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INTO THE SEA OF MOLTEN LIGHT
A Poem by Sensei Erwin L. Rimban
Black obsidian glass venturing
Far, far into the navels of the green sea
Of molten light, whose aperture
Can only be gleaned by those
Of sufficient motivation…
Character flaws suffuse the personalities
Of my storylines, it seems, for I cannot
Recall if any one of them sufficiently remembers
The ancient paths to dawn’s promise
I wager a thousand gold pieces
That no one among them possesses
The infinite courage required.
Portals opening into the maws of destiny configured
Portend the coming of slick midnight
Into the realms of men, perchance
To awaken those nonchalantly slumbering
From the laziness of extreme complacency….
The opulence of “sacred” words from books
Cannot compare to the radiance of experience
That which teaches us sears into the extremities
Of our bones the world spheres of immanence
A gift beyond compare for those who have braved
The immersion sequence that entertains the delights
Of Hanged Men.
A fractal self like me, like you
Feeds into the powers of immanence
To experience one beautiful flower of springtime
In the manifold universes of Creation.
Again, and again, and again….
The mirrors of the seers imply
That if the square root of one percent of thee
The paths to Truth, and acts therein
Then the recursive power of infinite beauty
May propel the remaining sets into the cohesion
Then, one day, we awaken
To a different dawn, when our sights
Are dazzled by objects hitherto unknown
And the colours of the rainbow dance
With our senses, like fairies in the moonlight….
We should cry for the passing of shells
Into the naked woods of memory
Assuming they are forgotten in the mists
Of time; and the songs of sorrow may cascade
Into the memories of our souls, the lovely tunes
Enchanting us no end for we thought
There was nothing better.
I am a bridesmaid, and I shall be ready
For I am forever wishing to be married
To the Deep Self of my being, and
The One Who Animates Us is no less
Than our true, real self, hidden but glorious…..
Of course, we were mistaken
When we thought this was the only real world
This fragment of Infinity we call earth
Is only a dream within an illusion within a game
And now that we awaken from the darkness
Of millennia, let us see, let us see
The ecstasy of Infinite Reality!
Let me guess, let me guess
That what lies beyond is incomparable
And a fitting crown to all our efforts
In this monumental sacrifice when the soul
Was tricked into hypnotic sleep…..
Shall we dispense of letters now, my friends?
I am tired of the slow, dizzying mortal dreams
Of my left brain; and now only open
My deepest essence to the gold cords of my twin
Whose magickal guidance all these eons
Cannot but be gifted with the immortal skeins
Of undying gratitude.
THE TAR PARADIGM
THE TESTS OF AUTHENTICITY AND RELEVANCE
Conceived by SENSEI ERWIN L. RIMBAN, ANAM CARA Philippines
April 13, 2016
The Philippine Islands
Whereas, various esoteric, spiritual, occult, metaphysical, exobiological and interfaith groups, fellowships, congregations and organizations purport to know facets of Absolute Truth;
Whereas, these groups claim to have knowledge, revelations, insights, teachings, concepts, protocols, and developmental programs that purport to be reflections of Ultimate Reality;
Whereas, further, that these groups claim to have privileged information on the nature, dynamics and ultimate fate of the Cosmos or fractal aspects of the Cosmos, down to the individual and soul levels;
Whereas, further that these groups also claim the concomitant right to disseminate, explain, expostulate, convey and persuade humanity to either believe or accepts their teachings as real and authentic:
Therefore, we of the Anam Cara Philippines and Soulfriends Learning Organization, do hereby present these self-evident principles to Humanity on every level; to remind us to contemplate very deeply the authenticity, veracity, integrity and relevance of these esoteric groups and their teachings.
There is a dearth of evaluative paradigms to assess, test, judge and evaluate esoteric groups of all kinds. In many places of the world since time immemorial, esoteric, spiritual groups and the like have almost been free from the piercing analysis and objective assessments that are the hallmarks of the sciences. Even though these esoteric groups are conceptually different from the sciences, there is a need to develop objective paradigms that may convince us of the authenticity and integrity of their teachings. The various esoteric, spiritual, occult, metaphysical, exobiological and interfaith groups, fellowships, congregations and organizations purport to know aspects of Ultimate Reality and have never been shy of promulgating their viewpoints as Truth in their citadels of learning. Consequently, their flocks absorb and accept their viewpoints completely, never questioning their authenticity and integrity. Exacerbating this condition is the lack of objective paradigms, parameters, protocols and methods to evaluate their truth-claims. The conceptual difference between science and religion should not be used by these esoteric groups as a shield to evade honest self-examination.
Trying to overcome these conceptual limitations, these Principles attempt to bridge the gap between veracity and ignorance by foreshadowing a set of paradigms that an ordinary person, a member of Humanity, can utilize as a guide in order to understand the elementary context and dynamics of the esoteric systems he/she is trying to comprehend and join. These paradigms do not claim to be the definitive criteria in assessing esoteric organizations of all kinds for all time. However, we are strongly suggesting to unfolding Humanity to keep these Principles in mind as guides to the portals of the Unknown. And at the same time, to be sufficiently open to similar themes that may be developed in the future along these lines.
We hope to add to the fund of knowledge and spur further growth in the critical self-reflection and honest self-examination of the various esoteric, spiritual, occult, metaphysical, exobiological and interfaith groups, fellowships, congregations and organizations of all kinds existing right now in Planet Earth.
THE TESTS OF AUTHENTICITY AND RELEVANCE (TAR)
FIRST PRINCIPLE: Any esoteric, spiritual, occult, metaphysical, exobiological or interfaith organization must present a series of core concepts and teachings that are distinctive of their vision, mission and program and is a unique representation of their viewpoints of Ultimate Reality. (The Test of Uniqueness or Distinctiveness.)
Furthermore, this core must have been accessed by authentic methods whose epistemology and methodology can be examined and replicated to some degree so that objective seekers of Truth can analyze their veracity for themselves in the course of their lives, without relying on mere opinion, hearsay and secondary sources.
Furthermore, this core must be a unique set of teachings that contribute uniquely to the collective database of Humanity which can be learned, celebrated and practiced freely and without coercion.
SECOND PRINCIPLE: Any esoteric, spiritual, occult, metaphysical, exobiological or interfaith organization must have a core set of teachings which partake of the collective knowledge of mankind. Although the First Principle is critical, these set of core teachings must be able to find relevant connections with the established fund of knowledge, whether in the various disciplines of the sciences or the plethora of fields existing in the esoteric world. (The Test of Connectivity.)
Furthermore, their set of teachings must be able to find connections to appropriate subfields in the sciences whose relevance has been shown to be authentic representations of facets of reality. To adhere to this theme of interdisciplinary thought, the set of teachings from these esoteric organizations must allow for honest self-examination and objective isomorphism. The more that these interconnections are realized, the more that these teachings must be reflective of authenticity and relevance.
In matters where the curriculum of the esoteric organization in question must gravitate too closely to the First Principle, in contradistinction to the Second Principle, then the Test of Workability breaks the tie. If the curriculum is shown to be workable and promotes wholeness, growth and harmony towards Humanity as a whole, then this esoteric organization may be considered to have passed this particular test.
THIRD PRINCIPLE: The set of teachings of the esoteric, spiritual, occult, metaphysical, exobiological or interfaith organization in question must be conceptualized, expressed, conveyed and disseminated in a manner that is most comprehensive to a wide variety of learners, learning paradigms, learning contexts and learning environments. (The Test of Parsimony.)
Furthermore, every effort must be made by the esoteric, spiritual, occult, metaphysical, exobiological or interfaith organization to express these set of teachings in the most comprehensive manner possible. This is a proof that the esoteric, spiritual, occult, metaphysical, exobiological or interfaith organization is not developing hierarchies of oppression and dominance. Neither must the esoteric, spiritual, occult, metaphysical, exobiological or interfaith organization be seen to be catering to elite factions of Humanity only, nor should they be promoting occasions where such elitism become oppressive paradigms.
Furthermore, no instance must occur where the esoteric, spiritual, occult, metaphysical, exobiological or interfaith organization is promoting extreme violence of any kind to promote its aims. Tolerance for all the viewpoints of evolving Humanity must be one of its goals. At the same time, Humanity must respect the natural exuberance of the esoteric, spiritual, occult, metaphysical, exobiological or interfaith organization to present its mission and vision. This natural exuberance should, however, be limited to passionate discourse.
Furthermore, the esoteric, spiritual, occult, metaphysical, exobiological or interfaith organization must observe the allowance of open dialogue and objective appraisal of its curriculum dynamics, and must be open to an objective examination of its epistemology and methodology. The more that the esoteric, spiritual, occult, metaphysical, exobiological or interfaith organization allows objective examination, then the stronger is its penchant towards integrity, wholeness, symmetry and balance.
Furthermore, the esoteric, spiritual, occult, metaphysical, exobiological or interfaith organization must make every effort to preserve the complexity of its concepts and paradigms which is its natural cognitive right. Complexity is a function of development over time. However, the esoteric, spiritual, occult, metaphysical, exobiological or interfaith organization cannot sacrifice Parsimony for Complexity. In situations where Complexity reaches threshold levels, the mentors of the esoteric, spiritual, occult, metaphysical, exobiological or interfaith organization in question must make every effort to turn the tide towards Parsimony and comprehension. As usual, the test of Workability breaks the tie and should be able to enlighten Humanity on the authenticity and veracity of the concept in question. Parsimony can also occur when a concept of the esoteric organization in question has been to clarify, improve and illuminate a theory or proposition in associated fields of the sciences.
FOURTH PRINCIPLE: The set of teachings of the esoteric, spiritual, occult, metaphysical, exobiological or interfaith organization in question must be rooted in local realties, but should be able to transcend these local realities and function globally, when necessary, in appropriate contexts. (The Test of Integrity.)
Furthermore, although the nativity of the, spiritual, occult, metaphysical, exobiological or interfaith organization can always be situated in a specific locale, its ability to transcend this locale must be eminent and recognizable. While at the same time, exposing itself to the various perspectives, viewpoints, and paradigms of mankind can only add to the capacity of its truth-claims to be verified.
Furthermore, the esoteric, spiritual, occult, metaphysical, exobiological or interfaith organization must not proselytize for the sake of proselytizing only but because it can sense that it can contribute to the collective wisdom and harmony of evolving Humanity. As such, it must celebrate the betterment, development and beneficent evolution of Humanity as one of its goals.
Furthermore, the esoteric, spiritual, occult, metaphysical, exobiological or interfaith organization in question, in its pursuit of its mission and vision, must never trample the rights of the individual as specified in various declarations of human rights. The esoteric, spiritual, occult, metaphysical, exobiological or interfaith organization in question must have a working template to celebrate the uniqueness of every human and balance this appreciation of individual uniqueness with the harmony of the common good.
Furthermore, the esoteric, spiritual, occult, metaphysical, exobiological or interfaith organization in question must make every effort to promote its set of teachings in environments of integrity, wholeness, honesty, harmony and equality. Provided, however that the pursuit of tots wisdom tenets and truth-claims occur in environments that simultaneously promote the well-being and freedom of every human, whether that human is an adherent of its paradigms or not.
FIFTH PRINCIPLE: The set of teachings of the esoteric, spiritual, occult, metaphysical, exobiological or interfaith organization in question must have a high degree of workability and applicability. Theoreticall eloquence and rhetorical elegance is nice, but Humanity needs actual, workable paradigms and methods. The mentors of the esoteric, spiritual, occult, metaphysical, exobiological or interfaith organization in question must make every effort to improve and enhance the workability of their theses, paradigms, claims and directives. (The Test of Workability.)
Furthermore, that these set of teachings must be able to find appropriate contexts of their own where they can actually promote human progress.
Furthermore, the Cosmos is a living, dynamic system. The set of teachings of the esoteric, spiritual, occult, metaphysical, exobiological or interfaith organization in question must be able to reflect this dynamism and flow. They should provide themselves with opportunities for development and evolution. Provided however that the well being of individuals and the harmony of collective humanity must always be taken into account. Wisdom is refelcted in service. The esoteric, spiritual, occult, metaphysical, exobiological or interfaith organization in question must be able to prove, repeatedly, that it considers the welfare of Humanity at all levels as part and parcel of its ongoing mission and vision.
CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS
We have presented a dynamic, working guide to the portals of the unknown in the world of the esoteric, spiritual, occult, metaphysical, exobiological and interfaith organizations. May we request Humanity to examine and test these Principles in real-life scenarios. And to contemplate their permutations in singularities and communities. It is our dearest wish that clarity and objectivity may pervade the realms of the unknown regardless of the difficulty of accessing the truthfulness of their wisdom claims. If these set of Principles contribute to the evolving database of Humanity, then it has done its part in our journey towards unity, wisdom, wholeness, love and Ascension.
SPIRITUAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN INDEPENDENCE
By Sensei Erwin L. Rimban
I am a human. I am a citizen of the Multiverse. I am a disciple of the symmetry of Ultimate Reality. Consequently, I have the rights and privileges of a being and citizen of the manifolds of the Cosmos, fully recognizing the diversity and multiplicity of the Multiverse, and its capacity to express and evolve all forms of Life.
I am a human. I have the right to Life and Meaningful Existence. In all my cosmic explorations, I have the right to protect the identity and security of my being, fully recognizing the rights of other cosmic beings to the same. In addition, I have the right to celebrate, modify and evolve my own cosmic identity, cognizant of the dynamics of change, and respect the rights of others to the same.
I am a human. I have the right to Truth, and Knowledge, and Wisdom. I have the right to access, contemplate, celebrate, articulate and disseminate Truth in all its forms, without endangering the harmony of the Cosmos in the pursuit of Truth. I respect the rights of all other cosmic beings to Truth and the celebration of Truth in the community of cosmic beings.
I am a human. I have the right to free expression. I have the right to express myself aesthetically and experientially in all the forms of Art. I have the right to pursue, celebrate, present and modify my Art in all forms possible, as long as it does not injure a cosmic being, or cause injury to humanity or the community of cosmic beings in any way. Whenever my Art causes discord in the harmony of the Cosmos or purports to cause injury to any being or system of beings, I am willing to enter dialogue to modify such Art and rectify its mistake, in order to preserve and facilitate the harmony of the community of cosmic beings. I uphold the harmony of the whole, and the evolution of the Totality over the desires of a singularity.
I am a human. I have the right to go Home. In all my cosmic adventures, I have the right to inquire and quest for my true home, the nativity and origin of my being. In all cases where home is situated in higher realms or dimensions, I have the right to pursue Ascension in all its forms. Whenever such desire and quest occurs, the systems and communities of beings in the cosmos must respect this right and provide meaningful assistance, or refrain from constructing any impediments, as well as allow me the right to go home peacefully, cheerfully, and cordially. I have the right to extricate myself from impediments to the wisdom quest, as well as all other systems born of polaric duality which prevents my Ascension and return to higher realms.
I am a human. I have the right to experience all the facets of Ultimate Reality in all the realms, planes and dimensions of the Cosmos. Let no system of thought, or set of beings ensnare, or deceive, or enslave me in my peaceful exploration. Whenever such dichotomies of deception occur, may I exercise my right to resolve my harmony, integrity and freedom within the concord of cosmic harmony. Let my thoughts dwell on unity encompassing diversity, fully realizing the rights of other communities of beings to experience Ultimate Reality in their own ways, modes and styles, and frames of reference.
I am a human. And I am free. Free to travel the manifold dimensions of the Cosmos. Let us all respect the rights of every being to cheerfully experience Life in all its forms, acquire Wisdom and return Home.
I am a human. I am free. I am Love. And I am recursive!