Perhaps the most
clearly developed traditions of spiritual knowledge are the
yogic systems. In these we find a deeper presentation of an
eternal wisdom tradition, a science of cosmic and
Self-knowledge. If we don't first know ourselves and the
workings of our own minds we cannot know anything else. Such
Self-knowledge is the knowledge of our eternal being, not merely
knowledge of our outer personality which is constantly
Our true Self
transcends the fluctuating and conditioned body-mind complex.
The mind-body complex, being a product of circumstances, can
never be universal or eternal. Only consciousness, being
formless, is beyond such time-space limitations. In
this regard we must discriminate a tradition of occult knowledge
from one of Self-knowledge. The former deals with knowledge of
the subtle worlds and hidden powers of nature. The latter alone
deals with the highest Truth of consciousness.
traditions can be integrated and each has its place, but the
highest knowledge belongs only to the tradition of
Self-knowledge which goes to the heart of who we really are.
Such a universal tradition cannot be
created. If we look deeply we see that it must always exist,
just as the universe always exists. A universal teaching need
not be invented, nor can it ever be the product of human
thought, which is inherently limited. We must attune ourselves
with the self-existent reality of the Universal Truth. Should we
try to make it up we will remain caught in the preconceived
pattern of our own minds.