Lectures by
Charlie Lutes:

Lectures by

Charlie Lutes

Charles F. Lutes
Charlie Lutes

"To gain enlightenment, one must destroy the impurities of the mind. And, this can only be done by going within, which we do by our practice of Transcendental Meditation."

                                                                                                           - Charlie Lutes

Real and Unreal

As long as we live in the unreal we can never know the real, until we experience reality.

In the unreal, we take everything at face value. We have no awareness beyond our physical senses.

Only when we have been awakened to the fact that there is something beyond the senses do we begin to awaken spiritually. We begin to sense the reality hidden within us.

We do not suddenly become aware; we only awaken to the realization of the vast field of the unknown within our own selves.

If we have always been in darkness, we cannot know the meaning of light. When, by some one reason or another, we start to move toward the Light; then by degrees we become enlightened by our own experience.

We have to know the real and unreal and be able to live this in daily life. Then and then only can we discriminate between the things of a permanent value and things of temporal value.

The pursuit of the Light is the only way we can find freedom from bondage.

Once we are aware, we must then grow in awareness. To be aware of the Light does not mean one is fully enlightened. The awareness has to be a continuous unfoldment.

As we grow in the Light awareness becomes less and less obscured. It is said that one must go through seven stages of increasing awareness before one reaches the final goal of full enlightenment.

To gain enlightenment, one must destroy the impurities of the mind. And, this can only be done by going within, which we do by our practice of Transcendental Meditation.

As this occurs we rely more on inner guidance and less on external guidance. We begin to understand that the only true guidance is within and really nothing outside can help us.

Seeing and knowing the Light gives rise to the desire to be permanently established in the Light of reality.

Some who come to yoga fall away because the seeming ceaseless strain of purification becomes too much for them to bear. You cannot be self-driven toward yoga for personal aggrandizement as this will only lead to the left-hand path or deep trouble.

The one who comes as a true seeker of the truth for truth's sake is the real seeker who will find the goal. As one goes along, tests are given and sooner or later one has to decide to continue along or cling to the earthly way; which means to decide what must be given up in the cause of spiritual purity.

What we say, what we think, and what we do become more and more important. Hatred, anger, dishonesty, possessiveness, cruelty, sensuality, and many other vices must fade out of our lives. Until this happens, there is no release from mental and emotional disturbances that are part of our daily lives.

Evenness and calmness of mind indicate that we are released from emotional problems and now we are able to view all things and remain calm. As long as we are caught up in emotional problems, a deep impression is made in the mind, and we act and react causing more and more karma.

A calm and even mind is like a line drawn on water.

Many say, “If I give up all vices and sensual pleasures, what is there left to live for?” What is left to live for is eternal life in freedom; an unbroken state of bliss consciousness.

The one great advantage of the householder is that he is able to put his virtues into practice, and practice makes perfect.

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