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The journey of a Mystic

REMIND ME WITH EVERY PASSING DAY THAT APPEARANCE IS NOT REALITY
~Evelyn Underhill

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)

Questions…

“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.

The beauty of surrendering to the Divinity

I am reading day and night in Sri Aurobindo “Synthesis of Yoga” – it’s the greatest reading and transforming adventure I embarked on so far in my life – it’s pure bliss and rapture, almost every single page of his works. Here is an example:

“Every moment and every movement of our being is to be resolved into a continuous and a devoted self-giving to the Eternal. All our actions, not less the smallest and most ordinary and trifling than the greatest and most uncommon and noble, must be performed as consecrated acts. Our individualised nature must live in the single consciousness of an inner and outer movement dedicated to Something that is beyond us and greater than our ego. No matter what the gift or to whom it is presented by us, there must be a consciousness in the act that we are presenting it to the one divine Being in all beings. Our commonest or most grossly material actions must assume this sublimated character; when we eat, we should be conscious that we are giving our food to that Presence in us; it must be a sacred offering in a temple and the sense of a mere physical need or self-gratification must pass away from us. In any great labour, in any high discipline, in any difficult or noble enterprise, whether undertaken for ourselves, for others or for the race, it will no longer be possible to stop short at the idea of the race, of ourselves or of others. The thing we are doing must be consciously offered as a sacrifice of works, not to these, but either through them or directly to the One Godhead; the Divine Inhabitant who was hidden by these figures must be no longer hidden but ever present to our soul, our mind, our sense. The workings and results of our acts must be put in the hands of that One in the feeling that that Presence is the Infinite and Most High by whom alone our labour and our aspiration are possible. For in his being all takes place; for him all labour and aspiration are taken from us by Nature and offered on his altar. Even in those things in which Nature is herself very plainly the worker and we only the witnesses of her working and its containers and supporters, there should be the same constant memory and insistent consciousness of a work and of its divine Master. Our very inspiration and respiration, our very heart-beats can and must be made conscious in us as the living rhythm of the universal sacrifice.” P. 111

Sri Aurobindo Studies

At the age of 18 I became a passionate explorer of all the wisdom I came across, beginning with the gospel according to John, then discovering Nietzsche, then Rudolf Steiner, then various mystic teachings of east and west. And with each year of this fascinating exploration my thirst became vaster and deeper. Since then 25 years passed by – yet – in all those years I didn’t came across something so entirely captivating and consuming my entire being like it is to me right now the study of Sri Aurobindo and his works. To meet this kind of wisdom feels like meeting for the first time in my life the Master Teachings in its purest form and efflorescence – a wisdom and a knowledge “not as a systematized result of questioning and reasoning, not a temporary arrangement of conclusions and opinions in the terms of the highest probability, but rather a pure self-existent and self-luminous Truth… a harmony of supreme faculties… acting not in the intuitive reason or the divine mind, but on a still higher plane, which see Truth directly face to face, or rather live in the truth of things both universal and transcendent and are its formulation and luminous activity.” (Sri Aurobindo, from Synthesis of Yoga, P. 17)

Beginning with today I am going to share those fragments of his work which enamor and speak to me the most – in the hope –  that they may find countless discoverers of his timeless wisdom – a wisdom too precious to remain as reclusive as it is still to this very day.

For this purpose I designed an additional page here on this blog called “Sri Aurobindo Studies” – where I will put all those fragments in the chronological order of my studies. Enjoy the ride – Riches Blessings: Arr

You are not in this Universe

Just to assume that a higher Power of a cosmic destiny takes you over right now, is enough to ignite its perfect enfoldment – if you truly understand the nature of mind, how infinitely powerful the mind is as a universal Principal, the Principal of The Universal. It is not mind looking at a Universe out there, because the Universe you see right now is inside the Mind, inside your own awareness! You The True You, are not in this Universe, somehow lost and disoriented, asking: where do I come from, and thinking I have no clue… and where do I go and this too I think I have no clue… and what is the purpose of all of this – I don’t really know… it seems. Yes it seems. It seems only. The Truth is: You are not in this Universe. This Universe is in You, every single piece of it, including the tiniest molecules and the most distant galaxies, all of it. All of it: You Are. – Arr

What is God?

What is God?
To me… God is simply “The highest Good”  …my highest Good   …A Glance of Love!

To be in the presence of God
is nothing less than to be in the presence of Your Highest Good. For real!

… to be in a placeless place

of infinite Power: Your Devotion to What matters The Most…

Call it God… call it Allah… call it what ever you want.

So now I give you my Friend…

now I invite You to share here with us THIS:

What matters to You the Most?

(you can write your response in comments – infinite thanks in Advance!)

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Abode of infinite Power

I am reading yet again the works of David Hawkins and I am stunned by the Power and the Beauty of his message:

“In the ordinary world, only surfaces of things can be touched, but in the Presence it is the innermost essence of everything that is interspersed with every other thing. This touch, which is the Hand of God in its soft gentleness, is at the same time an expression and the abode of infinite power.”

(from: D. Hawkins, “The Eye of the I, from which nothing is hidden”.)

…only kindness remains

“When you realize where you come from, no imagination can move you to believe that you are separate. Everything is seen for what it is, and you understand that no one is in danger of losing anything but his identification. And in that forever good news, in the face of everything that appears to be real, only kindness remains…. There is nothing beyond that, not one thought. This world is enough for me. Anything I ever need to do or be is in this unlimited space… It’s always more beautiful here, wherever I am, than any story of a future or a past.” – Byron Katie, A thousand names for joy.

Rediscovering Diogenes

One time, Alexander the Great went to meet Diogenes because he was impressed that the philosopher (Diogenes) was so highly admired despite having neither money nor power.

The accounts of Plutarch and Diogenes Laërtius recount that they exchanged only a few words: while Diogenes was relaxing in the sunlight in the morning, Alexander, thrilled to meet the famous philosopher, asked if there was any favour he might do for him. Diogenes replied, “Yes: Stand out of my sunlight. I have nothing to ask but that you would remove to the other side, that you may not, by intercepting the sunshine, take from me what you cannot give.” Alexander still declared, “If I were not Alexander, then I should wish to be Diogenes.”[24]

Now, listen to this story:

Alexander the Great: “Diogenes, you are a man of great repute yet you are a man without purpose and mission! All you do is sit about all day, untroubled, unperturbed, indulging in conversation and the pleasures of moment to moment life!”

Diogenes: “So, what is so much better about the life of Alexander the Great?”

Alexander: I am a conquerer of nations!

Diogenes: So, conquerer of nations, unlike my purposeless life what are you going to do next?

Alexander: I am going to conquer Greece!

Diogenes: Yes . . then what?

Alexander: Then I am going to conquer Asia Minor!

Diogenes: Alright . . then what?

Alexander: THEN I am going to conquer the WORLD!

Diogenes: Alright, then what after that?

Alexander: THEN I will relax and enjoy life!

Diogenes: Why not save yourself the trouble?   (and enjoy life right here, right now!)