We're excited to announce that, by popular demand, we are now able to offer the lessons of the Course of Training to Spanish-speaking students. Our dear friend Marta, who has worked with us for many years in the past, has begun translations and the first lessons are available in Spanish beginning January 1, 2009. We are grateful to Marta and to all our friends in Spain, Mexico, and other countries, who have helped to get the word out to people. If you know of someone who might be interested in receiving translated lessons, or if you would like to send a gift subscription in English or Spanish, please contact us at email@example.com. (for Spanish: firstname.lastname@example.org).
It is significant that we can meet together this way and participate in a dialogue of such a high and profound nature. We have a divine place right here devoted to positive living, unconditional loving, and exploring the deeper realms of the inner Self. In each moment we have a clean slate. It is up to us from this moment onward.
Unless you are totally new here, you are aware that this blog serves as an introduction to the Course of Training, Living in the Truth of the Present Moment, available by email. For information about the course, write to the email address at the bottom of this post.
Many are currently enjoying the lessons of the course and have reported remarkable changes in their state and experience of life in a relatively short time. If you like the blog, you'll love the course, and hopefully that is intuitively obvious.
The Course of Training explores how the ancient principles of Truth can be practically applied to all the various aspects of daily life—career, work, relationships, dealings with other people of any nature. See the first July entry of this blog for a list of topics covered in the various sections of the course.
You can also receive the first month of the course free of cost, simply by writing to us and requesting it. The course consists of 2 lessons a month, and when you “try out” the first two lessons it will be obvious whether the principles explored there seem relevant to your life.
On the other hand, it takes the average person about two years or so before beginning to fully recognize and appreciate the course for what it actually is, but that is another story altogether. Let's simply say the course consists of more than mere words online or printed on paper, and thankfully every now and then someone above average comes along.
The principles of Truth are universal laws that apply equally to all times, places, and people. They were known and understood by enlightened beings long before any of the major religions of the modern world were even formed. Three centuries before the Christ taught his profound philosophy for better living, a great Master known as Vivekananda (in English “Vivekananda” translates as “the bliss of discrimination”) said: How can a person know anything until he first knows himself?
The principles of Truth are the basis of all religions and philosophies, yet in themselves they have not been twisted or distorted into any particular religious doctrine or sectarian dogma. They are free of any “ism” or “ology.” They are reduced to the utmost simplicity and clarity.
Anyone in the world can practice the principles of Truth in his or her own life simply by understanding how they function to determine our perception and experience of life.
We meet here on the blog as a way of sharing current times together, as a means for staying in touch, and as a "question and answer session" in the comments following each entry. We are entering the holiday season, with both Christmas and Hanukka coming up later this month, and for many people throughout the world this is a special time of the year.
If love, kindness, generosity, gentleness, cheerfulness, and greater awareness of our true nature are heightened during the seasonal celebrations, then they serve a great purpose.
Certainly the Christ, the great Jewish Master whose birthday we celebrate at Christmas, would exhort us to live in such ways, for he himself was an embodiment of love and compassion.
During my younger days I was driving late one night along the country roads between Jamestown, NY, and Erie, PA, and I passed a sign that said: Jesus came to save sinners.
Being raised as a Southern Baptist, I had heard such ideas all my life. Yet suddenly I understood a whole new meaning to the idea of saving sinners.
From a yogic point of view (yoga literally meaning “union”), there is no such thing as sin. The only true “sin” would be the consciousness of sin. When we see sin in others or ourselves, or consider others or ourselves as sinners—which includes all blame and making wrong—then we create sin in our life, as well as imposing our own “sinful” standards onto others in our world.
Actually, from a yogic point of view, the only possible practical meaning for “sins” would be the samskaras (conditioned tendencies) that are habitually destuctive, harmful, unkind, or imposing patterns of behavior. When we lose awareness of these little buggers, and they get out of control, they can cause all sorts of “hell” in our life that we could just as easily live without if we were free from them.
In the course we explore all aspects of breaking free from conditioning, yet I warn you in advance, it requires true discipline to actually see results in one's life.
Not the discipline to eat more healthily or to exercise more regularly, or even to practice hatha yoga or to actually sit for meditation. What is required is the discipline to live now the way we know is right to live.
It is not a discipline that takes "time" to master; it is a discipline that can be applied only in the present moment.
Do we live as we consciously choose, or are we controlled by subconscious tendencies (samskaras)?
Ah, that is the question. And the only time it can be asked or answered is right now.
What's more, we can only ask it of ourself, and we can only answer it for ourself. No one else's answer is relevant to us. Each person has his or her own inner work to do, whether he or she is currently conscious of it or not. There are definite reasons that we are alive in physical bodies on Earth. Are we aware of what these specific reasons are? Do we know what we are here for?
The Christ explained it clearly when he said: Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added unto you.
Where is this “kingdom of God” that we should seek first? The Master located it quite specifically when he said: The kingdom of God cometh not with observation; neither shall they say, Lo here! nor Lo there! for behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
Like people today, the people during the time of the Christ thought they were living in hard times. In fact, throughout history people have commonly thought that they lived during hard times. It is simply the way of the world. We didn't come to the land of karma to take a vacation or to be on a picnic.
We could live that way, but it would require full awareness and presence, and an exalted appreciation of each moment exactly as it is.
Once we want to change something, or think something should be changed, the ego is involved once again.
We are playing a virtual reality game of a human experience, but we've forgotten it is a game and were never taught the rules (laws, principles, regarding the true nature of something, or how something works.) Instead the ego interprets the input of the senses around the story it has created of its "own life." Then we have the ego thinking it is an entity unto itself.
In this way a false entity arises that we identify with as being who we are, yet in reality that entity exists only in imagination. Only when we are free from the influence of ego can we be free.
When the people during the time of the Christ said they were poor and hungry, he advised them: What things soever you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them.
This was the most practical advice he could have given them. He was explaining how to direct creative energy, and this is the most proven method for improving, expanding, or refining one's lot in life on any level. There must first be a belief in the heart, in feeling, before the corresponding experience or condition can exist outwardly, objectively, in our personal life. Unfortunately, many of us are invested in believing in the very things that make us miserable. All this is explored in detail in the lessons of the Course of Training.
May you enjoy the happiest of holidays this year. I joyfully affirm the radiant health and exalted well-being of each person who reads this.
Our greatest responsibility in life is our own happiness, and that is also the greatest contribution we can offer to others, for happiness is contagious, and can be passed to others through a cheerful attitude and lighthearted approach to all relationships.
My love and good wishes go with you.
For more information about the Course of Training by D. R. Butler, write: email@example.com