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From India Divyaa Kummar…
God is a word which actually means every word and everything...so it works more like a symbol containing it all – or we would need to use every word in our dictionary to describe, understand, express or refer to God…
As long as we desire to ‘meet’ or ‘become One’ with God- we are going to have a ‘God’ outside self to do that with & the Godself That I Am cannot consciously Be. Our yearning-while it plays a vital ripening role in the unraveling of Self- at the very core implies some degree of a state/sense of separation. The gnosis that there is no God ‘out there’ shifts us from this desire into knowing its more about a growing awareness …of our Godhood or the state of consciousness we call ‘God’
Surrender or homage can be to Guru God or Self… all three states are seemingly the same &yet each is a subtle shift into establishing as authentic Self. When nothing-not even our guru or god stands between Self-when there isn’t even a grain of sand in between-do we truly abide in Self. Ultimately abiding in Self is beyond devotion, gyan even love .Devotion to whom? Love implies another. And Gyan-knowledge of Self is still a hairs breadth from being Self! And yet as Self- a state of being beyond duality & thus what we call contradictions- even though there is no other we view all as aspects of Self, and thus though one is beyond devotion love and gyan…they exist in relation to Self & all its reflections.
To see everything & everyone as Self- God- is being established in Self or the state of ‘seeing God!’ To know that nothing is not Self/God- is abiding in Self or the state of ‘seeing God’. This is the much spoken about purnam darshan; this is that full blown mystical vision that the mystics speak about! Indeed it is the yearning to receive some other… mystical … ‘purnam darshan’ – God vision that keeps us from this moment to moment purnam darshan… from this moment to moment here and now state of tangibly ‘seeing’ God!
Self/ God/Consciousness is all pervading… present in the un-enlightened as much as in the enlightened; in the densest of matter as much as in spirit; in the smallest of small as in the vastness. There is not a single thought that is not ‘God’…even what seems to be ignorant of ‘God’ …is ‘God’… there is not a single body that is not ‘God’… even what seems to be separate from ‘God’ is God …! In this God vision as we see ‘God’ in every person, thing, happening, non happening… we move automatically from personal consciousness and its self that sees god…to Universal- God Consciousness!
God’ – ‘Consciousness’ – ‘Spirit’ implies a dynamic state of being… a kinetic state of perfection…. not something finished and done with! As ‘God’ – ‘Consciousness’ – ‘Spirit’ experiences, expresses, and revels in Itself, through its ‘individuations’, It expands, deepens and enriches Itself… and then ‘that’ enriched God’ – ‘Consciousness’ – Spirit’ has more to experience, express and revel in… and thus individuates, separates, sets forth, begins a new game, dream, venture … again…and again… infinitely…always from this ‘more’ enriched experience of Itself! Infinitely (in linear language, because ofcourse all of this ‘happens’ in the now! It’s the paradox of how All That Is …ever becomes ‘more’! Each such ‘cycle’ is also called one day of Brahma.
‘God’ and ‘the world’ is one reality –and these are just two (of the many) ways of perceiving the One. But please note they are only different ways of perceiving the one… and not two different parts! Like a drop of water is wet and transparent- you can’t separate the wetness and transparency other than in labeling it towards its understanding! And thus is the world (life, people, events & things) God or Spirit! Maya- illusion does not mean that the world does not exist- as from our point of focus it does- it only means it is not the only aspect! You have not viewed the whole- that’s the illusion!
God is no separate ‘Whole’… indeed there is no separate inviolate ‘Whole’ as we sometimes think. God in not a noun but a verb- the entire process of creation and thus all that is – even as individuations or in separation- makes up this ‘Whole’! God’ is not outside, but neither is God inside you…God is everything and everywhere!
Evolution is inherent in our DNA! God is in our genes! Our goal… is our Source!
We often think in terms of Gods creating us; but in truth it is we who create our gods! Sensing our purest qualities as ‘self’, but unable to accept this vision as self, we project them onto a ‘god’ or goal outside. Our highest potentials, the gods we seek to be, are in actuality our source and immanent in our Dna; that record keeper so to say that keeps all that we are intact within us while we play the game of seeming separation and ignorance.
Anthropomorphism, whereby we personalize or humanize an abstract god-like quality, to understand it better is the basis of all mythology. We bring the abstract to life, by assigning them name and form and history even. The intangible aspects that make up our universe are thus made tangible and easier to understand.
Our gods are each a unique exploration of the Whole- each a finely honed focus of the Whole; taking ‘back’ or actualizing an inimitable, distinctive aspect of the Whole! And thus each ‘god’ shows a different facet…none ‘teaching’ exactly the same! And sometimes humanity gets confused as to which is the truth! But that’s the whole point of creation! Whereby each individuation explores and actualizes a unique aspect of the whole for the whole! We imbue the whole with a unique slant! And thus must we not get perplexed by what the different gods are ‘saying’, but take from each god what helps us create our own vision and realization of the whole! For if we all ‘go back’ with the same picture…what a waste of eternity!
God is a frequency, a vibration… a state of Being… and thus His/Her names (also frequencies) are ‘Gods’ most original ‘form’…and thus in chanting or being one with the name… we are one with its frequency …and thus with ‘God’.
The grass is greener on the other side … of the cosmos ! God/Consciousness wants to explore Self through the human experience and mankind wants to experience self through the God experience! God/Consciousness gets set for the pleasures of amnesia /maya /forgetfulness and those within it are all set for awakening into remembrance! God/Consciousness want to descend to earth to be All That is –tangibly; and humanity wants to ascend to be All That Is –formlessly. As seekers we sometimes get too serious and judgmental about maya! We forget that as God/Consciousness I have willfully spun maya- and like any good author or movie maker- I want the experience to be all engaging- it ‘success/fulfillment’ lays in that surely? It’s like writing a book or making a movie where I want all to forget themselves and be wholly drawn into its illusory charms for that duration rather than be able to remain detached through it all ! Yet as its creator I know that in every story I create its ending is inherent – it cannot be any other way- thus as this nears, I will automatically and spontaneously leave it behind- but as its Creator I wouldn’t want it earlier than that! Indeed inherent in the forgetting is the remembering-its seeded unto the game –and it will happen at the right time for each of us Gods as The God playing the game gets fulfilled! And when it happens… as the Gods we are awaken from our creation… we condemn it not…nor judge the others Gods still playing!
It’s actually all in reverse! ‘We’ desire growth, evolution, God….when God/consciousness desires us to turn the corner and start returning ‘home’! Thus first God /Consciousness seeds in us the desire to set forth and explore…indeed to forget Him/Her …and dive into the game whole heartedly no hold barred… as required for any game! And when we as individuation’s have played our roles in the cosmic play …then does God/Consciousness seed in us the desire to return …rather than set out further…then are we drawn to the path! And as God./consciousness prepares us further towards dissolving unto Him/Her…then does the seeking heighten and the yearning deepens. And yet it is only when God./consciousness is ready to wrap up the game through a you…Only when God…Consciousness desires the final merger … mating … union … does it ‘happen’…till then the mating dance …the foreplay….is what He/She desires…and we remain ‘here’ separate yet closely entwined in divine embrace
In surrender. In love which has no goals…!
God is human – is this true or false? There nothing like true or false – those are only two points along the one continuum. And the answer can change at every point…till we can embrace all without rejecting the other! So yes god is human as all of us are! But then god is not human – as it’s when we dis-identify with our ego self – do we realize our divinity. The gods of mythology have a human personality each- but then that’s a way of describing the various aspects of impersonal consciousness ( Its called Anthropomorphism, whereby we personalize or humanize an abstract god-like quality, to understand it better is the basis of all mythology. We bring the abstract to life, by assigning them name and form and history even. The intangible aspects that make up our universe are thus made tangible and easier to understand.) Our gods are each a unique exploration of the Whole- a finely honed focus of the Whole… taking ‘back’ or actualizing an inimitable, distinctive aspect of the Whole! And thus each ‘god’ shows a different facet…none ‘teaching’ exactly the same! And sometimes humanity gets confused as to which is the truth! But that’s the whole point of creation! Whereby each individuation explores and actualizes a unique aspect of the whole for the whole! We imbue the whole with a unique slant! And thus must we not get perplexed by what the different gods are ‘saying’, but take from each god what helps us create our own vision and realization of the whole! For if we all ‘go back’ with the same picture…what a waste of eternity!
A meditative imagery: view self sitting across an exquisite glowing Shiva/or letter I. View behind this Shiva/letter I- a series of them –each becoming just a little taller, wider & glowing than the one before –like a finely graded series of statuettes going infinitely higher wider & taller till the last fills up the cosmos- formless indeed-only the glow perhaps- & know these are all ‘you’! Thus as your I Am presence expands –you abide in the higher & larger Selves- you abide as awareness Itself .But you simultaneously exist as all! You are simultaneously the largest focus of All That Is & the ‘smaller’ more finely honed current focus too! As you do this, he ‘you’ who was sitting across & observing these aspects of Self-disappears! There was no effort to move from the ‘personality’ ‘ego’ self …! As you became aware of, focused on &aligned with your (range of) I am presences…you automatically moved into It! Not looking at them anymore, but now looking through their eyes – as them! And ultimately as the largest- awareness Itself- established in your I Am presence! And yet, as current self, who is not anymore the personality but an aspect of the ‘I am’ presence!
‘God the Absolute/Spirit’ and ‘God the world/matter’ is One –and these are just two (of the many) ways of perceiving the One. Thus ‘God/Spirit’ and ‘world/matter’ are just different aspects of the One. Please note they are different facets… aspects… or ways/angles of perceiving the One – and not Its different parts! Like a rose is pink and soft- and we can’t separate a rose and its pinkness and softness other than in speaking or understanding it… like a drop of water is wet and transparent- and we can’t separate the wetness and transparency other than in labeling it towards its understanding! Likewise we can’t separate God the absolute and God the world. And thus is matter (life, people, events & things) spirit… and thus is the world…God. Maya/illusion does not mean that the world does not exist- as from our point of focus it does- it only means it is not the only state of being! You have not viewed the whole-that’s the illusion!
God is no separate ‘whole’ abiding somewhere in the beyond! Indeed there is no separate inviolate ‘Whole’ or ‘Absolute’ as we sometimes think God to be. There is no whole without its facets… and thus God is not separate from the universe, worlds, you and me… indeed all that is… even our world and the seemingly separated indivuated you and me… together… are the state we call God. Thus God the Whole/Absolute is not out there somewhere … but immanent in very atom of existence
God in not a noun but a verb... the entire process of creation in all its states and forms – even what we call maya – makes up this ‘Whole’ … God!
God is not outside, but neither is God inside us …God is everything and everywhere!