Fate can be altered when the Logos or Christ wants to do so...
If the Intimate Lord had not made forgiveness and negotiations possible, many who could have been saved would have been sunk.
Negotiations and forgiveness were made possible for the salvation of the world.
The Great Compassionate One loves this entire suffering humanity. - Samael Aun Weor, The Pistis Sophia Unveiled
Karma is not a blind, merciless law. If it were, God would not be merciful. But God is merciful. God is love, and, in fact, Love is the Law. This Gnostic teaching was given to us out of Love. And it is good, and helpful, and beautiful, but it also hard and difficult to accept. The teachings can seem harsh, bitter, even cruel, but that is what we need in order to see the truth in ourselves. The medicine for the soul does not taste like sugar. Yet, it is still Love.
Karma is medicine that is applied to us for our own good...
If there were no karma, everything would be much worse than it is now. But because there are consequences for our actions, we are kept in check, and we are forced to learn. We learn by suffering the consequences.
Gnosis teaches us that everything in nature has it's intelligence: rocks, plants, animals, etc. There is a living spirit behind it all. And this is also true of karma. Karma is managed by conscious, active, intelligent forces, but these forces are far beyond the comprehension of our intellectual minds.
Karma itself is managed by conscious intelligence. All great religions and mystical traditions teach that we must account for our actions in the end: there will be a time when we must face a judge of a tribunal, and answer for our lives.
Now, as strange as it might sound, the gods and goddesses of the ancient religions are not all myths; many are awakened beings, buddhas or angels, that are still active in other planes of consciousness. Gnosis teaches us that the vast force of karma is managed by Anubis, the jackal headed god. Anubis is a conscious, awakened being, like an angel or a god, who has the duty of managing our karma. He is assisted by 42 Judges or Lords of the Law, who are also awakened beings. He wears a mask to hide his face, in order to be impartial.
In the Egyptian Mysteries, the Egyptian Book of the Dead, we can study the process of the measurement of karma. The deceased person is brought before a great tribunal, and the weight of his karma, symbolized by his heart, is measured against a feather. Anubis attends the scale, the balance of actions and consequences, and the scale that measures our deeds. All of our actions are recorded in a book. And so we are judged: if we were self-serving and acted without care, then we owe and must pay. And if we served others, and did good deeds, then we are owed, and must be paid.
But let us not have any fantasies about this. Let us examine ourselves honestly, and look at even the little we know about this life, not even accounting all the past lives: how would we come out?
We demand fidelity from the spouse when we ourselves have been adulterers in this life or in previous lives.We know the truth. We know that we live life as if we had an unlimited balance credit card that we never have to pay back. And we spend and spend.
We ask for love when we have been merciless and cruel. We demand comprehension when we have never known how to comprehend anyone, when we have never learned to see the other person's point of view.
We long for immense good fortune when we have always been the origin of many misfortunes.
We would have liked to have been born in a very beautiful home with many comforts, when in past lives we did not know how to provide a home and beauty for our children.
We protest against persons who insult us when we have always insulted everyone who surrounds us.
We want our children to obey us when we have never known how to obey our parents.
Slander annoys us terribly when we were always slanderers and filled with world with pain.
Gossip upsets us, we do not want anyone to gossip about us, however we were always involved in gossip and backbiting, talking badly about our fellowmen, mortifying the lives of others.
That is, we always demand what we have not given; in all our former lives we were evil and we deserve the worst, but we suppose that we should be given the best. - Samael Aun Weor
But surely we, as students of Gnosis, are beginning to see that this is not realistic. Nor is it beneficial for anyone, including ourselves. And so we must find out: what can we do? What can we do, to negotiate our karma? When we are brought before Anubis, what will we have to offer, to pay for all the evil things we have done?
We should never protest against our karma. What is important is to know how to negotiate it.
Unfortunately, the only thing that occurs to people when they find themselves in great sorrow is to wash their hands like Pilate, saying that they have not done anything bad, that they are not guilty, that they are just souls, etc.
I tell those who are in misery to examine their conduct, to judge themselves, to sit even for an instant on the bench of the accused, after a superficial analysis of themselves, to modify their conduct. If those that find themselves to be without work would become chaste, infinitely charitable, peaceful, one hundred percent helpful, it is obvious that they would radically alter the cause of their misfortune, modifying as a consequence, the effect.
It is not possible to alter the effect if at first the cause which produced it has not been radically modified, since as we have already said, there does not exist effect without cause nor cause without effect. - Samael Aun Weor
We must take action. So again, we must look at action and consequence.
There are three types of acts:
- those which correspond to the Law of Accident.
- those which belong to the Law of Recurrence, events that always repeat themselves
- acts which are intentionally determined by conscious will.
Even then, we all do things knowing that it is wrong. We know it is wrong to speak badly of others, to criticize, to curse. We know it is wrong to treat one another badly. And yet we do. We feel justified. We feel that it is our right. And we feel that others deserve to suffer.
We do not realize what we are doing.
"Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." We are the crucifiers of purity, and we do not know what we do. We are unaware, and are driven by selfish desire.
And so, we get angry when we are accused. We are envious of other's looks. We are proud when we are proven right. We are afraid when we may be discovered. We are constantly, from moment to moment, in tension, because we are so under the influence of hidden motivations and impulses, and we are running from event to event, from scene to scene, always with the subtle belief that somehow we will get away with it all.
Perhaps some of us are seeing this, and want to change. But then, when we want to change, when we want to behave better, and find that it is so hard, what do we do?
The Gnostic Esoteric Work teaches us that we do not have real Will: and this is something we can all begin to recognize immediately upon entering into these studies, when we "forget" our exercises, or "forget" to meditate, or "forget" to observe ourselves. You can see how little willpower you have when you try to meditate and the pain comes, when doubt comes, when the mind refuses to accept what is being taught here. Our consciousness, that which is pure and real in us, is trapped in the complication of the mind, and is dominated by the mind, therefore it our own mind that pushes us to act, usually in ways that we do not see.
Every time we set an intention, a goal, we are doing that in the presence of one or more formations in the mind. And because our mind is a chaos of jumbled formations, millions of different "I's," a few moments later, without us realizing it, a new "I" or gang of "I's" creeps in, and there is a totally new agenda. So I go from one direction to another, from one belief to another, from one feeling to another. There is no consistency. Thus, I have no real Will. I cannot set an Aim and stick to it. It is not possible for me, unless I work very hard, concentrate, and make supreme effort. Most everything in life has to be supportive of this aim, or it will not happen. So if I am full of envy and want to be genuinely happy for the well-being of others, it will be very difficult for me to manifest this reality: it will take constant supervision and work. This effort is very important. For while we remain in the state we are in, without real Will, and victim to the surging sea of the mind, and the surging sea of Karma and the Law of Accident and the Law of Recurrence, we are completely out of control, and have no influence on the direction and purpose of our lives. We may think we have some control, but witness anyone you know who has suddenly become sick, or had a bad accident, or been abandoned by a spouse, or fired from a job: there is no real control, it is an illusion.
And witness when you tell yourself, I will not get angry, and yet, you do. Or I will not eat the chocolate, and you do. Or I will not spend more money, and you do. Desire. The mind is in control. And this is a problem of astronomical proportions.
Now that we understand that we are generating a constant stream of unconsciously created effects, and since we have no real Will, no real ability to act without the influence of the mind, what can we do?
This is the purpose of these studies: to teach us, to help us understand what we can do.
The first, and absolutely essential, unavoidable step: recognizing the true state of our affairs.
We must see ourselves objectively, without lying to ourselves. We must be sincere and deeply honest. Otherwise, we are lost.
When we can be truly honest with ourselves, seeing ourselves as we really are, then change becomes possible.
If you wish to untie a knot, you must first understand how it was tied. - Buddha ShakyamuniSo, in this moment, this precise moment, we must begin. And each moment, we must remember. What is motivating you right now? Are you feeling uncomfortable? Is the chair very hard? Are you suddenly besieged by the list of things you have to do? Why? Why in this moment should you think about tomorrow? Are you feeling excited? Are you eager to learn this, to learn this knowledge, to apply it to your life? Good, then notice that feeling: but also notice when it leaves, because it will... and be prepared to see what comes next.
The essential point is to separate yourself from your mind and simply observe: observe yourself and your surroundings as if you have never seen any of it before, as if waking up from sleepwalking, and not knowing how you got here: you must try to see everything in a new way. This curious, constant, active watchfulness must never become passive, an assumption, a casual thing. Remember: the mind, thinking, IS NOT observing. Thinking is thinking. Observing is an act of attention and requires no thought.
Today, tomorrow, the next day, on and on, every moment of every day, remembering: to observe yourself, to remember yourself, to feel yourself in your body, and to look out on the world as a strange place, always new, always changing. To be curious about what is happening in the mind, in the feelings, in the body, and to be looking for those secret motivations, those secret feelings. This is the absolute foundation of everything: because this is the only way you will come to see the truth of your mind, and thus the truth of your life. Likewise, this is the only way you will stop creating formations in the mind.
Hand in hand with self-observation must be the consistent practice of meditation. Someone who takes the practice of meditation seriously, just on the most mundane practical level of simply having the discipline to sit down and concentrate for one hour a day, is developing conscious Will. One has to overcome enormous resistence; this is not a pleasant thing to do all the time. It is not something that you can even evaluate, and see, "Yes, I am enjoying this and that, it is very pleasurable for me, I had this and that experience, etc." This is not the point. Experiences and visions and insight are the fruits of the work of meditation, but they are not the PURPOSE of it. The purpose of it is not satisfactory to the mind, and it will never interest the mind. The mind is only interested in feeding itself, in supporting itself, and the nature of the mind is complexity, conflict, and the satisfaction of desire. Meditation runs contrary to all of these things.
Meditation is profoundly important, because it is here, in this effort, that we begin to stabilize the mind, to calm the inner turmoil, and we begin to develop insight. Insight into ourselves, insight into reality. This is an exact science, and it is laid out for us in a very precise, very detailed way. It is not about spacing out or visualizing one's desires, or daydreaming: it is about developing the consciousness, sharpening concentration and penetrating the complexity of the mind. And this science, Gnosis, contains the methods and techniques we need to eliminate the formations in the mind. And we must clean out the mind, we must eliminate those "I's" that cause us so much suffering, if we want to change our karma, if we want to change the momentum that is carrying us around the wheel toward inescapable suffering.
Integral with these steps is the glue that will hold them together, and will be the glue that will hold you together when you feel you cannot do it: prayer. Pray. Pray unceasingly, every moment, every day: You must pray, because you yourself cannot change the mess of the mind: only God can.
To pray is to converse with God. We must appeal to God the Mother deep within us if we truly want to disintegrate the "I's." He who does not love his Mother, the ungrateful son, will fail in the work upon himself.Included in our every prayer should always be the following:
Each of us has his particular, individual Divine Mother. She herself is a part of our own Being.
All ancient people adored "God the Mother" in the very depths of the Being. The feminine principal of the Eternal is Isis, Mary, Tonantzin, Cybeles, Rhea, Adonia, Insoberta, etc.
Our individual, particular Divine Mother, by virtue of her fiery powers, can reduce to cosmic dust any one of those many "I's" that has been previously observed and comprehended.
A specific formula is not in anyway necessary to pray to our inner Divine Mother. We should be very natural and simple when we address her. The child who speaks to his mother never uses special formulas. He says what comes from his heart and that is all. - Samael Aun Weor
Thy Will be done, on earth (the physical body) as in Heaven.We are in trouble with the Law because we act upon our own Will, the Will of the ego. In order to change this, we must change. We must enact the Will of our own God. Therefore, we should always pray that whatever we ask for, whatever we pray for, whatever we want in life, should always be given in accordance with the will of our Father, and in accordance with the Law of Karma. Otherwise, we can fall into mistakes.
Prayer is fundamental. We must appeal to our Inner God for help, for guidance, for understanding. And we must beg our Divine Mother to disintegrate the evil in our minds.
Now, this is not the complete practice of psychoanalytical meditation, but it gives you the essential idea. (For more information, study the online course Introduction to Gnostic Meditation).
The wonderful thing is, as we clean out the mind with this practice, we begin to experience glimmers of direct experience, of reality, of God, of the higher planes of consciousness. We open up to God, and to the direct perception of reality.
These steps help us begin to develop awareness of the truth of our lives, and give us the insight and knowledge we need to act properly, with conscious awareness. Then, by conscious action from moment to moment, we save more energy than we waste, and we gather conscious experience of life, and we begin to create a momentum of conscious effects: all of which leads to the possibility of escaping the Wheel altogether.
The Three Factors
The Master Jesus said,
If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.- Mark 9:34If any man would come after me - If any of us want to know God as He does, if any of us want to awaken, to know the mysteries of life and death, to know the Truth, to understand, to be free from uncertainty, to KNOW, then we should follow this instruction.
First: "Let him deny himself." Deny your desire. Deny your mind. Go against that which drives you. Go against your blind passion, your lust, your anger, your envy... Observe yourself. Develop this profound ability to be aware at all times, in all circumstances, so that you can know the mind and it's deceptions, and become free of it. To deny oneself is to deny the ego: to cease it's activities, to meditate upon it, and to eliminate it through transmutation. This is DEATH: the death of the crusty, blackened formations in the mind. The death of desire.
Second: "Take up his cross." The cross is a symbol of many meanings. First, the cross is a symbol of our karma. We must carry a heavy cross on our walk to mystical death: to complete our work on ourselves requires tremendous willpower, because every step of the path is painful and difficult. The cross is also it is the symbol of Alchemy: the work to create the soul. This is BIRTH: as the ego dies, through our initiations and the comprehension of the ego, we pay our karma, and the soul is born in us.
Third: "Follow me." Follow in his example. What is his example? Complete service to suffering humanity. He did not live for his own desires or pleasures. He did not live to serve himself, to glorify himself. Every action, every word, every breath, was solely for our benefit, for the benefit of all beings: this truly is the greatest compassion, the greatest sacrifice. To serve others, to give our last drop of blood our of love for others. This is SACRIFICE. Let it be understood that His example is very severe: he did not give only when it was convenient, or when it was affordable or easy. He gave always and without hesitation. He gave everything of Himself for our sake. This is the model we must follow. To sacrifice is painful. To give something away that we do not want or need is not a sacrifice. To give something that we do not care about is not sacrifice. Sacrifice occurs when we give up something precious, vital, dear to ourselves, like Abraham sacrificing his own son because God told him to do it. This is sacrifice.
Behold, the Three Factors for the Revolution of the Consciousness.
The integration of these three factors results in the method to walk the path in equilibrium: if we are denying our ego (death), awakening the consciousness (birth) and serving humanity (sacrifice), we are performing Right Action.
When an inferior law is transcended by a superior law, the inferior law is washed away.
Right Action. Really, this means conscious action. This is the third type of action: produced by conscious will. This means it is action that is done with full conscious awareness of what is being done.
The results are always that which speak; it serves no purpose to have good intentions if the results are disastrous.- Samael Aun WeorOur intentions are not weighed on the scale: our actions and the results are. Therefore, we need to know how to act properly, not merely relying on our good intentions. This especially applies to meditation and self-remembering: what counts is the hard reality of the dissolved ego. "Meaning well" means nothing in Gnosis. Do not "intend" to meditate: do it! Actions speak!
To enact this understanding in the rest of our life is a daily challenge. On the most mundane, easy to understand level (yet still very difficult to actualize), it means to do things as you would have them done to you. If you want to be treated well, then treat others well, and you create a cycle of actions and consequences.
On a more difficult to accomplish level is action that is conscious, but is a sacrifice, or is opposed to our normal self-serving way. If someone offends you, and does something that you consider to be really terrible, then Right Action may be to forgive them and love them anyway, and to help them without judging them or trying to tell them what you think of them.
A good example of this type of conscious action can be found in the life of Gandhi. There was a tremendous upheaval in India, and the Muslims and Hindus were killing each other. This was a very bitter and very violent civil war, and many, many people were being killed and maimed. To protest it Gandhi was fasting, refusing to eat, because he understood that they were all unable to listen to reason, being so motivated by passionate hatred and anger.
Even though he was Hindu, he was well loved by Muslims and Hindus alike, and so people eventually responded to his protest and stopped fighting and killing, and many, many people came to see him, lying on his bed, near dead from lack of food.
One Hindu man came to him, and was crying in remorse, and said he realized he had done terrible things, and he said he had killed many Muslims, and had killed even women and children. This man was deeply remorseful and asked what could he ever do to make up for it, and because he was so remorseful and recognized that he was responsible, Gandhi knew he was open to hearing. So Gandhi told the man to go find a Muslim child and take him as his own child and raise him, and the man eagerly agreed to this, and was very grateful. But Gandhi said, wait, that is not all, you must raise him as a Muslim. Of course, this stunned the Hindu man: to raise a child of his enemy according to the ways of his enemy? This is, of course, the right thing to do.
This is Right Action. This is conscious action. This is sacrifice, and is a beautiful example for all of us to learn from. But remember: sacrifice means we give something up. The Hindu man of our example was going to have to give up a lot: his social image, his pride, his vanity, his own religion, all for the benefit of a child, and as penance for his wrong actions...
All of these steps, from self-observation, meditation, the elimination of formations in the mind, and conscious action in life, sacrifice, create new consequences.
It is not possible to alter the effect if at first the cause which produced it has not been radically modified... - Samael Aun WeorIt is not possible to radically change our own lives if the causes of our problems are not changed. We need to see the causes of our problems, which are all within our own mind (self-observation of the three brains, and self-remembering), comprehend them (meditation) and change them (sacrifice).
In this manner we can give ourselves more opportunity to act consciously: to do good deeds, rather than continuing to live as a slave of our own selfishness.
To change our circumstances is simple: learn to work with the scale.
Give and you shall be given. The more you give, the more you shall be given, but whosoever gives nothing, even that which he has shall be taken away from him. - Samael Aun Weor, The Pistis Sophia Unveiled
The sick, instead of worrying so much about themselves, should work for others, do works of charity, try to heal others, console the afflicted, take persons who cannot pay to the doctor, give away medicines, etc., and in this manner they would cancel their karma and they would be totally healed.All of these efforts, beginning with the moment to moment effort to observe ourselves, to be conscious of everything we do and to be watching the mind very carefully, send a very strong message to your inner Being, to your True Self, and this will begin to change everything for you.
Whoever suffers in their home should multiply their humility, their patience and serenity. Do not answer with insults; do not tyrannize your fellowmen, do not upset those who surround you, know how to forgive the defects of others with patience multiplied to the infinite. In this manner you would cancel your karma and would become better. - Samael Aun Weor
If you prove to your inner Being that you are serious about the Great Work, if you demonstrate though your actions that you are willing to renounce your desires and comforts and conveniences in order to serve Him, then He can negotiate your karma on your behalf, thus you will receive what you need to continue in your work. Often, this brings more pain: but through painful experiences we pay what we owe, and we comprehend the ego.
There is famous story about a couple who was having problems in their marriage. In their despair, they went to see a Master to ask for help. The Master, upon hearing their story, promised to help them, so the couple, filled with faith and hope went on their way back to home.
Little by little, their problems intensified. The tension grew worse, the problems deepened.
After a few months, at their wit's end, the couple agreed to go to the Master once more in an effort to save their failing marriage. Upon entering into the Master's presence, the couple explained that they were very disappointed that the Master did not help them and that they were to the point of divorce. At this, the Master retorted, "Idiots! I have been helping you intensely for months, only you are unable to use the help properly."
We must understand: to succeed in the Self-realization of the Being, the personality and the ego must die. We are given ordeals in order to see the foolishness of our own mind. If we do not see it, the ordeals will intensify, worsen, become more painful, in order to push our noses further into our own refuse. If we do not change it is our own fault. Therefore, if we ask the help of the Law, we should never expect for life to become more comfortable.
Life is our school: by experiencing the pain of life, the suffering of life, we are given food for our inner growth. If we do not meditate, we cannot digest the food, thus we waste our opportunity. When things are at their worst, this is the best time to meditate even more, because we can move faster through our karma and our process. Most people stop working on themselves when life becomes tough, therefore their inner work becomes stagnant. We have to realize that upon entering into this inner work, life becomes different for us, and we must become different in order to take advantage of it. If we remain the same, we are not performing the Great Work. We must change: and a good first change is to learn how to take advantage of every situation, in order to comprehend our own mind and grow in our conscious development.
All of these steps that we have outlined are essential and must be taken very seriously, but there is another level of negotiation: direct negotiation in the Temple of Karma. A student who has awakened enough consciousness can earn the right to go to the Temple of Karma in the Astral Plane, out of the physical body, and beg the right to see their own, personal book of karma, to know directly and definitively what they owe. Then and there, the student can negotiate with Anubis and the Lords of Karma, to solicit credit, or ask for help.
Within each one of us, there exists our own particular, individual Anubis. He applies the law of Karma to us, within ourselves... The Policeman of Karma exists within ourselves, within our Consciousness. He conduces us before the tribunals of the Law when we violate the Law. - Samael Aun Weor, The Pistis Sophia UnveiledWhat this means is that we can never escape the presence of the Law: it is within us. Inside of our own consciousness is our own personal KAOM, cosmic police, who records our every action.
In the Astral Plane or in dreams the Lords of the Law will appear to us as lions or wolves. If they are chasing us, it indicates that we owe the Law for something.
The Lion of the Law is combated with the scale.
To pay what we owe, we must perform good deeds.
We cannot perform good deeds when we are absorbed in the ego.
The Great Law is completely opposed to the existence of the "I."
The Great Law, with intense compassion for the consciousness, delivers our karma unto us as a medicine for our own good, to deliver us from our own evils. When we suffer, it is for us to learn.
The creatures who suffer in hell are there because God has compassion on them, and wants to give them another chance to reach for Perfection.
The Great Law punishes the "I." Unfortunately, when the consciousness is trapped inside the "I," the consciousness suffers when the "I" is punished.
The consciousness can appeal to the Law for help. The consciousness can receive assistance, benefits, credits, etc from the Law. However, nothing is free.
To come into harmony with the Law requires that we be cleaned of all ego.
The ego is opposed to the great Law. The ego is the result of our past actions, and is our own karma, and brings us suffering. To come into complete harmony with the Law means to embody the Law.
Karma is beyond good and evil.
Karma is the balance of action.
Within all good there is bad, and within all bad there is good.
The gods transcend good and evil. The gods embody Love, which is the Law.
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so as to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give my body to be burned (out of pride), but have not love, I gain nothing.Learn to Love Consciously, and you will learn to live in balance with the Law. Deeds, not intentions, are what count.
Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends; as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For our knowledge is imperfect and our prophecy is imperfect; but when the perfect comes, the imperfect will pass away.- The Apostle Paul from 1 Corinthians 13:1-10
For it is not the hearers of the Law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the Law who will be fulfilled. - The Apostle Paul from Romans 2:13Love is the Law, but conscious Love. Do what thou will, but know that thy shall have to answer for all thy deeds.
How bitter is the fate of Sophia, the Soul, the Being, after the fall.
The Father of all Lights knows how we have suffered, and by His command and in accordance with the Law, we are here.
We have broken the Law, and we must suffer the consequences.
The human beings, devolving within the Chaos, suffer the inexpressible.
Nevertheless, Christ, the Ancient of Days, can save us.
- Samael Aun Weor, The Pistis Sophia Unveiled