Friday, August 31, 2012

Celestial Virgin and Mother Earth

“Thus is repeated on Earth the mystery enacted, according to the Seers, on the divine plane. The 'Son' of the immaculate Celestial Virgin (or the undifferentiated cosmic protyle, Matter in its infinitude) is born again on Earth as the Son of the terrestrial Eve – our mother Earth, and becomes Humanity as a total – past, present, and future – for Jehovah or Jod-he-vau-he is androgyne, or both male and female. Above, the Son is the whole KOSMOS; below, he is MANKIND.”.........The Secret Doctrine, Volume I page 60

The concept of virgin birth in spiritual literature and mythical representations of deeper reality is a way of communicating the primordial origin which had a non dual nature and from which a differentiated consciousness evolved. This is captured in Jewish mysticism in the tree of life as the different levels starting out at Ain-sof and manifesting as the Adam Kadmon. In Lurianic Kabbalah, Adam Ḳadmon acquired an exalted status equivalent to Purusha in the Upanishads, denoting an anthropomorphic concept of the universe itself and Ain-sof would be the equivalent of Prakriti, which is the non-dual nature of the Parabrahman.

As Madame Blavatsky points out the earth mysteries were replicated from the divine plane in the act of creation. At the beginning of times, matter existed in its infinitude with an undifferentiated attribute and this attribute is an equipotential vibrational energy devoid of space-time attribute and in Vedic philosophy was called Brahman or supreme consciousness. This in mythical lore or scriptures is referred to as the Celestial Virgin. Whenever there is a manifestation of this primal consciousness on earth we refer to it as being born of the Virgin Mother or the terrestrial Eve.

If we now go to the Genesis in Christian literature, we can see the sequence of Adam being created in the pure nature through Jehovah or Jod-he-vau-he, who is androgyne, or both male and female. This is reason that it is only out of Adam that Jehovah creates Eve the feminine nature of creation. This answers the theological question why Jehovah did not create Eve as he created Adam. The human consciousness participation is necessary in any creation of duality.

“The most ancient name for the Universal Spirit, is Yod He Vau He. But this ancient name is far more than just what another religion calls their version of the concept of God, or even a name. In fact, it was not meant to really be just a ‘name’ at all. It is from before our time of human manifestation on Earth. It is the physical word equivalent of a vibrational, or thought form. It is an actual representation of the Universal Law that governs the ‘primary pattern’ [discussed earlier]. The name itself, is the key to creation, and the representation of the Universal Law of polarities, and the replication/reproduction of all vibration. And remember, EVERYTHING is vibration. Contained in this one name for the One, is the actual formula for creation, and the manifestation of all life within the One. Thus this name of God, is probably the single most significant metaphysical concept there is.”.......David Icke

In continuous creation matter exhibits itself in differentiated forms and is the product of the mother earth. Mother earth is a generic representation of all manifestations in the Universe and the universe itself is a miniscule entity in the possibility of a multiverse. KOSMOS in spiritual literature represents the totality of all possible manifestations and the non-manifest.

Thus Son of Man is the representation of the KOSMOS while the son of man is the representation of HUMANITY.

Love to you all

Friday, August 17, 2012

Law of Retribution

“This Law — whether Conscious or Unconscious — predestines nothing and no one. It exists from and in Eternity, truly, for it is Eternity itself; and as such, since no act can be co-equal with eternity, it cannot be said to act, for it is action itself. It is not the Wave which drowns a man, but the personal action of the wretch, who goes deliberately and places himself under the impersonal action of the laws that govern the Ocean’s motion. Karma creates nothing, nor does it design. It is man who plans and creates causes, and Karmic law adjusts the effects; which adjustment is not an act, but universal harmony, tending ever to resume its original position, like a bough, which, bent down too forcibly, rebounds with corresponding vigour. If it happen to dislocate the arm that tried to bend it out of its natural position, shall we say that it is the bough which broke our arm, or that our own folly has brought us to grief? Karma has never sought to destroy intellectual and individual liberty, like the God invented by the Monotheists. It has not involved its decrees in darkness purposely to perplex man; nor shall it punish him who dares to scrutinise its mysteries. On the contrary, he who unveils through study and meditation its intricate paths, and throws light on those dark ways, in the windings of which so many men perish owing to their ignorance of the labyrinth of life, is working for the good of his fellow-men. Karma is an Absolute and Eternal law in the World of manifestation; and as there can only be one Absolute, as One eternal ever present Cause, believers in Karma cannot be regarded as Atheists or materialists — still less as fatalists: for Karma is one with the Unknowable, of which it is an aspect in its effects in the phenomenal world.” ………..Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine, Vol. 2 page 305

This is probably one of the best ways to intellectually grasp the concept of Karma. Karma is usually visualized as something being handed over to us from our previous incarnations, as a retribution for our past state of failings. This attitude assigns the onus to a Divine being and leads to a very tricky question; if karmic imprints both past and future are in the domain of the Divine why are we subject to all the pain when the retribution can be swift and wholesome or why at all are we subject to this experiences?
The answer lies in the way we conceptualize the law of retribution. As Madame Blavatsky clearly points out karma is eternal. It is rooted in the eternal wisdom of the universal consciousness. It is action itself and yet no action as it is the original plenum of existence where there is no duality. Cause and effect are only in the mind of the Ego as perceived in its dual nature of creature and creator.
In Vivekachudamani , Sri Adi Sankara says:
“Raising the thought of "I" from the body to the Self that is Consciousness, Being, Bliss, and lodging it there, leave form, and become pure for ever. Knowing that "I am that Eternal" wherein this world is reflected, like a city in a mirror, thou shalt perfectly gain thy end. What is of real nature, self-formed, original consciousness, secondless bliss, formless, actless—entering that, let a man put off this false body of desires, worn by the Self as a player puts on a costume.”

It is the microcosmic ripples, which innately and ultimately has the potency to subside to the Divine ambient level of non-action, that we mistake for field of karmic action. In Statistics, we call it the “regression toward the mean”. In karmic action it is called “progression towards Omega point” (as defined by Teilhard de Chardin, the great French Jesuit who was an Anthropologist and Theologian).

Karma is like a mirage, a reflection due to the laws of manifestation and our physical nature. Like a fore knowledge of a mirage warns us of its false reality so also through deeper knowledge we must realize that it is futile to blame the mirage and assign attributes rather than realize how foolish we are due to our ignorance of our true nature. We are endowed with free will due to our divine nature and through every act in our past, present and future incarnations, entire manifestation progresses towards the sublime state of non-action.

This in Vedic philosophy is know as the ‘Mahapralaya’ (In the Samkhya philosophy, one of the six schools of classical Indian philosophy, Pralaya means "non-existence, a state of matter achieved when the three gunas (principles of matter) are in perfect balance. The word pra-laya comes from Sanskrit meaning 'dissolution' or by extension 'reabsorption, destruction, annihilation or death'.)

Hence there is no law of retribution but a law of eternal cycles.

Love to all 

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Attaining Brahmavihara

“May all sentient beings have happiness and its causes
May all sentient beings be free of suffering and its causes
May all sentient beings not be separated from sorrowless bliss
May all sentient beings abide in equanimity, free of bias, attachment and anger.”

Brahmavihara are the four states that needs to be cultivated using meditation for attaining a higher state of being. These are called the four immeasurable. In simpler terms the initiate has to radiate the following four mental states of loving kindness, compassion, empathetic joy and equanimity.
In Brahmavihara Sutta, Sakyamuni explains that one should be devoid of covetousness, devoid of ill will, unbewildered, alert, mindful.

When one is born in this world, karmic causes endow certain attributes due to which one has to experience suffering. Accumulated causes should be followed by resultant experiences in this life.
In the karmic body, the development of the Ego gives rise to subjective experience and all other observation are externalized. In Anguttara Nikaya V.161, this gap that develops between the subject and the object is referred to as the emotion of ‘annoyance’.

But we are endowed with the capability to free ourselves from the suffering and its causes.
Through constant meditation one should attain an expansiveness of consciousness which leads to all-encompassing awareness devoid of ill will and in the knowledge of equanimity of all creation, one can attain the highest state of mind which leads to union with the Divine.

This thought is not unique to Buddhism. We find in  Patañjali's Yoga Sutras the following exposition:
“maitri karuna mudita upekshanam sukha duhka punya apunya vishayanam bhavanatah chitta prasadanam”….. Verses 1.33
“In relationships, the mind becomes purified by cultivating feelings of friendliness towards those who are happy, compassion for those who are suffering, goodwill towards those who are virtuous, and indifference or neutrality towards those we perceive as wicked or evil.”
The Sanskrit words ‘maitri’ means friendliness, pleasantness, lovingness ‘karuna’ means compassion, mercy ‘mudita’ means gladness, goodwill and ‘upekshanam’ means acceptance, equanimity, indifference, disregard, neutrality. Each of these four attitudes (friendliness, compassion, goodwill, and neutrality) is, in a sense, a meditation unto itself.
Towards those who are happy or joyful, we may feel resistance/distance but we should cultivate, friendliness/kindness. Towards those who are in pain or suffering, we may feel imposition/frustration but we should cultivate, compassion/support. Towards those who are virtuous or benevolent, we may feel inadequate/jealous but we should cultivate, happiness/goodwill. Towards those who we see as bad or wicked, we may feel anger/aversion but we should cultivate, neutrality/acceptance.

During our daily meditation, it would be beneficial to spend some time reflecting on these four attitudes. You might do them all, or you might practice with only one of them for an extended period of time. Simply choose one of the four attitudes and allow a relation to be established  with an object through which your negative reaction arises in the mind field. You will start to notice your reactions and the ego dominated judgemental bias arising. As your attention rests on that inner impression of that object, allow yourself to cultivate the positive or useful attitude. Gradually, the negativity and the bias weakens and attenuates. This is part of the preparation for meditation. Through constant practice one’s expanded awareness removes all the unnecessary qualifications we have bestowed upon an objective relationship. This when constantly practiced leads to the identification of the subject with what has so far been an external object, destined to judgement and evaluation.

This is the primary objective of our meditative practice.

Love to you all. 

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Gods in Battle

Why is it that in practically all the ancient literatures spiritual teaching was given in the backdrop of the battlefield? The Bhagavad-Gita, for instance, tells of the conflict between the opposing armies of the Kurus and the Pandavas. In the Germanic and Scandinavian mythologies there is the constant battling between the gods and the heroes; so also in the Greek, Egyptian, Persian, and Babylonian mythologies -- all are alike in this respect. We have the Hero-Twins battling the Gods of the underworld in the Mayan mythology.

When viewing the history of mankind from a narrow bandwidth of written records or traditional wisdom sayings which date back to the time of homo-sapiens in their archaic consciousness, we miss out what existed prior to this period. A period which I would be comfortable in calling, the pre-deluge era. Though the deluge myth has a deeper level of spiritual connotation, its historical significance cannot be ignored.
20,000 to 30,000 years ago the world experienced the end of the ice age and significant land and civilizations were lost to the rising oceans. The Lemurian and the Atlantean history can only be accessed through Akashic records recalled by individuals during regressive hypnosis by experts in this field. Edgar Cayce has a number of cases where he was able to tap into the Atlantean era experiences of individuals in their previous incarnations.
Why I bring up this debatable issue is that humanity has lost its ability to tap into direct communion with the higher realms in this period of Kali yuga. This was the reason why mythology became the tool for communicating the higher wisdom, similar to the way we use story books to teach children.

The predominant element that was inculcated into these myths was the constant struggle between the human and the divine element in individuals. This is the reason why Bhagavad-Gita, which is a discourse between the Divine and the human takes place in the battle field of Kurkshetra, which is known as Dharmakshetra ("Holy City"). This scene of battle is between two dynasties symbolizing the Ego-self (Kurus) and the Divine-Self (Pandavas).

In the Greek mythological poem of “Odyssey”, Homer weaves in the involvement of gods, Zeus, Hermes and Poseidon, and goddess Athena with the poem’s hero, Odysseus. Goddess Athena acts as mentor throughout his journey.
Ten years are lost in wandering. Captivity of Odysseus by Calypso for seven years and her carnal desire for him as well as the constant struggle in his voyage and ultimate union with his wife Penelope through the archery competition where he is the only suitor who could string his bow, which lies in the possession of his wife, and shoot it through twelve axe heads and the numbers seven, ten and twelve which feature in this mythological poem have great spiritual significance.

I would at this point of time focus on the one event of the Homerian lore; namely piercing of the twelve axe heads by Odysseus. The symbolical pure state of Penelope is the state of the human that has to be attained after our wandering on this sea of tribulation.
In the teachings of Buddhism, Yāna means a ‘vehicle’ and twelve Yānas are specified and their unification is the aim of the spiritually adept. Twelve axes symbolize the twelve modes of severance and uniting through the single arrow signifies the knowledge that removes the maya of separation.

It is with the help of Divine grace that we attain the knowledge to our true nature. The Divine participation in this battle for our true identity is a perception that has to be transcended from a mere myth to a level of deep wisdom to be intuitively obtained from the sequence of events.

Love to you all