Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Inner Sabbath – A Singularity

Jesus said, “The person old in days won't hesitate to ask a little child seven days old about the place of life, and that person will live.
For many of the first will be last, and will become a single one.”
………. Gospel of Thomas Logion 4

This saying is potent with meaning which appears to evade us on the surface. Jesus is telling the disciples a continual comment of reaching the Kingdom through realization of the true nature of oneself. Jesus, in this saying, is not talking about a man of advanced age going to a baby who is seven days old and asking for a discourse on empowering knowledge. The true meaning of this saying is that in order to attain immortal life in the spiritual domain, human consciousness which has been contaminated through a long life in this materialistic world and which has become encrusted with trappings of pleasures through the senses, must go inward to the time of emergence of the pure consciousness in this physical body.
The seven days stated as the age of the immaculate child signifies the completion of the Genesis process of physical creation. This is the consciousness that resides in the fully created primal Adam (Adam Kadmon), the primal androgynous human and the ultimate created consciousness where in there is a divine perfection. This perfection is the eternal rest of the Sabbath on the seventh day. As Tau Malachi says “here the Master is speaking of entering into repose and seeking the wisdom of the Divine presence and power that enters the holy abode on the Sabbath”

This may sound a very tall order for common man. The moments of intuitive experience are often ignored by us as against a perception of their non occurrence. This asking the ‘child of seven days’ is experienced in our daily lives as experiences less intense than the "peak event" and are widespread, perhaps universal.

Paul Tillich, the twentieth century American Theologian and Philosopher, speaks of encounters with ‘true reality’ rather than unitive moments or mystical experiences: “Suddenly, true reality appears like the brightness of lightning in a formerly dark place.” Or, he continues, it may slowly appear “like a landscape when the fog becomes thinner and thinner and finally disappears. New darknesses, new fogs will fall upon you, but you have experienced, at least once, the truth and the freedom given by the truth.”

At the age of 33, Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote that he once had a moment of 'perfect exhilaration' while crossing a common (apparently Boston Common) at twilight: “Almost I fear to think how glad I am . . . Standing on bare ground,--my head in the blithe air and uplifted into infinite space,--all mean egotism vanishes. I become a transparent eyeball; I am nothing, I see all; the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part or parcel of God.”

Monoimus, the Arab, a great Gnostic (who lived somewhere between 150 - 210 CE) recommended an inward search for truth: “Abandon the search for God and the creation and other matters of a similar sort. Look for him by taking yourself as a starting point. Learn who it is within you makes everything his own and says, “My God, my mind, my soul, my body!” Learn the sources of sorrow, joy, love, hate. . . And if, you carefully seek this out, you will find Him in yourself [as both] one and many things after the likeness of that one singularity. . . .”

Jesus concludes this saying that due to this process, what we considered as primal becomes irrelevant and all experience moves towards a singularity of pure bliss.

Love to you all

2 comments :

  1. Monoimus,the Arab gnostic is infact
    challenging us.Its not easy to realise that the source of every experience is within you. Because we have comfortably categorised good & evil and have assigned different sources for each.Each one of us will surely have more than one experience which are bad and hence can't assign their source as God.So, its a long way before we are truly able to say"All from Thee my Lord".

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  2. Subathra, Very aptly put.Good and evil are attributes in the karmic field and not manifest when one looks at the bigger picture. The inward journey really helps us to seek this realization. Monotheism and anthropomorphic view is the one that assigns a role to God as originator of good and evil.In this vast cosmos filled with millions of planets which could house intelligence, it is man's arrogant view that God is the perpetrator of so called good and evil which are of social and cultural origination.

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