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Just a comment about a statement where you said: “In the teaching one learns to transcend the world but this does not mean it is left behind. Perform responsibilities, leave nothing done to the best of ones ability to have peace of mind each day, ordinary life is not a mistake but is for our benefit and allows us to practice the teachings and be purified. “



“The path of immortality is hard, and only a few find it. The rest await the Great Day when the wheels of the universe shall be stopped and the immortal sparks shall escape from the sheathes of substance. Woe unto those who wait, for they must return again, unconscious and unknowing, to the seed-ground of stars, and await a new beginning.”



Many times people are told, as a matter of comforting them or easing their tensions about the issue of apparently leaving worldly interests, responsibilities and desires that it is ok and the world will not be neglected while they are turning towards spiritual insights- so as to appease the ego and its misconceived notions of reality, fears or anxious family members. While it is a correct statement from secular and mythic standpoints it is also true that at the same time, even at the same time – though paradoxical, it is also to be transcended. The idea that nothing is left behind is not with the impetus that something abiding is left behind but rather that a practical reality is to be upheld to its extent of necessity. To that extent the world is not left behind; it is to be sustained to that extent and to do otherwise would be to accord it substantiality that it does not deserve and which would lead to delusion and suffering. In terms of the spiritual life, that is to be pursued with due diligence but not as an option but as a responsibility that is even greater and therefore deserving prominence and priority if there should be a necessary choice between the two. In this way an initiate of the mysteries even at level 1 is to begin to shift the ideal from a worldly perspective to one of spirit which in the end requires complete relinquishment of worldly ideals which includes mythic notions or historical references as well as gender and ethnic allegiances. Relinquishment does not here mean giving up necessarily in a physical sense though there is some aspect of that required; relinquishment, in another context, means releasing worldly perspectives and paradigms as an ideal to be believed in as an abiding reality and demanding experiences forcing participation and upon which one’s sense of reality and personal existence are founded. Indeed, the relinquishment of psychologically based delusions is more difficult and requires more work and spiritual strength, than the release of physical attachments though there is a level of physical detachment that is also necessary. This transition, of course, occurs over a time of mystery studies and practices but is to be understood as an intellectual proposition and heartfelt conviction before it can become an experiential truth.