Friday, July 22, 2011

84 - Toward Freedom – Building Bridges

This is the last of the blog articles #81 - 84 that focused on the theme of spiritual freedom based on excerpts from Torkom’s book, The Science of Becoming Oneself. As Torkom wrote, … “the keynote of this book is freedom, the revelation and release of the unknown mystery in man, the freedom of lightning!...[T]hose who crave freedom and cannot find it in the “freedoms” they have, are invited to read this book and live it.” We hope you have enjoyed these articles and that they have inspired you to strive toward experiencing the true freedom within yourself.


The third step is the science of bridge building. This bridge building becomes a conscious process when the man lives on the mental plane. It has three progressive stages:
    1.    Concentration, Meditation, and Contemplation
    2.    The Science of Impression
    3.    The Technique of Indifference

The first stage is very important and forms the foundation for the entire work of bridge building. We can build nothing in our inner or outer world without scientific concentration, meditation, and contemplation. The science of becoming oneself is a great science and the greatest goal of humanity. When a man starts the bridge building process, it is evident that he sees a high peak which challenges all that he has and is. He realizes that he cannot jump there in one step, but that he must build numerous bridges and paths, even space ships, to reach the peak which may turn out to be a star.

Through scientific concentration, meditation, and contemplation the man builds many bridges and different lines of communication between the inner world and the mental plane. He ceases to be the slave of his threefold personality (his physical, emotional, and mental natures) and frees himself to live in the unlimited world of spiritual development.

Friday, July 15, 2011

83 – Toward Freedom – The Detached Observer

This is the third in the series of articles  in July 2011 (Numbers 81-84), that will focus on the theme of spiritual freedom based on excerpts from his book, The Science of Becoming Oneself. As Torkom wrote, … “the keynote of this book is freedom, the revelation and release of the unknown mystery in man, the freedom of lightning!...[T]hose who crave freedom and cannot find it in the “freedoms” they have, are invited to read this book and live it.” We hope you enjoy these articles and that they may inspire you to strive toward experiencing the true freedom within yourself.

    The second step is the step of facing up to the facts about himself. He holds all expressions under survey and tries to find the why of all his reactions and responses on the three levels of his being. He analyzes his thoughts, his emotions, his actions, and he tries to find the urges and motives behind them. He does not do these things as some introspectives do, identifying themselves with their inner and outer states  —  as he analyzes, he views himself impersonally, and thus cultivates within himself the attitude of a detached observer. When he succeeds in observing himself impersonally, he tries to view others and all events with the same impersonality.

    Through this process he discovers the pseudo-rulers in his subjective and objective worlds and gradually decreases their number, until eventually the observer himself becomes the sole ruler of his being. This means simply that the man is no longer the victim of his physical urges, of his emotional waves, or of his different thoughts and momentary tendencies. He tries to face himself at every turn and attempts to unmask every activity and every state of being which pretends to speak or act in the name of the True Self. Here the man becomes a duality. There is the objective world and the one who rules it, but the latter is not yet a clear-cut figure.

    Ages pass, and the observer gradually distinguishes between himself and the physical body. Now he thinks and assumes that he is the emotional man. In the next step he leaves behind the physical body and emotional states as not-selves and identifies himself with the mental world. Here he lives for quite a long time, identifying himself with many different states of being, until one day he surpasses his mental world too and becomes a deeper being, a deeper observer on a higher plane. This is called “the path of detachment” and “the path of facing oneself” upon every turn of life….

Friday, July 8, 2011

82 - Toward Freedom – Learning to Do Good

This is the second in the series of articles  in July 2011 (Numbers 81-84), that will focus on the theme of spiritual freedom based on excerpts from his book, The Science of Becoming Oneself. As Torkom wrote, … “the keynote of this book is freedom, the revelation and release of the unknown mystery in man, the freedom of lightning!...[T]hose who crave freedom and cannot find it in the “freedoms” they have, are invited to read this book and live it.” We hope you enjoy these articles and that they may inspire you to strive toward experiencing the true freedom within yourself.

[In our last article, Torkom indicated there are three steps that we must take to achieve at-one-ment with the Self. This is the first of three articles that will explore those steps in detail.]

The first step is the step of doing good, through which the inner influences increase and new integration and fusion occur among the vehicles. The man tries to be an agent of goodwill, and in all his acts, feelings, and thoughts he tries to express Goodness, Beauty, and Righteousness as far as he is able to do so. This is creative living  —  the way of service.

[How do we do this?] The first step is to start with our physical environment. We sit alone, quietly, and think, “Do I know of a man, woman, or child who is in need?” Perhaps after a few minutes we will remember that one of our friends or neighbors needs a pair of shoes, a book, a suit, a car, or a radio. We say to ourself, “Does this person really need it? Yes. Do I have enough money to buy what is needed? Yes, I do! I will buy it and give it to the one in need.” The second step is to buy the item decided upon. The third is to give it to the person in the nicest and most considerate way. When we perform an act such as this, we feel that new energy starts to flow and circulate in our mechanism; we experience deep joy, new strength, and new peace….

Friday, July 1, 2011

81 - Toward Freedom – Returning to Our Real Self

During the month of July 2011, Torkom’s blog articles #81 - 84 will focus on the theme of spiritual freedom based on excerpts from his book, The Science of Becoming Oneself. As Torkom wrote, … “the keynote of this book is freedom, the revelation and release of the unknown mystery in man, the freedom of lightning!...[T]hose who crave freedom and cannot find it in the “freedoms” they have, are invited to read this book and live it.” We hope you enjoy these articles and that they may inspire you to strive toward experiencing the true freedom within yourself.

The process of evolution is beautifully explained in the story of the Prodigal Son who received his share of inheritance from his Father, then journeyed to far-off lands where he squandered his wealth in riotous living. While tending swine and suffering great deprivation, gradually the memory of his Father’s home dawned in his consciousness, and he pronounced the most poignant statement ever recorded:

    I will arise and go to my Father.

As he approached, the Father rushed forth part way to embrace him. The progress of humanity or of an individual begins when man starts to raise himself and walk toward his Real Self. Our Father is our Self. The long road that separates us from our Father seems to us so far, as far as the farthest star, but actually it is closer than our eyes.

The reason for this illusion is that throughout the ages we  —  the Real Father in us  —  have identified ourselves with the form side of life, and we have lost ourselves in the running water of transient forms. This can be explained if we take the process of sleep as an example. Note how your active consciousness gradually becomes more distant, sinking deeper and deeper into apparent nothingness. In that stage of sleep it seems as though we do not even exist. So it is with the Spark, the Father, Who gradually loses Himself as he identifies with coarser and denser matter  —  until one day He stands on the pole directly opposite His Real Being.