Lectures by
Charlie Lutes:

Lectures by

Charlie Lutes

Charlie Lutes
Charlie Lutes

"The mystery of life is not a problem to be solved, but rather a reality to be experienced."

                                                                                                           - Charlie Lutes

The Relative and The Absolute

There is no phraseology that can be derived from our experience in the physical relative world that can fit the absolute. In the world of relativity each thing is related to all things. All things in the relative universe are related to each other. We may not be conscious of that relationship, but it does exist. We have no existence as a separate creation. We are an integral part of the intricate web of relativity in which all things mutually determine each other. Within this world it will always be so.

Creation, as a mental projection of the creator, is a unitized projection, incorporating in its manifestation, multiplicity. Yet, it is all contained in the unity of oneness.

Relation dominates relativity, but the absolute has no relation to anything because it is all things. Although we as humans are in the relative, we are really in our true essence, absolute. Being totally enmeshed in the relative, we do not realize our true status. However, we finally gain the realization that we are all that is, and our finest knowing is Being. This is not something that is more beautiful or glamorous than our world image. It is something completely different. Here the finite mind, materially bound as it is, completely fails us. To the mind, the world may seem to be one or many, but never both at the same time.

Relative really means temporary, and the absolute means that which is real and permanent. In relativity our consciousness is, as a rule, very limited, and as a result, we are not aware of our true relationship to the absolute. We believe ourselves to be in bondage and we live as if we were, not even being aware of our ability to free ourselves.

The reason there can never be freedom in relativity is the fact that everything relative is at least partially determined by all else that is relative; one thing dependent upon another. Only the absolute is free because it is dependent upon nothing other than itself. There is no interaction between the absolute and the relative. The relative things can only be related to other relative things and not to that which is absolute. Relation is the nature of relativity, but the absolute has no relationship to anything because, again, it is all things. Externally, there is absolutely no way to go from the relative to the absolute. In other words, we must go within ourselves, and transcend ourselves to reach and unfold our true internal Self. And, this we all have experienced through our practice of Transcendental Meditation. That which is external belongs to the finite or perishable. That which is absolute belongs to the infinite or imperishable.

As long as our vision is limited to the external, we are forever bound to the wheel. We must turn our attention within ourselves to experience the true meaning of truth. This shift of attention puts us on the path of enlightenment, and towards becoming liberated from the world of delusion and the universe of materiality.

As long as we are externalized, we are locked into bondage. When we discover that really we are not in relation to anything else because we are all things, then comes freedom. And, there is nothing outside to cause us to be any longer limited. When we infuse the Being into our minds and bodies (through our practice of Transcendental Meditation), we no longer have the desire for more or for greater, because the Being is not dependent upon anything else because it is all one, alone.

The mystery of life is not a problem to be solved, but rather a reality to be experienced. The absolute is its own fulfillment. The belief of separateness is the waking dream of life. It is the underdeveloped state of consciousness that believes that it is the body surrounded by materiality in time and space illusions. That which is all-abiding and ever present in the absolute appears to be a structure of past, present and future development in the image world, but that world is not the I, the absolute, Being. Time structure is in the relative and is but the human way of interpreting the ever present reality. Therefore, in ignorance of the true facts of life, we weave into this texture all of our thoughts and questions. All the problems that our imprisoned minds can perceive are impregnated with that illusion. We are self-bound, and due to the play of emotions, we rise and fall according to the destiny we create for ourselves.

Time is not a series of events. Time actually is. We objectify time as a succession of events, or a scroll on which events are written. This particular time structure of our world image is only our human way of interpreting ever present reality. The same thing applies to space and distance; these are interpretations of the mind and intellect functioning in a limited capacity in the universe and world of relativity.

Intuition alone can serve as a way to higher knowledge; intuition being the experience of reality in our being. When we seek the realization of absolute truth, we seek first the Kingdom of God and all else is revealed to us. The eternal path is the path within and to go within, the mind must be turned within and in so doing, we turn from darkness to light, from ignorance to enlightenment, from bondage to freedom.

However, there has to be a point of recognition of a need to seek freedom or liberation. This point comes with increased consciousness, or awareness, as the first glimmer that we have an untapped latent potential that lies within us, and that there is a method for unfolding this potential. As long as we find success and happiness in life, we seldom become moved to seek the inner way of life. It is only in the face of adversity, when we are being severely tested in life, that we turn to higher insight for a solution to our problems. What we really learn is that we can no longer blame others for our problems, because we come to realize that our problems are caused by ourselves. Therefore, the answer lies within us, and it is within our power to effect the change. We become seekers of something that very few even know exists. And, we are seeking that which is also seeking us.

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