THE KOMAJA ETHICS
Each development, each growth has its requirements: those, who want to excel athletically, who want greater athletic development, make sure they have optimal training cycles, proper periods of relaxation, high quality nutrition, skilful handling of their sexual energy („athletic-quarantine“), etc.
The same applies to personal and spiritual “training“: those, who want to grow in love, will and intelligence also have to fulfil requirements which ease this growth – make it possible at all.
The seven conditions* for spiritual growth in Komaja are general ethical and health norms:
I THREEFOLD NON-VIOLENCE
Komaja - that is the love of love.
Threefold Non-violence is Komaja’s heart. Only those people who adopt the principle of Threefold Non-violence can grow in Komaja:
Complete physical non-violence (except in cases of self-defence or the defence of immediately threatened innocents).
Constant striving - with all of one's strength - to eliminate violence in one's own emotional sphere (...), such as anger, envy, jealousy, as well as fear, sadness, anxiety, faint-heartedness, etc. (emotional violence towards oneself).
Constant striving - with all of one's strength - to eliminate violence in one's mental sphere (...), such as: criticism, cynicism, exaggerated self-criticism, conceit, pride etc. (...)
II HONESTY REGARDING SEXUAL RELATIONSHIPS AND LOVE-EROTIC LIFE
Sexual energy is the creative, divine energy in human beings. There is no other activity in which a person’s physical and spiritual being is simultaneously so completely and deeply activated as in sexual intercourse.
Komaja does not dictate whether one should arrange one’s sexual or love-erotic life monogamously, polygamously or polyamorously, in an “open marriage”, etc.
However, a person who wants to be physically, mentally and socially healthy, must by all means hold to an honest and equal agreement with his or her sexual partner.
III PROHIBITION OF ALCOHOL, NICOTINE AND DRUGS AS WELL AS FISH AND MEAT
Within each human being lie immeasurable, latent abilities: love, elation, bliss… One of the aims of spiritual development is to set these abilities and powers at one’s conscious, deliberate disposal without having to implement auxiliary means like drugs with their extremely harmful health effects.
As to the consumption of meat and fish, from a purely medical-scientific point of view, the relation between nutrients and toxic components in meat and fish is much less favourable than in vegetable and milk products.
Furthermore, the notion of not-killing, or the protection of sentient beings, is part of nearly all cultures’ ethics. In Komaja as well as many mystical and yogic schools, animals also have a soul – otherwise, why would they scream so piercingly before being slaughtered?
IV BELIEF IN GOODNESS
To become a follower of Komaja it is not necessary to believe in God, nor even in the existence of the spiritual world or life after death. Nor in a guru, either. What is necessary already at the very beginning of the PATH, is belief in the potential to realise goodness here - on the material plane of the cosmos, first in one's own body and soul and then in one’s surroundings to the extent that one's life force overflows the boundaries of one's own being. Without this belief there is no Komaja!
V CONTROL OVER SPEECH AND SILENCE
Control over one’s speech means we exclude
giving advice and instructions without being asked
offering criticism without suggesting how something could be better and without being ready to do one’s utmost towards realising that suggestion
speech, which creates unpleasant heat in one’s abdomen as well as an uncomfortable cramping of the abdominal muscles
speech, which creates breathing abnormalities and uncomfortable muscle cramps in the chest, the shoulders and throat
speech, which causes any further discomfort or tiredness
speech with filler-words
mindless speech, talking in an inappropriate situation; talking, which unnecessarily causes someone pain; speech in which one hides something or speech, which has a separate, selfish purpose aside from its literal meaning (...)
Righteous speech includes among other things:
sharing something clever, beautiful and/or useful
inspirational, supportive speech
telling the truth in such a way that people are positively affected by it
speech, which gratifies and relaxes one’s partner
time-appropriate and healthy silence, etc. (...)
VI BRINGING TO CONSCIOUSNESS, CONTROLLING, REFINING AND TRANSFORMING SEX
The sixth "condition that one can't do without" is continuous effort to bring to consciousness, to control and refine one’s sexual energy and its manifestations so that it can easily be transformed into the higher manifestations of life (those of the will, emotions, thought and spirit).
If this condition is successfully met, extraordinary physical and mental health as well as the spontaneous appearance and development of diverse psychic powers follow.
To make progress in Komaja it is not so much the style, but the substance that’s important.
This principle also applies to the control and transformation of sexual energy. It means that those who claim that human perfection is only to be reached through sexual abstinence are mistaken.
As long as a human being is always natural, simple, sincere, honest and upright, enlightenment can be achieved as easily by those who are married as by those who live even a very free sexual life. Equally valuable and proper is an enlightenment achieved by Christian and Hindu abstinence, as one, which has come via the Left or Right-Hand Tantra or simply by prathibha (spontaneous enlightenment as a consequence of purity). Enlightenment remains enlightenment – however we look at it. It shines, awakens the spirits and refreshes. It is the first violet of far-off spring. The messenger of future heaven.
VII HARMONIZING ONE’S OWN AMBITIONS WITH THE NEEDS OF HUMANKIND
Every practitioner of Komaja works continually on developing and strengthening the following attitude of the soul: "I want enlightenment primarily for the sake of all humankind’s well-being, and only as a part of that my own!"
* For a more detailed explanation, see Aba Aziz Makaja, Komaja – die geistige Liebes- und Lebenskunst (Komaja – the Spritual Art of Love and Life), Konstanz, 1998.