Friday, March 30, 2012

Meekness and Inheritance

A friend of mine on Facebook asked this question and instead of replying to him individually (I am sure he would not mind) I thought of sharing my take on this, the third beatitude from the Sermon on the Mount, through a Blog post.

“I was reading the other day about the concept of Karma, and I struck a parallel (not sure why yet) with "Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth."
Have you come across the original language text of "Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth"? I wonder if meek is not the correct English word. Same goes for the phrase "inherit the earth".”

It is natural when one looks at the words and relate to the compensatory attribute of karma that whatever virtue that we practice in this life time would have a beneficent effect in the next life. Hence being meek and subservient leads to dominion over an earthly kingdom. The transformation from being a physical slave to becoming the master and inheritor of a kingdom.

Neil Douglas-Klotz commenting on this verse says that the original ‘L’makikhe’ could be translated as ‘the Meek’ as it was done from the Greek. But the Aramaic would say humble or gentle. Behind this is the deeper root of a process of softening or one who is yielding.
This is a mental process of opening up to more holistic realities.
Similarly the word ‘nertun’ can mean ‘inherit’ or in a broader sense ‘receiving’. In a broader interpretation, from a spiritual perspective, it means receiving from the source.
The immediate source which people can relate to is the Earth of which we are part of in our temporal existence. But in the cosmological dimension it is the gift of receiving from the very source of all creation.

The deeper meaning of this verse is that those of us who can remove our mental rigidities conditioned through socio-political-religious belief systems and open our intellect to receive the sustaining energies from the source field of which we are part of, would inherit the very universal attributes of the Cosmos.

The best example is that of a sea sponge. The inherent attribute of the sponge is to naturally allow the nutrient rich sea water to enter the very core of the sponge thus enriching its life. Sponges do not have nervous, digestive or circulatory systems. Instead, most rely on maintaining a constant water flow through their bodies to obtain food, oxygen and remove wastes. The sponge does not go and get the nutrients, it allows the nutrients to come in due its physical open and pervasive structure.

Similarly the lowering of potential in any electrical system allows energy from a higher potential to naturally flow. Humility is the hallmark of the wise. Humility is associated with a wilful lowering of one’s potentials and talents. This is prerequisite for learning.

The process of achieving the meekness or humility and inheriting the plenitude invested through cosmic consciousness is well brought out in the “Eight Verses for Training the Mind” by Geshe Sonam Rinchen.

“One of the main obstacles is our pride. This pride is an inflated state of mind (rigidity) and relies on our false view of the transitory collection, which focuses on the existent self, attributed to our body and mind, and distorts it. When we are on top of a very high mountain, we look down on all the lower peaks. Similarly, when we are full of pride, everyone else appears lower. We are the best and everyone else is inferior. This pride is associated with our self-preoccupation and makes us act inappropriately and disrespectfully towards others, thereby bringing us face to face with all kinds of unpleasant and unwanted experiences. As long as we feel and act as through we are the centre of the universe, we will never develop real concern for others. To counteract this attitude we train ourselves always to think of them as supremely important by considering their good qualities and by reviewing our own faults and weaknesses.”

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