Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Sensitivity to Perception in Esoteric Teaching

Jesus taught his disciple and His followers about the "Kingdom of Heaven" or "Kingdom of God"

"In the original Greek these are: ἡ βασιλεία τῶν οὐρανῶν (ē basileia tōn ouranōn) and ἡ βασιλεία τοῦ θεοῦ (ē basileia tou theou). The word ‘basileia’ comes from the Greek word for king basileus, from which we get the English words basil (a royal herb) and basilica (a royal building). The word ‘ouranos’ is the ancient Greek name of the god who personifies the sky and the origin of the English words Uranus (the planet) and the uranium (the element). Most people know that the word for God, ‘theos’, is the origin of the English words ‘theology’ (the study of God) and ‘atheism’ (the negation of God). “...............Jonathan Lipnick

The concept of teaching higher principles to a varied audience must mandate that there is high sensitivity to the perception level, both intellectual as well as psychological. It is a common delusion that many teachers that by residing in their own intellectual domain can somehow enable and energize the audience to a higher perception. The need to be tuned into audience both at the emotional as well as intellectual level through a varied objective positioning which is common and yet understood at the individual level despite their different capacities. This is exactly why we are discussing this topic today. When I read Jonathan’s explanation of the meaning with which Christ talked of the kingdom of heaven and the way it was communicated to the Greek intelligentsia, I realized that the deeper dimension of the teaching even as applicable to today’s world. The concept of heaven and its ruling principle has changed over the eons. While ‘Ouranos’ was the God of the skies in the time of the Greek writings of the Gospels, the mythological reference to this deity as the creative principle has changed with the advances of our understanding of the cosmic reality. The enfolded and universal nature of the material universe and its constituent elements has been firmly established in science in the twenty-first century.

The deeper cosmological understanding of this reality when Christ spoke of the ‘Kingdom of Heaven’ or ‘Kingdom of God’ can be seen in the Gospel of Thomas saying 3:

"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 (Father's) kingdom is within you and it is outside you.*

When you know yourselves, then you will be known, and you will understand that you are children of the living Father. But if you do not know yourselves, then you live in poverty, and you are the poverty." (* Italics and colour highlight by the author).

The all pervading nature of the fundamental reality from which our own nature, both physical as well as perceptual, arises and it is of this domain that Christ speaks. This is why He confidently says by knowing this truth we realize that we are the integral part of the creative principle referred to as “The Father”. The lack of this ‘Self’ knowledge which lead to the poverty of duality in which we are disconnected from the source. To the common man the duality of the perceiver and the object of perception, though not to the senses, is positioned for better understanding but at the same time the limited perception leading to the poverty of transcendence is exposed.

In our waking consciousness there are many co-creators of this perceived reality. There is the individual and the collective creation of the reality as perceived by the individual, the collective, and the universal consciousness are completely interconnected and interdependent. No individual is the creator of the reality one experiences. Every creation and manifestation is a unique individual expression of the creative power and hence a co-creator with God of the reality we all experience. Nevertheless, when there is a transformation in one’s own consciousness, there is an imminent and corresponding transformation in the cosmos and in the reality of one experiences.

Love to you all

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