This Portion of the blog began as on a personal exploration of Comparative Religion, but really evolved into a personal vision of the nature of God/dess, you are welcome to read along, Begining her with Intro and ending with the Epilog; or to ignore it, as fits your temperament. For myself, I have never for a minute been bored by a conversation about the so called "Eternal Questions"
In one form or another every people that has walked the earth that I am at all aware of has asked these questions, and have come to some very interesting answers. Interesting in both their commonality and their Divergences. This "Conversation" across the centuries has been of the greatest interest to me since I was 20 years old, and I am now 46.
Who are we,
What are we,
Why are we here,
What is the Nature of Being Here really.
L. was listening to a lecture tonight on the Subject of "The Confessions of St Augustine." and the speaker mentioned how Augustine had wrestled with certain questions concerning the nature of God/dess.
If God/dess is Omnipresent,How can we as mere mortals know God/dess?
All Powerful, and so forth.
A question that would have been very much at home in any monastery on the Indian sub-continent, then, today, or in 500 BCE, but the difference in answers is telling and profound. While Augustine would conclude that God/dess is ultimately unknowable - in keeping with the Judeo/Christian tradition, and that we must turn to Praise and Scripture to approach the divine. The Buddha and the Brahmansists, (In the Bhagavad Gita.) would tell you that only by mediation, and removal of the self from the consciousness, does one apprehend the underlying reality. Atman in Brahmanism, and Anatman (no-Atman) in Buddhism. So although they come to radically different answers both are very much Gnostic schools, and the Gnostics, those very Christian Heretics, of which Christ himself was almost certainly numbered. They too would have said to know God/dess, to really know God/dess, you must look inside of yourself, not to Prayer, not to scripture, and not to Authority of any kind, except in that it serves as a guide to that moment of Awakening, but when the chela apprehends for him/herself the underlying reality, then all scripture and Authority is Moot. For what you have seen in your own mind can never be taken from you, and if what you have seen is reality itself, (As Edgar Mitchell did on Apollo 14) You have transcended all conventional knowing.
So this then is the starting point of this Chela, to explore certain idea's to where possible consider the idea's of the enlightened teachers that have blessed our world, with due respect, remembering I am not a Buddha, I have not had a great Awakening, only a few small gifts in mediation.
At the same time I simply learn things better if I put the ideas before me to the test of experience, common sense, and Logic, in the Labratory of my own writing, even as the Buddha himself admonished his followers to do themselves, and best when I can sharpen those Ideas against the wetstone of other minds. With that in mind you are always welcome to email me about any posting, I will reply as time allows, and your email and my reply will be posted, unless you specifically ask otherwise. :) We will begin by exploring Ideas arising with-in the Indian Subcontinent only because it happens to be the focus of my own personal study at this time. Not to overly favor this part of the world over any other in importance, or vision, not to disrespect any other.
Nor do I hope by examining certain idea's critically, it is taken that I mean to disrespect the traditions they come from, debate of these Ideas is a long standing tradition in India, and one I believe we could all learn from in the end. It is not enough in my opinion to memorize your holy book, then swallow it whole as an "Act of Faith." God/dess gave us reason, and intelligence that we might know Deity better, not to hide from us.
Ama tu ANKI, BB.
*God/dess - A small point I would like to make just now is that Ultimate Deity is clearly beyond gender, so I will endeavor to refer to this level of being as God/dess or simply the Deity. When we are dealing with Transcendental beings, traditionally called Gods that occupy a place in reality between ourselves and the ultimate mystery I will refer to them by the Gender traditionally ascribed to them to the extent that this makes sense, and as God/dess where it does not make sense to be gender specific.