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Contents

About the Book

Ecology of Human Being in Multidimensional Space

Ecology and Ecopsychology

What Is Man

Multidimensionality of Space

God

God — and Us

The Meaning of Human Life

Destiny and Its Correction

Love, Wisdom, and Power

What Is Love

Love for People

Love for Nature

God Is Love

“Every Instance of Leaving the State of Love…”

Self-Centeredness versus God-Centeredness

Love for God

Sexual Aspect of Love

Upbringing Children

Nutrition Recommendations

Clothing

Night Sleep

Medicine, Health, and Destiny

Work in the Material World

Spiritual Service

True and False Attachments

Teachings of God versus Sectarianism

Eternal Law — Sanatana Dharma

Comments on the Patanjali’s Scheme

Yama and Niyama

Asana

Pranayama

Pratyahara

Dharana

Dhyana

Samadhi

Chakras and Meridians

Meditative Trainings

Places of Power

Babaji’s Formula

Truth

Simplicity

Love

Karma Yoga (Selfless Service)

Abandonment of the Lower Self for the Sake of Merging with the Higher Self

Completion of the Path

Practice of the Straight Path

Preliminary Methods

Initial Methods

Ethic Self-Correction

Impressions as “Food” for the Soul

Initial Control of Emotions

About Compassion

Self-Discipline and Energy

Hatha Yoga

Visualization

Basic Methods

Cross of Buddha

Warm-Up

Relaxation Asanas

Pranayamas

Psycho-Physical Exercises

Shavasana

Latihan. Baptism in the Holy Spirit

Cleansing of the Chakras. Opening of the Spiritual Heart

Exits from the Body

Development of the Chakras. Dantians

Work with Meridians. Sushumna, Chitrini, Zhen-Mo, the Microcosmic Orbit, and the Middle Meridian

The Cocoon

Bubbles of Perception

Development of Power in Subtlety (Correct Crystallization of Consciousness)

Winter Swimming

Meditative Running

Higher Methods

Pranava. “Birth” and “Maturing” in the Holy Spirit

About Self-Healing

Total Reciprocity (Nirodhi)

Baptism in the Divine Fire

The Root

“Raising” of Kundalini

Entering the Abode of the Creator

The Meaning of Our Lives (lecture)

About “The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil” (lecture)

Stages of the Spiritual Path (lecture)

How Can We Fall in Love With God? (lecture)

Practice of the Modern Hesychasm (lecture)

Sun of God or How to Become the Ocean of Pure Love (lecture)

How One Should Understand the Word God (lecture)

Religion — and Religious Movements and Schools (lecture)

Narrow Path to the Highest Goal (lecture)

Atman and Kundalini (lecture)

Serving God (lecture)

Art and Spiritual Development (lecture)

Basic Principles of Teaching Psychic Self-Regulation to Children and Adolescents (lecture)

Art of Being Happy (forest lecture for film)

Sattva of Mists (forest lecture for film)

Sattva of Spring (introduction to film)

Keys to the Secrets of Life. Achievement of Immortality (forest lecture for film)

General Conclusion

1. About the History of Religion

2. How the Word God Is to Be Understood

3. What Is Man

4. Methodological Principles of Spiritual Self-Development

5. Structure of the Human Organism and Structure of the Absolute

6. What Religious Associations Should Do

Bibliography

Scheme for Studying the Structure of the Absolute

About “The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil” (lecture)

About “The Tree
of Knowledge
of Good and Evil”
(lecture)

The scheme for studying the structure of the Absolute* shows, among other things, as if windows, doors, and gates, which are the entrances to “other worlds”.

Also on this scheme one can see that the souls are conceived by the Creator in paradise, though they cannot be called human souls yet but rather a kind of embryos which will be embodied first in vegetal and animal bodies. (This truth is reflected in the biblical story about Eden).

Some souls, incarnating and evolving in the world of matter thanks to the freedom of will that they were given (for the purpose of better development of the Evolutionary Process) — preserve their purity from the filth of negative emotions.

Others get “attached” to material objects including their own bodies. These attachments give rise to egocentrism and hostility towards other creatures, considering them rivals with whom one has to compete for possession of food, luxury, and objects of sexual lust. Some people even assume the right to kill animals for the sake of satisfaction of their gluttony.

Such a choice between good and evil can be represented schematically as a fork, like that on a branch of a tree. The choice of the way of evil is what the Bible calls the Fall of Man.

God continues to offer each soul an opportunity to make a choice in ethically important situations: to act for the sake of oneself at the detriment of others — or to sacrifice something of oneself for the sake of others. That is, to do evil — or good.

In this way each soul draws a graph of its development — many branchings where one always has to choose only one direction. It is from this picture that the image of a tree originates.

As a result of moving along these trajectories of choice, some souls come to the Abode of the Creator, others — to the hell, which they have chosen.

… There is another interpretation of the story about the “tree of knowledge of good and evil” — it is also correct and supplements the first one.

The error of people consisted in forgetting that God controls everything that enters our lives; and in that respect good and evil that come to us are equal. For they both are manifestations of the pedagogical measures of our loving and wise Parent. Therefore, we should regard everything as a blessing coming from Him.

So, when evil comes to us we should try to see the intention of God behind it. And having realized it, having discovered its reason in ourselves, we have to strive to improve.

One can react in a wrong way by trying, for example, to revenge oneself upon the offender having forgotten about the Master of our destinies — God.

Or sometimes in some originally primitive or degraded religious movements in order to explain the roots of evil, people create a “rival” to God who is almost equal to Him. They call him Satan, Lucifer, and by other names. Such primitive religious conceptions can appear when people reduce Boundless Universal God to a flying old man sitting on a cloud…

… Correct understanding in the situations of encounters with evil is extremely important! There is a mechanism of self-transformation that consists in the ATTUNEMENT of the consciousness to the state of a certain object.

If we attune to the beauty of the rising sun in the quiet tender morning or to the singing of morning birds, then we fill ourselves with subtlety and harmony of nature!

If we seek the Creator and try to attune to Him — we approach Him. And He helps us in this!

If we fix our indriyas of the consciousness at some embodied or unembodied filth, we automatically attune to its hellish state and become similar to it by our emotional status. And if we leave the body before we have improved, then we will go to hell along with it…

This is why Jesus Christ taught not to revenge oneself, not to damn the offenders, but to forgive them sincerely and feel compassion for them. And not to demand back what we were bereft of — it is better to give to the robber even more than what he wants to take from us — so as not to exit from the state of love!

I was deceived and betrayed many times. I was even killed by such human filth and was painfully dying for many months. But I remained a Christian — I neither revenged myself, nor did I attune to them. I continued to seek the Union with God — and I won! Also I have helped many others in this and will help more!

You can do the same — and win as well!

 
 

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