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#2652 - Saturday, November 25, 2006
- Editor: Jerry Katz
The Nondual Highlights
Something we make available through The Highlights are different views of reality. There's the "everything's bs" view, which is fine and dandy. It's the most difficult view to talk about because the talker is that bs. It's the radical nondual approach.
Then there's the view that something is worthwhile and that it could be attended to, whether we call it Christ, Buddha, consciousness, I Am, or something else.
Both views are nothing more than views, but the former requires an extra step that can't be taken, so it gets weird.
The current issue is more about the latter view, which is attainable, functional, worthwhile, and understandable. There's a wholeness to be felt in the latter view. In the former view there's nothingness.
Of course neither view actually exists except that we make it exist by agreeing on things about them. Which is probably insane, but what the heck.
13th August 2006
Life is this simple. We are living in a world that is absolutely transparent, and God is shining through all the time.
This is not just a fable or a nice story. It is true.
If we abandon ourselves to God and forget ourselves, we see it sometimes, and we see it maybe frequently.
God shows Himself everywhere, in everything in people and in things and in nature and in events.
It becomes very obvious that God is everywhere and in everything and we cannot be without Him. Its impossible. The only thing is we dont see it.
- Thomas Merton
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Joseph Campbell on Christian Nonduality
22nd November 2006
According to the normal way of thinking about the Christian religion, we cannot identify with Jesus, we have to imitate Jesus. To say I and the Father are one, as Jesus said, is blasphemy for us.
However, in the Thomas gospel that was dug up in Egypt some forty years ago, Jesus says He who drinks from my mouth will become as I am, and I shall be he.
Now, that is exactly Buddhism. We are all manifestations of Buddha consciousness, or Christ consciousness, only we don't know it.
The word Buddha means the one who woke up. We are all to do that to wake up to the Christ or Buddha consciousness within us.
This is blasphemy in the normal way of Christian thinking, but it is the very essence of Christian Gnosticism and the Thomas gospel.
Civilizations are grounded on myth. The civilization of the Middle Ages was grounded on the myth of the Fall in the Garden, the redemption on the cross, and the carrying of the grace of redemption to man through the sacraments.
The Christ story involves a sublimation of what originally was a very solid vegetal image. Jesus is the tree, and he is himself the fruit of the tree. Jesus is the fruit of eternal life, which was on the second forbidden tree in the Garden of Eden.
When man ate the fruit of the first tree, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, he was expelled from the Garden. The Garden is the place of unity - of non-duality of male and female, good and evil, God and human beings. You eat the duality, and you are on the way out.
The tree of coming back to the Garden is the tree of immortal life, where you know that I and the Father are one.
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