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  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 6:25 am on July 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: inter-spirituality, interspirituality,   

    Compilation Quotations showing Nonduality in each of 7 traditions 

    Quotations showing Nonduality in each of 7 traditions
    from which we primarily take inspiration in our One Garden groups – not excluding other traditions!

    Baha’i: “…all parts of the creational world are of one whole.”,
    “God contains all….The whole is greater than its parts…”
    “All that exists is God….”
    The paradox that the God-head is unknowable – the finite cannot know the Infinite – yet we can know God
    SOURCE Baha’i writings – BWF p.364., PT 23 27, AB in London p22 & the paradox is HERE

    “A man may converse with the ego within him saying: “May I do this? Would it be advisable for me to do this work?” Such as this is conversation with the higher self”. – ‘Abdu’l-Bahá.

    Buddhism: The great Master Dogen said,
    “To study the Buddha Way is to study the self, to study the self is to forget the self, and to forget
    the self is to be enlightened by the ten thousand things.” To be enlightened by the ten thousand things is to recognize the unity of the self and the ten thousand things. from Zen Buddhist writings.

    Christianity: Your eye is the lamp of your body. If your eye is single, your whole body is full of light; but if it is hurtful, your body is full of darkness. (Luke 11:34)
    If I ascend to heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there. (Psalm 139:8)

    “Like two birds of golden plumage, inseparable companions, the
    individual self and the immortal Self are perched on the branches of the
    self same 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.” from the Hindu Bhagavad Gita
    Having realized the Self, which is soundless, intangible, formless,
    undecaying, and likewise tasteless, eternal, and odorless; having
    realized That which is without beginning and end, beyond the Great,
    and unchanging–one is freed from the jaws of death. Katha Upanishad 1.3.15

    The search for reason ends at the shore of the known;
    on the immense expanse beyond it
    only the sense of the ineffable can glide.
    It alone knows the route to that
    which is remote from experience and understanding.

    Neither is amphibious:
    reason cannot go beyond the shore,
    and the sense of the ineffable
    is out of place where we measure, where we weigh…….

    Citizens of two realms, we must all sustain dual allegiance:
    we sense the ineffable in one realm;
    we name and exploit reality in another.
    Between the two we set up a system of references,
    but can never fill the gap. – A J Heschel

    Sufi/Islam: “When you know yourself, your “I-ness” vanishes & you know that you & God are one & the same.” Ibn ‘Arabi

    For no reason
    I turn into a leaf
    That is carried so high
    I kiss the sun’s mouth
    And dissolve.

    For no reason
    A thousand birds
    Choose my head for a conference table,
    Start passing their
    Cups of wine
    And their wild songbooks all around.

    For every reason in existence
    I begin to eternally,
    To eternally laugh and love!

    When I turn into a leaf
    And start dancing,
    I run to kiss our beautiful Friend
    And I dissolve in the Truth
    That I Am. Hafiz/ Trans. Ladinsky – http://allspirit.co.uk/quotations/nondual-quotations-2/

    Taoism: The tao that can be told
    is not the eternal Tao
    The name that can be named
    is not the eternal Name.

    The unnamable is the eternally real.
    Naming is the origin
    of all particular things.

    Free from desire, you realize the mystery.
    Caught in desire, you see only the manifestations.

    Yet mystery and manifestations
    arise from the same source….. Written by Lao-tzu – Chapter 1 from a translation by S. Mitchell
    The life-long breath-mantra “Yahweh,” is the preeminent portal to the Nondual state of being

    VER as at 1st July 2016

  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 5:17 am on January 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , interfaith, interspirituality, testimonies of Baha'u'llah   

    Baha’u’llah’s ‘three testimonies establishing His truth’ 

    The shrine of Baha’u’llah – Haifa


    I am intrigued by the statement in Gleanings;

    Say: The first and foremost testimony establishing His truth is His own Self.

    Next to this testimony is His Revelation.

    For whoso faileth to recognize either the one or the other He hath established the

    words He hath revealed as proof of His reality and truth. – Gleanings LII / pp 104/107

    1) HIS ‘Self’: It seems to me that this is a rank order – not simply three alternative ways of realizing.

    If a person wishes to establish the truth of Baha’u’llah and his Revelation the first (ideal?, most distinguished?) way is ‘His own Self’.

    Now this can mean you found Baha’u’llah during His lifetime. Secondly if you are deeply spiritual you may find Baha’u’llah in the world of spirit.

    The capitalized ‘Self’ would not be Baha’u’llah referring to his earthly person but as the Manifestation of God r- the Holy Spirit reflected in the perfect mirror of his self having, been ‘chosen’ by God.

    “When I contemplate, O my God, the relationship that bindeth me to Thee, I am moved to proclaim to all created things ‘verily I am God!’; and when I consider my own self, lo, I find it coarser than clay!” 5 – http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/bic/SB/sb-14.html

    Once when I was on pilgrimage in Haifa Hand of the Cause Faizi spoke with sorrow that the Promised One should have been treated so badly by the authorities of His time. He spoke almost in terms of God having ‘bred’ Baha’u’llah. This of course is another way of referring to the fact that Baha’u’llah was descended from the ‘aryan’ prophets as well as the ‘semitic’ ones and brought together the two lines. – http://bahai-library.com/pdf/z/zinky_genealogy.pdf

    2) HIS REVELATION: Next in Baha’u’llah’s statement is ‘His Revelation’ – but what is the Revelation and where is it?

    It can’t be the Writings per se because they are there for those who fail to recognize both ‘His own Self’ and ‘His Revelation’.

    I suggest that The Revelation is the infusion of potential into humanity. With the coming of a Manifestation new life is infused into human perception and creativity. In fact Baha’u’llah says creation ceases to exist and a new creation comes into being.

    This great uplift in human potential and the early stages of its manifestation is responded to by society as a whole. It is manifested in many fields other than the religious, spiritual development and personal morality. These include the fields of technology and the creation of new human institutions.

    In 1970 Alvin Toffler, and his uncredited wife Heidi, published a book called Future Shock. It sold 6 million copies and has been widely translated. People now, 43 years later, are interested in how many of the prophecies’ the book made have become true. However having read the book soon after it came out I recall that the most stunning fact for me was that 98% of everything that has been invented has been invented since the middle of the 19thC, and the coming of Baha’u’llah,- the radio valve, penicillin, the internet and thousands of such life-changing inventions. The Red Cross was founded in 1863, The Cooperative Wholesale Society was founded in 1844 and the Retail Society in 1863 – see HERE – etc. A Google search on ‘list of inventions 1850-2000’ – HERE – seems to suggest that people gave up trying to add to the list after 1920!

    PERHAPS THIS IS ALSO RELEVANT – In this book The Dispensation of Baha’u’llah Shoghi Effendi quotes a prophecy about the 27 letters of knowledge, 2 of which had been revealed to mankind by previous messengers, and the Qa’im (here, the Bab) will reveal the other 25.

    You will also find this in The World Order of Baha’u’llah, p 125 in the section on the Bab. The 27 letters refer to the Arabic alphabet (which has 27 letters, excluding the vowel Alif) which here symbolizes all knowledge. – http://bahai-library.com/resources/tablets-notes/bayan/letters.html

    3) THE WORDS: The sacred Writings of course as the Word of God hold within them the potential for the long period of development. The question arises however. ‘How should we apply knowledge of the first two testimonies or proofs to how we view those Writings?

    If we think, as I believe many Baha’is think, that the Writings are the Revelation we might be in danger of developing wrong or unhelpful views and decision-making.

    Testimonies one and two relate much more to the subjective mystical core of spiritual life. They are based on the experiential.

    The final issue with words is that they can entrap us, and lead to logic chopping and endless disunity and self-confusion. Most religions warn against this – none more delightfully that Abraham Joshua Heschel where he says;

    “Concepts are delicious snacks with which we try to alleviate our amazement.”

    Heschel is of course asserting that the state of amazement, awe or at-one-ment is the true spiritual condition cf the world of words, concepts and ideas – the Kingdom of Names in Baha’i Writings see HERE  Thich Nhat Hanh, Eckhart Tolle and many spiritual teachers teach the same but I always want to say, “Duality as well as nonduality is part of God’s plan in this world – and if you stay too much in a nondual state you’ll burn the dinner or miss your appointment.” The two the nondual and the world of things and concepts are complementary – they are the two wigs through which we make spiritual progress.

    CONCLUSION – The spiritually pure find Baha’u’llah in any age – perhaps via Abdu’l-Baha, perhaps in a dream.

    The Revelation becomes manifest in human consciousness and creativity in proportion to the extent that we get ‘in tune’ with the spirit of this age as brought by Baha’u’llah.  We each, and humankind as a whole, are infused with potentiality as well as our manifest qualities and a dark side.  The Revelation of Baha’u’llah is the spirit of the age which becomes manifest the more that women and men reflect the qualities of that spirit.  Some of them are Baha’is.

    The Writings help us where and when we don’t have the consciousness to manifest the qualities of our true Self – and they of course help us deepen that consciousness.  We can say that the three are a triad – a triad in which at any one time we are closer to one of the three ‘points’ of the triangle – or of course we are overcome with forgetfulness.

    But to me they still read as a rank order!

    What do you think?


  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 8:25 pm on January 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Aldous Huxley, Eckhart Tolle, interspirituality, perennial philosophy, perennial spirituality, The Eternal Faith of God,   

    INTRODUCTION: The Changeless Faith of God and ‘perennial spirituality’. 

    Welcome! – all new posts are below welcome message.

    As a long-term project I am looking for the ways in which the central spiritual core of Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islamic, Jewish and Taoist teachers are similar or the same – it is a project in celebrating Oneness beyond the diversity.

    Naturally as a focus I am looking at what for Baha’is is deemed; ‘The Changeless Faith of God, eternal in the past, eternal in the future’ (Gl 118/9), and less at what is called ‘progressive revelation’.

    PERENNIAL SPIRITUALITY Here I will use the term perennial spirituality in a special way.  By it I mean that part of the great traditions which remains the same – the central mystical teachings that are unchanged regardless of the age and the Teacher.

    From the perspective of the individual I mean to combine heart and head. The heart is the experience we have via meditation and prayer, and service to others, or other deepening life events that cause us to feel at one with our Maker.  Only in silence can we feel truly united and this is the teaching of mystical teachers from every age and time.

    The head side of perennial spirituality is the intellect, philosophy or theology, but we will confine ourselves to teachings from Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islamic, Jewish and Taoist teachers that point to the Oneness beyond any diversity. Some recent writers are particularly helpful as ‘map makers of the territory’.  This is especially true of Bro Wayne Teasdale in his The Mystic Heart, Eckhart Tolle in his three main books and Aldous Huxley in his The Perennial Philosophy.  It was Teasdale who coined the term ‘interspirituality.  These writers I call the map-makers of the inter-spiritual territory – because they illumine the Oneness.  In this model I have one or more teachers from each great tradition who aren’t map-makers but whose purity of heart and mind points, in their teaching to the Oneness behind all traditions.  I sometimes refer to these teachers as gate–keepers or ‘pointers’.  Pointers because they point to the Oneness beyond the tradition in which they are situated.

    Not being a scholar in all the parts such a vast field I have restricted the ‘gate-keepers’ in the various faith traditions to those who are readily accessible and who are teachers who ‘point’ to the Oneness that envelops the diversities – in their writings but more especially in their lives.

    There are many pieces of guidance in Baha’i Writings to support the idea of Oneness.  Here is just one such passage;

    Bahá’u’lláh has not brought into existence a new religion to stand beside the present multiplicity of sectarian organizations. Rather has He recast the whole conception of religion as the principal force impelling the development of consciousness. As the human race in all its diversity is a single species, so the intervention by which God cultivates the qualities of mind and heart latent in that species is a single process. Its heroes and saints are the heroes and saints of all stages in the struggle; its successes, the successes of all stages. This is the standard demonstrated in the life and work of the Master and exemplified today in a Bahá’í community that has become the inheritor of humanity’s entire spiritual legacy, a legacy equally available to all the earth’s peoples. One Common Faith Baha’i World Centre SOURCE


    Please send in your views and if you know of better appropriate quotations than the ones I’ve used please send them to me – thanks – Roger – onesummit AT gmail DOT com

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