Tuesday, January 7, 2014

God - Movement and Rest Unified

"Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done." ...........Genesis 2:1-3

"God is properly the place and “where” of all things for three reasons. First, all things are restless outside their proper place. Second, individual things seek out and return to their proper place. Third, because they are protected in their proper place, there all things are safe and at rest. All three of these
considerations properly befit God." .......Meister Eckhart commenting on .......John 1:38
"Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, "What do you want?" They said, "Rabbi" (which means Teacher), "where are you staying?""

"Unde Deus est in omnibus et in nullo. In quolibet enim est, ut ens est, in nullo vero, ut hoc ens est (Therefore God is in everything and in no thing. For he is in each insofar as it is being, but in none insofar as it is this being)" ...........Nicholas Cusa

The subject of 'movement and rest' has been discussed from the time of Aristotle. It was Aristotle who said "The entire preoccupation of the physicist is with things that contain within themselves a principle of 'movement and rest'. And to seek for this is to seek for the second kind of principle, that from which comes the beginning of the change. (Aristotle, 340 BC). Hence primary to change which comprises manifestation of Form or objective realization, is rest or stillness or being.

When we talk of nature, which is an objective perception of the human mind, there is constant change. From a scientific perspective, this takes us to Louis de Broglie (1924) wave nature of particle which is the basic constituent of all matter. The de Broglie relations show that the wavelength is inversely proportional to the momentum of a particle. Momentum is always related to movement. (for those who are not scientifically oriented, do not bother with this concept. All that matters is that the very basic constituent of matter namely; atoms are constantly moving in a wave pattern).

Whether it is God resting on the mythical seventh day or the inquiry of spiritual initiates of Jesus asking him his place of 'rest', the deeper meaning is emanation of Divine creation , whether it be material or any sensory perception, comes from a place of absolute rest.

Nicholas Cusa expounds this rather paradoxical formulation by invoking three further considerations, all of which are derived from and conform Christian Neo-platonic thinking:

1. God is the form of forms giving form or being to all else;
2. God is the being of beings just as oneness is the being of every number - this is the common substratum which in Vedic philosophy is Brahman;
3. God’s being is to the being of creatures as the being of whiteness is to the being of white things. A fundamental qualifying attribute which is purely subjective..

All three proposals are implications of the paradigmatic, nonreciprocal relation of objective perception to the primal causative essence which is unchanging; namely the resting 'poetntia'

Deepak Chopra describes the balance of the two (movement and rest)in his book "The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success", 
“Stillness alone is the potentiality for creativity; movement alone is creativity restricted to a certain aspect of its expression. But the combination of movement and stillness enables you to unleash your creativity in all directions—wherever the power of your attention takes you.”

Let us all realize the infinite potential and actualization that takes place in and around us as continuous creation unfolds through the infinite, eternal  potentiality of the very first creation. Becoming spiritual therefore entails the realization that everything that we see, touch, smell, taste and hear in nature has the Divine attribute.

Love to you all.

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