The best didactic for the dissolution of the “I” is found in an intensely lived practical life.
Interrelationships are a marvelous full length mirror in which the “I” can be thoroughly contemplated.
In relationships with our fellowmen, the defects that are hidden flourish spontaneously from within the depths of our subconsciousness. The defects leap out because our subconsciousness betrays us. Only if we are in a state of alert perception can we see them as they really are.
For the Gnostic, the greatest joy and celebration comes from the discovery of one of his defects, because that discovered defect will become a dead defect. When we discover a defect, we must view it much like someone who is watching a scene from a movie, but we must not condemn or justify it.
It is not enough to intellectually comprehend the psychological defect. It is necessary to submerge ourselves into profound inner meditation in order to catch the defect in all the levels of the mind.
The mind has many levels and profundities. If we have not comprehended a defect in all the levels of the mind then we have done nothing. Therefore, that defect will continue to exist like a tempting demon in the depths of our own subconsciousness.
When a defect is integrally comprehended in all the levels of the mind, then that defect disintegrates and the “I” which characterizes it is reduced to cosmic dust.
This is how we keep on dying from moment to moment. This is how we keep establishing within ourselves a Permanent Center of Consciousness, a center of permanent gravity.
The Buddhadatu, the Buddhist principle, exists within the interior of every human being who is not yet in the final state of degeneration. This Buddhadatu is the psychic material or raw material that can be fabricated into what is called a Soul.
The pluralized “I” foolishly spends such psychic material in absurd atomic explosions of envy, covetousness, hatred, jealousy, fornication, attachments, vanity, etc.
As the pluralized “I” dies from moment to moment, the psychic material accumulates within us, thus becoming a Permanent Center of Consciousness.
This is how we individualize ourselves little by little. By de-egotizing ourselves, we individualize ourselves. However, we must clarify that individuality is not everything; with the event of Bethlehem we must move onto super-individuality.
The work of the dissolution of the “I” is something very serious. We need to study ourselves profoundly in all the levels of the mind. The “I” is a book of many chapters.
We need to study our dialectic, our thoughts, our emotions, our actions from moment to moment, without justifying or condemning them. We need to integrally comprehend each and every one of our defects in all the profundities of our mind.
The pluralized “I” is the subconsciousness. When we dissolve the “I,” the subconsciousness becomes consciousness.
We need to convert the subconsciousness into consciousness. This is only possible by achieving the annihilation of the “I.”
The one who enjoys continuous consciousness lives consciously in every moment, not only in the physical world but also in the superior worlds.
This present humanity is ninety-seven percent subconscious. This is why humanity sleeps profoundly in both the physical world and the supra-sensible worlds, not only during the sleep of the physical body, but also after death.
We need the death of the “I.” We need to die from moment to moment, here and now, not only in the physical world, but in all the planes of the Cosmic Mind as well.
We must be merciless towards ourselves and carry out the dissection of the “I” with the great scalpel of self-criticism.
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