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Glossary of Spiritual Wisdom

From the teachings of A.H. Almaas

What is Markabah?

Diamond Approach Teachings About: Markabah

Soul's Allegiance to the Truth

This is the diamond body of pleasure, bliss, delight, and celebration, which arises as the soul’s love of truth deepens and becomes a true turning away from the habitual egoic orientation and toward authentic loyalty and allegiance to the truth. The turn of the soul’s heart is not a turn away from pleasure; it is simply the shift of allegiance from the pleasure of gratification and its sources, to the inner truth of the soul and Reality.

The Perspective of the Markabah

The perspective of the Markabah showed us explicitly how Being, in its very nature, is always a positive feeling and that the qualities of truth or Being are inherently pleasurable. Peace, clarity, strength, will, power, kindness and, of course, love and joy - are all ways that truth manifests with specific qualities of pleasure. The Markabah also brought vital teachings about inner truth and pleasure as one unified presence. This is not an easy perspective to comprehend because truth is often equated with unpleasantness rather than delight. But understanding pleasure and its deep-seated connection in the human psyche to the instinctual drives is central for making the spiritual turn inward. This new vehicle gifted us with teachings on how to approach the misunderstandings and barriers to pleasure, as well as the skillful means to understand and work through this tenacious orientation. It also taught us how to decouple the drive toward pleasure from the animal instincts that are deeply ingrained in our physical existence, so that they can be used as fuel for the spiritual journey.

The Jeweled Path, pg. 166

The Teaching that Truth and Pleasure are One

The tangerine tingle heralded the arrival of the next wisdom vehicle . . . . . When it finally made its entrance, we thought, "Oh my, another one!" We hadn't considered that more vehicles would follow the first one, but then we recalled the vision we’d had of a whole realm of diamond spaceships. This new inner vessel brought the teaching that truth and pleasure are one. There is no substitute for the inner pleasure of Being. To know it sets us free from expecting the outer world to be the sole source of pleasure; at the same time, it makes external pleasures even more enjoyable because we aren't grabbing on to the world and squeezing the life out of it. This vessel has a joyous, celebrative quality as well as a deep inner richness. It's diamond structure sometimes appears like a carousel in a carnival atmosphere. It has two parts, each expressing a type of pleasure. The center is a rich, golden, melting love diamond with the essence of loving, satisfying, nourishing sweetness. The diamonds surrounding the core gold diamond are sensuously textured gems in all varieties of essential qualities. Their textured chewiness is like hard, dense taffy, and they are deeply satisfying and pleasing. Around the entire surface of its structure are lighter-colored diamonds with a feeling of lightheartedness. Hameed named this vehicle "the Markabah."

The Jeweled Path, pg. 165

The Truth About Pleasure, Happiness and Enjoyment

The Markabah thus discloses to the soul the truth about pleasure, happiness, and enjoyment. It is not only the presence of essence as pleasure but a faceted and precise presence, indicating wisdom inseparable from pleasure. The soul learns firsthand, through direct and immediate taste and touch, the eternal truths about happiness and bliss. She comes to understand that bliss is the inherent nature of essence, and happiness is what the soul feels when she is intimate with her true nature. These truths are not new; they are in fact ancient, but have usually been cast in terms of moralistic teachings, involving reward or punishment, asceticism and renunciation. We find here the objective, exact truth of what pleasure is, how to attain it, and what obscures it.

The Very Presence of Pure Pleasure

The Markabah is a structure of essence, composed of all aspects in the diamond form except that in this dimension each aspect appears not only clear, faceted, and precise but also as the very presence of pure pleasure. Each diamond feels and tastes like wonderful piece of candy, with an affect deeply and pleasurably satisfying, a state of consciousness that fills the soul with a pleasurable bliss that penetrates and suffuses all of her field, filling all the cells of the body with a glowing and fulfilling sensation.

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