Yesterday in our ‘One Garden’ session we celebrated the fact that at least one academic has bridged the gap between academic research and teaching and the age-old wisdom core of the great Traditions.
Yesterday we used a paper entitled ‘I = Awareness’ by a professor of psychiatry Arthur J Deikman.
If you are at all interested in inter-spirituality, nonduality or interfaith understanding this paper is absolutely key!
You can read, or re-read, the paper here – http://www.deikman.com/awareness.html
Professor Deikman’s spiritual path included Buddhism and Sufism.
Arthur J. Deikman (September 27, 1929 – September 2, 2013) was a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, and a member of the editorial board of the ‘Journal of Humanistic Psychology’ and ‘Human Givens’. He was also a contributor to ‘The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease’.
About Deikman and his work – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_J._Deikman
Articles by Arthur J Deikman – Dig deep there are many more articles on several layers down – http://www.deikman.com/
Books by Arthur Deikman – https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=deikman
“Remember, what does not change is real. What changes is only appearance.”
Supplementary Text WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? Pages from John Greven’s book, “Oneness, the destination that you never left.” – SEE http://infiniteaffinity.com/onenesstext.php
We should earnestly seek and thoroughly investigate realities, recognizing that the purpose of the religion of God is the education of humanity and the unity and fellowship of mankind. Furthermore we will establish the point that the foundations of the religions of God are one foundation. This foundation is not multiple for it is reality itself. Reality does not admit of multiplicity although each of the divine religions is separable into two divisions. One concerns the world of morality and the ethical training of human nature. It is directed to the advancement of the world of humanity in general; it reveals and inculcates the knowledge of God and makes possible the discovery of the verities of life. This is ideal and spiritual teaching, the essential quality of divine religion and not subject to change or transformation. It is the one foundation of all the religions of God. Therefore the religions are essentially one and the same.
The second classification or division comprises social laws and regulations applicable to human conduct. This is not the essential spiritual quality of religion. It is subject to change and transformation according to the exigencies and requirements of time and place. …………………
Time changes conditions, and laws change to suit conditions. We must remember that these changing laws are not the essentials; they are the accidentals of religion. The essential ordinances established by a Manifestation of God are spiritual; they concern moralities, the ethical development of man and faith in God. They are ideal and necessarily permanent; expressions of the one foundation and not amenable to change or transformation. Therefore the fundamental basis of the revealed religion of God is immutable, unchanging throughout the centuries, not subject to the varying conditions of the human world. Source HERE http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/c/BWF/bwf-17.html
“This is the changeless Faith of God, eternal in the past, eternal in the future.” Proclamation of Bahá’u’lláh – http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/b/PB/pb-63.html
A Sufi teachers teaching re Oneness;
Excerpted from a talk by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee “Oneness and Life” (http://www.workingwithoneness.org/Vid…)
When Oneness Becomes a Fundamentalist Belief
The last few reflections have discussed how beliefs often fuel separation and conflict. These reflections are not meant to encourage you to suppress belief. Form is none other than formlessness.
To suppress belief is to deny the empty awareness from which it arises. Nothing is appearing as everything including every belief, idea, and view. What is being pointed to here is the seeing of how the dream self is born from identification with beliefs, creating illusory conflict and separation.
The view that “all is One” is a correct view relatively speaking. Stated another way, it is clearer to say “all is One” than to say “there are four.” But form is relative. Views are clear only in relation to other views. That is the nature of dualistic language.
The non-duality to which the word “Oneness” points cannot be expressed. In failing to realize the inexpressibility of non-duality, the mind can turn Oneness or any other spiritual conclusion (i.e., “no self”) into a fundamentalist belief.
How will you know your spiritual conclusion has become a fundamentalist belief? You will find yourself in conflict with all others who do not agree with your particular conception of Oneness. You will stop listening and learning, believing that you own the truth.
The pure seeing of identification with belief in Oneness allows identification with that belief to dissolve naturally. What is left is genuine Oneness, free from the “me” who would own it.
~ From: Reflections of the One Life, by Scott Kiloby http://www.kiloby.com/
From Peter’s Pearls
Web Site: http://www.peterspearls.com.au
‘Although to acquire the sciences and arts is the greatest glory of mankind, this is so only on condition that man’s river flow into the mighty sea, and draw from God’s ancient source His inspiration.
When this cometh to pass, then every teacher is as a shoreless ocean, every pupil a prodigal fountain of knowledge.
If, then, the pursuit of knowledge lead to the beauty of Him Who is the Object of all Knowledge, how excellent that goal; but if not, a mere drop will perhaps shut a man off from flooding grace, for with learning cometh arrogance and pride, and it bringeth on error and indifference to God.
The sciences of today are bridges to reality; if then they lead not to reality, naught remains but fruitless illusion. By the one true God! If learning be not a means of access to Him, the Most Manifest, it is nothing but evident loss.’
Abdu’l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha, p. 110
How many words the world contains! But all have
one meaning. When you smash the jugs,
the water is one.
Rumi quoted in Chittick (1989 p. 8)
We should not pretend to understand the world only by the intellect.
The judgement of the intellect is only part of the truth.
— Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961)
A fact only becomes knowledge when it has meaning, when a student can see where it fits into the world in general.
(First line of description of the curriculum at the
Heschel-inspired Columbus Jewish Day School.)
‘One Garden’ inter-spirituality
Celebrating, respecting, honouring the Oneness beyond the diversity in the world’s great traditions – “the changeless faith of God” for Baha’is – perennial spirituality for everyone else!
Holiness, meaning enabling the integration of inner oneness via the realization of outer Oneness, is the healing for which we yearn.
“There is perfect brotherhood underlying humanity, for all are servants of one God and belong to one family under the protection of divine providence.”
May you become as the waves of one sea, stars of the same heaven, fruits adorning the same tree, roses of one garden in order that through you the oneness of humanity may establish its temple in the world of mankind, for you are the ones who are called to uplift the cause of unity among the nations of the earth.