"There is one right way and many wrong ways to do anything. There is only one entrance to the great temple of universal knowledge. He who attempts to
go in by any other door, or to storm the citadel of truth, the same is a "thief and a robber." Those who dedicate themselves to the processes of
discipline and self-improvement set down by the old masters, are preparing themselves to enter the house of wisdom by the proper gate." ~ Manly P.
"The wise unify their consciousness and abandon attachment to the fruits of action, which binds a person to continual rebirth. Thus they attain a
state beyond all evil." The Bhagavad Gita 2:51
I am not here to tell you the right or wrong way. This is up to you and you only. The path to ones own truth is a personal one. The work is to be
done by you, inwardly and it is NOT easy. I am only here to share somethings I think may help us. I am not saying that discussion in masse is a bad
thing, but we must retain discretion and not just believe everything that blows by on recent post. Take in, dissect and hold what is true to you. But
most of all be discriminate.
I hoped to do this in one thread but I can see now that this is not possible. This will be the first of several parts.
I have frequented this forum for many years now, though I have only recently joined. In these years I have seen multiple threads a day pop up by
those that seem to be "in the know". Not saying that there are not ones in the know here, and I do not claim to be myself. I write this only by
learning from my own blunders and hope to be of service to others so that they might start off on good footing.
A little about me. I have delved into the esoteric sciences hard and heavy for the last two years. Fragments before, but with resolve in the last
two. I know that this does not sound like much, and it is not, this is the point! I do not speak with any authority. I am still suckling my milk for
babes and expect no shortcuts, nor want them!
To think that we can be "enlightened", "Raise The Serpent Fire", "Be one with The All" from reading a couple of threads is ludicrous at best,
dangerous at worst. And of those here that tell you they figured it out, tread lightly is all I can say!
There is a reason that the esoteric is called the esoteric. It was only for those that had proven themselves worthy to receive. I realize day by day
that I am not there and it is humbling. In my opinion it will take years, if not decades or lifetimes to even make a dent, as it should.
So much of the "New Age" material is actually based in the ancients text. In the days we live in today, and it is very exciting to me too, "science"
is catching up to what the sages of the past have been saying for ages. Myself, I look to the old original sources and work my way up to today.
In my opinion science will either make you an Atheist or a Believer in something higher. I fall into the latter category. Unity is a very hard thing
to grasp in this age of materialism, competition and the Eye for an Eye culture we are engulfed in. And this brings me back to the few, the worthy
that can see through this. The Test of test if you will?
I believe that atONEment is through ones Self. Not on the coat tails of someone else. This is the Great Work, a solitary one.
Back to the gist of this thread. The opening quote was from Manly Palmer
,Words To The Wise; A Practical Guide To The Esoteric
. The words in this thread are largely drawn verbatim from this book with many of my own.
This is not some plug on any one person or belief, but his words resonate with me profoundly and I think they are WORDS to ONES that wish to be wise,
This is a book I wish I had had from the start instead of just delving in without something to put me in check, and this is why I am posting this, to
hope it will help you as it has me. Myself, I always felt from the beginning that if you want to know where you are now, go to the past. Manly is not
the past I speak of, but he was along the same timeless line of wise, profound thinkers. He wrote this book in 1936 when the "New Thought" Esoteric
movement was in it's infancy. In the West the melding of Eastern thought and Western thought were coming together in MSM if you will. It was the days
when the modern industrial movement was gaining momentum as never before. And NOW we have gone past that exponentially. Some words of sages are
timeless and in my opinion, he is in those ranks.
I know some of you will shout, Manly P. Hall, Rosicrucian, 33rd Degree Mason, Theosophist, Heretic, or maybe Philosopher, but this book is generic and
WISE to anyone wishing to search the truth.
I will quote and not try to plagiarize anything from this book as there is not an out of copyright edition from PRS
. While I
respect, the message in this book is far too important ON THIS FORUM! Sorry, cannot external text this.
I will just point out the things I think are pertinent to seekers.
Chapter One: True and False Paths to Wisdom
Basically it covers two main paths. Internal (inspirational) and External sources.
Internal is self realization, inspiration. The things you FEEL from within to be true. There are advantages and disadvantages that might be
1: Knowledge from within is unadulterated by opinion and interpretation. i.e..dogma
2: Knowledge from within binds you more closely with the source, not dependent on organized religion.
3: Inspirational knowledge is attuned to the need of the individual who receives it. An inspiration does not flow into the consciousness unfit to
1: It is almost impossible for a person even with years of metaphysical study to distinguish between inspiration and imagination.
2: The mere fact that we cannot distinguish between true inspiration and imagination leaves us at the low faculties of our own subconscious wants and
3: As efforts to enhance inspirational faculties come, we can delude ourselves and deny evidence or truth and become obsessed or even possessed and
We are physical entities subject to the corruptions, desires, lust and visions of grandeur that are built into us. Without years of discipline,
discretion and balance, we can deceive ourselves.
Those who have achieved it are Silent and teach it in silence! Perhaps I am breaking this rule but I believe that selfless service outweighs when you
External Contact falls into three categories:
1: "Institutions or individuals claiming to possess an exact knowledge of the disciplines by which man may be elevated to a condition of spiritual
2: The literature of the ages, including religious and philosophical books. I agree with Manly that this is the best place to begin. Discern for
yourself what holds true to you. It is something that can come in the unadulterated peace of your own home.
3: Nature itself. It is a laboratory of natural law, cause and effect and spiritual processes. It takes what it needs and nothing more. Observe and
The main differences in the ancient mystery schools and the metaphysical movements in the last hundred+ years:
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