But the archetypal force that is immanent within mankind as the I of his I and the Light of his consciousness, that force which is behind mankind's need to build the Temples and Churches, prevails. However often they are destroyed they are rebuilt, if only for the sake that they house any remnant of the sacred words, in that their reading, some may hear their underlying Truth, and out of the scattered fragments of knowledge and from those that hear there emerges again and again the yearning towards a spiritual society, where God and man are One.
Shivalingam standing Christ Buddha in meditation a burning candle . . . look into the centre of the flame a pyramid . . . banyan tree a car moving along a road . . . the car is red coloured clouds red clouds . . . white clouds grey clouds . . . full moon . . . a dog a playful cat an elephant a horse . . . the rising sun a big pond a lotus . . . the bank of a fast flowing river a small sailing boat an aeroplane in flight a bird in flight a red triangle a golden spiderweb covered in dew a dead body . . . a cross over a church a temple bell ringing an old house a goat a shining symbol of Aum . . . chimney smoke rising on a cold winter's day a glowing fire inside a house . torrential rain snow-capped mountain . birds flying across the sunset . . . waves breaking on a deserted beach . . . hear the pounding of the waves be aware of the immensity ofthe sea be aware of a calm sea on a warm summer's day . . . feel the calmness yet hidden power within the sea . This is like your mind.
In general, spiritual people shy away from money. This is an historic truth. Examine the following statement from the Bible, It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. You go to church temple mosque and all of a sudden you become very grave. You seem to think that God might love long faces, because your concept of God is that He is a killjoy and a peeping Tom. It is time that spiritual people change their negative attitude towards money and material life.
Also notice how much Om sounds like amen. If you've been to or go to church, you've probably heard the amen sung at the end of every hymn. Have you ever noticed that when a chorus of voices sings amen, the voices often bloom from a single note into a harmony, like a multipetaled flower opening in sound Think how nicely this concept fits into the yoga way of thinking. Many voices harmonize to form a single, beautiful sound that is more complete than one voice alone, just as the universe is a beautiful blending of each soul into a single vibration of love.
An ancient practice for immortality and purification is to keep five candles burning when you go to sleep. The Siddhas taught if there is enough light, there won't be any disease. You must use common sense if you try this. Have smoke alarms and good ventilation and so forth, and only use candles that have lead-free wicks and are safe. Some people have found candles that can burn all night safely, the kind some churches use in their sanctuaries. If you cannot do five, that is okay. Do what you can. Even one candle burning at night is purifying. But again, only do this if you can do it safely. Some people with pets or small children will not be able to do this safely.
In the New Testament (Revelation 1 20) there is a well-known verse The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are seven churches. The meaning is clear. The seven candlesticks and the seven churches are chakras. The seven stars are the presiding deities (angels) of each chakra, that is, the powers and aspects which are represented by each chakra.
In Christianity the same thing is done, though in a less obvious manner. In a church there are idols of Christ, there are candles and there is always the symbolic cross. These objects act as focal points for trataka, though of course it is not known by this name. All of these forms have a deep-rooted symbolic meaning which generally acts below the level of normal awareness. In other words, these symbols correlate with and stimulate experiences and memory that is contained in what Jung called the collective unconscious. Therefore these objects of awareness invoke experiences and knowledge of which you are normally unaware.
On the other side of the spectrum is the Westerner. Traditionally, the Westerner sees one part of the self at a time. The body is the body. Healthy food keeps it running, and exercise keeps it strong. End of story. Then there is the mind. The mind is the source of intelligence and thought. Activities that stimulate the mind, from philosophical conversations to crossword puzzles, keep the mind active. End of story. Then there is the spirit. The spirit might be nurtured and maintained by going to church or by a personal philosophy or spirituality. In many, the spirit is ignored. End of story.
That the mental condition induced by nitrous oxide is hallucinatory is obvious from the fact, mentioned by William James, that on emerging from the visionary state the words in which the truth witnessed in the trance condition clothes itself are found to be sheer nonsense. The return to normalcy from all the hallucinogens and intoxicants that cause a temporary inflation of personality is almost always followed by feelings of depression or lassitude. The aftereffects of genuine ecstasy are altogether different. The genuinely esctatic experience is revealed as if a heaven has been opened. The sublime nature of the vision, surpassing anything known or even imagined in the normal state, remains indelibly engraved on the memory, an unending source of inspiration and wonder which, even in the darkest hours of life, sustains the spirit with hope and cheer. Sometimes even one fleeting glimpse of the supreme state continues to shine in the depths of the heart as a beacon pointing to a glorious...
The Buddhist path of Mahayana widely uses japa with a mala of 108 beads plus 3 extra beads, which represent the refuge in the Dharma, Buddha and Sangha respectively. The more orthodox systems of Christianity also widely use japa. Anyone who has been to a Roman Catholic monastery, nunnery or school will have seen the monks or nuns rotating their rosaries. Anyone who has been to Greece or other Balkan countries, where the Greek Orthodox Church is prevalent, will know that nearly all men carry a rosary with them. Whatever they do, whether walking, talking, sitting or working they continually rotate their beads wherever it is possible. Whether most of these people realize the reason for the rosary is uncertain, but nevertheless the tradition continues. It seems more than a possibility that this system was introduced so that each individual could practise japa throughout the whole day.
Often carry with them an unpleasant atmosphere, which originally arose from the strong thoughts sent forth from those participating in the occurrence, both the criminal and the victim. The atmosphere of a prison is horrifying to the sensitive. The atmosphere of a place of vice or scene of low animal pleasures is suffocating to one of higher mental traits. The atmosphere of a hospital is apt to influence those visiting it. The atmosphere of an old church is apt to produce in the mind of the visitor a feeling of quiet and calm. We are speaking in generalities, of course, as there are many influences modifying and changing these tendencies.
CHANDRA From the road, it looks just like an ordinary church. But inside, skulls and bones are displayed as a gruesome reminder of those who were led to the churches under the guise of refuge and then massacred. A statue of Mother Mary looks over piles of clothes, just as their owners left them. I find myself wanting to get out, but I try to stay present. It's a very difficult moment for all of us, but one that, again, gives us immense appreciation for our lives and for those who continue to work and to remind us that this should never happen again.
Unfortunately, just as Christ admonished the scribes, the Pharisees and Sadducees for hiding the Truth to gain power over people, so too today most of the Christian churches are unknowingly hiding the Truth of the real meaning of Christ's words from their public, even leading them astray from His non-dual Truth, to maintain power over their people.