The West has long been split into two. “While Athens is justly credited with phenomenal achievements in visual art, architecture, theater, philosophy and democratic politics,” writes Paul Cartledge in The Spartans, “the ideals and traditions of its greatest rival, Sparta, are equally potent and enduring: duty, discipline, the nobility of arms in a cause worth dying for, the sacrifice of the individual for the greater good of the community and the triumph of will over seeming insuperable obstacles.”
Cartledge believes that the ethos of ancient Greece influenced, and to some degree came to reside in the Roman and British empires. Yet these too have gone. Rome remains, and Britain remains, though the latter is still battling to have relevance in the world — especially, perhaps, moral relevance. With the traditional religion of the country collapsed, its politicians — like the politicians of most Western European nations — believe less in representing the public than in educating and molding them morally, as priests would once have attempted. Continue reading “Athens, Sparta, And The Division And Decline of The West”
The Kosmos is alive and our Souls know it. But the Soul as well as this knowledge of a Kosmos in which every phenomenal body is en-souled has been starved in most people. Resurrecting our Souls is a necessary step if we want to ever re-enchant the Kosmos and find intrinsic meaning in life and death.
In the following paragraphs, I want to point towards a unique Gnostic vision and pathway, the pandaemonic ‘Kosmic’ esotericism of David Beth. Although it is mainly taught from Master to chela in personal transmission and thus has remained privy to a selected circle of initiates, spores of its Gnosis have seeped into the outer world through various channels and have enthused esoteric visionaries and dreamers alike. To me, this pathway is not only a choice of a particular occult or Gnostic practice and philosophy but an affirmation of my experience of Life, my affirmation of the Mysterium of the Soul. As interest in this ‘Gnosis of the Other’ continues to rise outside our circles, I hope that this humble contribution may be of some aid to any sincere seeker. Continue reading “The War in Heaven and The Mysterium of the Soul: Approaching David Beth’s Kosmic Gnosis”
“All things involve suffering. He who realizes this is freed from suffering. This is the Path.” — The Dhammapada (278).
If, as the Buddhist text claims, “all things involve suffering,” then life merely involves choosing between this or that suffering. And, this does not seem much of a choice, perhaps especially for those who are looking forward to a time in which, they imagine, there will be no stresses or strains in their life.
We are faced with choices every day, of course. To do some work or not to do it; to clean up the home, or not to clean it up; to eat healthily or unhealthily; and so on. Continue reading “Action And The End of Suffering”