The Five Fundamentals
The five fundamentals are a modern expression of the basic principles taught by the mystics of all the great religious traditions of the world. Although the mystics have expressed this Truth in various symbolic terms appropriate to their time and place, the fundamental principles expressed by all these teachings are the same. The five fundamentals are a modern expression of these same principles, appropriate to our time and place. Because the Truth they point to is ineffable, these fundamentals are merely fingers pointing to that Truth, and are not the Truth itself.
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CONSCIOUSNESS ALONE IS ABSOLUTELY REAL
The appearance of an objective world distinguishable from a subjective self is but the imaginary form in which Consciousness Perfectly Realizes Itself.
IGNORANCE OF THE REAL IS THE ROOT OF SUFFERING
From ignorance is born the delusion of self; from the delusion of self, desire for the world; from desire for the world, attachment to worldly forms; from attachment to worldly forms, all forms of suffering.
THE END OF SUFFERING COMES BY THE WAY OF GNOSIS
or the Sacrifice of ignorance through the Grace of a Perfect Realization that Consciousness alone is Absolutely Real.
THE WAY OF GNOSIS IS THE WAY OF SELFLESSNESS
cultivated on the basis of Love (boundless compassion) and Truth (profound insight). It may be seen as a path unfolding in Seven Stages:
1. Awakening of faith
2. Investigation of teachings
3. Unification of self
4. Purification of mind
5. Illumination of heart
6. Exhaustion of will (Kenosis)
7. Sacrifice of Ignorance (Gnosis)
governed by Four Principles:
reflecting Seven Virtues:
and embodied in Four Disciplines:
THE WAY OF SELFLESSNESS IS THE VERY WAY IN WHICH CONSCIOUSNESS PERFECTLY REALIZES ITSELF
Thus, the Way of Selflessness constitutes not only the Perfection of human life, but of the entire world as well.