initiation



On Initiation


There is much talk about 'autonomy', the 'conquest of liberty', and so forth, always understood in a purely individualistic sense, but it is forgotten, or rather, remains unknown, that true liberation is only possible through emancipation from the limits inherent to the individual condition; one no longer wishes to hear of regular initiatic transmission or of traditional orthodox organizations, but what of the altogether comparable case of a man who, on the point of drowning, refuses the help offered him by a rescuer because it is 'external'?


Whether we like it or not, the truth is ... that outside of an affiliation with a traditional organization, there is no initiation, and that without first being initiated, no metaphysical realization is possible; these are ... entirely positive realities. ISR11


The limits of individuality can be transcended, [but] the individual obviously cannot surpass itself by its own means. ISR9



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Individuality, metaphysics, freedom of thought, creation, Non-Being, initiation, rites, True and False Spiritual Teachers, Role of The Spiritual Master,



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2006-05-13