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Traditionally spiritual seekers have gone into places of solitude to practice, but in today's world it is impossible to get away from humanity. Here is Rama's practical advice about solitude, spiritual fellowship, housing and career in the modern age.
“One's progression along the spiritual path is a very, very intricate matter. This evening I'd like to talk to you a little bit about the structure of your being and how this process actually works, with specific recommendations as to what you can do to radically alter your current state of knowledge and awareness….
"Let us begin with clothing. It doesn't really matter where we start because the rule will apply to everything we discuss. We could discuss the orderliness of your room or your house or your career. But let us begin with clothing, because once you understand the principle, you can apply it to any aspect of your life.“ Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz
"Personal power is a feeling -- a feeling that everybody wants called satisfaction. We can see it in someone who has a powerful life, someone who is able to get what they want to get or avoid what they want to avoid. That's one level of personal power. Now naturally, there's an entirely different level of personal power when we enter into the world of the psychic, the world of the occult, the world of the spiritual. Here personal power is the ability to enter into different planes of reality.
"Why do that? Because knowledge lies in those other dimensions. Power lies in those other dimensions. Beauty. Everything that's here and more. It's part of your world, that's why. It's part of the universe. It's part of you. Everything that is, is part of you. And as you pass through the other dimensions, you get an education, and you change and you grow." Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz
In 1986, as Rama - Dr. Frederick P. Lenz prepared for a major public lecture series, he sought to present a path to enlightenment that would be most understandable to the largest group of people.
"What I term Tantric Zen, I could also refer to as old Zen, the original face of Zen, or new Zen, contemporary Zen practice -- no mind, the mirror of existence. Zen is meditation, the actual experience of life -- directly, immediately, with no buffers." -- Rama
In the path of affirmation (religion) we improve our lives. But after many lifetimes of religious practices, what's next? The path of negation (Tantra) is a path where we go back through all the experiences we avoided in our religious lifetimes and in the process we negate the self. We come to see and experience that God is in everything.
There is a science to making one's life into a field of power. A prerequisite is for a person to have a peculiar power. Peak experiences are moments outside of time. Find out how we can groom our life so it becomes a field of power filled with peak experiences!
In occultism, we hook ourselves to powers, forces and energies (such as the solstices and equinoxes) to carry us along the way. We are given power by a teacher which if used properly can rapidly accelerate our progress. It is very bad karma not to use the energy from a teacher properly.
“Power is the active force in life. It is the force of life that makes awareness. Power is the band that we perceive things on. In radio we have AM stations, FM stations, short wave stations and others. They’re frequencies. Frequencies vibrate at specific rates, and within those frequencies we transmit information and receive information. Perception is made up of bands (like radio stations). It’s a way of talking about it.
"There are many bands of perception in the universe. There are both organic and inorganic bands of perception. Today we’re confining ourselves to the organic band of perception, specifically to the human band of perception, but I just want you to know that it is possible to modify your awareness field so you can perceive what plants perceive, what birds perceive, what beings in the astral perceive, what beings in the causal perceive... The kundalini is the energy that opens up the bands of perception.” Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz