#4673 - Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - Editor: Jerry
Prior to the late 90s, the term nonduality was encoded as
"metaphysics," "Universal Law," "Secret (Teachings, Doctrine, Key, etc.)"
"Philosophy," "Mysticism," "Higher Consciousness," and other terms with which
everybody's familiar. There was also a Christian tone and reference within
these teachings since most readers were immersed in Christianity. Mystical
Christianity was the bridge leading to Eastern teachings, and still is, although
nowadays bridges are built to nonduality directly. The latter are often
bridges to nowhere, rather than to a land or tradition somewhat different
from Christianity, such as Buddhism or Taoism.
Manly P. Hall wrote books in the 1940s and referred to
nonduality as the Law, realization, mysticism, terms for which the public
already had a sense or feel. Yet, as you'll see, his writings are pure
nonduality. He stood alongside his contemporary Paul Brunton as far as
contributing both nondual and literary value to the metaphysical scene of the
I'm currently reading Hall's Self-Unfoldment
By Disciplines of Realization, first published in 1942. You may
purchase a pdf copy here
The following article tells a little about Hall and introduces an excerpt
from the book under discussion. It is followed by excerpts I've selected myself
and typed out.
Manly P. Hall on Self-Unfoldment By Disciplines of
by Robert Wilkinson
Today's offering is from Manly P. Hall, one of the most
remarkable men of the 20th century. A prodigious writer on too many subjects to
list here, he was a master astrologer, philosopher, artist-sculptor and
spiritual disciple of the best of both Eastern and Western Wisdom traditions.
Among his outstanding works are "The Secret Teachings of All Ages" and "Man -
Grand Symbol of the Mysteries," along with such profound subjects as "Buddhism
and Psychotherapy," "The Lost Keys of Freemasonry," "The Mystical Christ,"
"Twelve World Teachers," "The Secret Destiny of America," and today's text,
"Self-Unfoldment By Disciplines of Realization," which offers us a glimpse at a
natural way of being our Highest Self.
He founded the Philosophical Research Society, and as it
is said in one publication, "Manly P. Hall has always emphasized the practical
aspects of philosophy and religion as they apply to daily living. He restates
for modern man those spiritual and ethical doctrines which have given to
humanity its noblest ideals and most adequate codes of conduct.... Mr. Hall has
steadfastly sought recognition of the belief that world civilization can be
perfected only when human beings meet on a common ground of intelligence,
cooperation, and worthy purpose."
Here's just one gem from "Self-Unfoldment By Disciplines
of Realization," a book I have wholeheartedly recommended to spiritual seekers
for decades. If you want a solid guide to a greater realization of how you can
grow into your Higher Self, this work is outstanding, regardless of your
background. It is non-dogmatic, and its wisdom is profound, timeless, and
universal. From the work:
"Growth is natural to man. No one thinks of a flower trying to bloom, or of
a tree trying to grow. The blossoming of the flower is a manifestation of
universal law flowing through the plant; it is the will of the Infinite made
manifest in the finite. Illumination is the blossoming of the soul in man; it is
just as natural, simple, and inevitable as the flowering of the rose. The wise
man does not try to be wise; wisdom is as natural to him as folly is common to
ordinary mortals. Man does not have to try to be himself.
"Effort is evidence of inconsistency in the individual. Most religious
organizations impose strict rules and regulations upon their members. These
rules and regulations consist principally of "thou shalt nots," the purpose
being to force man into a state of grace by inhibiting and limiting him. Any
individual who tries to crush out with brute force of will the vices within
himself, achieves only inhibition and neurosis.
"When through realization we come to understand the divine energy that
causes us to exist and grow, we cease to impede its natural flow in and through
ourselves. When through realization we become aware of this divine virtue within
ourselves, our inner nature is enlightened, with the result that our outer
nature inevitably is transmuted.
"Metaphysical disciplines should not be directed toward material ends. The
true mystic does not meditate or concentrate in an effort to attract to himself
the things of the material world; nor does he attempt to find in meditation an
escape from the responsibilities or problems of his objective life. This does
not mean, however, that metaphysical disciplines produce no physical result.
When a man puts his inner life in order, through meditation and realization, the
result is a happier and better physical existence.
"If you can be taught the philosophical life, that is, the effortless way
to grow, you will have been established in the foundations of wisdom. If this
book can reveal in some way through the insufficient medium of words the
wordless truth that being wise is the most simple and natural state of the
evolved man, a great and permanent good will be yours.
"The Chinese goddess, Kuan Yin, the "Lady of Mercy," is depicted robed in
flowing garments which are, to the Buddhist mind, symbolical of the cosmic
pattern of life. Existence is really a patterned flowing toward the real; a
motion in space; a flowing of all life toward wisdom and truth.
"Metaphysical disciplines are not to be regarded as competitive exercises
in which one vies with another in the magnitude of his imaginings, or yearns
toward some metaphysical aristocracy. All metaphysical exercises worthy of the
name are an unfolding of self into the light of virtue, beauty, and
So as things fracture, transmute, and recombine in this
Autumn of radical change, remember to breathe, love, and flow naturally toward
your wisdom. It alone is real; all else is part of the passing parade of
thoughts and perceptions.
Self-Unfoldment By Disciplines of Realization
is built around twelve "Realizations." Here are some excerpts from
"The Wisdom Religion teaches us that while in personality
we are many, in principle we are one."
"To attempt to live beyond what we know is dangerous. Not
to live up to what we know, is equally perilous."
"Do not permit yourself the extravagance of any useless
expenditure of energy. Adjust to unexpected conditions. Let the expected and the
unexpected be accepted with equal placidity."
"In all your comings and goings, in your joys and sorrows,
in your gains and losses, find the Law." (The Law is another term for Truth,
Reality, the Absolute, the unchanging reality, nonduality or
"Listen for the Law." ... "Let the mind be still; let the
desires be silent; let the body be relaxed; let all the senses and impulses be
hushed -- and thus Listen. In moments of stress, when problems threaten, when
all life seems out of key -- Listen."
"Learn to recognize all ideas as essentially formless, but
perceptible inwardly as manifestations of the Law."
"Of all the fables in all the world, we ourselves are the
"There is no hurry, for there is no time. There is no
delay. There is only a timeless mystery waiting for liberation -- waiting and
yet not waiting, for here waiting has no reference to time."
"Appreciation demands nothing but the right to be silent
and a little humble in the presence of a great good or a great
"As realization extends throughout the departments of life
the simple act of picking up something will become symbolic of all motions.
First it will be beautified; a grace and harmony will be conferred upon action,
and gradually coarse action will practically cease, all action being performed
"Realization is the conscious understanding of the unity
of life, and of the unity of the living Self with the deathless Cause which
abides in the innermost parts of the world."
You may purchase a pdf copy here