Am I jumping classes?
They did not do this in my days, but today, if a student is very bright, he or she can be promoted to a higher standard out of turn. This is what I mean by jumping classes.
Yogi tradition says we must go through 888,888 reincarnations to experience, do, have, realize all of creation.
When do human incarnations start? I do not know. But I do know that twelve years of Kriya Yoga will give Man the power of choosing his time of death consciously. He knows when the spiritual/evolutionary purpose of this lifetime has been fulfilled.
We agree to be born because we want to learn, do, have, make and experience life in a body. We will continue this desire even when we have evolved beyond the human earth plane. It’s not the body, it is our mind-limited consciousness that determines our place. It’s our learning that determines the path.
Am I jumping classes? This question occurred to me after this mornings harvest. The web certainly speeds up the process of gaining “Access to Learning”.
A Letter from Barbara McKenzie
Barbara sent me a quote:
“Yucatan … is covered by a vast underwood … you can try climbing to the top of the pyramids, but you will still see the same continuous, unbroken, desolate horizon. But Yucatan is favored by travelers, for it is a land of rich memories: extraordinary monuments, beautiful women, picturesque costumes … things that leave a lasting impression. It appeals to the heart, soul, imagination and mind. Anyone who can leave Yucatan with indifference, has never been an artist and will never be a scholar.”
My new friend Barbara McKenzie has made a beautiful web-site on the Maya ruins in Yucatan. I found her because I went to Region MESOAMERICA and asked the Yahoo search engine for Uxmal. And why would I do this? Because Carmel, my friend and neighbor in Bombay, has very recently been there. It took one click to select the place I wanted to visit. Next I had a magnificent view of Uxmal from the top of the Pyramid of the Magician. Back to the map where a click on a green arrow brought me face to face with a finely detailed frieze in the Nunnery Quadrangle. From there I went to the Governors Palace and promised myself to be back soon. I sent Barbara a little note of appreciation, saying I wish we had similar web-sites of the many fine old city ruins of India. They are incredible and so little known. Barbara came back posthaste (or should I say cyber-space boomerang) to say Small World! She has studied Bengali poetry at Santiniketan in the early 1970’s. India is so beautiful she says and actually started going to Central America as a “Bengali substitute.”
Am I jumping classes?
Barbara’s website makes me feel I am no stranger amongst the Mayas. I no longer long to take my flesh-body to these wonderful places, so that means one more earthly desire killed. Does this mean I have reduced my obligatory 119,487 lifetimes to 119,486? Sorry I’m so fanciful, but I have always had too much of imagination. I hope you will grin and notice how high I’ve put myself on the evolutionary scale. Imagine – from 888,888 down to 119,487 or even 119,486.
The Chartres Labyrinth: A Model of the Universe?
Recently I’ve been in to Labyrinths and Mazes and Sacred Geometry and I thought I had finished with it. Not so. After replying to Barbara’s letter I treated myself to a visit to one of my favorite places of learning, namely the Institute of Noetic Sciences. (Here’s a promise to myself : I must find out how I can become a member.)
As chance would have it (???), I saw an article by Alan Jones, who quotes Keith B. Critchlow:
The labyrinth is itself an astounding and precise model of the spiritual understanding of the universe. Not only are the exact cosmic rhythms built into it but, as well, the other sacred measures that represent our relationship to the ‘journey back’ to our spiritual wholeness.
Alan Jones says:
“Human beings have long known that their drifting needs to be transformed into pilgrimage. Cathedrals were places where people walked their way to meaning and purpose. It was in the act of walking to a particular place that they found the courage to live.*)
In the Middle Ages, when the pilgrims finally reached Chartres, they completed their journey by walking the labyrinth which is set in the stone pavement at the west end of the cathedral. They understood this walk as following the Threefold Path.
- The first was Purgation, or letting go of the cares of the world.
- The second was Illumination where, standing in the center, one could experience clarity of heart and mind.
- The third, Union, or joining God, occurred as one walked back out into the world, emboldened by the meeting in the center. This walk was a sign of homecoming and wholeness.
*) This reminds me of Indian pilgrims, and in particular the Jain widows who go up and down the holy mountain of Palitana. Leaving aside favors curried from the gods, such a pilgrimage must surely give Indian widows the courage to face life without their man.