When reading the sacred scriptures of many different cultures, it astonished me that the end result of spiritual practice resulted in two very different outcomes. For some, the final attainment was to be filled with light such as the Transfiguration of Jesus or the Enlightenment of The Buddha. For others, the final attainment required a vision of the universal cosmos, the dark womb of creation, or The All. We see this outcome animated in the Mandala of the Tibetan or Hindu faiths and the Black Madonna of the Christian faith.
So, which is the correct version of attainment?
The answer is both.
The spiritual way is divided into two opposite paths. The path that benefits the spiritual growth will be determined by the psychological make-up of the student.
Those who are creative and think of others first need to take the The Way of Grace also known as The Grail or Virgin Path. This path begins in the darkness. Once the “The Wedding” takes place, which opens the crown chakra, Grace or Light pours into the soul. Grace fills each chakra and then pours down like a rain-chain into the next chakra, to make order out of the chaos. The final attainment is thus called Enlightenment.
Those who are intellectual and are ego-based need to follow The Way of Passion or Apprentice Path. This path begins in the light of the ego-based intellect. Once the “Initiation” takes place, which opens the base chakra, Passion or Kundalini rises to tear down the judgments and structures of the mind. Just as a forest fire burns all in its path, Passion does not discriminate between the unhealthy and the beneficial. All is burnt. When all ego is gone, the blackness and full potentiality of the cosmos is seen.
So, what happens if a Virgin is initiated? Or an Apprentice is married? They each will be returned to their natural beginning point – the chaos of potentiality for the Virgin and the light of the egotistical mind for the Apprentice. Neither will benefit from the other’s path.
The Road Runs Both Ways.
Know thyself. Understand and Love thy neighbor.