Sunday, August 22, 2010

Beyond Temporal Limitation

“The disciples said to Yeshua, “Tell us, how will our end come?”
Yeshua said, “Have you found the beginning, then, that you are looking for the end? You see, the end will be where the beginning is. Congratulations to the one who stands at the beginning: that one will know the end and will not taste death.”” ……….
Saying 18 Gospel of Thomas

The end can only be truly understood if we know the beginning. All existence comes with these two time markers. In today’s cosmology a well established event is the Big Bang which was the birthing event of the universe in which we live. We are constantly seeking how the universe will end. But a deeper metaphysical question is what was there before the Big Bang and we have as many proposals as there are leading cosmologists but no reliable answer. This is the reason St. Augustine said time is the property of God.

Aristotle and St. Augustine have fundamentally different perspectives regarding the analysis of time. A true physicist, Aristotle defines time as it relates to motion and space, or magnitude. He continually bases his argument of time around analogies to movement and place. For Augustine, however, time is entirely subjective; it exists solely within the mind and depends on the notion of distension, or expansion, of the faculties of the mind. Despite these opposing perspectives, both philosophers admit that time is a construct of the human intellect.
Human intellect has its foundation in human consciousness and human consciousness has its foundation in the plenum of Divine or Cosmic consciousness. When we say that creation is a self expression of the Divine mind, it means that all created consciousness emanates from and is an integral part of this primal consciousness.

While our consciousness comprehends a beginning in creation and an end in dissolution, it is a highly limited view of reality. We cannot fathom the infinite consciousness of the Divine yet we are given the intuitive wisdom to understand this great mystery.

This is the wisdom that made the prophet declare “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” ….
Jeremiah 1:5

This is also seen in the wisdom of Bhagavad-Gita where Lord Krishna declares “All created beings are unmanifest in their beginning, manifest in their interim state, and unmanifest again when annihilated…….” ............
BG 2:28

To know the beginning, one has to understand one’s subjective consciousness limitation and transcend this limitation through a higher level of consciousness to a state of being which breaks the barrier of time and space. The words of Yeshua are aimed at this process. The beginning that we have as creatures is but an illusionary stage in the Divine plenum. Creation or manifestation is a perception in limited consciousness. The primal state of Adam Kadmon which is devoid of all imperfection is the true beginning and all creation must return back to this state through a process continuous awakening. This is captured beautifully in the
“Hymn of the Pearl” a poem which is part of “Acts of Thomas”. There the poet says:

“Awake and arise from your sleep,
And hear the words of our letter.
Remember that you are a son of kings,
Consider the slavery you are serving.
Remember the pearl,”

The pearl is the untarnished primal consciousness, which is eternal, from where all creation has come and for all who realize this great truth, they live in the light and they are those who stand in the beginning and for them there is no end.

Love to you all

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