Re: Core Teachings
Jun 06, 1996 03:58 PM
by Jerry Schueler
>According to GdP there's also a school of 'swabhavika's' in Buddhism,
>only, they have a too materialized version of swabhava.
>I see no problem with the teaching on swabhava. It is, however, not very
>clearly exposed by GdP. I think it has relations with the concept of skandha's,
>a clearly Buddhistic concept.
>What do you think?
Swabhava is itself a material concept, and it would be
difficult to have a "too materialized version" of it. The way I see
it, swabhava is an important principle along the Arc of Descent,
but is an interferring obstacle along the Arc of Ascent. I can
only wonder why G de P didn't think of that, except that he uses
it to reinforce his idea about gaining self-consciousness
at the end of this manvantara. While it is true that we gain
self-consciousness, its also true that this is the resultant of
every manvantara, and that the whole "divine breath" is a
circle, not a spiral.
Swabhava guides the skandhas. It gives them a
sense of direction, so that our skandhas gradually shape
us (i.e., our lower selves) into self-consciousness. The
problem with self-consciousness is that it separates us
from everyone and everything else. The original dualistic
split between subject and object, or Self and Not-Self, is
the impetus that started our manvantara in the first place.
So, I see self-consciousness as the hallmark of the
first 3 1/2 Rounds. Self-consciousness is the pivotal
point at the lowest end of the manvantaric spectrum of
consciousness. The second half of a manvantara is
involved with re-uniting Self and Not-Self again.
This exact sequence of events is also seen
in miniature during our lifetime. We are born in a neonatal
condition of samadhi, with no concept of Self or Not-Self.
Then a sense of self develops, followed by definition,
which results in a separate personality. Then we tread
the spiritual Path, at the end of which, Self is once again
united with Not-Self, and we once again enter samadhi.
As an Adept, we become as a little child, as Jesus puts it,
and thus the circle is completed.
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