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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