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The Mystery School Of Life - by Asoka Selvarajah, Ph.D.
“A Mystery School is a university of the soul, a school for the study of the mysteries of the inner nature of Man and of surrounding nature. By understanding these mysteries, the student perceives his intimate relationship with divinity and strives through self-discipline and devotion to become at one with his inner god.” - Grace K Knoche
The reason the Mysteries are expressed in symbolic language is because they are an attempt to describe what cannot be described in human language. Therefore, the description is presented in symbolic picture form and is learned intuitively. Our lives are similar. We experience many situations and meet many people. All of these interactions can be seen as having deeply symbolic meanings. They are presenting to us the lessons we most need to know in this complex interwoven fabric of existence.
Therefore, a Mystery School is a place where you perceive life much more intensively, seeing the pattern and meaning there that is invisible to other people. Within this school, you may well learn a range of esoteric arts; such as Astrology, Tarot, Kabbalah, Healing and so on. However, this is not all that is on offer and one should be cautious of getting focused on these to the exclusion of the greater purpose. There is a whole other depth that you will never reach by remaining fascinated with these subjects alone.
The whole point of these disciplines is to work upon and improve your inner being; your connection with Source. All too many people become fascinated with the mechanics, and become extremely expert in working with them too, but miss the central point to which they all point.
The whole point of your life is to create a perfected vessel in which the Divine Source can reside. Within the Mystery tradition, mind training was paramount. The curriculum focused upon transforming the inner world of the student. It was no less rigorous than any modern university course that we might attend. So what would the results of such intense inner training be upon the aspirant?
It is no less than a miracle. You learn to meet the strains and challenges of daily living, and to remain a master of your thoughts; in control and in tranquillity at all times. Wherever you are right now, and no matter how things are, you greet it all with an attitude of total acceptance. No matter how imperfect things appear, you perceive all to be as it should be.
To think otherwise is to be at odds with what is. Such an attitude is to be against the divine plan and to judge from an imperfect and limited position upon things that transcend your understanding. So, the graduate of the Mystery School accepts all without judgment or question. This is certainly a revolutionary mindset for most people. Few of us are capable of sustaining such an approach for more than a few minutes. That is precisely why the mental training that the Mystery School provides is so intense.
At the same time, it is not a purely passive approach to life either. Wherever there is imbalance, the Mystery School graduate brings harmony, and where there is sorrow, love. Thus, we become co-creators within the higher purposes of the Source of All and perform the spiritual work that we have been sent to do.
It is important to know that the Mysteries often seem paradoxical at the human level of understanding. Indeed, we see fiery conflicts between the major religions. People are even willing to die for their version of spiritual truth. It almost seems as if where you are born in the world determines whether you believe in the absolute unity of God of the Moslem, or in the Triune nature as described by the Christian, or indeed in the many faces of God as followed by the Hindu. Each teaching gives totally disparate and seemingly irreconcilable “truths”. Yet, each has provided the world with its own share of enlightened initiates and gurus.
Within the Mystery School, you do not merely learn tolerance for these disparate views. You learn to resolve the paradoxes. Moreover, this is not achieved by reaching a compromise; one that may be invisible to the uninitiated. Instead, your consciousness moves to such a level that the paradox no longer exists because you see spiritual reality as it really is.
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Dr. Asoka Selvarajah is an active author/researcher on personal development and esoteric spirituality. Asoka's work helps people achieve their full potential, deepen their understanding of mystical truth and find joy in their true soul's purpose.