The Spiritual Path to Awakening
The universal path to awakening is mentioned in many esoteric texts throughout the history. To get the full understanding of it, you should first read my previous article The Wheel of Samsara, and the purpose of human life.
Many secret schools existed in the past that were teaching this very path, some of them are the Hermetic Order, the Rosicrucian, the Freemasons etc. It can also be found in legends, myths and arts of the past – it is depicted in the story of Odyssey, Jason and the Argonauts, the quest of knights for the Holy Grail, in the opera the Magic Flute by Mozart, and many others.
The teachings of many ancient schools have sadly degenerated and/or gotten lost, so for example we can see that Freemasons today are something very different than original spiritual teachings leading toward the light. The path was the same in ancient Egypt, among Mayas, Incas, ancient Hindus, Nordic, Druids, and many other spiritual cultures that existed. They were aware of the universal techniques and process to full awakening.
There are many spiritual and pseudo-spiritual paths today leading to many different ends. Many of them say that they lead to enlightenment, but when you inquire about what they mean by that, you discover many of them are referring to various forms of Samadhi. This means that through meditation they enter various higher realities, the ultimate of them being the God-consciousness. Through this they realize the true nature of existence and how it relates to them and every other living creature. Even though such meditative states are possible to achieve, once the meditation is over they return to their bodies and are again trapped within the limits of the animal egos. Egos do not just vanish by this realization.
Achieving such states is immensely beneficial, but there is much more to it than just that. The teachings state about the universal path leading to becoming a fully awakened spiritual being, merged with ones own Monad/Being, being free from this galaxy and the whole Universe, with the permission to permanently return to the Source of all life. Such ultimate freedom grants an infinity of choices, whether it is to stay within the dimensions, or to return back to the Source.
The path that leads to that is the same for everyone and it consists of many tests and initiations. It was first revealed by master Samael Aun Weor, who separated it in three large stages known as the Three Mountains. Later on his disciple, master Rabolu, has explained the order of some of the initiations in a different way. The way I write about it here is like master Rabolu explained it.
The objective of it is:
– to eliminate the animal ego (by so doing, the conditioned consciousness that is trapped inside it go back to our main consciousness)
– to build high energy bodies which will allow incarnation of higher parts of our Being in us.
To start ascending along this path it is necessary to practice the three keys to awakening: death of the egos, alchemy (white tantra), and sacrifice for humanity.
Before the main path is the probative path. In this stage one is changing the most outward behaviour, so to become more considerate, just, seeing other people point of view etc., so that at the end of this process one has corrected their behaviour so to be fit to start the path.
Chastity is a major thing that an aspirant should work in this stage. The aspirant should become chaste, not wasting their sexual energy on fornication and sexual pleasures, but rather contain it and transmute it. This creates the base by which various tests of the probative path are passed. Namely, these are the tests of fire, water, earth and air. These tests are happening both in the higher dimensions and in this world, and are tests on anger, attachments, how well we adjust to new circumstances etc.
The First Mountain
Each mountain has eight initiations. In the first mountain, with alchemy we build the seven (inner) solar bodies – solar physical, solar vital, solar astral, solar mental, solar causal, solar buddhic and solar atmic. These higher bodies are needed to create so that our Being/Higher Self can incarnate within us. Without it, the non-physical vehicles that average human have would not be enough to contain the voltage of the Being.
With the solar causal body we also incarnate the part of our Being that resides in the causal plane, called the Human Soul. With the solar buddhic we incarnate another part that resides in the buddhic plane, called the Divine Soul. And by building the solar atmic body we incarnate the Atman/Spirit.
The Kundalini raises up the spine vertebra by vertebra with the merits of the heart, related to continuous purification of sexual energies, and as it raises upwards along the spine, a solar body is slowly in the process of creation. In each initiation a new solar body is created. The initiations are long tests, and once we pass them, we get access to newly created solar body and its qualities, such as feeling higher emotions; superior awareness and logic etc.
From the 5th initiation, when the solar causal body is created, we incarnate the first large part of our Higher Self. This part is known as Human Soul or Manas. By having it fused with ourself, we feel calm, a gentle heat, and its presence within us.
When the 6th initiation is won, we incarnate Divine Soul, also known as Buddhi. The emanation of this part gives us a type of happiness that we never experienced before.
When we incarnate Divine Spirit (Atman) at the end of the 7th initiation, we receive a grade of spiritual mastery. This means that we have passed all the 7 initiations and that we have eliminated 50% of the egos (this is the requirement to finish the First mountain). The final 8th initiation is related to rest.
By completing the First Mountain we have freed ourselves from the law of karma and the Wheel of Samsara, and have freedom to stay in higher dimensions. Another advantage is that we can return back to the physical dimension to continue the path during the new Golden Age, when the environment for doing the work would be better.
At the end of the first mountain we free ourselves of this Solar system, so if we wish we can do the inner work on another planet, one that is more advanced than Earth. Options start to open up.
The Second Mountain
The second mountain is more difficult than the first one; on it the solar bodies are replaced by the golden bodies, which are higher ones and are capable of receiving higher parts of the Being. The process is the same as on the first mountain – the initiatie has to eliminate their egos, but now in a much more intense way, and through alchemy the solar bodies are transformed into golden ones, Kundalini also being raised in all of them. Initiations here are more difficult and the requirements for passing them are more strict. On this mountain we go through the Cosmic Drama of Christ, incarnating the part of our Being known as Christ from initiations 1 – 7. Like this Christ incarnates seven times, in all of our golden bodies.
Initiations on this mountain are related to events that Jesus went through in his life, such as birth, temptation in the desert, baptism, gathering disciples, betrayal, crucifixion and the resurrecion. In the later stage of this mountain we also incarnate Holy Spirit/Divine Mother (Shiva-Shakti), and the highest part of our Being – the Father. With completion of the Second Mountain we achieve Resurrection and don’t have to return to the physical dimension any longer. Instead, if we want, we can work on the Third Mountain in the astral plane.
At the end of this mountain we free ourselves of our Milky Way galaxy.
The Third Mountain
On the third mountain we replace golden bodies with the bodies of light, also through the process of elimination of egos, alchemy, and sacrifice for humanity. It is said that on this mountain, there is another big part that is being incarnated from initiation 1 – 7. Also, all parts of the Being we have incarnated so far have to merge into one, so our Higher Self is no longer divided but united.
With the completion of the path we have finished the Great Work and have achieved full self-realization and Liberation, which is the ultimate purpose of human life and a high form of freedom.
At the end of this mountain we free ourselves from Universe, and we have the choice to enter the Source, stay in the Universe, or we can continue the work in a more advanced form so to attain even greater degree of freedom.
HDP (revised March 2020)