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Adi and Praja

Chapter 9

Issue 150: (Im)permanence

When the first rays of the sun would hit his eyes he would stand up, and give a greeting to the sun, asking him for guidance towards deeper understanding and guidance on the path towards conscious immortality (though the two teachers had destroyed his understanding of immortality efficiently)


(the (im)permanence of (Im)Permanence)

This morning, still before these first rays, he had a feeling of exceptional expectation, as if some great news would be brought to him. His mind was as clear as the purest crystal or a dustless and moistureless sky at the depths of night. He did not think of anything in particular. At the moment the sun showed himself, he at once saw the permanence of impermanence, and the impermanence of permanence. The ‘teacher of impermanence’ had never said that there was absolutely no permanence. He had always said that there was nothing that didn’t change. Everything moved and changed always. But that fact itself was permanent. The other teacher had always stated that everything was permanent, but had added that every ray had its own character. The rays themselves are permanent, like the rays of the sun broken in prismatic colors: each their own character, still one in source and essence. From the three or seven prismatic colors of the sun, everything in the universe is build in millions of colors – no two things exactly the same. The very fact of consciousness and the very fact of matter is eternal, permanent. And consciousness itself is always growing, never reaching an ultimate limit – relatively, yes, for the time being – but never forever. The same situations return for consciousness in cyclic sequences, but never exactly the same. The change and movement itself are permanent features, but all events are an interplay of three or seven rays of consciousness, in infinite combinations, and each consciousness combination has its own interplay, creates its own causes, which then lead to their own effects.

Later that morning Shano went to his ‘impermanence teacher’ and said: “Nothing is impermanent. Nothing is permanent. Everything is impermanent, everything is permanent. Nothing what exists now, existed a second ago. Nothing was born, and nothing will cease to exist. Being was never created, nor will it ever be destroyed. It is mind which created and creates and will create all impermanent things or beings. There is no difference between permanence and impermanence.” The teacher looked at him, then smiled. He said nothing. Further lessons would resume tomorrow. Then Shano went to his ‘permanence teacher’ and said: “Nothing is impermanent. Nothing is permanent. Everything is impermanent, everything is permanent. Nothing what exists now, existed a second ago. Nothing was born, and nothing will cease to exist. Being was never created, nor will it ever be destroyed. It is mind which created and creates and will create all impermanent things or beings. There is no difference between permanence and impermanence.” The teacher didn’t answer, but looked wiser than ever. Later that day Shano and both teachers met outside, without appointment. In silence they drank a cup of tea.

In an earlier lesson he had learned about the hierarchical structure of the intelligent universe. Not only the intelligent universe, but the intelligent beings from humans up can cooperate consciously with that structure, where divinity upon divinity is radiating its energies and wisdom down to the next lower level, to help, and to keep the whole consciousness structure in connection with the heart of hearts. In the next lesson his ‘hierarchies teacher’ told him that Shano himself was a hierarchy. Shano didn’t understand what the teacher meant. “I am only one Shano,” he said. “How can there be a hierarchy if there is only one person?” The teacher answered: “You are not one Shano, you are a whole series of them.” “I beg you pardon,” said Shano.” “In fact you know it from your own experience,” the teacher said. “It is a matter of how you look at things. I’ll ask you a question: who is Shano?” This question was so obvious that Shano had no answer. He said: “Well, this here” he said with doubt in his voice. “What where?” said the teacher. “My body,” Shano answered. “Whose body?” “Well, mine”. “Who is ‘mine’?” “Well, I,” said Shano. “Have you not heard about people who can leave their body and return after some time?” “Yes, sure, some around here are doing that all the time.” “Then, if they are their body, ‘nothing’ leaves it?” Shano saw his mistake. Of course he was not his body. He only had his body for this lifetime. “So,” asked the teacher, “do you think that you are an astral or ‘stardust’ body, which continues to function after you left your physical body?” “Yes, uh, no – Because one can leave one’s stardust body also, apparently, as I was taught that this is what happens at the second death.” “And then, what remains?” “Some kind of a body that belongs to the world of the good mind. But that also will perish some day, and than something else will remain, and so on.” The teacher said: “You are peeling yourself down like the layers of an onion.” “Kind of,” said Shano, “but what remains ultimately? Is it my Self, or my “I”? But when I have no body, there are may things I can not do. And when I have no stardust body there are again many things I can not do. And so on. So then ‘me’ is not entirely ‘me.’” “You are a good thinker, Shano, but that is not where I wanted to talk about today. I only wanted to explain that your physical body is dominated by your stardust body, because your stardust body exists before your physical body, and also lasts for some time after you die. So that is a kind of hierarchy. The physical being is only doing things ordered from above. As soon as the stardust body leaves, your physical body is dead. Your emotions and wishes, of which your stardust body is built, put your physical body to work – if not, it sleeps or dies.” “So,” said Shano, “my stardust body is governed by my ‘good-thought’ body?” “It should be,” said the teacher. “But many people listen to their emotions and the wishes of their body rather than to their rationality, their mind. And above the mind is spiritual intuition, where no more mental effort is necessary to understand things, but one knows directly. The mind is just a shadow or imperfect reflection of the spiritual intuition. But we need to develop our mind first to ultimately transcend it. The worst mistake, which many people make out of sheer laziness, is that they think one can skip the mind, pass over mental development, and enter directly into spiritual intuition. Such people even dare to call themselves spiritual, giving themselves nice names like “new-agers”, “indigo children” and what not. Clairvoyance and simple kindheartedness are not spiritual intuition. Seeing ‘unseen beings’ and aura’s and astral worlds is not spiritual in itself, even though everyone will in future develop these powers along their spiritual path, but then naturally, and seeing their use as well as limitations. Deception always runs sectors of the society – time and time again, in old ages as well as new ages. That is a really great mistake, which keeps many people, when they believe this stupid and it stops their mental evolution for the time being. Real spiritual people are very intelligent also, they have complete control over their mind and intelligence, and sharply, without any vagueness. It is the spiritual intuition itself which sent out the mind on purpose, as a broken mirror image of itself, to be able to concentrate on details, so that it can later absorb the nectar of all things the mind comes in contact with. In fact, it is our very task or duty or dharma as human beings to develop the mind – and we are only in the beginning of that process. The very English word ‘man’ comes from the Sanskrit word ‘man’ which means ‘to think.’ Men must think, independently, clearly, intelligently, and intuitively. And then, finally, for an individual human, higher even than the spiritual intuition, the all-knowing, all penetrating insight, the summit which can not be reached by the philosophical mind or a scientific mind, is what they call our Self. It contains all, and therefore all the things that come forth from it: the spiritual-intuitional, the mental, the emotional and the model of the physical body, are part of it. Together they are our Self, a functioning whole – but only when we can elevate our consciousness to the very summit of our being, we know who we truly are, completely, in all its aspects, in all its reflections. And what we truly are – the Self (or atman, as Sanskrit philosophers call it) ever changes, ever grows, never is permanent for the split of a split second, or even smaller time. At the same time it is permanent, one with the immortal and imperishable, eternal and boundless universe. And whoever reaches the Self – knows that there is no Self. A permanent Self is an illusion created by the mind.

So. To summarize this lesson:

We ourselves are a hierarchy: the highest Self, our assumed inner hierarch, rules all and experiences all and enjoys all – it uses all the so-called lower vehicles for its own progress, and helps the elements or beings of which these lower are made to progress to a step higher.

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