Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Second Symbol of Rebirth

“The sun is our second symbol of rebirth ... When you realize that eternity is right here now, that it is within your possibility to experience the eternity of your own truth and being, then you grasp the following: That which you are was never born and will never die; that is the insight rendered in term of the solar mystery, the solar light.” …………….Joseph Campbell in “Thou Art That: Transforming Religious Metaphor”
The very opening of the quote tells of the Sun as the second symbol of rebirth. Before we deliberate on the significance of the second symbol, let us understand the first symbol. Symbols were established in the mythological age to evoke the consciousness of men towards the higher purposes he or she was created. The earliest myths could be traced to the Sumerian myth of the “Epic of Gilgamesh”.
Water is a primordial source of both rejuvenation and destruction in the Epic. It is neither good nor evil, but simply a force and representation of the gods’ will and the cycle of birth and death inherent to all life. The deluge event both in the Sumerian text as well as in the Matsya Purana and in the Old Testament is a symbolism of global level cleansing as the whole of humanity was deviant from the purpose of creation.
Notably in the Hero monomyth there is a stage of Apotheosis or transformation to the state of the Divine, after every important event in the Epic, Gilgamesh (and Enkidu if he is with Gilgamesh) bathes himself. After slaying Humbaba, when Enkidu leaves the wilderness, and after every other crucial action in the epic, there is always a bath. In practical purposes, the bath cleans and rejuvenates the heroes after their adventures, but it also seems to have ritual purpose—a spiritual as well as a physical cleansing. Spiritual cleansing through bathing has similarities to the significance of baptism in Christian practice, in which water is a means of absolution and conversion. Each time Gilgamesh and Enkidu bathe, then, we can interpret them as being rejuvenated and as reaffirming their connection to the gods. This is the climax in which the Hero must have his final and most dangerous encounter with death. In the eleventh stage of the Hero’s journey, there is a death and resurrection.
Now we look at the second symbolism of rebirth which is the Sun. Today happens to be the longest day in the northern hemisphere as it is the summer solstice. Solstice is a word with Latin roots – ‘solstitium’, from ‘sol – sun’ – and ‘stitium – to stop.’ Stoppage of the Sun is metaphorically linked to experiencing eternity, a point at which time loses its meaning. When we are engaged in the deeper contemplation in our inward journey of spiritual awareness, we experience eternity.
In the Old Testament, Joshua defeats the five Amorite kings, with the assistance of Yahweh, he stops the Sun for whole day. This is the mythical symbolism of experiencing eternity in the conquest of our darker nature.
“On the day the LORD gave the Amorites over to Israel, Joshua said to the LORD in the presence of Israel: “Sun, stand still over Gibeon, and you, moon, over the Valley of Aijalon.”” ………..Joshua 10: 12
As the Sun never sets or rises when a spaceship is on a very high orbit, when our consciousness is elevated to sublime level, we experience eternal light. The hope of rebirth is given to us through our witnessing the rising and setting of the Sun when we stay rooted to material existence on this earth.
“Let us meditate on that excellent glory of the divine vivifying Sun,                                                                May he enlighten our understandings.” …………….Gayathri mantra

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Autonomous Approach of the Self

"Christ is the western formulation of what the East calls the Self, Atman, the Purusha or Buddha. If one may interpret him as a symbol, he symbolizes the Self. The dogma claims that Christ was God who became man. In psychological language this means that the Self approached the consciousness of man, And indeed in a very peculiar form, the Self approached from outside autonomously, not as a human realization." …………….C.G. Jung
The deeper you explore the realm of consciousness the more wonderful meanings are thrown up for our awe and enrichment. Carl Jung had the wisdom of deep understanding and his exposition of the human mind and the various means it seeks to pronounce as well as to grasp the various layers of the human psyche, is a treat for any student of depth psychology. Jung clearly understood the universal connectivity of consciousness and this gave him a great appreciation of the wisdom of Eastern philosophy and mysticism.
A clear division is needed to grasp some of the dogma in the western Christian traditions between the historical Jesus, the man, and his indwelling Divine Christ consciousness. This amalgamation was predestined in the karmic journey of Jesus the man, through what the dogma defines as virgin birth. To define the distinction between the human and divine nature of Jesus, the gospel writers refer to His human as the ‘son of man’ (with the small letter ‘s’) and to His divine nature as ‘Son of man’ (with the capital letter ‘S’). This is similar to the Vedic nomenclature of ‘the self’ and ‘the Self’ when defining the ego consciousness and the universal Divine consciousness.
Another important feature that we need to understand is that the consciousness of man is extremely limited and hence cannot through an act of volition invoke the merger with the Divine consciousness or the Self. Through a state of preparedness the self awaits the Divine Grace which through its own autonomous choice merges with an individual.
Meister Eckhart in Sermon VII : “Outward and Inward Morality” says:
“Grace is from God, and works in the depth of the soul whose powers it employs. It is a light which issues forth to do service under the guidance of the Spirit. The Divine Light permeates the soul, and lifts it above the turmoil of temporal things to rest in God. The soul cannot progress except with the light which God has given it as a nuptial gift; love works the likeness of God into the soul. The peace, freedom and blessedness of all souls consist in their abiding in God's will. Towards this union with God for which it is created the soul strives perpetually.”
When Eckhart says; Grace of God works in the depth of one’s soul and whose power it employs, it is clearly meant that the power or the potentiality of the soul must be at its peak to receive the infinite potential of the Divine. The potential of the individual soul has the power to transcend all physical, mental and temporal boundaries and only through this capacity can it ever merge with the Divine. The basic realization of an individual is what Eckhart says;  “………..Towards this union with God for which it is created the soul strives perpetually.”
In Manduka Upanishad Verse 3.1.3 it says:
“When the vision of a learned person grasps the effulgent Purua who is the Ruler of all, the energy of all deeds and also the source of Brahma, then he, having shaken off both virtues and vices and having become passionless, attain unity with that Supreme Entity.”
This is the process of reaching the state of preparedness to merge with the Divine consciousness. It is a state where one shakes of all passions of achievement and in the deepest stillness of infinitude realize one’s own nature of omniscience. 
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