and worthless, and another chain must be replaced. 

This reality is seldom addressed by people who talk and write about All Being One or an emanation of the One, but it must be taken into account and met. 

The hypothesis must collapse if there is a single object in the Universe that is “dead”—nonliving—lifeless. 

If something isn't alive, it can't contain the Absolute's essence—it must be alien and foreign to the Absolute, and the Absolute can't be Absolute in that case since there's something outside of itself. 

As a result, it becomes critical to look into the evidences of the existence of Life in all things, organic and inorganic. 

Let us analyze the evidence that has been presented to us. 

All ancient occultists taught that the universe was alive, that there was life in everything, that there was nothing dead in nature, and that death was just a change in the substance of the dead bodies. 

They taught that Life could be found in everything and everything, even the hardest mineral form and the atoms that made it up, in various degrees of manifestation and expression. 

Modern science is quickly approaching the same point, and each month's discoveries and studies serve merely to reinforce the lessons. 

“All my studies have led me away from the concept of a lifeless material world thrown about by different forces, to that of a universe which is completely all force, life, soul, thinking, or whatever term we may want to call it,” says Burbank, that great moulder of plant life. 

Every atom, molecule, plant, animal, or planet is nothing more than a collection of structured unit forces kept in place by larger forces, keeping them dormant for a while despite their immense strength. 

All life on our planet exists on the outskirts of this limitless ocean of power, in a sense. 

The cosmos is fully living, not half-dead.” Today's science is looking at a living cosmos. 

Her hands are lifted as though to shield her eyes from the unaccustomed brightness that is bursting upon her. 

She has not yet grasped the full importance of what she has found. 

She has walked out into the brightness of the noonday light of a Universe AllAlive, even to its tiniest and seemingly most inactive atom, from the dark dungeon of universal lifeless matter. 

We may quickly descend the scale of animal life, witnessing life in full action at each decreasing level, starting with Man, the greatest form of life known to us. 

As we go from the animal to the vegetable kingdoms, we can still observe Life at work, although in varying degrees of expression. 

We will not review the many manifestations of Life among the forms of plantlife because we will have an opportunity to do so in our next lesson, but it must be obvious to all that Life is constantly manifesting in the sprouting of seeds; the putting forth of stalks, leaves, blossoms, fruit, and other forms of plantlife; and in the enormous manifestation of force and energy in such growth and development. 

From the initial sprouting of the seed to the final vital activity on the part of the mature plant or tree, the life force in the plant may be seen pushing forward for expression and manifestation. 

Aside from the essential activity seen in plant growth and development, we also know that plants become ill, die, and exhibit all of the other characteristics associated with living things. 

There is no debate regarding the existence of life in the plant world. 

Other kinds of life, however, exist on a far smaller scale than plants. 

There's the world of bacteria, germs, and infusoria—collections of cells with a common life—single-cell organisms, and then there's the Monera, creatures smaller than single cells—things from the ocean floor slime. 

These little Things—living Things—appear to be nothing more than a particle of goo, devoid of any organs. 

Despite this, they carry out all of life's functions: movement, nourishment, reproduction, sensation, and disintegration. 

Some of these basic forms are all stomachs, which means they are all one organ capable of fulfilling all of the tasks required for an animal's survival. 

The monster has no mouth, so when it wants to consume anything, it just wraps itself around it—wraps itself around it like a gnat—and absorbs the essence of its food via its whole body. 

Scientists have flipped some of these little organisms inside out, yet they have continued to go on with their lives unaffected. 

They dismantled them into even smaller pieces, yet each one continued to exist as a distinct animal, carrying out all of its duties unaffected. 

They're all the same everywhere and all the time. 

They reproduce by first growing to a particular size, then dividing into two, and so on. 

The speed with which the growth has occurred is astounding. 

“The Monera are the simplest permanent cytods,” Haekel says about the Monera. 

Their whole body is made out of soft, unstructured plasm. 

We discover that no matter how carefully we analyze them with the most delicate reagents and the most powerful optical equipment, all of the components are perfectly homogenous. 

These Monera are therefore "organisms without organs" in the strictest meaning of the term, or even "organisms without organs" in a pure philosophical sense, since they lack organs and are not made up of different components. 

They can only be termed creatures if they can engage in the biological processes of life, nourishment, reproduction, sensation, and movement.” Verworn captures an intriguing example of life and consciousness among the Rhizopods, a very primitive form of life. 

He claims that the Difflugia ampula, a creature that lives in a tiny shell made up of minute sand particles, has a long projection of its substance, similar to a feeler or tendril, that it uses to search the seafloor for sandy material to build the shell or outer covering for its offspring, which are born by division from the parent body. 

It takes the sand particle in its feeler and encloses it, passing it into its body. 

Verworn scraped the sand from the tank's bottom and replaced it with tiny pieces of brightly colored glass. 

He observed a collection of these glass particles in the creature's body shortly after, and a small speck of protoplasm released from the parent via separation a short time afterwards. 

At the same time, he observed that the glass pieces gathered by the mother organism were transferred out and wrapped around the new creature's body, glued together by a material produced by the parent's body, creating a shell and covering for the child. 

This demonstrated the existence of a mental something powerful enough to drive the creature to create a shell for the child before to its birth—or rather, to collect the material for such a shell, which would later be utilized; to identify the appropriate material; to mold it into form, and cement it. 

A creature, according to the scientist, always collected precisely the right amount of sand for its purpose—never too little, and never too much. 

And this in a creature that isn't much bigger than a speck of glue! We may take a closer look at the Moneron's life activities since it is the lowest kind of so-called "living matter"—the point at which living forms devolve into nonliving forms (so termed). 

Sensation is a capacity that this little speck of glue—an creature without organs—possesses. 

All in reaction to a basic feeling, it pulls away from that which is likely to harm it and toward that which it wants. 

It possesses a self-preservation and self-protection instinct. 

It hunts for and captures its victim, which it then consumes, digests, and assimilates. 

It can walk about using "falsefeet," or pieces of its body that it can push out of any area of its material at whim. 

It reproduces itself via separation and self-division, as we've seen. 

Many of us are acquainted with the existence of bacteria and germs—the yeasty forms of life. 

However, there are still kinds of life below them. 

The distinction between living and nonliving entities is becoming more blurred as science advances. 

Living animals have now been discovered that are so similar to nonliving organisms that a clear distinction cannot be established. 

Living animals have been reported to be capable of being dried and stored for many years before being resurrected with the introduction of moisture. 

They have the appearance of dust, yet they are alive and well. 

Science has identified some types of bacilli that have been exposed to extremes of heat and cold that are unfathomable to anybody except the scientific mind.

Diatoms, often known as "living crystals," are low-level forms of life. 

They're little geometrical shapes. 

They are made up of a small drop of glue-like plasm that is encased in a thin shell of siliceous or sandy substance. 

They're only visible under a microscope, and they're so tiny that thousands of them might fit on the tip of a pin. 

They are so similar to chemical crystals that it takes a keen and attentive observer to tell them apart. 

Despite this, they are alive and execute all of life's tasks. 

In our quest for life, we leave these animals and explore the realm of crystals. 

Yes, as odd as this remark may seem to those who have not followed the march of Science, crystals manifest life. 

Chemicals or electricity may destroy crystals as they are born, develop, and live. 

The study of crystal life has been given its own department in Science, dubbed "Plasmology." Some researchers have gone so far as to suggest that they've found evidence of basic sex functioning in crystals. 

In any case, crystals are born and develop in the same way as living things do. 

“Crystallization, as we are about to discover, is not just a mechanical gathering of lifeless atoms,” as a contemporary scientific writer put it. 

It's a new life.” The crystal develops from the mother liquor, and its body is constructed methodically, regularly, and according to a well-defined design or pattern, much like the animal form's body and bones, and the tree's wood and bark. 

In the development of the crystal, there is life at work. 

Not only does the crystal develop, but it also reproduces itself by breaking off or splitting off, much like the lesser forms of life described before. 

The main distinction between crystal growth and development and that of the lesser forms of life mentioned is that the crystal gets its nutrition from the outside and develops up from its outer surface, while the Monera gets its nourishment from inside and grows outwards. 

If the crystal had a soft core and drank from it, it would be almost similar to the Diatom; if the Diatom developed from the outside, it would be little more than a crystal. 

It's a razor-thin dividing line. 

Crystals, like biological organisms, may be sterilized and made sterile via chemical or electrical processes. 

They may also be "killed" in this way, preventing further development. 

Doesn't this seem like "Life" to you? To appreciate the significance of this concept of life among the crystals, consider that our toughest rocks and metals are made up of crystals, and that the soil and earth we grow and live on are nothing more than crumbled rock and tiny crystals. 

As a result, the dust under our feet is alive. 

Nothing is in a state of death. 

There is no conversion of "dead stuff" into living plant matter, which is subsequently transformed into live animal matter. 

Chemicals are alive, and there is just a continual change of shape and form of living stuff from chemical to man's body. 

Any man's body, as it decomposes, gets broken down into chemicals anew, and the cycle starts all over again. 

In terms of the bodies, all that exists are modifications in living forms. 

Many instances of life's existence in the inorganic environment may be found in nature. 

All we have to do is glance around to realize that the phrase "All is Alive" is true. 

In metals, there is a phenomenon known as "elasticity fatigue." Razors grow weary and need to take a break. 

Tuning forks lose their vibrational strength to some extent and must be given a break. 

‘ Mills and factories need to take a day off now and again. 

Metals have been poisoned and recovered by antidotes, and they are susceptible to illness and infection. 

Stained glass, in particular, is susceptible to a disease that spreads from pane to pane. 

Men who are used to handling and operating equipment and machinery have the tendency of talking about them as if they were alive. 

They seem to detect the existence of "feeling" in tools and machines, and to view each as having its own "character" or personality, which must be respected, humored, or coaxed in order to get the greatest outcomes. 

Prof. J. Chunder Bose of Calcutta University, a Hindu educated in English universities under the best teachers, and who is now a leading scientific authority in the western world, has given the world some very valuable testimony along these lines, and which goes very far toward proving the centuries' sold theories of the Yogis regarding Omnipresent Life. 

His studies on the collection of evidence of life in inorganic forms changed current scientific ideas and contributed significantly to the notion that life exists everywhere and that there is no such thing as dead matter. 

He based his research on the idea that the best and only genuine test for the existence of life in matter is the material's reaction to external stimuli. 

He has shown via many tests that so-called inorganic matter, minerals, metals, and other materials have a reaction to such stimuli that is comparable, if not identical, to the response of the matter that makes up the bodies of plants, animals, and mankind. 

He developed a delicate device for measuring the degree of reaction to an external stimulus, as well as other data, which was recorded in traces on a rotating cylinder. 

The tracings or curves produced from tin and other metals were discovered to be similar to those obtained from live muscle. 

In his tests, he utilized a galvanometer, a sensitive and precise scientific tool. 

The registering needle, which is gently swung on a small pivot, is deflected by even the tiniest current since the instrument is so perfectly calibrated. 

The needle will register if the galvanometer is connected to a human nerve and the nerve's end is inflamed. 

Prof. Bose discovered that when he hit or twisted different metal bars with the galvanometer, they all produced the same reaction. 

The instrument's reaction is proportional to the amount of irritation given to the metal. 

The similarity between the metal's reaction and that of live muscle was striking. 

For example, much as the reaction of live animal muscle or nerve matter gets tired, the curve recorded by the needle in the metal grew fainter and fainter as the bar became more and more fatigued by the continuous stimulation. 

And, just as the muscle would become rested and react actively after such exhaustion, so would the metal when given a time to recover. 

Tetanus was produced and healed as a result of repeated shocks. 

Metals showed signs of wear and tear. 

Drugs had the same effects on metals and animals: some were stimulating, others were sad, and some were fatal. 

Poisonous chemicals destroyed metal parts, making them immobile and preventing them from recording data on the machine. 

Antidotes were given quickly in some instances, saving the metal's life. 

In the same manner, Prof. Bose performed tests on plants. 

The ability to stimulate, weariness, excitement, sadness, and poison was discovered in pieces of vegetative matter. 

“There is something rather pathetic in seeing the way in which the tiny spot of light which records the pulses in the plant, travels in ever weaker and weaker curves, when the plant is under the influence of poison, then falls into a final despairing straight line,” wrote Mrs. 

Annie Besant, who witnessed some of these experiments in Calcutta. 

It seems as though a murder has been committed, which it has.” Prof. Bose showed in one of his public tests that a bar of iron was completely as sensitive as the human body, that it could be irritated and stimulated in the same manner, and that it could be poisoned and died in the same way. 

“How can we draw the line of demarcation and say, ‘Here the physical stops, and there the physiological starts' among such phenomena?” he wonders. 

There is no such barrier.” Life is present in every item and form of Nature, according to his theory, which, by the way, accords with the earliest occult ideas, and all forms react to external stimuli, which response is evidence of the existence of life in the form. 

Prof. Bose's excellent work is chock-full of surprising experiment findings. 

He proves that metals sleep, can be killed, exhibit torpor and sluggishness, get tired or lazy, wake up, can be stimulated, strengthened, weakened, suffer from extreme cold and heat, and can be drugged or intoxicated, with different metals responding differently to different drugs, just as different men and animals respond differently to different drugs. 

A piece of steel exposed to a chemical poison responds by fluttering and weakening until it eventually fades away, much as animal matter does when poisoned in the same manner. 

The recovery was equally slow in both metal and muscle when awakened in time by an antidote. 

The scientist points out a remarkable fact when he says that the poisons that kill metals are themselves alive and can be killed, drugged, stimulated, and so on, eliciting the same response as the metals, demonstrating the existence of the same life in them as in the metals and animal matter that they influence.

Of course, when these metals are “killed,” the atoms and principles from which they are made remain fully alive and active, just as the atoms in the human body remain fully alive and active after the soul has passed away—the body is as much alive after death as it was during the person's life, with the activity of the parts being along the lines of dissolution instead. 

We hear a lot about scientists claiming that they are on the verge of "making life" out of nonliving materials. 

All of this is foolishness; life can only come from life. 

It's an absurdity to create life from nonlife. 

And the One Life that underpins everything is the source of all life. 

But it is true that Science has done, is doing, and will do something like to "creating life," but this is simply transforming the form of Life into other forms—the lower form into the higher—much as a plant creates a fruit from a seed. 

Life is constantly present and reacts to the right stimuli and circumstances. 

A lot of scientists are attempting to create life organisms from inorganic materials. 

The ancient concept of "spontaneous generation," which had been consigned to Science's scrapheap for many years, is making a comeback. 

Although the theory of evolution force its followers to accept the notion that live forms sprang from nonliving (so called) forms at some point in the past, it has long been assumed that the circumstances that led to this stage of development have gone forever. 

However, all evidence today points to the opposite conclusion: that this stage of evolution is, and has always been, in progress, and that new forms of life are continuously developing from inorganic origins. 

The act of "creation," as the term is known (although it is an absurdity in the Yogi's eyes), is ongoing. 

Dr. Charlton Bastian of London, England, has long been a vocal proponent of the continuous spontaneous generation hypothesis. 

He was mocked and dismissed by the world's top scientists a generation ago, but he persevered, and his latest works were like bombshells in the traditional scientific camp. 

He has shot over 5,000 photomicrographs, all of which reveal surprising truths about the genesis of life organisms from inorganic matter. 

He says that the microscope shows the growth of extremely little black specks in a previously transparent liquid, which eventually expand and change into bacteria—living organisms of the lowest order. 

Prof. Burke of Cambridge, England, has shown that he can create minute live organisms in sterilized boullion that show growth and subdivision when exposed to sterilized radium chloride. 

Science is progressively coming to the opinion that life creatures continue to emerge in the world via natural processes, which is not surprising given that natural law is consistent and continuous. 

These new findings add to an already long list of contemporary scientific concepts that correlate to Yogi teachings that date back millennia. 

When we hear the Occult explanation that there is Living in everything, both organic and inorganic, and that evolution is continuous, we can understand that these tests merely demonstrate that life forms may be altered and evolved, not that life can be “created.” Many examples of the growth and development of forms substantially approaching those seen in the vegetative world may be found in the chemical and mineral worlds. 

The "lead tree," which is known as "metallic vegetation," is an intriguing example of this phenomena. 

The experiment is carried out by putting a clear acidulated solution of lead acetate in a widenecked container. 

The bottle is corked, and a length of copper wire is attached to the cork, from which wire a piece of zinc is hung, the latter hanging as close to the center of the lead solution as feasible. 

When the bottle is corked, the copper wire is instantly surrounded by a thin moss-like growth of metallic lead. 

This moss sprouts branches and limbs, which develop into foliage-like growth, eventually forming a small shrub or tree. 

Other metallic solutions may create similar "metallic vegetation." You've probably seen how frost crystals develop in the forms of leaves, branches, foliage, flowers, blooms, and other objects on window glass. 

When saltpeter is exposed to polarized light, it takes on shapes that are quite similar to those of orchids. 

These parallels abound throughout nature. 

A fascinating experiment with specific metallic salts was just carried out by a German expert. 

He exposed the salts to a galvanic current, and to his astonishment, the salt particles clumped together around the battery's negative pole, then developed into the shape of a small mushroom, complete with tiny stem and umbrella top. 

The top of the umbrella was a brilliant red, with a faint rose shade on the underneath. 

These metallic mushrooms had a translucent look at first, but gradually acquired color, with the top of the umbrella being a bright red, with a faint rose shade on the underside. 

The stems had a light straw tint to them. 

This was fascinating, but the most significant finding of the experiment was the revelation that these mushrooms had tiny veins or tubes running down their stems, via which nutrition or extra material for development is delivered, allowing them to grow from the inside out, as fungi do. 

These artificial metallic growths were, for all intents and purposes, low kinds of vegetal his. 

The quest for Life, however, does not stop with the known forms of the material world. 

Science has broken down material forms into smaller forms, which have been broken down even more. 

And if Life exists in the form of innumerable particles, then Life must exist in the particles themselves. 

Because Life cannot arise from nonlife, and if Life does not exist in the particles, the idea of Omnipresent Life must falter. 

As a result, we must go beyond the mineral's structure and shape, separating it into its component elements and then examining the pieces for signs of life. 

All kinds of matter, according to science, are made up of tiny particles known as molecules. 

Unless the chemical atoms comprising the matter fly apart and the substance is resolved into its basic components, a molecule is the smallest piece of matter that is conceivable. 

Take, for example, the well-known example of a drop of water. 

Let us split and subdivide the drop till we reach the tiniest conceivable water particle. 

A "molecule" of water would be the tiniest conceivable particle. 

We can't split this molecule without forcing the hydrogen and oxygen atoms to fly apart, which would result in no water at all. 

These molecules, on the other hand, exhibit something called Attraction towards one other. 

They attract and are attracted to other molecules of the same kind. 

This law of attraction causes masses of matter to form, whether they be mountains of solid rock, a drop of water, or a volume of gas. 

All masses of matter are made up of molecular aggregations bound together by the law of attraction. 

Cohesion is the name for this rule of attraction. 

This Cohesive Attraction is an exhibition of Life activity, appearing in the presence of the molecule of a "like" or "love" for the comparable molecule, as many people believe. 

And when the Life energies materialize on a particular level and begin to shape the molecules into crystals, allowing us to witness the actual process in action, we understand that there is "something at work" in this building up. 

To people who are unfamiliar with the concept, however, the manifestation of Life amid the atoms is even more amazing. 

You'll recall that the atom is the chemical unit that, when combined with other atoms, forms the molecule. 

For example, if two atoms of the gas hydrogen and one atom of the gas oxygen are placed close together, they will immediately race toward one other and form a partnership known as a molecule of water. 

As it is with all atoms, they are constantly establishing and breaking relationships. 

Marriage and divorce are a natural part of atoms' lives. 

These evidences of atom-to-atom attraction and repulsion are attracting a lot of attention from discerning thinkers, and some of the most sophisticated minds of our day regard this phenomenon as confirmation of the ancient Yogi concept that there is Life and active activity in the tiniest particles of matter. 

Attractions and repulsions are important properties of atoms. 

They create marriages along the lines of their attraction, and by merging, they produce the substances we are acquainted with. 

Remember that when they join, they do not lose their identity and melt into a permanent substance; instead, they just unite while remaining different. 

If the atoms in a combination are destroyed by chemical action, electrical discharge, or other means, they fly apart and resume their individual lives until they come into touch with other atoms with whom they have affinities, at which point they establish a new union or partnership. 

In many chemical reactions, atoms separate from one another, each abandoning its mate or mates in search of a fresh affinity in the form of a more agreeable atom. 

Atoms are fickle, and they will always abandon a smaller attraction in favor of a larger one. 

This isn't just a metaphor or a piece of scientific poetry. 

It's a scientific description of atoms' actions in terms of vital manifestation. 

“I cannot comprehend the simplest chemical and physical processes without attributing the movement of the material particles to unconscious sensation,” remarked Haekel, a renowned German physicist.

Chemical Affinity is defined as “the ability of different chemical elements to detect differences in the characteristics of other elements, to feel pleasure or repulsion when they come into touch with them, and to carry out their respective motions on this ground.” “We may attribute the sensations of pleasure and pain (satisfaction and unhappiness) to all atoms, and so ascribe the elective affinities of chemistry to the attraction between living atoms and the repulsion between hating atoms,” he adds. 

“The feelings in animal and plant life are linked by a lengthy sequence of evolutionary steps with the lower kinds of experience that we find in inorganic materials, and that show themselves in chemical affinity,” he adds. 

“If the molecules contain anything akin to feeling, however distantly, it must be pleasant for them to be able to follow their attractions and repulsions, and painful for them to be compelled to do otherwise,” Naegli adds. 

Page after page of quotes from renowned thinkers might be used to demonstrate the validity of the ancient Yogi teachings that Life is Omnipresent. 

Modern science is fast approaching this point, leaving behind the ancient concept of "dead matter." Even recent ideas of the electron—tiny electrical energy particles currently thought to make up the atom's foundation—doesn't alter this notion, since electrons exhibit attraction and reaction to one other, forming groups that make up the atom. 

Even if we go beyond matter into the mystical Ether that Science assumes to be the material foundation of all things, we must believe that there is life there as well, and that, as Prof. 

Dolbear points out, “the Ether has other inherent properties, out of which could emerge, under proper circumstances, other phenomena, such as life, mind, or whatever may be in the subsoil.” Some scientists even go so far as to claim that not only is Life present in everything, but that Mind is present where Life is as well. 

Indeed, the Yogi fathers' aspirations are coming true, and tangible evidence of spiritual teachings are emerging from the ranks of materialists. 

Listen to what Dr. Saleeby has to say in his latest scientific study, "Evolution, the Master Key." “Life is potential in matter; life energy is not a thing produced at a certain moment in the past,” he adds. 

If evolution is correct, life stuff has developed from seemingly non-living materials via natural processes. 

But, if life is potential in matter, Mind is potential in Life a thousand times more so. 

The evolutionist is compelled to think that Mind exists in matter as a potential. 

(I'll use that form of words for the time being, but expect future criticism.) The promise and seed of consciousness may be found in the minuscule cell, a little speck of substance that will one day become man. 

Isn't it reasonable to conclude that the components of consciousness are contained in the chemical elements found in the cell—carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen, sulphur, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, and chlorine? We must not only do so, but we must go even farther, since we know that each of these components, and every other, is made up of one invariable unit, the electron, and we must therefore claim that Mind is potential in the unit of Matter itself... 

It is to proclaim Spinoza's magnificent reality that Mind and Matter are the weave and woof of what Goethe referred to as "God's living garment." Both are manifestations of the Unknowable Reality that lurks underneath them. 

” There is no such thing as an attraction or repulsion that is not essential. 

Life is shown by all tendencies for or against another item or thing. 

Each item has enough life energy to continue doing its job. 

And when each form evolves into a higher form, it is able to express more of the Life force. 

Its material mechanism improves, allowing it to express a larger and greater degree of Life. 

It's not that one item has a bad life and another has a good life—this is impossible since there is only One Life. 

It's similar to the electrical current that can power the most sensitive equipment or produce light in an incandescent bulb. 

Give it the organ or machinery of manifestation, and it manifests; give it a low form, and it manifests to a low degree; give it a high form, and it manifests to a high degree. 

The clunky engine or the flawless equipment that powers the most delicate device are both powered by steam. 

As with the One Life, its manifestations may seem low and clunky, or lofty and perfect, depending on the material or mental machinery through which it operates. 

There is only one life, appearing in a myriad of shapes, sizes, and degrees. 

All—in All—is based on One Life. 

We witness Life everywhere present, from the greatest levels of Life down to the animal, vegetable, and mineral kingdoms—death is an illusion. 

There are still the beginnings of manifested life pushing ahead for expression and manifestation behind all apparent forms of material existence. 

And underneath it all lies the Spirit of Life—desire, effort, emotion, and action. 

All is Life— expressions of the One Life—in the mountain and the ocean—in the flower and the tree—in the sunset, the dawn, the suns, and the stars. 

Everything is alive, pulsing with energy, power, and movement; exciting with vitality; pulsating with emotion; bursting with activity. 

Everything comes from the One Life, and everything that comes from the One Life is alive. 

There can't be any dead matter in the Universe since Life cannot die. 

Everything is still alive. 

And everything is alive. 

Keep this lesson's central idea in mind: CENTRAL CONCEPT: There is only One Life, and all the forms and shapes of the Universe are expressions of it. 

Only Life can come from Life, and only Life can come from Life. 

As a result, we have the right to anticipate Aliveness from all expressions of the One Life. 

And we are not ridiculed for our convictions. 

Not only do the greatest Occult Teachings tell us that everything is alive, but modern science has also proved that life exists everywhere—even in what was previously thought to be dead matter. 

It now recognizes that the atom, as well as what lies beyond it, is charged with Life Energy and Action. 

Life is everlasting and limitless, despite the fact that its forms and shapes vary. 

It can't die because it's LIFE. 

May you be at peace.



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Parapsychology - Who Was Cyrus D. F. Abayakoon?

 



Cyrus D. F. Abayakoon (1912–1986) was a Ceylon-born astrologer (now Sri Lanka).

Buddhist monks taught him astrology, which was an established science at the time.

He also honed his skills in palmistry and illness cure via Mantra yoga (science of sound vibration through sacred utterance).

He accurately predicted a number of major historical events, including Gandhi's killing, Khrushchev's collapse, Kennedy's assassination, and the Watergate crisis.


Further Reading:


Abayakoon, Cyrus D. F. Astro-Palmistry: Signs and Seals of the Hand. New York: ASI, 1975.

Rahu Pimma [and] Yama Kalaya. Delhi, India, ca. 1957.


~ Kiran Atma

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Pagan Religions - Who Was AGRIPPA VON NETTESHEIM?



Henry Cornelius von Nettesheim (1486–1535) combined Cabalistic mysticism, Neo-Platonism, and Christianity to create religion. 


  •  As a soldier, healer, and esoteric student, he made a name for himself. 
  •  He traveled extensively, gave a lecture on Hermes Trismegistus in Italy, and published The Esoteric Philosophy, a defense of magic in which he attempted to reconcile occult knowledge with scientific science. 



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Parapsychology - Who Was David Phelps Abbott?

 



David Phelps Abbott (1863–1934) was a Spiritualist medium investigator and amateur magician.

He was born on September 22, 1863, in Falls City, Nebraska.

He had his early schooling at a small schoolhouse on the Nebraska grasslands for three months a year, followed by nine months at Falls City High School.

Abbott ultimately pursued a career as a money lender, but he was also fascinated by science and philosophy.

He also became an amateur magician, devising and executing a variety of mind-boggling illusions.

He spent some time in Omaha, Nebraska.

Abbott wrote a number of articles and books on the topic of psychical phenomena.

Many practices of false mediumship were disclosed in his book Behind the Scenes with the Mediums, including slate writing and billet testing (see pellet reading).

Abbott, despite his skepticism toward claims of mediumship, did not rule out the potential of actual occurrences.

"I mention these things to show that telepathy is far from established as a fact, yet I must say that I believe it to be possible under certain conditions, but positively it cannot be commanded at will in the slightest degree," he wrote in a thoughtful contribution to the second volume of Ram Narayana's The Dream Problem (Delhi, 1922).

He then shared his own and his family's veridical dreaming experiences.



Further Reading:


Abbott, David P. Behind the Scenes with the Mediums. Chicago: Open Court Publishing, 1912.

The History of a Strange Case. Chicago: Open Court Publishing, 1908.

Spirit Portrait Mystery . . . Its Final Solution. Chicago: Open Court Publishing, 1913.



Kiran Atma

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What is the goal of Tantra?


The thing that shocks most Westerners (and a great many orthodox Hindus) about Tantra is the fact that the highest good is considered to be the development of the aspirant as he defines it without the cloak of external morality. From a Tantric point of view, whatever one does, acceptable by society or not, is simply the means to the same end-self-development. 

It should be remembered that antinomianism (deliberate renunciation of social and religious restrictions) in Tantras in so many secret doctrines-is fundamental. In this sense most American authors on Tantra would vigorously disagree as their training and public persona are conventional. Many of these people come from an academic background. 


From different directions, we have, combined, nearly a half-century of experience in the practice of various Occult and Yogic techniques. The essential problem now as always is the unconscious tendency to view alien philosophy through the lens of the ingrained and familiar culture. In the West, Judeo-Christian values dominate our thinking and perceptions, act as values of faith and are anti-empirical. All forms of Yoga, whether Tantra or otherwise, demand empirical results not faith. In this sense these practices are closer to Western Science. 

From the monotheistic point of view, Tantrism-whether Buddhist or Hindu-is dangerous and diabolical even as a philosophy. Engaging in any practice devoted to self-determinism may put you beyond the scope of society. This should be kept in mind as you gain more power, as one of the first mistakes of any serious student is talking about his most secret goals. What may seem harmless to you may be a panic trigger to someone else. 



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YOGA, AYURVEDA, AND SIDDHA MEDICINE




    The original Indian system of medicine is known as Ayurveda ("Science of Life"), which is typically written as a single word in English.



    Ayurveda is basically naturopathic medicine, stressing prevention while also offering a wide range of treatments. 


    It is used alongside modern treatment in India and is promoted as a way of life for people seeking excellent health and longevity. 


    • Although it cannot be considered a philosophical tradition, Ayurveda is based on Hindu metaphysics. 
    • The old Atharva-Veda is usually thought to be supplemented by the Ayurveda. 
    • The oldest documented ideas on anatomy, as well as curative and preventative medicine, may be found in this holy text. 

    Ayurveda is often considered as a fifth branch, or "collection," of the Vedic legacy, due to its cultural significance. 


    • According to legend, the Ayurvedic body of knowledge initially consisted of 100,000 stanzas collected in a book with over a thousand chapters. 
    • While medicine was certainly performed in the early Vedic period, no complete work has survived to the present day. 




    The Sushruta Samhita and the Caraka-Samhita are the oldest surviving medical texts of encyclopedic breadth. 



    The previous work dates back to pre-Buddhist periods in certain parts, but it was only finished in its current shape in the early years of the Common Era. 


    • In the Mahabharata ( l.4.55), Sushruta is described as the grandson of King Gadhi and the son of the sage Vishvamitra, which, according to the corrected chronology used in this book, places him approximately sixty-two generations before the Bharata war, or around 3000 e.C.E. 
    • Sushruta's name literally means "well heard," implying that he was especially adept at hearing and comprehending information. 

    It's impossible to say how much of the original medical information may be discovered in the surviving Sushruta Samhita. 


    • We do know, however, that there were competent doctors throughout the Vedic Era, according to hymns in the Rig-Veda and Atharva-Veda. 
    • Around 800 c.E., the later medical collection, which was also constantly updated, was most likely given its current form. 
    • However, its purported creator, Caraka, lived several centuries earlier, since he is believed to have been King Kanishka's court-physician (781 20 C.E.). 


    Caraka's name recalls us that ancient doctors used to wander (cara) from place to place providing their medical services, albeit maybe not the famous Caraka himself. 




    According to the Sushruta Samhitd ( l. l.59), the Ayur-Vedic system of medicine is divided into eight branches: 


    ( I ) surgery;

    (2) treatment of diseases of the neck and head; 

    (3) treatment of physical diseases of the torso, arms, and legs; 

    (4) treatment of childhood diseases; 

    (5) processes for counteracting baneful occult influences; 

    (6) treatment of childhood diseases ( vajikarana). 


    The formal resemblance between Ayurveda and Patanjali's eightfold Yoga, which has been noted by Hindu authorities, is entirely accidental, but certain traditional authorities have taken note of it. 




    Ayurveda and Yoga, on the other hand, share a number of significant ideas and practices. 


    Most importantly, the writers and editors of the aforementioned medical reference books embraced the Yoga Samkhya tradition's philosophy. 


    • As a result, the Sushruta-Samhita seems to have been altered at some time in the light of ishvara Krishna's dualist method of thinking, as outlined in his Samkhya Karikd. 
    • On the other hand, the Caraka-Samhita includes echoes of epic Samkhya Yoga philosophies. 
    • It's also worth noting that some ancient Sanskrit interpreters thought that the same Patanjali who authored the Yoga-Sutra also penned a renowned grammar treatise and a treatise on medicine. 




    Both Ayurveda and Yoga emphasize the interconnectedness of the body and mind. 


    Physical disorders may have a negative impact on the psyche, and mental imbalance can contribute to a variety of illnesses. 


    • A healthy existence, according to Ayurveda, must be both joyful (sukha) and morally decent (hita). 
    • A happy life, according to Ayurvedic definition, is one that is physically, intellectually, morally, and even smart. 
    • The Yoga literature also emphasizes the close connection between ethical behavior and happiness. 

    The Ayurvedic experts advise cultivating calm, self-knowledge, and caution. 


    • Self-actualization (in Abraham Maslow's meaning) was integrated into Hindu doctors' medical philosophy and practice. 
    • We can easily see how such a life would provide a solid foundation for pursuing the spiritual goal of Self-realization (atma-jnana). 
    • David Frawley goes so far as to declare in his book Ayurveda and the Mind, "Ayurveda is the healing branch of yogic science." Ayurveda's spiritual component is yoga. 




    Yoga's therapeutic component is known as Ayurveda. 


    The idea of the different life currents (vayu) in the body, which dates back to the AtharvaVeda, is a significant link between AyurVeda and Yoga. 


    • The various kinds of life energy (prana) are believed to flow via thirteen conduits (nadis) according to medical experts, while the HathaYoga texts typically cite fourteen such major channels. 
    • A difference is often drawn between these conduits and bigger ducts (known as dhamanf) that transport fluids such as blood. 
    • The Ayurvedic concept of this network of channels differs significantly from the Tantric approach, which focuses more on the subtle body. 
    • The significance of starting breath control practice in the appropriate season is acknowledged in Hatha-Yoga. 




    Ayurveda provides the medical foundation for this tradition, according to which the body humors (dosha) fluctuate with the seasons. 



    The doshas are also mentioned in a number of Yoga texts, such as the fifth-century Yoga-Bhashya (1.30), which defines disease as a "imbalance of the components (dhatu) or the activity of the secretions (rasa)." 


    Vacaspati Mishra, in his nineteenth-century interpretation on this scripture, argues that the components are air (vata), bile (pitta), and phlegm (kapha), or the doshas. 


    • This is medical terminology. 
    • The doshas are also often mentioned in Hatha-Yoga literature, which is concerned with the body's optimum functioning. 
    • The correct balance of body components is thought to be the key to good health. 
    • These may be found all throughout the body, although in varying concentrations at different locations. 


    Vata rules the neurological system, heart, large intestines, lungs, bladder, and pelvis, whereas pitta rules the liver, spleen, small intestines, endocrine glands, blood, and sweat, and kapha rules the joints, mouth, head and neck, stomach, lymph, and adipose tissue. 

    • Vata builds up below the navel, kapha builds up above the diaphragm, and pitta builds up between the diaphragm and the navel. 



    Ayurveda also identifies seven kinds of tissue (dhdtu) and three impure substances (ma/a) in addition to the three doshas. 


    • Blood plasma (rasa), blood (rakta), flesh (mamsa), fat (meda), hone (asthi), bone marrow (majjan), and sperm (semen) are the dhatus (shukra). 
    • Feces (purisha), urine (mutra), and perspiration are the ma/as, or waste products (sveda, lit. "sweat"). 
    • These physical components are also addressed in the Yoga texts on occasion. 


    This is also true of the susceptible or sensitive zones (marman), which the Rig Veda previously mentions (6.75 . 1 8). 




    There are 107 marmans, which are essential links between flesh and muscle, bones, joints, and sinews, or between veins, according to Ayurveda. 


    • As part of the Chinese and Japanese martial arts' hidden knowledge, a strong strike to certain of these marmans may result in death. 
    • Kalarippayattu, a South Indian martial art, identifies 1 60 to 220 such sensitive spots in the body. 
    • The body is divided into three levels in this system: the fluid body (which includes tissue and waste products), the solid body (which includes muscles, bones, and the marmans), and the subtle body (which includes important energy pathways and collecting places). 

    Injury to a marman disrupts the flow of the wind element, resulting in serious bodily issues that may lead to death. 


    • A quick slap to the wounded region may sometimes restore the flow of life energy and therefore avoid the worst from happening. 
    • The marmans rely on the flow of prana, and there are no marmans without priina. 
    • The moon regulates the flow of life energy via these sensitive points. 




    In ancient Hindu sexology, a similar teaching advises stimulating certain sensitive regions on the woman's body only on certain lunar days. 


    Some Yoga texts, such as the Shandilya-Upanishad ( 1. 8. 1 f. ), mention about eighteen marmans, while the Kshurikii-Upanishad ( 1 4) says the yogin should use the "mind's keen blade" to cut through these important places. 


    • In other words, the marmans seem to be seen as obstructions in the flow of the life energy that may be cleared by focus and breath control. 
    • The notion of ojas, or vital energy, which is described in the Atharva-Veda, is one that both Ayurveda and Yoga share (2. 1 7 . 1 ). 
    • Both systems use different methods to increase ojas (the "lower" kind). 
    • Sexual abstinence is the most commonly advised technique for increasing vital force in Yoga.


    Hunger, bad nutrition, overwork, anger, and worry—all the physical and emotional conditions that drain one's enthusiasm for life—decrease Ojas with age. 


    Their polar opposites produce ojas, which ensures excellent health. 


    • When ojas levels are low for a long time, it causes degenerative illnesses and premature aging. 
    • Ojas is found throughout the body, but it is particularly concentrated in the heart, which also serves as the physical anchoring for awareness. 
    • While there are half a handful of "lower ojas" in the body, there are only eight droplets of "upper ojas" in the heart, according to Cakrapani's commentary on the Caraka-Samhita. 
    • The smallest waste of this essential energy is believed to result in death, and it cannot be replaced. 



    Hatha-Yoga and Ayurveda also use purification methods, such as self-induced vomiting (vamana) and physical cleaning (dhauti). 


    These methods have a beneficial impact on the body's metabolism, among other things. 


    • Furthermore, Ayurveda recognizes thirteen types of internal heat (agni), among which the digestive heat (jathara-agni) is often addressed by Hatha-Yoga experts. 
    • Physical well-being (arogya) is unquestionably one of Hatha-precondition Yoga's and intermediate objectives. 

    Even Patanjali cites "adamantine robustness" of the body as one of the characteristics of physical perfection (kaya-sampad) in his Yoga-Sutra (3.46). 


    • Patanjali talks about the perfection of the body and senses as a consequence of the decreasing of impurities as a result of asceticism in another aphorism (2.43). 
    • Furthermore, he claims (2.38) that chastity provides vitality (vlrya). 
    • Patanjali mentions illness (vyadhi) as one of the mind's distractions (vikshepa) that impede development in Yoga in aphorism 1.30. 

    The Shiva-Svarodaya, a several hundred-year-old yogic text, emphasizes breath control as the most important method of attaining or sustaining well-being, as well as gaining esoteric knowledge and abilities, wisdom, and even liberation. 


    The method of svarodaya—derived from svara ("sound [of the breath]") and udaya ("rising")—is described as a science promoted by the siddha-yogins in one verse (3 1 4). 


    • A wide variety of purificatory acts are described in the Sat-Karma-Samgraha ("Compendium of Right Acts"), a Yoga book written by Cidghanananda, a student of Gaganananda of the Natha sect. 
    • These are designed to prevent or treat a variety of diseases caused by bad luck or a failure to follow the recommended dietary and other regulations, such as those concerning the appropriate place and timing.
    • To cure oneself, Cidghanananda instructs the yogin to first employ postures (asana) and occult medicines. 



    The connection between Yoga and Ayurveda is explicitly recognized in Yogananda Natha's AyurvedaSutra, a sixteenth-century book in which the author uses Patanjali's Yoga-Sutra and also examines food and fasting as effective methods of health. 


    The relative prevalence of the three gunas in food is investigated. 


    • The gunas—sattva, rajas, and tamas—are also a component of Ayurveda's medicinal philosophy. 
    • Asymmetry in the body's components or humors indicates asymmetry in the gunas, and vice versa. 
    • All limited life is, in some ways, the consequence of a disequilibrium of the gunas; they are only perfectly balanced at the transcendental plane of Nature (prakriti-pradhtina). 


    The three humors (dosha) are sometimes thought to be physical faults, whereas the three gunas are thought to be mental problems. 


    • Wind sattva, bile rajas, and phlegm tamas are the three elements that are connected. 
    • Ktiya-kalpa is an Ayurvedic practice that closely aligns with Hatha Yoga's goal of producing a long-lived, if not immortal, body. 
    • This is a tough rejuvenation process that requires extended seclusion in darkness, strict food restrictions, and the use of hidden potions. 
    • Tapasviji Maharaj, a modern-day saint, is said to have undergone this therapy many times, each time emerging from his solitary confinement in a dark hut looking and feeling completely revitalized. 




    The medieval Siddha tradition of northern India shows a strong link between Ayurveda, Yoga, and alchemy (rasayana, from rasa "essence" or "silver" and ayana "course"). 


    The followers of this significant school sought physical immortality via kaya-sadhana, or "body cultivation," a complex psychophysiological technique. 


    • The many schools of Hatha-Yoga sprang from this, which may be considered the preventive branch of Hindu medicine on one level. 
    • Surprisingly, one book on medicine, written by a man named Vrinda, is titled Siddha-Yoga. 
    • Yoga-Shataka is the title of another medical book attributed to Nagarjuna ("Century [of Verses] on Yoga"). 


    South India has developed a second separate medicinal system, which is similar to Ayurveda. This method is linked to the Siddha tradition, which originated in Tamil-speaking nations. 


    • It has a stronger link to alchemy than Ayurveda and uses a huge variety of medicines derived from plants and chemicals. 
    • Astrology, mantras, and medicines, which are called as mani, mantiram, and maruntu in Tamil, are its three main diagnostic and therapeutic techniques. 
    • It also incorporates asanas (postures) and breath control. 

    This alternative medical system, which has received little study, was established by the mythical Sage Akattiyar (Sanskrit: Agastya), who is credited with over two hundred publications. 


    • He is the first of eighteen siddhas, or completely accomplished adepts, who are revered in the Indian peninsula's south. 
    • Agastya was an old seer who wrote many Rig-Veda hymns, and this archaic text ( 1. 1 79) even has a dialogue between him and his wife Lohamudra. 
    • He is known as being of tiny height, and he is often portrayed as a dwarf in iconography. 
    • His name has long been linked to South India, where he is revered in the same way that Matsyendra Natha is revered in the north. 

    Teraiyar was an adept and famous healer who was historically regarded one of Agastya's pupils yet lived as late as the fifteenth century C.E. 


    • Only two of his masterpieces, the Cikamanivenpa and the Natikkottu, are still accessible (on pulse diagnosis). 
    • A portion of the Noyanukaviti (on hygiene) has also been discovered. 

    The following stanzas appear in the previously stated work: 

    We will sleep only at night, not during the day; we will have sexual intercourse once a month; we will drink water only at meals, even if we are thirsty; we will not eat any bulbous root of any plant other than karanai; we will not eat any unripe fruit other than the tender plantain; we will take a short walk after a friendly meal; what does death have to do with us? We shall take an emetic once every six months; a purgative once every four months; naciyam once every month and a half; we shall shave the head twice every fortnight; we shall anoint ourselves with oil and bathe once every fourth day; we shall apply collyrium to the eyes every third day; we shall never smell perfumes or flowers in the middle of the night; So, what role does death play in our lives? 


    The siddhas of South India, like their northern counterparts, were interested in longevity and even aspired to immortality in a transubstantiated body, as shown by the following words.



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