Paths of Light

Francois O'Haly
I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter - Revelation 1:18 – 19 There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting. - Buddha Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple. - Dr Seuss I have been dying for twenty years, now I am going to live. - James Drummond Burns

Chapter 2: The Great Tradition
The glory of God is in man fully alive. - St. Irenaeus The Unseen One, featureless, unthinkable, undefinable by name. Whose Substance is the certitude of One Self, in Whom world-existence is stilled, Who is all peace and bliss - that is the Self, that is what be known.” ~ Mandukya Upanishad Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. - Bible God does not die on the day when we cease to believe in a personal deity, but we die on the day when our lives cease to be illuminated by the steady radiance, renewed daily, of a wonder, the source of which is beyond all reason. - Dag Hammarskjold He who knows me as his own divine Self breaks through the belief that he is the body and is not reborn as a separate creature. Such a one is united with me. Delivered from selfish attachment, fear, and anger, filled with me, surrendering themselves to me, purified in the fire of my being, many have reached the state of unity in me. - BhagavadGita Source: The Bhagavad-Gita: 4:9-10, p. 86

So in attempting to come to the realization of ourselves in seeking to embody the higher self, in attempting to answer these questions that

philosophers have pondered since the beginning of human history, we crash head on into the importance of proper definition. Through discussion and discourse, through the proper use of the scientific method we can answer many of the spiritual questions that people pose as humans will always search for a source of higher meaning to help guide their lives through the seemingly strictly material world that we are forced to try to come to terms with. Much has been written and taught from religion through philosophy on the true nature of the human spirit. The greatest literary works of humankind were precisely written to deal with these very same subjects that I now try to tackle in “Paths of Light”. Where is there a need for yet another work of spiritual literature amongst the thousands of titles already available? Indeed how much sense does it make for an individual so obviously and inherently flawed as I am to stand up and believe that what I have to say holds some sort of significance within the collective tradition of humanity's greatest thinkers, philosophers, saints, and poets? How does a man with any sense stand up and announce his enlightenment to the world? Pronouncing oneself a Buddha brings forth that proverbial can of worms that spotlight of doubt that presents people with the opportunity to highlight and focus on a persons shortcomings and faults because of course a Buddha represents the souls ascendancy to true perfection does it not? Would it not be better to dwell in the shadows where any small amount of spiritual wisdom that I might hold could truly shine where I could find some comfort have some space to relax which I am obviously in danger of losing right now. I think the true answer lies in the fact that there is a long and great tradition of spiritual discourse that through its existence gives enlightenment that gives enlightened people a home a place within this relatively unenlightened world. All the great masters have sought to construct works of art, literature, and music that reflect the true wisdom and joy of living the inner life as a refuge for other seekers who also seek to walk on a path of true light. Even though it is true that enlightenment must be found within oneself like a seed sprout that contains its genetic information within in itself as something natural in order to blossom through the various stages of its life cycle so the seeker must realize this very same truth at the moment of enlightenment. All teachings thoughts and ideas must be totally forgotten, totally discarded with because the seeker is not yet truly able to even discern between truth and non truth and must find that information within that persons own inner self for enlightenment to be truly enlightenment. The great teachings of humanity and spiritual reality in the first legs of the seeker's journey fuel the seeker to ask the necessary questions, to try to fumble his way around understanding the great universal mind with his own limited sense of self limited at all times unable to grasp true reality. Eventually the seeker's limited sense of self becomes so confused it starts to unravel and it is not until the seeker with the complete and total entirety of his will with his willingness to endure any pain to come to terms with what he knows is a higher reality which he can feel more and more even though at the same time he feels himself losing his life raft as I alluded to in the introduction. The seeker in extreme pain, the seeker is losing his mind, the seeker having faith which was put there by the great works of the seekers who came before him, the seeker in finality finally throwing everything away, everything he knows everything he thinks everything, in the last moments lets go gives up relies on nothing dives into nothingness and in this same moment is lifted to

ascendancy by finally uniting himself with his true nature with the supreme personality of godhood itself. The great tradition as I call it calls people to the spiritual journey gives the spiritual seeker faith to continue his journey through the pain and suffering involved in losing his finite mind in what has been referred to as the “dark night of the soul” in continuing his journey to its finality. After enlightenment the 'great tradition' gives the seeker a home a place in the world, places the seekers own life within the collective consciousness of enlightenment, within the never ending stream of the 'great tradition' itself. Like a torch passed from light bearer to light bearer the seeker finally finds his place in the world and finally truly fully understands his own enlightenment by attempting to pass the knowledge of self on, by abandoning his egotistic self and his selfish desires, by becoming a beacon of light, a lighthouse to ward travelers away from ruin and destruction to the very shores of heaven itself.

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