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Virtue as Love of Higher Mind

The true quest for human fulfillment may be said to work on the instinct, the understanding, and finally the experience, that there is something higher and beautiful in itself, which is immortal and perceptible, and which completes us. This can be tested empirically. Mysticism is empiricism.

When I look within I am lifted beyond the confines of time and space, in tune with a majestic, all-conscious existence, which mocks at fear and laughs at death […] there has developed in me a new channel of communication, a higher sense. Through this extraordinary and extremely sensitive channel an intelligence, higher than that which I possess, expresses itself at times in a manner as surprising to me as it might be to others, and through which again I am able on occasions to have a fleeting glimpse of the mighty, indescribable world to which I really belong…

– Gopi Krisha, Kundalini, p. 232.

Krishna experiences this awareness as the direct result of a deep drenching of his biology with the kundalini energy, a position which is well confirmed by subsequent research and experience from many quarters. He was inconsistent in this book, at times claiming in a perennialist manner that kundalini was the only method of coming to some direct perception of immortal mind, at others mentioning “kundalini was not the only path” (p. 77) — that question isn’t as important as the fact that modern kundalini meditation works, so is one viable method of awakening. Krishna states that the energy is fed from the sex organs, and it is now generally agreed it has plenty to do with the personal eros, and with modern concepts such as the id and the libido (Glenn Morris refers to kundalini as the awakening and transformation of the id which has to be “housebroken”). Thus the erotic quest aspect of last post.

It is significant that people will still describe the Daimonic Sign of Socrates as “suggestive of epilepsy”, given that this condition has a relation with mysticism. (The ‘nervous seizure’ aspect of kundalini is quite in keeping, and completely real; see Greenwell.) The inner voice of Socrates is just as much a higher intelligence, and expresses itself in just as unlooked-for a manner, as that of Krishna. In Socrates it took a form that prevented unwise action, whilst in Krishna it seemed more interested in composing poetry, sometimes in languages he didn’t happen personally to know.

The absence of any adverse prompt from the Sign was all Socrates needed for complete comfort when drinking poison. For him it was ‘the Sign of the God’. It appears to be, or to have made him, a consequentialist of sorts, yet such categories can’t really be applied to something which is clearly beyond thought, and Socrates never applies what we now call ‘reason’ to the Sign. Let those who think that hearing voices is bound to be madness take close note.

Glenn Morris used to say that ‘righteousness is a biological imperative’, based on experience. As the awakened id is far stronger in its nervous power, the demands on behaviour may be also, in order to keep in contact with truth. Philip St. Romain, in his excellent book Kundalini Energy and Christian Spirituality, describes being pulled away from behaviour that would interfere with the energy by a specific clutching sensation at certain points of the skull, a thing which I have also experienced. As Glenn said, you have to “learn to live in harmony with it”. A greater exactingness comes from being more in tune with the Higher. This has the advantage of promoting spontaneous right action. Kundalini-ites will tend to feel it as a body-energy first, but it can easily be translated into words.

The Australian contingent of 380 athletes led the march into the stadium across a forty-eight-foot-high bridge. Two died and sixty-four were injured, seven seriously, as the bridge collapsed, hurling dozens of athletes into the river below. Leon [Goltsman, martial artist] had had a “bad feeling” and stepped back when the others moved forward.

– Glenn Morris, Martial Arts Madness, p. 79.

You couldn’t wish for a clearer example of a Sign at work, especially since Goltsman then jumped into the water to lend his aid to the rescue effort.

As Reeve points out, such commands need no justification, indeed they positively require the absence of thought. Dean Radin’s work on presentiment and precognition is important here. The Theages of (?Pseudo-) Plato records Socratic instant knowing that could, if heeded, have saved the lives of others; interestingly it also implies that progress in philosophy transferred itself as a kind of energy into people hanging out with Socrates for any length of time. The Theages is certainly not now universally agreed to have been written by Plato, and doesn’t perhaps read like him, but I suspect it still records contemporary views on the capabilities of Socrates. Clement regarded it as genuine enough to place Socrates on his list of Greek shamans in the Stromata.

The Stoic horme (impulse or drive, originally a goddess) lines up nicely with eros and id as a description of sexual motive power. It was a drive-towards, as opposed to drive-away-from, aphorme. This may recall the Freudian opposition between eros and thanatos, of which Glenn writes so perceptively in the same book. As he says (p. 32):

Loving what you do enough to continually seek improvement is far different motivation than perfecting what you do as if death were the payment for being wrong.

In this regard it’s nice that ‘virtue ethics’ have made a comeback in recent philosophy, in a variety of forms. Most Western ethics have perhaps been more concerned with thanatos. Of course, the idea of virtue as working on the soul to perceive the non-physical is not as mainstream! But still, the idea of moulding the character in concord with virtue, which had been ignored for many centuries, has returned. The ability to think carefully about ethics as an act of ‘love’, that is, of an eros which regards the soul, is still useful to Socrates even given the Sign. We mould the soul so that the Sign may be heard, so that the immortal may take up residence in us and we in it.

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Apologies for the lateness of the update. (I wrote another one but decided not to post it.)


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