I went in for my nightly meditation post drafting my prior post on how the "Enlightened" do not worship "mundane" deities. Under my meditation, I noticed my ego-identity didn't take kindly to the idea of leaving Krishna (Vishnu) and Shiva. In fact, I don't think I'll ever be able to fully in this ego-identity.
As I am further mediating, attempting to switch from "I Am" body presence-awareness to "I" surrounding-presence awareness, to "Emptiness" non-awareness, running my channels, and moving my feeling sensation from body-feeling to attempting to feel the empty-space surrounding each of my atoms, I tried to end up thought-free but messages kept coming through. (My own or beyond, I don't know?). Nonetheless, I had to write thereafter.
Do not be fully satisfied with creation where you may mistake it as perfection and stop creating, that is why Brahma as creator is not worshiped. Brahma is your root and sacral chakra, which are associated with metaphorically grounding and creating within fertile soil. Transcending Brahma would be to recognize my own ability to manifest properly through my lower chakras. Such would be the law of attraction teachings, which I'm going to call "Nature-Realization" because it is recognizing the laws of nature (Vedas). (Other teachers call it "Law of Attraction" or "Self-Actualization).
The Buddha said "thoughts create reality". So this would be the First Jewel of Buddhism, keeping the company of good thought. SANGHA. Mastery over Brahma.
Vishnu is the "Higher Self" and "Krishna" is the avatar of that "Higher Self. Vishnu is properly managing what has been created by Brahma. Transcending Vishnu (Krishna) would be to love all creation. Vishnu is the solar plexus and the heart chakra. The solar plexus is our "free-will" to make choices, so such choices should be made from the heart, as in compassionate. Follow Krishna's playful example.
The spoken word of Krishna in the Bhagavad-Gita describe most eloquently the Second Jewel of Buddhism in following one's own heart as "divine will". DHARMA. Mastery over Vishnu.
Shiva is the ability to transcend a situation. To transcend is to destroy a prior concept by simply moving beyond it. Shiva was the most difficult for me provided he is my favorite masculine archetype. Nonetheless, in meditation, I sensed ..."what do you think I represent, you're suppose to transcend me". The feeling was of a great congratulations and feeling of significant release.
Under the tradition of Shiva (Saivite), yogis do not worship Shiva in form (Hari; Name given to Vishnu) but as the formless (Hara) symbolized as the Lingam. Moreover, recognizing Shiva as myself, as "awareness" seems to be the gist of yogic (unification) philosophy/experiential meditation. Another words, I am these archetypes and I need to be "aware" of that. I am Brahma (Generator), I am Vishnu (Operator), and I am Shiva (Destroyer). G-O-D.
To accept that I am G-O-D, is a crazy pill to swallow and one my ego-identity needs to resolve. However, as the teachings of tantra describe, in identifying as "Awareness" you're identifying yourself as the "Higher Self". The "Higher Self" (Turya) according to the Siva Sutras is the master of being "aware" during three "witnessing" states of consciousness: 1) Waking; 2) Sleep; 3) Deep Sleep.
In Advaita Vedanta, Shiva is "Awareness" and Shakti is "Witness". The dance between Awareness-Witness, God-Goddess, Yin-Yang, Masculine-Feminine, Divine Will-Divine Love, we seek to find a balance, harmony.
This would be the Third Jewel of Buddhism. Like the Tao, words cannot truly describe, enlightenment. BUDDHA. Mastery over Shiva. As a "witness", mastery over "awareness". Realization of Self and Nature.
For transcendence: I take refuge in the Three Jewels. SANGHA. DHARMA. and BUDDHA.
(P.S. My definitions of the "Three Jewels" are different from main stream.)
In studying Tibetan Buddhism, particularly Dzogchen and Vajrayogini, I've come across one shocking statement that seem to now fit my current understanding. For the last couple of years, it seems that whenever I have a spiritual question, I tend to find an answer, which has only led me to seek higher truths. Nonetheless, one such assessment has to do with the worship of deities, including loved ones.
According to the Tantric Master and teacher Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, Buddha Shakyamuni (Siddhartha Gautama) taught different teachings based on what the aspirant needed. These teachings are described in three categories: 1) teachings about karma for those looking for human happiness; 2) liberation for those seeking to unshackle samsara; and 3) enlightenment. From my studies of Advaita Vedanta, I've noticed the numerous discrepancies within that philosophy in comparison to most Hindu practices. The first major differentiation between the typical practices and advanced teachings that I've had to struggle with, is the concept of worshiping "deities".
Raised Hindu, deity worship is essentially a staple. You go to the deities for everything. For as long as I can remember, my parents conduct prayers and light incense in front of their prayer space requesting blessings everyday. The favorites of course are Shiva (Hanuman), Krishna (Vishnu), Lakshmi, and Ganesha. Such deities are propagated for their ability to assist in daily human affairs. Nonetheless, it seems the more advanced philosophies dissolve these deities that I've grown up loving, including figures from different pantheons (including Jesus).
Under Advaita Vedanta, there is only one reality, Brahman, with the spirit Higher Self Atman being the same. All else aside from Brahman is a product of illusion, maya. The illusion is designed as a way for the infinite to express and get to know itself. Nonetheless, all figures of worship, especially in form, are products of the illusion. Hence, we as individuals within the illusion, are similarly worshiping products of the illusion. At the essence of consciousness is "awareness" and all is consciousness. So basically, deity worship is "awareness worshiping awareness". Moreover, as Nisargadatta Maharaj had basically expressed to a seeker, in summation, "what do you think happens to your deities when you die and return to Brahman, are they not also dissolved into the great expanse?".
As a result, the teachings of Dzogchen and Vajrayogini seek the assistance of certain entities to help clear the inner channels, but ultimately only take refuge in the Three Jewels: 1) Buddha; 2) Dharma; and 3) Sangha. Simply put, take refuge in enlightenment, correct conduct, and emptiness. As Advaita Vedanta teaches control of awareness, Vajrayogini teaches a state of non-awareness, or emptiness. By refusing to place your awareness on any object, including Self, one is capable of accessing beyond the illusion. Basically, blow-out your field of awareness to achieve non-awareness. I assume that non-awareness is Nirvana.
Though the teachings are heartbreaking in the sense you de-idolize beloved figures, all is for the better achievement of wisdom. Through understanding and recognizing their place within the illusion, I seek to pierce the veil for greater truths beyond our mundane existence. Kali remains as the Tantric deity of my choice as she has been my guide and seems to be an emanation of the Vajrayoginis. Like the Vajrayoginis, Kali is adorned with a garland of skulls symbolizing liberation of all sentient beings from maya/samsara. Nonetheless, I feel like I'm closer to the truth than I was yesterday. Seek enlightenment, be compassionate, and offer all desires to emptiness.
...First, having taken refuge in the Buddha, "not to bow down to other gods" means that if you bow down to mundane gods such as Mahadeva, Vishnu, Maheshvara, or others, your refuge vow is damaged. -Padmasambhava's Oral Instructions to Lady Tsogyal, Dakini Teachings.
I had trouble with these teachings. Check out Part II.
Bentinho Massaro has offered one of the most brilliant, but simple, techniques aimed towards Self-Realization. Simply put, take 2-5 seconds throughout your day to take a few breaths and clear your head. Bentinho Massaro tells his audience to do this technique over 20 times per day.
From the ancient Hindu stories, the Puranas, we are given a glimpse of the story line of Hinduisms deities. Though these texts were prepared hundreds of years after the Vedas, they were prepared for the laymen to better understand the complexities of Vedic philosophy by describing the play of the Gods and Goddesses. Shiva is associated with the Vedic entity known as Rudra, meaning destruction. From destruction, the new may sprout and with better understanding (transcendence). The Goddesses in Hinduism are all different aspects of Shakti. With Shiva, his Goddess/Shakti consort is Parvati who is the calm form of the fierce Goddess Kali. From my own viewpoint, Kali is the Goddess who assists in helping cut attachments (karma) that keep us from spiritually accelerating, more particularly our ego-identity. Kali is also defined as Mahamaya, the great illusion. Hence, we have the dance between Shiva-Shakti where we constantly attempt to transcend our vices through better understanding.
All concepts of yoga are derived from Shiva, particularly in his teachings to his consort Parvati. However, unlike traditional Brahmanic culture, Shiva is associated with the "dirty" aspects such as the panchamakara. Sensuality is included, hence, the symbol of the Lingam within the Yoni. Though the western world takes the limited obvious symbolic interpretation, which can lead to the opposite goal of tantra (transcendence), yogis crafted a higher interpretation which is readily discovered in non-dual teachings (Advaita Vedanta).
Under the Siva-Sutras; The Yoga of Supreme Identity, Shiva is defined as consciousness. To be clear, it's not Shiva-Consciousness in the way people say Christ-Consciousness, or Buddha-Consciousness, or Krishna-Consciousness. Shiva is simply "consciousness". Consciousness defined is basically a subject viewing an object, or a subject having an "awareness" of an object. This awareness is simply viewing without thought. Often times, we view objects with our personal filters that create opinions, etc. However, this awareness is clear of thought and simply aware. The meditations provided above are to assist in helping reach that awareness state of mind.
Moreover, Shiva's forehead is often adorned with a mark, a tilaka, which is also often found drawn on the Shiva-Lingam. In defining Shiva as consciousness, particularly seated at the third-eye, it makes sense to view the Lingam as the aroused pineal gland, or the third-eye.
In Advaita Vedanta, there is the concept of Neti-Neti, meaning "not this, not that". Neti Neti is an attempt to discover who you really are, or Self-Realization. Essentially, I cannot be my surroundings as they are constantly changing and are separate from my body. I cannot be my body since that too is constantly changing and shifting through time. I cannot be my thoughts since that is always changing, especially with a shift in mood. I cannot be my name or other things that I associate with my identity, since much of that seems to be defined by external circumstances and similarly changing. So then what am I? Going through the practice of "I am not this, I am not that", yogis have discovered that they are simply "awareness". Under Advaita Vedanta, identifying your(s)elf with simple awareness will bring you closer to finding your true Self, your Higher Self or Atma/Turya. So then, what are all these objects placed within my field of awareness?
Realize that the Self is the self-contained mirror projecting and manifesting this world. -Tripura Rahasya; The Secret of the Supreme Goddess
The Lingam, a symbol of awareness, is often found seated aroused within a Yoni. The Yoni is symbolic of the feminine consort of Shiva, or Parvati/Kali. Again, Kali is the Mahamaya, or the great illusion. Hence, the Lingam-Yoni is essentially "Awareness" aroused within the "Illusion". In other words, all these objects that one is aware of, is simply an illusion. What keeps the illusions going is desire, hence arousal. Every circumstance that we are aware of, we become a witness. Too witness an event is essentially to record through memory. However, much of what we witness is filtered through our own experiences leading to thoughts, opinions, and beliefs, which are all subjective. Just as you can have 12 individuals witnessing an event, you will similarly have 12 different stories as the event is seen through different eyes. Hence, to witness is essentially to construct a story-line, a theater, or a play (Lila).
Siva is absolute Awareness, without any form. Sri Tripura is Sakti (energy) and Witness of the whole. -Tripura Rahasaya; The Secret of the Supreme Goddess
To identify yourself with "awareness" as opposed to the story-line is a mastery in non-dual teachings that leads to Self-Realization. It's like watching a movie that has you on the edge of your seat. When finally a climactic scene is about to expire disclosing a pivotal moment within the film, the film shuts off. During the time it takes to reset the film to the correct position, the scene is no longer the same where the viewers emotional attachment no longer lingers as much. To identify with "awareness" is similarly to unplug from the story-line and an attempt to locate and understand who you are behind the scenes of your life, your true Self.
Your Higher-Self is the aspect of you beyond space and time, which writes the main themes for all of your past and future lives and experiences. When Krishna showed his true essence to Arjuna in the battlefield which led to the Bhagavad-Gita, he was showing Arjuna his Higher Self (past, future lives, and the self-luminous light behind it all), just as each of us has a Higher Self (before unity). As Krishna held Self-Realization, he showed us the possibilities of what can occur under Self-Realization, though within the limitations of the collective belief system.
Attending Christian educational institutions has been difficult for a non-Christian. I grew up never once questioning the existence of Jesus, however, I could not let go of my love for the Eastern belief systems. That created a major psychological fight within, where as a child, I was constantly told hell would await those who look at anyone other than Jesus. So who would be the recipient of my prayers, Krishna, Shiva, Buddha, or Jesus?
I'm not sure it's due to being raised with a different belief system, but it became very evident at an early age that I saw Jesus very differently than other Christians. As an example, the "judge not lest ye be judged" teaching seems to elude most Christians, where I would find constant judging of others including the incessant condemning others to hell. Another words, and to quote a fellow colleague of my elementary school, if you attended this institution as a non-christian, you were persecuted. Essentially, I was like the sinner who would receive the verbal stones of persecution, though I attempted to hide the fact that I was not Christian. In comparison to Jesus' teachings, I saw Christian hypocrisy the same way that Aleister Crowley (the Beast) and Anton LaVey (Satanic Bible) saw Christian hypocrisy, which led us to seek answers elsewhere.
The Temptation of Christ
Just like Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha), Mohammed, and essentially every Yogi, Jesus secluded himself from the collective and placed himself in a position where sensory objects were minimal. Just as Siddhartha Gautama was given his last temptation, his last karmic attachment, by the great illusion (Maya) who has the ability to create disillusions resulting in delusion from our real reality, our real Self, Jesus was similarly provided with his temptations. This was Jesus' pivotal moment, just as it was Siddhartha Gautama's pivotal moment, where they became the Christ/Buddha. If you believe that these individuals were always Christ/Buddha since their birth, well, they needed to tackle their last temptation before they started teaching. Hence, like in yogic tradition, there is the need to subdue the ego self to fully bring forth the Higher Self. Yet, in my 12 years of Christian schooling, never once has this concept been fully articulated where the temptation of Christ has been left to a simple "Jesus conquered the devil" teaching. Overall, when deprived of sensory objects, you are forced to take a deeper closer look at yourself. You're forced to discover the truth of yourself by being your own judge. We are are own worst enemies at first, but transparency of our desires and beliefs lead us to new heights/insights.
The Crucifixion of Christ
Almost every Christian that I've come across will focus on the torture and death of Jesus, as opposed to his teachings. They are quick to discuss sin/hell, but fail to truly understand forgiveness. However, the higher teaching that Christ tried to show us is not what happened to Jesus, but how he responded. Despite outrageous rumors, vicious torture, and outright humiliation by those he wished to assist, Jesus still responded with "Father forgive them for they know not what they do". His death is NOT our salvation, but his response of forgiveness teaches us the way to break our attachments, our karma, to attain salvation/liberation. Forgiveness is the emotional cutting of situations/circumstances that keep us limited in our ability to unconditionally love. To focus on his death with the simple belief that all you need is Jesus in your heart is completely evasive and dilatory for the higher work that needs to be done, forgiveness.
Jesus stated "Father forgive them for they know not what they do". He had to find and embody his true Self, that which can see/know beyond the veil of illusion, samsara, where he then recognized that those committing such acts are simply deluded. All of our sins are simply from not recognizing who we truly are beyond the veil, better articulated in Buddhist teachings. When we are deluded, we need to ask and give forgiveness from an emotional perspective in order to clear those triggers that delude us.
Lastly, Jesus is said to have been resurrected from the dead. The closest teachings that I have come across in terms of "resurrection" are with regards to the Buddhist practice of Dzogchen, or rainbow light body. To attain this status, one must realize that every external individual and experience is simply a mirror to the Self. Hence, in order to attain rainbow light body, you have to unconditionally love all, which in turn means loving your Self. As a metaphor, your true Self is like a flame, everything else is simply a mirror of a different aspect of that flame, including every-other individual. Hence, the statement Jesus made that what you do to/for others, you're doing for "me", makes so much more sense showing you we're all essentially one entity attempting to reach harmonious unity.
The King will answer and say to them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.
At the heart of the teachings of our great masters lies the concept of unconditional love and unity. Unconditional means without the need for a certain circumstance to occur, it just happens. In other words, you love regardless, including those that you need to emotionally forgive (including your own ego-self). Now we have to ask ourselves, with the numerous wars and violations committed under the name of God (including over doctrine within the same religion), with the incessant judgment of others (and our own selves) that only leads to depressive humility as opposed to enlightening clearing, "What Would Jesus Do?".
Service to Others v. Service to self (Sanders v. Trump); Law of One (Harvest); Fourth Density (Law of Attraction)
The Service to Others and Service to (s)elf is the dual representation of the shifting energetics the Earth is phasing through based on the teachings of The Law of One . The Law of One is material that is said to be obtained through channeling of an entity believed to have brought these original teachings to Egypt, Ra. Based on these works, we're currently going through a "Harvest", where those of us in Service to Others are being "harvested" from those in Service to (s)elf. I guess you can compare it to the "end of days" scenario espoused under Christianity, but with a New Agey flare.
Service to Others
Service to Others is the recognition that we are One, we are mirrors reflecting each other. Under such recognition we proceed to understand that what we do to each other, we do the One, we do to our own Self (Higher Self). This is an understanding that seeks to unite and serve each other as if we are serving the One, as if we are serving our true Self. It is the understanding that the belief in "lack", the root of all evil (fear), is an illusion, and we all have the ability to take domain of our illusion and live in peace, prosperity, and sanity. To imagine, one can only conjure a Utopian Heaven. Here, one would love others as highly as one can love his/her own Self (including Lower Self).
Take a look at Bernie Sanders platform and socialist belief system. But first, do away with the ego-identity that is Bernie Sanders and look to the heart of his platform, and do away with the socialist societies that were established by an "any means necessary" method and look to the heart of socialist philosophy. When looking at the heart of the political platform and socialist philosophy, the heart being what attracts people to the influence of those ideologies, you may be able to conjure the same feelings as expressed in the Service to Others model described above. There's no need to worry about sharing in an abundant universe (Law of Attraction), when there is no "lack", no fighting over resources, no fighting over knowledge (being correct), we understand better the Heaven we are trying to bridge on Earth, in Service to Others.
Nonetheless, to establish such a Utopian society is often countered by those that cannot believe it can be established. Such belief is rooted within us because we have carried so much faith in "lack". Holding such faith in "lack", with the belief that establishing a Utopian society is a delusional fantasy, one can move through life in fear, in fear that needs will not be met, a theory that seems to establish the Service to (s)elf path.
Service to (s)elf
The "self" under Service to (s)elf in describing The Law of One, is not the "Higher Self" but the "Lower Self", or ego-identity. It's the part of us that we use to express ourselves in the illusion. The problem with the "Lower Self" is that we've used our "Lower Self" to make decisions for us that our "Higher Self" should be making. The "Higher Self" can be described as the spirit, Atman, complete aspect of yourself connected with the infinite, Brahman. As best described in the Taoist tradition, our physical body, matter, needs to develop the spirit body through certain esoteric practices, which would provide access to the "Higher Self". Hence, bridge matter and spirit.
The Service to (s)elf is the concept that we live in a limited, "lack" universe, where resources must be reserved. With such a belief, we find "competition" and struggles to obtain access to resources. Competition has the ability to "bring out the best in each other" or to "essentially step on each other". In service to "self", rather than the sharing of the Utopian society, you have the hierarchy and competition for resources akin more-so to a Capitalist society. When resources begin to dwindle, competition loses the "bring out the best in each other aspect" and the society focuses on "stepping on each other" to obtain needs and wants, all because of "fear" of not having needs and wants met.
Now as done with Bernie Sanders, do the same with Donald Trump and simply look at the heart of his platform, including building-walls, separation. Moreover, Trump as a Republican and a business capitalist, take a look at the conservative ideology of the free-market in a Darwinian "the strong survive" competition for resources (Water, Oil, Etc.) model. At the heart of such philosophy you feel the need to protect the "Lower Self" the ego-identity that moves with the fear due to the belief in "lack". You must go out there and "do" (Yang; Masculine) as opposed to "receive" from the abundant universe (Yin; Feminine). There is also "limitation", just as you have those amassing resources, you have the counter-part of those at the mercy of those claiming title to the resources.
Add the belief in limitation that causes "stepping on others", which then leads to fighting over resources, you are led to "fear" that someone who also believes in lack is hungry for more and will try to obtain "by any-means necessary". Hence, you have the building of walls, separation, all to get to the top of the food-chain and maintain a position. That would be the Service to (s)elf.
For much of life, I've tethered on both socialist and capitalist ideology with the understanding that government should be in service to the masses, but to establish a society where one can flourish based on finding his/her true potential. Nonetheless, as today's current politics, economics, and disclosures (UFOs, Planet 9, Panama Papers) unfold, it seems the Law of One "harvest" is being executed, where deep rooted issues and beliefs are being purged (challenged). Moreover, the purpose of "harvest" is to bring humans into the recognition of Fourth Density of the heart based society from a Third Density free-will based society, an evolution on this Earth. Just as humans are evolving, the animal kingdom appears to be recognizing the evolution as well with monkeys entering the stone age and allegedly beginning to create religious rituals. Between the grassroots efforts of both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, we can at least say that the "climate is changing".
Q: Who are you?
A: Simple. "I Am".
Q: What do you mean "I Am", what are you? Are you that body, are you your personality, are you your profession, are you your thoughts, are you your emotions, are you your mental reflections, what are you damnit?
A: Neti neti. I am not those things that you have labelled as "That". All of those are simply an illusion, like water in a mirage. All of those things are constantly changing, your personality changes, your thoughts change, your titles change, your body changes, etc. I am not something that changes and lacks permanence.
Q: Again, then what are you?
A: Again, very simple. "I Am." You cannot find "I Am" lost in the illusory definitions you place after "I Am", which only limits who you really are. For if "I Am" one thing, that may limit my ability to be another thing. However, many of us have found "I Am" by negating everything we believed ourSelves to be. Neti Neti, I am not this, I am not that. I am not this body, which is only a vehicle filled with desires, thoughts, emotions, and experiences, all of which are not me. I am the simple "I Am", a sensation of presence that remains when one is centered within his/herself, a mindfulness practice where one is simply aware. By remaining as simply aware of all that you originally believed yourself to be and the associated experiences, you begin to sense that you are only "aware" and begin to detach from your illusory reality to your real Self, your "I Am" as defined by the ancients as Atman. In other words, you began to be aware that you are awareness. When you sense your Self in correlation to your surroundings in our duality experience, and beyond to infinite awareness, you recognize the simple fact that you exist, as the ancients referred to as Sat. When you realize that you are only pure awareness, that you are a conscious being, you define yourself as consciousness, as the ancients referred to as Chit. When you realize that all limitation is an illusion fabricated by your consciousness and attempt to reach non-awareness, the state of simply not placing awareness anywhere, you will feel infinite bliss as your thought limitations are being subsided in the light of the Divine Essence, as the ancients referred to as Ananda. Hence, you have Sat-Chit-Ananda, the foundation to your True Self, your individual Atman like air in a jar, and our collective Brahman like the air surrounding the jar but still ever pervading the jar itself.
In praise of existence, Sat Nam.
January 17, 2016
I've spent much of 2014-2015 working on my inner development. I've crammed an extensive amount of spiritual books, lectures, documentaries, etc., especially since I had time with being supported by a part-time ego based job. Most of all, I probably meditated more these last two years feeling different states of consciousness (awareness) and having plenty of "ah-hah" spiritual moments.
Astrologically, I was told that my life doesn't start getting good until the age of 29+. I turned 29 in December of 2013. Though I hated 2014-2015 from going through a break-up with someone I was with for 7+ years, to the inner journeys into my shadow self where I had to address my Black Moon in Aries issues, I could not help but continually assess the positive statement from my astrologer where the following years post 29 years of age were difficult. However, with the help of proper meditations (really where you are placing your awareness), I was able to release quite a bit of emotional barriers which also had physical expressions of feeling much lighter. Some meditations have really felt like obtrusive bowel movements, though flowing out of a grounding cord into the great purifier, Mother Earth. I guess you could say, the age of 29 is where I began my transformation.
Within that time-frame, and in my Now moment of January, 17, 2016, I believe that traveling into the inner psychological depths of the psyche to everything that limits us (makes us feel bad, stops us from moving forward, etc.) is probably one of the majors keys to spirituality. A spiritual cleansing if you will, of the numerous emotional blockages held in the body in the form of muscular tension and anxiety, is a method to assist in further embodying spirit. Overall, the highest definition of a goal for spirituality that I have come across would be to Be Unlimited, or having our spirit not limited by the dense situations we face in the realm of matter. How do you release these dense situations? Well, by not being attached to them, by not letting circumstances dictate your inner vibration, your inner feeling. To fully embody/embrace spirit seems to be the end game of "spirituality". Hence, anything in opposition of such should be defined as the devil, the demons, the great opponent. ("Satan" means the opposer). Such would be your fears, your insecurities, your trigger objects (circumstances), these are all the roots of evil. For do not the murderer, thief, etc., commit terrible acts because they feel limited somehow, limited in finances, limited love, limited in thrills, etc. Going through this process, I'm led to think, was Jesus/Siddhartha really tempted by the Devil/Maya while they were going through the final stages of their meditations, or were they simply facing their shadow side.
In addition, viewing the great opponent as something to despise will only keep you attached, since you're feeding it energy. The shadows are placed before us so that we can gain wisdom through experience, wisdom that will solely release the veil to who we really are. Hence, I conclude that the demons or the devils in our mythologies and fantasies are NOT the real opposition to God as expressed through dual teachings of God v. Devil. The true opponent is simply false limiting beliefs that we hold as truth, which is shown to us as "devil/evil" to really help us assess our beliefs. For, an external form of evil/suffering will only have an effect on you if it lowers your own vibration, your own feeling, and really, only you yourself can control your own vibration/feeling. External objects lowering our vibration are really something reflecting back to us that we Believe To Be True. Hence, switch that belief system, that level of awareness of external/internal stimuli, in order to remain in your highest level of vibration. Anything lowering you would be the devils, the demons, who are really "illuminating" aspects of your shadows self to help you clear limitations. Remember, a small candle light remains self-luminous despite the degree of darkness within a room.
With that, the opponent, which really is not an opponent at all, is simply an attachment to beliefs that inhibit you from recognizing who you really are. Spirit/Atman/Brahaman.
Overly educated and continuously exploring and revealing more behind the veil.
"It cannot be too highly emphasized that the mystic swims in the same waters in which the psychotic drowns."
-James Wasserman, The Mystery Traditions