Sunday, March 14, 2010

Change - Essence of Creation

Yeshua said, “This heaven will pass away, and the one above it will pass away.
The dead are not alive, and the living will not die. During the days when you ate what is dead, you made it come alive. When you are in the light, what will you do? On the day when you were one, you became two. But when you become two, what will you do?” ……….. Gospel of Thomas - Logion 11

This saying is extremely complex, especially for the uninitiated. The depth of this saying requires a two level approach. One approach is rooted in deep enquiry into the nature of reality and the second is the intuitive awareness of the reality of the self.

The saying opens with an authentic statement “This heaven will pass away, and the one above it will pass away. The dead are not alive, and the living will not die…” It is amazing when we realize that this statement was made nearly 2000 years ago. The nature of reality continues to evolve everyday as our understanding of the cosmos and the forces that shape reality are found to be the by-product of our evolving consciousness. The essence of reality is change. This leads us to have an altered concept of God, who in Christian teaching is a never changing reality. But today to define a creator who is operative both in the material domain as well as in the domain of consciousness, we need to incorporate the attribute of change to the causation of creation.

‘This heaven’ in the saying of Yeshua signifies the reality that we observe with our senses and the ‘one above’ is that which is inferred through our understanding of the forces of creation. This includes such concepts as ‘dark matter’ and ‘dark energy’ and ‘hyper-dimension’. All this will pass away because consciousness when associated with manifested matter is not perennial and subject to aberration and will always loose its sensory modifications as soon as the manifestation is dissolved. Pure consciousness is not subject to modification and will always maintain its perennial nature beyond space-time and sensory limitations. This is the reason that Yeshua says “….The dead are not alive, and the living will not die…..” This clearly defines the duality of matter which is always subject to dissolution and the sustaining consciousness which is always an inseparable part of the greater reality.

Next Yeshua says "During the days when you ate what is dead, you made it come alive. " This is to emphasize that the process of continuous creation takes place. The food that we eat, which has no life in itself is given life as it is absorbed into a living system. This is the nature of all matter. This is the function of true reality, where both at the microscopic and the macroscopic level, there is continuous interchange of energy. Ultimately though everything evolves towards greater and greater complexity and the most complex of all, from the perspective of a perceived duality, is the universal Divine consciousness.

The next part of the saying is a poser to the disciples. Yeshua must have addressed this saying near the end of his ministry and being fairly sure that the disciples would, by now, understand the deeper dimension of his teaching and its underlying spirituality. When one is part of the light, which means part of the Divine essence, there is no individual ‘action’ but just a ‘being’. Consciousness perceives ‘action’ only when it is operative in a limited manifestation. This is the reason that true liberation in Vedic philosophy is understood as liberation from the ‘Law of Karma or action’.

Finally Yeshua tests his disciple as to whether they truly understand the nature of the Self. This has been the enquiry of all great spiritual teachers. Every manifest creation and its associated consciousness have come out of a singularity. This is metaphorically explained in the Genesis narration. Eve, the female element, and Adam, the male element, have been extracted from a single primal being of pure consciousness, Adam Kadmon (Lurianic Kabbalah). The symbol of Primordial Man, the first being to emerge with the creation of the cosmos is common to a number of religious and philosophical traditions. The Upanishads describe a primal man composed of the very elements which were to become the world. According to the Upanishads this "gigantic divine being" is both infinitely far and deposited near the innermost recesses of the human heart. Indeed, in the Vedic tradition, the Primordial Man is identified both with the entire Universe and the soul or essence of all things.

Yeshua answered this question openly when he taught them and he is wondering if the disciples were sharp enough to understand his message. Yeshua said “You heard me say, “I am going away and I am coming back to you.” If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I”……… John 14:28. Yeshua here speaks of his merging back into the Divine singularity. Every manifest creation has to ultimately merge back into the singularity from which the dual nature emerged.

Love to you all

4 comments :

  1. This quotation and the explanation is good. Makes one to think how I should live as committed person. Thanks. chuchi

    ReplyDelete
  2. Thanks Susan, Life has been given to us in this body for only one purpose, namely to elevate all that we touch to a higher level of consciousness. This can be through prayer, service but above all a pure and unconditional love for all creation. This is the answer that we can give Yeshua when he asks "On the day when you were one, you became two. But when you become two, what will you do?"

    Annan

    ReplyDelete
  3. Intutive awareness of self and reality...I really don't know if I have it or not, but you can at times feel the traces of it.We are very often unable to distance ourselves from the trivial routine of life and hence unable to take stock of what's happening within ourselves.
    The concept of our dual nature reaching its origin namely the divine singularity is brought out well while not compromising with its complexity.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Thank you for linking me to this post TIB You said 'All this will pass away because consciousness when associated with manifested matter is not perennial and subject to aberration and will always loose its sensory modifications as soon as the manifestation is dissolved. Pure consciousness is not subject to modification and will always maintain its perennial nature beyond space-time and sensory limitations. This reminds me of another saying___50. Jesus said, "If they say to you, 'Where have you come from?' say to them, 'We have come from the light, from the place where the light came into being by itself, established [itself], and appeared in their image.'

    If they say to you, 'Is it you?' say, 'We are its children, and we are the chosen of the living Father.'

    If they ask you, 'What is the evidence of your Father in you?' say to them, 'It is motion and rest.'" Let me venture into assumption here and say that I believe this means that the manifestation is not continual but intermittent and that with out the confines of linear thought we understand 'a world without end' So like an alternating current we flicker between on and off but the frequency of the on position [singularity] being timeless never leaves us. It is up to us to transform (this is what an actual electrical transformer does in a physical sense also) these phases back into continual light in this very moment shining out the presence of the Father that never leaves us. Rest and Repose! Gratefully Jeff

    ReplyDelete