On His Final Night of Enlighten’ment

On the night of his final enlightenment, even the Buddha had to call on the power of the Earth goddess, the divine Shakti, for help with the forces of Mara/s, the dark powers of delusion. Buddha touched the ground where he sat. “This Earth,” he said, “is my witness.” This statement could be taken further: this Earth is my family member, my sister, myself. 

Demonic Forces: The Four Maras

  • To make one ecstatic (dga’-byed)
  • To make one crave (sred-byed)
  • To make one stupefied (rmongs-byed), which perhaps suggests making one spaced out or senile
  • To make one thin, emaciated and dried out (skem-byed), which, in this context, could mean worn out, hungry, and thirsty, so that one gives up meditation. In other contexts, perhaps it is the work of Mara that we become dried out and have no moisture of compassion.
  • To make one dead (‘chi-byed), which, in this context, could perhaps make Shiva worry that he will die while meditating, so being afraid of that, he would get up.

https://studybuddhism.com/en/advanced-studies/lam-rim/samsara-nirvana/demonic-forces-the-four-maras

 

To be HERE is to GROW: Individual PATH

When someone openly regards their own systems of thought as monumentally important, they are divulging a deep crack in their own core. An inner struggle is being played out publicly. Still, they insist that they are altruistically devoted to just getting the information out, serving as a conduit for sacred knowledge, helping the global awakening, serving the planetary spirit. Or some shit like that.

Many people put an artificial sealing over their work and research, getting stuck in a tunnel vision of topics they keep focusing on, trying to explain everything through it instead of being truly open-minded and looking at the many other angles of our multifaceted reality. Don’t attach yourself to anything you can’t honorably walk away from. Keep free and flexible. Have the courage to discriminate. Learn to know when you are hearing dogma. Know when you are hearing the shriek of the ego.

The power in you is your uniqueness and individuality. How you see and move in the world is a precious bequest to the divine source from where you came and where you go back to.

 If you walk around any city, you will see people choosing not to control themselves and therefore they become followers, not independent, not individuals, not pioneers, not explorers. It’s an anti-human way to follow.

The biggest threat the establishment has is individuality, people who think for themselves, people who say: no more of this group mentality. I don’t care what they are following. It could be the best yoga, the best spiritual guru, it could be a beautiful ancient Hindu, german or french texts, whatever. I don’t care.

If you are following, you are doing it wrong. The only path is the path of the Individual. That is what it is all about and what you are here for.

There is an esoteric axiom, all untrue things eventually destroy themselves. Empire, as long as “I” get out of the way, is burning itself out and it’s a natural power of the evolutionary process. In mystical studies, you’ll find that this has happened before. It has happened periodically over millions of years, not thousands, but millions of years.

And the message is always, look, humans, you are super powerful. It’s the divine will, a metaphysical spark of creation within you, call it what you wish. To be here is to grow and explore as an Individual. If we are not doing that, we give that power away, we surrender it, and there are other beings in this world who will gladly take that and do something else with that. And that’s how the empire rises.”

– Neil Kramer