Monday, September 12, 2016

Everlasting through Divine Love

"In this vision he showed me a little thing, the size of a hazelnut, and it was round as a ball. I looked at it with the eye of my understanding and thought "What may this be?" And it was generally answered thus: "It is all that is made." I marvelled how it might last, for it seemed it might suddenly have sunk into nothing because of its littleness. And I was answered in my understanding: "It lasts and ever shall, because God loves it." 
…………St. Julian of Norwich

St. Julian of Norwich was a fourteenth century Christian mystic and the above quote is taken from her book “The Revelation of Divine Love”. She was unique, being the first woman writer and woman theologian in an age dominated by the male church authorities. Because of her deep intuitive and contemplative thinking, she was able to comprehend a cosmic view of life and its existence within the universe.
A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit the chapel and its annexe where St. Julian spent nearly thirty years without leaving her single cell abode. During her stay in this cell she had visions, which were internal revelations during her deep meditative state, which she wrote down as a book.

I was greatly impressed by the above quote because of its cosmological nature and being in tune with current findings in cosmological studies in science in the twenty first century.
All material manifestation in this universe, including all atoms, gases, planets, stars and galaxies, is only 4% of the universe. It is as small as a comparison to all that we can observe in this world and yet it this hazelnut comes out of the vastness of the earth. So also all manifestation in this universe comes from the vastness of the cosmos. The singularity that expanded in the very first zillionth of a second is the outpouring of what Julian calls Divine love. This can be seen from a scientific perspective as any singularity from which the universe had to evolve will contain an energy density inversely proportional to the volume of the singularity but as a singularity has potentially a zero volume the energy density has to be infinite. This is the reason why the laws of physics break down at the singularity.

Julian expressed this great concept through spiritual simplicity and further strengthened it through her expression “…………..I marvelled how it might last, for it seemed it might suddenly have sunk into nothing because of its littleness. And I was answered in my understanding: "It lasts and ever shall, because God loves it."
In modern scientific knowledge which talks not of energy but of information, the total information is only translated in the process of manifestation but never lost or diminished even in a Black Hole.

In Vedic cosmology, which is considered by some to be the closest to modern scientific timelines. It suggests that the Big Bang is not the beginning of everything, but is just the start of a present cycle preceded by an infinite number of universes and to be followed by another infinite number of universes.

How did this revelation regarding an infinite manifestation reveal itself to a lowly, scientifically and philosophically uninformed nun in a remote corner of England?

This reveals a universal, connecting medium or field and this can be called by different names such cosmic consciousness or Divine love. In order to reach this stage in a human life it is necessary to surrender oneself completely to the Divine powers that lies beyond the rational mind and sensory perception within the human soul. This is a travel inward and it is expressed beautifully in the following passage from the writings of St. John of the Cross.

“……….On this road, therefore, to abandon one's own way is to enter on the true way, or, to speak more correctly, to pass onwards to the goal; and to forsake one's own way is to enter on that which has none, namely, God. For the soul that attains to this state has no ways or methods of its own, neither does it nor can it lean upon anything of the kind. I mean ways of understanding, perceiving, or feeling, though it has all ways at the same time, as one who possessing nothing, yet possesseth everything. For the soul courageously resolved on passing, interiorly and exteriorly, beyond the limits of its own nature, enters illimitably within the supernatural, which has no measure, but contains all measure imminently within itself. To arrive there is to depart hence, going away, out of oneself,”

Swami Sivananda defining Cosmic consciousness says:

“Cosmic consciousness is perfect awareness of the oneness of life. The Yogi feels that the universe is filled with one life. He actually feels that there is no such thing as blind force or dead matter and that all is alive, vibrating and intelligent. ……………..He who has cosmic consciousness feels that the universe is all his. He is one with the Supreme Lord. He is one with the Universal knowledge and Life. He experiences bliss and joy beyond understanding and description. In the moment of illumination or great spiritual exaltation he has the actual divine universal vision. He is conscious of being in the presence of God. He sees the light of God's countenance. He is lifted above the ordinary plane of consciousness. He reaches a higher state of consciousness. He has a cosmic or universal understanding. He has developed the cosmic sense. The human soul is revolutionised.”

It is in this state of enlightenment that St. Julian had such a profound vision. Hence every little thing that we see is the manifestation of Divine Love and we are also part of this fabric.

Love to you all.

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