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I n cultivation, take care not to fight with others. Don't be belligerent or aggressive. Don't have a hot temper. Then you will separate yourself from asuras. Why can't people dwell in harmony in the world? Because they fight with and rob each other and don't yield to each other. Therefore wars break out, leading to the tragic situation of countries being destroyed and families going to ruin. The reason demons become demons is that they tend to fight for supremacy. Anyone who has such thoughts or behavior is a demon and can never become a Buddha.

Cultivators have no contention with the world. They do not compete or fight with anyone. Everyone applies effort together. If someone else applies effort diligently, it's just as good as if you yourself had applied effort diligently. If you think like this, you won't have any wish to compete for first place. If you don't harbor any thoughts of fighting, then you cut off connections with the realm of asuras. If you are not greedy, then you cut off connections with the animal realm.

I have a very strange temperament. What others want, I don't want. What others crave, I don't crave. What others like, I don't like. Buddhist disciples should endure starvation, endure cold, endure thirst, and endure hunger. In everything, you have to be in accord with the Buddhadharma. Don't be greedy to eat good food, wear good clothes, or live in a fine place.

Don't be greedy for enjoyment. Enduring suffering puts an end to suffering, but enjoying blessings uses up blessings. Don't greedily seek a false reputation. In every move, in every word and deed, you have to go towards the true. Be as true as you can be. That's the basic characteristic of a Buddhist disciple. We Buddhist disciples have to possess the Dharma-Selecting Vision. We shouldn't be greedy for bargains or responses. We shouldn't go around seeking the Buddhadharma with a greedy mind.

It shouldn't be that one day you hear someone say that the Manifest School is good, so you decide to study in the Manifest School, but the next day another person says that the Secret School is good, so you go over to the Secret School to study. You may study for a lifetime, but because you don't hold firmly to your principles, you don't concentrate and focus singlemindedly, and you don't guard the "one," you end up wasting your whole life in vain. You should see cultivation as your personal duty. There's no need to be greedy. In time, your merit and virtue will naturally become perfect and full, and you will naturally accomplish the fruition of Bodhi.

In cultivation you should apply effort naturally. Don't be greedy and ask whether there is any efficacy or good results. Don't think about anything; just keep applying effort and changing your faults every day. Cultivators, no matter what their practice--be it reciting the Buddha's name, reciting mantras, studying the teachings, upholding the precepts, or meditating--should not be greedy for quick attainment. If you want to have quick attainment, then that's a form of greed. Once you have greed, it will obstruct your wisdom, your inspiration, and the light of your own nature.

The light of your own nature is without greed, and your inspiration and wisdom are also devoid of greed. When you are greedy, it is like dust accumulated on a mirror. People who apply effort must be sure to understand this point. Don't be greedy for a lot. Don't be greedy for bargains.

People who are greedy are never happy. If they are not greedy, they will be happy. Therefore, we should put an end to greed. How many people have ruined their health and reputation because they gave rise to greed? How many people have ruined their countries and families because of it? This is something that harms people. We cannot fail to be on our guard! Why are you moved by external states? Curiosity is basically a form of greed. No matter what kind of skill we apply, we don't obtain any response in the Way. We never manage to get going. Because we have an illusory, unsubstantial "false mind.

You look outside for happiness, seeking happiness from morning to night. If you obtain it, it is only a temporary happiness. If you fail to obtain it, then you will have all kinds of affliction. You are insatiably greedy, and you both hope to obtain it and worry about losing it after you obtain it. This is not true happiness. True happiness is free of seeking. That is the true calm and peace of your own nature. Basically, there is only one precept--do not be selfish.

If people are selfish, they will violate the precepts. If they are not selfish, they won't violate the precepts. Likewise, if people are selfish, they will break the law. If they are without selfishness, then they will not break the law. A proper mind is unselfish. If you are selfish, then you don't have a proper mind. Why can't we recognize our original face? Because we have not gotten rid of the mark of self, and we have not gotten rid of selfishness. If we do not have a mark of self or selfishness, then we will recognize our original face.

Worldly people busily run around, always on the go. Their motive is always selfish--they want to protect their own life and property. The Buddhadharma is public-spirited and unselfish--its purpose is to benefit others. In cultivating, we have to "turn it around. It means we "give the good things to others, and keep the bad things for ourselves. And likewise, discover more of ourselves, by experiencing and studying the world we are integrally a part of through the pursuit of Gnosis.

The micro is in the macro, and vice versa. Nothing rests; Everything moves; Everything vibrates. A classic example of this being frequency in which the seven octaves of music, tuned up 44 octaves, miraculously becomes the spectrum of visible light passing through states of being the buzz pitch of insects, ultra-sound, plasma, ether, hyper sound, and even octaves of heat.

While they change manifestation, the vibrations maintain the same correspondence, the difference being only in measurement and energy as frequencies slide up the electromagnetic spectrum. At the highest rates of vibration the rate and intensity are so rapid it appears to be motionless, like a spinning wheel appearing stable. And at the lowest levels of vibration, objects move so slowly they appear to be totally at rest.

Between these two, exist infinite manifestations all occurring at varying octaves of vibration, each with their own phenomena. Knowing this, Hermeticists believe that even thoughts have their own rate of vibration, and can be controlled like tuning an instrument, to produce various results for the aim of self and environment mastery. As your understanding of vibration, frequency, harmony and resonance increase, so too shall your power over yourself and your world.

Everything is dual; Everything has poles; Everything has its pair of opposites; Like and unlike are the same; Opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree; Extremes meet; All truths, are but half-truths; All paradoxes may be reconciled. It explains that there are two poles in everything and that opposites are really only two extremes of the same thing, the difference being only in degree.

And that there is no clear crossover moment when hot stops being hot, and starts being cold and vice, versa with no absolutes on either end. And the principle of Polarity exists to explain these paradoxes. This principle is important to Hermeticists, because it suggests we can change the polarity of a degree of emotion, by recognizing it is the same and choosing the degree which best suits our needs.

Similar to how we can involuntary and rapid transitions in our psyche between love and hate, like and dislike, you can choose to experience these transitions by use of your willpower for the betterment of your life and others. That the difference is not a hurdle to be surmounted, but two expressions of the same thing, differing only in degree, to choose between. This practice is the art of Mental Alchemy. Everything flows, out and in; Everything has its tides; All things rise and fall; The pendulum swing manifests in everything; The measure of the swing to the right is the measure of the swing to the left; Rhythm compensates.

Between the opposite poles of the principle of Polarity, is the pendulum swing of The principle of Rhythm. This principle embodies the truth that everything exists in a measured motion, from here to there, moving in and out, swinging backward and forward, the rise and fall of the tides, ebbing and flowing and never truly sitting still.


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Never stopping, always changing. This principle controls the cycle of life and death, creation and destruction, rise and fall, and of course manifests in our mental states. When you are in tune with the Principle of Rhythm and understand that every mental state exists in Rhythm, always ebbing and flowing, you can learn to use this principle to your advantage by polarizing yourself to the degree you desire. Then, through awareness of this principle and how it manifests, holding yourself there to keep the pendulum from swinging you backwards to its extreme.

Imagine going to an event that you know holds a lot of emotional significance for you, and checking in with yourself there. Knowing, you are experiencing a high and that this state is unsustainable, you can slot in time for transition to keep yourself from crashing, knowing the Principle of Rhythm is affecting or will affect you. Likewise, with times of stress and grief, giving yourself time to return to neutral before ramping back up again.

Know that things you lose, will come back, and that things you own now, will disappear later. Being able to appropriate these smooth transitions can be the difference between days of recovery mentally, physically, and emotionally and smooth grace periods between times of intensity. Knowing when to retreat and when to return is one of the many keys to self mastery.

Through heightened awareness gained by understanding this principle, you can experience transcendental states of consciousness to rise above the swing of the pendulum. Rhythm will have an effect on you one way or another, but with awareness you can use it to propel you forward and ride it back to recovery.

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All people who experience self-mastery do this to some degree, but those who exert their will upon this principle are able to act from a place of purpose as opposed to letting the pendulum swing them into reactivity. Nothing happens without explanation. The empowering use of this principle is to make the conscious choice to rise above the plane of thought you currently occupy to become your own Cause, and not just an Effect of others and the situations you find yourself in.

That is to say, be your own first mover as opposed to someone who merely reacts to circumstance. I know I am out of alignment with this principle, when I find myself feeling reactive, stressed and frazzled; waking up only to handle and deal with the things that come my way. Instead, of going out of my own way to determine and create what I desire to experience. To put into action the first move, which will bring me the result I desire, not as a surprise, but a product of calculation.

So, I know that if I want to be a better writer, I clearly need to write each day and read more often. As opposed, to not, and resigning myself to merely reacting to the consequences of not having done the work and experiencing the problems that inevitably arise when you are not pursuing your highest calling. But the important distinction is that having awareness of this will give you the ability to rule on your own plane, without resigning to the roles of the dunce or victim. Gender is in everything; Everything has its masculine and feminine principles; Gender manifests on all planes.

This principle embodies the fact that both the masculine and feminine exist in all things. Not just in sex, but in the creative nature of all things, on all planes. In harmony with the principle of Correspondence, this means that the masculine and feminine exist not only in the physical plane, but also the mental, and the spiritual as well. The masculine is the penetrative, assertive, progressive, conquesting, explorative energy that drives progress.

The feminine is the receptive, sacred, treasured, protective energy, that maintains tradition and honors the priority of what is most important, while nourishing that which is most essential to life. While, too much feminine energy, without a balance of the masculine, leads to a life grounded so deeply in the present, that our lives become determined by the cycles and external circumstance out of our favor.

All beings contain this great Principle within them, as two parts. Every male has feminine energy, and every female has masculine energy. In sex we see the interplay of these energies. In our moods, actions, attitudes, and personalities we see the dance of these energies within ourselves.

The most potent use of this principle is how Gender is responsible for creation, generation, and regeneration on the mental and spiritual planes, and not just the physical. True progress is possible through the balancing of the two energies of Gender in oneself, relationships, and environment. By examining how present are we with our lives. How focused we are on the future. What we sacrificed for our achievements.

How much do we protect and honor what is our highest priority. How far from home have we traveled, in pursuit of what we desire the most. How much are we giving and how much are we receiving. Asking ourselves if these energies are in balance. If you do not like your choice, change it to a more enjoyable belief and reality will follow. Living the Principle of Manifestation ultimately means taking responsibility for everything you create in life and realizing you participate in all creation. The Principle of Multiple Realities is the acknowledgement, acceptance and experiencing of infinite, multi- dimensional universes.

A key example of this principle is dreaming. When we dream we are shifting our consciousness to any reality or dimension and it is here we manifest our unconscious thoughts, feelings and desires. We can also project our consciousness by daydreaming, when we do this we not only change the dimension in which we manifest but also the time period meaning we can manifest desires in the past, present or even the future which we have to believe already exists.

These principles make you really think about some of 50, thoughts we can have everyday and offers some degree of clarity into our collective unconscious. Another interesting point Gibbs makes is that all these multiple realities are connected because we exist in these places simultaneously and we are constantly exchanging the energies and experiences between these realities in order to manifest our thoughts. Experiencing this principle is slightly more difficult than the principle of manifestation as to experience the principle of Multiple Realities we have to be open to and believe that anything we can imagine already exists somewhere in these multiple realities in which we exist.

To experience these other realities we have to establish your thoughts without conflicting thoughts. This would be extremely difficult if you cling to your subconscious thoughts and beliefs as these may conflict with your conscious thoughts and beliefs. A quote from Liza Minnelli helped me to understand this principle: Let your mind take you to places you would like to go, and then think about it and plan it and celebrate the possibilities.

The fourth principle of enlightenment is the Principle of Timelessness.


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Just a filing system that helps our consciousness keep track of experiences. The way Gibbs explains the principle of timelessness is like a movie reel; each frame represents another dimension but all frames exist at once in the reel. If you project them one after another, they blend together creating an illusion of linear time. If you isolate them, they all exist, individually at the same moment, which is now. As I read through the principles of enlightenment I am realising that each principle interconnects with the others.

For example, in the principle of timelessness Gibbs refers to being mindful which is a key part of the principle of manifestation.


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The second to last principle of enlightenment is The Principle of Neutrality and Nonjudgment. From the name this principle seems similar to the concept of mindfulness as to be non-judgemental you have to be completely aware of what you are thinking, feeling and saying. I found this interesting as karma plays a key role in some religions like Buddhism. Some may find this principle hard to comprehend as it dismisses a key aspect in most religion and that is the idea of good and evil, and will contradict some religious teachings.

Gibbs also dismisses the ideas of God and Satan as ways of explaining good and evil in the universe as God being all knowing would have foreseen the evil in man and not created us. The only way to explain this is to assume they are good nor evil actually exists, they are just our manifestations.

The enlightened view on this would be these are just choices that lead us down different paths filled with different experiences and consequences. The universe itself is non-judgemental and sees all these good and evil actions as worthy of their own existence. Accepting this principle is harder than the other because we must dispel our own prejudices, fears and judgements of others. So despite the actions of those before us we must dispel all doubt that one being is less worthy of existence than another because of things like race or religion. I found this chapter invigorating as it looks more into human psychology than religion and how we make our prejudices and judgements.

The final principle of enlightenment is the Principle of Openness; this principle is about accepting we are the architects of our own destiny because we are open and receptive to all levels of our consciousness. The openness always for the expanding of our consciousness which allows a person to receive enlightenment and expand their capacity to understand what was previously hidden from them. Experiencing this principle show the conscious efforts of the being as well as the pursuit of knowledge but without being judgemental, it is also the hardest principle to experience as it require an understanding and through experiencing of all the previous principles.

I really enjoyed learning about this different ways to achieve this principle with daily introspection being the easier, looking in on ourselves and changing and expanding on what is already there. This principle is also called non-attachment because it is about being receptive and open to all that is around you without being attached to it. These principles in themselves are quite complex and vast and therefore can be beyond the understanding of normal people, like myself but Gibbs explanations and guide to experiencing these principles are done in such a way everyone can understand and follow this comprehensive guide.

And despite being extremely curious about other areas of the book, this is the chapter I most wanted to read. I also really enjoyed Gibbs uses of quotations and how they help you understand the points he is trying to make while validating the same points. He uses quotations from a variety of people including scientists, philosophers, authors as well as key religious figures.

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You can tell reading this that the author is completely invested in these ideas and is projecting his own passions to the reader making you think intently about what he is saying. This book is under no circumstances like reading a textbook and I found it immensely enjoyable. I would recommend this book for anyone interested in the topics of science, philosophy, psychology or religion. Also this book is great for people just interested in learning something new. Jul 17, Greta Turnbull rated it really liked it. I found it very interesting. Even though this book was a short read, each chapter had so much depth and knowledge put into it.

The cover of the book is beautiful with all the symbols of different religions and loved that aut original review http: The cover of the book is beautiful with all the symbols of different religions and loved that author had explained the symbolism of the cover. There is an introduction chapter as to what is enlightenment. Then comes the six principles of enlightenment.

By reading each principle I started comparing them to each every aspect of my life. Loved the quotes at the end of each chapter. This book has changed the way I look at life. The author did a great job of explaining each principle. Hats off to Russell on creating such a masterpiece.

The six principles of enlightenment and a quote from the book which I liked. Russell has produced something almost impossible to imagine in such a brief number of pages, an accessible wide-ranging exploration of the very meaning of life.

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It helps for me that his conclusions very much match my own views, though I cannot imagine being able to express them as lucidly and in such an interesting way as he does. Russell sees the entirety of existence as one and he includes in that oneness a universal underlying intelligence. His vision is more rewarding than that which you Russell has produced something almost impossible to imagine in such a brief number of pages, an accessible wide-ranging exploration of the very meaning of life.

His vision is more rewarding than that which you find in basic pantheism and reading his book allows you to look out upon the world with the wonder of a new arrival in this most amazing place. One point on which I have difficulty is the suggestion which later appears to be tempered and more or less satisfactorily resolved namely the idea that since all us are one there is really no difference between a that which we usually consider as good or b that which we consider to be evil.

In other words the idea that morality is a subjective invention of man. The Universe is just expressing itself in every possible variation, to experience itself and you get to choose which one you prefer. If you wish to live in a reality of peace, harmony and love, you will choose an enlightened path. It is not my inclination to read books that promise to be inspirational.

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I made an exception for Mr. The material he covers is complex and far-reaching. His discussion begins with science, both mainstream hard science and theoretical physics. Gibbs blends what scientists know and what they believe may be true about the universe, with the speculative ideas of great philosophers across cultures and epochs.

Though one may disagree w It is not my inclination to read books that promise to be inspirational. Though one may disagree with Mr. This is a brief book, free of jargon and condescension. It left a lasting impression on me. Called quorum sensing, this ability to communicate and react as individuals in a group brought to mind Mr. String theory, time continuum, dark matter and many other notions are explained in simple terms. Even if you're not inspired by Mr. I know I did. It clearly puts forth the Six Principles clearly, like the Principle of Oneness.

The Principle of Oneness states that we are all related in the sense that we are all part of the same universe. Energy can be neither created nor destroyed, but it's form can be changed from energy to matter and back again. There are other principles as well, like the Principle of Manifestation. This is the same thing as "think yourself "The Six Principles of Enlightenment" by Russell Gibbs is a great book to read.

This is the same thing as "think yourself to wealth or happiness".