Sunday, October 4, 2009

Knowing the Kingdom

Jesus said, “If your leaders say to you, 'Look, the (Father's) kingdom is in the sky,' then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, 'It is in the sea,' then the fish will precede you. Rather, the kingdom is within you and it is outside you.
When you know yourselves, then you will be known, and you will understand that you are children of the living Father. But if you do not know yourselves, then you live in poverty, and you are the poverty.”
……… Logion 3

Continuing the interpretation of the various sayings in the Gospel of Thomas, Christ clearly articulates the location of the ‘Kingdom of God’ which is more in tune with Advaidic proposition.
First of all we should understand what the word ‘Kingdom’ means in the context of Christ saying.
Christ divine nature is manifest in this understanding through apriori knowledge of the cosmic and universal nature of the domain of God’s existence. This must take us to the Genesis and it is the primordial light of the beginning of Genesis (1:3-4). Most scriptural and Bible scholars still resort to another abstraction which is namely ‘light’ as the domain of the God’s domain. This I feel is only a slight improvement from a more earthly term ‘Kingdom’.

With the advances in our understanding the nature of reality, today there is universal acceptance that an energy field pervades the entire cosmos at the very subtlest level. This has been called by various names. But one fairly acceptable name is consciousness. Consciousness transcends the four dimensional space-time and communications at near infinite speeds have been observed in the laboratory.(Dr. Cleve Backster experiment for US Army) also another Russian study points out that if you beam laser light through DNA a wave pattern appears on the screen behind. If you then remove the DNA from the experiment the wave pattern remains on the screen as if the DNA is still there. (Study of phantom DNA effect by Russian scientists Gariaev, K.V. Grigor'ev, A.A. Vasil'ev, V.P. Poponin and V.A. Shcheglov.)
Therefore a better term for ‘light’ could be ‘consciousness’. The entire creation is pervaded by Divine or Cosmic consciousness. This is the primordial stuff from which all creations come endowed with the same pure element but sullied through layers of conditioning as a result of our alienated perception through the action of the mind.

This is the reason that Christ points out the misperception and clearly states that the original ‘kingdom’ or ‘light’ or ‘consciousness’ is within you in as much as it is in every creation that is manifest to our human senses. It can not be contained by space-time or any other physical attribute. The extreme position of this understanding is the philosophy of Advaita propounded by Sankara.

Christ further qualifies that this knowledge is of primary importance as this knowledge based living gives us the right to be called Children of the living Father because in our deeper existence, not in the physical plane, there is no death and the divine consciousness merges with created consciousness to make us immortal. This is the reason Jesus says “Whoever discovers the interpretation of these sayings will not taste death.”...... Logion 1
Finally the lack of this knowledge leaves us undernourished and we live only in the physical and material domain to experience degradation and dissolution. A poverty that is self imposed due to our lack of understanding our true nature.

Love to you all

2 comments :

  1. A question that quickly comes up - From the Lord's prayer:
    'Thy kingdom come' - does this point to realization of the cosmic or divine consciousness through created consciousness?

    Also, perhaps there is a deeper meaning in the original prayer that has been lost through translation and adaptation?

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  2. Jerome, you are correct in stating that when we pray 'Thy kingdom come' - it does point to the inner realization of the cosmic or divine consciousness through created consciousness.
    Also there has been translation problems of the Lord's prayer from the original Aramaic to Greek and then on to Latin.
    The original Aramaic 'Têtê malkuthach' more readily translates to 'Your Heavenly Domain approaches'.This can be better understood in the context of the next sentence where the purpose of the approach of the kingdom is to make the will of the divine same as that of the human. Will naturally comes from the mind which again is the result of consciousness.
    Thanks for your sharing.

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