To Whom this Universe appears is One, is Heart, is You Imperishable, Achyuta: no parts, no scales nor degrees, ever constant, ever stable, immovable, immutable, complete. Yes forever complete, in which this wondrous, this marvelous dance of creation, change and infinite modification appears to be – so ever gracefully and gently meandering its own infinite enfoldment.
“Oneness is abundance, it has no limits” – Orland Bishop
Yes, the only thing that has no limits is Oneness.
The moment we see everything being the One, the richness of this One turns out to have no limits, turns out to be Infinite.
For within the One – any perception of lack turns out to be nothing but narrowness of our viewpoint. Would our view include everything being the One, there would be more than enough answers, more than enough resources, more than enough supply.
All that we see as this universe is memory; in reality we are always at ZERO, always capable of purity.
“When love has carried us above all things into the Divine Dark, there we are transformed by the Eternal Word Who is the image of the Father; and as the air is penetrated by the sun, thus we receive in peace the Incomprehensible Light, enfolding us, and penetrating us.’ ~Evelyn Underhill (Ruysbroech)
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Today I found much delight in the description of Evelyn Underhill’s mystical Journey. Witness the huge difference in language – no even one trace of a spiritual new age jargon that is so popular today.
She describes the first stage as:
1. Awakening the Self – quoting Henry Suso (disciple of Meister Eckhart): “That which the Servitor saw had no form neither any manner of being; yet he had of it a joy such as he might have known in the seeing of shapes and substances of all joyful things. His heart was hungry, yet satisfied, his soul was full of contentment and joy: his prayers and his hopes were fulfilled.” (Cropper p. 46)
The second stage she describes as:
2. Purgation of self (transcending the ego) quoting the Theologia Germanica: “We must cast all things from us and strip ourselves of them and refrain from claiming anything for our own.”
Third stage is:
3. Illumination – and she quotes here William Law: “Everything in …nature, is descended out that which is eternal, and stands as a. ..visible outbirth of it, so when we know how to separate out the grossness, death, and darkness. ..from it, we find. ..it in its eternal state.”
The fourth stage she describes as:
4. the dark night of the soul – quoting Mechthild of Magdeburg: “…since Thou hast taken from me all that I had of Thee, yet of Thy grace leave me the gift which every dog has by nature: that of being true to Thee in my distress, when I am deprived of all consolation. This I desire more fervently than Thy heavenly Kingdom.”
And last she devotes a chapter to the unitive life, the sum of the mystic way:
“When love has carried us above all things into the Divine Dark, there we are transformed by the Eternal Word Who is the image of the Father; and as the air is penetrated by the sun, thus we receive in peace the Incomprehensible Light, enfolding us, and penetrating us.’ (Ruysbroech)
Now, that’s to me pure delight… it’s like manna from Heaven what she writes here:
“We are all the kindred of the mystics. ..Strange and far away from us though they seem, they are not cut off from us by some impassable abyss. They belong to us; the giants, the heroes of our race. As the achievement of genius belongs not to itself only but also to the society that brought it forth;...the supernal accomplishment of the mystics is ours also. ..our guarantee of the end to which immanent love, the hidden steersman. ..is moving. ..us on the path toward the Real. They come back to us from an encounter with life’s most august secret. ..filled with amazing tidings which they can hardly tell.” (Cropper, p.47)
In our Awareness/Knowingness is all the Omnipresence of God: The Eternal, The Infinite.
And no experience ever can deliver us to God… because God is not an experience, it’s not a perception or conception either. God is The omnipresent Reality of The One beside nothing else exists.
“Perhaps our descendants will regard our present ignorance with as much sympathy as we feel to ancients for not knowing whether the earth went around the sun. If the general picture however over Big-Bang followed by an expending universe is correct, what happened before that? Was the universe devoid of all matter and then the matter suddenly somehow created? How did that happen?
In many cultures the customary answer is that God or Gods created the Universe out of nothing. But if we wish to pursue this question courageously we must of course ask the next question: Where did God come from? If we decide that this is an unanswerable question, why not save a step and conclude that the origin of the universe is an unanswerable question. Or if we say that God always existed, why not save a step and conclude that the universe always existed, that there is no need for creation that it’s always here.” – Carl Sagan.
Reading Sri Aurobindo... what he has to say about the Soul….
It’s to me like… I would never know this term before… know in such pristine and all-beautiful shape of Divine Understanding.
“It is in the true invisible heart hidden in some luminous cave of the nature: there under some infiltration of the divine Light is our soul, a silent inmost being of which few are even aware; for if all have a soul, few are conscious of their true soul or feel its direct impulse. There dwells the little spark of the Divine which supports the obscure mass of our nature and around it grows the psychic being, the formed soul or the real Man within us. It is as this psychic being in him grows and the movements of the heart reflect its divinations and impulsions that man becomes more and more aware of his soul, ceases to be a superior animal and, awakening to glimpses of the godhead within him, admits more and more its intimations of a deeper life and consciousness and an impulse towards things divine.”
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