to the Highest Goal
Jesus suggested going to the Creator through the “narrow gate”, the “narrow Path”, for “wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction” (Matt 7:13-14).
What is this narrow Path?
This is the path of monasticism.
And monasticism implies complete dedication of oneself to only one goal: cognition of the Creator and helping others in this.
How can one distinguish a monk from other people?
Not by the clothes! And not by foreign or ancient names! Not by the number of kowtows and other bodily movements!
… Let us look: what does a regular person call work?
It is, first of all, that for what one receives money!
Yet the true monk by work means what has to be done for God.
In other words, the former works first of all for oneself. While in the case of the latter, the vector of the direction of the efforts is the opposite: monks work not for the sake of themselves (or for the sake of a small group of people) but for the good of others — in the general process of positive Evolution of the Universal Consciousness.
“Be perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect” — this is the goal defined by Jesus Christ that every monk has to aspire to!
Of course, for realization of this task one has to have the general methodology of spiritual development and concrete methods, which we describe in these conversations.
… We have discussed already that spiritual work consists of two main stages: exoteric and esoteric ones.
The exoteric part consists of two components:
— studying and accepting fully the concept of the path suggested by God.
— initial ethical self-transformation in accordance with these Teachings.
I talk about initial ethical self-transformation because one cannot do all this work at once: the work on ethical self-perfecting continues until the end of the Path to the Abode of the Creator.
… In usual circumstances, people since childhood get often involved in the religious (or atheistic) environment that dominates in the region where they live, or in that which their parents follow. And very often this situation is not good.
And only having become intellectually mature, we start to compare different philosophical and religious concepts, attempt to understand the reasons for their differences, and later in this quest come to understand the Origin.
Only then, walking the true narrow Path becomes possible for us.
… Very few people find healthy spiritual schools in the beginning of their quest and avoid a long and sometimes painful search for the true direction of making spiritual efforts…
After this, one usually starts to struggle for the right to be different from the majority of people, who got lost and stuck in vices.
At this point, some give up being unable to withstand conflicts and persecutions. They choose to live a secure life “as others”; they do not really want to go to the Creator.
But others show great heroism and ensure good future destinies for themselves. We can find examples of such heroism among the first Christians, among the victims of the Inquisition, among the first Muslims and later among Baha’is and Sikhs who opposed perversions of Islam.
I, too, had to withstand political persecutions and threats of physical punishment. I underwent an attack of aggressive primitives, which gave me a valuable experience of two clinical deaths. I withstood all these trials and kept on walking — along this narrow Path. I helped many worthy people (and hope to help many more).
… On the exoteric stages of the Path, God tests spiritual seekers by various material hardships and oppression from the side of people unable to understand them. On the initial steps of the esoteric stages, they are often suggested to undergo mystical trials: for example, energy attacks of incarnate and non-incarnate devils. Here seekers are tested with mystical fear. If they yield to it and give up; it means they do not have mature love for the Creator, that their love has not become a steadfast and unmovable dominant in their lives yet.
For “there is no fear in love; but perfect love drives out fear. … The one who fears is not made perfect in love!” (1 John 4:18).
We can overcome fear by clinging tighter to our Divine Teachers and by understanding that it is They Who created these difficulties — for the good of Their disciples. And They watch then — how we overcome them.
In this there is a manifestation of Their Divine Love; They just seek to help us to become Perfect.
But without overcoming such difficulties it is impossible.
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Then seekers longing for the Creator have to develop themselves as spiritual hearts, which cannot be contained within the physical body, have to refine themselves and grow even larger. Then they learn to move as spiritual hearts into the subtlest eons of the multidimensional Absolute and accustom themselves to these eons, one by one — up to the Abode of the Creator.
The Creator is the Heart of the Absolute. The process of spiritual advancement can be described as one’s becoming gradually similar to Him.
Let everyone of us think again: what does it consist in?
… Ideally one has to cognize the structure of the Absolute completely. It can be done only by the spiritual heart developed to cosmic sizes. Giant Souls consisting of transparent, flowing energy of Love move easily in the multidimensional space. They do it with the help of the Arms of the Consciousness.
Most easily one can master it practically on corresponding places of power. One just has to know how to do this.
Spiritual Warriors Who have cognized and mastered all eons of the Absolute move freely along the entire range of the scale of multidimensionality. They easily pervade all eons: from the boundary with hell — to the Depths of the Abode of the Creator.
The criterion of success in settling in the Abode of the Creator is the ability to shine from within it with the Sun of God.
Only the full realization of the said above can be considered as completion of the Path of spiritual self-realization, or in other words, — God-realization, full Enlightenment, attainment of the highest Nirvana that brings highest Samadhi.
One cannot describe in more detail these most complex steps of spiritual development in a lecture or in a book. Also they cannot be mastered without the help of a Divine Teacher. It is Divine Teachers that show us the “stairway” of the narrow Path. They explain where to step on this “stairway” and how to behave in the universal space that one begins to cognize for the first time.
In this way man becomes God, having merged into the universal Ocean of the Subtlest Love of the Creator. The Kundalini energy of such a person is “unarchived” and merged with the Creator; there are no chakras in the body — in their usual form; there is only the boundless Spiritual Heart in the Abode of the Creator. Everything that is the best, the subtlest is extracted from the upper and lower dantians as well and merged with the Creator. The body, united with Him, continues to live on the Earth, and this allows — in the most easy way! — imparting to people the knowledge about the Path.
… By the way, I was asked to tell about the work with Kundalini. Our next conversation will be dedicated to this.