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The Eleventh Parable: Lessons of the Achievement of Immortality

January 3, 2019

        This day Lao Tse made a long way on His donkey along the mountain trails. On steep slopes He often got off and walked. Thus they climbed very high.
Exhausted, they chose a place to stay for the night.
The donkey got his supper — fresh grass.
Lao Tse gathered some dry brushwood and built a small fire. He was looking at that fire…
Huang Di, too, was looking at it…
Memories again displaced the reality of that moment by a not less vivid reality from the past life…

* * *

        Huang Di and His disciples were on the peak of a mountain. A night sky, studded with stars, embraced them from all sides. There was no wind. Silence! Peace!
Yet it was cool.
Huang Di reached out His hand — and a huge fire blazed up! It was remarkably beautiful! Tongues of flame seemed to be dancing some sort of special dance, and sparks flew to the night sky, as fiery threads, from which the fire stars were falling down into the space of the night…
Disciples warmed up… They were looking at the fire, which fascinated them with its beauty!
Huang Di began to speak in the transparent stillness of the night. His soft, deep voice united the listeners, the Speaker, and what was said — in one. The understanding was penetrating into the souls as the words sounded.
“Remember this fire! For you it will be enough to recall its image — and, regardless of the situation, you will be able to feel Me, My presence!
“Just as the endless marquee of the sky over the whole Under-Heavenly World can always remind you about My existence — so this fire can remind you about Me and the Great Infinite Power of Tao, Which, like Tao Itself, is everywhere, under all the manifestations of the material world. It is My Creative Fire.
“Nevertheless, you should accustom yourself to seeing and recognizing diverse Manifestations of Tao in everything on your Path. Tao is the invisible Sustainer of all that exists. People come to the Earth, being born, and go away, leaving their bodies that have fulfilled their purpose — but Tao always exists on the other side of the material world.
“The One Who has cognized Tao can’t be entangled by doubts anymore!
“The Wise Who have cognized Tao can serve people as a reference point. These Wise show — by the examples of Their lives — how it is possible to bring order and peace into the world, where discords and hatred reign. They also show how to maintain and multiply love and purity in the midst of the chaos. The Wise can do this because They remain in the Unity with Tao!
“The Wise Who have cognized Tao can show the Path to others.
“They — by Their work — contribute to the process of the perfection of everything and everyone!
“They merge with the Ocean of Tao and enrich Its Infinity with Themselves.
“They obtain the Great Peace of Tao and may come out from It in order to accomplish great deeds.
“Each thing or event has its meaning. The Wises help to the things to occupy better places and to the actions to happen in their due time.
“Tao is Omnipresent! And the Immortals Who have reached the Unity with Tao are omnipresent too!
“For man it is possible to obtain the Immortality, but it is not granted by My miracles. The non-miraculous at all and hard work has to precede the attainment of the great achievements and abilities!
“The one who moves to the cognition of Tao develops oneself through practicing meditation day after day, year after year. And such a person can, eventually, obtain the state of the Immortal.
“It can be said that the life in a body is the cause of a death. But the one who has died — or, rather, left one’s body — knows that it is not the end, but the beginning of another life — life without a body. And such a life can last for centuries. However, the state, in which it occurs, can vary greatly. The soul remains on that level of subtlety or coarseness, to which it was accustomed during the life in a body…
“Those who learn to meditate, following the Path to the Subtlest, also cognize life without bodies. Leaving their bodies during meditation, they don’t die but learn about the life of the consciousnesses free from the material. Returning to their bodies after that, they guard the memory of the Heavenly and learn to maintain and develop their relationship with Te and Tao.
“A developed and strong soul can easily leave its body when it wants to, staying only with a small part of itself in the body. In this case, the body can continue walking, sitting, lying and reacting adequately to the things around it.
“If we do so, then nothing bad can happen to the bodies, as some fantastic stories about the Immortals narrate. Such a body can’t be eaten by animals or buried by shepherds or farmers who found it accidentally.”
… Huang Di proposed to His disciples that they begin filling their bodies with His Creative Fire:
“Fill all the chakras and meridians with this Fire. Let your bodies and consciousnesses become this Fire!
“Each of you can fill with this Creative Flame the whole body and its smallest details as well.”
… After some effort, the bodies and cocoons of the disciples became filled with the Divine Fire.
And a little deeper than this Great Flame, they perceived — as Living, Deepest and Endless Transparent Calm — the Ocean of Tao.
Huang Di helped His disciples to enter It for some time.
Lao Tse heard the words of Huang Di seemingly addressed only to Him:
“While everything superfluous in You hasn’t been burned by this Divine Creative Fire, and while the one who enters and becomes this Fire exists — these are just training meditations.
“But when the one who does this disappears — only the true United Existence of all Te in the Infinity of Tao will remain.”
… Lao Tse submerged himself into the Boundless Peace of Tao and dissolved himself in It.
Huang Di continued:
“We — as souls — can live being immersed in the Flame of Te or in the Transparent Calm of Tao.
“Let’s enter the Transparent Calm all together! Now let’s try to look from there at our bodies, and let’s begin to fill the chakras and meridians with the state of Tao.
“Through this, you can start learning to control your bodies from Tao, replacing gradually that part of the consciousness that you have left there to control them.
“And it’s worth mentioning that against the background of the Transparency of Tao, you will be able to see clearly all the energies of the consciousness that are not identical to the Subtlest yet!”
“How many years will this work take?” — one of the disciples asked.
“About 100 years, not less, and for the lazy — even more. Therefore, not all the spiritual practitioners live until the Immortality of their material bodies,” — Huang Di joked. — “Yet the most important thing is the immortality of the soul, which obtains properties and qualities of Tao and Te.
“Only very big Te can disappear fully in Tao and then manifest Themselves again in the Creation.
“The Transparency of Tao is completely immune to any negative influences! So, learn to be transparent!
“It’s possible, by rotating the energy of the consciousness through the microcosmic orbit, technique that I’ve already taught you, to cast out from the bodies everything that differs from the Transparent Peace of Tao. Then only Tao will be present in the body, replacing it by Itself more and more.
“Remember this moment! Now you are in the state of Te Who exist in the Mergence with Tao! You are ‘tasting’ the Immortality!
“However, in the future, you will have to learn all these gradually by yourselves!
“So, let the deepest Depths be for you now the only perceived world! Listen and feel here: inside the Ocean of Transparent Calm! From this state, you will be able to hear if someone calls you from the Earth for the help! You will be able to appear before the incarnate people as the Souls rising like Light-Fire Mountains from the Ocean of Tao!
“Afterwards, I will teach you how you can transport yourselves together with your bodies.
“Remember, too, that our aim is not to teach people to believe in miracles. Without us, there are enough writers of fairy tales about the immortals who can do whatever they want. This is a dream of many: to be able to fulfill any of their whims and desires.
“But the one who serves Tao never fulfills one’s own desires! For that person only the Desires of Tao and Te are the guide for action!
“The real Taoist won’t try even to save from the death one’s own body if there is not the Will of Tao for this… Such a Taoist will just accept, being in great peace, the death of his or her body and merge — as Soul — with Tao in the universal Abode of all the Perfects.
“Having left forever their worn-out bodies, Te serve Tao and people, showing Their Divine Appearances for the contacts with the embodied seekers of Tao, giving advice and controlling the courses of the destinies.”

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        Lao Tse again found himself sitting near the small fire. His white donkey was eating grass near Him peacefully.
Now for Lao Tse it was already easy to maintain himself in the Great Ocean of the Transparency of Tao for a long time.
Huang Di continued the conversation, as if it was not interrupted by a gap between the incarnations of Lao Tse:
“Let’s continue the lesson that we didn’t finish in Your previous incarnation.
“I’ll tell You a little more about such Unity with Tao which is called the achievement of Immortality.
“At the beginning, the soul archives the Great Oneness with Tao. Leaving on the Earth its material body for the time of meditation or forever, the spiritual warrior merges easily into the Boundless Ocean of Tao.
“But, as I’ve said already, it’s also possible to make the body immortal. This requires new efforts and a long life of the soul in the Unity with Tao. A human body can become then like a wonderful vessel, which is always filled with Tao and carries Tao in itself!
“This is the Property that is really worth obtaining!
“A usual human body is fragile and subject to all possible influences; it can be easily damaged; it gets old and dies.
“However, You can create an immortal body, filled with the Immortality of Tao. Such a body carries Tao in itself, and Tao easily projects Its Power through it. This body is not subject to aging and diseases; it can be easily dissolved and recreated again.
“Yes, it is possible to live in such a deep Mergence with Tao and still have a material body.
“Living so, you can easily explore the mechanism of the creation of any forms from the formless*, and, conversely, the mechanism of their dissolution in the formless. Then You can participate — with the Power of Tao — in these processes.”


*   That is, protoprakriti — the cosmic building material from which the matter (prakriti) is formed. (You can find more details in the book Ecopsychology by Dr. Vladimir Antonov).

[to be continued]

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Practice of the Straight Path: Initial Methods

November 16, 2014

Hatha Yoga

People with unstable emotions as well as those who cannot concentrate or have unpleasant obsessive thoughts will benefit from taking a course of Hatha Yoga lessons. Exercises of this stage were developed in ancient India, and their performance teaches one concentration of the consciousness in various parts of the body, as well as relaxation of the body and mind; they also contribute to elimination of many bioenergetic defects within the body and can heal one of some chronic diseases.

The mechanism that is at work here is as follows: maintaining postures of Hatha Yoga for a long time causes accumulation and redistribution of energy in the energy structures of the organism, which results in their development. The following dynamics of sensations is typical when mastering new asanas. For the first few days of practice, one may not feel anything out of the ordinary, only a regular adaptation of the body takes place. During the next few days, there appears absolutely new “mysterious” and pleasant sensation of energies “flowing” inside the body, which “flow” in meridians like streams of liquid; one may even hear a babbling sound at times. But in one or two weeks they suddenly disappear, to one’s regret, which in fact means that the asana has fulfilled its role at the current stage. But what was taking place is the following. As a result of doing the asana, the corresponding meridian started to function. While its conductivity was still low, one had interesting murmur-like sensations. When the meridian had opened fully, the energy started to move freely inside it and the “murmuring” stopped.

At the initial stages of mastering the exercises of Hatha Yoga, the necessary condition for doing asanas is performing shavasana after the whole set or after particular asanas, which are performed separately (except for relaxation ones). This is needed for the leveling of energetic strains that may develop due to the low conductivity of meridians. If this condition is not fulfilled, neurotic symptoms (liability of mood, sleep disturbances, and many others) and even visual impairments or disorders of other systems of the organism may develop.

Description of relaxation asanas will be given in the next chapters. Other exercises are described in specialized literature.

Practicing Hatha Yoga without switching to the killing-free diet always results in the coarsening of the consciousness of the students. Subjectively it may be perceived as attainment of power. But it turns out to be a terrible trap: by possessing coarse power of the consciousness we program ourselves for living in hell.

Apart from exercises of Indian Hatha Yoga some systems of Chinese dynamic gymnastics can be used for the same purpose. For example, those, where the development of the meridians with images of light (small “sun”, etc.) is performed during smooth and slow “roll-overs” from one foot to another.

Visualization

Hatha Yoga practice (or other trainings) can be supplemented by exercises, which develop the ability to create visual images. This will prepare one for mastering the highest forms of meditation as well as create prerequisites for attainment of clairvoyance.

We can start with simple things: let us imagine a tomato, an apple, a juicy pear, then let us imagine that we examine them, smell them, bite them, enjoy their flavor and swallow them with great pleasure…

Let us get carried to the morning silence of a lake: in a boat, surrounded by reed… Small tender dewdrops are hanging from every leaflet… Fish splashing, sound of duck’s wings… Reed warblers start singing their songs…

Or we may imagine that we are lying on a beach in the morning sunlight… Warm and tender light pervades our bodies and souls, saturating them with bliss…

Or let us visualize ourselves picking mushrooms: cutting and plucking slimy black milk-cups out of wet autumn foliage…, admiring a big and solid cep…

We may visualize numerous similar images. They must attune us to subtlety, beauty and bliss. They must teach us sattva.

Later on we may make the training more complex in the following way: we may imagine ourselves to be some imaginary sattvic object — a sweet juicy pear, a strawberry, a tender fragrant flower, or a caressing sun. We may learn to place these images filled with our own consciousness, with our self-awareness, into the chest — into the anahata chakra.

When this ability is well developed, it will be easy for us to invite into anahata a Divine Teacher, Whose Image we know very well from photographs. And He will “come alive” there: He will start smiling and speaking…

But it will become possible only if we deserve it: if we keep an impeccable life, become established in sattva, study the Teachings of God intensively, and transform ourselves in accordance with them.

Work with images has another name — visualization, which was borrowed from Buddhism. But it is important to warn the reader against having a non-critical attitude towards specific recommendations for visualization that one may find in literature or lectures of some ignorant Buddhist specialists.

Some authors recommend surrounding the body with images of “wrathful gods”, i.e. devils and demons, for “guard magic” purposes. Such images also “come alive” by getting filled with corresponding hell beings…

A famous mystic and doctor from Saint Petersburg, who was not “overburdened with intellect” and possessed grossest ethic vices while being a good extrasensory diagnostician, started to study these “black magic” methods with a group of his students.

The effect was that people were getting sick having just talked with him.

And when that entire gang visited other esoteric groups to stare at people practicing — students were fainting there.

Coarsening of him as a consciousness reached a tremendous level, and he turned into a devil in the flesh, but he continued to teach extrasensory healing and to “heal”. Although it is clear that people like this cannot heal anyone; they can only do harm by “putting an evil eye” on people.

He ended up becoming a knife-victim, murdered in his own bathroom. It was most likely one of the victims of his “healing” or one of a victim’s friends.

But hell is not what we need! We prepare ourselves to becoming God, not devils! Therefore, seeing this sad example of spiritual degradation as someone else’s tragic experience, let us turn away from it and go to the abodes of Purity, Light, Tenderness, and Love — in order to attune to them and to become one with them.

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If you already possess some skills, which could be of use to other people, — gather some of your friends and teach them what you know. Your knowledge, abilities, and efforts will combine, and you all will grow together, preparing yourselves to the next stages of spiritual growth.

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See film:  Psychical Self-Regulation

Vladimir Antonov
Ph.D. (in biology)