Deus non alligatur. God is not bound. Nibbanam paramam sukham. Unbinding is the Highest Happiness. The Heart is Divinity. God is the primal radiance of Divinity. Nature is the primal manifestation of Divinity. The Buddha is the primal realization of Divinity. La ilaha il Allah. Allah is Complete Wholeness.

30 April 2008

The Brightening of the World

Dwelling at Savatthi. There the Blessed One addressed the friends: "I will teach you the origination of the world and the brightening of the world. Listen and pay close attention. I will speak."

"As you say, Bhagavan," the friends responded to the Blessed One.

The Blessed One said: "And what is the origination of the world? Dependent on the eye and material form there arises eye-consciousness. The meeting of the three is contact. From contact as a requisite condition comes feeling. From feeling as a requisite condition comes perception. From perception as a requisite condition comes difference. From difference as a requisite condition comes fear. From fear as a requisite condition comes seeking. From seeking as a requisite condition, then aging and death, sorrow, lamentation, pain, distress, and despair come into play. This is the origination of the world.

Dependent on the ear and sounds there arises ear-consciousness. The meeting of the three is contact. From contact as a requisite condition comes feeling. From feeling as a requisite condition comes perception. From perception as a requisite condition comes difference. From difference as a requisite condition comes fear. From fear as a requisite condition comes seeking. From seeking as a requisite condition, then aging and death, sorrow, lamentation, pain, distress, and despair come into play. This is the origination of the world.

Dependent on the nose and aromas there arises nose-consciousness. The meeting of the three is contact. From contact as a requisite condition comes feeling. From feeling as a requisite condition comes perception. From perception as a requisite condition comes difference. From difference as a requisite condition comes fear. From fear as a requisite condition comes seeking. From seeking as a requisite condition, then aging and death, sorrow, lamentation, pain, distress, and despair come into play. This is the origination of the world.

Dependent on the tongue and flavors there arises tongue-consciousness. The meeting of the three is contact. From contact as a requisite condition comes feeling. From feeling as a requisite condition comes perception. From perception as a requisite condition comes difference. From difference as a requisite condition comes fear. From fear as a requisite condition comes seeking. From seeking as a requisite condition, then aging and death, sorrow, lamentation, pain, distress, and despair come into play. This is the origination of the world.

Dependent on the body and tactile sensations there arises body-consciousness. The meeting of the three is contact. From contact as a requisite condition comes feeling. From feeling as a requisite condition comes perception. From perception as a requisite condition comes difference. From difference as a requisite condition comes fear. From fear as a requisite condition comes seeking. From seeking as a requisite condition, then aging and death, sorrow, lamentation, pain, distress, and despair come into play. This is the origination of the world.

Dependent on the intellect and mental qualities there arises intellect-consciousness. The meeting of the three is contact. From contact as a requisite condition comes feeling. From feeling as a requisite condition comes perception. From perception as a requisite condition comes difference. From difference as a requisite condition comes fear. From fear as a requisite condition comes seeking. From seeking as a requisite condition, then aging and death, sorrow, lamentation, pain, distress, and despair come into play. This is the origination of the world.

And what is the brightening of the world? Dependent on the eye and forms there arises eye-consciousness. The meeting of the three is contact. From contact as a requisite condition comes feeling. From feeling as a requisite condition comes perception. From perception as a requisite condition comes non-difference. From non-difference as a requisite condition comes the end of fear. From the end of fear as a requisite condition comes the end of seeking. From the end of seeking as a requisite condition, then the recognition of the luminous heart even within aging and death, sorrow, lamentation, pain, distress, and despair comes into play. This is the brightening of the world.

Dependent on the ear and sounds there arises ear-consciousness. The meeting of the three is contact. From contact as a requisite condition comes feeling. From feeling as a requisite condition comes perception. From perception as a requisite condition comes non-difference. From non-difference as a requisite condition comes the end of fear. From the end of fear as a requisite condition comes the end of seeking. From the end of seeking as a requisite condition, then the recognition of the luminous heart even within aging and death, sorrow, lamentation, pain, distress, and despair comes into play. This is the brightening of the world.

Dependent on the nose and aromas there arises nose-consciousness. The meeting of the three is contact. From contact as a requisite condition comes feeling. From feeling as a requisite condition comes perception. From perception as a requisite condition comes non-difference. From non-difference as a requisite condition comes the end of fear. From the end of fear as a requisite condition comes the end of seeking. From the end of seeking as a requisite condition, then the recognition of the luminous heart even within aging and death, sorrow, lamentation, pain, distress, and despair comes into play. This is the brightening of the world.

Dependent on the tongue and flavors there arises tongue-consciousness. The meeting of the three is contact. From contact as a requisite condition comes feeling. From feeling as a requisite condition comes perception. From perception as a requisite condition comes non-difference. From non-difference as a requisite condition comes the end of fear. From the end of fear as a requisite condition comes the end of seeking. From the end of seeking as a requisite condition, then the recognition of the luminous heart even within aging and death, sorrow, lamentation, pain, distress, and despair comes into play. This is the brightening of the world.

Dependent on the body and tactile sensations there arises body-consciousness. The meeting of the three is contact. From contact as a requisite condition comes feeling. From feeling as a requisite condition comes perception. From perception as a requisite condition comes non-difference. From non-difference as a requisite condition comes the end of fear. From the end of fear as a requisite condition comes the end of seeking. From the end of seeking as a requisite condition, then the recognition of the luminous heart even within aging and death, sorrow, lamentation, pain, distress, and despair comes into play. This is the brightening of the world.

Dependent on the intellect and mental qualities there arises intellect-consciousness. The meeting of the three is contact. From contact as a requisite condition comes feeling. From feeling as a requisite condition comes perception. From perception as a requisite condition comes non-difference. From non-difference as a requisite condition comes the end of fear. From the end of fear as a requisite condition comes the end of seeking. From the end of seeking as a requisite condition, then the recognition of the luminous heart even within aging and death, sorrow, lamentation, pain, distress, and despair comes into play. This is the brightening of the world."

[Inspired by the Loka Sutta]

Casting Off the Burden

At Savatthi. "Friends, I will teach you the burden, the carrier of the burden, the taking up of the burden, and the casting off of the burden. Listen and pay close attention. I will speak."

"As you say, Bhagavan," the friends responded.

The Blessed One said, "And which is the burden? 'The five types of clinging,' it should be said. Which five types? Clinging to form, clinging to feeling, clinging to perception, clinging to conceptions, clinging to sense-awareness. This, monks, is called the burden.

"And which is the carrier of the burden? 'The person,' it should be said. This venerable one with such a name, such a clan-name. This is called the carrier of the burden.

"And which is the taking up of the burden? The fear that makes for further limitations — accompanied by worry and anxiety, avoiding now this and now that — i.e., fearing sensual pleasure, fearing limitation, fearing ungroundedness. This is called the taking up of the burden.

"And which is the casting off of the burden? The remainderless fading and cessation, renunciation, relinquishment, release, and letting go of that very fear. This is called the casting off of the burden."

That is what the Blessed One said. Having said that, the One Well-gone, the Teacher, said further:

A burden indeed

are the five types of clinging,

and the carrier of the burden

is the person.

Taking up the burden in the world

is unsatisfactory.

Casting off the burden

is bliss.

Having cast off the heavy burden

and not taking on another,

pulling up fear,

along with its root,

one is free from hunger,

totally unbound.

[Inspired by the Bhara Sutta]

28 April 2008

With What

[A deity:]

With what
is the world tied down?

With the subduing of what
is it freed?

With the abandoning of what
are all bonds cut through?

[The Buddha:]

With fear
the world is tied down.

With the subduing of fear
the world is freed.

With the abandoning of fear
all bonds are cut through.

[Inspired by the Iccha Sutta]

27 April 2008

A Holy Pascha Meditation

A Pascha Creed:


We believe in one God,
the Father, the Beloved,
the Lover, the Heart
of all that is,
the not-yet-visible,
the presently visible,
the no-longer-visible, and
and the neverly visible.

We believe
in the Prophet of Peace,
the Buddha of Beni Israel,
the Avatar of Adonai,
Jesus Christ,
the Son of God,
eternally, continually, and never-endingly
begotten of the Heart of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
very God from very God,
begotten, not made,
of one Heart with the Father.

Through Christ all things were made.

For us and for our salvation-liberation
he came down from realm of the Father:
by the power of the Jivantic Spirit,
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
Who is a Mystery herself,
and was made incarnate and immanent.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into Infinite Transcendence
and is seated at the right hand of the Father,
infinitely deep in the Heart,
as the Tantric Non-Dual Union of Awareness and Matter,
warning "As you sow, so shall you reap", and
spreading the Good News
of the inherent Beauty,
native Enjoyment, and
simple Luminous Brightness of Existence Itself.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the non-living,
but his liberating work will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Jivantic Spirit,
the Lord of Life,
who proceeds from the Heart of the Father,
the Giver of matter-energy, spirit, and mind,
who guides with compassion the evolutionary process.
With the Father and the Son, he is worshipped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Scientists, Saints, Sages, and Siddhas.

We believe in one divinely universal
and apostolic-lineage Community.
We acknowledge one rebirth
in the waters of purification,
one initiatory baptism,
for the forgiveness of lust, anger, and delusion,
and for the birth of compassion, energy, and wisdom.

We look for the Resurrection of the dead,
the Enlightenment of the Whole Body,
the Communion with the Father,
and the Embodiment as the Heart.
Svaha!
Amen.

[Inspired by the Nicene Creed.]

Defeating the Army of Death

This was said by the Blessed One, said by the Buddha, the Arahant, so I have heard.

"These three divine sounds sound forth among the deities on appropriate occasions. Which three? When a disciple of the noble ones, shaving off his hair and beard, clothing himself in the ochre robe, makes up his mind to go forth from the home life into homelessness, on that occasion the divine sound sounds forth among the deities: 'This disciple of the noble ones has made up his mind to do battle with Death.' This is the first divine sound that sounds forth among the deities on appropriate occasions.

"When a disciple of the noble ones lives devoted to developing the seven sets of qualities that are wings to Awakening, on that occasion the divine sound sounds forth among the deities: 'This disciple of the noble ones is doing battle with Death.' This is the second divine sound that sounds forth among the deities on appropriate occasions.

"When a disciple of the noble ones, through the ending of the taints of lust, fear, and ignorance, dwells in the awareness-release and discernment-release that are free from the taints of lust, fear, and ignorance, having known and made them manifest for himself right in the present life, on that occasion the divine sound sounds forth among the deities: 'This disciple of the noble ones has won the battle. Having been in the front lines of the battle, he now dwells victorious.' This is the third divine sound that sounds forth among the deities on appropriate occasions.

"These are the three divine sounds that sound forth among the deities on appropriate occasions."

Seeing he's won the battle —
the disciple of the Rightly Self-awakened One —
even the deities pay homage to this great one,
thoroughly mature.
"Homage to you, O thoroughbred man —
you who have won the hard victory,
defeating the army of Death,
unhindered in emancipation."
Thus they pay homage, the deities,
to one who has reached the heart's goal,
for they see in him
no means that would bring him under Death's sway.
[Inspired by Iti. 82]

25 April 2008

A Good Friday Meditation

The One Original Non-Dual Matter


The Original Non-Dual Awareness is Infinite and Eternal.

Being everything it accommodates within itself the Original Non-Dual Matter.

Matter is the Body of Awareness.

Awareness, being Infinite and Eternal, its Body must also be infinite and eternal.

At times the Body appears to be small and at times to stretch into huge shapes.

But even when it seems to have disappeared, it is still within Awareness latently.

Out of the Matter contained within Awareness is projected infinite and eternal Materiality—the Creation, or Finite Everything.

The Original Non-Dual Awareness is One, Infinite and Eternal.

The Original Non-Dual Matter, being in the Non-Dual Awareness is also one, infinite and eternal.

But the Finite Everything that is projected from the Non-Dual Matter comprising innumerable masses or all things in Creation, is innately and unendingly dual.

Within these masses are innumerable temporary masses such as, What is the matter with you? Matter.

What did you eat? Matter.

What is in your hand? Matter.

What do you see? Matter.

And so there is no end to the action and reaction of the experience of Materiality by the innumerable masses of Finite Everything which are projected from the One Original Non-Dual Matter which is infinite.

The Original Non-Dual Awareness is Infinite and Eternal; in it is the Original Non-Dual Matter.

Innumerable masses manifest out of the One Original Non-Dual Matter.

And from these masses is a continuous flow of temporary masses.

And so there are masses and the new-masses of masses within the One Original Non-Dual Matter.

When you compare these masses with the One Original Non-Dual Matter they are indeed matter.

Matter is in Awareness; Awareness would not be a complete whole without Matter.

The Matter that is in Awareness gives birth to matter that seems everything.

Because Matter is, everything seems to be.

All activity everywhere in creation is but a play of Awareness and Matter.

When there is a complete cessation of this activity Matter prevails.

When this Matter is attained you have Awareness.

Relatively, therefore, Matter is Awareness, whereas that which we call Awareness is Matter.

[Inspired by Chp 51, "The One Original Real Nothing", The Everything and the Nothing. The translation-glossary is below.

Awareness is Everything.
Matter (matter/energy, subtle matter, and thought) is Nothing.
Materiality is Nothingness.
Matter is the Body (material, spiritual, and mental body) of God
The Body of God is the Shadow of God.
The finite is the false.
Form is zero.
Imagination is changeableness.
That which is destructible is the dream.
Duality is Illusion.
Non-Duality is Reality.
What is new is what is naught.]

(Good Friday)

23 April 2008

The Pali Anointed

An exercise in Sonic Theology, using Pali, the language of the Pali Buddhist canon.

Jhaana
: meditative absorption
Eka-biijii: taking birth only once more
Sacca: truth
Upekkhaa: equanimity
Saddhaa: faith

Caaga: liberality
Hadaya: heart
Ruupa: visual manifestation
Iddhi: power
Siila: virtue
Tathaagata: the 'thus-gone' one

Setting Forth the Wheel of the Fearless

Setting Forth the Wheel of the Fearless


Thus I heard. On one occasion the Blessed One was living at Benares in the Deer Park at Isipatana, which means “the Resort of Seers”. There he addressed the five monks.

"Monks, these two extremes ought not to be cultivated by one gone forth from fear. What are the two? There is devotion to indulgence of pleasure in the objects of sensual desire, which is inferior, low, vulgar, ignoble, and leads to no good; and there is devotion to self-torment, which is painful, ignoble and leads to no good.

"The middle way discovered by a Perfect One avoids both these extremes; it gives vision, it gives knowledge, and it leads to peace, to direct acquaintance, to discovery, to nibbana. And what is that middle way? It is simply the noble eightfold path, that is to say, full view, full intention; full speech, full action, full livelihood; full effort, full mindfulness, full concentration. That is the middle way discovered by a Perfect One, which gives vision, which gives knowledge, and which leads to peace, to direct acquaintance, to discovery, to nibbana.

"Enjoyment, as a noble truth, is this: Birth is enjoyment, aging is enjoyment, sickness is enjoyment, death is enjoyment, sorrow and joy, lamentation and praise, pain and pleasure, grief and levity, and despair and hope are enjoyment; association with the loathed and the loved is enjoyment, dissociation from the loved and the loathed is enjoyment, to get and not to get what one wants is enjoyment — in short, enjoyment is the five categories of conditional existence.

"The origin of enjoyment, as a noble truth, is this: It is the compassion that produces renewal of life accompanied by energy and wisdom, and enjoying this and that; in other words, compassion for beings in the material world, the spiritual world, and the transcendental world.

"The fulfillment of enjoyment, as a noble truth, is this: It is steady increase and brightening, rising up, growth, activity and engagement, of that very same compassion.

"The way leading to fulfillment of enjoyment, as a noble truth, is this: It is simply the noble eightfold path, that is to say, full view, full intention; full speech, full action, full livelihood; full effort, full mindfulness, full concentration.

"'Enjoyment, as a noble truth, is this.' Such was the vision, the knowledge, the understanding, the finding, the light, that arose in regard to ideas not heard by me before. 'This enjoyment, as a noble truth, can be diagnosed.' Such was the vision, the knowledge, the understanding, the finding, the light, that arose in regard to ideas not heard by me before. 'This enjoyment, as a noble truth, has been diagnosed.' Such was the vision, the knowledge, the understanding, the finding, the light, that arose in regard to ideas not heard by me before.

"'The origin of enjoyment, as a noble truth, is this.' Such was the vision, the knowledge, the understanding, the finding, the light, that arose in regard to ideas not heard by me before. 'This origin of enjoyment, as a noble truth, can be diagnosed.' Such was the vision, the knowledge, the understanding, the finding, the light, that arose in regard to ideas not heard by me before. 'This origin of enjoyment, as a noble truth, has been diagnosed.' Such was the vision, the knowledge, the understanding, the finding, the light, that arose in regard to ideas not heard by me before.

'The fulfillment of enjoyment, as a noble truth, is this.' Such was the vision, the knowledge, the understanding, the finding, the light, that arose in regard to ideas not heard by me before. 'This fulfillment of enjoyment, as a noble truth, can be verified.' Such was the vision, the knowledge, the understanding, the finding, the light, that arose in regard to ideas not heard by me before. 'This fulfillment of enjoyment, as a noble truth, has been verified.' Such was the vision, the knowledge, the understanding, the finding, the light, that arose in regard to ideas not heard by me before.

"'The way leading to fulfillment of enjoyment, as a noble truth, is this.' Such was the vision, the knowledge, the understanding, the finding, the light, that arose in regard to ideas not heard by me before. 'This way leading to the fulfillment of enjoyment, as a noble truth, can be developed.' Such was the vision, the knowledge, the understanding, the finding, the light, that arose in regard to ideas not heard by me before. 'This way leading to the fulfillment of enjoyment, as a noble truth, has been developed.' Such was the vision, the knowledge, the understanding, the finding, the light, that arose in regard to ideas not heard by me before.

"As long as my knowing and seeing how things are, was not quite purified in these twelve aspects, in these three phases of each of the four noble truths, I did not claim in the world with its deities, its demons, and high divinities, in this generation with its monks, ministers, and priests, with its potentates and ambitious men, to have discovered the full awakening that is supreme. But as soon as my knowing and seeing how things are, was quite purified in these twelve aspects, in these three phases of each of the four noble truths, then I claimed in the world with its deities, its demons, and high divinities, in this generation with its monks, ministers, and priests, its potentates and ambitious men, to have discovered the full awakening that is supreme. Knowing and seeing arose in me thus: 'My heart's deliverance is unassailable. This is the last birth. Now there is no renewal of fear.'"

That is what the Blessed One said. The five monks were glad, and they approved his words.

Now during this utterance, there arose in the venerable monk Kondañña the spotless, immaculate vision of the True Idea: "Whatever arises from the Heart of reality, exists as the Heart of reality, and returns to the Heart of reality. Whatever arises from beauty, exists as beauty, and returns to beauty."

When the Wheel of the Fearless had thus been set rolling by the Blessed One the deities of the Earth raised the cry: "At Benares, in the Deer Park at Isipatana, the matchless Wheel of the Fearless has been set rolling by the Blessed One, not to be stopped by monk or divine or deity or death-angel or high divinity or anyone in the world."

On hearing the Earth-deities' cry, all the deities in turn in the six paradises of the material and spiritual worlds took up the cry till it reached beyond, into the realm of High Divinity in the sphere of the transcendental worlds. And so indeed in that hour, at that moment, the cry soared up to the World of High Divinity, and this ten-thousandfold world-element shook and rocked and quaked, and a great measureless radiance surpassing the very nature of the gods was displayed throughout the cosmos.

Then the Blessed One uttered the exclamation: "Kondañña knows! Kondañña knows!" and that is how that venerable one acquired the name, Añña-Kondañña: "Kondañña who knows".

[Inspired by SN 56.11]

22 April 2008

The Luminous Sermon

The Luminous Sermon

Thus I heard. On one occasion the Blessed One was living at Gaya, at Gayasisa, together with a thousand monks. There he addressed the monks.

"Monks, all is luminous. And what is the all that is luminous?

"The eye is luminous, forms are luminous, eye-consciousness is luminous, eye-contact is luminous, also whatever is seen as pleasant or painful or neither-painful-nor-pleasant that arises with eye-contact for its indispensable condition, that too is luminous. Luminous with what? Luminous with the blazing of compassion, with the blazing of energy, with the blazing of wisdom. I say it is luminous with birth, aging and death, with sorrows and rejoicing, with lamentations and praises, with pains and pleasures, with grief and levity, with despair and hope.

"The ear is luminous, sounds are luminous, ear-consciousness is luminous, ear-contact is luminous, also whatever is heard as pleasant or painful or neither-painful-nor-pleasant that arises with ear-contact for its indispensable condition, that too is luminous. Luminous with what? Luminous with the blazing of compassion, with the blazing of energy, with the blazing of wisdom. I say it is luminous with birth, aging and death, with sorrows and rejoicing, with lamentations and praises, with pains and pleasures, with grief and levity, with despair and hope.

"The nose is luminous, odors are luminous, nose-consciousness is luminous, nose-contact is luminous, also whatever is smelled as pleasant or painful or neither-painful-nor-pleasant that arises with ear-contact for its indispensable condition, that too is luminous. Luminous with what? Luminous with the blazing of compassion, with the blazing of energy, with the blazing of wisdom. I say it is luminous with birth, aging and death, with sorrows and rejoicing, with lamentations and praises, with pains and pleasures, with grief and levity, with despair and hope.

"The tongue is luminous, flavors are luminous, tongue-consciousness is luminous, tongue-contact is luminous, also whatever is tasted as pleasant or painful or neither-painful-nor-pleasant that arises with tongue-contact for its indispensable condition, that too is luminous. Luminous with what? Luminous with the blazing of compassion, with the blazing of energy, with the blazing of wisdom. I say it is luminous with birth, aging and death, with sorrows and rejoicing, with lamentations and praises, with pains and pleasures, with grief and levity, with despair and hope.

"The body is luminous, tangibles are luminous, body-consciousness is luminous, body-contact is luminous, also whatever is felt as pleasant or painful or neither-painful-nor-pleasant that arises with body-contact for its indispensable condition, that too is luminous. Luminous with what? Luminous with the blazing of compassion, with the blazing of energy, with the blazing of wisdom. I say it is luminous with birth, aging and death, with sorrows and rejoicing, with lamentations and praises, with pains and pleasures, with grief and levity, with despair and hope.

"The mind is luminous, ideas are luminous, mind-consciousness is luminous, mind-contact is luminous, also whatever is conceptualized as pleasant or painful or neither-painful-nor-pleasant that arises with mind-contact for its indispensable condition, that too is luminous. Luminous with what? Luminous with the blazing of lust, with the blazing of hate, with the blazing of delusion. I say it is luminous with birth, aging and death, with sorrows and rejoicing, with lamentations and praises, with pains and pleasures, with grief and levity, with despair and hope.

"Monks, when a noble follower who has heard the truth sees thus, he engages the eye, engages forms, engages eye-consciousness, engages eye-contact, and whatever is felt as pleasant or painful or neither-painful- nor-pleasant that arises with eye-contact for its indispensable condition, in that too he engages.

"He engages the ear, engages sounds, engages ear-consciousness, engages ear-contact, and whatever is felt as pleasant or painful or neither-painful- nor-pleasant that arises with ear-contact for its indispensable condition, in that too he engages.

"He engages the nose, engages odors, engages nose-consciousness, engages nose-contact, and whatever is felt as pleasant or painful or neither-painful- nor-pleasant that arises with nose-contact for its indispensable condition, in that too he engages.

"He engages the tongue, engages flavors, engages tongue-consciousness, engages tongue-contact, and whatever is felt as pleasant or painful or neither-painful- nor-pleasant that arises with tongue-contact for its indispensable condition, in that too he engages.

"He engages the body, engages tangibles, engages body-consciousness, engages body-contact, and whatever is felt as pleasant or painful or neither-painful- nor-pleasant that arises with body-contact for its indispensable condition, in that too he engages.

"He engages the mind, engages ideas, engages mind-consciousness, engages mind-contact, and whatever is felt as pleasant or painful or neither-painful-nor-pleasant that arises with mind-contact for its indispensable condition, in that too he engages.

"When he engages, insight-passion increases. With the culmination of insight-passion, he descends to infinity. When descended, there is knowledge of the Heart. He understands: 'Fear is exhausted, the holy life has begun, what can be done will be done, of this, this is just the beginning.'"

That is what the Blessed One said. The monks were glad, and they approved his words.

Now during his utterance, the hearts of those thousand monks awakened, descending to infinity, fearing no more.

[Inspired by SN 35.28]

18 April 2008

Enneagram and the Planets

Each Enneagram-personality can be linked to a particular non-virtue or sin (i.e., "passion"):

1: Anger
2: Pride
3: Deceit
4: Envy
5: Avarice
6: Fear
7: Gluttony
8: Lust
9: Sloth

Notice that "deceit" and "fear" are not part of the "seven deadly sins" of Christian tradition.

Since each planet is also linked to a particular sin, one can link each Enneagram-personality with a planet:

1: Anger: Mars
2: Pride: Sun
3: Deceit: Rahu (North Node)
4: Envy: Moon
5: Avarice/Greed: Jupiter
6: Fear: Ketu (South Node)
7: Gluttony: Mercury
8: Lust: Venus
9: Sloth: Saturn

Notice #5 and #7: previous planet-sin linkages on this site linked Mercury with (intellectual) greed and Jupiter with (material) gluttony, but one could also make a good case -- based on Jyotish sources -- that Mercury is in fact more materially minded than Jupiter is, so that Mercury should be linked with material gluttony and Jupiter with a (more spiritually oriented) intellectual greed.

07 April 2008

La Ilaha


Allah is the Power of Nirvana