Monday, November 20, 2017

Gimmi That Ole Time Religeon!

I am long over due of writing my latest thoughts on Spirituality, and where I think I fit in to the Cosmic Puzzle of Birth, or Rebirth, i.e. Reincarnation, back to a human body, or God forbid, or the horror of Transmigrating back to a lower animal  specie than human, as taught in Hindu Scriptures, called, “ The Wheel of 84”, or “ Charausi”, meaning that are a possible 8,400,000 possible material bodies a soul trapped in Duality might incarnate in to, depending on Karma, or actions produced while in human incarnations only, because humans only, are bound to the Law of Karma, while all lower species are exempt from Producing further karmas, and are only in those species to pay retributions for Karmas created by souls that made choices while experiencing Duality while in human bodies. The present Guru at the Beas Dera in India, teaches that being Initiated by a Living Master-does not guarantee Salvation from Reincarnation or even Transmigration back to a lower specie!

Most Hindu Sects believe in Reincarnation or Transmigration, based on Karmic Retribution, based on actions while incarnated in human bodies. 

Christianity Teachings teach, that the Cycle of Reincarnation may be broken, or ends, once an Elect soul is saved by Grace and is called  by The Father to return Home, as a Prodigal Son who ran away from Home and squandered his inheritance as a rightful Heir of the Kingdom of Heaven. I have shared my Master’s Thesis on Eternal Security here, on my Blog, which was written by me in 1983 for my Seminary Master’s Degree Thesis. 

I share how I answered my Call to Salvation in April 1977, and have felt Secure every since! 

I have never been afraid to loose my Salvation or Promise of Redemption, as I have since studied and sampled as many other Sect’s paths to God as taught in their Scriptures. 

My blog has shared some of my observations, trials and tribulations along The Way, as my soul grows in Grace and Knowledge. 

I recently toured Bhutan for 8 days, Nepal for 4 days, and India for 12 days.. The Tours were quite exhausting for my 75 year old body, but added insight and experience to my book knowledge.

Bhutan was a beautiful country, with friendly, kind people. Most, if not all, are Tibetan  Buddhists, and live under the superstitions and rituals taught by Tibetan Buddhist Lamas, Monks, Nuns and Teachers. Their lives revolve around Rituals performed by Monks to frighten away evil spirits, and teach enlightenment to the citizens by prostrations, and Idol worship of the Buddha Statues in the Monasteries and high on the mountain sides. 

I toured many Monasteries, and sat with the Monks , while they were chanting their Mantras, blowing their horns, ringing 
their bells and cymbals, and beating their drums. It was interesting to be there, feel the Vibes, and watch, but a complicated way to work out Salvation! For females, that Brand of Tibetan  Buddhism does not even allow release from Reincarnation, or enlightenment, as a female. Females MUST reincarnate as Males, in order to practice the rituals to become enlightened. I even visited a  Nun Monastery, and sat n Meditation with them, and was served Tea and Cookies. Poor Nuns have the short end of the Salvation Deal! They have to serve Monks as  Nuns, then, reincarnate to earn earn a chance of becoming enlightened! Its complicated,
and certainly not my Path, but, interesting. My Trekk to visit the Tiger’s Nest Monastery and sit in Meditation, high up on the mountain, was an experience I will never forget, and will treasure always, but will always be grateful, I am a Christian, and not a Tibetan Buddhist! I have been saved by Grace, and being a Tibetan Buddhist is far too much work for me! 

In Nepal, I visited both Buddhist Monasteries, and Hindu Temples. Both Sects seek enlightenment and Salvation by Idol worship, Rituals, and are interesting to observe, but far too complicated to understand, or ever feel saved from Reincarnation or from The Wheel of 84. 

Visiting India for 12 days was a culture shock that most Westerners don’t know how to deal with. I had already spent 4 days in South India, before this trip, from Mumbai to Cochin, so knew what to Expect. This time, I toured New Delhi, to Amritsar, so experienced North India, including the Dera, in Beas, and stayed 2 days and nights there, for the first time, after being involved with their Teachings since 1990,

But, my visit there did not meet my conceived expectations, and actually disappointed me enough, that I failed to encounter any spiritual vibrations there, what so ever. What ever might have been there in the past, has been replaced by just another religion, altho, free of rituals and Idol worship. 

How ever, the Idol is replaced by an Indian Man, thought by his Devotees to be God In Human Form. ( He has never, claimed such an honor, tho)

It didn’t take long for me to see his human features, and write him off as even being a Spiritual Teacher,  much less a God man. He is a smart Business man, that has built a City that will last as long as his followers will work for free to keep it operating, and wealthy Foreigners will keep sending money there to appease their own guilt and short comings,  

As for me, ....... “ Gimmie that Ole Time Religion,”................

You can find it starting at the beginning of my Blog and working  back. 

Until we meet again, I hope to remain,
Eternal Flame

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Eat, Drink, and Make Merry, for Tomorrow We May Die Lost For Ever!

Atheists argue that they are able to live moral, productive lives with out Faith in survival of consciousness after death of their bodies in present lives.

Christians, believe that they are transferred to Heaven by Faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the Cross 2000 plus years ago. ( Where ever Heaven is, remains vague. ) They believe those with out faith in what Jesus did for them suffer in Hell,.....where ever Hell is.

Most Eastern Religions teach that individual souls Reincarnate or Transmigrate to other physical bodies after death of present bodies, based on Karma created from present and past lives, until all Karmic actions are exhausted, by various methods too complicated to describe in this Article. But the final Goal is to return to the One Creator of all life. 

Krishna Consciousness Teachers do not subscribe to the "Oneness" teaching of Advaitists  that Individually of souls are ever completely lost or absorbed in to the Whole.  ( of which I also agree, along with the Krishna Folk and Spiritists)

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Advaita (Oneness)

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Dvaita means "dual,” and advaita means "nondual." The material world is a world of dualities—heat and cold, happiness and distress, up and down, black and white. According to the Vedic literature, however, theAbsolute Truth is free from all such material dualities. It is called advaita.
Some philosophers hold the view that because the Absolute is free from dualities, it must be totally impersonal and devoid of qualities. According to this view, known as Advaita Vedanta, in the Absolute there can be no desires, thoughts, or perceptions, no sense of personal identity, no forms, qualities, or activity, but only undifferentiated spiritual oneness. This being so, whatever we now perceive is illusory.
But this view raises a question which Advaita Vedantists can't answer, "If nothing really exists but one undifferentiated Absolute Truth, where does the illusion of variety come from? How can illusion exist (or even appear to exist)? And if truth and illusion both exist, how can there be oneness?"
Our view is that the Absolute Truth manifests itself in unlimited diversity. The Absolute is void of material characteristics, but that doesn't mean that it has no characteristics at all.
The Absolute Truth is understood to have a multitude of energies. But because the Absolute is spiritual, these energies are ultimately spiritual, too. In this way, there is oneness between the energies and their source. The varieties we perceive are not illusions; they are energies of the Absolute Truth, the Personality of Godhead, Krishna.
Our vision may also be enlightened by truth or bewildered by illusion, according to our own desires. This, too, is made possible by Krishna, through His energies. As parts of Krishna, we are naturally meant to serve Krishna, and when we do so we are in perfect oneness with the Absolute Truth. But when we separate ourselves from Krishna we plunge ourselves into illusion and duality. We attain liberation from illusion and duality by surrendering to Krishna, accepting Him as advaita, "one without a second."

As every aging human contemplating death of their present bodies, they all eventfully must:   

Choose between three theoretic alternatives: Annihilation, Absorption, or the individuality of the soul before and after death. It is to this last belief that we are led by reason; and it is this belief that has constituted the basis of all religions in all the ages of the world. 

I choose to believe in the Combination of Allan Kardec's Spiritist Philosophy and Sant Mat, or what s called "The Path of The Masters."
The Following is taken from Allan Kardec's Spiritist book, Heaven and Hell, and offers very reasonable arguments regarding survival of individual Personalities.   

"1. It is certain that we live, think, and act; it is no less certain that we shall die. But, on quitting the earth, whither shall we go? What will become of us? Shall we be better off, or shall we be worse off? Shall we continue to exist, or shall we cease to exist? “To be, or not to be,” is the alternative presented to us; it will be for always, or not at all; it will be everything, or nothing; we shall live on eternally, or we shall cease to live, once and forever. The alternative is well worth the consideration.
Every one feels the need of living, of loving, of being happy. Announce, to one who believes himself to be at the point of death, that his life is to be prolonged, that the hour of death is delayed—announce to him, moreover, that he is going to be happier than he has ever been—and his heart will beat high with joy and hope. But to what end does the human heart thus instinctively aspire after happiness, if a breath suffices to scatter its aspirations?

Can anything be more agonizing that the idea that we are doomed to utter and absolute destruction, that our dearest affections, our intelligence, our knowledge so laboriously acquired, are all to be dissolved, thrown away, and lost forever? Why should we strive to become wiser or better? Why should we lay any restraint on our passions? Why should we weary ourselves with effort and study, if our exertions are to bear no fruit? If, erelong, perhaps tomorrow, all that we have done is to be of no further use to us? Were such really our doom, the lot of mankind would be a thousand times worse than that of the brutes; for the brute lives thoroughly in the present, in the gratification of its bodily appetites, with no torturing anxiety, no tormenting aspiration, to impair its enjoyment of the passing hour. But a secret and invincible intuition tells us that such cannot be our destiny.

2. The belief in annihilation necessarily leads a man to concentrate all his thoughts on his present life; for what, in fact, could be more illogical than to trouble ourselves about a future which we do not believe will have any existence? And as he whose attention is thus exclusively directed to his present life naturally places his own interest above that of others, this belief is the most powerful stimulant to selfishness, and he who holds it is perfectly consistent with himself in saying: “Let us get the greatest possible amount of enjoyment out of this world while we are in it; let us secure all the pleasures which the present can offer, seeing that, after death, everything will be over with us; and let us hasten to make sure of our own enjoyment, for we know not how long our life may last.” Such as one is, moreover, equally consistent in arriving at this further conclusion—most dangerous to the well being of society—“Let us make sure of our enjoyment, no matter by what means; let our motto be: ‘Each for himself;’ the good things of life are the prize of the most adroit.”

If some few are restrained, by respect for public opinion, from carrying out this program to its full extent, what restraint is there for those who stand in no such awe of their neighbors? Who regard human law as a tyranny that is exercised only over those who are sufficiently wanting in cleverness to bring themselves within its reach, and who consequently apply all their ingenuity to evading alike its requirements and its penalties? If any doctrine merits the qualifications of pernicious and anti-social, it is assuredly that of annihilation, because it destroys the sentiments of solidarity and fraternity, sole basis of the social relations.

3. Let us suppose an entire nation to have acquired, in some way or other, the certainty that, at the end of a week, a month, or a year, it will be utterly destroyed, that not a single individual of its people will be left alive, that they will all be utterly annihilated, and that not a trace of their existence will remain; what, in such a case, would be the line of conduct adopted, by the people thus doomed to a certain and foreseen destruction, during the short time which they would still have to exist? Would they labor for their moral improvement, or for their instruction? Would they continue to work for their living? Would they scrupulously respect the rights, the property, and the life, of their neighbors? Would they submit to the laws of their country, or to any ascendancy, even to that parental authority, the most legitimate of all? Would they recognize the existence of any duty? Assuredly not. Well, —the social ruin which we have imagined, by the way of illustration, as overtaking an entire nation, is being effected, individually, from day to day, by the doctrine of annihilation. If the practical consequences of this doctrine are not so disastrous to society as they might be, it is because, in the first place, there is, among the greater number of those whose vanity is flattered by the title of “free-thinker,” more of braggadocio than of absolute unbelief, more doubt than conviction, and more dread of annihilation than they care to show; and, in the second place, because those who really believe in annihilation are a very small minority, and are consequently influenced, in spite of themselves, by the contrary opinion, and held in check by the resistant forces of society and of the State: but, should absolute disbelief in a future existence ever be arrived at by the majority of mankind, the dissolution of society would necessarily follow. The propagation of the doctrine of annihilation would lead, inevitably, to this result.
But whatever may be the consequences of the doctrine of annihilation, if that doctrine were true, it would have to be accepted; for, if annihilation were our destiny, neither opposing systems of philosophy, nor the moral and social ills that would result from our knowledge that such a destiny was awaiting us, could prevent our being annihilated. And it is useless to attempt to disguise from ourselves that skepticism, doubt, indifference, are gaining ground every day, notwithstanding the efforts of the various religious bodies to the contrary. But if the religious systems of the day are powerless against skepticism, it is because they lack the weapons necessary for combating the enemy; so that, if their teaching were allowed to remain in a state of immobility, they would, erelong, be inevitably worsted in the struggle. What is lacking to those systems—in this age of positivism, when men demand to understand before believing—is the confirmation of their doctrines by facts and by their concordance with the discoveries of Positive Science. If theoretic systems say white where facts say black, we must choose between an enlightened appreciation of evidence and a blind acceptance of arbitrary statements.

4. It is in this state of things that the phenomena of Spiritism are spontaneously developed in the order of Providence, and oppose a barrier against the invasion of skepticism, not only by argument, or by the prospect of the dangers which it reveals, but also by the production of physical facts which render the existence of the soul, and the reality of a future life, both palpable and visible.
Each human being is, undoubtedly, free to believe anything, or to believe nothing; but those who employ the ascendancy of their knowledge and position in propagating, among the masses, and especially among the rising generation, the negation of a future life, are sowing broadcast the seeds of social confusion and dissolution, and are incurring a heavy responsibility by doing so.

5. There is another doctrine that repudiates the qualification of “Materialist,” because it admits the existence of a principle distinct from matter; we allude to that which asserts that each individual soul is to be absorbed in the Universal Whole. According to this doctrine, each human being assimilates, at birth, a particle of this principle, which constitutes his soul and gives him life, intelligence and sentiment. At death, this soul returns to the common source, and is merged in infinity as a drop of water is merged in the ocean.
This doctrine is, undoubtedly, an advance upon that of pure and simple Materialism, inasmuch as it admits something more than matter; but its consequences are precisely the same. Whether a man, after death, is dissolved into nothingness, or plunged into a general reservoir, is all One, as far as he himself is concerned; ..................
I prefer to be compared as a grain of sand returning to the Beach or Desert, retaining my individuality and accumulated Personality.
A current Sant Mat Guru, Dr. Ishwar Puri, if correct,  about our Astral Body living 1-3 thousand years, depending on Karma, and our Causal body living another million years or more, then to me, Soul growth after transition from the physical body most likely happens on other less dense, higher Spiritual planets than Earth, and if we do have to reincarnate, it will be on higher Spiritual Planets as taught by Krishna in The Bhagavad Gita. It all lines up perfectly. You can have your individuality, and KEEP it, not loosing all the positive things and knowledge you have done in this life and past lives.

Live Life and enjoy it to the fullest now, but do consider all life has an expiration date!

Until we meet again, I remain,

Eternal Flame

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Survival of Individual Soul Identity

We, as souls, do not forget our immediate past life identities when we transition our physical bodies at death to life in the Spirit world.   


Subject: The Spirits Book Teaching that souls always remain individuals
CHAPTER III
RETURN FROM THE CORPOREAL TO THE SPIRIT LIFE
1. THE SOUL AFTER DEATH; ITS INDIVIDUALITY; ETERNAL LIFE - 2. SEPARATION OF SOUL AND BODY - 3. TEMPORARILY CONFUSED STATE OF THE SOUL
AFTER DEATH.
The Soul After Death
149. What becomes of the soul at the moment of death?'
"It becomes again a spirit; that is to say, it returns into the world of spirits, which it had quitted for a short time."
150. Does the soul, after death, preserve its individuality?'
"Yes, it never loses its individuality. What would the soul be if it did not preserve it?"
- How does the soul preserve the consciousness of its individuality, since it no longer has its material body?'
"It still has a fluid peculiar to itself, which it draws from the atmosphere of its planet, and which represents the appearance of its last incarnation-its perispirit."
- Does the soul take nothing of this life away with it?
"Nothing but the remembrance of that life and the desire to go to a better world. This remembrance is full of sweetness or of bitterness according to the use it has made of the earthly life it has quitted. The more advanced is the degree of its purification, the more clearly does it perceive the futility of all that it has left behind it upon the earth."
151. What is to be thought of the opinion that the soul after death returns to the universal whole?
"Does not the mass of spirits, considered in its totality, constitute a whole? Does it not constitute a world? When you are in an assembly you form an integral part of that assembly, and yet you still retain your individuality."
152. What proof can we have of the individuality of the soul after death? 

"Is not this proof furnished by the communications which you obtain ? If you were not blind, you would see; if you were not deal you would hear; for you are often spoken to by a voice which reveals to you the existence of a being exterior to yourself."
Those who think that the soul returns after death into the universal whole are in error if they imagine that It loses its Individuality, like a drop of water that falls Into the ocean they are right If they mean by the universal whole the totality of Incorporeal beings, of which each soul or spirit Is an element.
If souls were blended together Into a mass, they would possess only the qualities common to the totality of the mass there would be nothing to distinguish them from one another, and they would have no special, intellectual, or moral qualities of their own. But the communications we obtain from spirits give abundant evidence of the possession by each spirit of the consciousness of theme, and of a distinct will, personal to itself; the infinite diversity of characteristics of all kinds presented by them Is at once the consequence and the evidence of their distinctive personal individuality. If, after death, there were nothing but what is called the "Great Whole," absorbing all individualities, this whole Would be uniform in its characteristics and, in that case, all the communications received from the invisible world would be identical. But as among the denizens of that other world we meet with some who are good and some who are bad, some who are learned and some who are ignorant, some who are happy and some who are unhappy, and as they present us with every shade of character, some being frivolous and other. serious, etc., it is evident that they are different individualities, perfectly distinct from one another. This individuality becomes still more evident when they are able to prove their identity by unmistakable tokens, by personal details relating to their terrestrial life, and susceptible of being verified; and it cannot be a matter of doubt when they manifest themselves to our sight under the form of apparitions. The individuality of the soul has been taught theoretically as an article of faith; Spiritism renders it patent, as an evident, and, so to say, a material fact.
153. In what sense should we understand eternal life?
"It is the life of the spirit that is eternal; that of the body is transitory and fleeting. When the body dies, the soul re-enters the eternal life."
- Would it not be more correct to apply the term eternal life to the life of the purified spirits; of those who, having attained to the degree of relative perfection, have no longer to undergo the discipline of suffering?
"The life of that degree might rather be termed eternal happiness; but this is a question of words. You may call things as you please, provided you are agreed among yourselves as to your meaning."
Separation of Soul and Body
154. Is the separation of the soul from the body a painful process?'
"No; the body often suffers more during life than at the moment of death, when the soul is usually unconscious of what is occurring 
to the body. The sensations experienced at the moment of death are often a source of enjoyment for the spirit, who recognises them as putting an end to the term of his exile."
In cases of natural death, where dissolution occurs as a consequence of the exhaustion of the bodily organs through age, man passes out of life without perceiving that he is doing so. It is like the flame of a lamp that goes out for want of aliment.
155. How is the separation of soul and body effected?
"The bonds which retained the soul being broken, it disengages itself from the body."
- Is this separation effected instantaneously, and by means of an abrupt transition? Is there any distinctly marked line of demarcation between life and death?
"No; the soul disengages itself gradually. It does not escape at once from the body, like a bird whose cage is suddenly opened. The two states touch and run into each other; and the spirit extricates himself, little by little, from his fleshly bonds, which are loosed, but not broken."
During life, a spirit is held to the body by his semi-material envelope, orperispirit. Death is the destruction of the body only. but not of this second envelope, which separates itself from the body when the play of organic life ceases in the latter. Observation shows us that the separation of theperispirit from the body is not suddenly completed at the moment of death. but is only effected gradually, and more or less slowly in different Individuals. In some cases it is effected so quickly that theperispirit is entirely separated from the body within a few hours of the death of the latter but. in other cases, and especially in the case of those whose life has been grossly material and sensual, this deliverance is much less rapid, and sometimes takes days. weeks, and even months, for its accomplishment. This delay does not imply the slightest persistence of vitality in the body, nor any possibility of Its return to life, but is simply the result of a certain affinity between the body and the spirit which affinity is always more or less tenacious in proportion to the preponderance of materiality in the affections of the spirit during his earthly life. It is. in fact, only rational to suppose that the more closely a spirit has identified himself with matter, the greater will be his difficulty in separating himself from his material body; while, on the contrary, intellectual and moral activity, and habitual elevation of thought, effect a commencement of this separation even during the life of the body, and therefore, when death occurs, the separation is almost instantaneous. The study of a great number of individuals after their death has shown that affinity which, in some cases, continues to exist between the soul and the body is sometimes extremely painful for it causes the spirit to perceive all the horror of the decomposition of the latter. This experience is exceptional, and peculiar to certain kinds of life and to certain kinds of death. It sometimes occurs in the case of those who have committed suicide.
156. Can the definitive separation of the soul and body take place before the complete cessation of organic life?
"It sometimes happens that the soul has quitted the body before the last agony comes on, so that the latter is only the closing act of merely organic life. The dying man has no longer any cons- sciousness of himself, and nevertheless there still remains in him a faint breathing of vitality. The body is a machine that is kept in movement by the heart. It continues to live as long as tile heart causes the blood to circulate in the veins, and has no need of the soul to do that."
157. Does the soul sometimes at the moment of death, experience an aspiration or an ecstasy that gives it a foreglimpse of the world into which it is about to return?
"The soul often feels the loosening of the bonds that attach it to the body, and does its utmost to hasten and complete the work of separation. Already partially freed from matter, it beholds the future unrolled before it, and enjoys, in anticipation, the spirit-state upon which it is about to re-enter."
158. Do the transformations of the caterpillar-which, first of all, crawls upon the ground, and then shuts itself up in its chrysalis in seeming death, to be reborn therefrom into a new and brilliant existence-give us anything like a true idea of the relation between our terrestrial life, the tomb, and our new existence beyond the latter?
"An idea on a very small scale. The image is good; hut, nevertheless, it would not do to accept it literally, as you so often do in regard to such images."
159. What sensation is experienced by the soul at the moment when it recovers its' consciousness in the world of spirits?
"That depends on circumstances. He who has done evil from the love of evil is overwhelmed with shame for his wrong-doing. With the righteous it is very different. His soul seems to be eased of a heavy load, for it does not dread the most searching glance."
160. Does the spirit find himself at once in company with those whom he knew upon the earth, and who died before him?
"Yes; and more or less promptly according to the degree of his affection for them and of theirs for him. They often come to meet him on his return to the spirit-world, and help to free him from the bonds of matter. Others whom he formerly knew, but whom he had lost sight of during his sojourn on the earth, also come to meet him. He sees those who are in erraticity, and he goes to visit those who are still incarnated." 

161. In cases of violent or accidental death, when the organs have not been weakened by age or by sickness, does the separation of the soul take place simultaneously with the cessation of organic life?
"It does so usually; and, at any rate, the interval between them, in all such cases, is very brief."
162. After decapitation, for instance, does a man retain consciousness for a longer or shorter time?
"He frequently does so for a few minutes, until the organic life of the body is completely extinct; but, on the other hand, the fear of death often causes a man to lose consciousness before the moment of execution."
The question here proposed refers simply to the consciousness which the victim may have of himself as a man, through the intermediary of his bodily organs, and not as a spirit. If he have not lost this consciousness before execution, he may retain it for a few moments afterwards but this persistence of consciousness can only be of very short duration, and must necessarily cease with the cessation of the organic life of the brain. The cessation of the human consciousness, however, by no means implies the complete separation of the perispirit from the body. On the contrary, in all cases in which death has resulted from violence, and not from a gradual extinction of the vital forces, the bonds which unite the body to the perispirit are more tenacious, and the separation is effected more slowly.
Temporarily - Confused State of the Soul After Death
163. Does the soul, on quitting the body, find itself at once in possession of its self- consciousness?
"Not at once. It is for a time in a state of confusion which obscures all its perceptions."
164. Do all spirits experience, in the same degree and for the same length of time, the confusion which follows the separation of the soul from the body?
"No; this depends entirely on their degree of elevation. He who has already accomplished a certain amount of purification recovers his consciousness almost immediately, because he had already freed himself from the thraldom of materiality during his bodily life; whereas the carnally minded man, he whose conscience is not clear, retains the impression of matter for a much longer time."
165. Does a knowledge of Spiritism exercise any influence on the duration of this state of confusion?
"It exercises a very considerable influence on that duration, because it enables the spirit to understand beforehand the new situation in which it is about to find itself ; but the practice of rectitude during the earthly life, and a clear conscience, are the conditions which conduce most powerfully to shorten it."
At the moment of death, everything appears confused. The soul takes some time to recover its self- consciousness, for it Is as though stunned, and in a state similar to that of a man waking out of a deep sleep, and trying to understand his own situation. It gradually regains clearness of thought and the memory of the past in proportion to the weakening of the influence of the material envelope from which it has just freed itself, and the clearing away of the sort of fog that obscured its consciousness.
The duration of the state of confusion that follows death varies greatly in different cases. It may be only of a few hours, and it may be of several months, or even years. Those with whom It lasts the least are they who, during the earthly life, have identified themselves most closely with their future state, because they are soonest able to understand their pew situation.
This state of confusion assumes special aspects according to characterial peculiarities, and also according to different modes of death. In all cases of violent or sudden death, by suicide, by capital punisment, accident, apoplexy, etc., the spirit is surprised, astounded, and does not believe himself to be dead. He obstinately persists In asserting the contrary; and, nevertheless, he sees the body he has quitted as something apart from himself he knows that body to be his own, and he cannot make out how it should be separated from him. He goes about among the persons with whom he is united by the ties of affection, speaks to them, and cannot conceive why they do not hear him. This Sort of illusion lasts until the entire separation of the perispirit from the earthly body, for it is only when this is accomplished that the spirit begins to understand his situation, and becomes aware that he no longer forms part of the world of human beings. Death having come upon him by surprise, the spirit is stunned by the suddenness of the change that has taken place in him. For him, death is still synonymous with destruction, annihilation and and he thinks, sees, hears, it seems to him that he cannot be dead. And this illusion is still further strengthened by his seeing himself with a body similar in form to the one he has quitted for he does not at first perceive Its ethereal nature, but supposes it to be solid and compact like the otherand when his attention has been called to this point, he is astonished at finding that it is not palpable. This phenomenon is analogous to that which occurs in the case of somnambulists, who, when thrown for the first time into the magnetic sleep, cannot believe that they are not awake. Sleep, according to their idea of it, is synonymous with suspension of the perceptive faculties; and as they think freely, and see, they appear to themselves not to be as leep. Some spirits present this peculiarity, even in cases where death has not supervened unexpectedly but it more frequently occurs in the case of those who, although they may have been ill, had no expectation of death. The curious spectacle Is then presented of a spirit attending his own funeral as though it were that of someone else, and speaking of it as of something which in no way concerns him, until the moment when at length he comprehends the true state of the case.
In the mental confusion which follows death, there is nothing painful for him who has lived an upright life. He is calm, and his perceptions are those of a peaceful awaking out of sleep. But for him whose conscience is not clean, it is full of anxiety and anguish that become more and more poignant in proportion as he recovers consciousness.
In cases of collective death, in which many persons have perished together in the same catastrophe, it has been observed that they do not always see one another immediately afterwards. In the state of confusion which follows death, each spirit goes his own way, or concerns himself only with those in whom he takes an interest. 



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Sunday, March 01, 2015

FAITH or FALLACY? SPIRITUAL or KNOWLEDGE? GNOSIS?

FAITH or FALLACY? SPIRITUALITY or KNOWLEDGE? GNOSIS? HALLUCINATIONS? SPECULATIONS? EXPERIENCES? MEMORIES? PROVABLE? WITNESSING? SEEING? HEARING? TOUCHING? TASTING? SMELLING? READING? WATCHING? 

As I hear about more of my friends and acquaintances passing away, either from disease or old age, I am constantly reminded that my turn is coming, and I will also be either be gasping for my last breaths of air to remain attached to my physical body, or,..........I will either be praying to the invisible God Who has been using my body or another individualized Play of His Consciousness since He Breathed His first Breath of air in to my lungs seconds after I was born in to this world from my Mother's womb. That Breath has been what has retained my soul in the ever changing physical body of what is keying this Post. That Breath has become automatic, operated by the Subconscious part of my mind, and is the Cord that binds my soul to my physical body. Once I stop breathing, my soul departs this body to join my friends who have already been initiated in to passing over, ....from physical to spirit.    

Now, of course, this body has required much more that Air to sustain my soul in this body, but Air is the Cosmic ingredient that has kept my soul in this body. I am assuming the reader has hope that we are souls having experiences in bodies of flesh, bones and blood, rather than bodies only, with out souls? 

I know that many that pass over are given Morphine or other drugs to either lesson their pain, or tranquilizing them during the last minutes of life, but I am hoping  that I will be able to consciously pass over, in to the spirit realm with out drugs, so I may witness the process of leaving my physical body, the same way I have attempted to do, many times, in Meditation, but this time, a one way trip. 

Now, considering I have studied this topic for the last 40 years, at this point, if I quoted even a small portion of all the Teachings I have either read about, heard about, or tried, It would take volumes of books to reference. I know I will be unable to remember most of what I have read or heard, during my last gasping breaths, and will be unable to Google one last best instruction of how to pass over easily. So, my thought is, if I haven't decided to choose my best way of exit by then, .........well, its to late to do any thing else other than to just take my last Leap of Faith, and let what ever will be,...or not be, ....be! 

I have all ready posted many of my thoughts, during my ever changing speculations on Theology, Spirituality, Metaphysics, Mysticism, etc., some of my own thoughts, as well as others who have nourished my Faith, along the way, but    considering not a single one of my friends who have passed over, or any relative has returned to instruct me, about what REALLY happens ,....if we survive, than, all I have to go on, is what they have written or said when they were alive physically, unless I place my belief in the Channeling of Psychics, or Spiritualists who use Mediums to seek messages departed souls who supposedly share messages. 

So, I am hoping my best thoughts will be able to be Assets to me, from my years of study and practice, of praying, meditating, experimenting, etc. from what I have taken from Scripture, Holy Writings, sermons, Teachings, of all of my past Teachers whom I retain in my memories. 

Until we meet again, I remain,
Eternal Flame

SEEKING GOD: WHERE TO SEEK HIM?

SEEKING GOD: WHERE TO SEEK HIM?

If we ask any normal person, regardless of Gender, Nationality, or Race, who claims to believe in God, to introduce us so we might also know Him…we might expect unlimited descriptions of that God any of the seven billion humans living on the planet might describe. So, with that conclusion, there is no doubt, that seeking God is an individual, process, because we are always unable to verify another person’s individual god they become familiar with.

I do not put my self up on any higher pedestal than any other seeker of God, and admit that I am just another unknown seeker among the other 7 billion humans on the planet, who at some time in our lives, become curious enough to wonder if there really is a God that has created us, and if so, why does He use the Path of making Him/Her/Its Self invisible, to every one claiming to know Him, other than self proclaimed Sects that claim to not only know Him, but are in daily contact with Him, and are very anxious to introduce Him to the world, and us…for a fee, such as Tithes, Dues, Sales of their Books, or Donations to contribute to their Building Programs of Worship Edifices, Churches, Temples, Cathedrals, or Meeting Halls, Ashrams, Retirement Communities, etc.

I feel inadequate to write, or share any thing on the Internet, when I see the unending wonderful Web Sites, with just about every instruction any one ever wrote regarding God. Every Religion has its Scriptures, which I have read samples of most of them, during my last 40 year search to have a one on one, face to face meeting with, that Mysterious Invisible God who chooses to hide from most seekers, including me! Religious Clerics, of the Priest Craft are too numerous to count, and each offering to enlighten us with the god they know, ….for a Fee.

Well, after sampling many of the various offers, seeking God, during my last 40 years, I have come to the conclusion that not a single seeker of the 7 billion humans on planet earth comes even close to knowing our Cosmic Creator we call, or refer to as “GOD” , but each of us having our own individual interpretation of just Who God is, what He looks like, Sounds like, where He lives, or operates from, or why He has any interest in our individual day to day floundering around in linear space time, on planet earth.

My Blog offers samples of some of the places I have searched for God, but, other than serving to keep my Faith in some type of an after life, or individual survival of what ever “me”, or “i” really am, other than a spark of God’s Fire, or drop of His Ocean, I have to admit at this time of my search, that my understanding of Metaphysics seems to end up at the starting point, or where the Alpha meets the Omega claimed in the Bible. That’s why the Symbol, “0 “ in Occult Literature esoterically hides the fact that in spite of every material creation haven been created, at some distant point in Time, all creation is impermanent, and must eventual return to its point of origin.

The Bible teaches we are created in the Image of God, and that God is Spirit, and must be worshipped in Spirit and in Truth. So, each of we 7 billion individual humans on planet earth must contain an “Image” of God’s Invisible Spirit, which created our bodies and keeps us alive, moment to moment. I have shared many Philosophical possibilities of how our individual spirits team up with our physical bodies to experience the Play of Consciousness, here on earth, so God may expand His Creation as He sees fit, for His pleasure.

“Seeking” God is as easy as listening to Sermons, Lectures, Work Shops, being initiated, taking courses, or reading. But FINDING God, is not as easy as claimed by the Priestcraft

I just experienced my 73rd Birthday a few weeks ago, and am more aware of my limited mortality…in this body, than ever. I am in pretty decent health, for my age, and other than the usual aches and pains, and problems of an aging Male, I am not expecting to die any time soon, yet I fully know that my remaining time left in this body could be taken away any time. I live each day, ready to depart, should I be called to leave, with full Faith that should my Creator take my spirit from this body, that He has His Plan, “ His” Plan, that He has yet to share with me, regarding my future Missions between now and the time when I return to Him, as a drop in His Ocean or a spark from His Fire, as the Alpha meets the Omega! Or, if the Atheists and materialists are correct, in that it all ends here, with no survival, or after life, than, so be it. What we will never know should never hurt us.

With the above introduction to what I feel like sharing, at the moment, because its been on my mind for a few days, and won’t go away, I feel I better log it in to my Blog before it goes away, and might be of value to another seeker who stumbles on to it in some time in the future.

AS an Ex Preacher, I have obviously tried all of the types of Prayer, or praying that Christians shared or wrote about in the past. I have always taken the path of listening to claims of those who claim to know God before rejecting their claims, to first try to follow their instructions, or way of praying, before rejecting the results. Well, if the reader starts at the beginning of my Blog, and reads all of my Christian Seminary Theses regarding the subject, my story is all there, along with my failures and successes. Along with my Christian experiences, I have also shared some of my Rosicrucian, Martinist, and Sant Mat experiences. ALL of these experiences have assisted me to KEEP what ever Faith I experienced, up to the time, but, as now, none of them ever satisfied my desire to meet, God, Face to Face, and SEE Him, Hear Him, and Bask in His Glory!! Oh yes, I have had many, many experiences of Bliss, expecting to meet Him any moment, and that He was ready to stop hiding from me, and expose Him Self to me! But,…..I have come to my conclusion that until I depart ALL physical Materiality, once and for all, and return to Him, than, that part of “i”
that is the individual spirit that I AM, only observes, or witnesses, the creations that my mind creates. ( Mostly illusions. )

I have been a Devotee of Meditation, since I was 45 years old, and have tried quite a few different Techniques, in addition to the Sant Mat, Rosicrucian, or Martinist Meditation Techniques I was initiated in to. During Meditation, we are seeking God, and listening, rather than when by Prayer, we are either asking, or begging for Him to grant our desires. I have done plenty of begging and asking for all kinds of favors from God. I have prayed for favors for my self, as well as for others, and have experienced many answers to Prayer. But, in Meditation, we are ONLY seeking God, or Images of Him. The Sant Mat Teachers teach that we experience God by Light & Sound, and during meditation, if successful, we may see glimpses of Light, see images of the sun, moon, star, or images of Inner Masters. I have experienced all of those, as shared in another post on an early peak meditation I had.

Paramahanda Yogananda taught that God expresses Himself as Light & Sound, but he taught that by breathing through the nostrils, imagining that the spinal column is hollow, and watch the inhaling of Air descending in to the lower body areas, then returning back up the spinal column exiting the top of the Medulla Oblongata , the tube that links the top of the spinal column to the brain, where the Pineal Gland sits at the Third Eye Level in the forehead behind the two physical eyes, reveals memories stored from past lives there, which is like a Pine Cone, with different layers of memories. In fact, there is a large Pine Cone Icon sitting in front of the Vatican, and the Pope carries a Pole that has a Pine Cone of the top if it, so He must be knowledgeable regarding the symbol it is linked to, i.e The Third Eye. Yoganada describes the Third Eye, inside, as a 5 pointed Star that is encased by a blue sky with a gold ring around the round spherical object. I have never see the 5 pointed Start, but I have seen the glittering diamond shaped image inside the blue sphere, and I have also seen the gold ring. But I have never seen them all together, only one at a time. There are many variables that might be involved, to be able to successfully experience these images, such as diet, life style, health, ago, and for sure, past KARMA. So, I am pleased that I am able to still experience some of these images during meditation, so it keeps my Faith secure enough to keep meditating, when ever I have a chance, or wanting to seek God.

Like most seekers, I could just as well wait until I die and then find out what will happen, but, I prefer to seek a Preview of what I expect to experience once I leave my physical body for a one way trip. I prefer not to be taken by surprise. I hope to consciously pass from this Realm to the Spiritual Realm, when I die, the same way I do during meditation, which is an exercise of “Dying While Living” as the Apostle Paul said he did daily.

Until we meet again, either here,….or There,..I remain,
Eternal Flame


 

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Dr. Randolph Stone's Polarity Therapy Link

Dr. Randolph Stone, who authored The Mystic Bible, was a Radhasoami Initiate, who developed a Holistic Healing System he names Polarity Therapy. He traveled the world giving this practice and Teaching, FREE. Here is a Link to his Free System. 

http://www.innercentre.org/pdfs/drstone.pdf

http://www.digitaldrstone.org/charts.shtml

Best Regards,
Eternal Flame

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Soul Convicts Wanted, .....Dead or Alive!

My Soul is an Escaped spirit who has wandered away from Spiritual Home, to become WANTED: Dead or ALIVE,by either the god of materialism, …or the Cosmic Creator of ALL Universes. !

I was once a spirit,….fully alive,…Eternally,  that for reasons forgotten, decided to venture away from the Home of The Living to explore the land of the dead. I only intended to go for a brief visit, to have a few material adventures, but now have been gone so long, I have forgotten my way back to the home I once left.

As the Eternal spirit I was, I projected in to matter and became a soul, once I was joined to my physical container I now call the body I am able to see in a mirror. But once joined to this body , my spirit has bonded to this body, and has become the soul that has been shaped by the mind that has taken the soul prisoner, and projects me, as a mind trained soul, out into the material world of existence, through the sense gates of my prison ward I call my body. My spirit that was alive before becoming soul, now is asleep in slumber, and is in  hibernation until either the body expires, releasing the knotted mind/soul back to the spirit realms, or,…..until the longing of the spirit to return to the forgotten Home I once left wakes up from slumber, and seeks for a Source of Assistance to commence the Journey of souls to return to the Home all incarnated spirits once left to seek material adventures.

 Before I left home, my Instructions were to stay in full contact with my Spiritual Over Seer once I became a soul. Had I obeyed, I would have remained a living spirit attached to a material body that became a living soul, how ever, I instantly became enticed by the 


physical senses that drew my soul out of my body through one or more of the nine sense gates, where my training to become dead to the spirit world rapidly began. The more material adventures I explored, the deader to the spirit world I became. The tighter my soul became knotted to the mind that kept increasing in material knowledge, with experience, the deeper my  Eternal spirit went into hibernation giving over its Authority to the knotted mind/soul, and has lost contact with the Spiritual Realm of Souls all together.

The Divine Plan was, the spirit was to become a living soul, teaching the mind to become a Spiritual Teacher to lost souls, by taking Instructions from the Spiritual Over Seer, not from the material god of this world received through the nine sense gates of the body that entices the knotted mind/soul to become educated to the ways of the world.


I know I am human, because, unlike the  lower species, I know and recognize I am conscious. Consciousness is defined as many ideas, and numerous papers have been written defining consciousness as per the writer’s perception. But for me, I like to think I am conscious, as a soul, because of my individual awareness as well as my unique thoughts, memories, feelings, sensations, and environment, as witnessed by my writing this Article.

I know I am not just a clone, or an identical thought form, wherever I came from, because I have yet to ever meet another human being that agrees with much of what I have tried to share since I started trying to share any thing I have been taught as Truth. It appears each of the 7 billion humans on planet earth have their own truths, and also seem to be hard
wired in their brains to try and download their beliefs and thought forms into any othesr they interact with. 

So, what chance does a projected spirit who has projected into an average human body like mine, and has become entrenched in to a Biological Prison  that has 10 to the 13th power average cells, or 10,000,000,000,000 average cells spread out all over my body from the top of my head to the tip of my toes, have of ever being able to escape back into the Spiritual Realm that I once left?

Even if my physical body expires, which it will, as all physical material is impermanent, including my present old ageing body ( now 2 months short of 73 ) will my knotted mind/soul instantly release my Eternal spirit and free it from bondage from each of the possible material realms? Metaphysically, depending on which School of Thought one chooses to adopt,  there may be numerous material/spiritual realms or planes of existence, that are linked to the physical body while the body is alive, but once that body expires, each surviving plane connected to that body, also has its own time limitation to remain alive in that particular realm, that still has the Eternal spirit held hostage by the knotted mind/soul until EACH surviving realm also expires, which means that each has an allotted time factor, which might be unknown to my unawakened ( or the reader’s ) spirit.

With out delving into Metaphysics, Biology explaining DNA. or the unending Religions, Fraternities, Sects, etc. etc., which may be seen all over the Internet, as well as more books than can be read in millions of life times, ( assuming one subscribes to the teachings of Reincarnation and Karma, as I do ), I once decided to use my own body, as a spiritual laboratory, or Temple of my soul, to experiment with different spiritual exercises, using my body as a Spiritual University, so to speak. I obviously have not yet graduated from my University, because I am still here sharing a little of what I feel like sharing, with out acting as just another Dominant Alpha Male trying to corral the other 6.99 billion opposing souls on earth  into doing what I do, to become liberated from the Prisons of the soul. 

But, in simple Laymen’s terms, imagine how the tiny Point of Light that my spirit was that entered the body that has become my prison, when the first Breath of Life was Breathed into my body at birth, and I became a Living Soul. Immediately, this tiny spirit 0f Light started down loading into every available cell in my tiny infant body, and my life journey, this incarnation began!

Well, what can I saw, ….other than, its been an interesting ride, surely different than any other human presently on earth, due to our differences in life experiences.

But, the interesting thing to consider, is we ALL arrived here, and took birth in our individual respective bodies the same way. ( unless Aliens are reading this? ) We ALL became prisoners of our body/mind/souls the same way! Why? Because we all have the same human organs, with biological cells, etc.

So, we all have an opportunity to enroll in our own Spiritual University to experiment with our own spiritual exercises while we still retain human Temples to seek our Spiritual Over Seer, in order to try and hook up with. If we fail to make the connection here, in the physical body, then, we must reincarnate again, and again, and again, until we are successful. Not a good choice,….if one has decided they have had enough of this form of life, on planet earth, and seek to ascend to higher or more Spiritual, and less material realms, or planets, where wars, killing, exploiting and eating lower species, along with all the other horrors of what we spirit prisoners have been seduced in  to accepting as normal.

This Article is not intended as a Discourse or Lesson on how to become enlightened, as many Religions and Sects already  teach, but only as a reminder that we, as spirits, are not who most of us think we are, or have recognized our selves to become, in these bodies.

If a fragment of my spirit consciousness is in one of the cells in my big toe, I need to figure out some way to entice it to vacate that cell and to travel up to the top of my head, where it may be allowed to escape the prison of the body, and start the Journey of souls back to the home I once left. Now, imagine, not only do I need to vacate that big toe cell, but the rest of the 10 to the 13th power of remaining cells in the body as well, in order to travel the spirit world!

The above is only an Appetizer, that might serve to activate the Reader’s Spiritual thirst, to desire to seek further ways to become liberated, from the Prison of souls to return to the Home we all left as Living spirits, Eternal Ageless, individual spirits, reunited with our Spiritual Creator.

Reading other Articles on my blog may offer helpful hints, at different possibilities of escape.

Until we meet again, I remain,
Eternal Flame