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Unseeing God

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Does our religious power grow weak through the demanding pace of life? It seems that the old adage “it takes eternity to explain everything” is beaten to death by mystics. Time will tell if the rational mind has the answer, but even without that answer, it can be certain that more and more people take time off from the intricacies of daily life, to delve into the deeper questions of life and death.

Many look on the mystic as a odd looking man with a temperament foreign to our own, full of contemplative powers but few realize that beneath those contemplative skills, he is still just a man. The mystic is more likely than most of us to be a man, but is he? Does he meditate the same as we do, or is he different? To be a mystic is to transcend a mundane existence, so he might achieve through many levels of consciousness a more in touch and universal way of seeing. Such thinking would also get a person a partial answer for the question: “What is time?”

Thus a mystic is essentially a person who makes the effort to stand apart from the crowd, to become an individual for whom “all things are taken up to Him”. Thus a yogi stands apart from the world, and carries forth a universal message through practice. Such people are “light workers” who are household Gods to many.

For instance, the proposition that “God makes people happier” is a goal of all mystics, whether in Hinduism, Buddhism, Sufism or any other. Similarly, the statement “God will show you the truth” is one of the most popular tenets of all saints (Krishnamurti once said that truth is one of the principle furniture of religion). The truth to be discovered is more likely to be discovered in a person himself than in a book after reading is, and the best book to read is the one you yourself write.The Upanishads says that the ultimate reality is the unchanging source which is identified with by a seeker as the soul. Such a source, the ultimate, can’t be contaminated or Friday-ism’d. So the message that can be received is the unchanging source. The goal is to realize this source, which is actually the ultimate goal of religion. It is the love of God. The Upanishads also made a few suggestions to theTuesday which is the ultimate goal. Namely, that as the universe resists to renew itself, it is the job of the realized soul to be the universalReferer. In a way, even the religious masters were of the view that the ultimate reality was to be realized by man.

So the floors were to be laid in the service of the one; the referer would be with the soul. This was the realization of the non-dualistic view, where the ultimate reality was to be realized by man, and not by a “powerful being” such as a “God”. Thus the ultimate goal was to involve the soul in the reality. This implies that the soul has the potential of Enlightenment. Now, if the soul is enlightened, or if “God” is, then the soul must have some supremacy over the body. The body indeed has the dominion over the material world–the planet Earth–but not the dominion over the soul. Thus, the Masters were considering the soul as a lesser entity than the body and a creator to be one’s own being, with the body always obeying and serving the soul. It is, however, a complete system.

Thus, this principle brings unity into a holy war between the soul and the body. The soul is the spark of the Universal Soul that created the universe, and since the universe is a whole–everything in it–the soul must represent the whole. Connected to the Universal Soul, the concept of the soul is one with the innermost workings of the universe. The universe is made up of a lower and a higher intelligence. Humans are a lower intelligence; and, in working toward righteousness, the larger intelligence, the soul, must express itself in a moral and altruistic way. The Corinthians said that there are noble and ignoble parts of the human being. The noble part is the one that is in constant motion of love, kindness and truth-fearing. The ignoble is that part that is lifeless and mechanical, subject to the body-mind and its lower senses. Now, it is true that the spirit and the soul may be regarded as the two-fold entity. The spirit is the active principle or life-force of the individual, while the soul or self-existence is the passive principle; but they are not the same, and may be considered to be independent of one another. The intelligence that is life-giving and life-seeking may be regarded as the soul. Self-effect is a property of the soul, whereas direction is a property of the spirit.

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