World Mythology, Mysticism and Meditation – Part 1
World Mythology, Mysticism and Meditation Part 1
Energy Enhancement Meditation and the Mythology of Lucas’ Star Wars, Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, John Wick, The Dune Trilogy, the Matrix Movies and Campbell’s Universal Hero with regards to the Applicability of the Removal of Nietzsche’s and Carl Jung’s Shadow Subpersonalities, in Heroic Meditational Self Development for the Destruction of Absolute Evil on this Planet
What is the power of Myth?
Why do modern myths such as Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, The Dune Trilogy or the Matrix Movies; have such a powerful and profound effect on people?
Why do they seem to have such resonance with us?
And all through the history of humankind why have myths been stories of such central importance to their respective cultures and which have held them in such high regard? What is the meaning of Myth, their significance and purpose?
So what is Mythology? The word Mythology derives from the Greek word ‘mythos’, which means story. Therefore myths are stories but at the same time not all stories are myths. So what then are these stories that comprise the Mythology of the World. It has been said that “Myths are things that never happened but always are.” This quote is attributed to the 4th century Roman historian and mystic Sallustius.
It describes the allegorical nature of Mythology and suggests that they contain behind their often fairy tale and fantastical nature, hidden truths and higher meanings.
In a sense, Myths are stories that talk about the higher things and the more profound subject matters. They deal with the important issues to do with God, Cosmic Origins, Ultimate Conclusions, Purpose and Destiny. They derive from humankind’s quest to answer the big questions concerning the nature of the divine, the nature of reality, the human condition, higher powers and our relationship to those higher powers, they deal with the meaning of life.
They deal with the path, the methodology of attaining the Holy Grail, Mastery of the Mind, Mastery of the Astral Dimensions, Mastery of Life and Death, becoming Dwij – Twice Born, Illuminated, Enlightened, One, Soul Infused Being.
Jesus Christ, Buddha, Krishna, Gurdjieff, Mahavira, Ramana Maharshi, defined the Path.
Inevitably there exists a lot of over lap between World Mythology and World Religion which also concerns itself with these sorts of things. In one sense Mythology may be seen as proto-religion or an early forerunner of religion as we know it today. Also many of the stories contained in the more ancient literature of the Worlds Religions may be regarded as Mythology. We know that ancient myths found themselves incorporated into the holy texts of some the major World Religions. So for instance, a significant of the Bible consists of myths, especially in some of the earlier books such as Genesis. A similar situation exists in Hinduism which early on produced an extensive and elaborate collection of Myths. So Mythology blends into and is incorporated into religion and vice versa, certain religious ideas are often represented as Myths.
Essentially the issues and themes that Mythology deals with are really the same subject matter at the heart of much of World Religion. What we will show is that certain central ideas and themes from World Religion and World Mysticism allow us to clearly see some of the important hidden meanings behind World Mythology. These central Religious and Mystical notions, ideas and themes include the belief that ‘Everyone is God’ and the idea of a spiritual journey which leads to a state of ‘Mystical Awakening’ or Enlightenment; and also the Prophecies contained in World Religion together with the idea of a Messiah or World Saviour. We will show that these Religious ideas are really what’s behind a lot of the World’s most important Myths, both ancient and modern.
“The senses are higher than the body, the mind higher than the senses; above the mind is the intellect, and above the intellect is the Atman. Thus, knowing that which is supreme, let the Atman rule the ego. Use your mighty arms to slay the fierce enemy that is selfish desire.”- Krishna, the Soul, Bhagavad Gita
Everyone is God and the Spiritual Quest
One of the main ideas behind this article, is the belief that ‘Everyone is God’, “Tat Tvam Asi”, “Thou Art That”.
This esoteric or hidden belief is found at the heart of all the World’s great Religions and Faith Traditions. We discuss how once this is accepted then it is very easy to suppose therefore that the ultimate goal of religion is to realize our true nature and inner divinity. So this would be the true meaning of the Kingdom of Heaven, Enlightenment, ‘Awakening’, Moksha etc. Ideas of Union with God, or being One with God or becoming One with the Universe would be equivalent to this interpretation. The Scriptures of World religion also describe a life path or spiritual journey which is the means by which this ultimate of attainments is obtained. This might variously be something along the lines of, ‘The Path to Perfection’ “Ananda Marga” or the ‘The Way to God’.
With these considerations in place it is reasonable to conjecture that this idea that a person’s real identity is God is also something related to the Hero Quest Myth tales which is the best known category of Myth to most people, including the Grail Myths, Campbell’s, “Path of the Hero” and Odysseus. This is particularly so when we also understand that Mythology in general is intimately related to Religion and its concerns, with the ancient Myths existing at the heart of humankind’s earliest religious traditions and Myths serving as spiritual allegory. Seen in this light it makes sense to think of the Hero Quest Myths as coded stories that are really about a person’s spiritual evolution towards, potentially, the ultimate goal of union with God or becoming God.
Jordan Peterson, Nietzsche, Jung and Tolkien – Myth and the Age of the Hero
Anyhow, what we propose now is this idea that ‘Everyone is God’ and the journey to the realization of our true nature i.e. God, is exactly what is behind what’s known as the Hero Quest Myth. So for instance, given this interpretation of the Hero Quest Myth, the quest for the Holy Grail in the various Myths involving King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table is therefore really about the quest for Enlightenment.
This interpretation is supported by the fact that many versions of the Myth of the Quest for the Holy Grail describe not the obtaining of some physical object but rather a prize that is more ineffable and transcendent. Instead of just being a journey involving a translocation from place to place, rather the quest for the Grail is described as a process of purification and self development towards a more evolved state of being.
And the same for the Classical Greek Myth called the Odyssey which describes the adventures of Odysseus the main character. Whereas instead of a Holy Grail symbolizing the prize of Enlightenment, instead the uniting of Odysseus with his Wife Penelope at the end of the story would serve the same purpose. The union of Odysseus and his wife symbolising humanity’s Union with God. In the mystical and spiritual literature, all through history, the Union between a man and a woman has been used to symbolize Union with the Divine. From the mystical poems of St Avila and the Sufi Troubadors and the Mystical Love poetry of the Song of Solomon in the Bible, to the Union of Shiva and Shakti in the Eastern traditions; the Quest for God and Mystical Union has often be symbolised by the coming together of a man and woman.
In both these examples, the trials and tribulations faced by the Grail Knights, Campbell’s Hero and also by Odysseus and his sailors, are representative of the challenges and obstacles that face any mystical aspirant and spiritual seeker. So seen in this light the Hero Myths are really about the spiritual evolution of everyman and everywoman, and hidden within these timeless tales are guides, sign posts and also warnings which are relevant and meaningful even in modern times, for the contemporary seeker of the transcendent.
Further support for the idea that the Classic Hero Quest myths are really about the spiritual journey of mystical awakening and union with the divine comes from examining the parallels between, on the one hand the two Myths already discussed, i.e. The Grail Myths and Odysseus; and on the other hand, the great Mythic Epic from Hinduism called the Mahabharata.
What’s most significant here is a slim volume contained within the main body of the Mahabharata called the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna the Soul, Arjuna the Soul Infused Warrior and the subpersonality horses pulling the chariot. Arjuna’s job is killing the evil subpersonalities.
To provide some background, the Bhagavad Gita – The Song of God – and the Soul, Krishna, is probably the most important book in Hinduism.
Many people in India, today and all through the ages, learn it word for word, such is its importance. When we examine the Bhagavad Gita closely then we realize that it is a sort of condensed Mystical Manual and Spiritual guide book.
The central idea contained in the Bhagavad Gita is the notion of Union with God or Krishna the Soul. Before we can unite with God or Krishna we must become warrior servant.
The mythical battle which Arjuna must fight is against the evil parts of his family, which symbolise the evil subpersonality blockages in his mind.
Only by defeating his evil subpersonalities, the Shadow talked about by Jung, can he bring goodness and mercy to this planet.
Only by defeating his evil subpersonalities, the Shadow talked about by Jung, can he become Integrated, One, Soul Infused Personality.
Only by defeating his evil subpersonalities, the Shadow talked about by Jung, can he become Enlightened.
In this way, we must fight the evil shadow through a process of purification, grounding the subpersonalities and removing them from the mind. Integrating the subpersonalities into the Soul.
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This is quite explicitly stated or else alluded in various verses in Bhagavad Gita such as 13:30, ‘When a man sees that the infinity of subpersonalities is abiding in the One, and is an evolution from the One, then he becomes one with Brahman[ i.e. God ]’ & 5:19, ‘Those whose minds are ever serene win the victory of life on this earth. God is pure and ever one, and ever one they are in God’. So here in the Bhagavad Gita the purpose of the spiritual journey and mystical quest is clearly stated.
By seeing the parallels between Bhagavad Gita in relation to Odysseus and the Grail Myths and in relation to the Shadow, the subpersonalities talked about by Jung, then we can therefore more clearly see the underlying idea common to them all, i.e. the idea of a purifying spiritual journey, integrating the shadow subpersonalities, leads to Union with God or God Realization.
For an example of subpersonalities comprising the Shadow, Carl Jung said, “You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do” meaning, as Gurdjieff said, “The person who says he’ll get up at six in the morning to meditate, is not the same person who throws the alarm clock out of the window!!”.
Thus Gurdjieff was saying that diminution of Subpersonalities is Increase in Willpower!
Energy Enhancement Meditation, Carl Jung and transmuting the Shadow, Unconscious, Ego, Id – The Hidden Power of Our Dark Side – and Psychology by Satchidanand
Here’s a first example of an interesting parallel between the Bhagavad Gita and the Grail Myths. So for instance Joseph Campbell, the renowned Mythology expert, in one of his books describes a version of the Grail Myth where three of the Knights of the Round Table eventually find the Grail and they are Percival, Beofur, Galahad. Each of these three Knights has a certain quality which enables them to attain the prize. So Percival is pure of heart, Beofur is the thinking Knight and Galahad is the Knight of actions and deeds.
Interesting this perfectly corresponds with the three paths to Union with God described in the Bhagavad Gita, i.e. Bhakti-marg the path of the heart, Jnana-marg the path of knowledge and Karma-marg the path of action. Any of these paths can result in God realisation. These parallels support the notion that the Grail represents the goal of God Realization or Mystical Awakening.
In Yoga there are six paths, Hatha Yoga including Asana and Pranayama, Kriya Yoga including the shat kriyas and the kundalini kriyas, Bhakti Yoga the yoga of devotion, Gnana Yoga the yoga of knowledge, Karma Yoga the yoga of right and good action, Raja Yoga is the yoga of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali including Meditation, and Samyama leading to Nirbija Samadhi. All of these yogas comprise the Energy Enhancement Meditation Course in Six Levels..
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“As they approach me, so I receive them. All paths, Arjuna, lead to me.”- Krishna, YOUR Soul, Bhagavad Gita
“Some realize the Self within them through the practice of meditation, some by the path of wisdom, and others by selfless service. Others may not know these paths; but hearing and following the instructions of an illumined teacher, they too go beyond death.” – Krishna, the Soul, Bhagavad Gita
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