• Shiva is Reality
    Reality is Shiva
  • Allah is Reality
    Reality is Allah
  • Nirvana is Reality
    Reality is Nirvana
  • God is Reality
    Reality is God

Quotes

To get an impression of the text of Initiation into Reality:

First part of the Preface:

All world religions have a mystical tradition, the deeper content of which usually stays hidden. It is referred to as “Secret knowledge”. However, it is not to deny this knowledge to people that it is “secret.” Rather, it remains hidden because it is almost impossible to express its essence in words. For this reason, mystics mostly use symbols or metaphors when they want to reveal the hidden gold to spiritual seekers.

The mystical knowledge is in fact the heart of each religion. Where religion is not correctly understood (and consequently people lose interest), most likely it’s because the mystical heartbeat is no longer perceived. When this is the case, people lose touch with their source and therefore lose insight into the meaning of existence.

To the extent that the great world religions have lost their mystical heart, we can say: this book surpasses religion. When we listen to the mystical heartbeat of each religion we say: here all religions come together.

How religions come together in this book is best shown by formulating the essence of the book as:

The Absolute has become you,

Your Self is the Absolute.

So, uncover the Absolute!

Initiation Into Reality aims to open the reader to the truth of this statement, and to guide him toward the experience of the Absolute himself. The Absolute is Reality. The realization of the Absolute, Reality, changes your life completely. Some characteristics of the Absolute given in these pages are: the timeless, the eternal, the imperishable, the good, perfect peace, pure love, God . . . So it is no wonder that the insight into that Absolute gives your life a totally different meaning. A completely new, spiritual dimension is added.

In this book it is also stated that the cause of all the misery in the world is the fact that man is not conscious of his relationship with the Absolute. Because of this, we just live from our ego without contact with the “source,” the roots of our existence. Although we need this contact, this reunification with our source, we are almost never aware of this need.

In essence, man is a religious, mystical being. Our primal spiritual need for reunification with our source, however, remains hidden because of another fundamental need namely, our sexual need. This we know, but we do not understand it properly.

It is in fact our primal spiritual need for reunification, which makes us look for what we think will make us happy. In a positive way, this will usually lead us to seek security in a perfect relationship, a family or a career. In a negative way this can lead to the glorifying of the ego, the longing for power and the satisfaction of desires.

About “Time”

Time applies to everything that is temporary. Beyond this, time does not exist. Just as there are no miles and pounds, there are no hours or minutes. These concepts are just tools to measure distance, weight, and change, respectively.

So–there is no such thing as time. We just experience it because we ourselves are temporary. We are subject to change, which we can measure, thanks to the concept of time. Perhaps one day people will realize that time does not exist at all, just as long ago people accepted that the earth was round and revolved around the sun, after having believed it was flat and the center of the universe. There is only “change in the unchangeable,” the eternal Now, Reality.

About “Enlightenment”

There is no human being in the world, no animal, no plant–literally nothing in the world–that came into being by itself. Man is ignorant of the fact that he is an expression of a “cosmic, conscious, creative principle.” This unknown primal cause has become all that lives–including us, as human beings. The Absolute became man, and man is (from) the Absolute. The achievement of insight into this primal cause (Reality) is called “enlightenment.”

About “The Relationship Between the Absolute and the Human Soul”

If someone has not yet found God, he will–if he is religious–believe that God is “somewhere” outside of him (the third point of view). As God is not known, the two other points of view mentioned above will have no meaning for him.

Amazing, isn’t it, this belief in a God who is not known? On what is this belief based? The world is a vale of tears and we see no God to help us and put an end to all suffering. Is it based on the hope that there is a God and that everything will turn out fine in the end? Is it because of our fear that if there is no God, everything is meaningless? Or is there something else? Does man have an intuition, a primal instinct, a deep longing for a deeper Reality than the visible reality alone? I think that this is the case. If the belief in God were based on hope alone, this belief would have disappeared long ago, considering human history.

About “Becoming Aware of Reality Through Right Action”

Now that you have come this far, you may be shocked to have learned that apparently our “ego” is the source of all the trouble in the world. According to what you have read, we don’t understand life, our egoism causes all conflicts and wars, and now we also know that egoism is the cause of our broken intimate relationships. It is time to go deeper into this “ego,” to see if we can get a better understanding on how to deal with it.

About “The Union of the Human Soul and the Transcendent Reality”

When I said before (Section 5.01) that the spiritual seeker will direct his or her love and devotion to something or someone that presents or possesses that which is to be realized, this does not mean that the devotee himself is conscious of the ultimate goal of his devotion.

In most cases there is an intense longing for a (spiritual) relationship with “God” or whatever manifestation of Reality is felt as lacking. We now know where this longing comes from. In connection to this, it is important for the devotee to understand that the mystical union he wants to achieve means more than the union with his object of devotion. Ultimately it means the union of his soul and the transcendent Reality (“God”). We could well ask whether in all the different expressions of devotion this understanding of the transcendental aspect of the mystical union is present.

About “How Is It Possible That Devotion Can Result in Enlightenment?”

If the devotee establishes a true spiritual relationship with his or her “chosen ideal” two tremendously strong inner emotions will be released. First of all: love. Love is probably the only “thing” in life that increases while it is given away. The more you open your heart to let your love pour out, the more you will feel coming up from inside. Reason: you ARE love. Your deepest inner being is the timeless Absolute which is love and which became you. This Absolute gives, gives and gives… (if It “takes,” this is only to give again).

The devotee who succeeds in opening his heart for the chosen reflection of the Divine (and consequently most likely for the world around also) will in his experience of deep love transcend the level of the “thinking I,” the ego. The same will happen with the second strong inner emotion: surrender. If the devotee surrenders to the Divine, it means that he or she shares all intimate feelings and thoughts with the chosen ideal. The enormous emotional blockade we usually have (without being aware of it) is taken down. This also widens and raises the consciousness.

When the devotee opens himself completely for “the other,” and his emotions of love and surrender come free, his self-awareness will expand enormously. When this self-awareness transcends the mind of the devotee, the grace of the vision of the Divine, Reality, is possible. If this so happens, the devotee experiences the Divine, and when he or she reflects on this experience seriously (meditates on it), he or she will understand that this Divine is both immanent (inner) and transcendent (beyond). This way devotion results in enlightenment. From now on one knows his “true nature,” and the devotee strives to establish a relationship with the Absolute directly.

About “All True Saints Will Have Known Reality”

There have always been men and women who have testified to their knowledge of Reality. Sometimes these men or women were considered to be saints. All saints have one thing in common–namely that they know Reality, although they use different terms to describe “It,” depending on their religious background. It is, however, surprising to see that in all periods in time and in all cultures, saints are depicted with a circle, or aureole (from aurum, gold), around their head. It is obvious that artists of the past could not possibly have communicated with each other. Still, the expression of “eternity” (a circle has no beginning or end), of which the “holy one” is a knower, is always the same. They have all known Reality.

Finally: “All the signs are there. Humanity must try to overcome materialism and learn to live in harmony with Reality”.