4. Methodological Principles of Spiritual Self-Development
4:1. The Perfection of the Creator has three main aspects. They are — Love, Wisdom, and Power. Therefore, each of us in the course of the personal evolution has to develop these three qualities.
4:2. Everyone should begin with accepting the following main ethical principles:
“Don’t do to others whatever you would not want them to do to you!”
“Help everyone in everything good!”
Then it would be appropriate to begin mastering the functions of the spiritual heart — an organ producing the emotions of love.
4:3. The spiritual heart is a bioenergetic structure originally located in the chest. The first step of its development is mastered when it has filled the whole chest, what makes one capable of living in the state of stable concentration of the consciousness in the spiritual heart, of perceiving the outer world with it, and of acting from it, including speaking.
When this is accomplished, and as long as one abides in the spiritual heart with the concentration of the consciousness, one is no longer able to enter emotional states other than variations of heart love.
This radically changes one’s relationships with the environment, including other people. Also one’s health gets improved dramatically.
Those, who have settled in this state, who got used to and will continue living in it until the end of their incarnation, after leaving the body are going to appear among other blissful souls in paradise.
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4:4. In order to succeed in spiritual development, one has to transform oneself into a large soul consisting primarily of the spiritual heart.
One has to learn to live so that one almost never abandons the emotions of love: tender freshness, tactful care, willingness to help other people in everything good sincerely and selflessly, respect to all worthy ones, gratitude to anyone who helps, forgiveness of offenders, willingness to abandon oneself and sacrifice oneself for the sake of others. And even when fighting for the sake of others’ good, one must not leave the state of love.
Let everyone strive for ridding themselves of all kinds of arrogance, selfishness, greed, violence, and of all kinds of emotions of anger, including the emotions of condemnation, revengefulness, irritation, envy, and jealousy. These emotional states must be considered as an adversary to Love.
Gaining full control over one’s own emotions is possible through intellectual work on struggling with one’s own vices (including repentance) and on cultivating missing positive qualities. For this purpose, it is very helpful to master the methods of psychic self-regulation, which are based on working with the structures of the human organism responsible for generation of emotions.
4:5. “God is Love”, taught Jesus Christ. He Himself was Love. And He commanded that we, too, become It.
In order to be able to approach our Creator — Who is Love — we have to transform ourselves into Love. There is no other way.
And this is not just a slogan made up of nice words yet unfeasible, but a comprehensive system of knowledge and methods thoroughly tested and verified by numerous spiritual seekers.
4:6. The development of the intellect is a crucial element of one’s spiritual advancement. Children must be given education of as high quality as possible. Adults should always seek ways to acquire new knowledge — preferably that, which will be useful on the spiritual Path.
4:7. It makes sense to devote the professional activity not to striving for money and accumulating material wealth, but to learning as much as possible in the beginning of our lives in order to use the acquired knowledge and skills in the future to serve God through serving people.
4:8. Doing good deeds by helping other souls in their evolution — let this be the major incentive of everyone’s social activity!
Let such activity be sincere giving! Then other people — the best of them — will begin to respond by giving back. It is in this way that groups of true and reliable friends with common spiritual goals form.
4:9. Giving birth and proper upbringing of children is also a service to God.
4:10. In educating children, special techniques can be successfully used, which are quite helpful in preparing them for serious spiritual work in the future.
4:11. Children should be involved in creative work at the level adequate for their age.
Let them help parents in their work, let them take a paid job outside of school time. Let teaching them various labor skills become a part of school educational programs.
Through this, children must learn to create and to value everything good created by others.
Otherwise, many children become destructive when they grow up.
4:12. Marriage and education of children provide numerous excellent opportunities for self-perfecting, for development of such aspects of love as caring, tenderness, and altruism.
This experience also significantly contributes to the intellectual progress of an individual soul by providing numerous psychological lessons in particular.
God — as a Teacher — is the “Supreme Psychologist”. Thus, we have to master psychology as well.
4:13. The prevailing opinion that the main task of man in relation to God consists in sole praying and that nothing else is necessary is deeply erroneous and harmful. One must realize that God does not need our prayers, which are begging, in essence.
What God wants from us in the first place is righteousness expressed in ethically correct attitude towards all living beings, including other people, as well as towards Him. In particular, He wants us to seek Him, serve Him, learn to love Him, and strive for developing ourselves to such a degree that we can offer ourselves to Him as a gift, as perfect as possible.
It is this gift that God will be pleased to receive as an offering from man.
4:14. He does not need any killing of animals and plants as an “offering to God”. Those killings are but criminal acts and are not in any way “pleasing to God”.
4:15. Introduction of the ideas of irreparably sinful human nature, nothingness of man who is destined to remain an eternal antipode to God is an error and a transgression in the face of God. It contradicts the very Intention that the Creator has for us. It creates a huge obstacle for the spiritual growth.
4:16. It is better to begin the development of the power aspect of the soul through engaging in manual labor. If this is currently impossible, then various kinds of athletic training can be helpful.
It is necessary to have a strong and healthy body in order to advance successfully on the spiritual Path.
The power aspect of the consciousness can be developed further through special methods of development of the energy structures of the organism and special meditations. But they can be taught only to intellectually mature people, who have gained the required subtlety of the consciousness and the ability to remain in the emotional state of love for a long time.
4:17. The opinion that people attain paradise or end up in hell as a result of some particular action (or actions) is erroneous. Actions significant from the ethical standpoint determine one’s destiny only for the periods of embodiment — in the current or future incarnations.
But what determines the place, where we abide after the death of the body — be it hell, paradise, or other spatial dimensions (including the Abode of the Creator) — is the state of the consciousness to which we accustomed ourselves during life in the body.
People who get used to living in coarse emotional states, upon leaving the body continue to exist in these states among other beings similar to them.
Those who live (including the recent period before departing from the body) in subtle and pure heart love, after the death of the body find themselves in paradise.
But in order to reach the Abode of the Creator from the “starting” point of the paradisiacal state, one needs to go through a long and difficult meditative practice guided by one or several Divine Teachers.
One has to dedicate the whole life to this in order to succeed.
Let us emphasize that nobody can pass this part of the Path on their own. The errors made here can have grievous consequences. For example, it is possible “to get lost” in spatial dimensions… Or to break down as a result of some stressing factor and to lapse into coarse emotional states… This can wipe out all one’s positive meditative achievements and bring to serious diseases.
4:18. Spiritual work cannot be successful for people who use substances called drugs, including alcohol and tobacco products.
4:19. The human organism is multidimensional, and in this respect it is similar to the multidimensional Absolute. Therefore, the process of self-cognition coincides with the process of cognition of the Absolute.
4:20. One of the main tasks of spiritual work is to transform the human egocentrism to God-centrism — both mentally and in meditative realization.
4:21. The final steps of spiritual ascent can be mastered only in monasticism.
4:22. Monasticism is unidirectionality of spiritual seeker’s attention focused on only one Goal — full cognition of God and merging with the Creator in His Abode, also helping all worthy ones walking this Path.
4:23. The tasks of a true monk cannot be accomplished by mere wearing special clothes, accepting new names, kow-towing and saying standard prayers. All this has nothing to do with the true monasticism.
4:24. Keeping a parasitic way of life which is sometimes extolled as a virtue by adepts of some degenerated religious schools is in fact a vicious practice that has a detrimental effect on the destinies of the followers of this distortion.
God considers panhandling as an indecent occupation [6,11].
4:25. Celibacy (complete refraining from sexual contacts) is by no means a necessary attribute of the true monastic life. It rather does harm than helps on the spiritual Path, creating a sexual “dominant” (a dominating idea of sexual dissatisfaction) — instead of one’s having the Creator and the care for people as a sole dominant. Celibacy hinders the development of such important variations of love as sexually tinged tenderness, attention and care in relationships with the spouse and children.
Celibacy also can be harmful to health causing sometimes adenoma of prostate in men and neuroses based on sexual dissatisfaction in both men and women.
4:26. Having sex is not a “sin” by itself, as long as
a) no violence or doing harm is involved,
b) partners are adequate,
c) sex does not overshadow the more important aspects of life.
A harmonious sexual life is absolutely normal for all healthy adults, even for those who have devoted their lives completely to the attainment of the highest spiritual goals.
But people entering into a marriage should be at similar stages of their spiritual advancement .
4:27. Recent popularization of the idea that “the more sex — the more spirituality” is another extreme, no less harmful for spiritual development. In this case sex is brought into the center of attention, instead of the Creator, multi-aspect self-development, and participation in the Evolutionary Process through service to God, which consists in helping other people in their earthy existence and facilitating their spiritual progress.
“Where your treasure is there your heart will be also”, taught Jesus Christ (Luke 12:34).