The study of spirituality requires knowledge of its fundamental principles. These only have value if they lead to the right kind of action and to the experience of hidden realities that are not perceived by the five senses.
The study goes beyond words and even thought. Although it can involve the learning of symbols, processes or deeds, and their teaching, it actually goes further to the acquiring and transmission of wisdom and personal experience. If it doesn’t go further, it’s of little value.
There are fine religious teachings that contain valuable information, but the study of information is not an end in itself, as the kind of spirituality that matters most requires personal experience.
Esoteric experience is of the hidden knowledge of life. It is unseen to the human eye and yet it is fundamental to knowing the nature of existence and the purpose to living.
The esoteric has been studied through symbols, myths, religions and mystical schools throughout the history of humanity. These lead a person to actual knowledge, but in themselves they are not it.
Central core principles exist in many religions that contain knowledge of the Spiritual Sun; this is why there are so many similarities between them. These principles are to be understood and their practical aspects used if profound spiritual transformation on this path is to be successfully achieved.
This transformative spiritual study has at its root the knowledge of the secret journey to enlightenment – the Path of the Spiritual Son – and it contains all the information and practices necessary for awakening.
With this knowledge, obscure meanings in religious and mythological teachings become apparent and understood. Without it their meanings are lost in time and believers in religions stick to that which does not lead them to the secret journey of awakening.
Some who are religious believers may learn the teachings of religious figures by heart, proclaim this as knowledge and clamor for more, and yet be far from understanding the messages of their teachers.
This is why the paradox of worship and violence by religious practitioners exists. They can fanatically defend the teachings and figures they hold dear while attacking those who appear to contradict or threaten them. Love is the opposite of this and so too is the study of spiritual knowledge.
If someone doesn’t know how to acquire wisdom, they cannot progress to advanced spiritual levels. Spiritual progress involves change in what the person actually is inside, in thought, feeling, emotion, will, consciousness and spirit.
It’s likely, that someone who knows what the techniques of inner change are will not change in a meaningful way, as change involves sacrifice and humility and that is too high a price for most to pay.
The knowledge of spiritual things is seen and is easily transmitted in the world, whereas wisdom is not.
Wisdom is subtle, hidden, usually despised and is transmittable only to those who are prepared to receive it, at the level at which they are capable of receiving it.
Whoever wishes to be a student of esoteric wisdom must be able to see things as they are, but this most people cannot do since to see things as they are, one must be able to see oneself as one truly is.
A study of the mundane limited to the five senses is an external study; conventional psychology falls into this category. Esoteric study goes beyond the five senses into the multi-dimensional, the hidden and the inner.
Esoteric study takes one to hidden places, beyond the physical body, to teachings with divine beings; those teachings are given at a level that the individual can meet, but no more.
The study of the esoteric goes hand-in-hand with progress on the transforming spiritual path, with each degree of initiation earned, a degree of wisdom is earned. This wisdom is only open to those who meet the required standards.
Wisdom requires preparation – preparing oneself to meet the standards required for it and to study the esoteric one must learn how to study for it.
A true student prepares themselves to receive wisdom. A teacher imparts wisdom to those who are prepared for it and understands how to impart it. An esoteric school is a repository of wisdom, not only of knowledge. And a true seeker of wisdom is not a passive smiling bystander but a revolutionary warrior of light.