Sunday, May 8, 2016

Discovery Through Incomplete Maps

“In the spiritual life it is not necessary to have a complete map of the path in order to begin traveling. On the contrary, having such complete knowledge may actually hinder rather than help the onward march. The deeper secrets of spiritual life are unraveled to those who take risks and who make bold experiments with it.” ...........Meher Baba
"When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness. If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it's not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That's why it's your path. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life... you are the answer." ...............Joseph Campbell
The increasing knowledge we have about ourselves and the world around us, as well as the mysteries the Universe is revealing to us every day, points to the extreme complexity in which we are positioned to exist and find meaning for our creation. We are at the meeting point of two types of revelation, namely the external world and the interior world of consciousness in the non-waking state. A good example is an iceberg. We are the ocean in which we are a part, yet in which our existence has a meaning. Only a small part of the iceberg is above the ocean. So also the external world and its revelation is only a small part and cannot exist without the hidden bulk which is the higher dimensional consciousness which is the inner level of cosmic consciousness.
Given this understanding, we know that the path of the iceberg cannot be determined by its present position and the final target of merging with the ocean in some future time frame. This path of its journey is determined by many parameters such as ocean temperature, the dynamics of the subsea currents and many other atmospheric parameters. This is the same situation with our spiritual journey. If a complete map is laid out then we are constrained by a prime mover whose map we blindly follow.  This is the reason Meher Baba say “having such complete knowledge may actually hinder rather than help the onward march”
The tendency of people to follow blindly a well laid out path is purely driven by the desire to confirm to institutional and social pressures rather than seeking the immense potential that lay within oneself to define a path that suits the seeker. 
This is why Joseph Campbell says “When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness.”
A well laid out path is not your path rather it is someone else’s path.
“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.” ………Buddha
Though this saying by the Buddha is more than 2600 years old, we tend to be blindly led by dogma and age old concepts which is like trying to define life at the present time by looking at fossilized remains of a prehistoric skeleton. This is what we call linear thinking and cannot solve problems in a nonlinear domain. We need new tools and these tools are provided by a deeper understanding of the man and the universe in which he is an integral part.
We are a mystery living within a great mystery and unravelling this mystery at each moment of our life is the beauty and purpose of this journey of self-realization and ascension into a higher consciousness is our goal.
We need a new understanding of religion which I call a cosmological dimension and this is beautifully put forth by the great mind of twentieth century:
“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom the emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead —his eyes are closed. The insight into the mystery of life, coupled though it be with fear, has also given rise to religion. To know what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive forms—this knowledge, this feeling is at the center of true religiousness.” ……….Albert Einstein, Living Philosophies 

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