ENLIGHTENMENT AS FEELING REALIZATION or AWARENESS OF BEING…

ENLIGHTENMENT AS FEELING-REALIZATION or AWARENESS OF BEING

Having access to that formless realm is truly liberating. It frees you from bondage to form and identification with form. It is life in its undifferentiated state prior to its fragmentation into multiplicity. We may call it the Unmanifested, the invisible Source of all things, the Being within all beings. It is a realm of deep stillness and peace, but also of joy and intense aliveness. Whenever you are present, you become “transparent” to some extent to the light, the pure consciousness that emanates from this Source. You also realize that the light is not separate from who you are but constitutes your very essence.

Identification with your mind creates an opaque screen of concepts, labels, images, words, judgments, and definitions that blocks all true relationship. It comes between you and yourself, between you and your fellow man and woman, between you and nature, between you and God. It is this screen of thought that creates the illusion of separateness, the illusion that there is you and a totally separate “other.” You then forget the essential fact that, underneath the level of physical appearances and separate forms, you are one with all that is.

Being is not only beyond but also deep within every form as its innermost invisible and indestructible essence. This means that it is accessible to you now as your own deepest self, your true nature. But don’t seek to grasp it with your mind. Don’t try to understand it. You can know it only when the mind is still. When you are present, when your attention is fully and intensely in the Now, Being can be felt, but it can never be understood mentally. To regain awareness of Being and to abide in that state of “feeling-realization” is enlightenment.

— Eckhart Tolle

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“The word ‘God’ is limiting not only because…

“The word ‘God’ is limiting not only because of thousands of years of misperception and misuse, but also because it implies an entity other than you. God is Being itself, not a being.” – Eckhart Tolle

“To regain awareness of Being and to abide in that state of “feeling-realization” is enlightenment.” – Eckhart Tolle

The mystery of the incarnation of the…

“The mystery of the incarnation of the Logos is the key to all the arcane symbolism and typology in the Scriptures, and in addition gives us knowledge of created things, both visible and intelligible. He who apprehends the mystery of the cross and the burial apprehends the inward essences of created things; while he who is initiated into the inexpressible power of the resurrection apprehends the purpose for which God first established everything.”

St. Maximos the Confessor, ‘First Century on Theology’
The Philokalia, volume 2
various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain

Interspirituality is concerned with “the recovery of the…

Interspirituality is concerned with “the recovery of the shared mystic heart beating in the center of the world’s deepest spiritual traditions.” – Wayne Teasdale, The Mystic Heart

Interesting Indeed these are only a few of…

Interesting?……

Indeed, these are only a few of the definitions-of-God found in the Aryan Vedas and Upanishads, but some of the profounder ones. Let me give those God-definitions again. The rishis who wrote the Upanishads defined God as:

— Pure Consciousness

and also

— Bliss (ananda)

and also

— The source of exterior phenomena, or the “creator,” whether postulated as a theory and only thought about, or personally known

and also they defined God as

— Inner blissful sound (Aum) and light (jyoti) experienced by those who succeed in stilling their minds (succeed in yoga).

The average man can easily prove two of the above God-definitions to himself, as existent; as real. All have experienced bliss. All experience consciousness. (We swim in consciousness as a fish swims in water. To think “I am, I think” is to experience consciousness.) And a few, less average, experience and know the inner Aum and inner jyotii through chastity and assiduous yogic effort.

One of the absurd things about atheists, especially the juvenile variety running about today — is that they usually have not studied religion, much less sought to experience religious truths within. The word “philosophy” references a multifarious variety of ideas. How much more the words “God” and “religion.” They, likewise, refer to a multifarious variety of things. The modern amateur atheist — and many of the professionals — doesn’t bother specifying which definition-of-God he is rejecting. He has in his head some concept of God thinking “This is what the word God means, everybody knows.” Then he states his rejection of the Mickey Mouse idea. Maybe that of a particular religious sect or Sunday School teacher he encountered when he was a child, and he feels proud of himself. Most atheists are not even aware that God is defined as as such things as “bliss” in the venerable religions.

Thus it is easy to say to the atheist: “Like the rishis, I define God as bliss. I have experienced bliss. So I know God exists.”

Atheism is the sandbox of neurotic children angry about past irritations or offenses from “religious” people. In other words, their atheist stance is emotional and not the product of sincere or strenuous inquiry. Aside from unfamiliarity with rich religious ideas or subtle definitions of God, the atheist has seldom sought out God himself. How should one expect to find any thing if he never seeks for it? Especially a thing that is mysterious or transcendental? Thus modern atheists are fools, neurotic, unimaginative men, and generally completely uneducated about the subject of religion. We have no need to bother with them. They have always been around. This site is for the God-seekers. Aum.

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