Monday, December 24, 2012

Humanity - Word Made Flesh

“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” ………Isaiah 55: 10-11

"The LORD brought me forth as the first of his works, before his deeds of old; I was appointed from eternity, from the beginning, before the world began. Then I was the craftsman at his side. I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing always in his presence, rejoicing in his whole world and delighting in mankind.” ……….Proverb 8:20,21,30,31

Tomorrow the world celebrates Christmas, the birth of Christ. What is so special about Christmas and why this particular birth is celebrated in such a significant way. This question leads us to some of the esoteric writings in the Old testament and the two quotes I have selected portray the meaning and purpose of human creation in this world. Prophet Isaiah, form whose scroll Jesus read out in the synagogue the purpose of his mission….Luke 4:17-18, lays out in clear terms the purpose with which the process of creation takes place in the Divine plan.

Co-creation is the purpose of all creation. We are participants in the creative process and thus we become Sons of God and His extension in this world. This is a process of empowerment. The creative potential of the Divine does not directly act in every single act of creation from the primary source. The primary source is a pure potential. It is non-moving, still, a non-duality and yet the ‘primum evocare’ (primary call-out) of all creation from which all creation proceeds. This is what the prophet, in simple language calls “… word that goes out from my mouth….”. This word itself is the potential that carries out the act of creation. The raw material, the tool, the design, the instruction and the artisan are all contained in this very potential that emanates from the Divine. Through this unique process, the product of creation and the Divine Creator become indistinguishable. The role of the creature thus becomes that of the creator and this is the true purpose for which creation takes place. It is wrong to assume that the creative process was a one time act of the Divine. This concept became prevalent due to conditioning of our mind based on a linear time scale. For the Divine which is beyond time there cannot be an action with a time tag.

In simple language, the Proverb, in the 8th chapter authored by King Solomon, captures the inseparable nature of the creature and the Divine creator by eliminating the time dimension and positioning all human creation to the very first instant of creation. This is why he times the call to be a Divine craftsman as one that has been “………appointed from eternity, from the beginning, before the world began……”

This is in the same vein that John talks of the birth of Christ in the first chapter of his Gospel
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” …….John 1: 1-3

It must be understood that the Divine word which emanates from the Divine mind is an expression of an intent, yet this intention is not limited by the constraints of the human mind but operates beyond the space-time limitation and formulation. Every creation is endowed with this potential but we are limited due to our own nature which seeks to reside in the sensory domain. To be called to become Divine co-creators, we need to emulate Christ Consciousness which while being born in the world and residing in this world always stood apart in the creative process of endowing a superior consciousness to all whom he touched. This is the second birth of which Christ talks to Nichodemus; namely to be born of the spirit.

May the birth of Christ reignite the spark of our true creative potential.

Love to you all

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