Be Informed by Direct Experience


Chapter 3: Scientific Proof of the Existence of God Will
Not Be Announced by the White House!


Be Informed by Direct Experience

When all is said and done about the great affair of
religious cultism and spiritual community, it still remains
true that human beings need to grow beyond the subhuman
round of mob societies. Human beings need to adapt to their
own higher functions and to the Living Transcendental
Reality. And the Way in which this is done is in intimate
spiritual community. The process of higher human, moral,
mystical, and evolutionary spiritual adaptation is a
cultural process. That process is necessarily
self-transcending, not merely self-fulfilling. And it
requires both technical instruction and practical guidance
by one who is an Adept in the total process. Therefore, it
is not a merely self-manipulative process of private
experience, but a self-sacrificial process – in community
with other practitioners, and in a mutually sacrificial
relationship with a true Spiritual Master (to whom one may
not be related merely as a submissive child or a rebellious
adolescent is to a parent, but only as a responsible
aspirant, awakened to Wisdom and Truth, is related to an
Enlightened Teacher and Initiator and Guide).

The creation and development of an authentic community or
culture of evolutionary spiritual practice is an immensely
difficult affair – because people are, in general, so
profoundly afraid, self-possessed, adapted to archaic and
self-defeating patterns of thought and behavior, and
constantly disturbed by childish and adolescent motives
toward chaotic self-fulfillment. Therefore, even the
communities of experimental spiritual culture bear all the
evidence of the growing pains, the tackiness, the
immaturity, and all the other bewildering deficiencies that
otherwise mark the secular and subhuman order of the

Some imagine that this is scandalous, and so they
criticize even authentic cultural experiments with a kind of
negative “gotcha” mentality that implies nothing but a
viciously destructive intent. This is a tendency that can
easily be observed in the popular media of TV, newspapers,
and magazines.

Therefore, resist all attempts to be “officially” and
dogmatically informed – whether for or against – about
religion and the significance of religious institutions and
teachers of religion. Consider and experience that entire
affair yourself. And be humored by the realization that the
popular communications media are fundamentally motivated by
the necessity to propagandize and entertain, through
fascinating and alarming messages. That is how they make
their money and achieve their power. And we ourselves have
taught them to do so, by childishly submitting to be
entertained, and even demanding to be entertained and told
what is black-and-white true. (Unfortunately, the price we
all are paying for entertainment and glib analysis, as a
substitute for Truth and direct experience, is our universal
reduction to a controllable and exploitable mob that has no
reason for existence other than to be pleasurably distracted
and consoled.)


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