In the Hindu tradition, we have the ancient folded-hands head bowed greeting with the saying Namaste. Namaste translated into English roughly means "I bow to the divine within you". Holding the divine within oneself is nothing new and rather common in differing religious traditions. In the Christian educational system, we were told to hold Jesus within your heart, and moreover, the body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 6:19. Going back to the Eastern Traditions and inclusive of the Hermetic or Egyptian traditions, the divine-self is essentially the higher- Self who sits as a watcher at the third eye. Hence, a bow with the saying Namaste may be simply the prostration of one's higher-Self to another's higher-Self.
reading, it seemed like my career path, intimate relations, and overall intellectual curiosities (including occult studies) seemed to be in line with the way the Grahas effected my planetary houses. Definitely an "as above, so below" connection where my life seemed to be already scripted.
In understanding that much of our life seems to fall in line with the Grahas, it may be that some individual ego-selves were meant to display certain characteristics from the sociopath criminal to the intense self-righteous televangelist. In our cosmic play, such individuals may be here to teach us contrast. However, given that each individual carries a higher-Self, our ego-selves may simply be attempting to do the best with the cards that we have been dealt with. If the Grahas are the remote control buttons that create our personality and push us into acting certain ways, then who controls the remote control? It could be that of our higher-Self using the ego-self and the surrounding circumstances (cosmic play) to help in an individual's ascension to higher spirituality, or it could be something malevolent. Moreover, our societal construct seems to have its own remote control where commercial media can easily incite hunger with delectable food, sex through carnal imagery, etc.
Therefore, each individual may simply be acting in a manner suited to external forces. The only writings I have read that seem to go beyond the ego include mindfulness meditation or some other meditational technique to raise your consciousness. Paramahansa Yoganda's Autobiography of a Yogi eluded to becoming one with God through Kriya Yoga techniques to bypass the Grahas where Yoganandaji was requested to wear an astrological bracelet to subdue certain illnesses prior to his Self-realization.
The wise man defeats his planets - which is to say, his past - by transferring his allegiance from the creation to the Creator. The more he realizes his unity with Spirit, the less be can be dominated by matter...So long as he remains confused in his ordinary state of spiritual amnesia, he will know the subtle fetters of environmental law. -Paramahansa Yogananda, Autobiography of a Yogi
Nonetheless, provided that many of us are still attempting such ascensions, we probably should choose to lighten up on each other and our ego-play through a better understanding that each individual is simply acting in this cosmic play under external influences. Another words, we're all probably just doing the best we can under our circumstances.
The occultists of the ancient world had a most remarkable understanding of the principle of evolution. They recognized all life as being in various stages of becoming. -Manly P. Hall, The Secret Teachings of All Ages
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