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.

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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.

The Meditating Universe

They say in the beginning there was only God and God created the world.. but out of what? even empty space is something, since God is the only thing before creation, God must have been the totality of existence.

There fore since there is only One God  all was created by God from with in its self..

The Ajah transmit a simple way of understanding this truth…

Imagine God as a person meditating, just as when we meditate our inner world is seen. As great God meditates, the inner world of God is established and thus we are all created…

God is the totality of existence. we are all figments of Gods imagination, or we are God’s dream…Each person and or physical object, from the perspective of eternity, is like a brief drop of water from an boundless ocean. The goal of enlightenment is to understand this—more precisely, to experience this: to see intuitively that the distinction between the self and the Universe is a false dichotomy. From the perspective of the illusionary mind any distinction between consciousness and physical matter, between mind and body is a type of illusion of the sleeping.  All duality is illusion.Seperation is the limited, purely physical and mental reality in which our everyday consciousness has become entangled. distinction is held to be an illusion, a veiling of the true, unitary Self—the Cosmic Spirit known as Ajah.

example of the illusionary nature of the world, via the film
“The Matrix”

The meaning of Ajah Dharma

The Ajah hold the simple knowings of naturalness, happiness, and peace… Holding everything as sacred and as apart of God.

First off an Ajah doesn’t “believe” anything, The Ajah warrior KNOWS the truth from this perspective. and that all spiritual truth is true from differant points of view.

The Ajah warrior understands that everything is One Universe, One soul, One God… that everything is the homogeneous energy of God

The Ajah Warrior knows that God made everything perfect, its us that thinks somethings broken.

The Ajah warrior Knows that all matter is one energy, and this energy is God.

The Ajah warrior knows that God grows fruit from it’s body, so we are not required to kill to eat.

The Ajah warrior knows that the body is the temple of God, and it is a sacred duty to keep the body healthy, happy, and clean.

The Ajah warrior knows that as the universe is the body of God, we are the blood cells of God, and to cause disharmony(violence, jealousy, anger) in the world is to create sickness within God and therefore ones self (since we are all God afterall)….  And so The Ajah warrior knows moralities importance.

The Ajah warrior knows that it is unnatural to cut your hair, as it is a living piece of your temple just because it causes no pain. You wouldn’t cut off a toe just because you couldn’t feel it would you.

The Ajah Warrior knows that God (that can be found within as a soul) is pure, perfect, and unchangeable. In this state we experience Unity.

The Ajah Warrior Knows the fundamental nature of everything is Unity….

The Ajah warrior knows that one can escape all suffering by focusing on the emptiness of the spirit that is the unity of all things.

The Ajah warrior knows that there is One self and that self is the one God, our bodies and minds are vehicles for these drops of the ocean that is God..

The Ajah knows God made the universe so it could experience dual existence through our many eyes and ears… “you cant enjoy a sunny day without a rainy one” and thus God created individual beings, so it could enjoy the journey to self-realization.

The Ajah warrior knows that all dualism is expressed as two fundamental complementary opposites of Yin&Yang, Shiva&Shakti.

The Ajah knows that in the beginning people read the scripture of there own heart, but as the cities of Babylon were built people became disconnected from nature and the self. Religions formed to heal the sickness of materialism. However many religions have become corrupted.

The Ajah Warrior lives by the words of his own heart, these words are often translated as Peace, Love, Compassion, Humility, & Integrity.

The Ajah knows it is unhealthy to live in boxes, as God created a whole world to live in…

The Ajah knows that through harmony with the universe one can reach liberation.

The Ajah knows liberation is the pure understanding of the unity of everything including body and mind, this unified whole is known as God.

The Ajah knows liberation coincides with the abandonment of ego.

The Ajah knows God is the higher self of every being….

The Ajah knows that God created all races and peoples equal.

The Ajah knows that God created three genders; siva(males) shaktis(female) & 3rd gender(any combination of male and female, including Homo ,Trans ,and Bisexual)

The Ajah knows that will is a karma and creates change in the world.

The Ajah Knows that God wants all people to help and love one another.

The Ajah knows that some people don’t want freedom, but prefer the system of babylon, they are confused by the false idea that the world outside in nature is worse than in the ghettos…

The Ajah knows that every rule can be bent with a pure heart.

The Ajah Warrior knows that every moment of everyday we are fulfilling past karmas, and creating new ones. the bugler who robed you got away because he had previous good karma, but soon he will be faced with the karma from robing you.

The Ajah warrior knows that trees are here to teach us… in the beginning people smoked Ganja and looked at trees for knowledge… nowadays we are stuck inside boxes all day so the trees come to us as books…

The Ajah Knows that if he wishes to liberate others he must go to Babylon and congregate with those lost on the path.

The Ajah knows that Unity is expressed as duality, just as a battery has positive and negative polarity, so  God has Yin & Yang polarity. You-God, good-evil, right-left. is all one thing perceived as two things, duality is natural and okay as long as one knows that they are both sides of the same coin and not opposing forces…. We have evil so we can enjoy good, but without evil there is no good.

Talking to God

Ajah is without localized mind or body, Ajah or ‘God’ created brains to think and bodies to act through… God is a force but can be heard through the voices of spiritual masters and there works…

If you look at the sky and ask God to tell you stuff, you will be disappointed…

To see God you must observe the signs of the universe, as well as observing your own awareness…

I saw a movie called Bruce Almighty, he called for God to tell him what to do, then a truck with stop signs in the back cut him off… that was God telling him to stop but Bruce didn’t listen and ended up crashing into a tree..

When looking inside you see that God is the soul, and we are all the minds& bodies are God’s. Hence we are all God and God is the true Self, the body-mind is just a robot, or a vehicle for the one self.

A simple technique for talking to the Supreme Whole is using a holy text or a book of wisdom…

Its an ancient technique called Bibliomancy wherein a phrase or words will speak to the querent when a random book from a library, bookstore, or book shelf is opened and glanced at. Alternately, useing a book by a saint, prophet, or deity..a holy book.

Personally I use the Tao Te Ching,  the Avadhuta Gita, or the Bhagavad Gita.

Method

  1. A book is picked that is believed to hold truth.
  2. It is balanced on its spine and allowed to fall open.
  3. A passage is picked, with the eyes closed.

You ask God a question (whether spoken or not) and then flip to a totally random page and start reading the passage. continue this until Ajah blesses you with an answer.Because book owners frequently have favorite passages that the books open themselves to, some practitioners use dice or another randomiser to choose the page to be opened. This practice was formalized by the use of coins or yarrow stalks in consulting the I Ching.

After i sit down and meditate, I flip open the Tao Te Ching and drink in the wisdom… It was meant for me to read and learn this wisdom, it was left to God which page I read. The words that are meant for you will be hard to miss, it will be as if they jump off the page. You can also close your eyes as you open the book and place your finger on the page to direct you to a specific passage.

But the qualities of the text matters if you choose a particular book… a saint is a person who has erased illusory mortality and lives in perpetual understanding of ones inherent unity with God(one universe, one soul, one God.)

Therefore the words of a saint is God directly filtered through the Body and Mind of a saint. Thus there words are acceptable for this “technique”.

Heart Scripture

The most important scripture in Ajah Dharma are the words held within the lotus of the heart…. when an individual trys to read the scripture of the heart, one speaks Gibberish (this is the same phenomenon as found in Pentecostal churches, as speaking in Tongues).

Through mystical and spiritual knowledge anyone can translate the words of the heart into the language that the individual speaks, for example Latin, Sanskrit, Tibetan, or English…

This is how all the worlds scripture is written, the mind hears the truth of the heart(the self) and translates it into revelation…Written scriptures are books where we get a lot of Knowledge and Inspiration from. God can be found with in the heart and speaks to us the truth and deep down we always know the truth. The word of Ajah is written in our hearts and this quality is used when reading scriptures to decide what feels like truth and what does not.

I read my heart and I can best translate the scripture of the heart as;

Peace, Love, Compassion, Humility, and Integrity. (check Ajah: tenets)

you can say it a million different, ways but this is the truth of Love.

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I have read different philosophies that espouse the same idea, for example;

the mystical Sufi Muslims, claim the true word, Allah is written on the heart.

the Rastafaians, claim that second half of the bible is written on your heart.

the Hindus say a deity lives within the heart.

Buddhist say mantra is sung by the heart.

I’ve heard from Buddhists and Hindus both have told me that the letter ‘om’ is written on the heart

I & I will carry through

One of the most distinctive (in my mind anyway) Rasta lingo is the substitution”I-and-I” for other pronouns, usually the first person. “I”, as used in the examples above, refers to Jah; therefore, “I-and-I” in the first person includes the presence of the divine within the individual.

As “I-and-I” can also refer to “us,” “them,” or even “you,” it is used as a practical linguistic rejection of the separation of the individual from the community, and God its self.

The term is often used in place of “you and I” or “we” among Rastafari, implying that both persons are united under the love of Jah.

I and I is a complex term, referring to the oneness of God and every human.

I and I is an expression of total oneness, the oneness of two persons. So God is within all of us and we’re all one people. The bond of brotherhood is the bond of God, of man. But man itself needs a head and the head of man is the Supreme self Jah.

I and I is the best way to describe this essential truth, I & I means to me, the ego-self and the god-self. I & I , the brain and the soul…

In Ajah I will often refer to I&I when im speaking to show the self in the Brain & the soul, or of the mind and the divine within.

this is a concept to think on

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