Sunday, November 11, 2012

Perennial Unchanging Fullness

“…….'As Yahweh your God lives,' she replied, 'I have no baked bread, but only a handful of meal in a jar and a little oil in a jug; I am just gathering a stick or two to go and prepare this for myself and my son to eat, and then we shall die.' But Elijah said to her, 'Do not be afraid, go and do as you have said; but first make a little scone of it for me and bring it to me, and then make some for yourself and for your son. For Yahweh, God of Israel, says this: Jar of meal shall not be spent, jug of oil shall not be emptied, before the day when Yahweh sends rain on the face of the earth.'
The woman went and did as Elijah told her and they ate the food, she, himself and her son.
The jar of meal was not spent nor the jug of oil emptied, just as Yahweh had foretold through Elijah.” ……………First Kings 17:12-16

“That is Full; this is full. From the Full does the Full proceed. After the coming of the Full from the full, the Full alone remains. Om. Peace! Peace! Peace!” ……….Bhadāraṇyaka Upanishad

Prophet Elijah demonstrates the power of the Divine essence through this episode that figures in the First book of Kings. The concept that when something is taken out from a specific location, there is a felt absence in the original place of residence of the original quantum of material or an object, is true when dealing with matter at its coarsest nature. This was the understanding in classical Newtonian physics. With the advent of quantum physics and the concept of Quantum Entanglement, matter at its very basic constituent seems to defy the classical Newtonian model and can exist in multiple locations. This is fundamental to our understanding of the nature of our consciousness which predominantly operates in the dualistic subject-object mode of perception due to mental imprints through sensory agencies.

It is important for us to understand the words that prophet Elijah uses in admonishing the poor woman in order to dispel her fears of depletion of the vital resource that she has in her possession.
He says “Jar of meal shall not be spent, jug of oil shall not be emptied, before the day when Yahweh sends rain on the face of the earth”

All material manifestations are ever present in one form or another. There is a constant process of annihilation or consummation but at the same time there is process of reformation and restoration into an existence of different nature. These processes continue till the day of final dissolution. In the Biblical text or other sacred scriptures the rain or the deluge which we speak of is the dissolution of manifest consciousness and integration into the cosmic or Divine consciousness. The establishment of a new covenant or the installation of a new Manu in Vedic scriptures entails a new order of manifestation in the Cosmic cycle. This cycle cannot be perceived through a temporal mindset or intellectual grasping.

The invocation, at the beginning of Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, which is quoted along with the Biblical text at the beginning of this article, states this profound truth in a concise way. This statement defies logic when analysed from a space-time plenum but can be grasped when we re-position our thinking from a Cosmic continuum as all that is manifest and unmanifest are the purest from of Divine consciousness. In manifestation a name and form is acquired due to conditioned consciousness of the very manifestation itself. It is a self-inflicted falsification which needs to be transcended.

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