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God and Us

Stages of the Spiritual Path

Multidimensionality of the Universe

The "Creation" and the "End of the World"

Where Should We Seek God?

Hell and Paradise

How Can We Fall in Love with God?

God — and Divine Teachers

God versus Pagan "Deities"

Spiritual Heart as the Organ of Love

"Babaji's Formula"




Karma Yoga (Selfless Service)

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

Practice of the Straight Path

Preliminary Methods

Initial Methods

Ethic Self-Correction

Impressions as Food for the Soul

Initial Control of Emotions

Self-Discipline and Energy

Hygienic Advice

Hatha Yoga


Basic Methods

General Information

"Cross of Buddha"


Relaxation Asanas


Psycho-Physical Exercises


Latihan. Baptism of the Holy Spirit

Cleansing of Chakras. Opening Up of Spiritual Heart

Going out from the Body

Development of Chakras. Dantyans

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

The "Cocoon"

"Bubbles of Perception"

Development of "Power in Subtlety" (Correct "Crystallization" of Consciousness)

Winter Swimming

Meditative Running

The Highest Methods

Their Aim and Scheme of Work

Pranava. "Birth" and "Maturing" in the Holy Spirit

Driving Out Demons

"Total Reciprocity" (Nirodhi)

Baptism of Fire. Merging with Fiery Divine "Mahadouble"

The "Root"

"Raising of Kundalini"

Entering the Abode of the Creator



Development of "Power in Subtlety"
(Correct "Crystallization" of Consciousness)

After completion of the courses we have just described only a few of the total number of students are able to move immediately on to the next — the highest — stage of spiritual ascent. Only those can go that fast who were already mastering these stages in their previous incarnations and now only reviewing what they studied before. The other people should stop for a while in order to establish in the states they have learned to attain.

But this does not mean they should do nothing, no. There should be a lot of reading, thinking, discussing, helping others and listening to how God assesses one's actions… It is necessary to seek increased harmony with nature, especially in the early mornings. It would also be good to learn to identify the voices of best singers among birds, know them by names and how to attune to their subtlety. Among them are — song-thrushes and blackbirds, starling, blackcaps, white-throats, robin redbreasts, skylarks, large curlews, woodcocks, black-grouses and snipes…

The acuity of the subtlest perception of nature that should be achieved can be illustrated by the following meditative etude, written down by Svetlana Zaitseva:


What can be softer that mist?

Its touch is hardly felt,

It is not like a dancing of snowflakes,

that slide down the face,

Or cold kisses of a rain,

carried by the wind

No, the mist touches everything


            and quietly,

Extremely lightly

            and… whispering.

It is just a soft shadow of the rain,

But its presence is real:

Hair is wet

          and tiny specks of moisture

                    are slumbering on the eyelashes…

But its main charm is

That it blurs the shapes and distances

of the material plane…

Everything becomes slightly magic

because of this innuendo…

You move with a strange sensation, as if in a dream,

Receptivity is increased,

Openness and softness are like

      the mist

                   that surrounds the soul…

The envelopes are off,

You become an ocean

of eternal Love,

Permeated with rays

of raising sun!…

Special indoors aesthetic lessons developed by my former colleague Galina Vaver can also be used [16]).

And development of the "power in subtlety" (or "crystallization of consciousness" in G.Gurdjieff's terminology [34] — by analogy with the growth of a crystal) can be best attained at this stage through meditations at special "places of power", winter swimming and "meditative running". Other methods of "crystallization" includes special exercises of athletic gymnastics and Sufi "spinning": both should be preformed while being in special meditations, but it does not make sense to write about this in a book.

It is important to emphasize that "crystallization" will be correct only if performed by consciousness concentrated in the spiritual heart. At the same time it can be successful only when the structures of all dantyans, including the lower one, are developed and working properly.

Correct "crystallization" is performed by consciousness that grows in the subtlest eons: in this way we cultivate Divinity in ourselves. But coarse "crystallization" that is performed by people who eat dead bodies of animals, live in coarse emotions and devoid of correct spiritual aspiration, can form devils out of them. The same psychic training techniques will produce either the former or the latter effect, depending on the inner state of the one who practices them.

This is one of the reasons why it is so dangerous to reveal secret esoteric knowledge to those who are not ready to apply it correctly.




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