At special places of power like this one, it is very easy to understand what buddhi is by having experienced oneself as a buddhi.
Let me remind you about the meaning of this term. There is the word jiva — and there is the word buddhi (boddhi). What is the difference between them? Both these words can be translated as soul, individual consciousness. Yet jiva is a soul in the usual meaning of this word. Plants, animals, people have jivas. On the contrary, buddhi is the soul that was developed with the help of special methods of spiritual work and that is much larger in size than the material human body.
There is also the term Buddhi-Yoga. It is a system of meditative methods that allow developing oneself as a buddhi.
This is the highest level of the psycho-energetical line of the development of the consciousness on the Path of Yoga.
The term Buddhi Yoga was used for the first time — in the literature known to us — in the Bhagavad Gita. Krishna, among other things, said: “To them — always full of love — I give Buddhi Yoga, by means of which they attain Me. Helping them, I dispel the darkness of ignorance from their Atmans by the radiance of knowledge.” (Bhagavad Gita, chapter 10:10-11).
But the knowledge of this highest level existed on the Earth always — in Atlantis, in ancient China, and in other countries, although it was not available for everyone. The information about this can be found in our book “Classics of Spiritual Philosophy and the Present”.
And who is a Buddha? These words — buddhi and Buddha — have the same origin.
A Buddha is a buddhi developed to full Perfection.
How can one advance to the state of a Buddha with the help of the methods of Buddhi Yoga? And what does a buddhi consist of? How can one grow it?
The basis of buddhi is the developed spiritual heart. It begins to grow — either in favorable conditions of usual sattvic life or with the help of special auxiliary methods of spiritual work — from the chest chakra anahata, and then it becomes much larger than the size of a material body.
Everything valuable that was accumulated by us in other structures of the organism (that is, outside the chakra anahata) also becomes connected with the growing spiritual heart and flows into it; for this purpose, one uses special methods of Buddhi Yoga. The buddhi formed in this way is also called dharmakaya — the body of the Path.
It is important to remember that man is not a material body but a soul, consciousness. The body is just a temporary container of a person, used to pass the current stage of human evolutionary development. So we can be either small souls — or great souls aspiring to the Perfection.
The next large stage of growth of a buddhi is the achievement of subtlety of the same level as the subtlety of the Primordial Consciousness (the Creator, God-the-Father) and strengthening (“crystallization”) of oneself in it. Such Persons are called Mahatmas (Mahaatmas) or Buddhisattvas (Boddhisattvas). The Primordial Consciousness can be seen as the most subtle Pure Light; the qualities of Mahatmas-Buddhisatvas are the same. This is why, They are also called the Enlightened, i.e., Those Who consist of the Divine Light.
But in order to become a Buddha, such a person also has to learn to enter the state of Mergence with the Primordial Consciousness, merging into It and dissolving himself or herself in It. This state is called Nirvana — the state when the lower “i” of man is destroyed, “completely burned”.
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Therefore, the most important directions of Buddhi Yoga are: a) growth of the spiritual heart, b) refinement of the consciousness, and c) mastering the methods of Mergence with the Primordial Consciousness.
Mastering these three directions of work in Buddhi Yoga ensures the ability to enter the state of Nirvana.
Unfortunately, some people misunderstand the term Nirvana. For example, there is an opinion that Nirvana implies full and ultimate disappearance of the individuality. No, this is wrong. It is only the lower “i” dwelling in the head chakra ajna that disappears. Instead of it, one gains the Higher “I” — the “I” of the Primordial Consciousness. And such a Divine Individuality can manifest Itself again in the world of incarnate souls — as a Divine Teacher, a Representative of the Primordial Consciousness.
The above statement is confirmed most brightly by our conversations with the Founder of Buddhism, Gautama Buddha, Who did not disappear from existence: He can be seen, one can embrace Him, communicate with Him and merge with Him. Our conversations with Him, by the way, are published in the book Classics of Spiritual Philosophy and the Present.
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What are the conditions and limitations of our advancement on the Path to the Perfection? And what are other — smaller — steps on it that must be emphasized?
We discussed this in detail in many of our books (in Ecopsychology, first of all), in articles, in films-lectures. Therefore, now I am going only to mention them briefly.
First, a person who wants to walk the spiritual Path has to learn and accept the theory of spiritual development including its basis — the ethics of relations with other people, with all living beings, and with God.
It is also important to know about the Goal of our spiritual efforts; this Goal is God in the Aspect of the Primordial Consciousness, the Creator. Therefore, one has to understand what God is and where one can find Him. If there is no such understanding, then it results in what we can see in many sects and esoteric circles: walking without advancing; Philip the Apostle in His Gospel compared this to an activity of a donkey rotating a millstone — the donkey walked in circles for the whole day, and when the evening came, it found itself in the same place…
Another important thing that we need to understand is that many people, even very good ones, are not capable of comprehending what we discuss here: they are young souls, too young in their evolutionary development. It is too early for them to participate in a serious spiritual work. Let them grow now in a usual worldly activity; let them aspire to enrich themselves with various useful kinds of knowledge, help other people in everything good, strive to avoid making even little harm to others. Also, let them develop the spiritual hearts; this cannot cause any harm to them; on the contrary, they can benefit from it a lot!
No one can be harmed by the development of the spiritual heart. But the benefit might be great!
The next stage, not suitable for everyone, is the use of the methods of Raja Yoga for cleansing and development of the main energy structures of the organism. Thanks to these efforts, one can, among other things, get rid of many chronic diseases. But the most important thing is that without achieving bioenergetical purity in the body, one cannot progress in the task of the refinement of the consciousness. (Quantitative growth of the consciousness, which lives in coarse emotional states, is the path in the direction opposite to the Creator: to hell).
And then the successful spiritual seeker gains the ability to begin quick advancement in the Straight Path towards the Goal. This Path, generally speaking, consists in qualitative and quantitative development of oneself as a spiritual heart — up to, in particular, Mergence with the Heart of the Absolute, Which is the Primordial Consciousness.
And let us try to see that throughout the entire history of humankind on the Earth — God tried to explain to people this very thing. This was taught by the Divine Teachers of Atlantis, by Pythagoras, Huang Di, Lao Tse, Krishna, Gautama Buddha, Jesus Christ, Babaji from Haidakhan, Sathya Sai Baba… Yet people invented their own variations of religion and created various sects where the Teachings of God were sometimes perverted up to the opposite…
So let us study and realize what God suggests to us!