Finding Out The Difference: Exoteric VS. Esoteric
Trying to find out the sense of life people are resorting to a variety of theories, religions, beliefs, and customs which are received by the whole world. We are looking for something close to ourselves among the many sciences. Apparently, each of us has heard of exoteric and esoteric things. Perhaps someone even had in mind that these words had the same meaning. In fact, they are antonyms, and there is a bunch of differences between them.
|Primary Analysis||“outer” (exo-) – relates to external reality as opposed to a person’s thoughts or feelings.||“inner” (eso-) – relates to one’s inner world.|
|General Meaning||Something (especially knowledge) that is openly shared; nonsecurity information that can be accessible for everyone. It is the knowledge that is public as opposed to secret or cabalistic.||The Security Details that can be understood by only a small number of people with specialized knowledge or interest. Kind of information that can not be given to an unprepared person (as a rule, transfer of knowledge occurs either during night sleep or during spiritual meditation and astral traveling).|
|Idea||God or the Supreme Being is literally above all of us in heaven. An exoteric person applies logic to all aspects of life. It is not required that exoteric knowledge come easily or automatically, but it should be referenceable or reproducible.||God is in every person, place, and thing. Applying of logic with the domination of inner wisdom, awareness, and intuition before making any decisions.|
|Personal Characteristic||Conservative, materialist, tough-minded.||Open-minded, ready to learn new concepts.|
|The Key Point of Knowledge||Knowledge about the moral principles of existence, the connections that exist between man and the Universe.||Conduct knowledge about an alternative way of organizing the world. Help in the exploration of the hidden possibilities of man. Knowledge about the moral principles of existence, the connections that exist between man and the Universe.|
|Types||Monotheistic religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, etc) in dogmatic form.||Buddhism, Sufism, Kabbalah – Esotericism has pervaded various forms of Western philosophy, religion, pseudoscience, art, literature, and music.|
|Source of Knowledge||Reason and Belief, ready-made doctrine.||Intuition (“Gnosis”).|
|Type of Influence, Authority||External one (God, Bible, Church and even Science).||Internal one (your own feelings and intuition).|
|Conscious State||Statics – religious and scientific position that does not require the transformation of consciousness. Belief in ready-made doctrine.||Dynamics – constant transformation of oneself and understanding of the nature of reality, the process of finding life’s truth.|
|Opinion About God||Separate, external being or Space-Time-Energy.||The Divine is not separate. God is in and out of us.|
|Philosophy or Teachings||Narrow; only one authority. Opposite views are false.||Broad; universal, is able to draw from many different teachings.|
|Transformation of Personality||No (ego-centred) – materialism – making decisions only because it seems to be correct on the authority basis.||Yes – an esoteric person accepts every life lesson and understands the purity of his soul.|
Consequently, the central point to the distinction between Esoteric and Exoteric is the state of consciousness. Esoteric requires considerable hard work on us, as psychology does. Exoteric does not require such a deep immersion and makes fewer demands on the person.