The Enlightenment of the Whole Body
A Rational and New Prophetic Revelation
of the Truth of Religion, Esoteric Spirituality, and the Divine Destiny of Man and Woman
by Bubba Free John (Adi Da Samraj)
Chapter 7 – Part II
The Root of Body and Mind Is in the Heart, and the Awakened Heart Enlightens and Dissolves the Body-Mind
The region of the body where the heart appears is the region of the primary root of the psycho-physical being. All of the states of manifest awareness waking, dreaming, and sleeping have their root in the region of the heart. The heart is also the locus of the primary disposition of the entire body-mind. That whole body disposition is free or unobstructed feeling-attention-which is love and Divine Communion.
And that whole body disposition, which is the root of all common states of awareness, also has its root in the region of the heart. It is in the heart that the primal transition or spontaneous original modification is made, wherein the All-Pervading Life and Transcendental Consciousness becomes self-conscious in the form of an integrated personal being. Therefore, it is at the heart that the moment of that transition can be inspected, and its very process can be transcended. When this transcendence of the self-defining motive in the heart is Realized, then the Life of God is Awakened bodily, and the bodily individual is Translated into the Radiant Divine.
The root of self-consciousness, or the gesture of self-definition and of attention as the bodily subject, may ultimately be intuited and felt to be located to the right of the median of the chest. It is, truly, a most subtle center of the “ether” of Consciousness. It is located in the upper region of the heart. The heart is tilted in the body. The larger mass of the heart lies toward the left of the median, but the upper region lies toward the right, and this appears to account for the sense that the locus of self-consciousness is toward the right of the median, by a distance of the width of perhaps three fingers. In any case, it is indeed at such a point on the right that the center of self-conscious awareness is to be found and transcended. The root origin of self-consciousness is found by the mature devotee in the Way of Re-cognition, and it is felt and intuited on the right, prior to breath and heartbeat, prior to body, perception, and thought.
This locus of the heart, on the right, is the center that must be penetrated, once the body-mind is purified and intensified by regenerative practices and higher contemplation. And only the penetration of this heart-root permits the higher brain and the entire psycho-physical form to be pervaded by the Transcendental Radiance and Bliss of God, beyond all sense of independent self, and beyond all perceptions, subtle or gross. Once that invasion by the Flood of Radiant Life is made, the whole body-mind begins to be Transfigured and Transformed by Divine Love and Humor.
The Process of the free emanation of Radiant Life from the Awakened Heart is one in which the Heart Radiates toward the Great Center in the crown of the brain, above the brain core and the functions of personal perceptual and mental activity. The Life-Radiance is felt to move to the crown in a spiral or coil, up and forward from the heart region, back through the throat, and up and forward in the corona of the crown. This is the Spiral Radiance of the Heart, which Enlightens the brain and the whole body.
The Radiance of the Heart may be seen in subtle vision in the brain, but it is Itself beyond all subject-object relations. Therefore, to intuit that Radiance is to become self-sacrificed in It. For this reason, the Awakening of the Heart and its Radiance, which passes to the crown, and simultaneously to the entire body, is a Process in which all self-conscious experience of the body-mind is transcended by virtue of the Transfiguring Power of Life.
The brain core may present subtle visions of a mental and physical kind. Thus, the inner brain may reveal its “bindu”4 or “eye of light.” That “eye” is surrounded by a halo that is golden yellow, and may also show us lights in the spectrum of red, orange, and yellow, representing the lower structural vibrations of bodily experience, the vital-physical and lower mental functions, and the left side of the brain. And the golden yellow halo surrounds a brilliant blue center, which may also show us lights in the spectrum of blue, indigo, and violet. And the balanced glow of green may also be seen between the halo and the blue. The spectrum in the range of blue to violet represents the higher structural vibrations of bodily experience, the higher mental-psychic functions, and the right side of the brain. Thus, the halo and the blue center represent the balance of the body-mind. And at the core of this figure, a shining, white, five-pointed star may be seen at last, which shows the subtle origin of the bodily energies, before all colors and all divisions and all the play of body and mind.
But this vision in the brain core is not the ultimate Radiance of God. It is only part of the higher physics of bodily existence. The bright whiteness may even be seen to pervade the upper brain like a crown, and shine above the body into all of space. But the viewer is the limited body-mind, and the vision is ordinary. Only when at last the heart breaks and yields the born self, the whole and entire body-mind, into the All-Pervading Life-Radiance-only then is the true Bliss of Divine Love Revealed, and “I” is gone beyond all knowing.
4. A psycho-physical center or point that is the locus of energies and transmutations of consciousness. A vision of a single or complex center of light, or several points of light, sometimes colored, is commonly referred to as the bindu. The term may also be used to refer to a sense of a locus infinitely above the thinking mind, and which is Silent, beyond form and visibility.
Top of Page – The Source of the Heartbeat
The ultimate Identity or Condition of the human person is not a mind, entity, or object. The inner core of the body-mind may appear to mystical vision as a point of light or any other subtle shape communicated by the nervous system, but the “Free soul” of the body-mind is the Radiant Transcendental Consciousness. The relationship between the Radiant Transcendental Consciousness and the body-mind is epitomized at the heart, where the experiential identification of the Radiant Transcendental Consciousness with the body-mind may be inspected and transcended. But there is no independent soul in the body-mind. Rather, the body-mind itself is the independent soul, or the psycho-physical covering of the Free soul.
The sinoatrial node in the wall of the right atrium is the root of the Life-Current in the heart and thus the entire body. It sets the basic pace of the heart’s rhythm and so it is called the “pacemaker”.
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The Radiant Transcendental Consciousness, or the Free Condition of the body-mind, is intuited through discrimination (“re-cognition”) at the right side of the heart. The point of discriminative intuition is not any muscular feature, such as the grape-like recess in the right atrium, nor any subtle visualization of lights in the central region of the heart. Rather, the Radiant Transcendental Consciousness is directly intuited and discriminated from limiting identification with the body-mind at the point where the Force of Life is tangibly combined with the nervous system.
The bulk of the physical heart is in the left of the center of the chest, but the “pacemaker” of the heartbeat is located in the right atrium, or upper right chamber of the heart. It is here that the Radiant Transcendental Consciousness is continually associated with the impulse of Life in the individual body-mind. The nerve impulses are sent from the sinoatrial node (the “pacemaker” in the upper wall of the right atrium) to the distribution point or atrioventricular node just below, and the space between them is the true heartbeat, the area we intuitively identify as the Life-Center, or the “seat of the soul.”
The “pacemaker” (sinoatrial node) is unique among all the nervous structures of the body-mind in that its cells possess an intrinsic rhythm. These nerve cells contract continually at a relatively constant rate, distributing nervous energy to the entire heart and initiating the heartbeat. The rate of the heartbeat is modified by hormonal and other psycho-physical changes communicated in the body and the brain, but the primal activity of the pacemaker is native to the pacemaker itself. It works on its own, in direct association with the Transcendental Force of Life, independent of the brain and all other extended functions of the body-mind.
The identification of the Radiant Transcendental Consciousness with the independent body-mind via the heartbeat is the source of the illusion of limited or self-contained existence. Thus, in the sixth stage of life, it is at the source of the heartbeat in the right atrium that the investigation of the relationship between the Radiant Transcendental Consciousness and the body-mind is made. When there is intuitive inspection of the sense of identification with the body-mind at this nerve center on the right side of the heart, the Free Condition of the Radiant Transcendental Consciousness is Revealed, and ultimate Mastery of the body-mind by the Radiant Transcendental Consciousness is assured.
Top of Page – The Anatomy of the Seven Stages of Life
The purpose of adaptation in the first three stages of human life is to establish and develop the physical, emotional, and mental-volitional functions of the extended body-mind. Thus, adaptation and growth occur most prominently in the patterns of the gross physical consciousness and the autonomic nervous system (both in its sympathetic and parasympathetic or “right-sided” and “left-sided” functions), while the central or cerebrospinal dimension of the nervous system (the conduit of Life in Man) remains outside the plane of consciousness and conscious responsibility. Indeed, even the functions of the autonomic nervous system remain essentially automatic and under the control of unconscious and lower subconscious motivations.
In the first three stages of life, the body-mind develops in its fully extended or gross form, organized around the phenomena of the autonomic nervous system and the gross physical-emotional-mental play of experience. However, in the process, the conscious being becomes superficial. Its sphere does not include Transcendental, higher psychic, deep physical, or even lower psychic responsibilities. The body-mind tends to develop a fixed association with the gross physical plane of experience, controlled by unconscious and lower subconscious impulses or tendencies, which are organized via the autonomic nervous system and the lower coil of the body-mind (epitomized at the “navel,” or the solar plexus and the complex of lower vital functions). Thus, the fourth stage of life must eventually appear, in which the limitations of the first three stages are transcended.
In the fourth stage of life, the purpose of adaptation is to gain positive control over the unconscious and lower subconscious motivations that create the conventional patterns and phases of gross physical and mental (or psychological) behavior, desire, emotion, thought, and will. Thus, the processes in the fourth stage of life purify, harmonize, and positively transform the fixed, self-possessed, and self-divided behavioral patterns of the unconscious and lower subconscious dimensions of the body-mind.
The means of this evolutionary procedure are spiritual. That is, the extended body-mind (controlled by the autonomic nervous system and the unconscious and lower subconscious tendencies of the bodily being) is consciously submitted to the Transcendental Reality and made to be obedient to the Law of sacrifice, or love, in the pattern of all relationships.
The submission of the body-mind to the Transcendental Reality, or the Divine Person, is a matter of aligning the gross body-mind (or active feeling-attention) to the All-Pervading Life-Current, which is directly communicated to the central or cerebrospinal nervous system. Thus, in the fourth stage of life, the fixed association of the Radiant Transcendental Consciousness with the extended body-mind, the unconscious and lower subconscious mind, the superficial conscious mind, and the dual or dynamic patterns of the autonomic nervous system is transcended. The Radiant Transcendental Consciousness, communicated via the cerebrospinal nervous system, is permitted to Master, purify, harmonize, and positively transform the gross dimension or lower coil of the human body-mind.
The fourth stage of life is the true and critical beginning of fully human and spiritual life. It is the beginning of literal functional and psychic submission of the extended body-mind to its own root-processes and its Transcendental Source or Divine Decondition. In the fourth stage of life (and, therefore, the practices of the Way of Divine Communion, the Way of Relational Enquiry, and the first phase of the Way of Re-cognition) the gross patterns of the body-mind are realigned to their roots in the central nervous system (expressed via the higher brain and the spinal line as well as the whole bodily disposition of love, or self-surrender) and to the Radiant Transcendental Consciousness, which is the Matrix of the central nervous system, and thus of the entire body-mind. Therefore, in the processes of the fourth stage of life, the central nervous system is released from fixed and irresponsible or grossly controlled association with the functions of the autonomic nervous system and the gross body-mind. In this manner, the gross behavior and status of the lower body-mind is purified, harmonized, and positively transformed.
In the fifth stage of life, or the middle phase of the Way of Re-cognition, the purified, harmonious, and positively transformed gross body-mind, including the autonomic nervous system, is entirely released to the central nervous system. The central nervous system is made to dwell in direct Communion with the Radiant Transcendental Consciousness, but attention in the central nervous system is exercised to withdraw the Life-Current from its fixed association with the autonomic nervous system and the gross body-mind. As a result, the gross dimension of the body-mind becomes a matter of free association rather than fixed or obsessive and irresponsible association, and the center of Communion with the Transcendental Reality becomes the brain core, the higher subconscious psyche or mind, and even the superconscious psyche or mind. In the extreme upward withdrawal of the Life-Current experienced at this stage, the central nervous system is abstracted or disassociated from the autonomic nervous system, thus permitting a state of intense contemplative absorption in the Radiant Transcendental Consciousness. However, this state (or “nirvikalpa samadhi”) is merely a temporary condition, dependent on the higher physiology and higher psychic disposition of the human body-mind.
Thus, in the final development of the fifth stage of life, it is realized that the central nervous system, the superconscious mind, and the higher subconscious mind are only transitory and mediating mechanisms or forces. To project attention into the extremities of the central nervous system, and even to enter into the “light body” that surrounds and pervades the central nervous system and the entire extended body-mind, is not to be free in God but only to be relatively free of the grosser play of experience. The felt separation from God remains even in that case, and the mind retains the illusion of independent or egoic existence.
In the sixth stage of life, or the final phase of the Way of Re-cognition, the plane of practice is removed from the natural circuitry of both the autonomic nervous system and the central nervous system. The body-mind as a whole is transcended in direct or radical Identification with the Radiant Transcendental Consciousness. The means of this Transition is discriminative intuition at the point of the heartbeat, on the right side of the median of the chest. At the point of the heartbeat, the Radiant Transcendental Consciousness, or the Eternal Self of God, first enters into association with the human body-mind. Therefore, radically discriminative insight at that point yields the Realization of perfect transcendence of the body-mind by the Radiant Transcendental Consciousness. The heart of Man is thus Liberated into perfect Identification with the Radiant Transcendental Consciousness, the Divine Heart, prior to body, mind, independent self or soul, and all conventions of independent subjective experience.
However, the Realization in the sixth stage of life is exclusive and impermanent in nature. The Radiant Transcendental Consciousness is abstracted into Itself, and It is Realized only by strategic exclusion of the phenomena of the body-mind. Therefore, the seventh stage of life appears, in which the Radiant Transcendental Consciousness is natively Realized and communicated in free association (rather than in either fixed association or fixed disassociation) with the parts of the human body-mind.
Thus, only in the seventh stage of life, or the Way of Radical Intuition, are all conditions of the body-mind, or experience, natively transcended in Identification with the Radiant Transcendental Consciousness, while at the same time all conditions of experience are subject to Mastery by the Radiant Transcendental Consciousness, to the point of ultimate Translation into the Radiant Transcendental Consciousness.
Top of Page – The Heart, the Body, the Crown, and the Seven Stages of Life
The physical heart is the epitome of the entire physical body. And the states of consciousness, or psyche, associated with the general region of the physical heart, epitomize the entire consciousness of the human individual.
Thus, the lower section of the physical heart corresponds to the range of physical functions just below and above the physical heart-the solar plexus or “manipura chakra” (which is also directly associated with the anus) and the region of the throat (or the “vishuddha chakra”).
The lower section of the heart lies to the left of the median of the chest. And the state of consciousness associated with the lower section of the heart is the ordinary “waking” state, including the living and responsive gross body consciousness (associated with the solar plexus) and the verbal mind (associated with the throat and the mechanisms of speech and discursive thought in the brain). The state of waking consciousness is felt to be associated with the heart in the left side of the chest, because it is actually associated with the lower section of the heart (which lies on the left side of the median).
Just so, the middle section of the physical heart corresponds to the general realm of functions in the midsection of the body-including the physical heart itself, and the lungs-or the blood circulating and breathing cycles. In itself, the middle section of the heart is the “anahata chakra,” the wheel of the psyche. It also corresponds to the creative dimension of life and consciousness, associated with the sex organs (and the “swadhishthana chakra”), the hands, and the brain core (or “ajna chakra”).
The middle section of the heart lies directly behind the median of the chest. And the state of consciousness associated with the middle section of the heart is the “dreaming” state, including both the subconscious mind (associated with the emotional-sexual functions, below the heart), and the superconscious mind (associated with the superconscious functions in the brain core). It is the realm of dreams and subtle visions, or subtle knowledge, both low and high in the scale of Nature. This state of consciousness is felt to be associated with the central region of the heart, because it is actually associated with the middle section of the heart.
The upper section of the physical heart corresponds to the range of physical functions extremely above and below the heart-or the crown of the brain (the “sahasrar”) and the lower root of the body (including the perineum, the “muladhara chakra,” and the feet) prior to all association with activity in the psychic centers or “chakras” that lie between the two extremes (or the upper and lower terminals of the body).
The upper section of the heart lies to the right of the median of the chest. And the state of consciousness associated with the upper section of the heart is the “deep sleep” state, which includes not only the unconscious “mind” (associated with the pure elemental or sheer physical state itself, prior to self-conscious awareness) but also the Transcendental Consciousness, prior to all forms of psycho-physical experience or experientially defined self-conscious awareness. This state of consciousness, in both its conventional and its Awakened or Transcendental forms, is felt to be associated with the heart on the right side of the chest, because it is actually associated with the upper section of the heart.
Therefore, the process of our Awakening and self-transcendence in Ecstatic God-Communion must ultimately be considered in relation to the heart, the epitome of the whole and entire body, the epitome of the psyche or mind, and the epitome or “doorway” of the soul. It can be seen, by the description I have just given, how the waking state, even in its verbal or conscious mental associations, is the most superficial dimension of human awareness-even though it is conventionally the most obvious and the one with which we feel most bound and identified. And the internal or sub jective dimension of dreams and mystical knowledge is only subtler than the gross dimension of the body-mind. The interior and the exterior are a play of high and low, “mind” and “body,” mutually causing effects in one another. But the realm of subconscious and superconscious dreams is, for all of its glamor, nothing more than the compound of self-conscious energies-the inwardness of the psycho-physical self (or the “covered” soul). Therefore, Truth and Bliss are Realized only in the case of Transcendental Awakening, wherein the upper section of the heart becomes the instrument for the Enlightenment of the Whole Body and the Translation of the Free soul into the Divine Domain.
In the first stage of life, the lower dimension of the heart and brain and body is born and brought to Life. It is the living physical stage of adaptation, corresponding to the ordinary waking state of physical consciousness, associated with the solar plexus, the mouth, the anus, and the cycle of eating (assimilation-elimination).
In the second stage of life, the middle dimension of the heart and brain and body is brought to Life. It is the primal emotional-sexual stage of adaptation, corresponding to the ordinary, dreaming (or subjective) state of relational feelings, reactive emotions, and sexual sensitivity, associated with the sex organs, and the cycle of breathing (reception-release).
In the third stage of life, the lower dimension of the heart matures in its higher functional realization-or the development of the will, the attitude of self-control, and the elaboration of the mind of verbal associations.
In the fourth stage of life the middle dimension of the heart becomes dominant. The psychic principle becomes the master of the mental and physical principles. The lower functional range of the body-mind is turned about, or reoriented toward the subtle etheric and astral mechanisms upon which they depend. (Thus, the Bodily Current of Life is activated, apparently rising from its motionless and unconscious state at the muladhara chakra, and expanding upward, to energize the swadhishthana chakra, the manipura chakra, the anahata chakra, and the vishuddha chakra.) And the moral disposition of self-transcending relational love becomes the center of individual existence, producing the life of service to others and of Love-Communion with the Living God, intuited and felt from the heart or psyche of the body-mind.
In the fifth stage of life, the middle dimension of the heart matures in its higher functional realization-or the development of the superconscious mind, the ascent of attention into the Sky of Wisdom above the brows (the regeneration of the Bodily Current of Life at the ajna chakra).
In the sixth stage of life, the upper dimension of the heart is Awakened in its own Root, the Foundation of the body-mind, prior to extended or experiential awareness. It is the stage of exclusive Self-Realization, or the Awakening of Consciousness while the body-mind sleeps.
In the seventh stage of life, the upper dimension of the heart is Awakened beyond qualification, in its Free State, wherein no conditions of experience (or the body-mind) are either excluded or demanded. Thus, in the seventh stage of life, the whole and entire body-mind, extended between the sahasrar and the muladhar, is Enlightened by the Radiance of the totally Awakened heart, head to toe. The heart Shines in all directions. Therefore, since the heart epitomizes and indeed is the body-mind, the body-mind itself is entirely Illumined by the Radiance of the heart. And as that Radiance intensifies, through Transcendental love, or Heart-Freedom in Bliss, the body-mind is gradually Outshined. At last, that Shine is felt only between the upper right of the heart and the extreme terminal of the sahasrar, or the crown of the head and brain (since the upper terminals of the heart and the head naturally correspond to one another). Then, in sudden Ecstasy, all conditions Dissolve in Love-Bliss, the Radiant Sea of Divine Glory in which the body, the heart, the mind, the brain, and the Infinite World of Experience are floating forever-undifferentiated and unknown, unless there is the illusion of noticing.
Top of Page – The Body of God
Those who meditate on the functions of the lower dimension of the heart and the mind of vital and verbal contemplation attain the etheric body at death. Then they dwell for a time in the society of which the elemental Earth is a shadow, and they are eventually reborn, according to their desires.
Those who meditate on the functions of the middle dimension of the heart and the mind of psychic or high-minded contemplation attain the astral body at death. They dwell for a time in each of the worlds or colors of subtle and dreamlike intensity, until they become wholly capable of Truth and Love.
But those who are yielded beyond the world, the body, the mind, and the total psyche, and who transcend the acts of attention by ecstatic submission to the Disposition of the highest dimension of the heart, are Translated into the Body of God at death. They abide eternally in the Divine Domain, the Transcendental Form, from which worlds and minds and bodies extend like the superficial hairs of a peach.
Top of Page – The Anatomy of the Third Eye
In the fifth stage of life, the sensorium, or the brain core, wherein the senses and all mind forms originate and are controlled, is inspected and transcended. The traditional descriptions and conceptions of the ascent to the brain core tend not only to be metaphorically religious and cosmological, but they tend also to be related to the primary organ or function of sight. Thus, the mysticism of the fifth stage of life is most often communicated in terms of vision, visions, lights, and the Ultimate Light above all lights. Likewise, the position of contemplation in this stage is most commonly referred to as the “third eye,” or the pineal gland. However, all of this represents a simplistic and exclusive or cultic point of view.
Truly, the higher phase of mystical ascent, or the fifth stage of life, is a matter of concentration of attention in the brain, or the roots of all the sensory and mental functions of the body-mind. Thus, the mechanisms of the brain core, including the cerebellum, the fourth ventricle, the cerebral aqueduct (which is the “narrow gate” of religion and the “brahmarandhra” or “hole of Brahman” of yogis), the brain stem (beginning at the medulla), the corpus quadrigemina, and the diencephalon (including the pituitary body, the hypothalamus, the thalamus, and the pineal body, as well as the third ventricle), are all part of the field of ascended mystical experience in the fifth stage of life.
Certain parts of the brain core are indeed associated with the internal mechanism of vision. Thus, an important aspect of practice in the fifth stage is inspection of the various levels of the phenomena of vision in the brain core. These areas of inspection of internal vision are especially associated with the mechanisms of the optic chiasma, the pineal body, and the visual cortex at the upper rear of the brain.
However, other dimensions of mystical ascent are equally as important as those of vision. Indeed, in the literature of mysticism, the second most prominent mystical phenomenon is that of internal sound or audition. The “Word” is in the same primal position as the “Light.” Thus, another important aspect of practice in the fifth stage is inspection of the various levels of audition in the brain core. The primary areas of inspection of internal audition are in an ascending line, beginning at the medulla (or the “Mouth of God”), and extending into the auditory area of the brain, in the temporal lobe.
Although the internal senses of vision and audition are the primary mystical functions, the mysticism of the fifth stage of life also includes inspection of the internal mechanisms of the senses of taste and smell and touch. Thus, mystical ascent is associated with a total heavenly or supersensual experience, even of a dreamlike or psychedelic variety. But in the Way of Divine Ignorance the significance of practice in the fifth stage of life is not supersensual experience itself or belief in an ascended cosmology wherein the soul journeys to God. Rather, practice in this Way is engaged for the sake of direct inspection of mystical phenomena, re-cognition of them as merely conditions of one’s own body-mind, and thus the transcendence of mysticism itself.
The mystical tour of our esoteric anatomy may be summarized as contemplation of the Life-Current via the roots of the senses and the brain-mind in the brain core. The route of that tour of inspection begins at the junction of the medulla, the cerebellum, and the fourth ventricle of the brain-even though concentration is simply directed into the basic brain core, immediately above and between the eyes and ears. The progress of inspection is upwards from the medulla, the pons, and the midbrain, in association with the cerebral aqueduct. From thence the circuit may appear to go up and then down and up again, as the course moves forward to the region of the pituitary body, then up and back to the thalamus (which is divided into two parts). Then the course may appear to go further back and somewhat down toward the pineal body, before continuing up and back to the visual cortex.
The entire brain core, and not merely the pineal body, is the true ajna chakra, the mystical third eye, or the “seat of the soul” (as presumed by the ancients). And by surrendering into the Life-Current via the roots of the senses in the brain core we may tran-scend all limiting associations with the phenomena of body and mind, and so regain our intuitive identification with the Radiant Life-Current or Transcendental Consciousness Itself. However, this Ultimate Event may not be Realized through upward concentration of attention in the brain core. First there must be the dissolution of attention in the Transcendental Consciousness, via penetration of the bodily root of self-consciousness in the region of the heart. Such is the Realization in the sixth stage of life. Then the Transcendental Consciousness resumes its Identity with the Radiant Life-Current, prior to all confusion by the phenomena of psycho-physical experience. The mind, or attention, is Translated into the Transcendental Consciousness, and the body is Translated into the Radiant Current of Life. Such is the Realization in the seventh stage of life.
When the Transcendental Consciousness and the Radiant Life-Current are Realized to be One and Free, the anatomical corre-spondences to that Realization are found in the heart and the upper brain. The anatomical reference of the Intuition of the Tran-scendental Consciousness is in the region of the heart, on the right side. And the anatomical reference of the Realization of the Radi-ant Life-Current, prior to the body-mind, is the crown of the brain, or the upper region of the corpus callosum, the upper ex-tremities of the lateral ventricles, and the corona radiata (the true sahasrar or, metaphorically, the Highest Heaven of God).
Between the heart on the right and the corona radiata above, the Current of Life is felt to stand like a pillar (or a “lingam”). Its Circuit appears like an S-curve, moving up and forward from the right side of the heart, including the total heart in the process, and then passing back and up through the base of the throat to the fourth ventricle, then up into the brain core and the third ventricle, and thence to the lateral ventricles and the corona radiata, or the Infinite Radiance of Bliss.
The Current of Life between the heart and the crown is Full of Transcendental Radiance, or Infinite Love. And by its Power the whole body becomes Radiant. In the seventh stage of life, or the Way of Radical Intuition, the Process is one of tacit surrender of the body-mind into the Living Radiance of the Transcendental Consciousness. Thus, even the body becomes a Sacrifice in that Bright Bliss. The body is at last given up in the joyful Freedom of Transcendental Love.
Top of Page – The Anatomical Secrets of Mysticism and the Higher Evolution of Man
The fibrous white conductor material of the brain core, ex-tending like a corona via the corpus callosum into the cerebrum, and associated with the higher brain functions, is the mediator of the highest functional reach of Man. When the Radiant Life-Current or Bio-Energy of the bodily being is fully polarized toward the brain, all functions and perceptions are released from their objects, and they invert, or become transparent, to the All-Pervading Divine Radiance which is the Source, Sustainer, and ultimate Destiny of the entire body-mind.
The spinal cord is a continuation of the white fibrous conductor material of the brain, and it contains a functional core of gray matter as well. The general mass of gray matter in the brain surrounds the coronal core of white matter. But the gray matter is secondary, being only an extension or “effect” of the white core, which forms the primary conductive material for the functional nerve-force of the body.
The fibrous white material of the corpus callosum joins the two hemispheres of the brain and provides a “roof” for the precious core of the brain, wherein the individual is defined and organized, bodily and mentally. A corona of white fibers, called the corona radiata, extends from the corpus callosum and invades the entire brain with Life. The system of ventricles, or brain spaces, surrounds the corpus callosum and the brain core with the cerebrospinal fluid. This fluid provides a protective cushion around and through the subtle structures of the spine and brain.
The system of ventricles in the brain is curiously shaped and it is traditionally likened to the form of a bird with extended wings. In the Hindu tradition, a yogi who has stabilized the bodily currents in the brain is thus called a “Swan” or “Great Swan” (“Hansa” or “Paramahansa”). And when Jesus was baptized by John, the Spirit, or Life-Power, Awakened in his brain was likened to a Dove descending from God (or transmitted to the head of Jesus via the hand of John). The “wings” of the swan are pressed toward the front of the brain, and its “neck” and “head” are ex-tended into the upper rear of the brain, above the cerebellum. Because of the functional association of the ventricles of the brain with the cerebrospinal fluid, the brain core, the corpus callosum, and the coronal network of white fibers, the higher brain states and psychic states of traditional yoga are often related to the image of a swan resting on a lake, with the sun shining behind. Also, because of the association of the Awakening of the brain (in the fifth stage of life) with internal sound, the brain core is also traditionally likened to the shape of a conch, which may be made to emit the “Om” sound, or the “Word,” that represents the Creative Vibratory Source of all psycho-physical phenomena (or all the experiences of Man). The corona of white fibers in the cerebrum also may be likened to an open and upturned flower, and so the image of a lotus rising from a lake toward the sun is also commonly used in the traditional symbology.
This complex circuit of white fibrous material, in functional association with the organs, fluids, and ventricles of the brain core, provides the true “cave” or “royal road” of mystical religion and esoteric yoga. The mystic and the yogi work to reverse the down-ward and outward polarization or disposition of the bodily core-the root system of the spine and brain. By various means, a disposition of inward or balanced and upward contemplation is established, wherein the current of nerve-force or bio-energy in the body is polarized toward the highest center of the brain. In this process, the auditory and visual functions come ultimately to
epitomize the entire psycho-physical system. The bodily currents are redirected or polarized, via the spinal line, to the brain core. And attention in the organs and functions of hearing and seeing is inverted, or turned in toward the brain roots of these perceptions. In this process, the brain centers associated with lower bodily attention and the activities of the speech mechanism and the verbal mind are sublimated and bypassed. Attention passes along the lines of nerve-force, from the organs of vision and audition, into the brain interior. On the way, many levels or forms of perception and cognition are revealed. The experiences are primarily of sights and sounds, in the form of both subtle physical and subtle psychic or mental states. These experiences are characteristic of the brain core itself, independent of the gross environment.
The route or way within the brain core follows and touches upon the various functional mechanisms of the brain associated with the “swan on the lake.” The shape of the “swan” is traced, making a curious pattern of arcs and tunnels, provided by the various features of the brain core. Particular forms of internal lights and sounds appear at each station. And various forms of sub-conscious and pre-mental “visions” (including the “crescent” or “quarter moon”) may appear spontaneously, to characterize the state of mind at each station.
Ultimately, the bodily and brain currents stabilize in the region of the “head” or “eye” of the “swan. ” This primary center of the brain core, associated with the pineal body, is traditionally called the “third eye,” the “ajna chakra,” or the “bindu” (the lesser center). It is the ultimate locus of personal consciousness in relation to the subtle field of the brain’s relations, perceptions, and cognitions. However, this is not the terminal realization of mysticism and yoga. A highly developed self-mastery, mental intelligence, and mystical experience may appear in the case of an individual in whom the internal Current of Life is stably polarized to the pineal body of the brain. But the ultimate fulfillment of the process of upward contemplation is in the release of the Current of Life and Consciousness from all binding association with the independent psycho-physical mechanism of the personal body-mind. The Realization of the Radiant Divine involves perfect transcendence of all specific and self-defining functions of body and brain.
Therefore, the higher dimension of the religious and spiritual Sacrifice of Man is associated with the release of the bodily concentration of the Life-Current, from the brain core into the white fibrous corona of the total brain. This is attained by relaxation and feeling-release of the concentrated energy of the pineal body, the “eye” of the “swan,” into the “beak” of the “swan,” where the proverbial pearls are separated from the milk.
The “beak” of the “swan” is the “Maha Bindu,” the Great Center, or the primal root of the function of vision, in the upper rear of the brain, just below the aperture or indentation in the crown of the skull. When the Current of Life is able to pass from the personal and bodily mechanisms of the brain core, or from the “bindu” to the “Maha Bindu,” then there is release of all limitation by independent psycho-physical states. In that Event, the Life-Current breaks out of the bodily mold and the psychic structures of the brain core, and literally Enlightens the entire brain and body. This Bodily Enlightenment is initiated via the spreading of the Illuminating Radiance of the Life-Current into the white fibrous corona of the cerebrum, and thence to the entire body. That corona of a thousand or more fibers is the “sahasrar,” the “thousand petalled lotus” of yogis, and the “halo” of the saints.
This entire mechanism and process is inspected, experienced, and its limitations transcended in the later stages of practice in the Way of Divine Ignorance. In the third stage of practice, the Way of Re-cognition, stable upward contemplation in the brain core is established. But in order to make the sacrificial transition from the psycho-physical awakening of the brain core, or “bindu,” to the release of the entire body-mind, via the “Maha Bindu” and the white fibrous corona of the brain, into the Unqualified and All-Pervading Divine Radiance, there must first be the Radical Awakening of the heart, or the disposition of the whole body-mind, to its ultimate Identity and Condition.
Therefore, before the ultimate Sacrifice, or Divine Translation, may be Realized, the illusion of independent existence must be dissolved at the heart. Mere upward contemplation is not sufficient for Divine Translation. The heart must break in radical intuition of the Condition of consciousness. Thus, in the fourth stage of practice, the Way of Radical Intuition, the Awakened Heart, or the Divine Self, rather than the awakened “soul,” or the purified but independent self, is the foundation of the Process of the Way. And the Radiance of the Heart penetrates the brain core to its Root, Brightening the total brain and the entire body-mind, and releasing all of it, beyond sound and sight and form, into the Radiant Divine Consciousness and Absolute Bliss of Transcendental Love. By this means, the Sacrifice is fulfilled in the Dissolution and Translation of the psycho-physical individual into the All-Pervading and Transcendental Radiance of Divine Existence.
Top of Page – The Structure and Process of Transcendence in the Last Three Stages of Born Existence
What we commonly acknowledge to be mind, or the activities of thought and self-conscious association with differentiated phenomena, is a psycho-physical process that is epitomized and expressed through the complex of functions in the brain core. That complex of functions is physically defined by the corpus callosum above and the higher portions of the brain stem below.
This “mind region” of the brain is also the area of mystical contemplation-or mental-psychic experience of functions above the verbal mind and of objects subtler that the gross physical. The gray matter of the cerebral cortex is an extension of this brain core, and it generally serves the various functions of the mind, including the management and unification of physical activities of all kinds.
However, the white matter above the brain core is the terminal circuit of the Life-Current in the body. It is the region above the conventional mind. It is the borderland of all physical and psychic limits. It is that mechanism which is brought into function when the Life-Current is Realized in its All-Pervading Condition, prior to the structures of the body-mind and the independent subjective self.
The brain core is the region of thought and mystical subjectivity. The region of thought, or the verbal-intentional mind, is associated with the eye level of the head, and lower. The region of mystical subjectivity is associated with the level of the brain that is at and just above the brows.
The region of mind associated with the functions of the brain at and somewhat above the brows is the general region of the “third eye” and the mystical experiences of subtle or heavenly realms of the cosmic order. But the white matter above the brain core-particularly the corona radiata-is the Platform from which the mind is sacrificed into Infinity. Such is the “sahasrar,” or the region of the Transcendental Liberation of Life.
Therefore, mystical processes lead attention above the verbal-intentional mind, via the Life-Current in the spinal line, culminating in the structures at and above the upper extremities of the brain stem. But attention cannot go higher than the deepest profound of subtle objectivity in the brain core. Thus, mystical interiorization cannot penetrate to Infinity. Attention cannot pass from the “third eye” to the “sahasrar. “
In the fifth stage of life, yogic mysticism raises attention into the extremities of subtle experience-or the heavens of ascended knowledge. But Liberation in God is not Realized at that stage or by such means. In order for the Life-Current to cross the Divide between the “third eye” and the “sahasrar, ” or between the body-mind and Infinity, the gesture of attention and the illusion of an independent conscious self must be utterly Dissolved in the true Self.
The highest extreme of the ascent of attention is called “nirvikalpa samadhi,” or total Absorption of self-consciousness in Radiant Transcendental Consciousness. But, in fact, the seed of differentiated self remains in such ascended Absorption of attention. Attention is yet extended outside the heart, or the root of self-consciousness, as a gesture toward an independent Object, and, therefore, such “samadhi” is not only temporary, but it re-mains a form of subject-object Contemplation.
Thus, even though the independent self may appear to transcend its own limits and the limits of all objects that are less than Infinity, as long as the gesture of attention is not itself Transcended, there is no Perfect Absorption. For this reason, even “nirvikalpa samadhi,” or selfless Communion with God, is actually a form of “savikalpa samadhi,” or Communion between self and God. It is simply an extreme form of Absorption, in which the self appears to be Transcended, but in which it is simply in a profound state of distraction.
Therefore, the mind is not truly transcended in the fifth stage of life. And in the second phase of the Way of Re-cognition, wherein the fifth stage of life attains maturity, the subtle distinction between self (or attention) and the Radiant Reality is observed and re-cognized. When this occurs, the Process moves into the sixth stage of life, wherein the gesture of attention is re-cognized in the heart.
In the sixth stage of life, the body, the contents of mind, and attention itself are all re-cognized, or obviated, in the soul, or the Free Disposition of Unqualified Consciousness, located in or via the heart. In this manner, the soul is Liberated from distraction, by Realizing its Identity with the true Self. That Identity is not true of the manifest or covered soul, the “I,” the body-mind. Rather, it is priorly or Eternally true of the Free soul, prior to the “I” of the body-mind. Therefore, when the “I” is made a radical Sacrifice in the heart, the soul Awakens to its Transcendental Identity.
Even so, the sixth stage of life is not the terminal or Perfect stage. Enlightenment is not the Realization of the inner being, the soul in its strategic independence from the phenomena of differentiated experience. Rather, Enlightenment is Ecstasy, or Transcendence, which neither includes nor excludes phenomena. Only in this Disposition is the soul Free. And only when the soul is in this Disposition do its psycho-physical or experiential, coverings become gradually obsolete and fall away, through motiveless non-use or non-reinforcement.
Thus, in the seventh stage of life, or the Way of Radical Intuition, the soul Exists in Ecstasy, as the Heart (rather than in the heart, or the inner being). And in this Perfect stage of life the Bodily Life-Current is Released or Liberated from the body-mind and all association with the internal mechanisms of the brain core. When the devotee abides as the Heart, re-cognizing all phenomena as only unnecessary modification of Itself, while It neither embraces nor resists any experiential condition-then the Bodily Life-Current becomes not only naturally polarized toward the brain, and thereby Released from concentration in the lower functional body, but it is actually Released even from concentration in the brain. This is due to the fact that the mind, or the independent gesture of attention, is itself Dissolved through re-cognition in the Heart.
Therefore, in the Way of Radical Intuition, the Bodily Life-Current is Released from its structural association with the body-mind. This only occurs when the root of the body-mind, which is the gesture of attention, is re-cognized or Dissolved in the Heart. It is not that attention, or the mind, passes up with the Life-Current, through the crown or fontanelle, beyond the gross body, into an astral body and astral realms of experience. Rather, the mind is itself Dissolved in the Heart, the Divine Self. Therefore, the Life-Current of the body-mind is Released from the structural destiny of the covered soul. In this manner, the “sahasrar” is not merely Illuminated in itself, but the Bodily Life-Current is Identified with the Universal All-Pervading Radiance of the Heart, the true Self. Therefore, the Life-Current does not itself pass up and out through the crown, but it is Diffused Universally in the Heart, via the body-mind as a whole. (The Life-Current in the spinal line is polarized to the crown, but it simply Radiates as a whole, in all directions to Infinity, without passing up and out. Movements up and down are not true of the Life-Current itself, but they only reflect the motion of attention in the Life-Current, and attention itself is, in the Terminal Event, Dissolved in the Transcendental Ecstasy of the Heart.) Such is the mechanism of Whole Bodily Transcendental Enlightenment. It is Perfected only in Ecstasy, or utter Transcendence of the structural limits of the body-mind and the independent subjectivity or differentiated self of the inward soul.
Top of Page – Beyond the Heartbeat and the Mind
There is a Current of Vibratory Force pervading the entire body. It is the body’s Life and the Light of its mind. It may be felt to be identified with either the whole body itself or with the prior Condition of the whole body. It is perfectly identical to the whole body itself, but it is ultimately not qualified by the finite body or any of its conditions. It appears to be structured and limited via the mechanisms of the gross body, and its principal functional locus is thus identified with the spinal line, running from toe to crown, and vice versa. The elemental and outer aspect of the whole body is controlled by the pervading Current, as etheric, or electrical and magnetic, energy. Thus, the illusions of conventional subjectivity and inwardness involve a turning of attention, the egoic expression of the Life-Current of the manifest bodily-being, from the lower body and its outward functions and toward the upper body and the brain, which is the controlling core of the outer functions. But the Truth of the whole body is at the heart, where the prior Condition of the Current of the body is intuited, prior to all differentiation of form and thought and self.
The brain controls all of the psycho-physiology of the gross being. That is, the Life-Current of the whole body controls the gross processes via the brain and the descending structures of the nervous system. Thus, the heartbeat is also controlled or regulated via the brain and nervous system, but the heartbeat itself originates at the heart itself, in its direct association with the All-Pervading Life. The region of the heart is the central and senior dimension of the whole and entire body. Indeed, the heart, the dimension of feeling-intuition, is the epitome of the whole body, whereas the brain is only a part of the whole body. The heart is the dimension of the manifest being wherein the Current of Radiant Life that is pervading the structures and controls of the whole body is contacted directly and intuitively, prior to perception and conception. Life is “located” at the heart, prior to all limitation-even prior to the heartbeat.
The heartbeat is a manifestation of the extended and defined being. It is, like thought and the mechanics of the brain, an expression wherein and whereby the All-Pervading and Prior Condition of the Life-Current of the whole body is interpreted and defined in limitation. The Truth of the whole body is at the heart. That is, the Transcendental Condition and Life of the whole body is intuited, through penetration of the limiting reactivity of the whole body, to be prior to the heartbeat, and thus prior to self, mind, body, and all relations.
Therefore, the Way in Truth is not toward or within the bodily structures themselves, nor even toward any perception or conception, gross or subtle, impressed upon the All-Pervading Current of Life via the nervous system and the brain. The Way of Truth is at the heart, prior to recoil and structure, prior to every extension and action of manifest existence and experience. It is the Sacrifice of the whole body at Infinity. It is Love rather than Yoga. In the Process of this Way, the psycho-physiology of body, life, and mind, even of the higher mind and the inner self, is transcended. The tyranny of the heartbeat and the bodily structures wherein consciousness is defined and the Infinite is differentiated are all obviated released of the power of implication and limitation. Then the very Divine stands forth, in radical intuition, as the Truth of the All-Pervading Current or Radiant Life, of which all differentiated conditions are the present modification.
When the heartbeat, the structures of the body, the brain, and the mind cease to define the consciousness, then consciousness is Realized as the Heart, the Condition in Reality, the Radiance of God prior to all knowledge. Such is ultimate Self-Knowledge, the Foundation of Bodily Enlightenment. True or Perfect Enlightenment is Sacrifice of the whole body at Infinity, rather than the attainment of consoling structural and subjective states of the differentiated being, high or low. When that Sacrifice, Love, or Radiance is perfect in Ignorance, the body-mind Dissolves in Divine Translation of Consciousness, from the planes of unnecessary modification to the Perfect Domain of Bliss, wherein there is Perfect Responsibility for all Experience. That Translation is the necessary Destiny of devotees in the Way of Radical Intuition. It is the Gift of God. Until it is given, the arising of manifest conditions continues, during the present life and in conditions after the present life is past. Until then, all conditions are tacitly re-cognized, on the basis of radical intuition of the Real Condition of all present arising, and no condition has power to suppress the essential Bliss or Radiance of Divine Ignorance. At last the unqualified intuition of the Real Condition is transformed into unspeakable Glory beyond the worlds of mysterious problematic embodiment.
Top of Page – God Is the Transcendental Consciousness and Radiant Life That Pervades the Body, the Mind, and the World
The entire world, and every living individual, is pervaded by a Transcendental Consciousness and Radiant Energy that is the single Identity and Ultimate Source, Sustainer, Mover, Transformer, and Destiny of every thing and every one. That is God, the Divine, the Real, the All-Pervading, Transcendental, Bliss-Full Ignorance-Radiance.
The individual body-mind is a temporary and dependent ex-tension, reflection, and modification of the Very and Living Divine. The individual does not in any way create or sustain itself, or determine its ultimate Destiny. The individual is wholly and always presently dependent on the Divine, which is alive as all beings. Only cooperative, conscious, and self-released participation in the Divine by the individual body-mind permits the Divine to Sustain and Determine a benign or ultimately positive and transforming individual life-cycle, and to draw the individual into the Destiny that is Divine. But if the individual recoils from the Divine Life and Identity, then the life-cycle degenerates, and reactive experiential destinies bind the individual to illusions, until he is Awakened from self to God.
The Divine as All-Pervading Radiance spontaneously individuates as the bodily form, and pervades that form as Life, whereas the Divine as Transcendent Ignorance eternally transcends all forms as Unqualified Consciousness. The Life-Radiance is ex-pressed, or spontaneously modified, not only as the bodily form, but also as its states of feeling and mentality. The range of experiential states-bodily, vital, emotional, and mental, as well as unconscious, subconscious, conscious, and superconscious-is broad and complex, ordinary and extraordinary. But no experiential state, however high in the structural scheme of our born possibilities, is itself the Realization of the prior Divine Condition or Absolute Truth of the body-mind. And unless that Condition and Truth is Realized in the present moment of experiencing, experience itself, no matter how extraordinary, is self-binding, deluding, degenerative, and an instrument of separation from the Bliss of God.
Individual existence in a world is a riddle and a torment, unless it may be established in right Relationship to the Radiant Reality that is its Life, or Energy, and in right Identity with the Transcendental Ignorance, or Unqualified Consciousness, that is its very Self. And the Way in which we may live in such right Relationship and Identity with the Divine Reality, free of fear and illusion, is in conversion, or the “turn about” of every aspect of the body-mind, from self-possession to Ecstatic God-Communion.
All the religious and spiritual “Ways” that have been communicated among men are historical gestures toward the self-sacrificial or Ecstatic Communion of the individual with the One and Ultimate Divine Reality. The Way of Divine Ignorance is simply a most radical, summary, and completely considered form of this necessary obligation of Man.
Communion with the Radiant and Transcendental Divine is ecstatic sacrifice of the whole and entire body-mind into the Radiant Energy that pervades it and the Unqualified Consciousness with which it is Identical. And the process of such Communion assumes a particular character in the case of the human individual, because the structure that must yield into the Divine is constructed or fabricated according to a specific complex design.
Clearly, the common characteristics of human individuals are bodily, vital, emotional, and mental. Therefore, the most rudimentary form of Divine Communion is the intuitive turning of all bodily, vital, emotional, and mental functions, conditions, experiences, and relations into forms of functional surrender to the Radiant Divine Life. Such is the whole bodily religious obligation presumed in the Way of Divine Ignorance by members of The Free Communion Church. In that process, the Living Power of God is permitted to pervade, enliven, sustain, transform, and Awaken the entire bodily being. And the primary instrument of that process is the whole bodily disposition of ecstatic or self-releasing sacrifice into the Divine. That disposition is the one of total, profound, and free feeling-attention, or relaxation of the entire body-mind into the All-Pervading Life through love. The means of this sacrifice includes devotional practices, forms of personal functional discipline of a wholly regenerative kind, and a continuous moral orientation to others through heartfelt service and clear-minded intelligence.
As the individual matures in Communion with the Living and Transcendental Divine, the unique and specific design of his own structural condition becomes more and more apparent. Therefore, the process of Sacrifice in God begins to take on more of the “esoteric” form of a highly sophisticated yogic exercise. And growth in this Way begins to include higher psycho-physical awakening to the structural design by which the individual body-mind mediates the Radiant Energy and Unqualified Consciousness of the Divine.
The illusion of independent existence as a subtle body-mind or “soul” is a great temptation in the advancing stages of spiritual maturity, just as the illusion of independent existence as a gross and worldly body-mind tempts and occupies the usual man in his subhuman ordinariness. Therefore, the Sacrifice of the body-mind in the Living Divine must continue and become even more pro-found as the subtler experiential revelation of the structures of the human body-mind increases-or else such growth can itself lead to an intensely deluding form of psychic self-possession.
All of the functions of the human body-mind must ultimately participate in this Ecstatic Sacrifice. But there is a primal core to the body-mind that represents its fundamental structural orientation. It is the disposition of this core that determines whether experience is subtler and more mental or grosser and more physical, and whether experience will be an end in itself or a form of participatory sacrifice in the Radiant Divine Reality.
The central white fibrous core of the brain, extended into the gray matter of the brain mass, together with the central white and gray core of the spinal column, is the primal structural feature of the human body-mind. The white fibrous material of the brain core is the central carrier of the bio-energy that is extended from the All-Pervading Radiant Current of the Living Divine. All thought, perception, sensation, form, and activity develop as an extension of this white vibratory core of the brain.
Therefore, as the individual matures in the Way of Divine Ignorance, more and more sophisticated inspection and responsibility arise relative to the structural and bio-energetic core of experience. However, that bio-energetic core is not Truth, nor is any experiential modification of that core a form of God-Realization. Rather, that core itself must become the ultimate Sacrifice in God. The experiential core of the body-mind is secondary to the Divine Disposition or Ecstatic Sacrificial gesture of the whole body-mind itself. Therefore, at every stage of practice in the Way of Divine Ignorance, structural responsibilities of either a functionally extended or a primal variety are awakened, but all experience of the body-mind is re-cognized, or yielded into the very Divine. Thus, the whole bodily disposition of the heart is senior to the primal structural core of experience, whose primary seat is in the upper rear of the brain core and in the crown as a whole. The body-mind itself is secondary to Love, or the Ecstatic Sacrifice of the body-mind.
In the seventh stage of human life in God, which coincides with maturity in the Way of Radical Intuition (the fourth or perfect stage of practice in the Way of Divine Ignorance), the whole and entire body-mind becomes a perfect Sacrifice into the Radiant Divine, and Translation into the Divine Domain of Existence occurs. The mechanics whereby this Translation occurs may truly be understood only in the case of actual Realization. But the primary structural armature or root of the Sacrifice is the one defined by the intercourse or Living Connection between the root terminal at the right side of the heart (or the Awakening to Identity with the Un-qualified Consciousness or Divine Ignorance of the Real) and the primal terminal of the brain, the corona radiata and the rear-most upper extensions of the corpus callosum and the pineal body (or the Awakening to Perfect Sacrifice of all experiential states in the All-Pervading Transcendental Radiance of the Divine Reality). This Spiral Current between the heart and the crown is simply the primary evidence of a Process wherein the Awakened heart Radiates simultaneously in every part of the body-mind, and beyond the body-mind, to the degree of Infinity. The Radiance of the heart is a single Transcendental Medium, whereby Dissolution of the in-dependent experiential states of the body-mind occurs in the ultimate spiritual Realization of God.
All of this talk of structural esotericism and Divine Translation is remarkable, most profound, and clearly beyond the capacity of the ordinary or subhuman understanding common at this stage of evolution on Earth. But the whole affair is necessary and in-evitable. No thing can remain separate from God forever. Both a basic understanding of this process and a most direct Awakening to the Divine are within the capacity of anyone who responds to the Argument and the Person of the Spiritual Master. It is only necessary to “hear” and to “see”-to renounce one’s loveless and self-possessed independence, or one’s childishly self-possessed tendency to dependence, and to surrender in a “manly” fashion (whether male or female) to the Divine Understanding and Presence that is Inherently and Eternally at Work in every world, and in every man, and in every part.
This was made clear to Bubba by the Graceful God and En-ightener of Krishna and Gautama, Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed, Ramakrishna, Shirdi Sai Baba, Divine Nityananda, and Beloved Ramana Maharshi. Do not be deceived by the madness of the times and the sophistications of ordinary men. The same God that Awakened Me is at Work in the heart and even in the bodily cells of Man, and that same One can remove the doubts and torments of any one at all.
Top of Page – The Evolution of Man and the Sacrifice of the World
Man is only a brief design in the numberless evolutionary stages of the World. And the individual human being is only a moment, a specimen, a partial realization of Man. The individual is not made for his own sake, but to be a sacrifice toward Man-so that Man may fulfill his evolutionary destiny. And Man is not made for his own sake, but to be a sacrifice toward the ultimate evolutionary process of the World. And the World is not made for its own sake, but to be a sacrifice to the unqualified and eternal Divine. If the design of Man is examined, he is revealed to be a composite of all previous creatures, environments, and experiences. His body below the brows is a machine of animals and elemental cycles. He is full-made of horses and crocodiles, honey bees and swans, sardines and earth forces, redwood and fruit palm, Amazon, Pacific, solar fire, Everest, weather of water and air, all the usual stars, and antique ocean mammals leaning away from Earth. He is not truly unique below the brows. He is, rather, a summation of all that came before him and every thing that he already knows.
But Man is also a new stage in the event of time. His newness or uniqueness is hidden in the brain. His lower or vital brain, including his rudimentary speech and thought, is part of the summary and reflection of the past. But the middle range of his brain, beginning with the higher verbal or abstract mental functions, is the doorway to the future. And above the thinking and imaging function of the middle brain is the naked mass of yet unadapted purity, the higher brain, which Communes with Light. This higher brain is the structural cauldron of the present and future evolutionary changes of Man and what is beyond Man in the scheme of the World.
The individual is only a moment, and his structural adaptation of the whole body-mind to its potential above the brows is generally quite modest, if it occurs at all. Man, at any moment, is the summary of what has been. Therefore, the millions or billions of men and women who live and die in every generation may add a fraction of development to the destiny of Man. But the Teaching of Truth is also given to all, so that the principles of structural evolution may be grasped and fulfilled by at least a few in every generation. Thus, the realization of these few is also added to Man, and all future men and women may be raised up by such means.
The Spiritual Master is given the task of communicating the Laws of evolution and of sacrifice to his own generation, so that Man may be raised up in God. And the Spiritual Master himself advances the evolution of Man by a difficult process of personal psycho-physical transformation. But what he realizes cannot be added to Man until many representatives of mankind embrace the Way of Truth and submit to the process of transformation and sacrifice.
The individual is a sacrifice to God through Man. Man is a sacrifice to God through the World. The World is a sacrifice to God in every present moment. Therefore, all things and beings are a present, past, and future sacrifice toward a Condition that no one in time can appear to have Realized Perfectly-since everyone in the present summarizes the past, and a few, at best, demonstrate an Awakening to the future and ultimate Condition. But even the Spiritual Master generally appears to others in the bodily form of the present state of Man.
Even so, the radical Realization of the ultimate Destiny of the World is possible in the present and in the case of any individual who will give himself up to the Divine in Truth. This is also the Teaching and the Demonstration of the Spiritual Master. Most individuals are content to pursue an ordinary personal destiny, by exploiting what Man has already become. Such individuals live a basically subhuman life, and they add nothing new to Man. Others are not content unless they can exceed themselves. But unless they transcend the old creature and enter into the development of the higher brain, they do not exceed the present state of Man. Therefore, only a few individuals in every generation enter into the evolutionary module of the higher brain, through which the whole body is brightened in the universal Field of Light. Such individuals work changes in themselves by exploiting the potential of Man. But until what they do is also communicated and lived by greater numbers of individuals, even their experiment is not added to the Incarnation of Man.
Therefore, the Spiritual Master appears, to communicate the Way of the transcendence of self and the transcendence of the present stage of Man so that mankind may more generally fulfill the higher trend of evolution, rather than fall back upon itself in regressive self-possession and exploitation of the elemental Man.
However, the Spiritual Master is also full of Transcendental urgency. He also communicates to Man. He reminds Man that even he is a moment, a process, grotesque when seen in himself. He reminds Man that his beauty and happiness are in his Ecstasy, his sacrifice toward what is yet to come and what is Perfect. He reminds Man that his true Destiny is not in his own evolutionary fulfillment, but in the fulfillment of the sacrifice of the whole World, which includes everything before and after Man, as well as Man himself.
Therefore, the Spiritual Master is most profoundly devoted to the Awakening of individuals and Man and the whole World to that Process of Sacrifice that transcends not only the past and present but also the future of all evolution of self, of Man, and of the World. His Teaching ultimately exceeds all evolutionary prescriptions. He moves his devotees through the structures of self, of Man, and the World, until these devotees can be the Sacrifice of even the World itself. Therefore, his Teaching, his Demonstration, and the ultimate Demonstration of his devotees is the one of Perfect Ecstasy, or the Sacrifice of self and Man and the World into the Condition that is Divine.
To such devotees, the Spiritual Master Communicates and Reveals himself in that Form which is beyond Man, and he also is Revealed to be the Sacrifice of even that Form, beyond all consolations and attainments. This is what moves us to Love. And we may be the Liberation of self and Man and the World, if we will abandon all withholding, fear, and doubt and if we will turn out from all subhuman, human, and superhuman self-possession into the Ecstasy of Worldlessness.
Top of Page – The Three Primal Conditions and the Unique Truth of the Divine Person
Those who are distracted and absorbed in the gross changes, effects, and experiences of the Realm of Nature worship that Power and abide in that Realm by resting attention in the vital bodily functions, or the general region of the navel.
Those who feel a revulsion toward the Play of gross effects, and who are distracted by the Creative Mind or Energy, the “Shakti” or All-Pervading Life-Power of the Realm of Nature, worship that Power and ascend into the subtler regions of that Realm by turning attention toward and above the mental functions, into the general region of the brain core and the psychic “sky” above the head.
Those who enjoy the intuition of the Transcendental Consciousness that is the Eternal Foundation of the Universal Energy or Mind and of all the Creative effects of that Power worship and attain that Consciousness by yielding attention and all forms of subject-object awareness in the very root of the heart.
Therefore, there are three common classes of human beings, each of which represents the tendency to fulfill human birth through the submission of attention in one of the three primal regions of the human body-mind: the navel, the head, or the heart.
The true Spiritual Master is Awakened to the total Play of human possibility, and he does not separately fulfill either of the three conventional destinies of human experience. He does not tend to choose either the World, or the Energy and Mind-Source of the World, or even the Transcendental Consciousness or Root of both Mind and World. He is Awake in the seventh or Perfect stage of human life. He is equally Awake to all three Dimensions of Existence and all three primal regions of the body-mind and of human attention. He abides naturally in Transcendental Consciousness, but he also is fully Awake in the Mind of All-Pervading Life. Therefore, he is Awake and also Free in relation to the Play of the World. He is Present whole bodily as the heart, the head, and the navel. And he does not advocate a Way of life that is only partially Awake or exclusively oriented. The navel, the head, and the heart are each and all seen in Truth. The World of experience, the Energy-Mind of Creativity, and the Transcendental Consciousness that is the inherent Self of all of this Play are all part of the unique Fullness of the true Spiritual Master.
Therefore, from birth, he simply and intuitively Abides in the Truth of all experience while all experience arises. Such is his Way. In this manner, the Process of experience is relieved of its automaticities and ceases to be necessary. Ultimately, the Process of experience yields-even the World yields-into the Primal Radiance, prior to all Creation. It is the Radiance of the Heart. It is the Crown of the World and of the body-mind. It is above even the Energy-Mind, the. Mother of the World. That Radiance is identical to the Transcendental Consciousness. And the Transcendental Consciousness is identical to that Radiance.
Such is My Message to Man: The Power and Consciousness behind the World are to be Realized as One. They should not be separately regarded or worshipped, but they should be Perfectly Regarded, Worshipped, and Realized as the One that includes and transcends both of them. And the World itself, the Play of possibility in experience, is to be transcended in the true One, the Living God, prior to Creation. The natural psycho-physical sign of this Realization and its Way is the Spiral Current between the heart and the crown. And the navel is not strategically excluded in this Way-nor are the World and the Creative Energy-Mind above the World strategically excluded. Rather, by simple intuition and Ecstatic or self-transcending Love-Communion with the Living God, the body-mind is transcended, the World (or all experience) is transcended, the Creative Power or Energy-Mind is transcended, and all conditional states and destinies Dissolve in the Blissful Wonder of the Eternally Radiant Consciousness, the Divine Person, Who is God in Truth.
Top of Page – Brain Mysticism and the Radiant Personality of Love
The ancient mystics were seeking to attain a “divine” and “imperishable” body. The Way was a psycho-physical discipline, represented by the “caduceus,” the ancient heraldic and medical staff or wand of power and authority, symbol of the spinal cord and the brain core, or the central nervous system. The head, or “ajna chakra,” epitomized by the thalamus (with its two parts or “petals”) and the single pole of the pineal body, shines in the midst of the “winged” cerebrum (which is the “sahasrar,” epitomized by the lateral ventricles and the corona radiata). The central or cerebrospinal nervous system, when in a state of release from the ascending (sensory) and descending (motor) or bipolar motions of the autonomic nervous system (symbolized by two intertwined serpents), resonates as a single Current in the brain core. There the Current of Transcendental Life-Light that Pervades all forms Radiates in the midst of the two lateral ventricles, which are likened to the two wings of a bird or angel. (The cerebrospinal core of the body-mind, when permitted to transcend, to master, or simply to witness the gross movements of the autonomic nervous system, is the vehicle of the “astral body” or subtle mind, capable of psychic flight, dreamlike tours, or intuitive reflections of all realms of experience within and without the individual. Thus, the universal inner mechanism, or caduceus, has also been traditionally and fancifully symbolized by winged angels and otherwise identified with superior beings, such as Krishna, Jesus, or Gautama, or states of experience that are subtler than the gross physical.)
At the center is white brightness. Surrounding it is a blue sphere. And the vision is rounded with a golden yellow light. Sounds also surround and permeate the place, in an ascending scale, from deep humming vibrations at the medulla to tiny flute-like sounds in the upper extremities of the temporal lobe.
Is this Heaven? Or is it simply the body in its primary mode, wherein the play of awareness and the senses begins, and where the heart may remain at rest, undisturbed, attuned to the Current of Life? The answer should now be obvious to your thinking mind, but you must also submit to it bodily, by literal inspection and growth into the states of contemplation. Mere mentalizing about the limitations or the excellences of mystical vision is itself the sign of a state below or less than mystical vision, habitually fixed in the lower mental and grosser bodily states.
Therefore, enter the Way and ascend to contemplation in the brain core. Then trace the movement of attention back to the heart. Then awaken at last beyond all the limits of the body-mind into Transcendental Identification with the Radiant Current and Consciousness in which the body-mind is floating. Only then will the Life-Current penetrate beyond the brain core and even the brain itself, to Shine in Transcendental Glory as Bliss, Love, and the very Being of Consciousness. Only This is Enlightenment. All the rest is mere experience, the puny occupation of Narcissus, or the body-mind itself, intent on the survival of its own illusions of independence and the endless enumeration of differentiated objects, never surrendered, never floated in the Real, never transcended, the Bliss of the Eternal never Realized.
I am at war with the lingering childhood of Man. I make Holy War in the midst of our dreadful and universal preoccupation with Man himself. For it is only when Man is surrendered in the Transcendental Reality that he can grow up into his own higher consciousness, and only then may he truly and finally Intuit his Identity with what is prior to Man, which is the Transcendental Reality itself.
The human individual is nothing more than a poor and temporary modification of Light, appearing to surround and emanate from a central core of Light. In Truth, he is unnecessary, not even an emanation, but only a conventional appearance, without a Transcendental Cause. Therefore, Man is called to God, to self-transcendence, wherein the illusory body-mind is rested in its Transcendental Identity. Then he is not only Liberated from himself and his world, but even while he seems to live his actions Demonstrate only the Radiant Personality of Love.
Enlightenment is the Ecstatic Realization of literal and prior Identification with the Radiant Transcendental Consciousness in which the body-mind is floating. Enlightenment is not an experience, not a state of the personal body-mind in itself, but the Transcendental Condition of Existence, in which there is no difference, no other, no self, no mind, no body, and no world. Therefore, paradoxically, the conventions of experience-of difference, other, self, mind, body, and world-are known only in that Consciousness. They are arising only in that Radiant Life. They are communicating only that Personality of Love.
Top of Page – JESUS AND THE TEACHING OF TRUTH TO MAN
An aspect of the work of living Adepts is to clarify our understanding of the lives and Teachings of Adepts who have preceded them, and also to reveal the falseness of all cultic and self-serving approaches to the living Spiritual Master in any time or place.
Jesus of Nazareth appears to have been a Spiritual Master of the highest type. But he did not leave behind him the Church of fully Illumined devotees that he apparently sought to establish while alive. Thus, we have no certain knowledge of his life, work, and spiritual Realization. At various times throughout Bubba Free John’s life, he has had mystical and spiritual contact with one who at times appeared to have been Jesus, but who was finally Revealed to be the Transcendental and Radiant Divine Person, the true Self and Eternal Life of all beings. Thus, Bubba interprets the reported life and sacred work of Jesus at many exoteric and esoteric levels, but he calls us beyond all ancient cults and archetypes to the true Worship of the Eternally Existing One, the Living God.
Top of Page – The Good Principles of Jesus
Jesus apparently renewed, for his time, an ancient psycho-physical conception of the nature of the realm or world in which we appear. The mood of ordinary experience conceives the Principles of this world to be separation, negative results, and death. Jesus communicated the view that the Principles of this world are prior Unity with God, renunciation and forgiveness as a means of purification, and an individually conscious Life that is ever-changing but never destroyed.
The significance of his entire life is the argument of this communication. He argued that we should accept these “good” Principles, which make those men good who believe or accept them, rather than accept the conventional and “evil” Principles, which only make all who believe or accept them into fearful, deluded, and wretched beings.
Jesus represents only the argument, the conviction, and the confession of this good assumption of Good Principles. He does not represent any independent historical Act that makes it unnecessary for anyone else to accept and be responsible for these Principles. In other words, the Principles of our Life are Good, but these Good Principles are only as effective in our own case as the degree of our acceptance and responsibility relative to them.
All who accept these Principles must be wise and intelligent and humble, since their goodness, or identity with the Good Principles of Life, is gradual, or a process that matures and grows forever. Their Enlightenment is always instant-whenever their presumption of the Good and True is Real-but their lives are forever, and forever transformed by whatever they believe, accept, or presume.
Top of Page – Jesus Was a Sacrifice, Not a Survivor
Jesus of Nazareth has become a universal archetypal figure, or Threshold Personality, in the minds of all mankind. But he has thereby become more a part of conventional mind and meaning than a servant of the Real. Unfortunately, he has become identified with personal or egoic survival rather than perfect sacrifice of self, mind, life, emotion, and body.
Paul the Apostle’ said that if Jesus did not survive his death, then belief in him and his Teaching is fruitless. Therefore, the bodily and personal survival of Jesus became the traditional foundation of Christian belief and practice. But Paul’s conception is false. The Truth and the Law of sacrifice are not verified or dependent upon the knowable survival or immortality of any man, including Jesus. The Truth of the Teaching of Jesus, itself an extension of the Teaching of the ancients, did not at all depend on his survival, or, more specifically, knowledge, on the part of others, of his survival. If it did depend on his personal or conventional soul-survival of death, or the knowledge of such on the part of others, he could not have taught anything of ultimate significance during his lifetime, and all Teaching before his time would have been inherently false. But Jesus himself specifically denied both possibilities.
5. According to the New Testament, Paul (A.D. 0-5 to 67 or 68) was one of the principal apostles of the new religion that was formed around the life and Teachings of Jesus. Paul was not a personal disciple of Jesus, nor did he ever meet him personally. After Jesus’ death, Paul was a persecutor of the growing Christian movement, until he was converted by an overwhelming mystical experience, which he interpreted to be the spiritual Light, Presence, and Voice of the Ascended Jesus. From that time until his death he was one of the most energetic of the apostles, journeying throughout most of the Mediterranean coastal lands and the Middle East to preach the new ”gospel” of Jesus the Christ. He was imprisoned many times, nearly assassinated by hostile Jews, and, legend has it, finally beheaded during the persecutions of the Christians by Nero, Emperor of Rome.
The Teaching of Jesus is essentially the ancient Teaching of the Way of Sacrifice. He, like others, taught that the sacrifice that is essential is not cultic or external to the individual, but it is necessarily a moral and personal sacrifice, made through love. It is the sacrifice of all that is oneself, and all that one possesses, into forms of loving and compassionate participation with others, and into the absolute Mystery of the Reality and Divine Person wherein we all arise and change and ultimately disappear. Therefore, the proof of his Teaching is not in the independent or knowable survival of anything or anyone, but in the enlightened, free, and moral happiness of those who live the sacrifice while alive and even at death.
We cannot cling to the survival of anyone, or even ourselves. This clinging has for centuries agonized would-be believers, who tried to be certain of the survival of Jesus and themselves. Truly, Jesus did not survive in the independent form that persisted while he lived, nor does anyone possess certain knowledge of the history of Jesus after his death. All reports are simply expressions of the mystical presumptions and archetypal mental structures of those who make the reports. And neither will we survive the process of universal dissolution everywhere displayed. Jesus sacrificed himself. He gave himself up in loving service to others and in ultimate love to Real God. All who do this become what they meditate upon. They are Translated beyond this self or independent body-mind into a hidden Destiny in the Mystery or Intensity that includes and precedes all beings, things, and worlds.
Top of Page – The “Spirit” and the “Single Eye” in the Teaching of Jesus and the Ancients
The ancient esoteric religious or spiritual initiations, which are the core of even all modern religious and spiritual traditions and symbolisms, were made by various means (archetypal, ritualistic, yogic, and so forth), but they always ultimately involved initiation into the same primary experience. It is the state of awareness prior to ordinary bipolar bodily perceptions and the dualistic mind of verbal associations. It is the “mono gnostic” or exclusively single and inverted cognition or state. And one of the primary mystical and esoteric initiations into this state was the inverted visual perception of the circle or “eye” of light-golden yellow at the rim, blue toward the center, and white at the very center-which appears to internal vision when attention is focused at the brain core. The central white light was regarded as the highest object of contemplation and the doorway to God, Heaven, higher worlds, and so forth. (The exclusive contemplation of the central white light, undistracted by all other colors or visions, leads to further revelations and magnifications of white light, until there is transcendence of the perception of light itself.)
Brahma, Vishnu, and Siva6 are ancient Hindu names that correspond to these three primary lights of the “eye,” or the levels of manifest experience. Siva corresponds to white, Vishnu to blue, and Brahma to golden yellow. And each of these lights, which may also be seen or valued independently, has formed the psycho-physical basis for the cult and tradition surrounding one or more of the great religious or spiritual figures in human history.
6. In the Hindu Trinity, Brahma is the Creator aspect, Vishnu is the Sustainer aspect, and Siva is the Destroyer aspect of the One Divine Person, Who is the Transcendental Consciousness and Eternal Life in which all things and beings arise and change and pass away.
Thus, Gautama, called the “Buddha” (the “Enlightened One”), is a Master associated with the outer fire or yellow light, and the conquest of desire, or the navel, which represents the vital gross physical, lower emotional, and ordinary mental states of the bodily being. Krishna, called an “Avatar” (or total Incarnation) of Vishnu, is a Master associated with the inner blue light and the attainment of the “sky” of the head or brain, which includes the astral, higher mental, and supermental states. Jesus of Nazareth, called the “Messiah” and the “Christ” (or the “Anointed Messenger of God”), is a Master associated with the Holy Spirit Mystery of white light, and the sacrifice, from the heart, of self and all one possesses into the central vision of white brightness.
Jesus initiated his closest disciples into the internal vision of the ` single eye” as a method of religious and mystical ascent, and he identified himself with the morning star and the central white light, which initially appears to the inner vision as a five-pointed star at the center of the blue field. Therefore, the “star that appeared in the east,” the sign of the Presence of the Messenger of God, is in fact an exoteric literary symbol for this primary mystical phenomenon.
But in fact this midbrain circle is just that. It is a manifest psycho-physical condition or sign, common or native to all. It has traditionally been interpreted to represent all kinds of higher significance, but at last it is simply a bodily signal and device for concentrated contemplation, diffusion or surrender of bodily awareness, quieting of the mind, and so forth. It is generally used as an agent for propagandizing or reinforcing certain religious or cosmological beliefs, cultic allegiances, and the like. It is not itself the true Reality. It is to be re-cognized, or “known again” through radical intuitive insight, as an ordinary modification of the prior Current and Consciousness that is our Condition in Truth.
The vision of the “single eye” (or the attainment of the reductive and mono gnostic states in general) is attained by applying pressure to the brain core via activities that invert certain of the sense functions (sight, hearing, bodily sensation, and so forth), or deprive certain functions (sex, food, and the like), or bring certain outward tending brain functions to rest (such as thought), or exaggerate certain functions (such as emotional feeling) and turn them away from mundane objects toward “higher things. ” It is also gained by any intense upward concentration or contemplation toward the brain, by religious or philosophical activity (belief, reverie, ritual, invocation), and by intimate spiritual or yogic association with individuals who are polarized to the brain core on the basis of their own practice or awakening.
Jesus, or the mystical school associated with that name, used archetypal religious ideas, asceticism or self-control, mechanical and religious techniques for the inversion of attention and upward contemplation, and both yogic and religious association with the Teacher as the symbol or agent of the central white light. This whole affair was central to Jesus’ doctrine and method of salvation or reconciliation with the Creator God and the Heaven-Condition of Man (prior to the “fall,” or distraction of attention toward the play of phenomena, or self-oriented experience, and away from the Realm of White Light.)
The “Kingdom of God” which Jesus preached to his initiates (those who were pure and receptive enough to be shown directly what others were only allowed to approach through parables, moral lessons, and the demand to repent and seek purification through forgiveness) was a transfigured bodily, emotional, and mental condition that was supposed to be realized through regular absorbed contemplation, surrender, and receptivity relative to the central white light (not the cultic or bodily Jesus in himself, but the light with which he identified himself and which could be found in every “body”). Thus, Jesus said: “If your eye (or sight) be single, your whole body will be filled with light.”
The “Kingdom of God” was thus not merely in the future, nor a merely political and social event in this world. It was attainable even in the present by anyone who believed and yielded to the white light, allowing it to transform the mind and body and, ultimately, the world (by virtue of the conversion and transformation of great numbers of people, which would permit the magnification of the Holy Spirit, or the white light vibration, on Earth). Thus, the white light was interpreted to be identical to both Jesus and God (“I and the Father are one”) and to the Holy Spirit that transforms whatever it touches (and which proceeds from the Father and the Son-that is, which radiates to the whole body, via the nervous system, from the white light focus at the core of the brain).
The Spirit of white light was viewed as an Agent for the transformation of Man and world, which would produce not only the bodily “Kingdom-of-God” condition in the case of the individual, but which would ultimately produce a radical change of the whole world. In any case, contemplation of the white light was also viewed as an end in itself-identical to the contemplation of God and the Heaven Realm-and such contemplation was thus taught as the instrument of higher wisdom during life and as a method of ascension to Heaven at death.
What is this single “eye” at the brain core focus? It is an energy phenomenon of the brain that appears when the usual binocular vision of common perception is inverted. Indeed, it is a symbol of origination and singularity, and it is part of the bodily or human psycho-physical origin of monism and monotheism. The common states of experience are all “dualistic.” That is, they arise on the basis of the double root of all our perceptions and conceptions: the two-sided nervous system, the two-sided brain, two eyes, two ears, and so forth. All of our common experience is bipolar, rooted in the dualism or dynamic natural division of the bodily self.
As a solution to the observed difficulties of dualistic, self-divided, and mortal bodily life, men have always sought and discovered bodily and mental methods to escape into exclusive singularity and ecstatic states of consciousness wherein dualistic and bodily perceptions and conceptions are suspended. Jesus was apparently one of the ancient Teachers of such a solution to life.
The inversion of the bipolar or dualistic bodily system of perception, awareness, and cognition produces phenomena of exclusive singularity. When the two-eyed process of vision and the two-sided brain process of thought are neurologically pressured, lights flash upon the optical centers of the brain. The first primary vision gotten by this means is the yellow-blue-white circle at the inner eye focus (the optic chiasma). It is simply what happens when the energy of the left brain and the lower body and the energy of the right brain and upper body are not permitted to disperse to their usual objects but are frustrated toward inversion of attention, back toward the neurological roots or origins of perception and conception in the brain. Thus, the lower vibratory energy (in the range toward yellow and red) and the higher vibratory energy (toward blue and violet) mesh with one another, as in a rainbow, and the two halves of the brain and the body thus produce the single visual field of golden yellow and blue. The white center is the still point of bodily energy. The white light is the “color” that contains all colors in a unity, prior to dispersal or refraction in the play of light and life.
There certainly is wisdom and even ordinary harmony of body and mind to be realized in the observation of the “single eye,” the subtle emanations of the brain and nervous system, as well as the preverbal mind. But these conditions are not themselves Truth, nor are the attainments of the mono gnostic or “single-brained” states of the psycho-physical being an inherent guarantee of salvation from mortality and stupidity. One must be wise in the face of such experience, as in the face of all other experiences. Our salvation or liberation is not itself in these ancient methods of attaining extraordinary brain states. Rather, we must be awakened to the Intuition of the Condition or Intensity from or in which all conditions (dualistic or monistic) appear.
Top of Page – Jesus Is the Whole Body
In the Old Testament (Genesis 2 and 3) two trees are said to be in the middle of the garden of original paradise. These are “the tree of life” and “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. “
In the garden, Man was originally a unity, a single body. Then he was made into a pair, and the pair came into conflict. The male and the female came under the spell of the possibility for knowledge represented by the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The female yielded to the viewpoint of the serpent in the garden, that the taboo, given by God, against eating the fruit of this tree was simply God’s attempt to keep Man from becoming transformed into a Divine being. The male accepted the viewpoint of the serpent via the female, and thus Man (both male and female) was eventually separated from his original archetypal paradise by God. The male, the female, and the serpent were all punished for aspiration.
The viewpoint of the serpent appears to have been correct in a certain sense. Whatever the reason to be ascribed to God’s viewpoint, God, in the Old Testament tales, is shown to be opposed to the acquisition by Man of the powers that are in the middle of the garden of paradise. At the end of chapter 3, the tree of life is also related to a Divine taboo. If Man were to eat of the fruit of the tree of life, he would not only possess knowledge of good and evil, but he would also become immortal. To prevent his immortalization, Man (the male and female pair) is separated from the garden by God, and an angelic guard is set at the gate to prevent Man from gaining access to the tree of life.
Thus, Man (mankind) is said to have been bound to the elemental world by God, to struggle and die, possessed of a moral and intellectual sense, but subject to mortality and gross limitations. He is superior only to the animals (who are only instinctive, elemental creatures) by virtue of the faculty of knowledge and the moral sense, the self-conscious or egoic heart, which is responsible for choices in all relations.
This account of original or archetypal existence and the fall into elemental or mortal bondage is, when coupled with the attainment or realization of eternal life (or immortality) by Jesus, the primary message of the Bible. It is an occult or archetypal message, related to the potential in every human individual.
The “original paradise” is the whole body of Man. The male and female are the two alternating currents of the body, pingala and ida,7 the active-expansive and the passive-subjective. The serpent is the mind in the autonomic nervous system. The two trees are the two patterns of the autonomic nervous system, one rooted in the lower coil and the vital center (the tree of life) and the other rooted in the upper coil and the subtle and mental center of the brain (the tree of the knowledge of good and evil).
God is the whole body at Infinity. But the viewpoint in the text is not that of God, but of mortal Man. To account for the elemental suffering of mankind, the text claims that God is in principle opposed to Man’s being more than a noble and dependent creature, and that our unrelieved struggling and mortality is a punishment for our innate desire to expand into a spiritual state of freedom and ability, wherein mortality and unconsciousness are obviated.
This Old Testament view, which is not true to the esoteric Hebrew tradition as a whole, is specifically opposed and disproven by the moral, occult, and spiritual demonstration of Jesus. Jesus, as he is shown in the New Testament, taught and demonstrated that the conventional mortality view, whether religious or materialistic, is utterly false. Jesus is the mind in sushumna,8 or the central nervous system. God is not opposed to our occult and spiritual development, nor to our transformation from a mortal to an immortal and glorified Condition. Indeed, God is that condition, and to love God is to Commune with and be Transformed into that Condition. God is the Archetype in which we are bodily involved. God is the whole body disposed to Infinity. If there is any opposition to our ultimate transformation, we provide it ourselves.
7. Pingala and ida are the principal nerve channels of the two divisions of the autonomic nervous system. Pingala, the sympathetic channel, is associated with the right side of the body, and ida, the parasympathetic channel, is associated with the left. They are also identified with the patterns of breath through the right and left nostrils.
8. The central nervous system, including the brain and spinal cord. Aligned with the circuits of the autonomic nervous system, which extend from it, sushumna serves as a conduit for the distribution of Life-Force throughout the body.
The Way of and to God is a matter to be realized in Truth. The body must be viewed as a whole-not as a pair projected on the mortal elemental plane. The two trees are in the midst of the garden of the whole body. Both are coincident with the spinal line, or the structural core of the flesh body and the extended nervous system. The Current that is pervading the whole body and its structures is the ancient key to human transformation. And we may indeed seek to attain the Divine Condition via knowledge and progressive enlivening or immortalization. But if we do so we will remain forever in exile in the mysteries of mortal and subtle egoic striving. The Way in Truth, or in God, is to act as the whole or single body, in which case both the elemental form and the nervous system or etheric form are made a conscious and simultaneous Sacrifice in the Condition that precedes birth and the mortal, subjective, and egoic dilemma.
There is a sense in which the taboos relative to human duplication of the powers of the two trees are also positive laws relative to human transformation itself. The taboos are the factual present absence of knowledge and immortality. This absence creates self-conscious attention relative to the two trees, or the potentials of growth. It is by encounter with the taboos-that is, by the obligation to responsibly choose to take up the Way of Sacrifice-that transforming work actually can take place. God is not opposed to this. God is Man, except that Man, previous to transformation, is only latently Divine. Once the choice is made to be a Sacrifice, and transformation actually occurs, Man is Realized to be Divine, and then he is Translated into the Divine Domain. Therefore, we must overcome fear, sorrow, guilt, and anger, and we must yield into our Destiny in Truth.
The Way of Truth is to love God without qualification. It is not to love the two trees, to seek knowledge and immortality. Such is not the Way. The nervous system, patterned as the two trees, is not to be made into an Idol. Rather, God, the Infinite Reality, is to be the presumption in Ignorance. The whole body (elemental, etheric, mental, intuitive, and egoic) is to be made a single Sacrifice into the Real and Prior Condition. The Way is the Way of Divine Ignorance, which is Radiant as Infinity. Then we are Translated into the Perfect Domain, which is not the original creature paradise of the human body, but the prior and perfect Divine Domain, the purely spiritual Condition that is utterly free of the manifest and changing dimensions of experience and strife (wherein there is only seeking for knowledge and survival). In Whole Body Enlightenment, the Sacrifice is made. Divine Translation is uncaused Translation into the Perfect Domain, prior to the gross (the elemental and the etheric), the subtle (the mental and the intuitive), and the causal (the egoic and the differentiating or creative seeds of manifest awareness).
Top of Page – The Essential Teaching of the New Testament
The New Testament is not, in its meaning, the representation of a drama outside Man. It is an archetypal drama, an esoteric play about Man rather than merely a concept or incident directed to Mankind. The life of Jesus is itself a Teaching or “Word” about Man, and it obliges those who “hear” and understand to live a new and true pattern of presumption and action-whole bodily, rather than exclusively in inner belief or in superficial outward appearance. That pattern is sacrifice to the Divine Truth and Condition rather than mere yielding to experience and the circumstances of gross life.
The New Testament, along with the Old Testament, represents the ancient archetypal and esoteric understanding of Man. It is also a story and a commentary about the communication of esoteric and transcendental Truth in the common world of ordinary fascination and exoteric beliefs, behaviors, and rituals.
The key to the right understanding of the New Testament is this: The “Kingdom of God” is not outside Man. It is Man. The “Kingdom of God” is the Whole Body of every man and woman. The “Kingdom of God” is the Right Disposition of the whole and entire bodily being, and also the Ultimate or Divine Destiny that is every man and woman in the Perfect Condition of God-Realization.
The drama of Jesus’ birth, life, death, resurrection, “ascension to the Father,” and communication of the “Holy Spirit” is not, in Truth, a drama outside and merely observed, believed, or rejected by mankind. It is the necessary drama of ultimate transformation and Realization in the case of every human individual. “Jesus” is the “Word” or Truth about every man and woman, and every man and woman is obliged to “hear” this Truth and duplicate this Life, or else continue to be deluded by experience and egoic knowledge. The story of Jesus is an archetypal story and an esoteric Revelation of the whole bodily or spiritual process of the human being in Truth.
The “world” of the New Testament is the total human world, including “Heaven,” “Earth,” and ”Hell.” Its meaning is not external to Man but native to him. That is, the “world” of the New Testament is the whole bodily being of Man (male or female), and it therefore includes the apparent universe, but interpreted as a Process like that of Man-that is, a psycho-physical rather than a merely physical realm. The whole body is the epitome or meaning of the world. And the whole body includes not only the elemental physical, but the etheric or Life-Force dimension, as well as the mental, the higher psychic or subtle supermental, and the egoic ground, or the witnessing consciousness.
Human beings discover or assign meaning to the world of their experience. Their whole bodily form and nature and Condition is the archetypal structure wherein the Truth and the Way and the Life of this world is shown and obliged upon them. The New Testament “Word” or meaning is the sacrificial Way of the human bodily being as a whole. And the message is that Man, in the form of every man and woman, priorly (or always already) exists in a Transcendental Condition that is eternally free and not ultimately or truly limited by the cycle of birth, life, and death. Each of us, therefore, is destined, in Truth, to eternal Existence, Happiness, Delight, and Freedom, since we are presently, totally, and always established in the same. However, until we respond to the communication of Truth and accept whole bodily responsibility for the play of our manifest existence in this human world, we are distracted by our mortality, divided in our bodily being, and tending by association to be constantly limited by and to the conditions of both the lower or grosser bodily consciousness and the internal mind. Therefore, we are striving to survive as that portion of our Condition we notice as our conventional human birth, and we are bound to a self-possessed struggle, divided in ourselves, chronically turned away from others, self-indulgent, and knowing only what we observe or acquire in our apparent and presently extended form rather than our prior whole bodily being (wherein the Free soul is Awakened).
The archetype of Truth communicated in the New Testament is the whole body “Gospel,” or the message about our Happiness and Lawful Destiny. If we change in response to the understanding of this archetypal message, then we participate, presently and consciously, in the Destiny of Happiness, Fullness, and Responsibility in Truth. If we do not respond whole bodily, soulfully, from the heart, then we remain turned in on ourselves, divided and self-possessed, and confined to the knowledge and presumed destiny of mortality-until we Awaken to Truth.
The drama of Jesus is the drama of human Destiny when lived in Truth. It is the story of the whole bodily being of archetypal Man. ”God the Father,” Jesus the Christ” (the “Son,” “Messiah,” or Messenger of “God the Father”), and the “Holy Spirit” (eternally sent from the “Heaven” of “God the Father” and also sent via the sacrificial and radiant action of the “Son” of “God the Father”) are all archetypes of aspects of the whole bodily being of every man or woman.
“God the Father” is the crown, the head, the brain, and also the prior All-Pervading Source Light and Life of the whole bodily being of Man. “Jesus the Christ” is the heart, the true Self (or Condition of the ego), and the sacrifice or Lawful Way of the whole bodily being of Man. And the “Holy Spirit” is the nervous system, the Vehicle of the Messiah, the Medium of Communion with the All-Pervading, Eternal Life of the whole bodily being of Man.
The heart, or “the Christ,” is the Way. It is the Way of sacrifice, through unobstructed feeling-attention, love, or whole body Radiance to Infinity. It is the sacrifice of the ego or the reactive contraction and functional disintegration of the whole bodily being into perfect Feeling-Intuition. The true heart, or the Free soul, is prior to the egoic subconsciousness and unconsciousness of the lower body as well as the egoic consciousness and superconsciousness of the upper body. The Truth or God of the whole bodily being is not itself any part of the whole, nor is it the whole bodily being itself. The Truth is at the heart of the whole bodily being. The Truth is the sacrifice of the whole bodily being into its eternally prior Condition. Therefore, the heart or soul of Man is one with Truth, the Condition of all conditions.
The crown of the body is one with the subtle Light or Radiant Life of the whole body. It is the Revelation of the Light, Radiance, or Brightness communicated by the heart (which is the Center, the atomic soul, and the Seat of the Truth of the whole bodily being). The head and crown are “above,” in the direction of the subtlest creative Origin of bodily or psycho-physical experience, or the manifesting Light of all states of human experience, just as the heart itself, in the midst of the whole bodily being, is the prior Truth of that Light and the whole bodily being. The Light that is seen when the brain rests from perceptual reactivity and conceptualization is revealed by that rest itself. That is, the heart (or “Christ”) is the Truth of the whole bodily being, and when the heart sacrifices the contracted or egoic position, the Light is revealed, not merely or only to the gross or subtle eyes, but in Truth, prior to perception or differentiated knowledge.
When the heart becomes a sacrifice when the whole bodily being is love rather than contraction and reactivity of body, emotion, and mind-then it abides in its Condition in Truth, and it is one with its eternal Radiance or Light, which is then expressed infinitely above and all around, prior to all thinking and knowing.
Therefore, “Jesus the Christ,” the heart-which is the Way of the Law of sacrifice or love-reveals the “Father,” who is otherwise unseen or falsely envisioned. Light itself is not Truth, unless the Truth itself is Realized. “Jesus” is the Way of that Realization. The heart is the Truth of the head and of the whole and entire bodily being. “Jesus” is the Truth of the Creator God. The heart, the seat of egoic consciousness, or the covered soul, is Awakened to the Real Condition in the instant of intuitive Awakening wherein there is fulfillment of the Law of Sacrifice. Then the heart says: ” `I’ and the Father are one. “
Therefore, the Truth of the Light is Realized in the sacrifice of all conditions. The “Father,” in Truth, is not any manifest or created condition, above or below, nor is He even the intention, process, or act of creation in itself. The “Father,” in Truth, is Realized only in sacrifice of the heart (the whole bodily being, including the knowledge presumed by experience at the head or via the nervous system). The “Father” is not the physical world or like it. He is the “Spirit” of the world. The “Father” is not the Light in itself, but the Source of the Light. The “Father” is revealed by the sacrifice of the “Son.” The “Father,” God, the Truth of the whole body, is one with the “Son.” The Real, or God, is Love-or unqualified Radiance, transcending all knowledge, all forms, and prior to all that can survive.
The “Son” (the heart, and every “Son of God,” every true man or woman) is one with the “Father,” and thus able to reveal the “Father” through Sacrifice, or self-transcendence. The “Son” is also the only perfect “Messiah” or Messenger of the “Father.” The “Father” is prior to “Creation,” or the sudden and Mysterious appearance of the world (the whole bodily being). The “Father” is also the ultimate Source of the world, and all things are manifest modifications of Him. Therefore, the “Father” is not only the Truth of the world, but the Love and Light of the world. The “Son” reveals the Truth, the Love, and the Light. He is not only one with the Light, but the Messenger (“Messiah”) of the Light. He reveals the eternal activity of the Light in the world. That activity is the “Holy Spirit,” the Life, Breath, Transcendental Vibration, or “Word” of God. Only those who become “Sons of God” through transformative “hearing” may enter into conscious Communion with the “Spirit” of God.
Thus, the heart, or the soul, becomes one with Truth through right understanding, and, in that event, fulfills the Law, which is sacrifice, the release of egoic contraction, the communication of love. Love is itself the intuition of the Truth or Condition of the whole bodily being. Therefore, “Jesus” reveals the Truth of the “Father” to be the sacrifice of the whole bodily being from the heart, which is love. Then the Light is realized in Truth to be beyond conditions. It is the forgiveness or nonassumption of the necessity and of the effects of experience-past, present, or future. The head, or the brain, is purified by the sacrifice of the heart, so that the brain and the whole body stand at rest in the All-Pervading Vibratory Light, rather than in the obstructed stream of reactive and presumptive thinking, feeling, and moving. When the brain is so released by the whole body sacrifice initiated by the intuition of the Condition of the heart, it sends or reveals its “Comforter” or “Spirit” to the whole body. The “Son” comes into the world to reveal the Truth, to reestablish the intuition of oneness with the Light, and then to leave, or return to the simple and prior position of the heart in Truth, and allow the “Holy Spirit,” now revealed to be pervading the whole bodily being and the world eternally, to awaken, or enter, pervade, and transform, the whole bodily being and its activities.
When the heart (or Truth) and the crown (or Light) are acknowledged to be one through the sacrifice of the whole bodily being as love (the intuition of Radiance), then “Jesus” has died, come to life again, and ascended to the Light. When this has become true in the case of any man, male or female, then “the Holy Spirit’ descends upon him.” That is, the Radiance of the Truth of the whole bodily being pervades the whole bodily being. The nervous system becomes the conductor of unqualified Light, or Fullness of Life. Such an individual is free while alive, conscious in and as eternal Life, Light, and Truth, and functioning in intuitive unity with his or her prior or Divine Condition, while alive, in death, and beyond death, into the eternity of transformations of the possibilities or “worlds” of the whole bodily being, from the human to the Divine.
The universe in which such a regenerated (“reborn”) man or woman appears is like himself-a whole bodily Being, or a psycho-physical Process. And the experiential destinies any individual may suffer or enjoy depend on the forms his attention takes. If he responds to the Teaching of Truth, then he will tend to be associated with more subtle or “Heavenward” futures. If he only fulfills the responsibilities of the true Man to a modest degree, oriented toward fulfillment in the apparent world, then he will tend to be associated with human futures-in the present life, in etheric or purgatorial realms after death, and through future human rebirths. If he does not respond at all to the Teaching of Truth-or the right fulfillment of the Law of the whole bodily being-then he will tend to be associated with human futures that are profoundly difficult to bear, or else with demoniac futures, subhuman and elemental. Such futures are the destiny toward “Hell,” or the apparent and lower or gross, semiconscious, unconscious, and elemental dimension of the whole bodily being.
If any man or woman not only responds to the Teaching of Truth to the degree of sympathetic absorption in Radiance or Light and the subtle destinies above the awareness of Earth and the gross body, but also becomes an absolute Sacrifice in Truth, so that all attention, including all conditions, high and low, is yielded in the radical intuition of Happiness, then that individual will ultimately be Translated out of the play of extended and unnecessary phenomena. Such is the Translation of Man into the very Divine, the Domain of Eternity, which is neither unnecessary nor conditionally extended.
Thus, it should be seen that the Way communicated by and in association with the Messenger Jesus is the Way of Man. It is the Way in which all men, male or female, are “Sons (and Daughters) of God.” That is, all who are devoted to Truth in this Way are alive as the whole bodily being in Truth. The dimension of the whole bodily being above the heart and the dimension of the whole bodily being below the heart are lived as a unity, a heartfelt sacrifice, rather than a theatre of conflict and separativeness. Thus, such devotees are both “God” and “Man” in their singleness. They are “holy,” set apart from the vulgar destiny created by reactive and mortal knowledge, understanding, and experience.
The Law of such devotees is Sacrifice, or love, which is unobstructed feeling-attention, as and via all functions, under all conditions, in or via all relations, and beyond all relations, to Infinity. Therefore, Jesus’ description of the practice of “Sons of God” may be summarized quite simply: Love God, or be a living and total sacrifice to God, which is Reality and Truth, or Love itself. And love or be a living sacrifice to all others, as if each other were your Self-which is, in Truth, the case.
Such devotees or “Sons of God” value above all relations the relationship with the Spiritual Master, who is the direct Revealer of the Way and the Life of Truth. And they also value, above all forms of ordinary human relationship, the relationship of devotee to devotee, and the life they may each enjoy in the devotional Community of those who practice the Way. Such apparently was or became the case with the principal devotees of Jesus, and it must also be or become the case with those to whom the Truth is revealed in every age.
Therefore, abandon the narrowness of the cults of vicarious salvation and consoling beliefs. Become the whole body through hearing and awakening to love. Become a living sacrifice, through the intelligence of unconstricted love, to the eternal Divine, Who transcends and pervades the mind, the body, and the world. Become a living sacrifice to others through love, or unobstructed feeling-attention, and so be free of the inwardness of fear, self-possession, knowledge, experience, and belief. Be deeply rested and opened outward in brain and body, regenerated in your feeling, and transformed in your action. Then you will become lighter than angels, and you will Dissolve in the Bliss of God, Who is neither above nor below, nor within, nor without, but All-Pervading, and also Eternally prior to time and space.
Chapter 7 – Part III