Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Kingdom of Heaven

Now having been questioned by the Pharisees as to when the kingdom of God was coming, He answered them and said; “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or, ‘There it is!’ For behold, the kingdom of God is within you.”……… Luke 17: 20-21

John the Baptist and Yeshua were both preaching the Kingdom of God was at hand and told their disciples to do the same. From the beginning we were told that it was at hand, that we were supposed to seek it, that it was in our midst, and within our reach in a present tense.

In the Bible the phrase “Kingdom of Heaven” is translated from original Aramaic. Did Yeshua preach a new world order? The gospel of Matthew was written in Aramaic primarily for the Israelite community. Translating the Aramaic to Greek, the word ‘malkuthach’ becomes ‘basileia ouranos’, or Kingdom of Heaven, meaning a “realm”. According to Thayer’s Lexicon the primary meaning of basileia is “royal power”. Power creates and sustains a “kingdom”. Without power a kingdom cannot exist. Without power a king is nothing. That is why the word “kingdom” is actually a secondary definition of basileia. Basileia is feminine gender and its primary meaning is “royal power” or “governing power”. The definition of ouranos is ‘universe’. In old English the concept of the universe was expressed as “the heavens”. Somewhere along the way the plural expression “heavens” was replaced by the singular expression—“heaven”. The attempt to translate or interpret ouranos –“universe” as “heaven” (singular), is totally erroneous and misleading.

Yeshua speaking in parables says, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son”……
Matthew 22:2, and compares the Kingdom of heaven to a king. The kingdom of heaven is compared specifically to a “king of men,” (anthropos basileus). Through this a spatial attribute is negated in favour of a royal personage. When we read the declaration that ‘kingdom of heaven is within you’ and it is the individual, as the ‘highest of person – a spiritually empowered royalty’, who is the kingdom, the meaning becomes clear. The realization that you are one who carries the sustaining power of the ‘kosmos’ in every cell of your body and the resulting consciousness is the highest you can attain.
The proof of this is already in the scriptures. St. Paul writing to the Corinthians says; “For the kingdom of God does not consist in words, but in power.”…..
1 Cor 4:20

A microcosm of the universe, the universal ocean of power and bliss, dwells within one’s own heart. The sum total of all of the light, power and bliss that is manifested throughout the entire macrocosm can be experienced within the Spiritual Heart, which is the same as one’s own Self. This the seamless link between the individual consciousness and the cosmic consciousness.
The Bhagavad-Gita also endorses this great truth. Lord Krishna explains the dual nature of human existence and says:
“Earth, water, fire, air, ether, mind, intelligence and false ego—all together these eight constitute My separated material energies. Besides these, O mighty-armed Arjuna, there is another, superior energy of Mine, which comprises the living entities who are exploiting the resources of this material, inferior nature.”…….
BG 7: 4,5

The sustaining power of all consciousness is the cosmic consciousness and they are one and the same. For one who realizes this he has already attained the Kingdom of Heaven.

Love to you all

2 comments :

  1. Wow, what a great insights of interiority! The kingdom of heaven is within me. The Holy Spirit dwells in you and me. We need to realize and re emphasize this Truth!

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