Dialectical Interchange Essay II

Should You Read This Essay?
Preparatory Study

     This essay is the second in a series of dialectical interchanges: 1  investigations carried out by the author and the reader in a reciprocal procedure. This series constitutes a new genre, applying the mystical science of maieutic psychagogy via an interactive Web document.    
1 Interchange: To give and receive mutually; exchange

Prerequisite Books
  1. The Perennial Tradition

  2. Progressive Awareness

  3. The New Commonwealth

  4. Rediscovering Plato and the Mystical Science of Dialectic
             This dialectical interchange essay is intended exclusively for those who are committed to a serious study of the prerequisite books and the material on this Website as organized in the preparatory study program curriculum.

    If readers approach this essay in the appropriate frame of mind, its esoteric elements will affect them in a transformative manner.

A Dialectical Interchange

     If seekers actively participate in this dialectical interchange, the result is a definite transformational upheaval 2 in their personality. Very few persons honestly want to change; they feel they're quite okay the way they are. To such persons, this dialectical exchange might seem disturbing--or utter nonsense.    
2  Upheaval is required to displace the psyche--mind and personality--from its entrenched intellectual and emotional routines. This is not some vague feeling of uplift or emotion; it is an eruption within the soul.

     Only those seekers who are willing--in fact, eager--to go through the re-training of their psyche to rid themselves of all the false beliefs and moods that keep them from discerning the hidden nature of reality will find this interchange of value. This essay requires that the reader learn how to participate effectively in this entirely new procedure; this is not a capability that persons possess as an instinct or one that the ordinary person "picks up" in the usual course of life.

Have you thoughtfully studied all prerequisite books?




In the chapter on Perennialist art in The Perennial Tradition, Perennialist art is said to:

    Stand out from all forms of modern art except for the impressionists
    who are the greatest artists humankind has ever known

    Produce profound religious ecstasy in anyone who experiences it

    Produce psychic upheaval in a prepared mind and transport that mind
       to a higher dimension

    Suffer by comparison with impressionistic art

"The superior experience and knowledge will be made available to a man or woman in exact accordance with his worth, capacity and earning of it. . . . Our objective is to achieve, by the understanding of the Origin, the Knowledge which comes through experience."

Yusuf Hamadani, Perennialist teacher (sixth century C.E.)

     Which of these do you feel might help qualify you to be allowed to read and study this dialectical interchange essay?

1. I've been studying the Perennial Tradition material for over a year

2. I have a college degree

3. I make the claim to be able to understand any kind of material, no matter how complex or arcane

4. My level of ignorance cries out for sympathy

5. I don't feel I should have to prove myself to the author of this essay

6. I'm currently following the preparatory study program

7. I'm well intentioned and should be allowed to study this essay because of that

8. I hold a very important job

9. I've read all the prerequisite books

10. Any author who requires a person to prove himself or herself to be allowed to read an essay is an elitist

"People have to respond appropriately to life-experiences and pursue Perennialist study before their inward perceptions become able to connect with the Perennialist transmission of wisdom."

      Which of these items relates to the above statement?

For some people learning can take place by instant illumination

Perennialist teaching material is provided for study so a result may be realized when it can take place, not when the student might expect

Any teaching worth its salt should be able to change a student no matter what the mental or moral state of the student

"Many people who are in reality dead are walking in the streets; many who have died physically are in reality alive."

Khirqani, Perennialist Teacher

Are You Alive?

     In this dialectical interchange essay your response to the concepts, experiences, and exercises determines the kind of content you can benefit from and what material is subsequently made available.

      Which of these statements about yourself correlates to the quotation in the box above?

It would be absurd to think that I am dead when I'm very much alive and kicking.

I think the statement about people being "dead" even though they're walking the streets is utter nonsense.

I feel that talking about people being alive even though they've experienced physical death is the kind of nonsense that runs rampant on this Website.

If I lose my moral integrity, I will cease to be.

The moral perfection latent in a small minority of people like myself will blossom in the majority, as will the universal comprehension and love radiated by Christ.

"Freedom is won by the perception of your Higher Self's oneness with the Eternal."

Shankara, Crest Jewel of Wisdom