Friday, November 13, 2015

Inseparable nature Of God and the Devil

“When his life was ruined, his family killed, his farm destroyed, Job knelt down on the ground and yelled up to the heavens, "Why god? Why me?" and the thundering voice of God answered, There's just something about you that pisses me off.” ...................Stephen King, "Storm of the Century: An Original Screenplay"

Though this quote is in lighter vein, there is yet a great truth buried in it when we go deeper and try to understand the esoteric meaning it conveys.
The very fact that there was a dialogue and a wager, between God and the devil, in the Biblical book of Job means it is a wisdom text written to convey deep spiritual truth. This is the reason for Carl Jung to write his famous book "An Answer to Job"

Let me first briefly tell the story of "The Storm of the Century". In this story an island on the coast of Maine, USA. which is notorious for violent storms, is hit by a very powerful hurricane and the island is totally cut off from the mainland. No one is able to leave the island. While trying to deal with the ravages of the  storm, tragedy strikes when one of the town's residents is brutally murdered by André Linoge, a menacing stranger who appears to know the town members' darkest secrets, and who gives no hint of his motives other than the cryptic statement "Give me what I want, and I'll go away. There are also many suicides and nightmares among the island's population. And it comes to pass that what Linoge wants is one of young daughters of the island to take away with him as his protégé.

This story exactly maps the story of Job and the devil's visitation to torment him until he gives what the devil wants, which is rebellion against God. This can be mapped to the child like consciousness with which he places absolute trust in God. The devils task is to deprive him of this precious gift of pure consciousness.

There is another very important message in the story of Job which we tend to ignore. It is unfortunate that in most of our religious instructions God and the devil are portrayed as two objective realities. The four friends visiting Job during his tribulations are also treated as external realities. A myth has to descend to a lower level of perception so that the human mind can comprehend a higher truth. It is like a ladder that aids us reaching a higher level but as we can see different levels of perception as we climb the ladder we tend to inhibit our ascent at the dogmatic or purely objective level rather than ascend to the highest point which any mythical ladder can take us.

Let me now explain the story of Job from a purely subjective level. Our individual psyche has access to both the deeper universal unconsciousness (which is the all pervading undifferentiated consciousness beyond the vagaries of dependent arising) and the objective waking consciousness. When our psyche is deeply embedded in comprehension of reality through our universal unconsciousness, we are in the Divine domain of God but when our psyche is purely driven by objective realities derived from the mind, then we operate in the domain of darkness or the devil.
The concept of God and the devil are purely two states of our own inner spirit. The temptations and tribulation which Job suffers are purely self inflicted through his lower self dominating over his previous state of purity. The four friends who visit him are the multiple dictates of his objective perceptions and the internal dialogue that ensues is represented in a mythological context.

Hence when Stephen King writes "Why god? Why me?" and the thundering voice of God answered, There's just something about you that pisses me off.” Though Job raises the question to God (his higher self), the booming voice he hears in reply is the voice of the devil (his lower self).

Let me conclude this article with the following allegory from Vedic philosophy:

The two alternate states of individual self can is represented by two symbols, the crocodile and the turtle. The turtle can withdraw its four legs and the head into the shell. It has the possibility to go out into objectivity and also to withdraw again into subjectivity. The crocodile can’t do this; it has a strong grip and keeps a firm hold on what it has seized. Thus the man who is dominated through the senses in objectivity is compared to a crocodile. The Sanskrit word for crocodile is 'Makara', literally meaning the five fingers and representing the five senses. It says that man as a crocodile, Makara, has to transform into a turtle, called 'Kurma', so that he can become a 'Kumara', a Son of God. Thus nothing can hold the Son of God in objectivity, but he or she is firmly grounded in spirit.

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