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Plane of violence

(himsa-loka)

 

The player who attains the sixth chakra realizes the unity of all existence. Human bodies are but transient forms. The real essence of all players exists beyond the realm of name and form. The player knows that death is just a change in the life scenario. Hence arises the danger that the player will resort to violent means, knowing full well his actions ultimately harm no other players.

But the world is the stage of Leela and karma. Each player has the opportunity of reaching Cosmic Consciousness within his present life. The law of karma dictates that all players must be allowed to enact their dramas to the end, to finish the play. Sixth-chakra acts of violence are not excepted from the omnipresent karmic principle. This makes the plane of violence a snake that draws the player down to fourth-chakra purgatory, where he must atone for his acts.

It has been individuals vibrating here who throughout history have launched the crusades, jihads, and other “holy" wars. The perpetrators of these vast pageants of human suffering and death always see themselves as great reformers of consciousness. Better the other player be killed than suffer his soul to live in ignorance, runs the rationale of the sixth-chakra zealot. After all, nobody really dies. . . .

Real violence is not possible before the sixth chakra. Acts of violence can be performed by players in lower chakras, but these are seen by the players as self-defense, as reactions to an external threat. In the sixth chakra players realize that no threat comes from outside. First-chakra violence arises over money and belongings. Second-chakra violence concerns sex and pleasure. The thirst for power creates violence in the third chakra. Fourth-chakra man kills to dispose of karma, to even old scores. Agnosticism is the fuel of fifth-chakra violence. In the sixth chakra establishment of a creed, cult, or religion inevitably provides the motivation for excessive force. Those responsible for man's unholy wars have been high ascetics, who have performed hard penances in order to gain powers. But if the karmas are bad, asceticism can lend itself to a sort of dangerous solipsism. The player believes he has all the truth that he is, in fact, God or his agent. Those who fail to agree are wrong; therefore any means is justifiable to convert them. Better they die with understanding than live in ignorance.

In the lower chakras freedom of action is not present. In the sixth chakra the player becomes his own master and gains great powers through austerity and penance. Power in himsa-loka becomes violence. The player is violent with his own self before he can perform an act of violence on another. It requires perfect self-confidence to be violent. This self-confidence does not come before the sixth chakra. What had been reaction in the lower chakras is now nothing less than a sort of spiritual anarchy.

The player’s lack of fluidity and spiritual devotion draw him down to even harder penances in purgatory, where he must truly repent from the heart to be able to go on with the game and seek the path of spiritual devotion.

 

 

This artwork captures the complex and paradoxical nature of the Plane of Violence (himsa-loka), situated in the context of the sixth chakra. It symbolizes the intricate relationship between spiritual evolution and the potential for violence that can emerge at this stage of spiritual development.

The scene portrays a sixth-chakra player who has attained a deep understanding of the unity of all existence. However, this realization is juxtaposed with the looming danger of resorting to violent means. The artwork conveys the idea that human bodies are transient forms, and the real essence lies beyond the realm of name and form.

In the composition, the figure embodies the sixth-chakra player, caught in a contemplative or conflicted pose. This stance reflects the internal struggle between the player's profound spiritual insights and the temptation to use violence as a means of achieving spiritual ends.

Symbolic representations of the sixth chakra are intertwined with abstract imagery, suggesting the complex intertwining of violence and spiritual evolution. The colors and composition evoke a sense of tension and introspection, mirroring the player's internal conflict. It highlights the realization that acts of violence, even those rationalized with spiritual justifications, ultimately draw the individual down to a lower state of consciousness and necessitate deep atonement.

This artwork serves as a visual exploration of the delicate balance between spiritual insight and the ethical choices that confront individuals on their journey towards enlightenment. It underscores the profound responsibility that comes with spiritual awareness and the need for constant vigilance against the allure of justifying violence in the name of spiritual progress.

Plane of violence

 

Song:

Freedom's gift, a dangerous tool,
For penance wrought, breaks every rule.
Power corrupts, in violence dressed,
Self-harm first, before the rest. 

Crusades and wars, in holy guise,
Soul's reform, in murderous guise.
Better to kill, so goes the plea,
Than let them suffer, eternally.

Fluidity lost, devotion fades,
Harsher trials, in purgatory's shades.
Repentance true, a tear-stained plea,
To find the path, of piety.