Monday, April 20, 2015

Inherent Power of Love

"To understand the power of Love, we must understand that our original nature was not like it is now, but different. Human beings each had two sets of arms, two sets of legs, and two faces looking in opposite directions.
Now these creatures were so powerful and lofty in their notions that they even conspired against the gods. Thereat Zeus and the other gods were perplexed; for they felt they could not slay them, nor could they endure such sinful rioting. So Finally Zeus in all of his wisdom said “Methinks I can contrive that men shall give over their iniquity through a lessening of their strength.” and so saying, he sliced each human being in two.
Now when our first form had been cut in two, each half longed for its fellow to come to it again; to fling their arms about each other and in mutual embrace yearn to be grafted together as once they were. Thus anciently is mutual love ingrained in mankind." ...........From Plato's "Symposium"

I always read with great awe the writings of Plato, who I would say had a cosmic comprehension of reality and expressed his deeper perceptions through the language of myth.
I was recently talking to the class IX students in our school and trying to inculcate the search for deeper principles in science. The example I gave was that the most important concept in philosophy and science was 'Zero'. All our mathematics start with the 'null set'. When we say zero we immediately think of nothingness but that is not true. Zero or emptiness or the Buddhist concept of 'Sunyata' comes from perfect balance. This is the reason why physicist today talk of 'Supersymmetry' in understanding particle physics and the forces of nature.

Plato's creation mythology talks of this perfect balance in the creation of the humans by Zeus. God in his nature creates perfect balance and this balanced entity could have existed in perfect unity with the Divine but chose to separate itself through its ego self identity.
The Gnostic view of the creation of man is summarized by Stephan Hoeller, a Gnostic scholar, in the following words:
"Adam and Eve were not actual historical figures, but representatives of two intrapsychic principles within every human being. Adam was the dramatic embodiment of psyche, or soul, while Eve stood for the pneuma, or spirit. Soul, to the Gnostics, meant the embodiment of the emotional and thinking functions of the personality, while spirit represented the human capacity for spiritual consciousness. The former was the lesser self (the ego of depth psychology), the latter the transcendental function, or the "higher self," as it is sometimes known."

The Genesis also mentions the singular creation of man in the following verse:
"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them." .........Genesis 1: 27.
But practically the major portion of Genesis second chapter is devoted to God separating man and woman and the story of the fallen nature of man emerges.

These myths represent the current nature of human existence. But in our dualistic nature there is an inherent potential which seeks unification. This is the reason why we are never satisfied with what the body and mind can aggregate and always seek a more profound mystical connection. This mystical connection emanates from the emotion of love originating in the heart. The power of love unites and heals the damaged body and the psyche.

The male, female union when it transcends the physical platform into the higher plane a spiritual union of unconditional love, a true spiritual experience happens. This is why when we have found a perfect life partner we call her or him as 'soul mate'  

Ardhanārīśvara, is a composite androgynous form of the Hindu god Shiva and his consort Shakti. Ardhanārīśvara is depicted as half male and half female, split down the middle. This iconography is very similar to the mythological representation which is elaborated in the Greek creation story told by Plato.

In the Tibetan Buddhist iconography of Yab-yum, it is generally understood to represent the primordial (or mystical) union of wisdom and compassion. In Buddhism the masculine form is active, representing the compassion and skilful means (upaya) that have to be developed in order to reach enlightenment. The feminine form is passive and represents wisdom (prajna), which is also necessary to enlightenment. The union of these two  figures symbolize the union necessary to overcome the veils of Maya, the false duality of object and subject.

Hence the power of love can overcome the illusionary perception of duality and we can return to the Garden of Eden which is our true original Divine nature.

Love to you all 

2 comments :

  1. Dear Appa this posting is very enlightening. The inner urge for love in every person is well substantiated from various religious literatures. God bless

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  2. Thank you Maria. The words so often used, "Deus caritas est" is a very befitting all inclusive definition of God.

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