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Thoughts of the Greats

Vitaliano Bilotta has studied the philosophy of reincarnation for more than forty years. He became interested in the idea of reincarnation through his contact with great mediums...

Thoughts of the Greats commented on in the light of the teaching of the Masters By Vitaliano Bilotta

Thoughts of the Greats
commented on in the light of the teaching of the Masters

By Vitaliano Bilotta

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Vitaliano Bilotta has studied the philosophy of reincarnation for more than forty years. He became interested in the idea of reincarnation through his contact with great mediums who handed down impressive teaching embracing reality in all its aspects. These teachings he makes known to others by applying it to everyday life.

In these pages the author has woven together scenes from the lives of two sales representatives who, as they travel together, pass the hours sharing their passion for knowledge.

In open, good-humoured dialogue together, they trace the paths of knowledge. Roberta has studied the thought of incarnate Greats of all time – Julius the thought of the Guides who manifest themselves through great mediums. The thought of the great masters, from Buddha to Confucius to Jesus, is applied here in a clear, simple way to the large and small matters of life, giving rise to a philosophy which is an aid to life in the modern age, as the mind expands and discovers new horizons.

The true aim of this book is transmit the teachings which come via the Guides to those who need it, for we believe that the teachings are not given to us to keep hidden. They are for guidance and support. This is only the second of his books to have been translated into English.

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  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: Saturday Night Press Publications (July 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908421142
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches (216 x 8 x 140mm)
GENERAL DISCOURSE ON WISDOM
Preface

The phrase "General Discourse on Wisdom" is used by the Spirit Guides who manifest themselves through great mediums to indicate the vast body of truths that initiates of all times and all religions have communicated throughout history.

For instance, the concept immortalized in the maxim "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" is a rule that, contrary to popular belief, has a great many precedents.

Let us look at some of them, including that of the founder of Christianity.

Buddhism: A state that is not pleasant or delightful for me must be so for him also; and a state which is not pleasant or delightful for me, how could I inflict that on another? (Samyutta Nikaya V 353.35-354.2).

Confucius (551-489 BC):  What you do not wish for yourself, do not do to others (Analects 15, 23).

Jesus of Nazareth: Always treat others as you would like them to treat you (Matthew 7:12; Luke 6:31).

Jainism: A man should wander about treating all creatures as he himself would be treated (Sutrakritanga 1.11.33).

Islam: Not one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself (40 Hadith of an-Nawawi 13).

Rabbi Hillel (60 BC – 10 AD): What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow men (Shabbat 31a).

The concept expressed in these statements, which is the expression of the highest human wisdom, is an integral part of the 'General Discourse on Wisdom,'– a term extended in this book to everything said by the Great thinkers and philosophers in all ages, and here set into the framework of the Guides' teachings. I received the teachings laid out in this book over the span of almost fifty years through mediums that I knew personally, all over Italy. These sources were or are called Cerchio Medianico Kappa, Chesed, NAF, Umanità e Movimento, Cerchio Marina, Soggetto, Il Silenzio delle Stelle, Exodus, Onda G, Cerchio Firenze 77, Cerchio IFOR, Entità A. and Pietro Ubaldi. I also became familiar with these teachings by reading foreign sources such as Allan Kardec, Kryon, Ramtha, Jane Roberts, Eva Pierrakos, and others. The episodes narrated in the book, which take place in and around Rome, provide helpful suggestions for applying the teachings to daily life.

Vitaliano Bilotta

1- "Coffee has to be as hot as the inferno, black as the devil, pure as an angel and sweet as love."

Roberta was forty years old and had always loved human wisdom. Julius was sixty and had always loved superhuman wisdom. Roberta studied the thoughts of the Greats of all time; Julius studied the thoughts of the Guides who manifest themselves through great mediums and applied them to his own life and that of others.

Roberta was the first to break the silence "According to your Guides, how can Descartes' statement – Dubium sapientiae initium, be interpreted? It means Doubt is the beginning of knowledge and affirms the importance of systematic doubt, summing up the Cartesian method."

They were driving along a long straight stretch that disappeared into the darkness of a tunnel. Julius shifted in his seat and in turn fired back another question "Does doubt pertain to the mind or to consciousness?"

"It pertains to being," Roberta answered.

"What part of being?"

Roberta did not answer.

"See", Julius said, “human wisdom does not answer these questions because if it knew the answer, it would not be human any more. Doubt pertains to the world of the mind, not that of consciousness, where the duality of I and not-I no longer exists. Thus, doubt ceases to exist."

"Why is doubt not part of being?" Roberta asked.

"It is part of the developmental period called man, and this is understandable – if we accept the existence of other planes of existence, where life continues beyond what the evolutive average of incarnate beings considers the only life possible."

They approached a service area and Roberta slowed down to fill up the car. They went into the snack bar and ordered two coffees. They sipped slowly, talking about doubt. Once they were back in the car, Roberta remarked "It's true, coffee has to be as hot as the inferno, black as the devil, pure as an angel and sweet as love."

"Who said that?" Julius asked.

"Talleyrand."

"It is an astral truth of his," Julius commented.

"What does that mean?"

"Someone who can meditate so much on coffee feels that drinking it is an important sensation, and sensation is an activity of the astral body of the individual. That is why I said 'astral truth'."

"What is the 'astral body'?" Roberta asked.

"It is the body that makes it possible for the physical body, the one in which we now have our awareness, to have sensations, emotions, and desires." ……

2  "An accident is a situation when presence of mind is useful, but absence of body even more useful."

They came to a sharp curve and Roberta slammed on the brakes. In front of them stretched a long row of idling cars. She turned on the hazard lights and slowly fell into line.

Roberta said, "An accident must have just happened because there is all the commotion of the first responders."

A little later the cars began slowly to thin out. They glimpsed the joyless blinking of an ambulance light. A semi-destroyed car blocked the road and another one was a smoking carcass.

"I don’t remember where I read, I think in an English dictionary of ideas, this definition of accident," Roberta said as they came alongside a sheet covering a body. "An accident is a situation when presence of mind is useful, but absence of body is even more useful."

"Under that sheet is a creature who has just left his physical body behind", Julius commented, "so have some respect."

"That is, he died," Roberta simplified.

"He passed on. He moved his awareness from the physical plane to the astral plane that is to say he abandoned the physical plane; because of the wounds caused by the accident, he put aside his physical body."

"So now where does he live?"

"Like I said, in the astral body, just as earlier he lived in the physical body. Could you tell me again that definition of accident?" Julius said.

"An accident is a situation when presence of mind is useful, but absence of body even more useful," Roberta repeated. They passed the accident site and resumed their normal speed.

"You see", said Julius, "this saying too – the fruit of human intelligence – is completely mistaken from the standpoint of the Guides' teachings; even though it does have a subtle humour."

3 "When the student is ready, the teacher appears."

Roberta moved away a little from the stone hut that had been Lallera’s home. Certainly, every time she talked with Julius she recognized many things that he said – recognize’ was the right word because it seemed to Roberta that she had already 'heard' the concepts Julius was expressing. Or was all this an illusion? She asked herself this question while she opened The Book of Eastern Wisdom. She read at random a Buddhist proverb: "When the student is ready, the teacher appears."

"What do you think this means?" Julius was one jump ahead of her.

"If the student is ready to learn, he encounters the teacher."

"Yes, but what Teacher?"

"A teacher who is that for the student."

"And where does he meet him?"

"Anywhere, in a religion, in the street, in a yoga studio, anywhere."

"This is where the mistake lies," said Julius. "The true Teacher is not everywhere, but in only one place."
"Where?"

"In each person’s innermost being."

In an instant, Roberta thought about all the thousands of books she had read. "Then the teacher of whom you speak is not even in culture?" she said.

"How could he be in culture? Culture is only a game played by the mind, while the 'teacher' of whom the Guides speak is a living in consciousness and not in the mind."

"Then what is culture good for?"

"It is good for understanding that culture is not good for anything."

"I don’t understand…"

"This is not a play on words. The experience called 'culture' is useful to make the individual understand that culture is not useful for 'being,' because evolution is a state of consciousness, while culture is a state of knowledge.

"And what gives us this knowledge?"

"The mind, while the true being for which we all strive is 'consciousness.'

"Could you meet me halfway", Roberta gave in, "and tell me what this blessed consciousness really is?"

"The consciousness, or Akashic body, is made up of the material of the Akashic plane, just as our physical body is made up of the material of the physical plane. The difference between the two 'bodies' lies in the fact that the physical body is mortal and is made new at each incarnation, – until the individual no longer needs to be reincarnated because he has achieved his evolution –consciousness is constituted, instead, through the incarnations and is immortal."

"All this is really hard to accept!" Roberta said.

"It's hard because, in the best of cases, these ideas are 'accepted', as you say, but not understood. In fact, accepting a hypothesis about reality – such as the teaching of the Guides, is a process of the mind and not of the consciousness; understanding, on the other hand, is a process of the consciousness. In short, it's a vicious circle."

"I don’t understand why your Guides do not convince us of their existence with some proof," said Roberta.
"Because the 'average' evolution of mankind does not yet allow human beings to receive proof of the existence of the Beyond."

"When will we receive this proof?"

"As I said – when mankind’s average evolution will let us. Then everyone will accept the medium's powers that, with numerous modifications, will become the new priestly science, which will be celebrated only in the innermost being of every person.".

4   Individuality and the individual

……. They had stopped in a large open space, where the cemetery's most prestigious tombs towered high in competition with the cypresses. On the frontal of one was this Latin inscription: Mors cuivis certa, nihil est invertius hora, ibimus absque mora, sed qua nescimus in ora. Together they translated "Death is certain for all, but nothing is more uncertain than its hour; we shall leave without delay, but we do not know at what time."

"This inscription does not detract at all from the prevailing materialism," Julius said. "Indeed it is an exemplary case of pessimism. For the Guides, conversely, death is simply the passage of our awareness from a denser level of existence to one less dense."

"Try to translate that," Julius said, pointing to an inscription on the frontal of a smaller chapel.

Roberta read: Mortis vicinae vis vincet vim medicinae. She translated, "The force of impending death will win out over the strength of medicine."

"Certainly," Julius said. "Because the moment of death is written and no science existing can delay it. It is the individuality that establishes the moment of death, not the individual…"
"What is the difference between individuality and individual?" Roberta asked.

"The individual is the personality you are, I am, in the space-time to which we are bound by our current incarnation. Individuality, conversely, is the ensemble of the all the personalities that we have experienced in our preceding incarnations and will experience in our following ones. Then when, because of the evolution achieved, we no longer need to be reincarnated, we shall leave behind the cycle of birth and death. Therefore it is the individuality that marks the moment of death in the various incarnations, not the individual."

"I cannot seem to grasp properly the concept of individuality, and yet we have already talked about it," Roberta confessed.

"I'll use again the example the Guides give," Julius said. "We have seen that the tree’s roots are the spirit; the spirit is the equivalent of the individuality. We have said that the trunk is the consciousness and the branches are the various personalities that the individuality assumes in its various incarnations, in the form of individuals. You and I are individuals. Therefore the individuality, since it is spirit, is the individual’s true divinity, because it is at the same time the Aleph Drop and the Tau Sensor and encompasses also the Principle. Thus the branches of the tree, in other words the various personalities that the individual assumes in the various incarnations, are the Logos of that individual, that is to say its manifestation in the worlds of perception and in the world of individual consciousness."

"Sorry, I haven’t really understood what personality is," Roberta said.

"Personality is the filter that every incarnate being has in front of consciousness, a filter that comes from egotism, from the I. In order to leave behind the cycle of rebirth, in other words to transcend the human condition, we have to constitute consciousness and to constitute consciousness we have to eliminate the filters, i.e., the ego."

"Now I think I understand," Roberta said, "but why do your Guides impart such a difficult teaching?"

"For two reasons: first, because this teaching is destined to posterity. Second, because, already now, each person understands it on his own level of evolution."

"You mean that each one has his level of reading the teaching?"

"Exactly. Each one has his level of understanding of the teaching, which is given to him, as always, by the breadth of his feeling."

5.   A teaching from a Guide
Question: Cui prodest – to whose benefit is it – to know so many things?

Brother A: This is a valid question, which I shall answer on different levels. The first of these, I should point out, lies right in the openness and spiritual change enacted by the participants during these gatherings.

You see, just as the spirit is fed by harmony, and the heart is nourished by feelings, so is the mind nourished by logic and knowledge. Once again I tell you that no creature achieves evolution without passing through the satisfaction of all its components. If truly something changes inside you, it is because you have loved, understood, and felt this thing. The order in which you do these three activities is not important; there are those who feel, love, and reason. There are those who reason, feel, and love, and so on.

This, truly, seen from the standpoint of the final purpose, does not have major weight. The important thing is that one loves, thinks, and feels harmoniously, otherwise one would fall once again into the paradox of philosophies, which satisfy the mind but not the heart, or religions, that satisfy the heart and more rarely the spirit, but not the mind.

You must learn to grow in a homogeneous way because if you do not manage to make the parts of yourself agree with yourself then you will not succeed in making your all agree with others. …….

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