Sunday, November 29, 2009

Manifesting the Hidden

Jesus said, “Recognize what is in your sight, and that which is hidden from you will become plain to you. For there is nothing hidden which will not become manifest” …………Gospel of Thomas Logion 5

The picture on the left shows the scattering impact of a droplet of water which hits the rising water drop of a previously fallen water drop. It is a magical image of sculptural quality. Thousands of water drops fall during a light shower on a puddle of water and we never take the time to notice what we see in this picture. To see the magical effect one has to slow down. Without extremely slow motion photography this image would be missed out. Even much more gross images escape our attention because we are always in a hurry with our worldly preoccupations. As we are discussing the sayings of Jesus in the Gospel of Thomas, it is necessary to emphasise the importance of sensory inputs in our spiritual life. Last week, Pope Benedict XVI told the gathering of hundreds of painters, sculptors, architects, poets and Film directors, held beneath the vaulted ceiling of the Sistine chapel painted by Michelangelo that he wanted to “renew the Church's friendship with the world of art”.
“Beauty ... can become a path towards the transcendent, towards the ultimate Mystery, towards God,” Pope Benedict said. Nature and the Cosmos talks to us through the senses, this is the reason that we have an exhilaration when we behold something beautiful or smell an intoxicating perfume of a flower or hear a beautiful recitation of a chant. But for many of us, brought up on Christian value system, a distortion has set in because we are taught that the sensory inputs leads to sin. ("If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell."...Matthew 5:29)
Yesterday I did a half day session in a convent where I was addressing young girls preparing for their ascetic life on
"The Role of Second Chakra in Ascetic Life" and my message to them was to use the body and the God given senses to feel the beauty of creation. Today the consumerist world thrusts highly distorted images and as Pope Benedict XVI said last week “Too often... the beauty thrust upon us is illusory and deceitful... it imprisons man within himself and further enslaves him, depriving him of hope and joy”. But an unpolluted sensory input is a primary gateway towards higher consciousness.

Imagine the relationship of a man and a woman closeted together often discussing intensely, to the observer in Bethany it would be presumed two intimate people sharing their thoughts. This is the reason for the apostles bitterly complaining about the intimacy of Jesus with Mary Magdalene in the Gospel of Philip or in the logion 114 of Gospel of Thomas. To a discerning individual the meeting of Logos and Sophia and not just two physical entities would be revealed. Translating a sensory input through one’s own consciousness is the stage at which distortions start setting in. If the conditioning of one’s consciousness is unsullied, a highly cosmic view emerges from every input that we receive.

Jesus statement “For there is nothing hidden which will not become manifest” points to the fact that all perceptions are within the grasp of one’s own consciousness and as we move from the region of a consciousness driven by the gross body towards a consciousness derived from our subtle body and astral or spirit body, which are integral existence of all creation, the kingdom of God becomes manifest.

Love to you all

4 comments :

  1. The myraid yet distinct ways of perceiving the sensory inputs are powerfully differentiated in the blog. Iam taken up by the words of St.Thomas."Recognise what is in your sight".How true? When we are able to percieve our immediate world rightly ,we become eligible to see the hidden truth and dimensions.When we succssfully transcend from one level to the next progressively we shall be able to reach the unreached destination-The kingdom of all wisdom.

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  2. Thanks Chris. You are gifted with great understanding and I pray that this should be put to a great use for elevating humanity through the work you do.

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  3. I really like your postings. Please keep up the good work. I am of your age and possibly have same taste in spirituality, cosmology etc.I too am Chennaite but now live in Bangalore. Thank you
    RVRamani

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  4. Ramani, if I am right you are my friend from Facebook and I follow your inputs and enjoy the same.

    Thanks for your appreciation. I post twice a week and if you do not mind I can put you on my email alert when the posts are published.

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