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Josef Zezulka – BYTÍ – EXISTENCE
A Philosophy for Life

THE JOURNEY OF A BEING

I repeat briefly: each being evolves from the lowest and the most primitive psychic form towards more and more perfect ones. Its psychic component develops and ensures the simultaneous development of the material body as well as the advancement and constellation of vital powers. They adapt to the form and quality of the psychic component exactly – they correspond with it exactly. They are actually its manifest ation in a given area.

The being we are observing here has evolved as far as human. Here, a turning point of the evolution occurs. The human being – the first in the animal line to obtain the possibility of active evolution. While until this moment, every being was developing according to the law of reflection (the Karma), man is the first animal creature who obtains the possibility of active decision-making, the possibility of trying to improve his evolutionary or “spiritual” journey and make it faster. In spite of this possibility, the law of reflection remains valid of course to keep an eye on human mistakes and wrong steps. In initial human incarnations man can use the new possibility only very little or he doesn’t use it at all. Somewhere half way through human incarnations the opportunity becomes so strong that man begins to realise and use it.

One day a time will come when man stops being interested in what his senses present him and starts thinking about the patterns of life and seeking the truth (answers to the questions concerning existence, beingness and course of life as a whole). He wants to clarify the status of his life, the relationships of life towards himself and vice versa, the substance of life, its manifestation and the meaning of the entire existence.

From the moment when man starts questioning or when he starts his deliberate active and voluntary journey we may divide the stage of seeking to:

a) the period of blind faith,

b) the period of becoming critical

c) the period when he puts his “I believe and I know” into balance,

d) the period when he is in tune with everything alive.

 

A) The period of blind faith is the initial state on the spiritual journey. Here, man lets himself be lead by some religious doctrine which is available in the time of his life and which is usually common in present human society. It is usually a kind of fashion. He does not think much. He blindly believes in the teachings of his church despite it often being very naive and imperfect. He lets himself be passively led by the nose and he usually believes that what his faith presents him with is the most perfect. Without any objections or criticism, he blindly adapts himself to the teachings and obeys its orders and restrictions.

In the following incarnations, when slowly developing critical questions start to undermine his convenient and blind faith, he becomes dissatisfied with his firm faith and turns towards various sects. His inclination towards blind faith survives and he starts bouncing between various teachings.

B) The period of becoming critical. In this period his dissatisfaction rises. Man starts thinking about religious doctrines, he seeks others, compares their teachings, confront them and his faith is no longer blind. He does not satisfied with everything he has learnt so far. Faith still prevails but his increasing effort towards understanding makes him begin to assert the second pole of his mind and to substantiate and come to understand many things. He is no longer a mere listener, he becomes a seeker.

 

C) The period in which man puts his “I believe and I know” into balance. Here, the ad vanced human tries to discover the regularities of life, the Podstata, the being and he exerts these regulari ties in his thinking. He is critical of the available religious teachings. He tries to detect the common denominator in them, to clear them of the sediments of human ignorance and confronts them among each other. He stops seeking and steadies himself not in his faith as is often said but “in his knowledge”.

 

D) The period when man knows. This is the period when man becomes steady in his spiritual knowledge which is entirely and correctly substantiated. He knows that 2 + 2 = 4, he does not say he believes it because he knows the laws of the Maths. In the same way he knows that everything exists as he knows it since everything is liable to laws which he has fully understood. Spiritual truths are logical and clear to him since they are lawful. There is only one explanation for everything and there cannot be another. Every arithmetical problem has various solutions but only one result. The same applies to every spiritual reflection and every spiritual problem. He has learned and substantiated the law and therefore he knows. At present there is an infinitesimally small number of such developed and aware people, the purpose of this book is to make this number bigger.

 

I therefore try to explain the spiritual regularities and I would like everybody to be able to solve his ( figuratively speaking) arithmetical problem – his “I believe because I know”. Of course, I can pass only what I know. When others come and give more and better, I will be happy. After all, it is in the interest of the whole.

 

It was said earlier that at a certain stage of his evolution, man brings his own will and activity into his evolutionary journey. He stops evolving passively and starts making decisions concerning his evolution. The evolutionary journey is only one: To change oneself!

What does this mean and how should we cope with the problem? Let us note how evolution progresses when a being acts passively towards it.

A man is of a certain quality, a certain psychic form composed of and influenced by experiences acquired during the course of past lives. He evaluates the experiences and adopts an attitude towards them. This forms his quality, his qualitative and potential psychic form, to be more precise. Such is the man and he behaves accordingly. He manifests his quality by his deeds. The law of reflection transfers these deeds to his future lives for learning purposes and seeks, along with other agents, the corresponding fate. It thus has the effect of improved learning and recognition. In this way the psychic component of man is harmonised and this is the actual goal.

The matter in hand is still the adaptation of the psyche – caused by the law of reflection or by the goal-oriented will of an aware person.

We must realise this and act accordingly. This means changing ourselves, our opinions, our relationship with life and everything alive. To improve our awareness which must be reflected in our deeds.

There is no other way and it never will be.

We must proceed in accordance with the law of reflection. We realise that we are a momentary psychic (mental) form which the body adapts to. Only by mental substance can this psychic form again be supported and changed. The law of reflection changes us with a strong psychic experience. Our active effort must thus take part in the psychic (mental) area. This is where it must be experienced in order to reach our sub-consciousness through the strength of the experience. This is because it is the sub- consciousness where the desired change should occur. It is not only the strength of the experience that counts but also its quality. By its character, the law of reflection does not allow any misinformation to penetrate into the sub-consciousness, since it puts everything into balance. It automatically equalises every wrong or imperfect thing in the reflective perception. On the active journey the law of reflection is not cancelled, of course. Correct thinking puts it into a peace from which it is sometimes aroused to rectify imperfections of the active journey. As we want to avoid it by our activity in order not to impede us by its activity and not to cause us unnecessary pain, we must strive for the correct and rightful evaluation of our life and the laws of life. We must adopt a firm and logical attitude towards the laws of existence and acknowledge all the mistakes and naiveté existing in all the currently available teachings, whenever and wherever they be. It is crucial to avoid the empty phrases, speculative conjectures, blind faith and the convenience of collective thinking of all those thousands of churches and sects, each of which must differ from the others to have the right for independent existence. It is necessary to create logical and lawful thinking and opinions on the reality of life, controlled by a healthy balance of knowledge. We must thoroughly consider and justify any piece of philosophical truth before we accept it. This is the only way to create the base from where we set out on the spiritual journey that leads to further, faster and more painless evolution.

It is useful to remember how basic spiritual teachings are born to this world, and how they are tainted by human misunderstandings and poor communication.

I remind you of what was already written here: four fundamental influences have effect on the world; they correspond by their quality with the lawfulness of the Creative Four. Each of them lasts for 6000 years and has three sub-periods of 2000 years, each of which has its own influence. The mixture of these influences has an effect on human thinking creating the character of its period.

Under this inf luence the teachings of recent periods, which have survived till now, formed. Each of them has the characteristic of its period influencing current religious opinions. The bi-millennium we are now leaving had a fundamental centripetal and quiescent influence. Two millennia before, the influence of glowing – fire complemented the fundamental centripetal influence, and another two millennia before that, the fundamental centripetal influence was complemented by another centripetal influence which empowered the fundamental centripetal force. If we scrutinise the history of religion we will find these influences in all cults.

6000 years ago, Jewish philosophy was formed in a nation which was the leading nation (chosen nation) of centripetal philosophy for 6000 years continuously. This centripetal influence was to be the basis of the philosophy of that time but it should have been in balance with the other three. However, since mankind as a whole is not yet at such an evolutionary level to be able to maintain the spiritual balance, the influence had an effect on overall thinking and the attitude, and twisted the teaching and opinion of life towards its quality. Hence strongly centripetal teaching emerged and the ego of the Jews developed and it overshadowed everything else. Pride and conviction that only Jews ruled the world and everything else must serve them emerged.

This conviction strengthened in another 2000-year period. This added fire inf luence to centripetal influence, turning enthusiasm to fanaticism. It manifested itself everywhere. The cult of the Sun god was empowered in Egypt and centripetal thinking in many cases became fanatical.

Another two millennia, which added the influence of peace and coldness to centripetal force, brought Christianity as we know it. Centripetal and cold. Power struggles among church leaders and blind faith among common people. Elsewhere in the world, the centripetency of men – cults accentuating one’s own personality and well-being. Endeavouring to attain one’s own state of bliss in the centripetal meditation position and in proclaimed unification with everything, only by the withdrawal of self from the whole. And yet, mankind was warned and a clear view of the truth was given, but mankind did not want to hear and understand.

It is a pattern of life that during a turn of 2000-year sub-eras a man is born at the highest evolutional level. Or it is a higher being than human that only returns to mankind. This being knows the truth of life and substance and tries to remedy human thinking with it, to bring it into balance and so correct existing mistakes and misunderstandings. Since he brings his own understanding to life and does not accept the current views of religion or philosophy, he differs from them and this is what people hate. They do not accept him, they rather stick to the old, flawed fundamentals and so called prophets who in their ignorance do not do anything else but meddle with current teachings and trying to interpret it in various ways in order to be different from the others. It is just raking through stuff again and again.

In my peace I had a vision concerning this problem: I saw a huge bowl placed on deserted ground; nearby people seemed as big as ants next to a kitchen mixing bowl. The bowl was filled with fresh, warm and sweetly smelling porridge. The smell was attracting people. They were coming, lifting high ladders to its rim, climbing to the top and eating the delicious porridge. Others were arriving with their wagons, loading the porridge and distributing it to people far away. The porridge did not run out, it just cooled slowly and it became polluted by the mud from people’s boots on the rim. After some time the porridge began to go bad from the edges, various moulds started growing on the surface, the porridge was becoming spoilt. This was happening over a long time. Meanwhile, people died and were born again, generations passed and each one climbed to the upper rim of the bowl and ate the porridge. Newer generations were no longer aware of the original deliciously fresh porridge, they did not know anything apart from the spoilt one. Suddenly, a new bowl with fresh, warm and delicious porridge was put next to the original one. At first, people just stared at it. Then some of them started putting ladders up, climbing up and tasting. Some of them decided it was good and desirable, but only a few of them. Most just went back to the old bowl since they were used to the rotting porridge and did not like the new one, or they simply did not trust it. After all, their ancestors had eaten from the first one and found it good, so why should they replace it for something new, something that they did not know? And so the fresh porridge met the same fate as the first one. It cooled slowly, people came to it slowly, they trampled in it, putrefying it and it began to rot and mould, the whole process repeated itself.

The same applies to the teachings brought to the world every 2000 years by those I call fetchers as opposed to transmitters – preachers, teachers and mas ters who just transmit the fetched teaching. People do not trust the new. They’d rather stick to the old and it is a great pity. A fetcher usually dies before his teaching has been accepted. Then noone can ask him about anything, to let him explain what was not comprehended and then everyone is referred to the conjectures of the transmitters. Those who accompany the fetcher during his life and should make a doctrine from his teachings do not prove themselves well. They usually return to their original influences where they feel more comfortable.

Take Christianity, for example, as it is the closest to us in terms of time and influence. Jesus, who was the fetcher of the teachings for the next 2000 years, knew the truth and wanted to pass it on to mankind. He could not accept people who had been taught the old philosophy as disciples and later master transmitters. These would influence the new teachings with the old. He had to accept ordinary people to whom he explained everything from the beginning. He provided Apostle Peter with the ability to accept the truth of existence as it really is without the necessity of explanation – during Jesus’ life as well as after his death. It is not the ability to know directly (like, for example, Jesus, Moses and Noah), it is the ability to connect to the fetcher and gather from him. But when Jesus was passing this ability to Peter, he surely warned him that it is possible only when he stays in his influential area and dissociates from other movements and their influences (“If you stay within my name” or something like this. The “within my name” means the influential substance). Peter was to pass the ability on.

But after Jesus’ death Peter’s followers again reconnected with old influences and started up new teachings according to them. Therefore the New Testament stands on the foundations of the Old Testament: Jesus came to amend its interpretation and to point out wrong and harmful sediments and replace them. Peter’s followers, by breaking the connection, blocked the correct reception and cancelled the possibility of passing on the ability of a direct connection to Jesus. The ability popes of all ages have claimed to posses and which they have presented as “infallibility”.

That all happened, and so mankind blurred and complicated the possibility of the spontaneous journey. How to proceed, then?

We shall discuss this in a special chapter dedicated to the practical spiritual journey.

 
 
 
 

Josef Zezulka - Bytí - životní filosofieJosef Zezulka – BYTÍ – EXISTENCE – A Philosophy for Life
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