Introduction to "
Science and spirituality in the new millennium
You have just started to read a book that has the potential to change your life forever. Itcontains excerpts of some of the most interesting books and lectures on the hidden sideof human life as well as results from my own investigations into the realm of esotericism.Esotericism (a Greek word) pertains to that knowledge that is meant for a limited circle,the ones initiated into the mysteries, only. Today, much of the formerly esotericknowledge has become available to the public at large, especially that knowledge thatwas once taught as the "lesser mysteries" (preparatory instructions) in the ancientmystery-schools. It has become exoteric knowledge. The greater mysteries, however, pertain to the real experience of that what has been taught and is available on the
level, for those that make themselves ready to receive the Gnosis, theunderstanding by experience of all that is holy, i.e.
. Engaging in such a process isa decision that you will have to make for yourself. None will do that for you. It is adecision that will bring pain and bliss, as the purificatory process you have to engage inwill expurgate the impure elements in your nature.The first steps, however, are study and meditation on the thoughts like those offeredhere and is less demanding, although involving a reorientation on this world and your place within it.The goal of this book is to help you make this world a better place. How can weaccomplish such an ambitious goal? Well, by offering you the tools and techniquesnecessary to transform
! This is the only way to effect permanent changes for the good, because it gets to the root of the matter: ignorance and selfishness. Byignorance you can hurt others and yourself inadvertently, so, it would be great if wecould diminish it, isn't it?One of the best ways to do this is by studying the principles of the creative process, theway nature works. Therefore, I have compiled material from two esoteric traditions inthe West, namely Theosophy and Vitvan's Gnosis, that are essential to theunderstanding of the human being, its place in the natural order and the possibility of spiritual evolution. It is to be understood that both Theosophy and Vitvan's Gnosis can be classified as examples of esotericism and deal with the same topics, albeit indifferent ways as you will discover.When you get understanding through practice of the techniques described in this book you will be able to transform yourself, bit by bit, and thus help to change this worldsince you are an integral part of this world.