Shri Mataji: "Self-Realization will progressively lead to the creation of a new race for the new Age."
Ohiyesa"Each soul must meet the morning sun, the new sweet earth, and the Great Silence alone! What is Silence? It is the Great Mystery! The Holy Silence is His voice!"
— Ohiyesa (Dr. Charles Alexander Eastman), Santee Sioux
"As you are probably aware, there have been many sages and teachers who have arisen and shared with us their eloquence, their own revelations and reflections about silence, the truth and the secret of life and living. This"many"unfortunately has taken thousands of years to accumulate. The reality is that there are very few fully illumined beings ever alive at one moment. Perhaps there is a reason for this, not the scope of this discussion though.
One of the most influential and treasured of all was a man named Ramana Maharshi, from India. It is my humble opinion that he presents the most clear, gentle and loving approach to human freedom in history. At the core of his teachings are profound references to silence. Ramana speaks about pure silence this way:
"What exists in truth is the Self alone. The self is that where there is absolutely no"I"thought. That is called Silence. The Self itself is the world; the Self itself is"I"; the Self itself is God."
"The inner silence is self-surrender. And that is living without the sense of ego. Solitude is in the mind of humanity. Silence is ever speaking; it is the perennial flow of"language."It is interrupted by speaking; for words obstruct this mute language. Silence is permanent and benefits the whole of humanity... By silence, eloquence is meant. It is the best language. There is a state when words cease and silence prevails."
"There is Consciousness along with quietness in the mind; this is exactly the state to be aimed at."
"In samadhi* there is only the feeling"I am"And no thoughts. The experience"I am"Is being still. The Self is God."I am"Is God. All that is required to realize the Self is to be still.
The Spiritual Teaching of Ramana Maharshi
Shambala Dragon Books 1988.
*samadhi is a state of silent absorption in the Self, in God, in Nothingness of Mind itself, in Pure Silence
"Q: My approach is not so absolute, hence my question. Throughout the West people are in search of something real. They turn to science, which tells them a lot about matter, a little about the mind and nothing about the nature and purpose of consciousness. To them reality is objective, outside the observable and describable, directly or by inference; about the subjective aspect of reality they know nothing. It is extremely important to let them know that there is reality and it is to be found in the freedom of consciousness from matter and its limitations and distortions. Most of the people in the world just do not know that there is reality which can be found and experienced in consciousness. It seems very important that they should hear the good news from somebody who has actually experienced it. Such witnesses have always existed and their testimony is precious.
M: Of course. The gospel of self-realization, once heard, will never be forgotten. Like a seed left in the ground, it will wait for the right season and sprout and grow into a mighty tree."
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, page 174
Published by Acorn Press (1973)
"TOWARDS THE MILLENNIUM
The year 2000 marks not only the beginning of a new century, but, according to those whose words are recorded in the following pages (of Revelation: Wisdom of the Ages by Paul Roland), it heralds the dawning of a New Age, an age which will witness an evolutionary leap in consciousness, culminating in a spiritual Renaissance for humanity. Such a change will not come for the asking. We may be forced to re- evaluate our attitude to organized religion, our obligation to humanity and certainly our perception of the Universe and our purpose in it, a revolution which has apparently already begun... that the most significant changes will come about within the lifetime of most of us, but there are conflicting views as to how the changes will transpire.
Some say it will be forced upon us through the catharsis of crisis and conflict in the manner of a biblical apocalypse. Others prophesy a gradual awakening of consciousness resulting from a crisis of conscience, with the conflict being waged between our self-interest and the"divine discontent"felt by our Higher Selves.
At the end of a century in which we set our sights on outer space, we may find that our future depends on our success in exploring the infinity of inner space."
Paul Roland, Revelation: Wisdom of the Ages
Ulysses Press, 1995, p. 133.
"And now, in the last quarter of the century, there is a renewed interest in the esoteric, but this is of a more mature, spiritual nature than was shown by the sensational spiritualism of the earlier period. Esoteric thought, it seems, is not immune to a renewed surge of energy and looks like being stimulated into a re-evaluation of its beliefs, just at a time when the rest of humanity will have to question theirs.
Through Alice Bailey," The Tibetan"predicted that in the first quarter of the 21st century there will be a restoration of the Ancient Mysteries, which have been debased by Black Magic. These will now be expressed at a higher level. This is part of the"Great Plan" and will pave the way for an event described as"Externalization of the Hierarchy", when those on earth who are spiritually advanced will work consciously with the brotherhood to help humanity.
The effect of this surge in our spiritual evolution is predicted to be dramatic, especially for those who are unprepared. Such people will resist the changes, clinging all the more desparately to their materialictic values.
"The Mysteries will be restored in other ways also, for they contain much besides which the Masonic rites can reveal or that religious rituals and ceremonies can disclose ... The Mysteries will restore colour and music as they essentially are to the world ... in such a manner that the creative art of today will be to this new creative art what a child's building of wooden blocks is to a great cathedral such as Durham or Milan. The Mysteries, when restored, will make real — in a sense incomprehensible to you at present — the nature of religion, the purpose of science and the goal of education. These are not what you think today ..."
Beyond these sensational claims of a world-wide re-awakening to the Ageless Wisdom is the fundamental belief shared by many of the esoteric and religious traditions that man must first demonstrate the will to develop, before the benign forces — whether we imagine them to be"Hidden Masters," our own Higher Self or a Messiah — are allowed to intervene to help us."
Paul Roland, Revelation: Wisdom of the Ages
Ulysses Press, 1995, p. 109-9.
The Spirit-Paraclete"Of course, this is also the age of science and technology in which human beings progressed beyond the stage of blind faith. And in this great happening of the Last Judgment and the Resurrection Time, one need not, and should not, believe blindfolded in whatever is said about ascent or salvation, but should treat it like a hypothesis, and observe the facts with an open mind like a scientist. Of course, if a hypothesis is proved, then any honest, scientifically minded modern person has to accept it. The pure Knowledge of the Divine, manifesting itself directly through Self-Realization, will progressively lead to the creation of a new race for the new Age. This Knowledge is not then for very few privileged individuals, as it was in the past, but for the benevolence of the whole world. In this way, the last breakthrough of our evolution will be achieved en masse. The entire human race can be renewed and transformed. Dharma, righteousness, will once again be universally respected, and human beings will live in Peace, harmoniously with themselves, with Nature, and with each other...
In My opinion every Westerner has, as a matter of urgency, to understand the vital role he has to play in this great Age of Transformation and of the Last Judgment.
The Western mind has to realize the enormous responsibility which has been placed upon the West, and the Western people need urgently to find out how to achieve the balance not in terms of money, but in the vision of their responsibility. This is very much required for the ascent of the whole humanity, otherwise on whom will the blame of destroying the innate human culture by the dynamism of modernism lie — the advanced or underdeveloped?
In these Modern Times, in the evolutionary process, we have reached the state of human awareness. This human awareness can work through its thinking, rationality or conditioning. Many modern poets have described them as the calls of Freedom of the Self. But what if one can rise to a higher dimension of awareness? Why not open our hearts and minds to the unique discovery that has been revealed for this vital ascent? The Kingdom of God that we were promised is at hand. This is not a phrase out of a sermon or a lecture, but it is the actualisation of the experience of the highest Truth which is Absolute, now manifesting itself in ordinary people at this present moment."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
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