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QUESTION: Hi,

The teachings to achieve the self existed in early antiquity or it came with time and human evolution?

The specific teachings of Tantra which bring the highest rank of enlightnement and which explain the chakras and kundalini didnot exist in early antiquity but came later as an evolution of what previously existed. In remote antiquity the teachings were with stories and myths like Gilgamesh but no sadhana or moral teachings.

ANSWER: 1. The teachings have existed ever since man became evolved enough to take them up.

2. There is no rank in Enlightenment. One is either Enlightened or not Enlightened.

ॐ तत् सत्
(That Supreme being is the absolute truth)

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QUESTION: Thanks.

I dont want to post this message because it can offend people. In my own views, the monotheistic religions like islam and christianity they put too much emphasis in empty rituals and dogmas that bring someone nowhere. At least the jewish have mystical teachings which is accepted among theimselves. Which doesnt mean that there was no teaching about ego death in the 2 other religions but mystics and saints while alive were and are not well accepted, often ignored and even persecuted by the ones who have authorities in those religions.

Religions are often there to extract money from worshippers, and influence among politics and in the case of islam is even worse, it gets politized very easily. What do you think about institutionalized religions?

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There are as many paths as there are individuals. A path which suits one need not suit the other, for whom there is another. The gracious Lord makes all come to HIM, though the roads be many. Knowing it to be such, one should let go of analysis on this path or the other and choose that path which will help him know his identity. Any other debate or discussion is only wasteful fancy, which is not of any use. The wise do not resort to such.

ॐ तत् सत्
(That Supreme being is the absolute truth)

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Questions concerning the practice of 'Brahmacharya' to know the self, & the means required are dealt with here.

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The term 'Yoga' is a derivative of the Samskruth verb 'Yuj' which refers to union. 'Yoga', also called 'Brahma vidy‚' is the eternal dissolution of the individual 'Aham' (Ego) into the Atman (self) for 'Mukti' (liberation). Mere indulgence in '¬sana' or physical postures is not Yoga. ¬sana is only one limb or 'Anga' of Yoga. The eight limbs viz. Yama, Niyama, ¬sana, Pr‚n‚y‚ma, Praty‚h‚ra, Dh‚rana, Dhy‚na and Sam‚dhi are the means to Yoga. Brahmacharya or spiritually based continence is one of the important components of 'Yama'. 'Brahmacharya':- "Brahmani charyathey ithi" - "To surrender one's Ego and go with the will of the Almighty."

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