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“Each of us makes mistakes and more mistakes, but what is important is to realize where we are failing and to gradually correct ourselves”.

V.M. Rabolu

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“The feeling that someone owes us something, the pain for the harm that others caused us, etc., stops the inner progress of the soul.”

~ Samael Aun Weor

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Faith from a Gnostics’ point of view has nothing to do with merely believing, but knowing through experience.

“Genuine faith is living knowledge, exact cognition, direct experience. For many centuries faith and belief have been confused, and now it takes great effort and exertion to make people understand that faith is true knowledge and not futile beliefs.”

Samael Aun Weor

Not long before I left for the USA, I was talking with my Gnostic teacher (and mentor) while at a mutual friend’s engagement celebration.

He spoke about this very thing; the importance of practice and verifying the teachings through direct experience, as opposed to holding onto arbitrary beliefs and concepts. I was moving to a far away place with no Gnostic Center close by, and he told me that it would be my direct experience of Gnosis that would get me through when times got tough and my faith would be challenged.

It reminded me of what Jesus was referring to in his parable about building your house (your spiritual work) on rock (experience) and not sand (belief) in Matthew 7:24-27;

7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

7:25 And the rain descended, and the floods came,  and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

7:26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

7:27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.


My teacher also spoke about the importance of continuing to investigate. All too often he had seen students gain some direct experience of the teachings, and then stop pushing to investigate further. The incipient experience they gained only served to re-enforce their beliefs, tricking them into complacency thinking they already ‘knew’ (when in fact they actually had verified very little); their work built upon a weak foundation.

He said even if experiences are very clear and profound when they occur, with time they become distant memories, they lose their impact and begin to fade. It’s the way the mind and memory works. The more distant the experience, the more it loses strength and the mind can even begin to doubt it. He had seen countless students walk away from the work because of a lack of continued investigation, despite the initial esoteric pearls they had received.

He was very solemn when he reflected upon them. He spoke of one of Samael’s books where he had written that such people suffer for the rest of their lives from an intense uneasiness as their essence continues to long for the light while their egos mutiny against it.

He said that having had the experiences he himself had gained through Gnosis and knowing what he did up to that point, he could hardly imagine how horrible it would be to bury all that experience deep down inside so as to convince yourself that it wasn’t real, leaving yourself to battle your conscience every day for the rest of your life. As he spoke, his face was full of compassion and sadness.

At the time part of me wondered if he was referring to past students alone; I had the feeling he somehow had some knowledge of what the future held, and wondered if some of that compassion may have been for me.

Now when I reflect back, I wouldn’t be surprised if he did have some insight into what lay ahead.  But if so, rather than for me, I think I now realize who his compassion was for.

“And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.” ~ Jesus.

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2 wolvesOne evening, an old Cherokee Indian told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.

He said, “My son, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all.

One wolf is Evil: It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego.

The other wolf is Good: It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather:

“Which wolf wins?”

The old Cherokee simply replied:

 

“The one you feed.”

 

~ author unknown

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It is time for people to move past their beliefs. To say, “I believe,” is the same as saying, “I do not know from personal experience, but I have chosen some arbitrary story or explanation.” Unfortunately most people stop there and solidify their beliefs in their mind. They stick with their beliefs, defend them and close their mind to other possibilities. But Masters insist that we can “know”.

Michael Skowronski

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“If a person does not work upon themselves today, they will never change. When we affirm that we wish to work upon ourselves and do not work today, leaving it for tomorrow, such an affirmation is a simple project and nothing else, because today is the replica of our whole life.”

Samael Aun Weor

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“In the search for truth it is important to verify what is written, to look at information as objectively as possible but to realize that this knowledge is not found with the mind, but with direct and very real experience.”

Belsebuub


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