10 Principle of Knowledge
The need to know
We live in a mysterious Universe and are naturally drawn to solve the Mystery. But if we are preoccupied with the unknown, we don't notice the truths which are uncovered now. If our mind is constantly questioning, we miss the guidance from our heart and Higher Self, which is hard to hear in the chatter of the intellect. The chatter is disturbing the flow of impulses from the Higher Self.
The mind has the tendency to want to control everything. It always has to know how, why, what and when. All has to be rationally understood and labeled, so that it would fit into our existing world view, because the mind and the self fear the unknown and don't know how to deal with it.
The mind has the habit to be preoccupied - with questioning and studying. Some people take course after course, read book after book, watch a lot videos, read articles. They think that to grow spiritually is to have more and more knowledge. But until the gained knowledge is tested through personal experience, really understood and practically used in life, the studies will not have much effect. There has to be a balance between learning and working on yourself practically.
Actually you don't need to be preoccupied with studying, because all knowledge is within you. Each one of us has a connection to the Universal Mind through the Spiritual Mind. So all knowledge of the Universal Mind is accessible to you (according to your development and skills to receive it). When you learn to be in silence and listen to your Higher Self, all necessary answers will come to you.
Yogi Ramacharaka explains it, when commenting the precious book "Light on the Path" * :"Seek out the way. Seek it not by strenuous endeavor, but by opening up yourself to the promptings of the Spirit (...). Draw knowledge by the Law of Attraction. It will come to you in obedience of that law. It is yours for the asking, and nothing can keep it from you, or you from it." **
And this is really true: all necessary answers to your questions, all knowledge you are looking for is available to you. However, we don't always notice the knowledge, when it comes to us. "Everybody has ears, but not everyone can hear. Everybody has eyes, but not everyone can see." ***
We'll give some examples from our personal life (Elina's experience). 1st example. One dear friend gave me a present - the book "Advanced course in Yogi Philosophy and Oriental Occultism" by Yogi Ramacharaka. I took a look at it and didn't find it particularly interesting, so I left it in my bookshelf and forgot about it. But a few years later I noticed that book again and this time I was deeply touched by the wisdom of it. It gave me many important answers about spiritual experiences I have had in the years after I received it. So the answers to my questions were next to me all the time, although I noticed this after a few years only.
2nd example. During my spiritual search I also went to some private consultations with my yoga teacher. There were many things, which she said to me, which I couldn't really grasp, some of which also seemed false to me. But again years later in some concrete situations I remembered her words and they became clear to me and I gradually realized that all that she said was actually true. It was just my level of personal development, that didn't let me understand the truths she had told me right away.
Recognizing the truths
When you hear or read something and instinctively feel it as true, as if it was activating almost forgotten knowledge, know that it is true. You may not know the reasons or explain it to somebody, but that isn't necessary. The spiritual mind has access to knowledge that the intellect can't grasp. So when the soul starts to awaken and the spiritual mind to unfold, it discerns truths in its own way and you simply know things to be true.
When you encounter a truth, for which you are ready, you intuitively recognize it as such. Maybe it is just a part of that truth and in reading or hearing information, you find just one sentence, which "rings a bell" in you. It doesn't mean that the other information isn't true. But "the bell" gives you the necessary impulse for your further development. Simply accept that and put the remaining information aside. If there is something true in the rest, it will come to you at the right time, when you are prepared for it. Use this rule with all information, which you read or hear - also this.
And don't be surprised, if you encounter seemingly contradictory information in various sources. Individual authors express parts of the truths and reach people, which other teachers don't. Learn to listen to your own soul, it is your best teacher. Trust your Higher Self, because that is the spark from the divine flame of the Absolute.
When you learn to be in the inner zone of silence and to meditate, your spiritual mind develops and passes fragments of truth and inspiration to your intellect. People in all creative professions, like artists, musicians, writers, designers, preachers or orators receive ideas through the spiritual mind. This is also the origin of visions of seers and foresights of prophets.
With specific development, in some higher states of consciousness, there comes the experience of simply "knowing" things without the usual use of the intellect. This is difficult to grasp, if you haven't had the experience, but in these states your intellect notices that there comes knowledge without its activity. And the intellect respectfully recognizes this to be higher knowledge, which transcends its limits. It is a bit similar to being in the zone of inner silence and receiving answers to your questions. Then the information also comes by itself, not as a result of your thinking. But this is something different. These are very subtle and high states of consciousness. One has to experience them to understand the difference.
When this happens and you receive information, it may be hard to explain it to others or even to yourself. Being back in ordinary consciousness again, it is as if footprint of the knowledge and confidence was left about the received truth. So, you may "know" something, but you can't explain the why and how of it. Nonetheless you can use the gained knowledge with trust in life.
When you learn to trust the Spirit and consciously open to It, you receive bits of illumination and truths more frequently. With further development of the spiritual mind, there comes such knowledge which the intellect couldn't have even imagined. To all who have reached a certain level of development, to be "led by the Spirit" becomes a reality.
How to access inner knowledge
You can connect to your Higher Self and receive inner guidance through daily practice of silence and meditation. But we would like to mention that there are different levels, of how deep you can go. There are simpler, more basic practices for experiencing silence and meditating, which can be practiced on your own, but if you wish to go deeper, you'll notice what a subtle, precise and spiritual science meditation actually is. It takes appropriate study, for example, of human constitution, its functioning as a whole (body, mind, spiritual mind, etc.) and especially the functioning of your thoughts, emotions, being in the now, etc. to practice it on subtler levels. To practice meditation on deeper levels requires time for study, practice, patience and the guidance of a true, skilled Teacher. But it is an essential key to discover your true Self and the Truths of life.
Why? One of the main reasons of its importance is that meditation brings you out of the borders of your mind, intellect and ordinarily developed senses. A human functions on many planes (eg. body, instinctive mind, intellect, spiritual mind, Higher Self, etc.). We are usually not aware of the different planes and how to use them. We live mainly immersed in the activity of the mind and its borders of perception of the world, which are connected to the limitations of the human senses (vision, hearing). For example, it is a well known fact that the average human vision can perceive less than 1% of the energy/matter of the universe. Simply put, this means that humans can perceive just a small fraction of the reality of the universe through their vision (and the other regular senses). With regards to the mind, it is similar. Through the mind you can perceive only a small portion of the reality of the universe, a fraction of what really exists. But through meditation you can gain insight into that what the mind can't access - the deepest truths about life and the universe.
- * Light on the Path and Trough the Gates of Gold. Mabel Collins, Biblio Bazaar, UK
- **Advanced course in Yogi Philosophy and oriental occultism. Yogi Ramacharaka, The Yogi Publication Society, Michigan, 1904
- ***The Bible, Mark 8:18
- The Kybalion. A Study of the Hermetic Philosophy of Ancient Egypt and Greece by Three Initiates, The Yogi Publication Society, Masonic temple, Chicago, Ill
- The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams. Deepak Chopra, US, New World Library, 1994
- In this article was used some information from the old site of Maitreya project, which is partly available in their new site: http://maitreya.co/
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