Spiritual Development is a process which requires time and effort (and possibly a lot of mistakes). Specifically, when you talk about making spiritual progress a time-frame such as 20-30 years is considered to be short. Hence walking the spiritual path is considered difficult. Are there any rules which can make the journey faster and smoother? In reality there is such a set of rules. These were represented using the highly esoteric and mysterious symbol of the Sphinx. According to Holy Master DK, one teacher said the component parts of the Sphinx are written in the HaIl of Initiation: “To Know, To Will, To Dare, and To Be Silent.”

The Sphinx

So how can these rules be used to accelerate our spiritual development?

The Sphinx

As discussed, in a previous article, The Sphinx is a mythical creature with the head of a human, the body of a bull, the paws of a lion, and the wings of an eagle. According to MCKS, the Sphinx represents four concepts. To Know. To Will. To Dare. To be Silent. These four concepts, when studied and applied in our lives, forms the template for being successful at anything we do. Specifically, the Egyptian Mystery School used the symbol of the Sphinx to denote the qualities of “perfected men”. The Egyptian Mystery School was the cradle for several other mystery schools including the Chaldean, Zorastrian, Hawaiian and the Christian. This is one of the reasons that this symbol is also use in these traditions.

The symbol of the Sphinx also represents the technology that leads the Incarnated Soul to achieve a higher degree of Spiritual Oneness. Let’s examine the applications of the teachings towards achieving faster spiritual growth.

To Know

We have a head. We think with our head. This is the reason why the Sphinx uses the symbol of the head of a person To Think or To Know. So what does this mean in spiritual terms? What is it that we need to know to develop spiritually?

You must understand that you are the soul. You need to know that you are not the body, or the emotions, or the thoughts or even the mind. You need to know that you are a being of Divine Love, Divine Intelligence, and Divine Power. You need to know that you are a Child of God.

You must know that you need to become a better soul. You need to know the technique for spiritual practice. You need to know that there is an inner world. You need to know about energy. You must know of the energetic anatomy. You need to know about the aura and the chakras. You need to know that ‘spiritual connection’ means.

You need to know the foundation of spiritual practices. You need to know the role of the Guru. You need to know of the virtues. You need to know about how to purify yourself. You must know the Law of Karma and the Golden Rule. You need to know techniques for advanced meditation. You need to know to study and serve. Most importantly, you need to know to follow instructions.

This is the meaning to know spiritually.

To Will

Knowing alone is not enough. You need to Will. The body of the bull represents the will. A bull can continuously work and work. The bull does not complain. It just ploughs the field from morning to night. The bull is a manifestation of persistence

You need to practice. The body may be tired… but you still need to push your body to meditate and serve. You cannot sit around watching television and hope to grow spiritually. The natural tendency of the body is to be lazy. You need to push your body. Laziness will distract and delay you. If you repeatedly postpone your practice for a few days, that time will eventually turn into years. Before you realize, decades would have passed.

This means that you need to set a schedule. This means that you need to stick to the schedule. You have to work hard. You cannot stop. Without a strong Spiritual Will one cannot achieve Spiritual Oneness. You need to be like the bull.

This is the meaning to will spiritually.

To Dare

The Lion represents To Dare. The lion is a symbol of courage. To do spiritual practice you need courage.

Can things go wrong? Sometimes your body might get sick. There are times your body would adjust to the powerful energies. You will be tested as you try and become a better soul. You may even get the Kundalini syndrome. But one cannot be faint-hearted. You cannot run away.

Spiritual development is priceless. It is worth more than billions of dollars. One has to persist. Thing may go wrong – but the solutions to fix the problems are also available. You can heal. You can serve. You can learn your lessons and move on. All these are but temporary adjustments. These adjustments pass.

You need to be like the lion to spiritually develop. This is the spiritual meaning of to dare.

To Be Silent

The eagle represents To Be Silent. To be silent is to have inner stillness. Inner stillness helps you enter the inner worlds. Stillness is needed for inner experiences. Inner stillness is required to achieve oneness with your higher soul.

As you develop your mind will get sharper. You will see the flaws and shortcomings of others. You need to be patient and tolerant. You need to love. You need to forgive. You need to stay calm. 

Spiritual Practice gives you the ability to have regular Inner Experiences. You must learn not to divulge you experiences. You will learn powerful techniques. You must learn to keep your mouth shut. You need to know to keep things secret.

Spiritually this is the meaning of To Be Silent

Be like the Sphinx

Anyone who can embody the teachings represented by the symbol of the Sphinx is destined to be successful. It is precisely these teachings that were used by MCKS in spreading the teachings of Pranic Healing and Arhatic Yoga across the world. Within 25 short years, Pranic Healing had spread across over 60 countries. You can read about his fascinating story in this biography.

The lesson for students is to follow the instructions of the teacher. The symbol of the Sphinx should serve as a reminder at every stage of our spiritual quest. 

We hope you have found this article interesting. We will you all the best for great success in your spiritual journey. 

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Spiritual Development: Perspectives from the Sphinx
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