Here it is: the inaugural post; first step on this journey.
is always something of a challenge to devise a way to begun such thing
as this, a cold conversation, lacking as yet the interaction that will
drive the discourse later. Since this the first post of a (hopefully)
weekly series, and this journal is wholly new (and I a stranger, I
suspect, to most visitors), perhaps it would be best to begin by
defining the purpose of this particular blog.
As the title
suggests, this shall be an excursion into the midst of things, a shared
contemplation of life and universe and everything, to quote Douglas
Adams. And as he pointed out so adroitly, the answers may prove less significant that the questions unknown.
I am hesitant to call this a spiritual pursuit, since that term possesses certain connotations antithetical to the goal. Nor would I call it purely philosophical,
since that implies a certain lack of practicality. So I will state that
this will be an exercise in reflection and insight, which is a very
vague statement; but for now, it will do. The point will be to raise
questions and provoke consideration, on the part of readers and author,
As the first step in making that vague definition
meaningful. I will introduce the prime criteria of consideration I will
apply to all topics herein and hereafter:
will be so bold as to assert that "Enlightenment" lies at the
convergence of these three aspects, which I dubbed "The 3 Rays": the
perfection of these in oneself seeming to both lead one to
Enlightenment; and likewise beaming forth from enlightenment in equal
intensity, making one's path clear. There is a developing discipline
around this principle, called Siidhi, which will be illustrated in some detail in later posts. For now, I will elaborate specifically upon the nature of the 3 Rays of Enlightenment themselves.
First, there is Perception.
place this first since all our contemplation of the universe around us
begin here. Without perception, we can learn nothing and know nothing. Perception
at its most basic is, of course, the input provided by the of the
senses, the five common ones of sight, smell, hearing, taste, and
touch; and likewise of intuition and all other means of perceptive
awareness available to the mind. However, perception also is
matter a skill. Any trained observer will attest there is much one can
learn to see that passive perception will miss entirely. In the context
of the 3 Rays, the term perception refers to both passive and active modes. By developing pure perception, one no longer will cloud one's senses with presumption and confusion, and be open to all sensation without distortion.
Next there is Reason.
place this second, since it is the application of questions and the
seeking of comprehension, and this naturally follows the first. Reason
refers to thinking, which at the basic level is something we all do to
varying degrees of effectiveness: a latent capacity of mankind. And it
is likewise a acquired skill: critical thinking, the enaction of
rational thought and sound logic, the clarity of comprehension and
analysis. In the context of the 3 Rays, the term Reason refers to both passive and active modes. By developing pure reason, one no longer will cloud one's thoughts with delusion and falsehood, and comprehends without error.
And at last, there is Compassion.
this is last in this list is of no consequence: it could as well be
first (and perhaps should be). However, since by this term I am
referring not merely to superficial sentiment, but the deepest sense of
sympathy, commonality and inter-relativity, and since developing this
tends to result from profound insight, I thought it best to first
present the two more familiar, concrete concepts, before delving into
this sublime aspect. The term Compassion holds deep meaning in
the context of the 3 Rays, and thus deserves a more thorough treatment
than this first post allows. For the purpose of this basic
introduction, I will state simply that compassion is the expression of the earnest heart, and by developing pure compassion,
one no longer will cloud one's heart with loathing and selfish pity,
and feels to the depths of one's being without fear, innuendo or
Each of these 3 Rays serves a specific role in
decision and action, each as a basis for strength of being and
interaction, and each as a mode of contemplation, a measure by which
any subject or situation may be examined. And each will each be applied
in these ways, in due course, to all topics and commentary that this
journal will contain.
I welcome all commentary that I
might receive: friendly, as such is kind; intellectual, since such is
stimulating; or even hostile, since the challenge is strengthening.
The first step has been taken, and there is no turning back...