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HOW CAN I RECOGNIZE MY SOUL ?
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Welcome! In our last Broadcasting, we had given you an overview of „Experiment Immortality“, our project to attain immortality. Now we want to begin step by step with the realization of this huge undertaking.
The first step is: „Know thyself.“ That means: recognize your spiritual self, your soul.
It is of the utmost importance that you do not believe unexamined what I am telling you. There is no use in parroting dogmas or formulae such as “I believe in everlasting life.“
It must be understood that it is not Our custom to demand blind faith. What would be the use of such a demand, since observation and attentiveness yield better results? (Brotherhood, 256)
You have to sense yourselves that you have a soul besides your body. Let us now speak about how you can make such an experience.
It is terrible to think that some people are compelled to believe blindly, and that learning is forbidden to them! (Supermundane 376)
1. The Matrix
You know the film "Matrix", this modern version of Plato’s “Parable of the Cave”? An excellent story! It shows humanity as enslaved in a prison of wrong conceptions. The bars are in the heads!
We real human beings of today’s time are not better off:
Do you know the biggest obstacle for the further progress of humanity, for overcoming the omnipresent ignorance, and for fighting need and grief? It is the limitation of our thinking to the material, the visible! People refuse to recognize the invisible, not touchable, spiritual aspect of reality. We limit ourselves to the physical world which is, however, only one half of reality.
Humanity’s conception of the world is quite far from the truth. (Infinity II, 787 )
By ignoring the other half of reality, you exile yourself into an illusionary world – a matrix. You must act wrongly, you cannot advance if you refuse to take into account the more important part of reality!
Only a minor part of reality is cognized by humanity. Humanity dwells in a restricted reality; in the human conception reality is limited to that which is visible. (Infinity II, 437 )
In this Broadcasting we want to show you the other, the higher, the spiritual side of reality - hoping that you will not close your eyes before that what exists. Of course we are unable and unwilling to free anyone by force from the prison of his illusions. All we can do is to point at something with the finger– the looking you have to do yourself!
What perfection can be achieved upon cognizing reality! Once reality is brought to the foreground and affirmed as a completely valid concept, the surroundings will change beyond recognition. The most precise and objective observation of reality will broaden the consciousness. (Agni Yoga 590)
The expansion of consciousness beyond the limits of the material sphere should begin preferably with ourselves: We should be able to recognize the essence of our own being more easily than anything else.
If you recognize yourself, you recognize the whole world. If you sense the divine within yourself, you will also be able to find the divine in the surrounding outside world.
2. The other Ego
How says the writer Ödön v. Horvath:
In principle, I am quite different, but I very rarely manage actually to be so.
This is a truth everyone knows. Each of you feels: There is something greater hidden within you: A being, so childlike and pure, so priestly, so royal, so heavenly - with a power that can „tear out trees“ and „remove mountains“.
You know the comic “Superman”? That small, insignificant employee Clark Kent who transforms, when required, into a mighty hero and then saves the world from all sorts of catastrophes?
You feel it yourselves: Within you, too, there is hidden such a giant! Within you, too, there slumbers a potential of immense forces which allows you to carry out the heroic deeds of which you are dreaming!
The comic is so successful because it strikes a chord in all of us – because it touches at something which lies deeply within us.
Or think of Cinderella: indeed an archetype of mankind: Don’t you, too, feel sometimes completely out of place in your life situation, like a neglected stepchild whose true destiny it is to be a queen?
It is of the utmost importance that you do not dismiss this feeling as an illusion, but take it seriously. The deep longing to realize your higher potential shows the right way.
Every now and then you succeed in expressing your higher self. Then a deep joy fills you - because you have lived the great, the everlasting, the divine of your nature, and overcome the animal part of your being.
This is the message of Agni Yoga: You are much greater than you think and than you realize in your everyday life.
5. Knowledge of the Heart
Obviously, we cannot prove the existence of the soul with the methods of classical physics or chemistry. Nevertheless, we are acting entirely scientifically when we now proceed to investigate into reality by the means of observation and experience. We are no spinners, no mystics and no occultists – we are scientists!
We want the Supermundane to be cognized in a scientific way, through research and observation. For this man must deepen his consciousness and elevate his thought. (Supermundane 592)
The essential is to look without prejudice and recognize that what exists – no more, but no less either.
For this, we have to add the knowledge of the heart to the traditional methods of the natural sciences.
The Divine Science will exist in the future. The Supermundane will become visible to us, but then, earthly life too will become Supermundane. (Supermundane 591)
Saint-Exupéry says in „The Little Prince:
One sees clearly only with the heart; what is essential is invisible to the eye.
Allow this sentence to melt on your tongue. Do you grasp its immense importance? The essential, that what really counts in our life, is not visible and not touchable – and, hence, can be recognized not by the intellect, but only by the heart.
The eyes and ears can be deceived, but nothing can delude the heart. I see with the heart, I hear with the heart, and nothing impure will touch the heart. (Agni Yoga 520)
This is true above all for spiritual realities such as love, loyalty and beauty, or for the distinction between good and bad - and for the soul.
Let us therefore open our hearts and have a look at some everyday situations in which we feel our innermost and noblest with a certainty beyond reason.
When you listen to the music of the great masters: Don’t you feel the existence of something greater within you? Of something bright which awards courage to you? Of something in its essence invulnerable which gives you the strength to master even the worst misfortune with a smile?
Don’t you recognize with pride, with fury and with shame that there lives within you a being so innocent, so childlike and pure to which you lend, unfortunately, only too seldom expression and whose voice you tend to suppress under the apparent constrictions of your material existence?
Above all, Mozart shows us over and over again the marvellous picture of a better world, of a higher sphere - the homeland of our souls. His music teaches us that in every human being there is buried an angel, who waits to be awoken.
Don’t you feel when leaving the concert hall: He who is filled with the superior spirit which speaks from a symphony of Beethoven or Bruckner, could overcome triumphantly all the nuisances of earthly life! There comes to light a true power which lies within you.
Music makes us really greater: We enter the music hall depressed from the load of everyday life – we leave it elevated and with head erect in the newly animated consciousness of our majesty and dignity.
Music makes us experience our true self, the royal, priestly creature which we should in reality be, which is so much greater than our miserable material existence. Music appeals to the divine core within us.
It is not without reason that the concert halls are better filled than the churches: Here you can actually experience a reality about which the priests can only make words.
All true works of art, the great treasures of literature, painting and sculpture, lend expression to the spiritual aspect of reality which only the heart can grasp.
In nature: Don’t you feel your kinship with every flower and every tree, with the stars, the sea and the clouds, with every stone, even with the most tiny grain of sand?
What is this miraculous feeling based on? On the fact that not only you yourselves are animated by a soul, but the whole creation as well; on the fact that the same divine spirit dwells, as within you, so in all other matter.
The old, gnarled oak is your little brother, the sparkling crystal your little sister! Both have souls exactly like yours – only smaller, not so highly developed ones.
Auguste Rodin "The Kiss"
What happens when you love? Your higher self touches the related angel-like being which is hidden behind the insignificant physical façade of the beloved.
By true love, souls are being drawn towards each other, not bodies!
Maybe only for a tiny bright moment you perceive something miraculous; something that the others do not see, because it is hidden within the beloved: The eternal, the divine core.
9. The Aura
Even those of you who do not regard themselves as esoterics know: Every human being has his own aura. You can capture the essence of another man instantly by intuition in the moment in which he enters the room.
It is not the body that radiates. What you sense are the emanations of his soul.
Of course, the body as well has a certain radiation, but limited to the physical side: big or small, thick or thin, strong or weak, skillful or awkward.
The spiritual nature radiates a much stronger emanation:
You are absolutely aware, at the very first moment, whether you have to do with a small or a great soul, with an important or an insignificant, a wise or an ignorant, a positive or a negative, a cheerful or a downcast, a friendly or a hostile person.
All this and much more are characteristics not of the body, but of the soul.
10. Prayer and Meditation
Nicholas Roerich "Tsong kha-pa"
In prayer or meditation, the worldly life of the body takes a break. Now your soul awakes to its life. Now it can develop. It also has its needs, because man does not live by bread alone (Matthew 4, 4). Your soul receives from the communion with the higher spheres consolation, strength and knowledge.
These are the noblest moments when the divine within you communicates with the divine in higher spheres in a purely spiritual way.
Rembrandt "St. Matthew and the Angel"
Your higher self speaks to you as conscience. It advises you to observe the laws of the spiritual world and to apply ethical standards to your actions. The body has no conscience, it knows only the rules of the physical world: struggle for survival and pleasure.
You all know that the voice of your spiritual self sometimes quarrels with the wishes of the lower self which is linked to the body. This is so exactly because your soul is a creature different from your body.
Albrecht Dürer "Death"
Think of the death of a beloved person: We all harbour after all a secret, timid, blessed confidence that his spirit lives on; that he has passed over into a better world where he continues his work; that one day we shall meet him again if we are really related, that means, if our souls belong to each other spiritually.
We refuse to imagine, it simply cannot be, it would be absurd, a gigantic cosmic wastefulness, if a powerful spirit such as Goethe's, which still has so much to discover, to say and to accomplish, were to be completely extinguished.
This feeling of the heart shows the right way. We not only hope – we know at the bottom of our heart that those are right who paint the miraculous picture of an everlasting existence.
Simple minds not misled by the intellect sense this truth very well.
13. Near-Death Experiences
Even the natural scientists begin to concern themselves with that part of man which is different from the body:
They question patients who have looked down from the ceiling of a room and watched the doctor reviving their body. Such so-called extra-physical experiences appear for example with strokes, drug-taking, epileptic attacks or near death. They are recently being investigated into with scientific methods.
The patients report of a bright world, so beautiful that they had no desire at all to return to earth! Not the body has entered this world - it lay meanwhile on the operating table -, but the soul!
14. Longing for Truth, Justice, Beauty and Love
The soul is not of this world. Material things do not satisfy it. It longs for higher, for spiritual values. It is enthusiastic about ideals such as truth, justice, beauty and love.
Our spiritual being actually suffers from every untruthfulness, injustice, ugliness or unkindness – even if they concern not ourselves, but others.
What has an animal with its hardly developed soul, what has the purely physical side of your being to do with justice? Nothing! Like cattle, it is only concerned with survival, reproduction and satisfaction of its desires, with devouring and being devoured, with the law of the stronger which rules in the jungle.
Why did we overcome in the course of evolution this primitive state? Because we followed our higher nature, we have established, by an immense fight, the rule of a spiritual principle (justice) over brute force and superior material means.
This proves: There lives something higher within us which belongs not to the physical, but to the spiritual world.
The greatest longing of man is to bring to bear the divine aspect of his nature. The highest satisfaction fills us when we succeed in this – not, as one tries to make us believe, when we satisfy our animal needs.
15. Longing for Paradise
Peter Wenzel "Adam and Eve in earthly Paradise"
Your soul actually remembers the ideal world from where it comes – paradise, from which you were expelled in order to incarnate on the material plan.
Your soul longs to return to these heavenly conditions.
Your soul strives to introduce down here on earth the overwhelming beauty of the supermundane order which it has itself experienced before birth. Hence the eternal dream of the establishment of the kingdom of God on earth.
16. Expansion of Consciousness
These examples should be sufficient for the moment. Do you now see a little bit more? Has your consciousness been widened by a few millimetres?
Do you realize? The soul is no less real than the body. You would not deny the reality of thoughts, feelings, X-rays or other energies, just because you are unable to touch them!
He who denies his higher nature, the divine within himself, falls back to the level of the animals who have not yet developed a consciousness of the spiritual part of their being.
One tries to take away from you the best you have! It really is a victory of the devil and a spiritual catastrophe that modern man finds no way, under the influence of Enlightenment, to reconcile the truth of science - or reason - with the truth of religion - or the heart.
If we rely on our intellect alone, if we deny every spiritual reality – then we fall back into barbarity, become spiritless robots and create a cold, dead world in which to live is a torture.
17. A first Spiritual Exercise
Nicholas Roerich "Kanchenjunga"
At the end of the second Broadcasting we sum up as follows:
The first step on the way to immortality is to realize more and more the reality of your higher nature, of the spiritual being dwelling within you, of your soul.
Consider this as a first spiritual exercise. You will have to learn many more of such exercises if you wish to make progress on the spiritual path which we are about to walk together.
When you begin to observe impartially the phenomena of higher reality in your everyday life, you will find many other proofs for the existence of your soul. Only open your heart for the realization of those things which you do not see, but which you can very well "grasp" with your higher, inner senses.
Nothing else than direct sensation can transmit an understanding of the Invisible World. (Heart 298)
At the end of this Broadcasting, too, we give you a Mantram to take along on your way:
„I recognize my soul!“