The Modern Spiritual Dilemma

"Each of us has potential access to infinite inner wisdom and unlimited potential. The power of a single person who accesses his/her full inner potential is beyond imagination. We have seen hints of what is possible. The stories of spiritual masters such as Jesus and Buddha, and more recently Gandhi, show the level of wisdom, charisma and sheer influence over large masses of people that is possible when self-mastery has been achieved. Secular examples of accessing our complete human potentiality include Thomas Edison, Leonardo da Vinci, and Michelangelo.”

The Modern Spiritual Dilemma

"Who am I? What am I here for? What did I come to do? How do I begin to access my full potential as a human being? Why bother in the first place?

These are the questions most people ask themselves at one time or another in their lives. The tragic reality of modern existence is that few of us ever find out. We fail to live up to our full potential, or to achieve the most meagre of our secret aspirations. In the West, we have freedom of expression, an excellent degree of liberty, and access to a vast range of knowledge at little cost. Yet, the sheer pressure of daily living prevents us from even beginning to fulfil our potential. Each person knows deep down that he or she is here for something. There is a reason for being born. But what on earth is it? We seem too distracted to find out.

You may read books and attend seminars. Often, you can feel inspired by what you learn. However, at other times you may feel overwhelmed or overawed by the superior advancement of the teacher. How can you hope to achieve such levels?

within many spiritual seekers, a quiet despair builds up. A person may sincerely want to release their creativity, find their life's purpose, and experience spiritual advancement. Yet, time and daily pressures subtly distract us all. Before we know it, years have passed. Little has been achieved. We may be paying the bills, raising the kids and driving a desirable car. Nevertheless, the seemingly inevitable sacrifice of our real objectives can leave us deeply unsatisfied with how life has worked out.

Worse still, many sincere seekers look around and observe others making progress and passing them by. Nothing feels worse than knowing you have tremendous undeveloped potential, and at the same time seeing others forging way ahead, whilst you do nothing. Spirituality is not a race and comparisons are as unhelpful in this arena as in any other. Nevertheless, many people do secretly harbor a"What's wrong with me?”mentality when they experience this sort of thing. It is a common feeling; not so much resentful jealousy, but rather an unconscious awareness that they themselves could have done far better, if they had only put their minds to it. Indeed, this is the absolute truth of the matter.

Each of us has potential access to infinite inner wisdom and unlimited potential. The power of a single person who accesses his/her full inner potential is beyond imagination. We have seen hints of what is possible. The stories of spiritual masters such as Jesus and Buddha, and more recently Gandhi, show the level of wisdom, charisma and sheer influence over large masses of people that is possible when self-mastery has been achieved. Secular examples of accessing our complete human potentiality include Thomas Edison, Leonardo da Vinci, and Michelangelo.

Of course, it is easy to raise these people up on pedestals and claim that we could never be like them. However, it is always the case that tremendous achievement is the result of single-minded dedication towards a desired goal. It is the result of accessing the hidden potentials that lie within. It has been truly said by Napoleon Hill, Earl Nightingale, and others that: "What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”Most of us have no trouble with the conceiving part of this formula. However, far fewer of use are able to believe what we can conceive, let alone put into practice a concerted plan for its attainment.

Moreover, the idea that there lies within each human being untapped infinite potential is more than people are prepared to accept. In this"believe it when I see it"World we live in, the idea that anything significant or useful lies beyond waking consciousness is too much to swallow. Even spiritually oriented people may give intellectual assent to the idea, without actually believing it to be true of themselves.

The Miracle Of The Human Brain

The mind is a complex miracle. In the last few decades, scientists have learned a tremendous amount regarding both brain and mind. However, what we know is as nothing compared to what we do not. The more we discover, the more staggering the human psyche seems to be. Complex and creative, it always has a new surprise in store.

The human brain is rapidly becoming one of the great marvels of the 20th century. Only in recent years have we come close to conceiving of its incredible potential. Earlier in the 20th century, Science believed that we utilize 50% of our brain capacity. In the 1960's, this estimate was revised to 40%, and then it dropped again 20-30% in the 1970's. By the 1980's, we were down to somewhere between 5-20%.

Current estimates indicate that the figure is actually closer to 1% or less! Doubtless, this figure too may be subject to revision in the future. So what is the rest of it doing? To all intents and purposes, our brains seem to be just coasting; marking time for some indefinite and mysterious purpose. We have yet to discover what that purpose is.

Your brain is made up of a huge number of individual cells - 1,000,000,000,000 or more. Each brain cell possesses literally thousands of branches emanating from it; connecting it to thousands of adjacent brain cells to form an infinitely complex web. In a real sense, every brain cell is connected via this system to every other brain cell. This means that the brain has undreamed of potential. It is infinite in its capabilities.

Brain expert, Tony Buzan, is fond of saying that the total number of thoughts which the human brain is capable of is the number 1 followed by 10.5 million kilometres of noughts!"No human yet exists who can use all the potential of his brain. This is why we don't accept any pessimistic estimates of the limits of the human brain. It is unlimited!" (Professor Petr Anokhin, Russian Neuro-Psychologist)"

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The fulfillment of eschatological instruction promised by Jesus
“The original meaning of the word ‘apocalypse’, derived from the Greek apokalypsis, is in fact not the cataclysmic end of the world, but an ‘unveiling’, or ‘revelation’, a means whereby one gains insight into the present.” (Kovacs, 2013, 2)
An apocalypse (Greek: apokalypsis meaning “an uncovering”) is in religious contexts knowledge or revelation, a disclosure of something hidden, “a vision of heavenly secrets that can make sense of earthly realities.” (Ehrman 2014, 59)
“An apocalypse (Ancient Greek: apokalypsis ... literally meaning "an uncovering") is a disclosure or revelation of great knowledge. In religious and occult concepts, an apocalypse usually discloses something very important that was hidden or provides what Bart Ehrman has termed, "A vision of heavenly secrets that can make sense of earthly realities". Historically, the term has a heavy religious connotation as commonly seen in the prophetic revelations of eschatology obtained through dreams or spiritual visions.” Wikipedia 2021-01-09

Shri Mataji
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi (1923-2011) was Christian by birth, Hindu by marriage, and Paraclete by duty.
Total number of recorded talks 3058: Public Programs 1178, Pujas 651, and other (private conversations) 1249

“The Paraclete will come (15:26; 16:7, 8, 13) as Jesus has come into the world (5:43; 16:28; 18:37)... The Paraclete will take the things of Christ (the things that are mine, ek tou emou) and declare them (16:14-15). Bishop Fison describes the humility of the Spirit, 'The true Holy Spirit of God does not advertise Herself: She effaces Herself and advertises Jesus.' ...
It is by the outgoing activity of the Spirit that the divine life communicates itself in and to the creation. The Spirit is God-in-relations. The Paraclete is the divine self-expression which will be and abide with you, and be in you (14:16-17). The Spirit's work is described in terms of utterance: teach you, didasko (14:26), remind you, hypomimnesko (14:26), testify, martyro (15:26), prove wrong, elencho (16:8), guide into truth, hodego (16:13), speak, laleo (16:13, twice), declare, anangello (16:13, 14, 15). The johannine terms describe verbal actions which intend a response in others who will receive (lambano), see (theoreo), or know (ginosko) the Spirit. Such speech-terms link the Spirit with the divine Word. The Spirit's initiatives imply God's personal engagement with humanity. The Spirit comes to be with others; the teaching Spirit implies a community of learners; forgetful persons need a prompter to remind them; one testifies expecting heed to be paid; one speaks and declares in order to be heard. The articulate Spirit is the correlative of the listening, Spirit-informed community.
The final Paraclete passage closes with a threefold repetition of the verb she will declare (anangello), 16:13-15. The Spirit will declare the things that are to come (v.13), and she will declare what is Christ's (vv. 14, 15). The things of Christ are a message that must be heralded...
The intention of the Spirit of truth is the restoration of an alienated, deceived humanity... The teaching role of the Paraclete tends to be remembered as a major emphasis of the Farewell Discourses, yet only 14:26 says She will teach you all things. (Teaching is, however, implied when 16:13-15 says that the Spirit will guide you into all truth, and will speak and declare.) Franz Mussner remarks that the word used in 14:26, didaskein, "means literally 'teach, instruct,' but in John it nearly always means to reveal.” (Stevick 2011, 292-7)
The Holy Spirit as feminine: Early Christian testimonies and their interpretation,
Johannes van Oort, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Department of Church History and Church Polity, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa


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