This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

This Dark Age is now available in paperback on Amazon. The print version is MUCH cleaner than this online version, which is largely unedited and has fallen by the wayside as the project has grown. If you’ve appreciated my writing, please consider leaving a review on the relevant paperback volumes. The print edition also includes new sections (Military History, War Psychology, Dogmatic Theology).

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The Buddha’s encounter with the Devas

To find a classical example of the upagrurus as unconscious participants in spiritual realization, we can refer to progressive realization of Gautama (the future Buddha). He encountered an old man, a sick man, a corpse, and then a monk, each of these conveying the message necessary to the realization his own ‘inner guru,’ which is nothing else but the Self. This is why it is said that these were each forms taken by the Devas in order to direct him on his journey. None of this is to say that these individual were mere illusions or apparitions, since what matters here is the effect and all of this could remain true without needing to deny the individual realities of the beings who played the role unconsciously.

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