Gnostic Radio Series with Stephan Hoeller
On Tuesday my radio guest will be the Gnostic Bishop: Stephan Hoeller. Our conversation will be about all things “Gnostic”, the Gnostic Gospels, ancient texts of the middle east, meditation practice, etc… 3/11/2014: Gnostic Teacher: Stephan Hoeller on the Gnostic Gospels and Lost Spirituality of the West, Part One, 3 PM Eastern/NOON Pacific Time/7 PM London Time. Listen Live via http://www.HealthyLife.net
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Stephan Hoeller of Ecclesia Gnostica in Los Angeles and the Gnosis.org website is “an author and scholar of Gnosticism and Jungian psychology, Hoeller is Regionary Bishop of Ecclesia Gnostica, and the senior holder of the English Gnostic transmission in America.” “He has continued to serve as bishop of the Ecclesia Gnostica for over four decades.” “Stephan A. Hoeller (November 27, 1931) is an American author and scholar. He was born in Budapest, Hungary into a family of Austro-Hungarian nobility. Exiled from his native country as the result of the communist rule subsequent to World War II, he studied in various academic institutions in Austria, Belgium, and Italy. In 1952 he immigrated to the United States and has resided in Southern California ever since.” (Wikipedia)
Books authored by Stephan Hoeller:
Gnosticism: New Light on the Ancient Tradition of Inner Knowing:
There has long been need for a comprehensive introductory guide to the Gnostic tradition. Hoeller supplies just such a book with this new offering. This delightful study gives clear voice to the essential message of Gnosticism, and supplies an invaluable introduction to the history and import of Gnosticism in the Western tradition.
Jung and the Lost Gospels:
With a psychological perspective drawn from the work of C. G. Jung, this book provides an excellent introduction to Gnosticism and its relationship to the spiritual quest of our own age. Several key mythic motifs of Gnosticism are explored both in a religious and psychological context.
The Gnostic Jung and the Seven Sermons to the Dead:
This widely acclaimed and influential book was the first to fully explore the Gnostic underpinnings of C. G. Jung’s personal vision and psychology. It is “must reading” for anyone with interests in Jung, depth psychology, and Gnosticism.
The Fool’s Pilgrimage: Kabbalistic Meditations on the Tarot:
Just released in a beautiful new edition after thirty years in print, this is truly a classic! (Note that the title of the first edition was slightly different: The Royal Road: A Manual of Kabalistic Meditations on the Tarot.) This little book provides an excellent introduction both to Kabbalah and to the use of Tarot imagery in guided meditations upon the Kabbalistic Tree of Life. You will find few better introductions to Tarot or Kabbalah. Also included with this fine new edition is a CD with the author reading the Meditations.
The Fall of Sophia: A Gnostic Text on the Redemption of Universal Consciousness by Violet MacDermot with a commentary by Stephan A. Hoeller:
This is a valuable new translation of the Pistis Sophia by Violet MacDermot, who also served as one of the original translators of the Nag Hammadi collection. Stephan Hoeller provides an introduction to the text, helping place this important Gnostic scripture in context. Highly recommended. (Pistis Sophia, the traditional title of this text, is taken from “the Books of the Savior” contained in the Askew codex).
Freedom: Alchemy for a Voluntary Society:
Hoeller examines the psychology of tyranny, and the contrasting Puritanical and Hermetic roots of American society. The book suggests that in the Hermetic underpinnings of Western culture, we find a longing for freedom much like that of ancient Gnosticism.
Why We Seek to See the Inner Light (in Sant Mat Meditation): Getting Off the Wheel of Reincarnation
“If anyone does not receive the Light while he is here, he will not be able to receive it in the other place either.” (Gnostic Gospel of Philip, Nag Hammadi Library of Egypt)
Gnostic Book of Pistis Sophia: “All the rulers (archons) of the height have tried to deceive me into believing that I am only a body of matter without Light in it. And after this the merciless powers surrounded me, and tried to take away all the Light that was in me. But You appeared to me out of the darkness and I trusted You, O Light, and said: ‘You are the one who liberated me. I thank You O Light for having compassion on me. And You have saved me, O Light, with your Gnosis [Mystical Knowledge].’”
Swami Santsevi Ji Maharaj: “What is the place to be reached? When we close our eyes and see darkness, this is the realm of ignorance. When the Light dawns within you, then you understand that you reside in Noble Regions. In darkness resides ignorance and in Light resides Knowledge. For example, as we are sitting in visible light right now we are able to see one another. However, if the power goes out, ensuing total darkness, we will not be able to see others. We will not even be aware of other people, coming and going. In this analogy ‘light’ signifies knowledge and ‘darkness’ signifies ignorance.
“In the same manner when we see darkness with our eyes closed, we are in the realm of death and re-birth [we are unaware of our true nature]. When we come out of the realm of darkness and enter into the realm of Light, we will at the same time transcend the web of death. It is not possible that we can remain in darkness and be free from the net of birth and death. Having achieved inner Light we can be liberated from the cycle of birth and death.”
Swami Vyasanand Ji Maharaj: “The practitioner here experiences the joys of the Light realm. There are many regions within the Light realm, with each higher realm being exponentially larger than the previous. Also the bliss and joy of each successive realm increases greatly. In this realm of Light the practitioner sees and converses with his guru and receives further instruction for advancing. The student sees many wonders within each realm.”
"Always respect time. Time gone shall never come back again. Realize the importance of the present and benefit from it to the maximum. Human life is a process of transition from mortal consciousness to God-consciousness. Utilize each and every breath in the recital of God’s Name." ("Spiritual Gems", Shri Anandpur Publication)
Rumi is More Than A Dispenser of Clever Words — Find Your Own Shams
People are drawn to the poetic utterances of Jalaluddin Rumi (1207-1273). In the lives of many, Rumi has become the rare example of encountering a genuine spiritual master of the past, what the Sufis call a “murshid”, an advanced spiritual teacher or guide. More than a poet, they sense there is a radiance behind Rumi’s words, that really, Rumi offers a radically different and far more enchanting approach to God or the spiritual world than the conventional religion they know.
Rumi was a 13th-century Persian Sufi mystic. For some reason, this particular Sufi poet has become extremely popular and well-known to many, yet Rumi is one of thousands of such celebrated Gnostic poet-mystics, Sants and Sufis of the East.
Sufism is a form of Islamic Gnosticism, a school of mysticism. Rumi’s spiritual teacher (living master, murshid) was Shams of Tabriz, a disciple of Baba Kamal al-Din Jumdi in a Sufi Order, a living school of spirituality. In Arabic, “Shams” means “Sun”. For Rumi, Shams was his light-giver (guru), the spiritual guide, someone who communicated the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven, the methods of spiritual practice, meditation, how to ascend through the heavens and commune with the Beloved Supreme Being.
Rumi is a great read, composed great poems, contributed much to the world of literature? Sure. However, to truly “get” Rumi and come to appreciate his message, we need to find our own living Shams of Tabriz.
The Master-Student Relationship
“Rumi trusted his heart and soul to Shams, and Shams said, ‘That is a good beginning. What more can you offer?’
“‘There is nothing more!’ cried Rumi.
“Shams replied, ‘Still you sleep, Rumi. It is a new day. Wake up! You resist my words because of your own insecurities and the fear that right now you could be the God that you truly are. Could I, as your friend, allow you to continue living a life of limitation when you know better?’”
Rumi says: “If you seek to know God, sit at the feet of the Masters.” “Feed your heart in conversation with someone harmonious with it; seek spiritual advancement from one who is advanced.” Rumi says, may you find your own Shams and learn from them the Secret of Secrets.
“Rumi found in poetry the only form of expression befitting his reverence for his teacher Shams of Tabriz.”
Rumi’s Ode to the Satguru
You come to us
from another world
From beyond the stars
and void of space.
Of unimaginable beauty,
Bringing with you
the essence of love.
You transform all
who are touched by you.
troubles, and sorrows
dissolve in your presence,
to ruler and ruled
To peasant and King.
You bewilder us
with your grace.
You are the master alchemist.
You light the fire of love
in earth and sky
in heart and soul
of every being.
Through your loving
existence and nonexistence erge.
All opposites unite.
All that is profane
becomes sacred again.
New Book: ‘The Brahm Nirupan is one of the most important sacred texts of the Kabir Panth, a treasure-trove of wisdom about living an enlightened, ethical and spiritual way of life culminating with union with God. Thank you Dr. Das for making this priceless spiritual classic available in English for the edification of us devotees in the West seeking to learn as much as we can about the Path of Guru Kabir.’ (James Bean, Spiritual Awakening Radio)
The Brahm Nirupan of Kabir, A Journey to Enlightenment — The Ultimate Reality, Translated by Dr. Jagessar Das of the Kabir Association (Xlibris, Amazon)
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The Goal of Inner Sound Meditation is Union With God:
"This Sound preceded the creation of the universe and is therefore called ‘the Sound of the Beginning.’ This Sound helps the soul to realize its original nature, and, is therefore known as the Sound of Universal Consciousness. This Sound emerges from the Divine and is known as the primal burst of creation or Origin. This Sound descended from above as the Divine Music, and, is therefore known as the ‘Song from Above’… A practitioner’s consciousness stream, or a soul that attaches to this Shabd (Sound), is able to merge into the Ocean of the Incomprehensible Bliss of the Supreme Being (reaches the realm beyond Sound, Shabdateet). After uniting with the Supreme Being, the soul attains Moksha or Liberation. This marks the cessation of the wandering of the soul in the cycle of rebirth and death." (Swami Vyasanand, The Inward Journey of the Soul — Chal Hansa Nij Desh — O Swan Soul! Return to Your Spiritual Abode)
Meditation Practice — Brahm Nirupan of Kabir, Verses 30-34
30. A devotee who controls the mind and practices hearing the Divine Melody, reaches the difficult-to-obtain state of union of the right and left nerve currents in the central channel in meditation. This central is called the Sushumna in Yoga. These three meet at the third eye. In deep silence the devotee sees the intense Eternal Light of Reality.
31. Above the Trikuti (third eye) there are three states of silence - the beginning, middle and end. These three states of silence merge or dissolve into the Eternal Light. He who does not know the secret of these cannot be said to be a Vaishanava.
32. When consciousness in meditation reaches the thousand-petalled lotus, it then rises to the eighth lotus above. This is called Unmani Chakra. In this state the devotee sees the Divine Light without the presence of a lamp, and hears the Divine Melody without musical instruments.
33. The Sant Mat preached by Sat Guru Kabir explained that the yogi who practices meditation would rise above all of these (the chakras) and, going above the eighth chakra, reaches a region where the lotus has countless petals. The yogi then sees the light of millions of moons and suns, and reaches a state of supreme silence.
34. When the yogi reaches this state of realization, he becomes aware that the Self is free of the support of the body, space, heaven and earth. His consciousness rises above the physical and astral forms, and then even death becomes his servant. This state of consciousness is one of unity with God.
— Brahm Nirupan of Kabir — A Journey to Enlightenment, the Ultimate Reality, translated by Dr. Jagessar Das (Xlibris, Amazon)
"The writer, for the welfare of the world, offers salutations to Sat Purush (God, the Absolute Being, Ultimate Reality) and to Satguru Kabir by whose nectar-like words the karmas are abolished, and the fear of old age and death are removed." (Opening Verse of the Brahm Nirupan of Kabir)
“These are the secret sayings that the living Jesus spoke and Didymos Judas Thomas recorded. And he [Yeshua] said, ‘Whoever discovers the interpretation of these sayings will not taste death.’” (Opening Verse of the Gospel of Thomas)
“Do not keep any ill feelings in your mind. Kindly heed my request and shun such thoughts.” (Guru Kabir)
“Non-violence and compassion towards all living beings are fundamental principals in a spiritual life.” (Dr. Jagessar Das)
“Lord Mahavira knew that is impossible to attain liberation and well-being of the Self without morality and observance of discipline. Thus he declared: ‘Restraint (Sheela, life of moral rectitude) is the ladder to liberation.’” (Swami Santsevi Ji, Harmony Of All Religions)
“Right Vision or Faith (Samyak Darshana), Right Knowledge (Samyak Gyana), and Right Conduct (Samyak Charitra) — constitutes the path to liberation. These are known as the triple gems (or jewels) of Jainism and hence also known as Ratnatraya. These three are essential for the soul to evolve spiritually.” (Wikipedia, entry on Jainism)
PODCAST: Some Radio For Peace: Education For A More Peaceful Planet: The Ethical Foundation of the Masters of Inner Light and Sound — on peace and ahimsa (non-violence in thought, word, and deed) as practiced in Sant Mat as well as Jainism: Spiritual Awakening Radio Podcast. Click to Stream or Download via SoundCloud: https://SoundCloud.com/santmat/spiritualawakeningradio293
Spiritual Awakening Radio with James Bean explores the world of spirituality, comparative religion, world scriptures and other books, East and West, God, meditation, near death experiences, the vegan diet, and ahimsa ethics — education for a more peaceful planet.
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All for the Love of Wisdom and Radio, In the Love, Light, and Sound of the Beloved, Jai Sat Naam, Jai Guru, RadhaSoami, SatyaRaam, Peace Be To You,
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Seven Things I Believe (and Experience)
*1) God is Real.
*2) God is Love, the Ocean of Love and Compassion.
*3) All of the world scriptures teach about the same manifestation of God as inner mystical Light and Sound.
*4) Our true identity is soul, the Self. Soul is part of God and therefore is, like God, pure love.
*5) During this human existence we have an opportunity to experience God.
*6) As we experience communing with God’s love during meditation – Surat Shabd Yoga, we can rise above body-consciousness and explore Inner Space, the “Kingdom of the Heavens” that are within us. “We travel back from the realm of Darkness to the realm of Light, from the Light to divine Sound, and from the realm of Sound to the Soundless State.” (Swami Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj) The drop merges back into the Ocean of Love.
*7) As we get initiated into the Mysteries of the Spirit by a Living Teacher (Sant Satguru), the purpose of our life is fulfilled. Reuniting with God is our reason to be here: “It was for the sake of the God-conscious beings that our True Lord created this earth, and began this play of death and birth.” (Adi Granth) Kabir said, “For millions of years you have slept. This morning, will you not wake?”
"All beautiful forms and tones of this world are mere reflections of some aspect of that ultimate Love-Music of the Great Creative Word. Within the vast complex of creation, each individual spirit is himself/herself a spark of that Eternal Song of Love."
"There are those who have wandered among the darting comets and the shimmering orbs of sounding fire. The soul-explorer is not alone, for there are those who have traveled the highways of the inner cosmos; far more than one may at first realize."
"...The planes of heaven are about us everywhere. One has only to know this simple truth consciously, and then we will be free." (George Arnsby Jones)
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