Updated: Nov 15
Walking the spiritual path is not for everyone. Seemingly normal experiences such as mealtime, and socializing can be a distraction along the spiritual journey, depending on what one deems as spiritual. A common misconception is that the spiritual right, or left hand path is two separate positions. Jeshua the Christ walked this path as one, we can glean this through his statement that unless we change and become like children, or humble ourselves like children we will not enter the kingdom of heaven. We can link this statement to an occult concept called the tree of life. Other statements he made reflecting the tree of life were: "I am the bread of life, I am the light, I am the door, I am the good shepherd, I am the vine, I am the resurrection, I am the way, truth, and life." These statements give us direction that the root of Jeshua's teachings may have been based in eastern philosophy, and we can also find traditions Christianity adopted from eastern religion.
Kristians today as well as in ancient times were a people that typically worshiped Krishna, although eastern philosophy is shunned in some Christian circles, Jeshua's teachings surely reflected what were later termed mysteries. We see this reflected in the adoption of the Catholic rosary taken from the Rudraksha Japa Mala rosary beads of Hinduism. In order to enter into the kingdom of heaven one has to be born again, and it starts with the understanding of the Muladhara, or base chakra. We are energetic beings having a spiritual, yet very human experience, the chakras are considered to be a mythical rainbow bridge that connects heaven and earth, mind and body, spirit to matter, and past to future.
In Hindu mythology the cosmos is believed to have evolved out of a primordial ground called prakrti, similar to the western concept of prima materia. Prima materia is woven into three threads that are called gunas. It is from these gunas that we create all that we experience, as they correspond to matter, energy, and consciousness. We can relate these to body, mind, and spirit. The person that is able to "move stones" must be very aligned to the self. The universe creates everything with vibration, therefore our ability to create is reflected in our own vibrational frequency. Considering the frequency of light, we can make attempts to increase our own bodily frequency towards the frequency of light. One method of increasing frequency is through diet. Plants have the highest frequency because they convert light in the process of photosynthesis, therefore foods other than fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, and seeds may lower bodily frequency.
Author Anodea Judith provides illustrations in "Wheels of Life" about the three threads in Hindu called gunas. Judith mentions that tamas represents matter, or the body, rajas represents energy, or the spirit, and sattva represents mind, intelligence, and consciousness. Judith continues to explain that these gunas intertwine to create various planes of existence called experience, and that they maintain equilibrium, however at times, one, or the other may dominate, for example when tamas dominate we are subject to bodily experience, because tamas rules the gross physical plain. In terms of manifesting, it is tamas that we need to master, as it is our material body that needs to resonate with light in order to accomplish the task. This is no small task the ancients laid before us.
The first barrier to manifesting is overcoming fear. Fear is the demon associated with Muladhara, or the root chakra. Fear is the opposing force to the material world that is considered illusion. Judith suggests that materialization occurs when there are enough forces of similar nature and direction to reach a critical mass, or manifestation. In other words, money attracts money. The more money we have, the easier it is to create more, because like attracts like, as a law.
In Hindu mythology, the universe is created by the combination of the deities Shiva and Shakti. Shiva is identified with unmanifest consciousness, his counterpart Shakti is the life giver, inventor of Maya, or illusion. Maya is the substance of the manifested universe. It is the "seed" of consciousness that comes from Shiva, but it is Shakti that gives form to illusion as does the western concept of Prima Materia. Even though aspects of the physical world and our bodies appear solid, in reality the atoms that make up our perception of solidity are almost entirely empty space. Research in physics has managed to pierce the veil of illusion, through the use of particle accelerators. Judith explains that physicists have been able to probe the subatomic realm, discovering that even the apparent solidity of particles in the atom's nucleus is an illusion, because they are made up of point-like entities called quarks, which are about the size of an electron. It seems that the interplay of consciousness in the field moves the not so solid space within an atom.
Are we able to correlate science and spirituality? The intensity in which one is able to focus intention on desire, be it positive or negative, is the measure that one will receive, provided the doorway, or means of receiving that desire exists. This relates to the scripture, "Ask and you shall receive, knock and the door will be opened to you."
Judith, Anodea Ph.D.: Wheels of Life, Llewellyn Worldwide, 2014