Monday, November 14, 2011

Fasting from the World

“If you do not fast from the world, you will not find the kingdom. If you do not observe the Sabbath as a Sabbath you will not see the Father.”………..Saying 27 – Gospel of Thomas

There is radical difference between the physical perceptual world and the Kingdom of God or the Divine Kingdom. The Divine Kingdom is all pervasive and is the subtlest, non differentiated domain from which all emanations takes place.

When Yeshua says that you have to fast from the world to find the Divine Kingdom, He does not mean fasting from taking in physical nourishment. What He means is one has to let go of attachments to the gross level to understand and get the feel of the subtlest levels wherein Divine presence can be felt in an intuitive manner.

When our consciousness operates at the waking level, through an evolutionary process, we are tuned to receive images in the four dimensional space-time. The names and forms are pre-cast at a collective level and it is a Herculean task to dismantle this consciousness structure. There is a kind of gluing together of our physical existence and the constructs of our mind in a deterministic mode which is far from reality.

The fasting Yeshua refers to is a conscious withdrawing from the operation of the mind. This in Vedic philosophy of Raja Yoga is called Pratyahara. It is the conscious withdrawing of the mind by the mind itself. Pratyahara is the 5th stage of sage Patanjali’s 8-limbed Ashtanga Yoga, which we could refer to as “withdrawing the senses away from the external surroundings and distractions.”

It can also be thought of as the point of transition from the bahiranga, or ‘external’ aspects of yoga, to the antaranga, or ‘internal’ yoga. In a deeper sense, we could even say that it is with this ‘controlled withdrawing of the senses’ that ‘Real Yoga’ begins.

Finally, in the language which the common man can understand, Yeshua says; “If you do not observe the Sabbath as a Sabbath you will not see the Father.”
Sabbath is a stage, it is not a day as normally perceived in ritualistic observations. Sabbath is the culmination and celebration of the act of physical creation. It is a stage when the creative purpose is internalized. What is the purpose of the body and its organs? What is the purpose of nature and all its bounties? All this creation should be seen in the light of the essence of creation. The essence of creation is the greater appreciation of the lila or play of consciousness.
We read in Genesis 2 verse 3 “And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.”

The true nature of God or the Divine is that of stillness or resting. It is the equipoise of the universal ocean of consciousness. The seventh day symbolizes fullness, the cosmic dimension, and resting symbolizes the non-dualistic, undifferentiated essence which pervades all manifestation.

It is only when we who are created in the true image of the Divine observe the Sabbath, which means we observe the true nature of creation in its fullness and non-dualistic and undifferentiated subtle nature, we are capable a union with the Father or the Divine.

This is the meditative state explained in Ashtanga Yoga wherein after withdrawal and single pointed focus or Dharna, one goes into meditation or Dyana and finally attains Samadhi which is the absorption into the Divine or in simple language of Yeshua 'seeing the FATHER'.

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