Spiritual Growth

Understanding the message in this book will benefit you tremendously. It can help you avoid most of the traps for your ego. Transcending unconscious, irrational and limiting beliefs opens you to self-enquiry. Understanding that surrender is the only real solution brings a divine gracefulness to your life.
Yet all of this is secondary to meditation: sitting silently doing nothing is the most effective method of spiritual growth. By remaining unoccupied and alert to your inner world, many miracles happen. You become aware of the subtle energies in the depth of your being. You contact, expose and heal the old wounds of early life and past lives. You find freedom from the thought processes that limit your life energy, and eventually you discover what you really are: silent blissful awareness, beyond all trace of subtle thought.

With energetic support of a living buddha, your spiritual growth is significantly intensified and accelerated.
This is the main reason why buddhas will always be needed. Surrender is only to the One, but without the energetic support of a living buddha the journey is more difficult and takes much longer.
Teachers in the first stage of enlightenment are actually bodhisattvas; they do not have the full capacity to absorb your negativity and turn it into nectar. But they can assist you in many ways. Bodhisattvas have soft sweet energy and they are closer to you than buddhas.

The word buddha refers to both second stage and fully enlightened people from all traditions. They often share primarily with silent meditation and love. Awareness and acceptance are usually their main teachings.
There are about seventy buddhas in the second stage of enlightenment who are very helpful to meditators. They are mostly male and have powerful third eyes. They can work effectively using silent awareness.
Osho was fully enlightened but didn't sit silently with his people much. He always said they weren't ready. He talked more about silence than almost anyone and used his energy to share his vision of Zorba the Buddha.

Now the moment of truth is upon us; the time for silent meditation has arrived. Prepare yourself to face the light by any method that suits you. Yoga, martial arts, therapy, rebirthing and many new-age practices are perfect. Dance, sing and celebrate. Meet life with an open heart. Make spiritual growth your priority and allow the flow of life to carry you deeper and deeper inside with as few unverified beliefs as possible. Don't take spiritual growth too seriously.

Beloveds, reading and understanding this book helps tremendously; it puts you on solid ground. Yet for most seekers of truth, only silent surrender in the divine light of consciousness brings freedom.
When you are ready for rapid spiritual growth, find an enlightened friend to meditate with. Buddhas and bodhisattvas are channels for divine light. Sitting silently with them in meditation helps tremendously; they have the capacity to absorb your negativity and transform it into light and love.

An excerpt from Unity - The Dawn of Conscious Civilization by Maitreya Ishwara