A Spiritual Philosophy Of Self Knowledge


Know Thou Self - The Buddhist Approach
In fundamental Buddhism, the emphasis is on seeing Truth, on knowing it, and on understanding it. The emphasis is NOT on BLIND faith. The teaching of Buddhism is on "come and see" but never on come and believe. Buddhism is rational and requires personal effort, stating that by only one’s own efforts can Perfect Wisdom be realized. Each individual is responsible for his or her own emancipation from anguish and suffering.

Buddhism allows each individual to study and observe Truth internally and requires no blind faith before acceptance. Buddhism advocates no dogmas, no creeds, no rites, no ceremonies, no sacrifices, no penances, all of which must usually be accepted on blind faith. Buddhism is not a system of faith and worship but rather it is merely a Path to Supreme Enlightenment. ....more

Gnosticism - The Secret Teachings Of Jesus
Although Gnosis is usually thought of as an aspect of "religion", it in fact differs from religion or "Faith" in one extremely important respect. With Religion, knowledge of higher things is not realised intuitively, but rather enforced as a body of knowledge - a dogma or revelation - imposed from without, e.g. Bible, Koran, Gita, etc. In the more extreme forms of religion, the so-called "fundamentalist" tendency, the believer is expected to accept this revelation without question.

With Gnosis, one may indeed be inspired or stimulated by external teachings and revelations, but the essential knowledge comes from within. What this means basically is that there are as many Gnostic teachings as there are Gnostics, and vice-versa. A modern-day gnostic may be (and in fact usually is) a part of some tradition (Sufi, Kabbalistic, Tantric, Christian, etc), but he/she will always interpret that tradition in an individual way. ....more

The Inward Journey- A Psychological View
The ultimate pattern is the Self. For Carl Jung this is the God image. Human self and divine self are incapable of distinction. All is Spirit. The self is the ultimate unity of the personality and is symbolized by the circle, the cross, and the mandala figures that Jung was fond of painting. A mandala is a drawing that is used in meditation because it tends to draw your focus back to the center, and it can be as simple as a geometric figure or as complicated as a stained glass window. The personifications that best represent self are Christ and Buddha, two people who many believe achieved perfection. ....more

Individuation - Self Realization
Individuation is Jung's concept of 'self realization', or full and balanced personal development. It is of supreme importance for anyone who is interested in personal growth or personal happiness. It can be achieved by exploring your unconscious and paying attention to it when it 'speaks' to you in your dreams. It is achievement of reaching the center of the psyche, the inward journey that leads us to our 'Christ' being or the achievement of Buddha consciousness.

According to Jung, the unconscious expresses itself also in folktale and myth; and all myths revolve around the theme of individuation. Myths are, so to speak, signposts showing us the way to fuller self realization. The process of individuation, according to Jung, involves four stages of understanding; the process of understanding ones psyche, the realization of mind, body and spirit. ....more






The Buddha






Meditations from the Gnostic Scriptures





mandala-the center






the center - the Self





Four Noble Truths
The Eight Fold Path




The Historical Siddhartha (The Buddha)






















The Gospel of Q


Jesus and Buddha: The Parallel Sayings



Is Jesus a Buddhist?

















The Shadow: Cinderella's Dark Side












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