|06-27-2007, 03:35 PM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Mar 2007
Polarization chapter from a book
I found an interesting text about polarization and I wonder:
if it is the same polarization conception that Steve describes in his articles.
The Return to Oneness. by Zivorad M. Slavinski.
Chapter#22 "Left hand paths and right hand paths"
Published with author's permission.
Out of countless dualities in this world one pair of them serves as fundamental for two different paths to liberation. One is desire for vanishing or non-existence and other is desire for independent existence in the universe. They serve as the criterion for differentiation of Spiritual paths into two main groups, left hand paths and right hand paths.
The right hand path of austerity and renunciation, search's for knowledge of the universe and final Oneness with it, unity with the universe. The right hand path functions on the "out of sight out of mind" principle: by distancing oneself from all that is carnal and worldly, the adept is left free of addictions, compulsions and attachments to this house of glass that we call the world. Thus freed of the lusts of the flesh, the spiritual seeker's opportunity is greatly heightened to arrive at a state of spiritual enlightenment. In such unity, Self disappears. No matter if that unity is in the Christian mysticism, Buddhist nirvana or similar states, in all such systems the desire for Oneness with the universe in which the Self disappears is present.
Left paths search for self-knowledge rather than knowledge about universe. If they look for knowledge about universe, they search for the relationship of that knowledge to "I". In relationship to the universe "I" is more powerful and it is considered that "I" continues its independent existence after physical death. Everyone has their own personal evolution to experience, to open their mind in a way and form that makes sense only to oneself. You are a unique person. Not only will your evolution not make any sense to anyone else. It doesn't need to. The evolution is within. All healing, liberation, defeat and victory, takes place within. The outer is mere reflection.
The terms Left-hand Path and Right-hand Path come from ancient India. Left handed spiritual traditions are magic, Tantra, worshiping the Great Mother Goddess, Chaos magic, Shamanism, different branches of Paganism. The typical Left-hand Path is Tantra (although there are Left and Right Tantra), and Right-hand Paths are all the rest of the Paths in Hindu tradition. Buddhism, which originated in India, uses the same terminology. Buddhist systems Hinayana and Mahayana gravitate to extinguishing "I" and its disappearing in nirvana. That process evidently is not the process of self-knowledge, but of disappearing from existence. On the other side, followers of systems such as Shingon in Japan and Scientology in the west search for theknowledge about oneself, so that man would become Buddha alive in this physical body. From that point of view the majority of world religions are Right-hand Paths, because followers experience themselves modestly and glorify the God. The Left-hand Paths do the opposite - they tend to the expansion of Self. They first bow to themselves, and then to any other God.
Let me specify: I wonder if the Indian "left-hand" and "right-hand" conception relates to the LOA or it is something different. What do you think?
RICH.TXT - Text is money
|07-03-2007, 06:22 PM||#2 (permalink)|
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I do not have anything to add to your thread in terms of the topic, but I applaud you for (A) obtaining the author's permission to post the book excerpt you, (B) actually making a note that you did exactly that in your post, and (C) crediting the source with such detail. You're the first member I've seen do all 3 (there may be others, but I haven't spotted them) -- bravo!
As both a moderator as well as someone who appreciates general order/efficiency and effort, thank you for not only adhering to the Forum Rules, but for setting such an excellent example for others. Keep up the good work, Quakin!
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