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 

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