Over the last weekend I met Amma (Mātā Amritanandamayī Devī) and what I received from her along with all the other blessings was this one single teaching: No one of us can be lifted up to the divine Realm of The Self without realizing equality towards all beings and all things. Even the tiniest creature cannot be left out – must be included and honored as the Divine itself, God The Self, One and Only Self that there is.
She says: “Before you can enter there, even an ant have to agree and sign up for you”. Since then… this teaching doesn’t leave me… As simple as it is, it seems to me the most remarkable teaching I ever received.
So… that’s our Entry, the entry into our own divine Nature: God The Self. The One and Only Self that there is. And if we would skip even one thing, even one being we wouldn’t be able to enter!
So now – in the light of this understanding – what does that really mean that there is no separate entity, no separate “me”, apart from God, from Life itself, God The Self? What does that really really mean? – Could it be that we – as humans – are so completely deluded? …believing everyone of us has a self of its own? That this is even a possibility – the possibility of multiple selves? …where in reality there is only One. One Self. One and Only Self that there is.
In the light of this understanding… who am I – I mean really – who am I, from this perspective? From the perspective of The Self? One and Only Self that there is? From this perspective I am equal. That’s it. No more, no less. From this perspective I am equal to every thing and every being because from this perspective all I can see is the absolute indivisibility of The Self, where no aspect, no attribute, no quality can be left out. Here I see that nothing in the entire existence contains The Self while everything is expressing it in its own unique way. And although the expressions differ from each other tremendously, from the perspective of The Self no expression is more important than the other! All expressions are equal and inseparable to The Self, to God The Self.
Without this equality towards all beings and all things we would never be able to enter the divine Realm of The Self, to recognize The Self in its true nature as being literally, literally everywhere, where like Sri Aurobindo says “all things become bodies and all movements the playings of the divine Beloved in his infinite house of pleasure.”
To live as The One and Only Self that there is in all existence and non-existence equals an infinite Self-discovery and Self-Adventure… where all the aspects, attributes and qualities I come across in my vast and infinite life-adventure belong to One and Only Being, to The One and Only Being in the entire existence: God The Self.
Isn’t that astounding that the very faculty that we call “the Self” – belongs to the Divine only? If it belongs to anything else… it is delusional. It has to be!
Usually we think there are many… many selves… There are probably innumerable selves in the entire existence. Suddenly to realize there is only One – literally only One Self – is quite astounding. There is only One Self. Everything else, every other “self” is… has to be delusional!
And yet this very delusion, the delusion of an individual self experiencing an individual love is simultaneously the most mysterious phenomenon in our human existence.
“For there is, concealed behind individual love, obscured by its ignorant human figure, a mystery which the mind cannot seize, the mystery of the body of the Divine, the secret of a mystic form of the Infinite which we can approach only through the ecstasy of the heart and the passion of the pure and sublimated sense, and its attraction which is the call of the divine Flute-player, the mastering compulsion of the All-Beautiful, can only be seized and seize us through an occult love and yearning which in the end makes one the Form and the Formless, and identifies Spirit and Matter. It is that which the spirit in Love is seeking here in the darkness of the Ignorance and it is that which it finds when individual human love is changed into the love of the Immanent Divine incarnate in the material universe.” – Sri Aurobindo, from “The Synthesis of Yoga” p. 160