Mystics throughout the ages have sworn off, given up and ceased the pleasures of the senses in order to become closer to their diety. In truth the diety and Self are one. In this light one may deprive the senses in order to realize the true self. From retreating to caves, cabins, temples or Ashrams seekers have realized God, the Tao that cannot be named or Buddha nature. Whatever we Earthlings name the Divine, seeking “it” has been written about and studied since either existed.
I was speaking with my daughter recently about spirituality. Her comment was ” I didn’t think anyone did that anymore”. Even though she regularly attended Yoga classes. I mentioned that Yoga meant union with God but I m not sure she heard me. Many but not all western instructors and then students who participate in Yoga assume it’s the stretching of body parts. In any event, I wondered if the idea of spirituality becoming extinct was only my daughters opinion? Does the fact that our electronic gadgets, the current world smorgasbord of appeals to the senses along with the lighting fast change going on all around us blind us to the idea.
There is nothing so blinding as perception. -ken wapnick
Our perception is continually bombarded with images and sounds. Keep up or get run over and better get yours before it’s all gone attitudes prevail. The idea that we are all one, connected into the Unified field has debatebly been proven. This idea either has not permeated the culture or everyone may always be engrossed with getting their share. This is how it’s been for ages. The fact that we are one with nature and our brother, are comical to most in this day and age. Yea, yea, I’ve heard all that before, is the reaction of a majority. However together with a strong movement of Spiritual seekers across the globe as well as awareness of the destruction of the planet there is potential for change.
This world is so old that everywhere you stand someone either died or was buried there. Twenty-five thousand people die every hour. Twenty- five thousand six-hundred are born every hour. This apparent world is a field of flowers arising, flowering and then decaying to make room for the next. It’s been going on for longer than anyone knows.
All that arises passes away, this I know!
Will the earth and its inhabitants pass away also, and if so when. I suppose it’s inevitable. In the context of eternity time is a mere dot. Time is the distance between cause and effect. That is, the illusion of what we have attempted to create “time” is the distance between our eternal Self and the identity we have created or the “me” we have come to believe we are.
Tibetan Zen Buddhist practice the art of dying. In the Tibetan book of the dead these techniques are outlined.
The opposite of Love is fear, but what is all encompassing has no opposite. What is everything leaves room for nothing else. Love is the removal of all fear, including death. Do not fear death but prepare and embrace it when it comes. This fear of death is one element of Socrates teachings. He would place a skeleton by his students side and say in effect- look right at it. That’s YOU! When we feel as though we have nothing in common with our brother, think about that. We all have a great deal in common with each other. We come from and end up in the same place, and not too far from now. With this fact one might see Everything in a new light. I have nothing special that you do not have, however I have focused like a laser beam on the ethereal unseen for many years. Once in meditation I was taken out past the Omniverse so that I could look back and see that this entire Cosmos of matter is merely a fabrication utilizing mental constructs. Simply-it’s ALL mind. Time as well is only an idea. At some level you certainly know this as well. How might one use this knowledge. Inevitably we all consider the point of being here? With consideration of the declaration that space and time are illusions, what is the purpose. Practically speaking, what good are these concepts to us today. Let’s look at an idea together.
I won’t go through what that statement means to me, rather I would like to invite you to take it with you. Examine it, talk about it, use it. See if it serves any use for YOU. What might you be in reality vs what you have come to believe you are. This is how all true science operates. Imagine an idea then seek to find out if it holds true for you. This is only slightly different as it is the science of your mind. Our experience is the final test.