“The world is pregnant with God.” Angela of Foligno

“What good is it to me if Mary gave birth to the Son of God hundreds of years ago, if I do not give birth to the Son of God in my time and my culture? We are all meant to be Mothers of God, for God is always needing to be born.” Meister Eckhart

 

“Truth is no theory; no speculative system of philosophy, no intellectual insight. Truth is exact correspondence with reality. For man, truth is the unshakeable knowledge of his real nature, his Self.” Paramhansa Yogananda

 

“Few know how to help themselves when they are beset by misfortune. Bound by fate, humanity runs an endless circle of sorrow. Their grim companion is disunity from themselves. Father Zeus, free them from these great sufferings and show every one of them the Genius who is their guide.” Pythagoras

 

“On this planet, we are probably the creatures most capable of perceiving and responding to God’s vision of a different, better world. God’s primary avenue for liberation is through responsive human hearts. We can wait for supernatural miracles, or we can roll up our sleeves with God and get to work.” C. Robert Mesle

 

 I couldn’t help it with the quotes, they’re all so good.

A poem this time. Please enjoy…

 

God, cause of causes,

Origin of the long string of history.

History, the steady, stable, unvarying chain of events;

Cause and effect;

The wheel of consequences;

Karma.

 

But history is not really like that,

It is not a clock to be wound up,

To work until it breaks down.

It is more creative than that,

More organic.

 

Within history God secretly planted seeds of his plan,

A cause that transcends history’s chain of events.

It is the soul in touch with God,

Its purest essence,

Its purest Self;

Dharma.

 

A soul is born as a baby,

As pure Self,

As pure Dharma.

It has no karma.

 

From this moment on

It can become enslaved by karma;

Imposed on it by the world,

Or liberated by Dharma;

Unfolding from deep within the soul.

 

Am I a passive product of the world

Or a willing vessel of creativity in it?

Is my life journey one of karma or Dharma?

 

I am not just a “son of,” product of my parents.

I am not just a “citizen of,” product of my society.

I have something beyond history’s chain of events,

A potential deep within going back to the origin of the Universe,

Pervading the Universe.

 

Everyone has this potential,

But few awaken to it,

Remaining bound to the chain of events,

Being just products of their conditions.

They are buried beneath the compost of karma

And do not allow Dharma to grow from it.

 

I awaken from the dream of karma,

I awaken to pure Life,

And I follow my Dharma.

 

 

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Planted tree

 “A person cannot approach the divine by reaching beyond the human. To become human, is what this individual person, has been created for.” Martin Buber

“Seek ye divine happiness through the hardships and sorrows of this physical world, and behold spiritual well-being in the struggles of this fleeting existence.” Compilations, Baha’i Scriptures (replace “hardships and sorrows” with “joys and sorrows”, and “struggles” with “experiences”, then you have my version of the quote 😉 )

“Lord if I worship You from the fear of Hell, throw me in Hell. If I worship You from the hope of Paradise, deny me admittance to Paradise. But If I worship You out of Love for You alone then do not deny me the Bounty of Your Eternal Beauty” Rabia al-Adawiya  

 

I hate spiritual nihilism. Sounds contradictory but I’ll explain what I mean. “spiritual nihilism” is a negative attitude towards the material world in favour of some abstract, heavenly or spiritual realm. It views the world as a mere waiting room, somewhere where you are just “passing through” or, as I saw recently in one blog, a “sinking ship to be abandoned.” These are dangerous beliefs, because, like unspiritual nihilists, we may fall into the habit of acting in this universe like our actions don’t matter, like we can do “whatever” thinking there are no real consequences to our actions and leave the world in a poor state because we have a greater destiny lying elsewhere, beyond it.

For me, spirituality isn’t about transcending this “realm” of matter, it’s about transforming it; emerging within it, contributing to the cosmic/living/spiritual/evolutionary process and then dissolving back into it, leaving it for future “contributors” or co-creators to take my place in the ongoing process of Creation. I do not need a Great Divine Authority to justify this belief nor some concept of reward or punishment to guide my actions. My ethics stand alone by my own choice, because it’s the “right thing to do” regardless of childish hopes of reward or fears of punishment. Slightly different emphasis than Rabia, but with some parallels.

Children learn from these things; reward, punishment and authority, but when they mature into adults they should (hopefully) be mature enough not to have to lean on these things. Authority is (hopefully, again) transferred from parents to child, so an individual takes responsibility for their own actions in this world by their own individual self-made ethical choice. That can take some humility, to be a building block in the creative process of the universe, instead of using the universe as a spring board into Heaven or some higher incarnation or whatever.

Then I was tagsurfing my way around and found another quoting blog with this…

 “To ‘realize Buddha in this body’ is to realize that you yourself are in fact the universe.  You are not, as parents and teachers are wont to imply, a mere stranger on probation in the scheme of things; you are rather a sort of nerve-ending through which the universe is taking a peek at itself, which is why, deep down inside, almost everyone has a vague sense of eternity.  Few dare admit this because it would amount to believing that you are God, and God in our culture is the cosmic Boss, so that anyone imagining himself to be be God is deemed either blasphemous or insane.  But for Buddhists this is no problem because they do not have this particular idea of God, and so also are not troubled by the notion of sin and everlasting damnation.  Their picture of the universe is not political, not a kingdom ruled by a monarch, but rather an organism in which every part is a ‘doing’ of the whole, so that everything that happens to you is understood as your own karma, or ‘doing.’  Thus when things go wrong you have no one but yourself to blame.  You are not a sinner but a fool, so try another way.” Alan W. Watts, In My Own Way- http://daxdefranco.wordpress.com/2008/08/14/in-my-own-way-41/#comment-166