Monday, December 22, 2008

Undivided attention

The above graph is known as the E8 Graph and is currently being thought of as the geometry that can establish the fundamental theory GUT (Grand Unification Theory - to unify all forces in nature). Without getting into the mathematical or scientific details we can observe the emanation of the geometry from a singularity which is the focus of all mystical experience.

Meister Eckhart says:

“To be sure, this requires effort and love, a careful cultivation of the spiritual life, and a watchful, honest, active oversight of all one’s mental attitudes towards things and people. It is not to be learned by world flight, running away from things, turning solitary and going apart from the world.
Rather, one must learn an inner solitude, wherever or with whomsoever he may be. He must learn to penetrate things and find God there, to get a strong impression of God firmly fixed on his mind”.

Great mystics had a very clear approach to seeking the height of spirituality. The passage above from a sermon of Meister Eckhart reveals the deep seated wisdom through which he recommends a path to God realization.

There are two acts that become mandatory in our journey towards realizing God nature. One is effort and the other is love. Constant effort is paramount to any activity where we are embarked on nurturing a living and growing presence. Parents are involved in a continuous effort with ever watchful eyes to ensure that their child grows in life with optimum health, knowledge and comfort. It is not only effort but love, which gives an enhanced meaning to the very act of tending to the object of our attention, increases the effort multi fold. There is a cascading avalanche effect as effort begets love and love begets more love. This is the reason that love is given such a high value in human spirituality. This is why St. Theresa of Avilla said “Amor saca amor”, which means “love begets love”. The effort and love become the bedrock of spiritual life and the mansion of God presence that we build on this foundation is to be fortifies by a honest and vigilant control of our mind and all its dictates towards the entire ecosystem.

Eckhart is very specific that this cannot be achieved by running away from the world or physical solitude but by an inner isolation from all the corrupting influences of the world so that we can constantly focus on penetrating the very core of our existence and find the true essence from which we are born. This is the process of stamping the indelible mark of the spirit in our psyche so that all other mental processes become a path to this ultimate realization. The value of mindfulness meditation constantly practiced leads to this incremental refinement in our inner journey.

Love to you all

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