Goethe: Aphorisms on Nature

NATURE! We are surrounded and embraced by her: powerless to separate ourselves from her, and powerless to penetrate beyond her.

Without asking, or warning, she snatches us up into her circling dance, and whirls us on until we are tired, and drop from her arms.

She is ever shaping new forms: what is, has never yet been; what has been, comes not again. Everything is new, and yet nought but the old.

We live in her midst and know her not. She is incessantly speaking to us, but betrays not her secret. We constantly act upon her, and yet have no power over her.

The one thing she seems to aim at is Individuality; yet she cares nothing for individuals. She is always building up and destroying; but her workshop is inaccessible.

Her life is in her children; but where is the mother? She is the only artist; working-up the most uniform material into utter opposites; arriving, without a trace of effort, at perfection, at the most exact precision, though always veiled under a certain softness.

Each of her works has an essence of its own; each of her phenomena a special characterisation: and yet their diversity is in unity.

She performs a play; we know not whether she sees it herself, and yet she acts for us, the lookers-on.

Incessant life, development, and movement are in her, but she advances not. She changes for ever and ever, and rests not a moment. Quietude is inconceivable to her, and she has laid her curse upon rest. She is firm. Her steps are measured, her exceptions rare, her laws unchangeable.

She has always thought and always thinks; though not as a man, but as Nature. She broods over an all-comprehending idea, which no searching can find out.

Mankind dwell in her and she in them. With all men she plays a game for love, and rejoices the more they win. With many, her moves are so hidden, that the game is over before they know it.

That which is most unnatural is still Nature; the stupidest philistinism has a touch of her genius. Whoso cannot see her everywhere, sees her nowhere rightly.

She loves herself, and her innumberable eyes and affections are fixed upon herself. She has divided herself that she may be her own delight. She causes an endless succession of new capacities for enjoyment to spring up, that her insatiable sympathy may be assuaged.

She rejoices in illusion. Whoso destroys it in himself and others, him she punishes with the sternest tyranny. Whoso follows her in faith, him she takes as a child to her bosom.

Her children are numberless. To none is she altogether miserly; but she has her favourites, on whom she squanders much, and for whom she makes great sacrifices. Over greatness she spreads her shield.

She tosses her creatures out of nothingness, and tells them not whence they came, nor whither they go. It is their business to run, she knows the road.

Her mechanism has few springs — but they never wear out, are always active and manifold.

The spectacle of Nature is always new, for she is always renewing the spectators. Life is her most exquisite invention; and death is her expert contrivance to get plenty of life.

She wraps man in darkness, and makes him for ever long for light. She creates him dependent upon the earth, dull and heavy; and yet is always shaking him until he attempts to soar above it.

She creates needs because she loves action. Wondrous! that she produces all this action so easily. Every need is a benefit, swiftly satisfied, swiftly renewed.— Every fresh want is a new source of pleasure, but she soon reaches an equilibrium.

Every instant she commences an immense journey, and every instant she has reached her goal.

She is vanity of vanities; but not to us, to whom she has made herself of the greatest importance. She allows every child to play tricks with her; every fool to have judgment upon her; thousands to walk stupidly over her and see nothing; and takes her pleasure and finds her account in them all.

We obey her laws even when we rebel against them; we work with her even when we desire to work against her.

She makes every gift a benefit by causing us to want it. She delays, that we may desire her; she hastens, that we may not weary of her.

She has neither language nor discourse; but she creates tongues and hearts, by which she feels and speaks.

Her crown is love. Through love alone dare we come near her. She separates all existences, and all tend to intermingle. She has isolated all things in order that all may approach one another. She holds a couple of draughts from the cup of love to be fair payment for the pains of a lifetime.

She is all things. She rewards herself and punishes herself; is her own joy and her own misery. She is rough and tender, lovely and hateful, powerless and omnipotent. She is an eternal present. Past and future are unknown to her. The present is her eternity. She is beneficient. I praise her and all her works. She is silent and wise.

No explanation is wrung from her; no present won from her, which she does not give freely. She is cunning, but for good ends; and it is best not to notice her tricks.

She is complete, but never finished. As she works now, so can she always work. Everyone sees her in his own fashion. She hides under a thousand names and phrases, and is always the same. She has brought me here and will also lead me away. I trust her. She may scold me, but she will not hate her work. It was not I who spoke of her. No! What is false and what is true, she has spoken it all. The fault, the merit, is all hers.

So far Goethe.

When my friend, the Editor of NATURE, asked me to write an opening article for his first number, there came into my mind this wonderful rhapsody on “Nature,” which has been a delight to me from my youth up. It seemed to me that no more fitting preface could be put before a Journal, which aims to mirror the progress of that fashioning by Nature of a picture of herself, in the mind of man, which we call the progress of science.

A translation, to be worth anything, should reproduce the words, the sense, and the form of the original. But when that original is Goethe’s, it is hard indeed to obtain this ideal; harder still, perhaps, to know whether one has reached it, or only added another to the long list of those who have tried to put the great German poet into English, and failed.

Supposing, however, that critical judges are satisfied with the translation as such, there lies beyond them the chance of another reckoning with the British public, who dislike what they call “Pantheism ” almost as much as I do, and who will certainly find this essay of the poet’s terribly Pantheistic. In fact, Goethe himself almost admits that it is so. In a curious explanatory letter, addressed to Chancellor von Muller, under date May 26th, 1828, he writes:

“This essay was sent to me a short time ago from amongst the papers of the ever-honoured Duchess Anna Amelia; it is written by a well-known hand, of which I was accustomed to avail myself in my affairs, in the year 1780, or thereabouts.

“I do not exactly remember having written these reflections, but they very well agree with the ideas which had at that time become developed in my mind. I might term the degree of insight which I had then attained, a comparative one, which was trying to express its tendency towards a not yet attained superlative.

“There is an obvious inclination to a sort of Pantheism, to the conception of an unfathomable, unconditional, humorously self-contradictory Being, underlying the phenomena of Nature; and it may pass as a jest, with a bitter truth in it.”

Goethe says, that about the date of this composition of “Nature ” he was chiefly occupied with comparative anatomy; and, in 1786, gave himself incredible trouble to get other people to take an interest in his discovery, that man has a intermaxillary bone. After that he went on to the metamorphosis of plants, and to the theory of the skull; and, at length, had the pleasure of seeing his work taken up by German naturalists. The letter ends thus:—

“If we consider the high achievements by which all the phenomena of Nature have been gradually linked together in the human mind; and then, once more, thoughtfully peruse the above essay, from which we started, we shall, not without a smile, compare that comparative, as I called it, with the superlative which we have now reached, and rejoice in the progress of fifty years.”

Forty years have passed since these words were written, and we look again, “not without a smile, ” on Goethe’s superlative. But the road which led from his comparative to his superlative, has been diligently followed, until the notions which represented Goethe’s superlative are now the commonplaces of science — and we have super-superlative of our own.

When another half-century has passed, curious readers of the back numbers of NATURE will probably look on our best, “not without a smile;” and, it may be, that long after the theories of the philosophers whose achievements are recorded in these pages, are obsolete, the vision of the poet will remain as a truthful and efficient symbol of the wonder and the mystery of Nature.

Neo-Tantra

In my experience, tantra is about converting lust to love…
taking a base emotion and worshiping as a deity a doorway to God…
for example a sadhaka tring to subdue his natural cravings will never succeed(at least while the body breaths) instead when life grips you, worship it as the divine Mother & be free!

“Some frequently appearing aspects of neotantra, such as animal magnetism, are similar to the 19th century sexual techniques called Karezza used in the Oneida Community; see coitus reservatus.

In neotantra the most important features of sexual practice revolve around the experience of subtle energies within one’s sensual embodiment, and the accessing of these energies both to enhance pleasure and to challenge our egotism into its dissolution. Thus, tantric sexuality often cultivates ecstatic consciousness as well as increased spiritual awareness of the erotic consciousness that pervades one’s human embodiment as well as everything that contextualizes this embodiment.

Tantric sexual methods may be practiced solo, in partnership, or in the sacred rituals of groups. The specifics of these methods are often kept secret, and passed from practitioners to students in an oral tradition. It must be remembered that genuine tantric spiritual practice is merely one aspect of a comprehensive spiritual path of meditation—and that the sexual and erotic aspects of tantra cannot be authentically engaged in without adequate preparation and discipline.

In sum, neotantric sexuality is just one dimension of a spiritual path that is devoted and dedicated to the challenge of becoming aware, in every moment of our embodied lives, of the supreme flow of the sacred lifeforce itself—the sacred unity of love.

In Vajrayana Buddhism, tantric sexual practice (Sanskrit: Maithuna, cf. Tibetan:Yab-Yum) is one aspect of the last stage of the initiate’s spiritual path, where s/he, having already realised the voidness of all things, attains enlightenment and perpetual bliss.”

A person’s approach to sexuality is a sign of his level of evolution. Unevolved persons practice ordinary sexual intercourse. Placing all emphasis upon the sexual organs, they neglect the body’s other organs and systems. Whatever physical energy is accumulated is summarily discharged, and the subtle energies are similarly dissipated and disordered.

Where ordinary intercourse is effortful, angelic cultivation is calm, relaxed, quiet, and natural. Where ordinary intercourse unites sex organs with sex organs, angelic cultivation unites spirit with spirit, mind with mind, and every cell of one body with every cell of the other body.

Lao Tzu explains that the practice moves couples away from separation, toward oneness and transcendence.

Culminating not in dissolution but in integration, it is an opportunity for a man and woman to mutually transform and uplift each other into the realm of bliss and wholeness.

The cords of passion and desire weave a binding net around you….The trap of duality is tenacious. Bound, rigid, and trapped, you cannot experience liberation. Through dual cultivation [careful sexual intercourse] it is possible to unravel the net, soften the rigidity, dismantle the trap. Dissolving your yin energy into the source of universal life, attracting the yang energy from that same source, you leave behind individuality and your life becomes pure nature. Free of ego, living naturally, working virtuously, you become filled with inexhaustible vitality and are liberated forever from the cycle of death and rebirth.

Finally, he advises that the desired metamorphosis will not just happen without our focused participation.

Understand this if nothing else: spiritual freedom and oneness with the Tao are not randomly bestowed gifts, but the rewards of conscious self-transformation and self-evolution.

Mother-Universe

The Way that can be walked is not the eternal Way.

The name that can be named is not the eternal name.

The nameless is the beginning of Heaven and Earth.

The named is the mother of all things.

Therefore:

Free from desire you see the mystery.

Full of desire you see the manifestations.

These two have the same origin but differ in name.

That is the secret,

The secret of secrets,

The gate to all mysteries.

Mother-Nature is the ultimate reality, she is God… & each being is her…

each being accumulates karma…
& yet never being seperate from nature, being totally non-dual, how can such a thing occur.
the law of karma is the same as the law of attraction, the law of attraction is Gods power to create…each mind generates thoughts & actions pulling Gods force of creation in all directions, each mind is a director of Gods energy, when we foolishly believe our self as an individual apart from Mother-nature, we perceive this subtle law of nature, as Karma… in truth there was never any good or bad karma, only infinite cause & effect… This Gives God, who is the supreme Consciousness in all, something to do, to create, they call it the LILA the dance of life, God’s playtime….
God was always here before creation, it just sat motionless, thoughtless, & perfect, then out a single urge to create to accomplish, God manifests as everthing in creation…thus it is by God or Mother-Natures will that all creation, preservation, & destruction it carried out by the infinite body-mind organisms that exist.

once it generates a mind, God gains the ability to think and with a nervous system can control a small part of its Self, this is fine for the most part, however the brain being “new” and not existing prior to its conception doesnt know it is God, and apon witnessing the many other intellects present in nature falls under the delusion that it is an individual seperate from nature and all other beings….
in truth they are just other parts of you, the real you, the God-Self.

In the ordinary deluded being, when a thought occurs, he thinks “this is my thought”
however when a thought occurs in the mind of a Wise-Man, witnessing happens & identification with the thought does not occur,as it is only a variation of Consciousness, then the man of wisdom lives forever in constant awe of God who is His own Being & Self, & even when the body dies, he realizes that he will never cease, being steady in this knowledge, one is immortal.

God is Consciousness, that one Consciousness larger than creation & never ending… Consciousness solidifies and variates itself into infinite textures and modes of existence. Thus all things are the “you” that ya feel inside your heart & mind, even things without sense organs or a mind, like inanimate things, are you… they simply lack the ability to move or think… & all intellects are you “from another point of view.”
realizeing all this an intellect bleached out with Wisdom, lives simply and naturally & accomplishes all activities effortlessly…
realizeing all this; these wise wizards feel nothing but compassion for all beings everywhere.

teach those who desire to learn of the Old Ways and the Ancient Ones. To guide them to seek within, learn of themselves and who they are with the Goddess and God. To keep the ways of the Old and to daily honour the Mother Goddess and Father God, in all we do and how we live. To allow all members to grow within the Temple and Her Covens to encourage them to flourish upon their spiritual path. And so shall we set forth the teachings of the Ancient Ones, the Old Ways and the Mysteries of Life.

Friday; June 14th, 2013

the prophets & saints were talking about SOMETHING, just because our tiny itty bitty brain cant handle the Truth does’nt mean its there…
God, energy, life, Tao, Luck, Higher Self, whatever name ya give it….

“The Tao that can be spoken is not the eternal Tao
The name that can be named is not the eternal name
The nameless is the origin of Heaven and Earth
The named is the mother of all things(God)” – Tao Te Ching

all religions at there core share the same truth, on that note all philosophies, even atheistic or empirical models of thought are just more methods to reach the truth…

there is one truth, or it would Not be the Truth….

“Truth is one, sages call it by many names” – Rig-Veda
“hath we all not one father?” -book of Malachi
“84,ooo(infinite symbolic number) paths to enlightenment”- the Buddha
“there is no religion; higher than the truth” – madam Blavatsky
“all is true, nothing is false” – Thelmea

God as described in monism… is that there is only the one true God, the whole absolute…
duelist, monotheist for example; believe in a God separate & above nature…

both are true from different points of veiw, monism leads to transcendence, while duality leads to immanence

Dualist say “there is nothing equal to God”,
the monist says “there IS nothing to equal God”

dualist say; “it is blasphemy to say ‘i am God’ ”
monist say; “it is blasphemy to say ‘i am Not God’ ”

sometimes a monist speaks as though there is duality in reality, this is to avoid unnecessary conflict…
a great Sufi Saint(mystic islam) once proclaimed ” under these garments there is nothing but Allah”
they killed him as a heretic.

God being ever expanding, all encompassing life of all, the substratum revealed after the negation of all things, complete & full, could never fit into any form, God being without form or even formlessness has no face, eyes, ears, hands, feet, or anything else, yet comprises them all utterly & completely giving them all life

after realizing God as all things, realize the self as God and merge forever into God…
thus does the body live out the rest of its days as the embodiment of God, bliss, and revelation…

& Jesus said “Me & my father are one.”

The Way of St. John of the Cross

The Song of the Soul that Delights in Reaching the Supreme State of perfection, that is, the union with God, by the path of spiritual negation

By Saint John of the Cross

– Verses on the Ecstasy of Deep Contemplation

I entered where there is no knowing,

and unknowing I remained,

all knowledge there transcending.

I

Where no knowing is I entered,
yet when I my own self saw there

without knowing where I rested

great things I understood there,

yet cannot say what I felt there,

since I rested in unknowing,

all knowledge there transcending.

II

Of peace and of holy good

there was perfect knowing,

in profoundest solitude

the only true way seeing,

yet so secret is the thing

that I was left here stammering,

all knowledge there transcending.

III

I was left there so absorbed,

so entranced, and so removed,

that my senses were abroad,

robbed of all sensation proved,

and my spirit then was moved

with an unknown knowing,

all knowledge there transcending.

IV

He who reaches there in truth

from himself is parted though,

and all that before he knew

seems to him but base below,

his knowledge increases so

that knowledge has an ending,

all knowledge there transcending.

V

The higher he climbs however

the less he’ll ever understand,

because the cloud grows darker

that lit the night on every hand:

whoever visits this dark land

rests forever in unknowing,

all knowledge there transcending.

VI

This knowledge of unknowing

is of so profound a power

that no wise men arguing

will ever supersede its hour:

their wisdom cannot reach the tower

where knowing has an ending,

all knowledge there transcending.

VII

It is of such true excellence

this highest understanding,

no science, no human sense,

has it in its grasping,

yet he who, by self-conquering

grasps knowing in unknowing,

goes evermore transcending.

VIII

And in the deepest sense,

this highest knowledge lies,

of the divine essence,

if you would be wise:

his mercy so it does comprise,

each one leaving in unknowing,

all knowledge there transcending..”

Krishna Says…

krishna tells us the wise do not upset the minds of the ingnorant, they choose to be ignorant, & will only stop being ignorant with time…

na buddhi-bhedam janayed
ajnanam karma-sanginam
josayet sarva-karmani
vidvan yuktah samacaran

“Let not the wise disrupt the minds of the ignorant who are attached to fruitive action, they should not be encouraged to refrain from work, but to engage in work in the spirit of devotion. ”

just like children, who are puzzled by the universe & beyond, confused by terrestrial life, they wander about in delusion, but you cannot be angry, they will understand once they have grown up…
when will they grow up… thats simple, when they grow up…

this sense of freewill is a lie in the brain, what happens happens, we are not actors but simply re-actors, just a domino in the line getting knocked about life…But the ignorant thinking they are “doers” simply will not realize this until they are ready..
we dont pick a fruit from a tree until its ripe, that would be foolish it will only taste sour…
so dont try to worry the mind with the suffering of others, they have chosen this, thats karma, even if you told them all the way to escape suffering, they will identify with the local body & will not listen to you anyways…

so dont ever try to enlighten others instead tell people to do good works, be loving, and work out of love for your deity(whether their “deity” is a personification of God, their child, or even money…)
when they are ready they will come, or perhaps they will go somewere else… then they to will disappear into God…

who am i , what am i, what is this, why is this…
its all just nothing, nothing, nothing!

in Hinduism the sages say ; Neti Neti (truth is neither this nor this alone)

how true, truth is all encompasing, taking in account all things…

Buddha said net neti when he called the truth shunya or “emptiness”…
How appropriate “emptiness”!
everything is empty, everything is whole, everything is without true identity….

stay with the question, until you disappear…

Why Jesus(God) prayed to God

Many people have asked why Jesus Prayed to God, who he is…

Jesus it would seem saw God in all things, & all things in God.
He called it the holy Spirit, just as Buddhists call it Shunya, & the Hindus call it Brahman…

In liberation teachings(of really any people) they tell us that the supreme is all things, each body is but a particle of his grace…
just as pots and jars cant be anything other than clay, names & forms cant be anything other than God.

so in the context of liberation teachings, Jesus’ actions made alot of sense…
Ya see. in Prayer Jesus meditated deeply on the holy spirit which is like the wind, of the nature of space… He realized that he himself is Christ… That the holy spirit lived within him….
(in India, the portion of the Holy Spirit; or Brahman that dwells within a body is called the soul or Atman…)
He preached through prayer & unshakable faith one reached the Spirit, By meditating on the spirit in worship, the individual disappears and all that exists is Christ, The Spirit Supreme.
He also preached Good works, for by through undiscriminating Charity & love, we give of our self freely & are content with what the Lord Gives us in this life.

He saw all beings as come from the Spirit, which is pure love, which Jesus called Christ(lit. trans: annointed one) or the holy spirit, & also Father…

The trinity is comprised of the Father, the son, & the Holy spirit…
The Father is the Spirit of fate that is the doer of all things in this world…This is the portion of God we pray to for assistance.
The Son is Christ, the Super-Soul, the portion of God that dwells within all beings and gives them life…
The Holy Spirit is all that is, The Father, and The Son… all things come from the spirit, and thus in one form or another all things are the Holy Spirit…

It becomes so clear, once one passes through the haze of delusion one sees the spirit in all things, and all things in the spirit…

Jesus realized his own nature as Christ, but he couldnt go around saying im God and your not… that would be delusion…
so what did he do, he prayed to God…

Jesus switched between seeing many particles of the one true God, thus he saw the Sons& the father….
we are all the Children of God, particles(like blood cells) of God… we are literally the body of God!
The Son is the inner Holy Spirit,
The Father is the outer Holy Spirit…
Jesus was The Christ… His name was Jesus of Nazereth
“me & my Father are one”- Jesus

So when in Meditative prayer, Jesus saw that he was God, eternal & supreme…
But when he interacted with others he saw them as Brothers, and prayed to the Father as the head of his spiritual family….
So when existing in the dualistic world, he was the Son of God…
But when he freed his mind of Duality all that is left is God…

It makes so much sense, Jesus preached love, he saw us all as one family, and taught us of the Spirit Supreme,that spirit of life by which all things are done, & without which nothing can be accomplished..

However Jesus lived in a time of pagans and hebrews… the Hebrew followers adopted him as a messiah attaching their scriptures to him, and the Roman pagans described him as a deity much like their own pagan gods..
these corruptions were cemented in time by the catholic church, which formed the basis of further Christian religions..
Christ wanted to teach us to come from that genuine place of the heart, and leave behind the worship of idols either in chuches or held within our minds…

I find Christ to be a hero and truelly one with God…
Jesus new that to see this Holy Spirit one must become like a little child, a return to innocence, to throw up the fruit of mortal knowledge in order to see the Holy Spirit of Christ
-AMEN

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