Monday, September 16, 2013

Kingdom of God – A Cosmic Perspective


“Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, "The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, 'Here it is,' or 'There it is,' because the kingdom of God is within you." .......Luke 17: 20-21

Today this saying becomes very relevant as in a highly dogmatic and ritualistic belief system, we tend to externalize the Kingdom of God and lose all the spiritual significance. This inner experience is the experience of being the Son of Man through a deeper wisdom and every human being is endowed with this potential for inner transition. When we refer to Jesus as the Son of Man, this is exactly the meaning. This is also amply evident from the next saying of Jesus in continuity of the above verse.
"The time is coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it. Men will tell you, 'There he is!' or 'Here he is!' Do not go running off after them. For the Son of Man in his day will be like the lightning, which flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other.” ........Luke 17: 22-24
As the human life, on a cosmic timescale, is very transitory, Jesus refers to this life to the duration of a lightning. He also admonishes as to the futility of a search for an external Son of Man.

Dr. Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg in a recent commentary on the meaning of the Hebrew and Aramaic word ‘Bethlehem’ says; “The word Bethlehem is actually made up of two Hebrew words: Beit (House) and Lechem (Bread). The meaning emerges clearly. Bethlehem is nothing short of - that’s right - the House of Bread! It is interesting that in Aramaic (a parallel to Hebrew Semitic tongue which Jesus spoke) the word “Lechem” does not mean bread, but rather meat. This tells us that the idea behind the House of Bread is an idea of food, nourishment and life sustenance!” This is also evident from the wisdom writings of the Old Testament.
Samuel, the prophet who anointed David to rule over Israel, was from Bethlehem (1 Sam.1). The water that three soldiers brought to David’s cave which sustained his life was also from Bethlehem (2 Sam.23:13-17). The prophet Micah declared that the ultimate King of Israel (the saviour who sustains the world) would also be born in this town (Micah 5:2).

This has great spiritual significance. When Jesus instituted the Sacrament of Communion, the conversion of bread into flesh, it really signifies that only the individual who receives the bread converts it into life sustaining flesh and hence becomes the Son of Man, The soul becomes the new Bethlehem at this very moment and this spiritual status has to be maintained in one’s life so that we experience the Kingdom of God within our individual self.

In the Gospel of Thomas, saying 3, Jesus says; "If your leaders say to you, 'Look, the (Father's) kingdom is in the sky,' then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, 'It is in the sea,' then the fish will precede you. Rather, the kingdom is within you and it is outside you.” The Kingdom of God is the immutable implicate order from which all manifestations originate.

“In the enfolded [or implicate] order, space and time are no longer the dominant factors determining the relationships of dependence or independence of different elements. Rather, an entirely different sort of basic connection of elements is possible, from which our ordinary notions of space and time, along with those of separately existent material particles, are abstracted as forms derived from the deeper order. These ordinary notions in fact appear in what is called the "explicate" or "unfolded" order, which is a special and distinguished form contained within the general totality of all the implicate orders” ......David Bohm

Hence whatever exists and whatever is the unseen energy is the Kingdom of God which originated in a cosmic singularity of the Big Bang. This leads to the universal understanding that what existed before the beginning of space-time and what exists now is all the Kingdom of God.
Man with his consciousness is the containment of both the implicate order in his pure being and the creator of the explicate order through his perceptions.

Love to you all

2 comments :

  1. Dear Uncle,

    Here is a post I fully read and reflected upon. Rarely do I get the time to.

    Truly, the here-and-now Kingdom of God is the real Kingdom of God. Externalizing it leaves one dissatisfied or even disillusioned.

    I recall Sa(i)nt Kabir's line:

    "Moko kahan dhundhere bande
    Mein to tere paas mein."

    which could be translated as

    "Where do you search me, O Man? Here I am with you."

    Here is a link to a site that gives the complete song with translation.

    http://www.boloji.com/index.cfm?md=Content&sd=MysticSongsDetails&MysticSongID=5

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  2. Thank you Loreto for your comment and the link.

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