Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Bridge to the Divine

When we try to comprehend a deep mystery or a genuine doubt that arises in our heart, we tend to use our rational thinking as the tool for finding an answer. While the rational mind is a useful tool, its zone of operation is mostly limited to our own comprehension and experience in the space-time domain we inhabit. With all modern scholarship pointing to the availability of past knowledge in our evolved consciousness, we find that there are ever increasing questions the rational mind poses as we probe further.

Yet the beauty of human creation is such that we have the innate capacity to comprehend deep mysteries as we are capable of transcending the limitations we have discussed earlier through an inner journey of elevating our consciousness to a higher level. This exercise has to be one of a personal endeavour and even the most enlightened teacher or Guru can not help us. This is the reason that when Arjuna wanted to reach out to perceive the universal form of Krishna, a unique process is set in motion.

First of all there is a
realization that there is a higher potentiality hidden in the human incarnation of Krishna. Then, there is a belief that he has the capacity to transcend his current limitations to perceive the higher reality. Finally there is an earnest desire to reach the state of elevated consciousness.
The following text from Bhagavad-Gita comprehensively articulates the process of attaining a higher state of consciousness and its non-temporality and non-locality.

“O Arjuna, whatever you wish to see, behold at once in this body of Mine! This universal form can show you whatever you now desire to see and whatever you may want to see in the future. Everything—moving and non-moving—is here completely, in one place.”
…..BG 11:7

The undifferentiated and omnipresence nature of the Divine and its location in the being of the observer, though there are limitations, is beautifully brought out in the following verse.

“Your form is difficult to see because of its glaring effulgence, spreading on all sides, like blazing fire or the immeasurable radiance of the sun. Yet I see this glowing form everywhere, adorned with various crowns, clubs and discs.”
…………..BG 11:17

As long as Arjuna is in the mode of an observer there is a subject-object duality. This duality is purposely ordained for without it there is no subjective experience to tell. Therefore this intricate experience in trying to reach the ground of Divine essence can well be explained by what the great German Christian mystic, Meister Eckhart said in one of his sermons:

“… The union of the soul with God is far more inward than that of the soul and body…. Now, I might ask, how stands it with the soul that is merged in God? Does the soul find herself or not? To this I will answer as it appears to me, that the soul finds in the point where every rational being understands itself with itself. Although it sinks in the eternity of Divine essence, yet it can never reach the ground. Therefore God has left a little point wherein the soul turns back upon itself to be a creature ….”

These are the two levels at which higher Self-awareness operates as the manifest and the Divine but ultimately you are the bridge to the Divine.

Love to you all


  1. I have observed and experienced the strange and thrilling feeling while we play a swing .Somehow the process of touching the gruond one moment and having the upward elevation the next,seem to be similar to our spiritual journey.We don't dare to move ahead without a grip or coming back.We are unable to let go the rational thinking which we percieve as our ground and base.

  2. Thank you for your comment with an analogue of the swing. Rational thinking is so ingrained in our psyche that this has to be the route for search but we should know when to transcend this level for more intuitive seeking. It is like closing your eyes and swinging without touching the ground after you have used the ground and your feet to give you the initial momentum.