Higher Knowledge and Realization
Adi Da Samraj
“Out-Growing of the Western fear relative to the higher process and Reality is the principal necessity for even all of mankind in this “late” time and in this “dark” epoch.”
In Western literature, mythology, and religious legends, stories, and doctrines—there is a characteristic and persistent tendency to associate a negative connotation or result with the quest for higher initiation and higher knowledge. In the traditional Western literatures, there is a “penalty” for those who approach the Divine too closely, or who even seek to Realize Oneness with the Divine. Indeed, the tendency to confine human existence and human potential to the mundane, the material, the physical, the social, and all that is merely exoteric is the principal characteristic of the Western mind, all of Western culture, and all that characterizes the Western and the “modern” influence and tendency.
“These famous examples indicate, the traditions of the West are typically associated with the prohibition against higher knowledge and Realization.”
In the ancient Jewish story of the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve are penalized for taking the fruit of the Tree that would give them the unique knowledge that would put them on a par with “God”. In the myths of the ancient Greeks, Icarus and Prometheus are punished for “getting too close” to the sun and to fire—and, when Bellerophon rides his winged horse, Pegasus, up to the dwelling place of the gods, he is thrown down, because he presumed he could attain the status of the gods. Likewise, according to the Christian legend, Jesus of Nazareth was crucified for claiming Oneness with the Divine. As these famous examples indicate, the traditions of the West are typically associated with the prohibition against higher knowledge and Realization. Therefore, there is a basic presumption in the traditional West that one must neither own too much nor know too much—but, coincidently, the traditional West is possessed by a persistent fascination with owning and knowing, and even a kind of lust to own everything and to know all.
In the characteristically Eastern traditions, the unique characteristic is the opposite of the unique characteristic of the Western traditions. Therefore, in the typical Eastern traditions, the stories, the myths, and the religious legends and doctrines are unambiguous about the praising, the glorifying, the seeking, and the attaining of higher knowledge and Realization.
“The basic Western inclination toward materialism, which is a way of knowledge that dogmatically eschews and systematically excludes all that is esoteric.”
The characteristic tendency of the Western mind not only shows itself in literature, mythology, and religion, but also in the basic Western inclination toward materialism, which is a way of knowledge that dogmatically eschews and systematically excludes all that is esoteric. Therefore, the West is characterized by ambivalence relative to higher knowledge and Realization, and by a clear preference for exoteric and materialistic knowledge. It can even be said that Western culture is founded not only on materialism but on an actual and persistent fear of higher knowledge and Realization.
By contrast, characteristically Eastern culture and civilization is associated with a positive and most profound orientation toward higher knowledge and Realization. Also, the typically Eastern mind and orientation is characterized by far less interest in material things than is seen in the West. And the Out-Growing of the Western fear relative to the higher process and Reality is the principal necessity for even all of mankind in this “late” time and in this “dark” epoch.