Sunday, April 12, 2009

Resurrection – A Continuous Process

“This joy in God, this freedom which raises us in faith and in hope above the bitter struggle that is our lot caught between the flesh and the Law, this is the new canticle in which we join with the blessed angels and the saints in praising God.
Let us not then darken the joy of Christ’s victory by remaining in captivity and in darkness, but let us declare His power, by living as free persons who have been called by Him out of darkness into His admirable light.”
…………… Thomas Merton. “Seasons of Celebration”, p. 157.

A Happy Easter to my Christian friends and a Happy Freedom day for the entire humanity.
If Christ resurrection has to have any meaning today we must reposition our perception of blindly celebrating a very strongly faith oriented event towards a mental positioning that will give a higher credibility and meaning to our spiritual life. Paul clearly says in his letter to the Corinthians “…..it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.”….. 1 Cor 15:44
The undisputed claim of men having two bodies is tantamount in many spiritual traditions. The eventual demise of the physical body and the separation of the spiritual body to an elevated state is the natural course of human life.

The true meaning of resurrected is to be elevated or raised. It is not about a physical state that we talk here. It is about a level of consciousness that we are talking. This is the reason Paul says “For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either”….1 Cor 15:16. He repositions resurrection as a common phenomenon.

Today we can understand this great truth, which was mainly revealed through mystical experience, much better, as limitations of understanding that existed when the scriptures were written can be overcome from our current understanding of consciousness as the all pervading nature of reality.

Individual consciousness which is result of the individual body-mind construct through the medium of thought is in the lowest plane of manifestation. The individual thought field makes a continuous imprint on the universal consciousness and modifies potentialities through the web of interconnectedness, while the net potentiality is always maintained at the sunyata or void level. Resurrection must be seen as a constant elevation of our 'consciousness potentiality' towards the ‘net void’ level or what is termed in spiritual literature as 'God consciousness'. This leads to positive affirmation of how multitude of experiments with group meditation and prayers lowers disease and crime rate in neighbourhoods.
Christ’s admirable light of which Thomas Merton speaks, is the positive attitude and insight during his entire life and the final surge of breaking free from bodily constraints to empower humanity to a freedom from “the bitter struggle that is our lot caught between the flesh and the Law”.

This constant elevation or upliftment of individual level of consciousness is our continuous resurrection.

Love to you all

2 comments :

  1. The beauty of your blogs, TIBS, is the contoual resurrectuions you bring to our thinking and understanding. An immensely inspiring write.
    Bhaskar

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  2. Bhaskar,
    I can see a very similar mind at work.
    If I appreciate you it would be vain glory as I would be apprciating myself.

    Peace & love

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