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Highlights, Saturday, November 6

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    Hello. I m calling this one the Viagra edition of Highlights because the posts are mostly LONG and HARD to fully take-in on first reading. As anyone on the
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 7, 1999
      Hello. I'm calling this one the Viagra edition of Highlights
      because the posts are mostly LONG and HARD to fully take-in
      on first reading. As anyone on the main Nonduality Salon
      list can tell you, this is a good time to be subscribed to



      The man who was the first to give me a 'name' for what I had
      experienced ... is rather notorious for his simplicity. He
      once told me that faith was not necessary.

      Neither was religion, philosophy, ritual, meditation, nor
      gurus. He said it's especially not necessary to sit in a
      cave, or to 'do nothing'.

      He said, "Melody, it's does not matter what you do, only
      that you do it with your full, undivided attention."

      Those words continue to serve me well. Do you hear how
      simple this is? It is not necessary to *stop* being busy,
      or anxious, or confused, or whatever! Just focus ALL your
      attention on whatever is happening; rather than *dividing*
      your attention between a)
      what is happening and b) your mind 'chattering' about that
      or something else.

      It is not necessary (perhaps not possible) to stop the mind
      from chattering. And how many of us has the luxury of time
      to simply sit in retreat hours at a time? His suggestion is
      to simply focus all your attention on whatever you're doing
      or contemplating, and not on the mind's commentary about it.

      Prima ballerinas and marathon champions do this all the time
      (to name a few). Their focus is so complete that many will
      say they hit a 'zone' where the whole world falls away, and
      all that remains is 'dancing' or 'running'. Not "I am
      or "I am running". Just... dancing' or just... 'running'.

      My first recollection of a nondual moment was watching a pot
      of soup boil on the stove as I was fixing dinner. After
      only a few moments of watching with full attention, there
      was only 'soup bubbling'....no "me" watching the soup
      bubble. I was so excited I couldn't wait to tell my
      friends. And when I did, all I got was rather blank stares
      followed by, "that's nice, Melody". LOL!



      Here are simple techniques I have used. If you mean you
      really have a lot to do and feel some time pressure to get
      it all done, actual breaks are paradoxically a good remedy.
      You will get more "done" in 45 minutes, if 5 min of that
      time is taken to be calm first. If you are referring to
      just mind chatter busyness, the usual recommendation is to
      focus on your breath...I mean just be aware of your
      breathing and pay attention more to that than thoughts
      flitting thru your mind, without making some huge effort to
      stop thoughts, either. (You can learn to still walk and
      even talk while breathing after a bit of practice.) Smiling
      is a good practice as well!! True emptiness and silent mind
      take some practice and getting used to, so don't be too hard
      on yourself, as this is counter-productive..like forcing to
      relax. At the office, sometimes I would take a few minutes
      to visualize being at the ocean..you know, whatever you
      associate with being calm and peaceful. To
      *do* with a sense of no doer-ship is like being in the
      groove, a self-forgetful state where you become simply what
      is happening... remember when and how you have felt most
      like that already, try different ways to become calmer till
      you find what works for you.

      Hey, if your mind is getting clearer about nonduality, peace
      is around the corner.



      Andrew: The list itself is the guru, the teacher. The list
      itself is a living individual. We see our projections and
      reflections in the list, but the list IS, perfect in its
      imperfections. We have likes and dislikes, hopes and fears,
      the list does not. By reading and writing the list, we
      create the guru.

      Christiana: Thank you for seeing and expressing from this
      perspective, Andrew! I seem to stand on a nearby perceptual

      The movement of a long held vision is to participate in a
      community whereinwhich ...

      * the idea-structures of the personal self are respected,
      but not confused with Self as identity.

      * when the personal (ideas, fears, feelings et al) interfere
      with the authentic clarity of Being, that others will
      compassionately assist in holding a still space for the
      lesson and clarity to emerge... and that grace and
      authentic humility (to lift the magnetic needle of
      will dawn.

      * we endeavor to collectively and respectfully abide in the
      emergent interstices of Spaciousness.

      In other words.. a community where life and Life emerge
      freely; where the Background is seen and reflected, even as
      the foreground is respected as part of our story, and where
      we gradually communally

      As we learn to cultivate (and operate within) new organs of
      perception; as we learn to shift perspective from these
      individual selves typing posts to an awareness that we are
      also collectively Knowing Self as ever fresh unitive Being
      in-form-ation, we become awesomely aware of (and surrender
      to) this perfection of Being in Love.

      /Christiana\ (trademark patent pending.. by Sam)



      >From my great unmanifested Guru within. Does this ring
      bells with anyone? Apologies for the length

      Now and this will seem like a contradiction in terms, there
      is nonbeing. It is a state, not of nothingness, but a state
      in which probabilities and possibilities are known and
      anticipated but blocked from expression. This is bound to
      be distorted, because I must explain it to you in linear
      terms of TIME as *you* understand it. So I must speak, for
      your benefit as though it were in some indescribably distant
      past, in which these events occurred, for you are unable to
      understand the nature of simultaneous time.

      Dimly, through what you would call history, hardly
      remembered, there was such a state. It was a state of agony
      in which the powers of creativity and existence were known,
      but the ways to produce them were not known.
      This is the lesson that All That Is or Primary Energy
      Gestalts had to learn, and that could not be taught. This
      is the agony from which creativity originally was drawn, and
      its reflection is still seen.
      All That Is retains the memory of that state, and it serves
      as a constant impetus in your terms, toward renewed
      creativity. Each self, as a part of All That is, therefore
      also retains memory of that state. It is for this reason
      that each minute consciousness is endowed with the impetus
      toward survival, change, development, and creativity. It is
      not enough that All That is, as a primary consciousness
      gestalt, desires further being, but that each portion of It
      also carries this determination.
      Yet the agony itself was used as a means, and the agony
      itself served as an impetus, strong enough so that All That
      Is initiated within Itself the means to be.
      If and this is impossible, all portions but the most minute
      last �unit� of All That Is were destroyed, All That Is would
      continue, for within the smallest portion is the innate
      knowledge of the whole. All That Is protects Itself,
      therefore, and all that It has and is and will create. When
      I speak of All That Is, you must understand my position
      within It, for there is much I do not know.

      All That Is knows no other. This does not mean that there
      may not be more to know. It does not know whether or not
      other psychic gestalts like It may exist. It is not aware
      of them if they do exist. It is constantly searching. It
      knows that something else existed before Its own primary
      dilemma when It could not express Itself.
      It is conceivable, then, that It has evolved, in your terms
      of time, so long ago that It has forgotten Its origin, that
      It has developed from still another Primary which has,
      again, in your terms, long since gone Its way. So there are
      answers that I cannot give you, for they are not known
      anywhere in the system in which we have our existence. We
      do know that within this system of our All That Is, creation
      continues and developments are never still. We can deduce
      that on still other layers of which we are unaware, the same
      is true.
      The first state of agonized search for expression may have
      represented the birth throes of All That Is as we know It.
      Pretend, then, that you possessed within yourself the
      knowledge of all the world�s masterpieces in sculpture and
      art, that they pulsed as realities within you, but that you
      had no physical apparatus, no knowledge of how to achieve
      them, that there was neither rock nor pigment nor source of
      any of these, and you ached with the yearning to produce
      them. This, on an infinitesimally small scale, will perhaps
      give you, as an artist, some idea of the agony and impetus
      that was felt.

      Desire, wish, and expectation rule all actions and are the
      basis for all realities. Within All That Is, therefore, the
      wish, desire, and expectation of creativity existed before
      all other actuality. The strength and vitality of these
      desires and expectations then became in your terms so
      insupportable that All That is was driven to find the means
      to produce them.
      In other words, All That Is existed in a state of being, but
      without the means to find expression for Its being. This
      was the state of agony of which I speak. Yet it is doubtful
      that without this �period� of contracted yearning, All That
      Is could concentrate Its energy sufficiently enough to
      create the realities that existed in probable suspension
      within It.

      At first, in your terms, all of probable reality existed as
      nebulous dreams within the consciousness of All That Is.
      Later, the unspecific nature of these �dreams� grew more
      particular and vivid. The dreams became recognizable one
      from the other until they drew the conscious notice of All
      That Is. And with curiosity and yearning, All That Is paid
      more attention to Its own dreams.
      It then purposely gave them more and more detail, and
      yearned toward this diversity and grew to love that which
      was not yet separate from itself. It gave consciousness and
      imagination to personalities while they still were but
      within Its dreams. They also yearned to be actual.
      Potential individuals, in your terms, had consciousness
      before the beginning or any beginning as you know it, then.
      They clamored to be released into actuality, and All That
      Is, in unspeakable sympathy, sought within Itself for the

      In its massive imagination, It understood the cosmic
      multiplication of consciousness that could not occur within
      that framework. Actuality was necessary if these
      probabilities were to be given birth. All That Is saw,
      then, an infinity of probable, conscious individuals, and
      foresaw all possible developments, but they were locked
      within It until It found the means.
      This was in your terms a primary cosmic dilemma, and one
      with which It wrestled until All That It Was was completely
      involved and enveloped within that cosmic problem.

      Had It not solved it, All That Is would have faced insanity,
      and there would have been, literally, a reality without
      reason and a universe run wild.
      The pressure came from two sources: from the conscious but
      still probable individual selves who found themselves alive
      in a God�s dream, and from the God (All That Is) who yearned
      to release them.
      On the other hand, you could say that the pressure existed
      simply on the part of the God since the creation existed
      within Its dream, but such tremendous power resides in such
      primary pyramid gestalts that even their dreams are endowed
      with vitality and reality.
      This, then, is the dilemma of any primary pyramid gestalt:
      It creates reality. It also recognized within each
      consciousness the massive potential that existed. The
      means, then, came to It. It must release the creatures and
      probabilities from Its dream.
      To do so would give them actuality. However, it also meant
      �losing� a portion of Its own consciousness, for it was
      within that portion that they were held in bondage. All
      That Is had to let go. While It thought of these
      individuals as Its creations, It held them as a part of
      Itself and refused them actuality.
      To let them go was portion of Itself that had created them
      Already It could scarcely keep up with the myriad
      probabilities that began to emerge from each separate
      consciousness. With love and longing It let go that portion
      of Itself, and they were free. The psychic energy exploded
      in a flash of creation.
      All That Is, therefore, �lost� a portion of Itself in that
      creative endeavor. All That Is loves all that It has
      created down to the least for, it realises the dearness and
      uniqueness of each consciousness which has been wrest from
      such a state and at such a price. It is triumphant and
      joyful at each development taken by each conscious-ness, for
      this is an added triumph against that first state, and It
      revels and takes joy in the slightest creative act of each
      of Its issues.
      It, of Itself and from that state, has given life infinities
      of possibilities. From its agony, It found the way to burst
      forth in freedom, through expression, and in so doing gave
      existence to individualized consciousness. Therefore is It
      rightfully jubilant. Yet all individuals remember their
      source, and now dream of All That Is as All That Is once
      dreamed of them. And they yearn toward that immense
      source....and yearn to set it free and give it actuality
      through their own creations for within each of you is the
      memory of that primal agony.



      GENE: Our 'original nature' is that we are, like a wind-up
      toy, 'pre-wound-up'; this is how we 'come from the
      manufacturer'. Our hungers are installed and in place, _as
      our original condition_. Living in the original condition,
      is the 'Edenic state'.

      Only later, upon our immersion in the 'world-dream', do we
      equate our hungers with pathology or 'something wrong'.
      There was no fall; see below.

      MELODY: Inside your original post you had also used the
      world _originally_.

      Putting this together, this suggests to me you are speaking
      of our introduction into the material world as our original
      experience? Am I following you here?

      Gene: Not quite, Mel. Our 'original condition' is the gift
      of life; we appear, quite mysteriously, fully equipped with
      the hungers which sustain life. That is the original
      condtion. Our hunger is the gift of life, our sustaining
      Grace. World-dream values come later in the story.

      Melody: This clari�cation is rather important to my
      following your line of thought, as I see our original
      experience (original consciousness) as *prior* to our
      birth. In Christian terms, it would be called the Garden
      experience, prior to the consuming of 'knowledge of right
      and wrong'.

      Gene: Yes, this is closer to what I actually said.

      Our consumption of the 'knowledge of right and wrong' was a
      necessity, which itself initiated the beginning of the
      world-dream. But this is not a 'fall'.

      Melody: BTW, I have heard you say brie�y on a couple of
      threads that 'there was NO fall'. I would love to explore
      this persepective with you further. I sense that this ties
      into our thread in hand�.perhaps we could explore that, as

      Gene: Certainly. This is a very important issue to

      You are apparently intuiting the linkage of the necessity of
      hunger (our original condition) with our 'Edenic state'.
      This is a true correspondence.

      In the Biblical account, we appear as Adam and Eve, born
      hungry. G-d points to a tree and indicates that even though
      we are hungry, we should not eat those 'apples'. Then, G-d
      conveniently goes away for a walk, or to tend to an unstable

      In the 'Gita, 'man' is seen as a passenger in a chariot
      which is being drawn _chaotically_ forward by a team of six
      powerful white horses. These powerful horses represent our
      original nature; powerful hunger (desire) out of control.
      But how are we to learn to control this motive power? It is
      the very motive power which we are gifted with, which is
      seen as our 'downful', the cause of our 'banishment from
      Eden'. Our inability to control ourselves, is remedied by
      'eating the apple' and thus being booted out of the Edenic
      state, into the shadowy lanes of the world-dream. It is in
      the stressful contradictory duality of the world dream, that
      we are subjected to the pressures which either temper us or
      kill us.

      It is the introduction of 'right and wrong' which allows us
      to learn, by subjecting us to the conditions of the material
      world; to survive, there must be 'right' ways and 'wrong'
      ways. The world-dream is an extension, 'as seen through a
      glass darkly', of the rigid conditions of physical survival.
      The world-dream is a prison of assumptions, and is not an
      accurate reflection of reality; it contains myriad
      superstitions. But it is the ambiguity of the world-dream
      that gives it value as a training-ground. We discover in
      the world-dream, the evidences that 'there is more and
      better', as our appetites go unsated by world-dream
      'nutrients'. The world-dream is realm of suffering and
      remedy, and of never seeming to 'get it quite right'.

      It is the gift of the motive force of life which must be
      mastered; right and wrong are the 'training wheels' which
      are so powerfully featured in the 'world-dream'. It is
      'world-dream values' which we adopt, when we adopt
      standards, morals, and ethics.

      By our imbibing of the 'forbidden fruit', we (eventually!)
      become masters of the motive forces of life; we become
      masters of the team of powerful white horses which, if
      mastered, lead us to G-d. That is, I think, what 'satan'
      referred to in his speech to Eve, when he suggested that she
      and Adam could 'become like G-d' if they knew of good and

      Nondual realization seems to require the mastery of the
      motive forces of life; this is also referred to as 'getting
      off the wheel' of obligatory reaction. It is obligatory
      reaction which the world-dream is composed of; to abandon
      the seductively cradling 'support' of the world-dream, is to
      suggest that we are actually always in the arms of Grace.

      Difficulties arise, when we forget (or do not know) that the
      spectrum of 'realities' is an upramp to being in our
      original condition... this time, after life-experience,
      learning, and the dawning of wisdom, being in control of the
      motive forces of life. And the entire story is the gift of
      Being and existence, often reputed to be the Gift of G-d or

      So in this entire story, there is nothing wrong; I hope to
      be able to adequately convey this, difficult in such a short
      letter. All of the 'steps' are necessary and essentially
      'programmed in' to our Being and existence. In realization,
      we are able to look back, and to know this. But to those
      who are trying to find 'salvation' in the world-dream, such
      an exalted viewpoint is only fantasized. I should note,
      however, that even the desire to 'transcend the illusions of
      the world-dream' is itself, a great gift. I cannot disparge
      any aspect of the schema of life.

      Melody: Returning to your answer�.

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      G: I say, that it is hunger which sustains life, and is thus
      a necessity. If someone told me that there was a special
      meal, which if eaten would forever banish the desire to eat,
      I would not eat it. Hunger is symptomatic of wholeness and
      of the ability to maintain wholeness. Hunger sustains our

      If someone offered a 'special relationship' which would
      forever end longing, I would avoid it. It is longing which
      keeps the heart open to possibility, and it is openess to
      possibility which sustains our growth. Growth is a reality,
      and I can see no end to it; I would say that it must

      Melody: Beautifully stated, Gene. As I pause just a moment
      and re�ect on what you have offered thus far, it seems that
      you have effectively described the 'human experience'.

      It seems to me, perfectly natural for one who lives in a
      material world to �rst seek to satisfy 'hunger' with
      resources available in materiality. It does not take long
      (afterall, what is time?) for one who is satiated in
      material offerings to recognize that the hunger still
      exists, that it is a hunger for that which is not material.

      Gene: Yes, that is an important part of the 'plan'.

      Melody: And how many men and women seek to satisfy their
      longing for intimacy within a relationship, and still �nd
      that even with the companionship of a loving, intimate mate,
      that longing still is?

      Gene: Longing still is, and is love.

      Melody: For some that longing, that hunger, is quieted with
      a loving mate, and with an abundance of material 'fuel'.
      And yet, in others, like me, the times I was the wealthiest,
      the times I was married to someone who adored me, was the
      hungriest, lonliest time of my life.

      This seems to me, to point to the presence of Grace.

      Gene: I would say yes to that. To be allowed to maintain
      hunger, is to be allowed to continue to live, learn, and
      become wise.

      Melody: Although, paradoxically, when I was feeling so
      hungry and so lonely, I would (incorrectly) assume the
      *absence* of Grace, in retrospect, I see it as a time
      over�owing in Grace.

      Gene: Indeed! You have been gifted with an extraordinarily
      fine 'discriminator', which automatically rejects 'what is
      not IT'. What is comforting, is to know that it is this
      'never finding of IT' which is Grace itself. It is more
      than a flirtation of Grace with us, it is a lifelong
      intimacy. We are interwoven with Grace.

      I should point out, that those who can natively sense that
      'this is not it', are not obligated to do battle with 'what
      it is not'. Doing battle with 'what it is not' is to bring
      to life 'what is not', just as the windmill became an evil
      giant in the vision of Don Quixote. "Those who fight
      dragons, become dragons".

      Gene: If someone offered me a 'universal key to knowledge
      and understanding', which would somehow 'turn off' my
      enquiry, I would examine it for validity. These offerings
      are continually hawked in the 'spiritual marketplace' and
      are advertised as the '�nal solution' to human suffering. I
      have never found one that has a shred of validity, and I
      doubt that such a 'remedy' will ever exist.

      Mel: I am beginning to see that there is an opportunity for
      one to *embrace* suffering, rather than try to remedy it.
      The �rst time I experienced the beauty of suffering was when
      I felt my heart breaking after having lived with it 'frozen'
      for so many years.

      Gene: Yes. For me, to 'embrace suffering' is essentially to
      allow suffering to become Grace. This is difficult to
      understand, but this has been my experience. Pain,
      writhing, and crying, are expansions of Being in existence;
      such, reinforces the integrity which itself is our template
      of life. A strong template assures continued existence;
      thus, the stregthening challenges, are indeed the gift of

      Mel: Even as I was sobbing in grief, I was saying to myself,
      "I can *FEEL* this, I'm *ALIVE*!!! It was such a
      halleleuyah moment mixed with suffering. My �rst taste of
      bitter-sweet, and I can say there is nothing in the world
      like it!

      To now taste the bitter-sweet, without resistance, without
      judgment or condemnation, is for me to taste heaven on

      Gene: This is completely understood, melody. It all keeps
      happening; nothing changes, yet, everything changes. I
      understand that 'heaven on Urth' is mine, personally, and
      that no governmental mandate can gift it to masses of
      people; each person has to 'go through it' for themself.
      And it can be rough. Very rough. But it is this tempering,
      which eventually leads to the resiliancy which is the
      'antidote' to world-dream rule-bound rigidity.

      Gene: As you know, 'belief' is the cornerstone of
      world-dream 'answers', and belief itself is a shifting
      foundation upon which to stand. It is balance which is
      attained through growth, which allows us to 'try on' the
      various approaches (as Petros is doing) and to then continue
      on in our hunger-sustained journey of life and growth.

      Finally, if someone offered to me, a 'love which would end
      all love', I would certainly turn the other way.
      Heartbreak is seen in the world-dream, as the product of
      'unrequitted love'; spurned by a �ckle lover, heartbreak
      over�ows and overwhelmes. The human drama of hunting for
      ful�llment in the shadowy jungles of world-dream conditional
      states, will probably go on as long as we turn away from our
      natural and original condition.

      I offer, that we in our original condition, are gifted with
      hunger, longing, and heartbreak; these gifts are our keys to
      growing into what we ourselves long for. We become what we
      seek. That is why it is important for anyone who is
      seeking, to seek 'Self', for ultimately, 'there is only
      Self', known by whatever name. 'Who am I' is one safe way
      to post a target, a goal, to insure unerring direction
      straight to 'who I am', which is nothing but 'Self'.

      "Who Am I" = "Who I Am"

      Hunger will never be turned off; those who starve, come to
      despise hunger.

      Melody: Yes, and that's the beauty of the dance�.the wonder
      of it.
      As long as it is 'out of our reach', as long as someone says
      'no' to our desire, that desire or 'hunger' becomes our
      god�.and we curse it for enslaving us.

      How many days did I curse God for putting such a hunger in
      my heart, that I could not be satis�ed with materiality and
      human companionship.

      Gene: Yes, this is to be expected, but in the world-dream,
      nobody is going around, telling us about this. So we enter
      the dance with 'two left feet' and curse the fates for our
      horrible clumsiness. Self-esteem plunges as self-loathing
      rises; what a mess!

      Our hunger will eventually draw us to the stars and beyond,
      in the material world. And our hunger will allow us to
      become that which we seek, less of a merging than a shedding
      of our world-dream training-wheels of 'duality', a leaving
      behind of our larval cocoon of close and binding
      attachments; in fact, a seeming transfiguration of
      awareness, into what is the literal overall gift of Grace.
      I have no idea what to call 'that', except to call 'it'
      Self. There is only Self, and Self includes all
      'evolutionary steps' to awareness in Selfhood. There is
      nothing wrong, and there is no fall.

      Gene: Hunger has a bad name, as does longing and heartbreak
      and feelings of separation from 'G-d'. In my reality, it is
      these disreputable and unending feelings, which sustain my
      life, and have in fact led me to embrace my original
      condition, in spite of world-dream values to the contrary.

      I say that wholeness includes hunger (which sustains life),
      longing (which keeps us open to possibility) and heartbreak
      (which is our natural vulerability, and our gateway to
      empathy and thus sharing). The existence of these factors
      in 'the life of the real', are aspects of wholeness. In the
      world-dream, they are exclusively factors to be 'remedied'.
      There is no remedy.

      Mel: Thank you for sharing your thoughts so clearly, and for
      inspiring some thoughts of my own.

      much love, Melody

      Thank you, Melody. It is a pleasure to converse with you.

      "First, there is an Eden, then there is no Eden, then there

      The Pathway of Nonduality

      by Raphael

      Chapter 10

      The Fall of the Soul

      Q. Empirical science holds that man comes from below,
      developing through a series of transformations and
      evolutionary processes spread out over time. The Sacred
      Science, on the other hand holds that man comes from above
      and that if he is now in this world of conflict this is due
      to the so-called 'fall'. How can we solve this problem?

      A. The problem is certainly challenging and by no means
      easy to solve if one wishes to examine if using only simple
      sensory instruments. Is man the outcome of 'evolution' or
      of 'involution'? Is he the product of Being or of becoming?

      Again, if man is composed of spirit-nous, soul-psyche and
      body-soma, to which of these elements must we attribute the
      evolutionary process?

      Scientific empiricism defines man as a system of organs that
      produce intelligence, will, perception and consciousness.
      In other words, for this scientific philosophy of man, being
      a body, a form, a complex cannot but undergo mutation and
      development. The human physical structure of the
      Paleolithical era is not identical with that of the present

      The Sacred Science has nothing to argue against this point.
      Every form is change, process and becoming. But the being
      is not merely soma-body-cell, it is also nous, it is also
      psyche, to use terms belonging to the Western Tradition; it
      is also Soul, which pre-exists the body and therefore
      survives after the dissolution of the body.

      Parapsychology and even a number of psychological currents
      are interested in factors that go beyond the physical level.
      So the problem may be seen from a different angle: does the
      nous, the Spirit, the atman, or in other words, Being

      The question being this, the problem of evolution or
      involution proposes the theme of Being and becoming or
      non-being. What is it that becomes, and what is it that
      does not?

      Elsewhere we examined the problem of Being and non-being and
      we also considered the question of the impossibility for
      Being or pure Spirit to evolve.

      Here we may consider the concept of fall. In fact,
      Tradition speaks of the Soul's fall, which implies that the
      Soul comes from Above. But what is meant by fall? And who
      has fallen?

      It is held by some that man is a 'stunned God', by others
      that he is a 'fallen Angel' -- which really is the same
      thing. Others hold that man, having disobeyed his Creator,
      has been banished to a world of conflict, and others still
      that, as he had freedom of choice, he has tied himself down
      with his own hands. There are other points of view, but we
      can draw some conclusions.

      The fall, from a philosophical point of view rather than a
      mystical one, may be taken to mean the scission of something
      that was once whole and integral. This split may produce
      oblivion of one's original oneness, thus generating duality.
      Unity is divided and the being, no longer a synthesis, is
      compelled to wander (movement) until it once more finds its
      unity. The one has fallen into the two, therefore into
      multiplicity, and in multiplicity there can be no synthesis
      and no homogeneousness, that is, no completeness. The
      scission is an act of alienation.

      If a human being, at a purely psychological level, were to
      be divided, his case would become pathological because, by
      losing his original individual identity, he would be forced
      to live in uncertainty and bewilderment. We can say that
      such a person would live like a ghost, a sleeper, or a
      sleep-walker. Likewise the individual, by dividing himself,
      has identified with his phenomenon-ghost, with his
      intstruments of contact, with his vehicles or bodies of
      manifestation, forgetting his other, we may say, divine
      counterpart. Some say that man has two selves, his divine
      Self and his individual one.

      Restless, constantly on the move, violent and troubled, man
      is in search of his forgotten half; he is in search of his
      own oneness and completeness. His restlessness is
      legitimate. What is not legitimate is the direction that it

      The human being, although forever seeking for his other half
      outside himself in the world of objects, will never be
      happy. However much he may give vent to his restlessness by
      acquiring material wealth, by self-asserting, in the quest
      for power, in wars, sex, family, etc. he will never be
      happy. He may dull himself, he may lose himself
      indefinitely in objects of all kinds, but he will never by
      happy and in peace, because he is without his other half.
      This is a fact and an evidence that needs no demonstration.
      Until he becomes reintegrated, even if he becomes master of
      the whole world, he cannot be happy and serene. He will
      always feel incomplete, unfulfilled, dissatisfied and will
      undoubtedly be missing something else. This urge to search
      is so strong because oneness -- never truly extinguished in
      the individual -- demands oneness. Every human desire is
      indicative of something missing, and however much man may
      comply with it, he will never feel satisfied until and
      unless such a desire is turned into an aspiration for unity.

      Desire is restlessness, is psychological movement; it is a
      burning need for satisfaction in order to gratify the maimed
      half that thirsts for completeness. Desire comes from
      scission and can be resolved only by putting the two halves
      together again.

      >From what has been said we can deduce that the demagogues to
      be feared most are those who try to offer up the 'things' of
      this phenomenal-material world to the mutilated part of
      being, to this half of the individual, which is eagerly
      looking for its happiness or its completeness, making him
      believe that they represent the solution to his problem. It
      is the vision of the 'golden calf'. In modern times this
      scission has widened and, as a consequence, the thirst for
      'things' has grown.

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