A well accepted axiom indicates that a problem can never be solved at the level at which it was created. This fundamental and axiomatic principle is at the heart of the science of consciousness. This premise, brought forth by the Buddha and described in the Sanatana Dharma later was brought to the attention of the scientific community by the well-known and oft-quoted, Professor Albert Einstein who explained that solutions to problems ever necessitate the engagement of a higher, more inclusive dimension.
More precisely, in the Sanatana Dharma, the Buddha teaches that hatred is not ended by hatred, but by love. Only when we are able to draw the larger circle, and elevate or transform our consciousness beyond the immediate confrontations and dichotomies can we then resolve and reconcile dissension and conflict.
The process by which this occurs, has been known and taught throughout time and by all cultures in the ancient Mystery Schools as well as in today’s spiritual traditions. The good news is that whereas in the past this esoteric spiritual science was taught to only the select few, today, this science is available to all who are interested and willing to understand and undergo the necessary discipline.
It might here be helpful to recall that such commonplace disciplines as chemistry, geometry, music and medicine were once the purview of the ancient Mystery Schools. Hippocrates, for example, was one of the Wisdom Teachers of the Ancient Mystery School of Asklepios and the Hippocratic Oath was but a spiritual obligation. Pythagoras was also such a Wise Teacher who was exiled from his homeland because he taught what in his day, were considered revolutionary esoteric spiritual principles. These very same principles today form the basic postulates of geometry.
The significant and life-altering relationship between spirituality, science and consciousness is slowly gaining acceptance and understanding, and the tenets as taught and described by the Ageless esoteric Wisdom are entering mainstream acceptance apace. Science is exploring dimensions of the non-material world and we are beginning to move from a belief in the world of the Soul to knowledge of, and for some, experience within this higher dimension of consciousness. Humanity is progressively awakening to its higher potential and its destiny.
As one of the leading Transcendentalists of his day, Ralph Waldo Emerson said it most succinctly, “What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters to what lies within us.”
And, as the respected and beloved second UN Secretary-General, Dag Hammarskjöld, who is responsible for the design of the current UN Meditation Room has said, "We can only succeed in achieving world peace if there is a spiritual renaissance on this planet."
If we accept the truth posited by the spiritual esoteric traditions that are slowly being validated by popular science, that the human being has access to multiple levels of consciousness—each one more inclusive and enlightened than the last, then we can appreciate the fact that the vast inner, spiritual dimension—unexplored to date, save by the few, must now become the source of studied, scientific exploration and attempted expression. Herein, lies the only solution to our current global crises and the needed healing for our planet.
There is much that must be done to change conditions, institute new values and new practices before humanity can achieve a transformation of consciousness. Every step of the way has to be carved out by humanity itself and there is no short or easy road out of darkness into light.
However, the ancient and ageless wisdom teaches that eventually, there will come a stage in the evolution of humanity when the individual is “verily and indeed ‘founded on the rock,’ and though he may experience the alternation of light and shade, though the waves of the purifying waters may roll over him, and threaten to sweep him off his feet, and though he may feel himself deaf and dumb and blind, naught can ultimately defeat the purpose of the soul. All that is lacking is the developed spiritual body which is equipped to respond to the vibration of the inner spiritual world.” 2 This exists in embryo, and the secret of its use lies in humanity’s willingness to scientifically bridge the worlds of the Soul, the mind and the brain.
This effort will provide a fruitful
and wide field of research and experimentation for
all who purposefully strive to transform darkness