Why have most religions fallen into a hollowness (or extremism)? The Baha’is have an answer or two;
“…the administration of the Cause is to be conceived as an instrument and not a substitute for the Faith of Bahá’u’lláh…it should be regarded as a channel through which His promised blessings may flow, that it should guard against such rigidity as would clog and fetter the liberating forces released by His Revelation…”
— Shoghi Effendi, The World Order of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 9
We are using these quotations in our discussions at present;
TOPIC: The Reality of Being Human on the Way to Realizing Enlightenment
QUESTION: “What is the reality of being human on the way to realizing enlightenment?
1 “Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement. ….get up in the morning and look at the
world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is
incredible; never treat life casually. To be spiritual is to be amazed.” …….“Wonder rather than doubt is the root of all knowledge.”― Abraham Joshua Heschel
2 “Like two birds of golden plumage, inseparable companions, the
individual self and the immortal Self are perched on the branches of the
selfsame tree. The former tastes of the sweet and bitter fruits of the
tree; the latter, tasting of neither, calmly observes.
“The individual self, deluded by forgetfulness of his identity with the
divine Self, bewildered by his ego, grieves and is sad. But when he
recognizes the worshipful Lord as his own true Self, and beholds his
glory, he grieves no more.”
3 Don’t contemplate
as mere activity
Be void contemplating void. p221 365 Tao – Deng Ming-Dao
4 After scaling the high summits of wonderment the wayfarer cometh to the Valley of True
Poverty and Absolute Nothingness.
This station is the dying from self and the living in God, the being poor in self and rich in the
From ‘The Valley of True Poverty and Absolute Nothingness’ the 7th valley in Baha’u’llah’s 7 Valleys
5 The experience of one’s own identity or “I”, is a source of great wonder……..Spiritual attainment
is a fundamental transformation of the “I” from a separate, limited, and contracted identity into a
rich and infinite one. It is a movement from separation to union.
p85 Living Presence A Sufi Way to Mindfulness & the Essential Self – by Shaikh Kabir Helminski
6 You say, “I want to know myself.” You are the “I”. You are the Knowing. You are the
consciousness through which everything is known. And that cannot know itself; it is itself.
p55/56 Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle
About religion Max Muller said, ““He who knows one, knows none.”
Note from WikiPedia on the theologian Paul Tillich and ‘God as the Ground of being’;
Tillich described God
(spatially) as the “Ground of Being” and (temporally) as the “Eternal Now,” in tandem with the view that God is not an entity among entities but rather is “Being-Itself”—notions which Eckhart Tolle, for example, has invoked repeatedly ………were paradigmatically renovated by Tillich, although of course these ideas derive from Christian mystical sources as well as from ancient and medieval theologians such as St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas
“If I have time to complain about it, I have time to do something about it.”
Dear God the Quakers have some challenging sayings!
Saints are men who have freed themselves from the
world of matter and who have overcome sin. They live in the world but are not of it, their thoughts being continually in the world of the spirit. Their lives are spent in holiness, and their deeds show forth love, justice and godliness. They are illumined from on high; they are as bright and shining lamps in the dark places of the earth. These are the saints of God. The apostles, who were the disciples of Jesus Christ, were just as other men are; they, like their fellows, were attracted by the things of the world, and each thought only of his own advantage. They knew little of justice, nor were the Divine perfections found in their midst. But when they followed Christ and believed in Him, their ignorance gave place to understanding, cruelty was changed to justice, falsehood to truth, darkness into light. They had been worldly, they became spiritual and divine. They had been children of darkness, they became sons of God, they became saints! Strive therefore to follow in their steps, leaving all worldly things behind, and striving to attain to the Spiritual Kingdom.
Pray to God that He may strengthen you in divine virtue, so that you may be as angels in the world, and beacons of light to disclose the mysteries of the Kingdom to those with understanding hearts.
God sent His Prophets into the world to teach and enlighten man, to explain to him the mystery of the Power of the Holy Spirit, to enable him to reflect the light, and so in his turn, to be the source of guidance to others. The Heavenly Books, the Bible, the Qur’an, and the other Holy Writings have been given by God
as guides into the paths of Divine virtue, love, justice and peace.
Great art grabs you, against your will, and then suspends your will. You are ushered into a quiet clearing, free of desire, free of grasping, free of ego, free of the self-contraction. And through that opening or clearing in your own awareness may come flashing higher truths, subtler revelations, profound connections. For a moment you might even touch eternity; who can say otherwise, when time itself is supendend in the clearing that great art creates in your awareness?
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Tolle says that emotion and thoughts (I would say heart-mind for these two are in reality a singleness) are not necessarily ego, but often are.
“They turn into ego only when you identify with them and they take you over completely, that is to say, when they become ‘I’.”
A New Earth pp131-132