Saturday, August 23, 2014

Divinity as Perfect Merger

"First we must understand what the word divine means. Divine means: in a state of perfection. This state is experienced by God through man. In other words, when man has risen to the stage of development where he can be the perfect instrument of God, when nothing of his own being stands in the way of the direct impulse that comes from within -- that spirit may be called perfect. That which is most precious, that which is the purpose of man's life is to arrive at that state of perfection when he can be the perfect instrument of God.
It is in this stage that man begins to realize the truth of the whole being and he will think: 'The one whom I have called God, whose personality I have recognized, and whose pleasure or displeasure I have sought, has been seeing His life through my eyes, has been hearing through my ears. It was His breath that came through my breathing, His impulse which I felt, and therefore I know that this body which I had thought to be my own is really the true temple of God. I did not realize that this body was the shrine of God.' Not knowing that God experiences this life through man, one is seeking for Him somewhere else, in some person aloof and apart from the world, whereas all the time He is in oneself."
.....................Hazrat Inayat Khan

In today’s world the meaning of Divine has been diluted to an external attribute of an object which is beyond human capacity to attain. Even when we state that the Divine means a state of perfection, we tend to benchmark this state with a level which defines human qualities. The repositioning of this perfect state as that which God experiences through man is a radical shift proposed to our thinking. It is the ascension of man to a state of consciousness which transcends the materialistic and four dimensional realm and which is rooted in the truer purpose of human life that we can truly understand the meaning of Divinity. This impulse to transcend comes from a state of consciousness which is embedded within the human being. There is no space-time attribute to this consciousness.

When we assign the role of Divinity to a primal cause and in a typical Christian view of human beings treated as creatures of lower absolute lower consciousness which constantly need an external agency to move towards perfection, a rather blind faith in the role of the Divine in the journey of one’s soul, the recourse to objective actions such as prayer, penance and physical isolation take precedence and the intuitive power of the self is reduced to a resultant gift rather than an instrument of leveraging one’s consciousness to the supreme level.

The exclamation of Hazrat Inayat Khan 'The one whom I have called God, whose personality I have recognized, and whose pleasure or displeasure I have sought, has been seeing His life through my eyes, has been hearing through my ears. It was His breath that came through my breathing, His impulse which I felt, and therefore I know that this body which I had thought to be my own is really the true temple of God. I did not realize that this body was the shrine of God.' Is very similar to those of St. Theresa of Avilla and Meister Eckhart.
“The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me; my eye and God's eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowing, one love.” ………………….Meister Eckhart, Sermons of Meister Eckhart

This integral view is possible when one experiences the very fabric of creation beyond the senses. In his sermon on the Ecclesiasticus xxiv. 30. ……………“Whoso heareth Me shall not be confounded”, Meister Eckhart says:
“No man can hear My word nor my teaching without renouncing himself.” All that the Eternal Father teaches and reveals is His being, His nature, and His Godhead, which He manifests to us in His Son, and teaches us that we are also His Son.” The concept of the true Son-ship as revealed by Christ means what has been very wonderfully put out in his sermon. Every human is a son or daughter of God or the Divinity is the core value of each creation and unless we realize this status we tend to externalize Divinity. If we realize that the voice of Divinity is an integral calling from our own inner supreme self, the duality of the created and creator disappears and there is an inner consciousness where we become the true Sons and Daughters of the Father. When Jesus said “I and the Father are one” ………John 10:30, it is exactly this state which Christ was trying to communicate.

May this deeper understanding elevate our consciousness towards the true purpose of life.

Love to you all

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