Sunday, January 9, 2011

Climbing to Golgotha

Starting upon the long journey immaculate; descending more and more into sinful matter, and having connected himself with every atom in manifested Space -- the Pilgrim, having struggled through and suffered in every form of life and being, is only at the bottom of the valley of matter, and half through his cycle, when he has identified himself with collective Humanity. This, he has made in his own image. In order to progress upwards and homewards, the 'God' has now to ascend the weary uphill path of the Golgotha of Life. It is the martyrdom of self-conscious existence. Like Vishvakarman he has to sacrifice himself to himself in order to redeem all creatures, to resurrect from the many into the One Life. Then he ascends into heaven indeed; where, plunged into the incomprehensible absolute Being and Bliss of Paranirvana, he reigns unconditionally, and whence he will redescend again at the next 'coming', which one portion of humanity expects in its dead-letter sense as the second advent and the other as the last 'Kalki Avatar'……..The Secret Doctrine, i 268

What a beautiful understanding of the true journey of the human soul. It is unfortunate that we look for external events or happenings and real-time prophecies in scriptures without truly understanding as to what is written and what has been lived by great spiritual leaders is a mapping for our own spiritual journey.

Madam Blavatsky captures the true sense of avatar in this passage. The repeated statements in scriptures of both the Judaio-Christian and the Vedic spirituality stress the sequence the individual Atman has to undergo and it has been brought out beautifully in the above passage.

It is a repeated cycle of the descending and ascending atman as symbolized in the dream of Jacob as angels descending and ascending the ladder that reaches up to heaven or the seat of Godhead. By naming the place of his dream Bethel, meaning the house of God, Jacob realized that all domains whether on earth or in heaven are the embodiment of the Godhead. Always in the Judaic scriptures ascending the mountain to reach God is symbolic of moving away from the valley of material existence into the higher realms of consciousness. Moses climbs Mount Sinai to be in the presence of God. The hardships that we face in this climb are brought out in the temptations of Christ or the temptation of Gautama by Mara. The transfiguration of Christ in Mount Tabor also indicates the higher state of consciousness which is essential for one to live in the state of Paramatma.

According to the Books of Kings, Elijah's return is prophesied "before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord," making him a harbinger of the Messiah and the eschaton in various faiths that revere the Hebrew Bible. Derivative references to Elijah appear in the Talmud, Mishnah, the New Testament, and the Qur'an. This is not a physical event but a prophecy of extremely high awareness of the true nature of man which precedes the the final awakening or second coming.

In the Book of Revelation, the sequence of the Millennium, Tribulation, Armageddon and Rapture symbolizes the intention, fall, material existence and finally the restoration into Christ consciousness. But unfortunately many main stream Christian believers look to a physical second coming of Christ. Christ lived his life and the events in his life were markers for our spiritual progression from this valley of tribulation of alienated existence to our true Divine nature.

"The initial self-awakening in the earnest seeker for wisdom is the starting-point of the 'longest journey', the arduous Path pointing not merely to individual enlightenment, which is an extremely sublimated form of exalted selfishness, but even more to ultimate reunion and total identification with the Self of all, the Logos in the Cosmos and the God in Man."...Krishna Iyer

It is only by negating one’s ego consciousness to the point of self destruction to material clinging that one can reach the higher realms of Divine consciousness. Christ’s statement before the Roman governor Pilot ‘My kingdom is not of this world’ puts the seal of authority on what one should seek even to the point of self annihilation. This is the repeated cycle of the souls climbing Golgotha to be crucified in a process of redemption from spiritual ignorance.

Love to you all

1 comment :

  1. True... Kalki avatar of Vishnu shall be a lethal combination of man god and Chanakya (the most able administrator in the history of mankind)! Advent of Kalki Avatar is expected around 2012~2014