Thursday, July 28, 2016

Tree of Knowledge and Tree of Life

“The LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil………….And the LORD God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” ………………..Genesis 2:9 – 3:22
“Two completely opposed mythologies of the destiny and virtue of man, therefore, have come together in the modern world. And they are contributing in discord to whatever new society may be in the process of formation. For, of the tree that grows in the garden where God walks in the cool of the day, the wise men westward of Iran have partaken of the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil, whereas those on the other side of that cultural divide, in India and the Far East, have relished only the fruit of eternal life. However, the two limbs, we are informed, come together in the center of the garden, where they form a single tree at the base, branching out when they reach a certain height. Likewise, the two mythologies spring from one base in the Near East. And if man should taste of both fruits he would become, we have been told, as God himself (Genesis 3:22) — which is the boon that the meeting of East and West today is offering to us all.” ……………..Joseph Campbell, The Masks of God, Vol. II: Oriental Mythology
When I read Campbell’s analysis of the situation in the world today and how the two directions which the east and west have taken, my mind progressed to an answer that lies in the evolutionary history of the consciousness of the human race. When Homo Sapience walked out of Africa, the first point, before the main geographical divergence took place, was in the Fertile crescent in the region of Nile, Sumerian and the Bosporus due to its fertility. Once human settled down in an agrarian society from his nomadic nature, which was driven by the pursuit of prey in very selective regions with open terrain, he had time to contemplate. He started the progress from an animalistic and physically driven existence to one where the thinking man evolved.
This is where the initial seeds of the mythological and rational consciousness were sown. The ‘Epic of Gilgamesh’, circa 2100 B.C, is a classic example in the Sumerian civilization. This was followed by age of  Greek philosophers where knowledge through analysis took its root. The Aryan movement towards the east was predominated by a civilization that had spiritual masters in the mythological and mystical tradition. The rational mindset predominated the westward moving groups due to the sea route through the Mediterranean from the Greek and Egyptian ports provided easy access to fertile deltas and agrarian locations. The clash between the southern European agrarian communities and the hunter gatherers like the Neanderthal needed better tools and weapons. Thinking became essential for more effective and advanced tool development. The absence of a mystical mindset and the increasing rootedness in objective, rational led to belief in an external deity and a single life span in this world.
The situation with the eastern migratory community was however different. The Himalayas provided an impenetrable defense ensuring long peaceful life of contemplation and introspection. This resulted in the belief in universal nature of the Divine as well as the permanency or the eternal existence of the soul. Human consciousness rather than physical well being became the subject of constant exploration.
The first authors of the creation story, whether it be Moses or whoever wrote in his name, took the theme from The ‘city of Dilmun’ in the Mesopotamian mythological story of Enki and Ninhursag as the heavenly abode of the immortals, where sickness and death were unknown.
The two trees in the garden. They are the "tree of life" which is a motif from Mesopotamian myth: in the Epic of Gilgamesh the hero is given a plant whose name is "man becomes young in old age", but a serpent steals the plant from him. There has been much scholarly discussion about the type of knowledge given by the second tree. Suggestions include: qualities in the physical and mental domain  or a worldly for survival as species. But having been created in the image of God, a conscious choice is made to live at the sensory and physical level symbolized by the taste of the fruit.  In Eden, mankind has a choice between wisdom and life, and chooses the first, although God intended them for the first.
The important part of this mythological narrative is seen in chapter 3 of Genesis:
“And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” ………Genesis 3:22
The temporarily of human existence in the present form has been specified through the rational route which mankind took. There is hidden a subtle message in the above quote from Genesis. Man’s existence in this present level of consciousness is not permanent and the promise of a new level of consciousness is indicated in Genesis 3:15. The serpent symbolizes consciousness in the Biblical narrative. A serpent that crawls on the ground symbolizes the rationally rooted consciousness (bringing death to the Israelite) but the raised up serpent symbolizes life or higher level of consciousness (bringing them back to life) ……………...Book of Numbers 21: 4-9
As Joseph Campbell says, It is only by merging of the rational dimension of empirical thought with the intuitive mythological dictates at the deeper level of human consciousness that mankind can find a route to transcendence towards eternal life.

Love to you all.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Solar Portal to Divinity

"Unveil, O Thou who givest sustenance to the Universe, from whom all proceed, to whom all must return, that face of the True Sun now hidden by a vase of golden light, that we may see the truth and do our whole duty on our journey to thy sacred seat." ………….Gayathri mantra. …….Rigveda 3.62.10

"When the land grows bright and you are risen from the Akhet (horizon) and shining in the sun-disk by day,…………All flocks (are) at rest on their grasses, trees and grasses flourishing; Birds flown from their nest, their wings in adoration of your life-force; All flocks prancing on foot, all that fly and alight living as you rise for them; Ships going downstream and upstream too, every road open at your appearance;
Fish on the river leaping to your face, your rays even inside the sea." ...Hymn od Aten, (trans. James P. Allen)

"Bless the Lord . . . you who coverest thyself with light as with a garment . . . Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters; . . . He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and . . . the trees ..…………………… (As) the sun ariseth, (the beasts) gather themselves together ............There go the ships: there is that leviathan (whale), whom thou hast made to play therein." ...........Psalm 104

I have given in a chronological order the prayer to the Sun as the symbol of the cosmic nature of Divinity in various spiritual traditions. From the ancient times this theme has been invoked in man’s pursuit for communion with his own higher self. It is common knowledge that life on earth in any form cannot be possible without the energy from the Sun. This intimate relation was understood only at the physical level. Whether it is the Chlorophyll of the plant leaves converting the Sun’s energy into life giving oxygen or the physical warmth which provides energy for the wellbeing of humans, our understanding was limited without a transcendence to the spiritual plane.

We have never probed other forms of energy which comes from the Sun except from a negative dimension, such as the effect of cosmic rays. Though cosmic rays provide aesthetic displays in the polar regions as dancing auroras, it is more to study and prevent damage to our communication networks and power industries which can be caused by a powerful blast of cosmic ray bombardment. The earth magnetic field provides a protective shield.

Recently however, NASA has found out that there are portals through which a permanent connection between the earth’s magnetic field and the Sun’s magnetic field exists. Studies have shown that the human heart radiates a very powerful magnetic field and hence we have, as a species, a direct link to the Sun. We have also scientifically established a relation between our conscious emotional response to the heart field we generate.

It was Dr. Michio Kaku, a leading theoretical physicist who specializes in ‘String theory’ who had proposed the intimate connection in a hierarchy which he classified as levels of civilization. His classification starts with species level and proceeds to planetary, Solar, Galactic and finally to the Cosmic level.
This classification maps very similar to the KARDASHEV SCALE of type I to V, proposed in 1964 by Nikolai Kardashev. The scales adopted by Kardashev and Michio Kaku are based on energy harnessing.
In this classification, type 0 is where species harness energy from their planetary environment.
Level I is where species harness energy from their parent star. In type II the civilization would be able to harness directly the energy from their neighbouring star. Type III would have Galactic access. Type IV would be able to access cosmic level resources, via Black Holes, Dark energy etc. and Type V would be a transcendent species and Kardashev calls them like Gods. While these classifications and proposals are hypothetical, the magnitude of advancement to achieve these levels would be beyond the current four dimensional spacetime domain. A scientific route is a dream of near science fiction genre at the present moment but a mystical route is always within the grasp of a consciousness advanced enough to transcend this limitations.

The basic shift in our thinking has to happen from energy to consciousness. A true qualification of civilization is based on its collective consciousness. Harnessing energy is a derivative of this level of consciousness. When there is a disconnect between the integral consciousness of the species and its environment, sustainability becomes an issue. Our current state of affairs with climate change is a typical example.

A moment of deep thought would reveal that it is the witnessing consciousness of the species which is able to perceive all these levels from a physical plane. But if we move to a purely subtle consciousness plane, which is the same substratum at all levels and is the very elemental link in the downward causation from the Big Bang to the current level of manifestation, it is within the power of the observing consciousness to ascend freely the total hierarchy from the species to the cosmic level. The hindering barrier in the physical plane is the objective imprints in the consciousness field which acts as a very fine filter not allowing the free flow through the various levels of consciousness.

The seed of consciousness and the totality of consciousness is an indestructible entity and in manifestation is clothed in a dimensional shell. Hence tapping into the totality of this consciousness at any level of manifestation one can traverse the entire levels of manifestation in whatever dimensions they may exist.

Our scientific studies would only endorse the connectivity but establishing the relationships can only be through the witnessing consciousness.

Love to you all.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Born Not of a Woman

Jesus said, "When you see one who was not born of woman, fall on your faces and worship. That one is your Father." ………….Saying 15, Gospel of Thomas

“The Buddha told Ananda, ‘That is not your
heart. It is the dust (objects) before you, the
empty false marks of thought which delude your
true nature. Because of this, from beginningless
time right up to your present life, you have taken
a thief as your son, lost your original source,
and thereby undergo the turning of the wheel.’ …………….. Surangama Sutra

“I am an orphan, alone: nevertheless I am found everywhere. I am one, but opposed to myself. I am youth and old man at one and the same time. I have known neither father nor mother, because I have had to be fetched out of the deep like a fish, or fell like a white stone from heaven. In woods and mountains I roam, but I am hidden in the innermost soul of man. I am mortal for everyone, yet I am not touched by the cycle of aeons.” …………………..C. G. Jung.

The theme of virgin birth runs deep in all spiritual traditions, mythologies and in depth psychology. The three sayings above demonstrates the meaning behind a virgin birth which was a common theme in many Egyptian-Greco-Roman mythologies.

It is perhaps best expounded in the saying of Sakyamuni in Surangama Sutra. Ananda was the first cousin of Buddha and was his very close attendant and disciple. So also Thomas . the apostle of Jesus, was known as the twin. He was the spiritual twin as he was very close to Jesus’ esoteric teachings. Carl Jung was greatly influenced by the esoteric Gnostic tradition of the early Christian era and he drew a lot of strength in his understanding of the human mind both from mythologies and early Gnostic writings of the Christian mystical traditions.

The concept of virgin birth is that of an incarnation of a highly realized soul for the purpose salvation of the human consciousness which has been defiled by ignorance of one’s true nature. Virgin birth signifies an embodiment of pure consciousness in a human body. It has nothing to do with the physical plane. To come to an understanding of this process one needs to believe in the intimate relation between concept of karma and rebirth. When the pure consciousness takes residence in a new body it is known as ‘Avatar’. A soul which still carries tarnished karmic imprints at the end of its temporary worldly habitation, can only relate to an inherited birthright which lies in the physical plane and hence it is called “born of a woman”.

There are two basic principles which are involved when we try to understand the process of the soul’s journey until the final merger with the Paramatma or Divine consciousness.

The first principle I call “False identity”. This is explained by Buddha s “ ……..from beginningless time right up to your present life, you have taken a thief as your son, lost your original source,….”. We inherently assume that being physical is our true identity, this is what Buddha refers to as ‘a thief’ and our entire life is devoted to nurturing the physical and material plane of our existence. This not being true we fail in our examination on the nature and purpose of life where the pass mark is probably 90% or more. If we fail our examination, then we have to take a reexamination. If we pass we are taken to what is known as an astral plane, the functioning of which we cannot comprehend but can only be experienced through highly subjective mystical experience – could be call heaven or Sat-chit-ananda. This continuous series of reexaminations is referred to by Buddha as “…..the turning of the wheel” or in Vedic tradition as Samsara.

The second principle is well explained by Jung, Jung had great grasp of the subconscious and the collective or universal unconscious realms, This enabled him to understand the non-dual nature of the True Self.
When Jung talks of “……………..I have known neither father nor mother, because I have had to be fetched out of the deep like a fish, or fell like a white stone from heaven……”, he totally negates the importance of physical birth. A realized soul like Buddha or Christ may seem “…..mortal to everyone, yet they would declare I am not touched by aeons”.

Let us strive to realize our higher nature through the elimination of all dualities in our relationships in our lives and worship all that has truly transcended the physical plane.

Love to you all.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Resonating With the Natural Order

“Be a passerby” ……….Saying 42 ‘The Gospel of Thomas’
“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” …………………………Lao Tzu
“Change is like a river: nothing is the same, even for an instant. Everything is continually moving through the six stages of change: about to come into being, beginning, expanding, approaching maximum potential, peaking, and finally, passing its peak and flowing into its new condition.” ………………..Wu Wei, I Ching Wisdom
I have opened this article with three quotes. The first is from a sacred text, the second from a great Chinese philosopher and the third is from ‘Wu-Wei’ I Ching Wisdom.
All these quotes point to the basic need of individuals to find their place within the natural order. Starting with the wisdom of Christ, through which He utterly surrendered to the will of the Divine Father, which teaches us the importance of attaching least importance to our own schemes. A medieval author, Petrus Alphonsi, reflects this saying in his Clerical Instruction: 'This world is, as it were, a bridge. Therefore, pass over it, only do not lodge there.' A very similar saying attributed to Jesus is preserved in the form of an Arabic inscription at the site of a mosque at Fatehpur-Sikri, India."
Wu Wei (Chinese, literally meaning “non-doing”) is a vital concept of Taoism and means natural action, or in other words, action that does not involve struggle or excessive effort. Wu Wei is the conditioning and establishment of a mental state in which our actions are quite effortlessly in resonance with the flow of life.
The wisdom of Lao Tzu conveys how nature follows a natural cycle and produces life sustaining attributes and elements for all creations. The harmonic balance with which nature operates is incomparable to all the harried effort of the rational thinking man. The leaf cutter ants of Amazon have survived for more than 50 million years. Each individual Baobab tree in the sub-Saharan grass lands has survived for thousands of years and has provided millions of gallons of potable water to the people who live around it. It is a great miracle that in the parched heat of the African waterways, after years of dry spell, the fish eggs hatches upon the first arrival of rain. Life survives when in resonance with the natural order. The process of hibernation is very vital in the mammalian, reptilian, insect and plant world. It is only man who is harried and restless throughout his life.
Our inner nature has a rhythm, the heartbeat, our breathing, the circadian rhythm of sleep cycle and the many body functions follow a natural order but man, as opposed to nature, strives against this natural order thus creating a dissonance. Every dissonance creates a destructive force which is reflected as induced stress. This physical, emotional and mental stress leads to chaos within the body and exhibits itself as disease.    
It is vital to understand the six stages of change as propounded in the ‘Guidance from the Book of Answers, Volume Two’. In the process of life, a specific energy potential is involved in each stage. If we operate and our actions are bound by this potential then we move in a smooth fashion. The Universe is a great teacher. We can map the existence of every manifestation in the universe to these six stages. Let us take the star. The pre-condition for its formation is the localized density of  inner galactic gas and the gravity. A star is born when the total potential reaches a specified maximum.  The star gains mass by accretion of gas surrounding it and consuming its own inner elements, such as Hydrogen and Helium, through internal heat and gravity. It reaches a peak when the fuel runs below a critical minimum and the star explodes or implodes as supernova or a new condition called neutron star or becomes a Black Hole.
Every creation goes through this stages of change and it is a pre-requisite that we operate within these boundaries. Based on the complexities of manifestation, the boundary conditions vary and can only be accessed through a subjective inner understanding.
Let us cultivate a path of Wu Wei through deep silence of the mind. Let us take home a thought from the beauty of ancient wisdom traditions:
"We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love, and then we return home." ……….Aboriginal Australian Proverb
Love to you all.