By Titus Burckhardt
Non secular attainment has often been defined as a change wherein a human's leaden, boring nature is lower back to its golden country. This splendidly insightful quantity introduces a few of the metaphors necessary for setting up attitudes required for the soul's development: belief, self assurance, desire, and detachment. it's a reminder that after any substance or entity undergoes dissolution, it needs to finally be resolved or re-crystalized in a brand new, in all likelihood larger and extra noble form.
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INTRODUCTION I found the Dalai Lama alone in an empty basketball locker room moments before he was to speak before a crowd of six thousand at Arizona State University. He was calmly sipping a cup of tea, in perfect repose. ” He briskly rose, and without hesitation he left the room, emerging into the thick backstage throng of local reporters, photographers, security personnel, and students—the seekers, the curious, and the skeptical. He walked through the crowd smiling broadly and greeting people as he passed by.
And the thick stack of rejection letters accumulating on my desk from literary agents and publishers was a growing testament to the prevailing wisdom in the publishing industry at that time: the belief that books by the Dalai Lama held no appeal to a mainstream audience. In addition, they claimed, the public simply didn’t seem to be interested in the topic of human happiness. By 1998, after years of continual rejections, and with my financial resources finally depleted, it seemed I had few options left.
I think that this stems from some of the basic assumptions that Western psychology starts with: for instance, it does not accept the idea of imprints being carried over from a past life. And at the same time there is an assumption that everything must be accounted for within this lifetime. So, when you can’t explain what is causing certain behaviors or problems, the tendency is to always attribute it to the unconscious. It’s a bit like you’ve lost something and you decide that the object is in this room.
Alchemy: Science of the Cosmos, Science of the Soul by Titus Burckhardt