The seer of truth has seen and withstood something whose sight can drive an ordinary man into psychosis and suicide. Such is the unforgiving blade of truth and why it’s veiled for the faint hearted.
The face of truth can’t be seen by any eye, for the eye of man melts in the face of the Absolute.
Objectivity is the consciousness of subjectivity, and subjectivity is the consciousness of objectivity, that is it is own non-existence.
Man is the site of this illusory entanglement and yet destined for transcendence, for man is the fountain of truth and he is holy only in being such.
The serious seeker must always understand himself in relation to the Absolute. One’s detachment from the relative is possible only through one’s attachment to the Absolute.
Man is both subjective and objective: He is subjective insofar as he participates in the relative; he is objective in light of his consciousness of the Absolute and of the Real.
This world is a mirage through and through; thus, one must hold on to one’s transcendental nobility by one’s perpetual renunciation of the world and constant remembrance of the Absolute.
Renunciation from a metaphysical standpoint consists in turning away not from things but from our ideas of things. This view is in conformity with the perennial, though often overlooked, conviction that bondage is not bondage to the world but bondage to the idea of the world. Bondage is always bondage to ideas and not things. Wealth and material well-being do not corrupt man; it is the ideas of wealth and material life that corrupt man.
Equally corrupt are the ideas of spirituality and enlightenment, for mundane attachment to them has put too many hypocrites and beggars in the sphere of truth. The divide between the material and the spiritual is only superficial, for it is imposed by men’s attachment to their basic temperaments. A spiritual man can be more worldly than a king, and a billionaire can be more spiritual than a monk.
Religion and spirituality are as worldly as anything else that is desired in this world. The interplay between like and dislike is the mark of the mundane, whether it is the dislike of wealth or the like of liberation. The man of truth views bondage and liberation as the two faces of the same condition. The man of truth renounces even the seeking, for he has realized where there is nothing but the Self there is nothing to seek, nothing to know, and nowhere to go.
What one does is absolutely immaterial; it is the inward detachment that destroys outward attachment, for what is outward is a direct reflection of what is inward.
A sage must be constantly aware of his holiness; he is holy and sacred because he understands that he is the fountain of truth.
Man is far from the dignity and nobility of nature depending on the degree to which he is in bondage to his subjectivity. The beast is beyond good and evil, thus not capable of either objectivity or subjectivity. It is in virtue of his subjectivity and relativity that man can become objective and absolute. He is objective and absolute only to the degree to which he is conscious of his subjectivity and relativity.
The spiritual worth of man lies in his consciousness; it depends on what it is that attracts and consumes his consciousness: Whether the world of relativity and contingency or the world of the Absolute and necessity.
The esoteric man is distinguished and elevated in the degree and intensity of his consciousness and its orientation within and toward Maya. This consciousness also determines the degree to which man is in sleep, and thus really sleepwalking instead of living.
The more visible and tangible a thing is, the more corruptible it is. The corruptibility of the object of consciousness guarantees the corruptibility of the beholding consciousness. What is contained affects the container. If what is contained is evil and corrupt it will also corrupt its container by necessity, for only corruption can hold and stand corruption within itself.
The holiness of a man and his consciousness is entirely determined by the holiness and beauty of the objects that enter and consume his consciousness. Every dimension of man is determined by correlates of his conscious acts. Consciousness is a refracting interface that allows in only what is strongly intended and contemplated, thus constituting the reality as that which is willed and is true.
A man who constantly sees himself in relation to the Absolute instead of deriving his image and worth from the profane and the relative is a man who has transcended his subjectivity, thus the corruptible ego. Ego is the cancer of the soul.
Man is holy because he is the fountain of truth.
Truth must be veiled to the man of faith and spiritual sentiment, for his religion and spirituality is founded upon his human interests in here or in hereafter. The follower and worshiper of the outward forms, particularly the Christian, has a fetish for bondage, for he has to be dominated in order to be saved; he can’t handle the truth. The highest truth is unconcealed only to those with the finest intellect, for truth is seen in being known and known in being seen. The highest truth is reserved for the Elect.
Man can drown in subjectivity and relativity. Subjectivity is an endless and bottomless ocean, and man is drowned in the ocean of subjectivity under the heavy weight of his ego. The deeper the ego sinks, the heavier it becomes.
One must see that relativity is none other than subjectivity: Subjectivity is inward relativity and relativity is outward subjectivity. Subjectivity is the fortress of the ego; it is a manifold structure that can devour one’s consciousness.
The seer of truth constantly immersed in his consciousness of the Absolute must always contemplate beauty, greatness, and perfection. The contemplative man of the highest rank stands before the greatness and infinitude of the Absolute as if he is standing before the mirror. As he finds his humanity to be of the least worth before the Absolute, in the same manner and insofar as the contemplative man is the reflection of the transcendent truth, the whole of humanity and the relative plane of existence too is of the least worth before the greatness and infinite of the contemplative man of truth.
The man of truth is nothing and that makes him everything: He is the sole dweller of the void.