How is it possible that the most intellectual creature to ever walk on earth is destroying its only source of life? We are spending billions of dollars trying to find life on other planets and trillions of dollars destroying our current planet.
The earth is 4.6 billion years old. Scaling to 46 years, we’ve been here for 4 hours only and our industrial Revolution began just 1 minute ago. In that time, we have destroyed more than 50% of the world’s forest and natural resources. What we are doing with the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.
When Norte Dame was burning, the world’s media covered every moment of it. Billionaires rushed to save it. Donations poured in across the world at such a rapid rate, more than one billion dollars was raised in just two days. And yet, the regular record burning of the Amazon, the lungs of our planet, there is not as much (minute to minute), media coverage. No billionaire pledges of money.
Imagine if trees gave off WiFi Signals, we would be planting so many trees and we would probably save the planet too. Too bad they only produce the oxygen that we breathe. So the warning, good planets are hard to find, never really bothers us.
But when the last tree is cut, the last fish is caught, and the last river is polluted; when simply breathing the air is sickening, you will realize, too late, that wealth is not in bank accounts and that you cannot eat money, as Alanis Obomsawin said.
Human relations have become cold and our heart is not moved by human pain because the divorce between science and art, between philosophy and mysticism has provoked the wear and tear of this generation. We no longer appreciate the poetry of nature and the harmony which is inferred from the entire Universe.
I think change begins when we realize that life is empty if it does not pursue transcendence, the realization of the Being. This would not be possible without developing superior emotion, which humanizes science, sublimates art, elevates philosophy and crystallizes mysticism. Hence the importance of distinctly understanding the four pillars of gnosis and wisely discerning their entwine.
- Philosophy – The word philosophy is from the Greek philo, love + soph, wisdom. Philosophy asks the big questions: Who am I? Where did I come from and where am I going? What is my purpose? Philosophy moves away from relativistic thinking where we only know in relation to what we already know, and into the realm of possibility. Sophia is often represented in ancient scriptures as an innocent soul that has fallen into duality and confusion but yearns to return to a state of unity in the divine light. Philosophy, at its highest potential, yearns to investigate into the unknown to discover the light of wisdom and understanding.
- Science – A scientific approach involves verification, investigation, methodology. Scientific knowledge must be true and demonstrable, also complete in and of itself. Scientific knowledge should be objective and not based upon incomplete facts. Science that is separated from a work with the consciousness, from an internal work, will always be subject to the lowest aspects of human nature. The amazing discovery of subatomic particles was used for one of the most destructive weapons in human history. Science based on a higher intelligence is balanced and humane. In ancient times science was never separate from religion, objective understanding of nature was another aspect of understanding our relationship with the Divine. “Science itself is contained within all the Cosmos; science exists even when the study of sciences does not exist.” – Samael Aun Weor,
- Mysticism and Religion – Knowing the Inner Being, through the perfume of prayer, meditation and love. Mysticism truly connected to God is simplicity itself, clear, perfect and humble. The term mystic is from the Greek mystikos, the mystery of God, of life, of our own minds. Mystical experience, which is the revelation of the prophets, eventually becomes religion. The word religion is from the Greek religare to re-unite, or return, to God. All true religions contain different levels and depths of teachings, some appropriate for those just wishing to lead a good life and follow a faith, and some appropriate for those yearning with all their heart to know God directly. Mystical experience is the sweetness and the light that guides the soul back to its divine origin. “Religion is Magic sanctioned by authority. The Wise understand what true religion is – the eternal necessity that is. For debased souls, religion is a yoke imposed by the vagaries of fear and follies of hope. For exalted souls, religion is a force, springing from an intensified love of God and humanity.” – Eliphas Levi
- Art – The pillar that expresses Philosophy, Science and Mysticism through music, dance, painting, sculpture, poetry, literature, theater etc. Art strikes sublime emotional states that inspire us along the path, and the creation of art becomes a gospel that can guide future generations of seekers.
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