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Originally posted by yeht
What sort of secret society is this about?
Stanley Kubrick, 2001 A Space Odyssey
You can believe whatever you want. Just remember:
"The most dangerous potion that the tenebrous ones use in order to take the student out of the path of the razor's edge is the intellect (which is fascinated with ideas, concepts, theories, and does not see the conscious values of any given thing)..."
As for myself, Eyes Wide Shut demonstrated to me the very real facts of what is going on behind the Hollywood facade.
(The film is a blatant demonstration of Initiation into the Black Lodge).
Perhaps that is why the Law took him away the day he finished the film.
Stanley Kubrick, 2001 A Space Odyssey
You are taking the film only on the literal level.
The entire drama is a manipulation by Alice, who is already awake and a memeber of the society, who is working with them to bring her husband into it.
As an awakened person (in evil) she does not dream: she is awake in those experiences, and is working the egos of her husband into to awaken him. This is what black magicians do, and the film reflects that.
Even more disturbing is that the film does it in such an accurate way that you still do not see it! That is how clever black magicians are in your life, and that is how clever Kubrick was, too.
Eyes Wide Shut is a blatant demonstration of how persons who are awakened in evil manipulate forces in order to initiate others into their path. This is happening on a daily basis, and is happening in our own lives, too, especially when we are being shown Gnosis. There are persons in our lives who work in very subtle and clever ways to divert us from the path. I have personal experience of cases in which those persons even remain as members of Gnostic schools in order to destroy those groups slowly over time. These persons are wives and husbands and teachers and friends, and there is no concrete physical evidence of their activities. The film demonstrates this. They look innocent; so you have to use a lot of intuition and inner experiences in order to know that facts. The same goes for this movie.
A text called the Sacred Words of Manjushri, composed by the Indian master Buddhajnana, mentions that because of the physical structure of our bodies and the elements that we possess as human beings inhabiting this planet, even on an ordinary level, there are certain occasions when we experience the subtle level of clear light, naturally. These occur during sleep, yawning, fainting and sexual climax.
This shows that we have within ourselves a certain potential which we can explore further. And among these four states, the best opportunity for further development is during the sexual intercourse.
Although I am using this ordinary term, sexual climax, it does not imply the ordinary sexual act. The reference here is to the experience of entering into union with a consort of the opposite sex, by means of which the elements at the crown are melted, and through the power of meditation the process is also reversed.
A prerequisite of such a practise is that you should be able to protect yourself from the fault of seminal emission. According to the explanation of the Kalachakra Tantra in particular, such emission is said to be very damaging to your practice. Therefore, because you should not experience emission even in dreams, the tantras describe different techniques for overcoming this fault.
This contrasts with the Vinaya explanation, which sets out the code of discipline for Buddhist monks, in which exception is made for emission in dreams, because it is beyond your control, whereas in tantra it is considered an offence. The experience of melting the mind of enlightement is brought about by ordinary afflicted desire, so the practitioner must be able to generate it.
The point is that due to the force of desire, you are able to melt the elements within your body. Consequently, when you experience the nonconceptual state, you should be able to direct your attention to meditation on emptiness. So, when you experience a nonconceptual state as a result of the elements melting within your body, if you are able to generate that understanding into a realization of emptiness, you will have achieved the feat of transforming a disturbing emotion, desire, into the wisdom realizing emptiness.
When you are able to employ this nonconceptual blissful mind in realizing emptiness, the result is a powerful wisdom that serves as an antidote to counteract and eliminate diusturbing emotions. Therefore, it is a case of wisdom derived from disturbing emotions counteracting and eliminating them, just as insects born from wood consume it.
This is the significance of the Buddha's assuming the form of a meditational deity, the principal deity of the mandala, and entering into union with the consort when he taught the tantric path. Therefore, in the course of their practice, practitioners generate themselves on an imaginary level into such deities in union with a consort...