There are many ways to describe how the world becomes. Partly this depends on the perspective you have and what is known clearly. The perspective shifts with each stage.
Fundamentally we can say Divinity gives two “qualities” that are key to this process: alertness and liveliness.
Liveliness stirs alertness into awareness and then into flowing as consciousness. Consciousness curves back on itself and the lively radiance leads it to become self-aware. The 3-fold dynamics of consciousness emerges – the observer (a), the process of observation (c), and the observed (b).
It’s very curious to consider how the absolute could be found right on the surface in form. Form is relative, changeable. As it is expressed progressively, the surface is seen to be quite a distance from silent being. In fact we typically experience deep silence within but not in the world.
I talked about avatars previously but it’s worth going into this further.
During the Kumbha Mela celebration of 1966, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi spoke to the subject of avatars. Here are some excerpts:
“Incarnations [Avatars] are the same water, material, of the Absolute, appearing as a … Continue Reading…
The American Dialect Society held its annual “Word of the Year” vote for 2016.
The winner was dumpster fire: an exceedingly disastrous or chaotic situation. (e.g. US election)
In third and fourth place were normalize (what was once unacceptable) and post-truth. But sitting at number two?
Yep, it is in part a reference to enlightened. It also made the slang word of the year list. Of course, it’s use is casual and generalized but it’s fascinating to see words like this migrate into common use.
My, we live in interesting times. … Continue Reading…
Traditional Indian philosophy has 6 branches or approaches, known as the upangas or darshanas. Often they’re seen as competing philosophical systems when if fact they largely each describe the reality of a different stage of development.
I’ve talked some about several of them, including:
Vaisheshika and Samkhya
Vedanta or end of the Veda (Brahma Sutra, Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads)
Nyaya is the system of logic that informs the others.
One I’ve only touched on is Karma Mimamsa, also known as Purva Mimamsa. Karma Mimamsa means an investigation … Continue Reading…
At some point on our life journey we tend to become seekers. The desire for more, experiences, exposure to some teaching; something triggers a shift. We transition from a life focused on our individuality to something bigger and deeper.
Usually, a good part of the seeking process is framed as self-betterment or escape. In other words, we’re still very much personally oriented. The search is usually driven by aversion to pain or a grasping after more pleasure or both. As Yoga observes, both of these lead only to suffering.
At the same time, the seeking activity helps keep us … Continue Reading…
The image of open hands is a common Christian icon. It’s an interesting symbol because cupped hands can illustrate an asking or even begging. They can also symbolize open offering, a giving.
In Eastern symbology, an upright hand symbolizes truth and the masculine. An open, downward hand symbolizes the feminine and giving.
This is the time of year when giving and receiving are prominent – the giving of gifts, the hosting of events, sharing with friends and family, services, and so … Continue Reading…
In this surprisingly little clip, Eckhart Tolle talks about and sings (!) a bit of Ode To Joy, then shows a Flash Mob performance.
On my About page, I make brief mention of the blue feather icon. The feather is not actually blue but rather the blue is an optical effect, a visual illusion.
Turns out, the Morpho butterfly, common in butterfly exhibitions due to it’s vivid colour, uses a similar trick.
In another angle on blue, it took 3 decades to figure out how to make blue LED lights (I don’t mean blue tinted covers). That discovery netted a Nobel prize. By producing the final primary colour, we could make LED & LCD … Continue Reading…
If I make the lashes dark
And the eyes more bright
And the lips more scarlet,
Or ask if all be right
From mirror after mirror,
No vanity’s displayed:
I’m looking for the face I had
Before the world was made.
What if I look upon a man
As though on my beloved,
And my blood be cold the while
And my heart unmoved?
Why should he think me cruel
Or that he is betrayed?
I’d have him love the thing that was
Before the world … Continue Reading…
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi spoke of how dynamism is afraid of silence and silence is afraid of dynamism. The first we may experience in the approach to awakening when the lively mind is afraid of the empty, silent “void”. If we’re not clear enough, it’s not recognized as ourselves but rather an opposite.
Once Self Realization is established that deep inner silence can be nervous about dynamism or liveliness. It wants to stay above the world. Yet moving back in is the flowering of the next stage. By the peak of Unity, there is no separate silence, … Continue Reading…
To embody Divinity post-Brahman, there may seem to be two distinct processes.
This is akin to the 2 processes of development in consciousness – Atman and Sattva.
One aspect is becoming where we recognize we gain a deeper relationship with consciousness. This is the Atman part of the equation.
The other is Sattva, the refinement and polish that leads to deeper knowing and experience and embodiment. Together, they are the primary purpose of spiritual techniques.
But as is the way of all creation, this turns out to reflect deeper causal drivers. As above, so below.
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Throughout the spiritual process, we find layers and layers of conflict between opposing impulses.
The desire to fall within and stay vs the call to come out into the world and act
Silent presence vs lively flow
Pleasure and escape vs self-care
Fear and the desire for security vs release and letting go
Personal control vs laws of nature
Habit vs conscious action
Appearance vs reality
Our ideals vs what is here
The divine vs the astral vs the physical
These polarities are known as duality. The key to duality is … Continue Reading…