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Yoga is the Dissolution of Mental Activity

An explanation of the first four verses of the Yoga Sutra's of Patanjali.  It details the use of a simple, direct method to achieve meditation and samadhi.  Transcript: https://glorian.org/learn/courses-and-lectures/beginning-here-and-now/yoga-is-the-dissolution-of-mental-activity A quote:  

34m
May 07
Peace and Where to Find It

If we were to walk through any office building or place of work, we would find that many of the workers look at computer screens with a background image of some peaceful beach or nature scene. The workers gaze at those images, wishing to not be where they are, and dream about being on that beach or in those mountains, at peace, with no stress or worries of any kind. No one wants to be where they are, so everyone dreams about being somewhere else. Many people work very hard to save money so they can go to those places for a vacation for a few days. Perhaps for those few days they have some excitement or some distraction, and maybe a bit of peace. Then they go back to their routine lives, back to the same problems and sufferings, and they dream about one day escaping it again. The truth is that peace does not come from our external circumstances. No matter how much effort we make to change our external circumstances, peace does not come from there. Peace comes from inside. Even if you are very wealthy and famous, and have everything that humanity dreams of having, if someone says just the right words to you, you will explode with anger, even violence, and can even kill someone... so, the fame and money brings no peace of mind. People who live on those famous beaches and resorts still commit suicide and other crimes. They have no peace. As much as we may admire those beautiful, serene-looking places, those supposedly perfectly relaxing circumstances, even if we retire there or live there, we would not have peace because the causes of discontentment are not outside of us, in our circumstances. Our suffering and our pain exist not because of where we live, but because of the quality of our mind. The causes of suffering and pain are within us. The cause of peace is also within us. To find peace, you do not need to seek outside of yourself, but inside. So, instead of looking for that relaxing beach outside of us somewhere in the world, we need to find it inside. But, when we look inside, what do we see? Not that beach, but this one: a beach packed with people. A crowded place, with no room to walk or sit or swim, and filled with clamoring voices, each one demanding its desires, demanding attention, insisting on being the only one who should be on that beach. This accurately reflects our inner state. Each one of those people is a longing, fear, resentment, some desire, some frustration, envy, pride, and all of them are constantly talking competing with each other, trying to stand out, and to be the one who's special. Our mind never shuts up. It is never at peace. It is constantly chattering about what it wants, what it lacks, what it fears. Truthfully, our longing for peace is the longing to escape the noise in our head, heart, and body. When you observe some people, you see that they constantly have music or a tv playing, or are always scrolling on their devices; they need constant noise, constant impressions. This is because they want to avoid the noise in their mind: the music, the tv, or the scrolling is like a hypnotic bandage that numbs them. If you turn it off, they feel the pain of their inner condition. The feelings of discontentment, stress, anxiety, and fear are all rooted in the constant chatter of our mind. Unfortunately, in modern times, we have not been educated about our mind and how to deal with it. We learn by example and by inheritance; when we're growing up and we adopt the habits that we observe. We're never given guidance or training in how to deal with thoughts, emotions and impulses and so they control us. They control our consciousness. That's why we are in a constant state of contradiction and inner conflict. We have contradictory thoughts, feelings, and impulses. As a young person, for example, when it's time for us to become defined in our life, we feel that urgency to develop a career and become self reliant, successful and that is normal and natural. But unfortunately, our pride interferes. We want to stand out, to rise above the rest, and be seen as better than our peers. Then our laziness says, That's too much work, its too hard. Maybe I could just hang out at my parents house, watch TV and maybe get money from the government, or find a husband or wife to pay for everything. Then our envy says, But I want with these people on and Instagram have, I want to be like these other people: famous and rich. Then fear says what if I fail, what if I end up alone, what if I become sick... We are always creating mental stories, dramas, tragedies, imagining events that never happen... we live most of our lives in a self-created fantasy that has no basis in reality. The result is that we are afflicted with constant worry, stress, and anxiety, all based on illusions. These surging contradictory, unpredictable thoughts, feelings and impulses are symbolized in this crowded beach. THE PURPOSE OF MEDITATION Maybe we've had enough of it, and we want to learn meditation. Whatever the reason, people are attracted to meditation because they want an escape from pain, they want relief from suffering. So most people would say that the purpose of meditation is to escape from pain, to get away from suffering. They might mention some terms like self-realization, liberation or enlightenment, but not really be able to define what those words mean. Meditation is related to those experiences; you can experience paradises, and reach self-realzation, etc, but it is not in the way that people think: that yoiu meditate in a cave for six years and you go to paradise. That is absurd! What is paradise? It is a place without conflict, without suffering. Therefore, in such a place, there can be no pride, anger, lust, or envy. So, the solution is simple: if you want to live in paradise, whether on Earth or beyond it, then you must not have any of those qualities in yourself. This is the actual purpose of meditation: to end suffering. The only way to end suffering is to understand what causes it. Since the causes of suffering are not visible with our senses physically, and those causes are not perceptible by our mind, we need to learn meditation so that we can harness the power of the consciousness, in order to perceive the causes of suffering and fix them. The purpose of meditation is to acquire information about suffering and its causes, so we can become free of them. From this you understand that pretty much everything popular culture is saying about meditation is kindergarten, very basic, and very shallow. Meditation is a vast, extensive science. Through meditation, you can perceive the causes of existence. This is not imaginary or a process of thinking: it is a lived experience, more real than what you are perceiving through your physical senses. The Buddha talked about atomic structures. He described atoms. He saw them in meditation. There is nothing special about that. It is an innate capability that all of us have. We just need to learn to use it. Meditation is a function of the consciousness. Meditation is not intellectual, emotional, or physical. Meditation is a state of perception that does not use the physical senses. To learn how to meditate, we first learn how to use the consciousness throughout the day. The process of learning meditation does not begin when you sit on your chair or on your cushion. To learn how to meditate, you have to practice constantly at all times and in all places. In everything that you do, be profoundly aware and present... Read the lecture transcription: https://glorian.org/learn/courses-and-lectures/beginning-here-and-now/peace-and-where-to-find-it

1h 22m
Mar 29
Esoteric Christianity 09 The Healing of the Paralytic at Bethesda

The story of is imbued with esoteric teachings on psychology and our greater spiritual work. Slides & Transcription: https://glorian.org/learn/courses-and-lectures/esoteric-christianity/esoteric-christianity-09-the-healing-of-the-paralytic-at-bethesda This lecture explains: __ __ … and more. Complete course: https://glorian.org/learn/courses-and-lectures/esoteric-christianity

1h 12m
Feb 19
Purpose of Gnosis

As we are now, we are overwhelmed by negative emotional forces and negative mental forces, which create tremendous suffering in our lives. Every human being struggles daily with unhappiness, doubt, anger, fear, and more. These states cause us to act in harmful ways toward ourselves and toward others, which in turn creates more suffering for everyone. Gnosis is a direct and very potent way of transforming these problems, because it works upon the very foundations of suffering. Gnosis is a method to develop discipline and psychological stability. It is a means to arrive at genuine inner tranquility. And the great beauty of Gnosis is that it presents a method which uses tools that we already have within: we do not need to rely on anything or anyone other than ourselves. Truthfully, our happiness and well-being is up to us, and when we discover how to cultivate such qualities through the transformation of our own mind, we arrive at the understanding of the message that has been given by every great Saint and Prophet. Read along: https://glorian.org/learn/knowledge-is-power/the-purpose-of-gnosis

20m
Jan 03
Esoteric Christianity 08 Healing the Royal Official's Son

An esoteric explanation of John 4:46-54, Healing the Royal Official's Son. This story is about the healing of our own soul. Then enquired he of them the hour when he began to amend. And they said unto him, Yesterday at the seventh hour [ז zayin] the fever [πυρετός , puretos: “scorching heat”] left him. John 4:52 The hour of healing was the seventh, related to the seventh letter, ז zayin. We discuss how we must work with “left” side of the Tree of Life to achieve spiritual life [חי chaim].

1h 7m
Dec 30, 2021
Women Have the Power to Change the World

"It is certainly women who are able to transform the world, if that is what they want. The woman holds in her hands the key of power. Even the masculine biology is controllable by the woman; in fact, the woman controls the biological activities of the man (she has this power, and it is extraordinary, wonderful). The only thing that she must do is retain this prodigious force, this creative energy of the Third Logos. She must not allow it to escape, she must not permit it to merge into the universal currents. It is for this reason that the married woman, in the chemical or metaphysical copula, must assume an edified and essentially dignified attitude. * > "Obviously, the Sacred Order of Love stems from the Earth’s most ancient times. We can recall (in Greece) the priestesses of love, the Hetairas (ἑταίρα). They were sacred in the most complete sense of the word, and knew how to administer that which is called “love,” and men had to be obedient to them. Let us recall there in the lands of Japan, the supreme priestesses. They ministered that which is called “love.” >  > "Unfortunately, the people of this modern century have lost the true feeling of love. The modern woman must turn to the ancient wisdom, she must begin to educate the man. Sex is one hundred percent sacred, and she must teach the man veneration for love and respect for sex. If the woman acts in this manner, she will be able to transform the world in a definitive manner..." * > Before all, the woman must free herself from many constraining attitudes, she must approach the study of sex from a new angle, not considering sexology as “taboo” or “sin,” as a cause for shame, something covert etc. If the woman is to regenerate the man, she must confront directly the mysteries of sex; she must teach such mysteries to the man. Unfortunately the “intellectual animal” mistakenly called “man” not only does not know how to respect women, he commits adultery like an animal, fornicates incessantly, squanders money, that which is for his home, in the bar, in the casinos, etc. * > Unquestionably, the crude reality of the actions is that the woman is called to assume a new role. She needs to transform herself (by means of the creative energy) and teach the man the path of regeneration. But this will not be possible if she does not have a superior electro-sexual potential, which will permit her to realize such a magnificent labor... >  > It is necessary for the woman to reserve her own creative energy. Only in this way will she be able to increase her electric potential, so as to have sufficient force or authority to enable her to transform the man, to take him from the bars and teach him the path of responsibility, to indicate to him the path of regeneration. A Reading from "Treatise of Sexual Alchemy: Love, the Key of Spirituality and the Chemistry of the Soul " by Samael Aun Weor (https://shop.glorian.org/products/treatise-of-sexual-alchemy) This video was made possible by donations. Make a tax-deductible donation to help Glorian (a 501(c)3 non-profit organization) make more: https://tithe.ly/give_new/www/#/tithely/give-one-time/989733?giving_to=Make%20More%20Videos

5m
Dec 23, 2021
Kabbalah of Christmas

The birth of Christ is always celebrated on the 24th of December, at midnight. This warrants reflection: why is it that on the 24th of the 12th month, at 12 midnight that we celebrate Christmas?Kabbalah is the science of numbers, and helps us understand the laws that manage our self-development. Read the transcription and see the accompanying images.

41m
Dec 09, 2021
Spontaneous Awareness

The Essence, or Buddha Nature, is beyond the body, emotions, and thoughts. It is beyond the mind. The Truth could never be grasped by the mind. Yet, when the mind is silent, then the Essence is free to apprehend the Truth. This lecture discusses the aspects of the Essence, the importance of meditation, and concludes with brief mediation practices.

1h 40m
Sep 26, 2021
Teleios Gnosis: The Path of Perfect Knowledge

1 Corinthians 2:6 τέλειος (teleios): __ __ τέλος (telos): __ __ * Jesus (Aberamentho),  Pistis Sophia, ch. 100 * This lecture discusses: What is goal of the universe? What is our spiritual purpose? What are the forms of knowledge and how to do we know what is true?

1h 31m
Aug 05, 2021
Anthropogenesis Part 3

Part three of a history of all the root races of the Earth, including the Polar, Hyperborean, Lemurian, Atlantean, and Aryan races. Evolution is a law of nature that applies to the development of the soul (consciousness), but not in the way most people realize. Furthermore, the Bible explains the previous races and ages (Atlantean, Lemurian, and more), and about fallen angels and the existence of demons, but one has to know Hebrew and Kabbalah to understand. This course reveals the essential clues to understand how we got to where we are now. Learn about the reality of the development of the soul as it is hidden in the Kabbalah, the Bible, the Hebrew letters, and the Zohar.

2h 24m
Jun 16, 2021
Beginning Here and Now: Entropy and Sacrifice

Learn how these two laws equilibrate every cosmic body and energy, from the cosmic level to the psychological, and how to utilize them on the Path of the Self-realization of the Being.

1h 47m
Apr 16, 2021
Anthropogenesis Part 2

https://glorian.org/learn/courses-and-lectures/cosmic-evolution-in-the-bible/anthropogenesis-part-2

2h 24m
Apr 09, 2021
Ego Death

Ego Death is an essential aspect of spiritual work. Explains various ways the term ‘ego’ is used and how it must be understood in terms of the spiritual and psychological work. Provides practical method and advice on how to eliminate the ego. Concludes with a brief meditation on the ego. Topics include: __ __

2h 23m
Mar 13, 2021
Melchizedec Practice

This lecture describes how to perform the meditation practice related to Melchizedec, which is performed at the 13th hour on any Saturday the 13th. "Malkhi-tzedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine. He was a priest to God, the Most High." - Genesis / Bereshit 14

49m
Feb 15, 2021
Awakening Consciousness in Practical Life

A broad lecture about the state of our consciousness, and how to awaken it. Consciousness is the basis of our experience. Consciousness provides both perception and understanding from moment to moment. Our consciousness is conditioned, by what we typically call "the ego". The correct application of consciousness can remove the negative elements which presently condition it.  

2h 14m
Jan 17, 2021
The Microprosopus

“The Gnostic Pentagram is the human (אדם Adam) figure with four limbs, and one single apex which is the head. The sign of the Pentagram is also called the sign of the Microcosm. It represents what the Kabbalist Rabbis of the book Zohar call the Microprosopus.” - The Gnostic Bible: The Pistis Sophia Unveiled by Samael Aun Weor

3h 7m
Sep 29, 2020
Meditation and Relaxation

Review the important foundations of meditation, and learn an effective relaxation technique.

1h 42m
Sep 28, 2020
Experience and the Three Minds

Why do some have spiritual experiences while others do not? Learn how to have reliable spiritual experiences.  THE THREE MINDS __ __ * > “(Jesus)… taught them (Pharisees and Sadducees) in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this this Sophia (σοφία), and mighty works? …And they were offended in him... And he did not many mighty works there because of their Apistis.” —Matthew 13 >  > “…your PISTIS should not depend on the SOPHIA of men, but on the power (Binah) of Theos (God)… as it is written, eye hath not seen, nor ear heard (sensual mind), neither have entered into the heart of man (intermediate mind), the things which Theos hath prepared for them that love him. But Theos hath revealed them unto us (inner mind) by his Pneuma (spirit): for the Pneuma searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of Theos. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the pnuema of man which is in him? even so the things of Theos knoweth no man, but the Pneuma of Theos… But the psychikos (sensual) man receiveth not the things of the Pneuma of Theos: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are pneumatikos (spiritually) discerned.” —1 CORINTHIANS 2

1h 22m
Aug 04, 2020
Sexual Transmutation, Alchemy, & Tantra

An introduction to the universal teachings on sexual transmutation, also known as alchemy or tantra. Explains the following (and more): __ __ Slides (PDF): https://gnosticteachings.org/download/beginning-here-and-now-introductory-lectures/869-sexual-transmutation-alchemy-tantra-pdf.html “The philosophy of Sexual Alchemy has its principles in the school of the Essenes, in the school of Alexandria, in the teachings of Pythagoras, in the mysteries of Egypt, Troy, Rome, Carthage, Eleusis, as well as in the wisdom of the Aztecs and Mayas, etc. The procedures of the science of Sexual Alchemy must be studied in the books of Paracelsus, Nicholas Flamel, Raymond Lully. We also find these procedures hidden within the veil of all symbols, in all the hieratic figures of ancient hieroglyphics of many ancient temples, as well as in the Greek and Egyptian myths.” - Samael Aun Weor, The Aquarian Message Additional reading: __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __

1h 40m
May 11, 2020
Psychological Death

Recording of online class and meditation practice.

2h 30m
Apr 20, 2020
Mindfulness, Spaciousness, Emptiness

Mindfulness is paying attention to our experience. Mindfulness has a quality of openness, being open to the experience of the moment without avoidance or distortion. Spaciousness is what is directly experienced when mental content (thoughts and emotions) cease. We experience the space of our awareness through meditation. Emptiness, as an experience, is a radical annihilation of self-identity in which one perceives universal consciousness. Download PDF slides: https://gnosticteachings.org/download/beginning-here-and-now-introductory-lectures/863-mindfulness-spaciousness-emptiness-pdf.html

1h 5m
Mar 22, 2020
Gnostic Psychology

Gnostic Psychology is a method of awakening consciousness. It can also be called Spiritual Psychology or Revolutionary Psychology. Get slides (PDF) here: https://gnosticteachings.org/download/beginning-here-and-now-introductory-lectures/859-beginning-here-and-now-gnostic-psychology-pdf.html Psychology is the combination of two Greek words, meaning ‘study of the soul’: __ __ This lecture discusses how all major religions have the elements of psychology, especially in their mystical aspect. It also discusses the differences between Gnostic Psychology, and modern materialistic psychology. It also teaches about the difference between the spirit and the soul, and four main states of consciousness: __ __ The following quote from the Gospel of Philip is explained in detail: * > As for ourselves, let each one of us dig down after the root of evil which is within one, and let one pluck it out of one's heart from the root. It will be plucked out if we recognize it. But if we are ignorant of it, it takes root in us and produces its fruit in our heart. It masters us. We are its slaves. It takes us captive, to make us do what we do not want; and what we do want, we do not do. It is powerful because we have not recognized it. While it exists it is active. Ignorance is the mother of all evil. Ignorance will result in death, because those who come from ignorance neither were, nor are, nor shall be. - Gospel of Philip

1h 16m
Feb 17, 2020
Theomertmalogos

“The “Theomertmalogos” weaves and unweaves its own loom with infinite wisdom. All of Nature is the loom of God. The Four-and-twentieth Mystery only functions by way of the Sixth Mystery.” - Samael Aun Weor, The Gnostic Bible: The Pistis Sophia Unveiled

2h 41m
Dec 22, 2019
Esoteric Christianity 07 Well & Ladder of Jacob

Explains the secrets behind the story of the woman and Jesus at the Well of Jacob, Jacob’s Ladder, the Jacob’s Stone Pillar, and Jacob’s Struggle with God. Slides (with quotes and references) found at the course home: https://gnosticteachings.org/download/esoteric-christianity-course.html Reviews the three primary souls of kabbalah: __ __ All three souls can be translated literally as ‘breath’ or ‘wind.’ Explains the esoteric meaning of the Hebrew letters ו Vav, ז Zayin, and ט Teth. In the second half, the lecture explains the importance of breathing and meditation, quoting from the Philokalia. Since the intellect of those recently embarked on the spiritual path continually darts away again as soon as it has been concentrated, they must continually bring it back once more; […] some teachers recommend them to pay attention to the exhalation and inhalation of their breath, and to restrain it a little, so that while they are watching it, the mind, too, may be held in check. – , St Gregory Palamas, Restrain the drawing-in of breath through your nostrils, so as not to breathe easily, and search inside yourself with your so as to find the place of the heart, where all the powers of the soul reside. – , St Symeon the New Theologian, Single people must transmute the seminal liquor with deep breathing, keeping the lungs full thirty seconds or more. – Samael Aun Weor And by the רוח ruach of your noses your [sexual] waters were gathered together, your flowing waters were lifted up like a pillar, and the depths [of Yesod] coagulated in the sea of your heart. – Exodus 15:8

1h 4m
Dec 22, 2019
And The Truth Shall Set You Free

This lecture looks at the factors that keep us trapped in cyclic existence through the lens of Hindu, Buddhist, and Gnostic scriptures, and how we can free ourselves from suffering through in-depth comprehension of our own Being and the reality that surrounds us.

52m
Nov 10, 2019
Compassion 04 Transform Suffering into Wisdom

Suffering has a cause. When we perceive the cause, we can then apply the remedy. How do we know that suffering can be cured? Because of this simple law of nature: * >  To cure suffering, we start by studying it. Classically, there are three basic forms of suffering: __ __ Then, we go deeper: to see the specific qualities of that suffering and its roots. In Western religions, those roots are organized as seven vices: __ __ Curing the vices has three steps: __ __ The purpose of meditation is to acquire information inaccessible to the senses or the intellect. Only by acquiring that knowledge can the roots of suffering be seend and understood, and only then can they be destroyed. You cannot destroy what you cannot see. When a vice is destroyed, its corresponding virtue is liberated: __ __ To understand the suffering of others, we must first understand our own. That is why all genuine spiritual pursuits begin with knowledge of oneself.  * > “All the joy the world contains has come through wishing happiness for others. All the misery the world contains has come through wanting pleasure for oneself.” 

1h 42m
Oct 15, 2019
Compassion 03 Three Ways to Acquire Compassion

To develop and expand compassion, the basis of liberation from suffering, one needs to know how to preserve and harness the substance of compassion (שמן, bodhichitta). This has three essential practical actions: __ __ These three acts develop the fire (ש) of compassion.  * > "If someone is near me [Christ], he will burn. I [Christ] am the fire (ש) that blazes. Whoever is near me is near fire; whoever is far from me is far from life." —Gospel of the Savior * > "Now therefore if any one hath received the mysteries of Baptism (Transmutation), those mysteries become a great fire (ש), exceeding strong, and wise, so as to burn up all the sins: and the Fire [ש] entereth into the soul secretly, so that it may consume within it all the sins which the counterfeit of the spirit hath printed there." —Pistis Sophia

1h 3m
Sep 26, 2019
Truth In Life & Meditation

“The object of the superior man is truth.” – Confucius This lecture is about discovering the truth within ourselves. It explains the Four States of Consciousness: __ __ Also, the Tree of Life in relationship to psychology and meditation, and the Three Natures of truth according to the Yogachara school of Buddhism. “When you know yourselves, then you will be known, and you will understand that you are children of the living Father. But if you do not know yourselves, then you live in [psychological] poverty, and you are the [psychological] poverty.” – Gospel of Thomas

1h 22m
Sep 09, 2019