Thursday, January 26, 2017

Apocalypse Versus Apokatastasis

"You may remember that passage in St. Paul about the apokatastasis (Apokatastasis is reconstitution, restitution, or restoration to the original or primordial condition), which is the same idea that the whole of nature, all creatures, are expecting the revelation.
As we are expecting the manifestation as the children of God, a revelation of the Holy Ghost within us, so all creation, even the animals and the plants, are waiting for it too; that spiritual miracle of redemption or completion which happens in man means the crowning of all nature at the same time. So everything that has been fettered will be released with the liberation of the children of God.
The idea is that man is the representative of the whole of creation, and whatever happens to him happens in a magic way to the whole world. It is an exceedingly mystical idea. And as Paul thought, so the unconscious still thinks." …………….. C.G. Jung, Visions Seminars, Vol. 1
Jung reflects the thoughts of theologians like Origen in the third century AD and St. Gregory of Nyssa in the fourth century AD.
It was Origen who gave meaning to Universality of the Redemption and the Final Restoration. His interpretation of St. Paul’s letter1 Corinthians 15:25-28, seem to extend to all rational beings the benefit of the Redemption, and Origen allows himself to be led a philosophical positioning that the end is always like the beginning: "We think that the goodness of God, through the mediation of Christ, will bring all creatures to one and the same end" (De Principiis I.6.1-3). The universal restoration (apokatastasis) follows necessarily from these principles.
St. Gregory of Nyssa who explicitly taught this doctrine.
“It first occurs in his "De animâ et resurrectione" (P.G., XLVI, cols. 100, 101) where, in speaking of the punishment by fire assigned to souls after death, he compares it to the process whereby gold is refined in a furnace, through being separated from the dross with which it is alloyed. The punishment by fire is not, therefore, an end in itself, but is ameliorative; the very reason of its infliction is to separate the good from the evil in the soul. The process, moreover, is a painful one; the sharpness and duration of the pain are in proportion to the evil of which each soul is guilty; the flame lasts so long as there is any evil left to destroy.” …………..New Advent
The language used by Gregory of Nyssa can be mapped to the theory of reincarnation and karmic purification in Vedic and Buddhist philosophies. The process of reincarnation or Sasāra is the continuous cleansing process of the individual soul till it reaches a stage of absolute purity or the original state from which it descended into the material realm.
This doctrinal theology of Apokatastasis has been recast in the twentieth century by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, a French idealist philosopher and Jesuit priest who trained as a paleontologist and geologist and took part in the discovery of Peking Man. He conceived the vitalist idea of the Omega Point (a maximum level of complexity and consciousness towards which he believed the universe was evolving). As seen with Gregory of Nyssa, Teilhard’s cosmic theology is largely predicated on his interpretation of Pauline scripture, particularly Colossians 1:15-17 (especially verse 1:17b) and 1 Corinthians 15:28. He drew on the ‘Christ consciousness centrism’ of these two Pauline passages to construct a cosmic theology which recognizes the absolute primacy of Divine consciousness. He understood creation to be "a teleological process where individual consciousness evolves towards union with the Godhead or Divine consciousness, effected through the symbolism of incarnation and redemption of Christ. He further posited that creation would not be complete until each "participated being is totally united with God through Christ in the Pleroma, when God will be 'all in all' (1Cor. 15:28)
As the consciousness of humanity evolved over the two million years towards Homo Sapiens, our perception of reality has also evolved to grasp the interconnectedness of all manifestations. Jung’s words that the idea of man as a representative of the whole of creation stems from this heightened awareness. It is through individual and collective human consciousness that we give birth and meaning to the existence of this universe and the concept of the multiverse.
The chronological thought process from St. Paul to Origen to Gregory of Nyssa and then to Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and the exponential ramping up of our current understanding of the world around us as nothing but our own personal observation in which all possibilities are collapsed to a single identity, we are in a position to have a greater vision of the process of our human journey.

Enjoy the ride and love to you all.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Suspended Between the Opposites

A suspension between the opposites, (i.e., an ego in the banal world who does not know he is also an eternal being), followed by a breaking of the blockage, the stasis, through a transforming dialogue of the Ego with the Self, allowing movement and flow, and leading to the living birth of an unanticipated created third :
"The confrontation of the two positions generates a tension charged with energy and creates a living, third thing, not a logical stillbirth in accordance with the principle ‘tertium non datur’ [law of the excluded middle], but a movement out of the suspension between opposites, a living birth that leads to a new level of being, a new situation." ……………………C.G. Jung, The Transcendent Function
Perhaps the best visualization of the above theme is the painting by Salvador Dali “Christus Hypercubus”. Dali utilizes a traditional Christian motif of Christ’s crucifixion being surreally revealed  upon as in a mystical revelation, yet the cross is formed by an unfolding octahedral hypercube (a four-dimensional cube). The artist’s metaphysical, transcendent cubism is based on the emergent art form of cubism
In this painting there is an emergence of Christ from the cross into a new dimension. The entire crucifixion theme is loaded with the theme of being suspended  between polar opposites. Christ being crucified between the two thieves of whom one is good and another bad, reflects this theme. We lose the greater significance when we are rooted only in the physical image of the event.
What Jung calls “…..a living birth that leads to a new level of being” is a stage of evolution in the human to a new level of consciousness. The purpose of crucifixion is to unite the two dimensions of the ego personality of the individual in the horizontal dimension and the cosmic or Divine level in the vertical dimension. This is why the Roman cross, an instrument of execution, which had only a horizontal bar is shown in the teaching of Christianity with a vertical extension bringing forth the esoteric meaning hidden in this event.
This theme figures in the science fiction novel “Factoring Humanity” by  Robert J. Sawyer. In this novel, the author brings out the initiation of transcendence of the Homo Sapience to the next evolutionary level by a stream of signal which is detected coming from the Alpha Centauri system. Mysterious, unintelligible data streams in for nearly ten years and it is left to Heather Davis, a professor in the University of Toronto, psychology department, to devote her career to deciphering the message. Once it is deciphered it reveals a technology that can rip the very fabric of space time. This means that access consciousness can instantaneously connect on a Galactic scale beyond the limitation of four dimensional solar consciousness. This leads humans to evolve to the next stage of their being. What is important and what this novel brings out is that the moment we are able to transcend our limitation of consciousness in the four dimensions of spacetime, we can actualize our innate potential to transcend beyond our ego dominated nature.
“To be receptive to the highest truth, and to live therein, a man must needs be without before and after, untrammelled by all his acts or by any images he ever perceived, empty and free, receiving the divine gift in the eternal Now, and bearing it back unhindered in the light of the same with praise and thanksgiving in our Lord Jesus Christ.” …………Meister Eckhart
The highest truth cannot be availed if one is rooted in the past or the future. The very nature of being struck to the past denies the evolutionary potential in man to become operative and trying to look for truth in the future is futile exercise as the complexity of the evolutionary process makes any perception in the future dimension a mere illusion which will be rooted in ignorance. If we understand our Divine and cosmic nature and the capacity of our consciousness to transcend our current nature, which is the aggregate of our fossilized perceptions, then we reside in the fertile moment of here and now. A state of emptiness which has infinite potential of manifesting to the fullness of the highest truth.
“The teaching of the Eastern philosophies and of Jung are that all of our stories of right and wrong are but reflections of the yet unreconciled polarities that make up our ego’s. To ‘free’ ourselves from our constricting beliefs and make peace with ourselves and the world, we have to learn to embrace and bear apparent paradox (more on this in my next post). Jung, thus, compared individuation, the process of becoming whole, to incarnation, for to the extent that we claim our wholeness we allow ‘God’ to incarnate in this world.” …………’Truthless Truth Blog’
If we want to transcend towards the higher truth then every moment of our lives has to be a reincarnation or a new birth and this birth has to happen by painfully extracting ourselves from the existing dimensions of conditioned consciousness into a new realm of being.

Love to you all

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Need for Parables and Puranas

“The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?” He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. This is why I speak to them in parables: “Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand. In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: “ You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.” …………Matthew 13: 10-15
“The unconscious is the dark being within that hears what our conscious ears do not hear, & sees what our conscious eyes do not perceive. It allows those unnoticed impressions to grow & moulds them into itself. We only become aware of this unheard hearing, this unseen seeing, when the unconscious sends us these forgotten images in dreams & visions.” ………………C.G. Jung
Today we commemorate the feast of Epiphany in the Catholic calendar. You may be wondering why I have chosen to post an article on the importance of parables and puranas in spiritual empowerment on this festive occasion which in the early stages of Christianity had a greater importance than Christmas. In the eastern Christian tradition there was a fourfold significance of the feast of Epiphany. They were the; Divine manifestation, Royal kingship, Advent of light and the Royal nuptial. The common mystical theme underlying these fourfold celebration is the revelation of Divine consciousness in each person.
The three wise men from the east represent the three dimensional manifestation of humanity which is the physical being and therein is hidden the fourth dimension of timeless Divine light or consciousness represented by the star of Christ. It is only Mary and Joseph, the humble shepherds, the three wise men who are granted the vision of the manifestation of Divine consciousness taking the human form in Christ. The birth of God as Man is nothing but the mystical manifestation of Divine light which was hidden during Advent of one’s seeking soul revealed to the discerning individuals representing the Bhakti, Karma and the Jnana paths through which one can attain Divine consciousness. The implicit faith and devotion of Mary and Joseph in this mystical birth represents the Bhakti marga or path, the shepherd toiling in the cold night represent the Karma marga and the three wise men represent the Jnana marga which is tortuous journey and which is purely guided by their own Divine light brought to the forefront as a guide to transcendence.
Now examine the quote from the Gospel of Matthew. The need for mythological path through telling of parables and Purana are for those whose inner realms of consciousness is blanketed by ignorance and has to be awakened through metaphorical inputs to their sensory domain through which a key would provide to unlock the deeper chamber wherein the secrets of the Divine Kingdom are stored.  When one is open to this process the very inner domain would provide the needed tools to further expand one’s consciousness to attain the higher status of consciousness. The saying “Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand………..” points not to the wakeful state of consciousness but to spiritual slumber which is a state of blindness and deafness to the deeper reality of human existence.
Now the significance of Jung’s saying can bear its fuller meaning. It is almost in identical words that Jung talks of the two possible states of human existence. These are the conscious and the unconscious. The conscious state is corrupt due to constant erosion by false perceptions of reality but the power of the unconscious which is untainted has immense potential in this revelatory process. When Jung says: “We only become aware of this unheard hearing, this unseen seeing, when the unconscious sends us these forgotten images in dreams & visions.”, what he means is that the forgotten images in dreams and visions are those inputs that take root in a waking consciousness through mythological narrations and powerful stories that nudges us towards reality that lies beyond the wakeful state.
The events of the visitation of the three wise themselves evoke metaphorical significance of a very spiritual nature. I would like to take one event in particular which I feel is of great importance to us individually. The disappearance of the star of the Divine child when the three wise men are in the region of Herod’s kingdom. The kingdom of Herod represents the power corrupted consciousness and its influence to obliterate the guiding Divine light and the moment they leave his domain the star reappears.
Let this festival of Epiphany prompt us to seek the Divine light in each one of us beyond the darkness of illusion.

Love to you all 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Heart Centred Prayer

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him………” …………………Matthew 6:5-8
"When the energy field is too scattered then by default you fall back on the only program that you can run, which is mental-egoic, divide-and-conquer, separate-to-see ~ it’s the kind of program that the West has been running for 2500 years. So it’s only the kind of crazy mystics that model for us what undivided perception feels like.
Centring Prayer artlessly and innocently without realization that this is what it was doing was laying the physiological groundwork for a developed capacity for non-dual awareness. The heart has been seen as central to the physiological underpinning of non-dual consciousness and non-dual selfhood." ………….Cynthia Bourgeault
I would like to open the first post of 2017 with what I feel is the urgent need of the hour. The importance prayer has almost disappeared from the world of the youth and it is fossilized in empty words and often repeated obligatory ritual in which the mere recitation is given any importance. It is quantity rather than quality.
We live in a world that is seeing an exponential increase in noise pollution and this pollution is not restricted to the auditory nature only but has also, through technological evolution, invaded the private mental space of the human being. The increasing influence of the virtual media especially among the youth today has shut out the route to inner reflection and the silence of the senses which is so very essential to reach down to the inner dwelling of the Divine.
It is in this context that the words of Christ uttered 2000 years ago begins to assume a great significance. The prayers of the hypocrites and the public prayers of proclamation in the places of worship of all religions cannot provide the much needed communication with the Divine. The intention of public prayers in places of worship was to create a homogeneous intention energy field in the universal unconsciousness so that this increased and multi-fold energy field can be tapped by the devotee through his or her own positive intentional resonance. But by default, in a public sphere of prayer, we tend to descend into the realm of the ego mentality and become self-centred both in our attitude as well as in our intentions. Before we look at the mode of individual heart centred prayer, I would like to dwell upon what the effect of group resonance can have on a global scale when there is a  silent intention of a small group.
“In 1974 an experimental study observed three different gatherings of over 7,000 people meditating each morning and evening for three consecutive weeks.  The study took place in Fairfield, Iowa (December 17, 1983-January 6, 1984), The Hague, Holland (December 21, 1984-January 13, 1985) and Washington, DC (July 1-July 10, 1985).  The results were astounding.  According to the Rand Corporation, a think-tank based in California, “acts of global terrorism resulting in fatalities and injuries were reduced by 72%.”  Time series analysis was used in this study to rule out possibilities that the reduction in global terrorism was caused by pre-existing trends, drifts in data or cycles.
Scientists believe this is due to a coherent resonance being created in the Unified Quantum Field by those meditating.
The 7,000 people meditating created a Field Effect of harmonious coherence that spread throughout the collective–which in turn helped to reduce acts of terrorism (incoherent, disruptive energy).
This effect, which has also been called the “Maharishi Effect,” has had over 600 scientific studies conducted in 33 countries and in over 250 independent research institutions. The evidence overwhelmingly correlates synchronized group prayer and meditation having extremely positive social, political and economic benefits to the world.  Positive correlations for numerous health benefits to the individual were also observed and confirmed.”
This study is continuously conducted by the Institute of Noetic Science (IONS) under its “Global Consciousness Project (GCP)”
This phenomenal effect has to start at the individual level and the laser sharp non-dual awareness is the fundamental requirement. It is only when we can lose our self-identity at the ego level and see ourselves as an inseparable part of the universe we can truly move into the realm of a heart centred prayer. The Anahata or heart chakra is the meeting point of the ascending, earning, supplicating, terrestrial energy of the human manifestation  and the descending, universal non-dual consciousness energy of the Divine. In prayer we seek this union and the place of union is heart.
All mystics had a deep understanding of this Divine truth.
The Qur'an continuously mentions focusing on the heart:
"Bring to God a sound heart, a heart that can respond."
There's a direct revelation from God to Prophet Muhammad  called  Hadith Qudsi where God says:
I cannot be contained in the space of the earth,
I cannot be contained in the space of the heavens,
But I can be contained in the space of the pure loving heart.

Let me close this appeal to all my readers that in the New Year, in what so ever religion we seek the Divine, we will move to a heart centred prayer in our lives. As Rumi says:

“Close down speech's door and open up the heart's window!
The moon will only kiss you through the window.”

Wish you all a blessed and peaceful New Year.