Go to dark (island) Erytheia where Great Illusion is enthroned, King Geryon monster of 3 heads, 3 bodies, 6 hands who unlawfully holds Herd of Red Cattle; [ saving all] return them to Sacred City; invokes Helios fire in the Sun and Golden Chalice appears; kills 2-headed dog Orthrus, spares shepherd Eurytion, kills Geryon arriving in dust with Flaming Arrow; drives cattle from island in Chalice (or over Alps to Italy), pins Eryx, kills Alcyoneus w. his own rock; arrives, offers Red Cattle to Athena.
[ This article (and the recent one on esoteric Libra) is the beginning of a series attempting to bring clarity to the comparison of Alice Bailey's Tibetan master – clearly a dzogchen and tantra master – and the formal schools of Yogacara, Tantra, and Dzogchen. I intend to bring out many illustrative passages from Bailey to illustrate these distinctions and similarities in points of view. ]
“Pluto, as it affects Gemini, brings about the death or the finish of the separative, instinctual nature, for this is the factor which lies behind all dualism; it is inherent in what The Secret Doctrine calls the principle of ahankara or the awareness of the separative, isolated ego; it is inimical for aeons to the aspiration of the imprisoned soul, focussed within or identified with some aspect of the personality, and, in a later stage, with the personality itself.” (EA 365-66)I would add “identified with the soul” and the causal body still attached to an objectified 'interdependent causation' — from the point of view of the Monad, or nondual awareness.
…consciousness eventually drops below the level of perception. It becomes as automatic and unregistered in its expression as animal instinct is to the human being. It functions, but the man is not consciously aware of it. It is a protective mechanism. The will aspect of the Monad supersedes but does not negate love (which has become, in its turn, instinctual); a one-pointed, rapier-like assumption of identification takes the place of the inclusiveness hitherto felt and practised. (RI 282)We should remember that people misconstrued DK as “the abbot of a certain monastery” because he ceremonially presided over that group from time to time. It seems clear that he was a non-sectarian dzogchen master in retreat or in private residence who was held in great esteem. The terminology of the Yogacara School of the Maitreyasangha brothers, Asanga and Vasubandhu, is very basic to an intelligent understanding of nonduality, and is the terminology (slightly modified) upon which the mind series (semsde) approach to dzogchen is based. Its terminology has different referents in dzogchen.
|Dzogchen||Yogacara (via the Hossō School)|
|5. 5 sense consciousnesses||5 sense consciousnesses|
|6. Mind consciousness||Mind consciousness (mano-vijńana)|
|ordinary waking consciousness|
|7. Distorted Mentation||Manas|
|Distorted emotions & thoughts based on||liminal/subconscious instinct-attached|
|on a self ‘empty’ of permanent existence||self-referential ego formation and reification|
|(DK ‒ Dweller on the threshold of initiation)|
|(author ‒ Scorpio / Sagittarius / Capricorn)|
|8. Alaya consciousness||Alaya consciousness (alaya-vijńana)|
|neutral Alaya consciousness||Store- or womb-consciousness containing the innate karmic seeds/ traces/ residues|
|inherent to the process of reincarnation due to deep and habitual conditioning in the Unconscious|
|(DK ‒ continuity of consciousness)|
|(author ‒ Capricorn / Aquarius / Pisces and the|
|Pisces/Aries 'Hub of the Wheel' opposite that of Libra)|
|9. Rigpa / dharmadhātu|
|(DK ‒ monadic state of inherent instantaneous awareness beyond consciousness)|
|Inseparability of emptiness and appearances||Pitri-yoga||Father tantras of||Mahayoga|
|Inseparability of emptiness and bliss||Matri-yoga||Mother tantras of||Anu Yoga|
|Inseparability of emptiness and awareness||Advaitya-yoga ||Nondual tantras of||Ati Yoga|