This Week's Quotation:
He is the one God, hidden in all beings, all-pervading, the Self within all beings, watching over all works, dwelling in all beings, the witness, the perceiver, the only one, free from qualities.~ Upanishad 6.11
The Self Within All Beings
This text makes me want to study Hinduism. I've been exposed to Hindu gods and goddesses. But I've never before seen a statement like this that correlates as closely to the monotheism that was brought to the world by the Abrahamic religions. And more importantly, never one that touches on what we have in common with all people and all life.
Do you know the Magic Eye optical illusions? When you first look at them, you see a blotchy looking illustration. Stare long enough, and your eyes shift their focus. You see past the page to find a 3D image, full of magic and wonder.
Something within our 2D culture is fractionalizing all who take part in it. We keep getting broken up into smaller and smaller groups with less and less sense of connection to each other.
Some talk of oneness. But what would create that experience? What would reverse the fractionalizing?
In my experience, it is something like seeing the Magic Eye 3D picture. When we gaze upon another person with eyes only slightly refocused, we can see the all-pervading Self within all beings. We see the face of the Beloved, hidden in plain sight. We see the face of Universal Love, whether the person is aware of that Love or not.
This oneness experience is not yet spread through the whole body of humankind—not by a long shot. But it is my dream? How about you?
As we honor the 40th anniversary of John Lennon's passing, You may say I'm a dreamer. Yet I can conceive of no other way that we might experience oneness. No other way that we might come together and thrive as a human race.
And I know that every time I've looked past our 2D culture, I have gazed upon the face of Love.
Today and in this coming week, when a person comes to mind, or when you meet them face-to-face, try this:
Adjust the inner eye of the heart. Perceive them anew. Look for the all-pervading Self within all beings. Look for the face of Love.
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We, the authors of this blog, dedicate it to the transparent exploration of the world's sacred scripture and enlightened spiritual thought. We believe that the original inspiration of all faiths comes from a common source, named and revered in a myriad of ways. With that understanding, the innumerable symbols, beliefs, and practices of faith cease to divide. They become open windows to a common reality that inspires and unifies us. We find deeper insight and nourishment in our own faith and from the expression of faith from others.
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