New Ecopsychology
or Spiritual Ecology

 

Published by
New Atlanteans (Canada),
2008

ISBN: 978-1-8975-1016-2

© Antonov V.V., 2008


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General Conclusion

1. About the History of Religion

1:1. Throughout the history of mankind on the planet Earth, people capable of philosophical thinking have been undoubtedly raising questions about the meaning of their lives, about the possibility of living in the unembodied state, and about the existence of God.

Such thinkers have been inventing more or less adequate philosophical concepts, organizing philosophical and esoteric groups, schools, and even religious movements.

1:2. God — on His side — has been repeatedly giving them His Teachings through His Messengers (Messiahs, Avatars) and prophets. Each time the information was presented in the form that was adequate for a concrete group of people — according to the level of their philosophic and religious awareness and the conditions of life in that particular historical period (whether it was a period of war or peace, first stages of religion’s formation or existence of established religious tradition in the particular region).

1:3. But at each of those epicenters of religious knowledge established by God, people inevitably distorted His Teachings. For example:

— religious duties of people got reduced to mere participation in “saving” rituals; bodily movements and standard prayers gradually became the main religious occupation of believers, substituting for real efforts on the path of personal spiritual evolution;

— so-called religious fundamentalism appeared, where the religious life was considered not as accumulating knowledge about God and the meaning of our life, not as mastering of the methods of spiritual self-development and helping others in doing it, but was reduced to crude, violent forcing of people to keep certain “rules of behavior” that have no religious value;

— false concepts of “national religions” and of “national Gods” formed, whereas in reality God is One — not only for all people of the Earth but for the whole Universe;

— such degeneration very often resulted in hatred towards “heretics” and “infidels” becoming the main essence of the religious ideology, which led to terror and aggressive wars.*

1:4. For all rational people of our planet it should be clear that there is a necessity for studying, accepting, and instilling in the mentality of people of all countries a religious concept based on the modern scientific knowledge and on recapitulation of the religious experience accumulated throughout the history of mankind, as well as on what God is teaching us now.

2. How the Word God Is to Be Understood

2:1. First of all, it is necessary to accept the fact that the Universe is multidimensional — in reality (and not only mathematically). Its dimensions (eons, lokas) can be cognized by an advanced human consciousness. Such a level of consciousness can be attained through proper spiritual training. One of the components of this training should be a multi-stage practice of meditation.

2:2. There are dimensions of hell and paradise and those serving as “depositories of construction material” for forming solid matter and souls. There is also a dimension that represents the Abode of the Creator.

2:3. Historically it happened that the word God has several meanings and people often get confused by them.

2:4. The principal meaning of this word is the Creator, the Primordial Universal Consciousness, dwelling in the primary spatial dimension. This Consciousness represents the subtlest state of all energy states in the universe — on the coarseness-subtlety scale. The inhabitants of hell are on the opposite end of this scale: they live in the coarsest states of consciousness.

2:5. The second meaning of the word God includes the Creator with His entire multidimensional Creation, which is brought into existence by Him, is based on Him as on a foundation, and is incapable of existing without or being separated from Him. In this sense, God is Absolutely Everything (the Absolute) — Everything, except for hell and its inhabitants. (By definition of Jesus Christ, hell is the outer darkness — outer in relation to God-Absolute).

2:6. The concept of God includes also Manifestations of the Creator in the Creation which people call the Holy Spirit (Brahman).

The Holy Spirit most often manifests Himself for incarnate people in the form of Divine Teachers that come out from the Abode of the Creator.

They can, in particular, condense the energy of the Consciousness to the perceivable for us level or even visible to regular eyesight.

2:7. Manifestation of a Divine Teacher on the material plane through incarnation into a human body is called Messiah, Christ, Avatar.

Such a Teacher, as well as the Holy Spirit, is an Integral Part of the Creator (Primordial Consciousness).

2:8. The statement “God is One” is true. All Those dwelling in the Abode of the Creator are merged integral Parts of the One Primordial Consciousness.

The criterion here is that Their Abode is the primary spatial dimension. Every One of Them comes out from it into the world of the Creation only with a part of Oneself, at that remaining coessential to the Creator.

2:9. Numerous individual manifestations in the world of the Creation (objects; bodies, including ours; embodied and non-embodied souls, except for hell inhabitants) should be considered as cells of the infinite multidimensional Universal Organism of God in the aspect of the Absolute.

2:10. The essence of all processes that take place in the universe is the Evolution of the Universal Divine Consciousness, the Evolution of the Absolute.

2:11. The concept of God must not include mythological (fairy-tale) and fictitious characters of national religious folklore (those sharing such naive and essentially false conceptions are called pagans, that is those holding primitive folk beliefs)

Attempts to present God as an invisible flying being with a human-like appearance are also naive and false.

God should be thought of as neither “information” nor “information field”, nor “collective human intellect”, nor should He be given other similar superficial and incompetent definitions.

Cognition of God has nothing to do with “conversations with aliens”, “astral traveling”, spiritism, magic rituals or astrological fantasies.

Describing God as a malicious monster punishing people for their sins is a striking perversion that turns people away from loving Him and hinders their advancement on the spiritual Path.

Likewise, bringing devil and other intimidating factors into the center of attention is a gross religious distortion. Cultivation of mystical fear — as opposed to cherishing creative Love — is the main cause of spiritual degradation and development of mass psychopathology among the followers of such forms of pseudo-religion.

2:12. Thus, the concept of God includes:

— the Creator, Who is called in other languages and other religious schools God-the-Father, Primordial Consciousness, Allah, Ishvara, Tao, etc.,

— the Absolute,

— non-incarnate (They are countless) as well as incarnate Divine Teachers coming out from the Abode of the Creator.

This is the essence of the true, monotheistic conception of what God is.

2:13. From His Abode the Creator creates “islets” of matter throughout the infinite space of the universe and after some time — when they are no longer necessary — He dematerializes them.

The purpose of this process is to create conditions for embodying new souls on material substrates in order to present them with an opportunity for development.

Having grown to the Divine level, these Souls merge into the Creator and enrich Him with Themselves.

2:14. Incarnations in the material world are necessary for the development of souls, since it is in the physical body that the energy needed for growth of the “lump” of the consciousness is produced. This energy is derived primarily from ordinary food — the one that we eat.

But not any kind of material food provides the organism with the energy eminently suitable for growth of the soul in the proper direction: the most adequate quality of energy is supplied by the killing-free diet, i.e. the one that does not contain meat, fish, and other products made of bodies of killed animals.

Nutrition that involves killing of animals is incompatible with high ethical principles and often results in situations when the souls of killed animals enter the bodies of people who killed them or of those who ate their flesh. Such enterings (called possessions) cause various psychic and somatic disorders, and diseases, including cancer.*

The natural food for people is various edible plants, milk and milk products, and bird eggs.

2:15. The evolution of each individual soul begins when its germen is formed in a mineral. Then follows numerous incarnations in bodies of plants — small in the beginning, then of larger size; then — into animal bodies of increasing size and species complexity; and finally — into human bodies.

Each of us, humans, has previously lived in bodies of various plants and animals.

And now, in the bodies of plants and animals, we should see other growing souls. We have to learn to respect their lives and in every possible way avoid doing any unnecessary harm to them.

The killing-free lifestyle in regard to people and animals, as well as restraining from harming plants unnecessarily must be a norm for every individual.*

2:16. God in the aspect of the Creator — and this is really perceivable by a developed human consciousness — can be depicted as an Ocean of Blissful, Most Tender, Subtlest Light of Consciousness.

Man has to learn to love Him, to fall in love with Him — and this will be a prerequisite for cognizing Him and for merging with Him. As a result of personal evolution, each individual soul has to merge into the Universal Soul of the Creator, which is the Main Part of the Absolute.

3. What Is Man

3:1. Man is not a body. Man is a lump of energy of consciousness (a soul), capable of self-comprehension, remembering, thinking, moving, growing qualitatively and quantitatively, and of degradation.

An incarnation consists in binding a soul with a body (soon to be born) performed by God.

The death constitutes a complete separation of them.

3:2. People are embodied into material bodies by God in order to undergo consecutive stages of personal evolution. They possess a considerable amount of free will, i.e. the right to choose the strategic direction of the personal evolution (to the Abode of the Creator — or to hell), as well as ways of solving daily problems and tasks.

God — in the aspect of the Holy Spirit — constantly suggests ways to improve, to become better to everyone. In this way He expresses His Love-Care for everyone.

But He extremely rarely interferes “by force” with people realizing their desires.

In this way, God — as the Supreme Shepherd — “shepherds” us on the surface of the planet Earth — as if on His “pasture”. He is interested that we develop in the direction preferable by Him: namely, we have to become Perfect Souls and merge with Him in His Abode, and thus to enrich Him with ourselves.

And if someone does not live the Earth’s life in the way preferable by God, He inflicts pain to that person through illnesses or various calamities. As a result, some of us start to reflect on it and then reform. But others only grow more embittered and, unfortunately, degrade at even a higher rate.

In this way — through realization of the free will — natural selection goes on among the souls embodied by God.

He takes the best ones into His Abode. Good souls get in paradise for some time, and after that they get embodied again in the conditions favorable for further development. The abode of the worst souls is hell. Some of those souls are given an opportunity to be embodied again, to try one more time, while the worst of them, hopeless in God’s opinion, get destroyed, annihilated forever (this is where the ideas of “blazing inferno” and “infernal fire consuming sinners” originate from).

3:3. We have to become aware of ourselves not as of the body or mind but as of an embodied soul (consciousness): only from this standpoint it is possible to understand correctly how to live on the Earth.

The expressions “my soul”, “his (her) soul”, “their (our) souls” or the likes are incorrect. Let us realize — we are souls.

3:4. People of all nationalities and races, and of both sexes — are equal in the face of God. What really makes them different from one another is the age of the soul and the degree to which they have developed certain positive and negative qualities.

The basic principles of spiritual advancement are the same for all people regardless of sex, nationality, and other similar characteristics, though the methods of spiritual work must be different depending on: a) the age of a person in the current incarnation, b) the psychogenetic age (age of the soul), c) present level of ethical and intellectual development, and d) the portion of the spiritual Path that an individual soul has already successfully traveled.

3:5. The supreme prospective task of each human being is to cognize God in all of His aspects and Manifestations, then, upon achieving spiritual Perfection, to merge with the Creator in His Abode, and then to continue taking part in the Universal Evolutionary Process from there, by assisting the embodied beings in particular.

But what one should begin with is the intellectual development and ethical self-transformation.

4. Methodological Principles of Spiritual Self-Development

4:1. The Perfection of the Creator has three main aspects. They are — Love, Wisdom, and Power. Therefore, each of us in the course of the personal evolution has to develop these three qualities.

4:2. Everyone should begin with accepting the following main ethical principles:

“Don’t do to others whatever you would not want them to do to you!”

and

“Help everyone in everything good!”

Then it would be appropriate to begin mastering the functions of the spiritual heart — an organ producing the emotions of love.

4:3. The spiritual heart is a bioenergetic structure originally located in the chest. The first step of its development is mastered when it has filled the whole chest, what makes one capable of living in the state of stable concentration of the consciousness in the spiritual heart, of perceiving the outer world with it, and of acting from it, including speaking.

When this is accomplished, and as long as one abides in the spiritual heart with the concentration of the consciousness, one is no longer able to enter emotional states other than variations of heart love.

This radically changes one’s relationships with the environment, including other people. Also one’s health gets improved dramatically.

Those, who have settled in this state, who got used to and will continue living in it until the end of their incarnation, after leaving the body are going to appear among other blissful souls in paradise. *

The methods of realization of everything said above have been developed by us; they are described in detail in our books and demonstrated in our films.

4:4. In order to succeed in spiritual development, one has to transform oneself into a large soul consisting primarily of the spiritual heart.

One has to learn to live so that one almost never abandons the emotions of love: tender freshness, tactful care, willingness to help other people in everything good sincerely and selflessly, respect to all worthy ones, gratitude to anyone who helps, forgiveness of offenders, willingness to abandon oneself and sacrifice oneself for the sake of others. And even when fighting for the sake of others’ good, one must not leave the state of love.

Let everyone strive for ridding themselves of all kinds of arrogance, selfishness, greed, violence, and of all kinds of emotions of anger, including the emotions of condemnation, revengefulness, irritation, envy, and jealousy. These emotional states must be considered as an adversary to Love.

Gaining full control over one’s own emotions is possible through intellectual work on struggling with one’s own vices (including repentance) and on cultivating missing positive qualities. For this purpose, it is very helpful to master the methods of psychic self-regulation, which are based on working with the structures of the human organism responsible for generation of emotions.

4:5. “God is Love”, taught Jesus Christ. He Himself was Love. And He commanded that we, too, become It.

In order to be able to approach our Creator — Who is Love — we have to transform ourselves into Love. There is no other way.

And this is not just a slogan made up of nice words yet unfeasible, but a comprehensive system of knowledge and methods thoroughly tested and verified by numerous spiritual seekers.

4:6. The development of the intellect is a crucial element of one’s spiritual advancement. Children must be given education of as high quality as possible. Adults should always seek ways to acquire new knowledge — preferably that, which will be useful on the spiritual Path.

4:7. It makes sense to devote the professional activity not to striving for money and accumulating material wealth, but to learning as much as possible in the beginning of our lives in order to use the acquired knowledge and skills in the future to serve God through serving people.

4:8. Doing good deeds by helping other souls in their evolution — let this be the major incentive of everyone’s social activity!

Let such activity be sincere giving! Then other people — the best of them — will begin to respond by giving back. It is in this way that groups of true and reliable friends with common spiritual goals form.

4:9. Giving birth and proper upbringing of children is also a service to God.

4:10. In educating children, special techniques can be successfully used, which are quite helpful in preparing them for serious spiritual work in the future.

4:11. Children should be involved in creative work at the level adequate for their age.

Let them help parents in their work, let them take a paid job outside of school time. Let teaching them various labor skills become a part of school educational programs.

Through this, children must learn to create and to value everything good created by others.

Otherwise, many children become destructive when they grow up.

4:12. Marriage and education of children provide numerous excellent opportunities for self-perfecting, for development of such aspects of love as caring, tenderness, and altruism.

This experience also significantly contributes to the intellectual progress of an individual soul by providing numerous psychological lessons in particular.

God — as a Teacher — is the “Supreme Psychologist”. Thus, we have to master psychology as well.

4:13. The prevailing opinion that the main task of man in relation to God consists in sole praying and that nothing else is necessary is deeply erroneous and harmful. One must realize that God does not need our prayers, which are begging, in essence.

What God wants from us in the first place is righteousness expressed in ethically correct attitude towards all living beings, including other people, as well as towards Him. In particular, He wants us to seek Him, serve Him, learn to love Him, and strive for developing ourselves to such a degree that we can offer ourselves to Him as a gift, as perfect as possible.

It is this gift that God will be pleased to receive as an offering from man.

4:14. He does not need any killing of animals and plants as an “offering to God”. Those killings are but criminal acts and are not in any way “pleasing to God”.

4:15. Introduction of the ideas of irreparably sinful human nature, nothingness of man who is destined to remain an eternal antipode to God is an error and a transgression in the face of God. It contradicts the very Intention that the Creator has for us. It creates a huge obstacle for the spiritual growth.

4:16. It is better to begin the development of the power aspect of the soul through engaging in manual labor. If this is currently impossible, then various kinds of athletic training can be helpful.

It is necessary to have a strong and healthy body in order to advance successfully on the spiritual Path.

The power aspect of the consciousness can be developed further through special methods of development of the energy structures of the organism and special meditations. But they can be taught only to intellectually mature people, who have gained the required subtlety of the consciousness and the ability to remain in the emotional state of love for a long time.

4:17. The opinion that people attain paradise or end up in hell as a result of some particular action (or actions) is erroneous. Actions significant from the ethical standpoint determine one’s destiny only for the periods of embodiment — in the current or future incarnations.

But what determines the place, where we abide after the death of the body — be it hell, paradise, or other spatial dimensions (including the Abode of the Creator) — is the state of the consciousness to which we accustomed ourselves during life in the body.

People who get used to living in coarse emotional states, upon leaving the body continue to exist in these states among other beings similar to them.

Those who live (including the recent period before departing from the body) in subtle and pure heart love, after the death of the body find themselves in paradise.

But in order to reach the Abode of the Creator from the “starting” point of the paradisiacal state, one needs to go through a long and difficult meditative practice guided by one or several Divine Teachers.

One has to dedicate the whole life to this in order to succeed.

Let us emphasize that nobody can pass this part of the Path on their own. The errors made here can have grievous consequences. For example, it is possible “to get lost” in spatial dimensions… Or to break down as a result of some stressing factor and to lapse into coarse emotional states… This can wipe out all one’s positive meditative achievements and cause serious diseases.

4:18. Spiritual work cannot be successful for people who use substances called drugs, including alcohol and tobacco products.

4:19. The human organism is multidimensional, and in this respect it is similar to the multidimensional Absolute. Therefore, the process of self-cognition coincides with the process of cognition of the Absolute.

4:20. One of the main tasks of spiritual work is to transform the human egocentrism to God-centrism — both mentally and in meditative realization.

4:21. The final steps of spiritual ascent can be mastered only in monasticism.

4:22. Monasticism is unidirectionality of spiritual seeker’s attention focused on only one Goal — full cognition of God and merging with the Creator in His Abode, also helping all worthy ones walking this Path.

4:23. The tasks of a true monk cannot be accomplished by mere wearing special clothes, accepting new names, kow-towing and saying standard prayers. All this has nothing to do with the true monasticism.

4:24. Keeping a parasitic way of life which is sometimes extolled as a virtue by adepts of some degenerated religious schools is in fact a vicious practice that has a detrimental effect on the destinies of the followers of this distortion.

God considers panhandling as an indecent occupation [6,11].

4:25. Celibacy (complete refraining from sexual contacts) is by no means a necessary attribute of the true monastic life. It rather does harm than helps on the spiritual Path, creating a sexual “dominant” (a dominating idea of sexual dissatisfaction) — instead of one’s having the Creator and the care for people as a sole dominant. Celibacy hinders the development of such important variations of love as sexually tinged tenderness, attention and care in relationships with the spouse and children.

Celibacy also can be harmful to health causing sometimes adenoma of prostate in men and neuroses based on sexual dissatisfaction in both men and women.

4:26. Having sex is not a “sin” by itself, as long as

a) no violence or doing harm is involved,

b) partners are adequate,

c) sex does not overshadow the more important aspects of life.

A harmonious sexual life is absolutely normal for all healthy adults, even for those who have devoted their lives completely to the attainment of the highest spiritual goals.

But people entering into a marriage should be at similar stages of their spiritual advancement [11].

4:27. Recent popularization of the idea that “the more sex — the more spirituality” is another extreme, no less harmful for spiritual development. In this case sex is brought into the center of attention, instead of the Creator, multi-aspect self-development, and participation in the Evolutionary Process through service to God. This service consists in helping other people in their existence on the Earth and facilitating their spiritual progress.

“Where your treasure is there your heart will be also”, taught Jesus Christ (Luke 12:34).

5. Structure of the Human Organism and Structure of the Absolute

5:1. Man is not a body. Man is a consciousness (a soul) embodied into a material body for a limited period of time.

5:2. The organism (but not the body!) of incarnate man is multidimensional. (It should be noted that the “seven bodies” scheme, which is described in some books, is methodologically wrong. It would be more correct to talk about a potential representation of every human in all principal layers of the multidimensional Absolute; it is this potential that man has to realize. By the way, this is the concept described in the Bible as likeness of man to God — God in the aspect of the multidimensional Absolute.

5:3. The above said may be easier to understand if one considers the scheme for studying the structure of the Absolute presented at the end of this book.*

This scheme is not so easy to understand since it is impossible to illustrate adequately in picture the multidimensionality of space. Thus, in order to understand it, one needs to keep in mind that each layer of multidimensionality shown on the scheme as lower, in reality is located deeper on the multidimensional scale. And the deeper the layer the subtle it is.

The Abode of the Creator is located in the deepest, that is the subtlest energy layer of the multidimensional Absolute. This is where we should seek Him.

And the refinement of the consciousness (starting with mastering the regulation of the emotional sphere) is the methodologically correct direction of work here.

5:4. Further esoteric work may consist in learning to move with the concentration of the consciousness between all layers of this scheme (not in imagination but in the real multidimensional space), like one moves with the concentration of the consciousness inside the body.

5.5. This entire educational process of ours (including both theoretical and practical studies, also exams) is conducted under the guidance of the Holy Spirit; He leaves no one without His attention and His help, and nothing can happen that would be beyond His awareness or out of His control.

6. What Religious Associations Should Do

6:1. Ritual forms of religious practice can be well used by beginners. But one should understand that rituals are useful only for helping people remember about God’s existence.

Participating in rituals — whatever they are called or whatever value people assign to them — cannot by itself solve the task of realization of our purpose of life.

6:2. Activities of religious associations should not be limited just to performing rites. It is necessary to explain to people what God is, tell them about the meaning of their lives and the way of its realization. Great focus should be on ethical work involving discussions on ethical principles, practice of conscious and sincere repentance, and collective analysis of ethical problems — using specific examples from life, books, newspapers, films, and other sources.

Esthetics, including attunement to the subtlest manifestations of living nature and to certain works of art, can be extremely helpful. Sublime and inspiring beauty of human body may also play an important part in this work.

Spiritual work becomes much more effective when complemented by lessons on ecology, sport training, and discussions about healthy lifestyle, as well as mastering healing and self-healing methods.

The methods of psychic self-regulation should be taught with the emphasis on mastering the functions of the spiritual heart.

6:3. Serious meditative techniques must not be taught to children and ethically and intellectually immature adults, especially the methods related to the power aspect of the development of the consciousness. Breaking this rule can result in serious mental disorders that stop positive evolution of the soul.

Initiations into spiritual knowledge must be done strictly on a step-by-step basis — new stages must be given only after disciples have mastered the previous ones.

6:4. The main qualities of God are Love, Wisdom, and Power.

Thus, the one who seeks Perfection has to develop these qualities in oneself.

For this purpose, there are three closely related directions of spiritual work: ethical, intellectual, and psychoenergetic ones.

The ethical aspect of the development is the main one on the spiritual Path.

Therefore, it is the basic ethical principles of a religious organization that serve as the criterion for judging whether its religious orientation is correct or incorrect.

The motto “God and Love!” is true.

Hatred towards anyone, preaching of violence, making killing of people and animals a “norm”, alcoholism and using other kinds of drugs, as well as self-interest, aggressiveness, self-admiring, falsity, and arrogance of leaders — this is wrong, this is evil, is not of God and does not bring one to God.

6:5. Thus, the main principle of the evolutionary development of man is multi-aspect LOVE which

— begins with compassionate attitude to all manifestations of life,

— is guided by the true understanding of the religious and philosophic aspect of our existence,

— is based on the development of oneself as a spiritual heart,

— guides us — through love for the Creation — to love for the Creator.

6:6. Love for the Creator allows us to cognize God in all of His aspects and Manifestations and merge with the Creator.

6:7. This Victory concludes the individual evolution of the soul on its human stage of development.

All Those Who Achieved this continue to live as Integral Parts of the Creator.

6:8. One of the Manifestations of the activity of Those Who Achieved is help which They as Holy Spirits provide to incarnate beings.

In some cases Representatives of the Creator incarnate in human bodies again — to help embodied people more successfully.