The Kriyāvāda Pathway to the Sacred (2)
Today, we continue with the sacred template espoused in kriyā yoga. To briefly review, the pathway chosen by practitioners of kriyā yoga, as explained yesterday, is to awaken from our normal state of fantasy and self-centeredness so to consciously think, feel, and act using the wholesome feelings found in the noble organ when True Conscience enters therein.
For the practice of Sacred Altruism, or Christ’s ‘Good Works,’ must be motivated by Conscience and nothing else. Good Works cannot arise from behaving as dictated by a set of manmade rules (for all social rules are manmade and not God made) mandating that one must give so much money to charity, do a specified number of good deeds per day, or any other useful activity helpful to other persons. Why? Because every such system was primarily designed by the originators to boost egoism, maintain political power, and attain high social status by appearing to be generous men and women.
Good Works can only be achieved by right intention, right affection, right thought, and right conduct. Good Works cannot be done for self, but they must be done for the sake of Conscience alone, via the power of your noble organ. Doubt my words, consider these, e.g.,
Titus 3:8. This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.
Hebrews 10:24. And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works.
Galatians 2:16. Yet we know that a person is justified not by the works of the law but through faith in/of Jesus Christ. And we have come to believe in Christ Jesus, so that we might be justified by faith in/of Christ, and not by doing the works of the law, because no one will be justified by the works of the law.
James 2:24, 26. You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone… For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is also dead.
Conscience is the very best of guides for daily living and spiritual growth. Moreover, the noble organ is also the psychic facility responsible for divine intuition, direct knowing, meta-reasoning, deep insight, foresight, and finally wisdom. Returning to our etymological study of the word ‘conscience,’ we see that our modern word ‘science’ arises from similar roots, “from con- “with,” or “thoroughly” + scire “to know.”
In other words, our most refined psychic organ, our noble organ, is the cognitive-affective faculty most closely associated with the 5Q +1 Qualia of the Unfathomable Source, given by the acronym ‘KOPTIC’: direct knowing, pure observing, true presence, transcendence, pure intending, and unconditioned caring or loving (call such attributes of Isvara if you wish).
The single task provided by Creation for each of us to solve is simply opening the closed channel linking our earthy brain-minds and our empyreal noble organs. Nothing more complicated. So in truth, there are no direct pathways to God, the existing pathways or templates serving solely to open the preexisting, closed channels so the 5Q+1 may flow into our earthy machine so to move us closer to what is Most Divine in each of us.
In closing, we shall return to the precious sages of the Indian subcontinent so to understand its major ethical systems and how they relate to what I have called, “Conscience-Driven Ethics. “ Though, to be honest, most of the templates developed in ancient India are driven by a desire for personal escape from the round of rebirth of suffering by merging with the One Self, Atman, or dissolution into the Unfathomable, Brahman.
However, the Indian sages, particularly the Jains, aptly discuss the importance of ethical behavior and define behaviors they have seen to be most important for enlightenment.