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  • etznab18
    Dec 25, 2012
      "Perhaps the One takes on the illusion of being something less in order to experience life to enhance it."

      This reminds me about the concept of Lila. However, there are several different renditions of what Lila means. The one by Fritjof Capra, from The Tao of Physics (1975) is the one I am most familiar with.


      I think it might be insightful to learn how the concept of Lila first originated and then evolved.

      --- In EckankarSurvivorsAnonymous@yahoogroups.com, "iam999freedom" <iam999freedom@...> wrote:
      > Hi Etznab, You wrote, "What would creation be for a creator if the creator did not know the effect of a creation?"
      > In a previous post you wrote, "Here's another thought. Maybe there is no distinction between God and Soul. That there are no Souls and no Gods. And that everything that exists, all individuals, are inherently nothing but the same ONE thing which, for some, is something they sacrifice by living under the illusion of being something less. In this case it is no less than "God" responsible for all good things and all evil things as a matter of individual choice."
      > In a previous post I wrote to yours above, "If so, how is life enhanced or evolved by playing this game of "hide and go seek"?ie.,individualizing in the physical form while beyond space and time being One(God).
      > Perhaps the One takes on the illusion of being something less in order to experience life to enhance it. We make choices to eventually enhance life through love and compassion. We eventually become identified with our choices so that we become love and are able to be it and express it not only in this life but much more fully in the "higher worlds" where there is no space and time and body limitations.
      > I should mention that there are many things in the book not mentioned in my e-mail due to trying to keep things brief. Also as the author states, the worlds he experienced were expanding and were only a glimpse of the Core.
      > Sorry for the long post. Also, by love I also mean beauty, joy, compassion, science, sports etc, etc, being infused by love.
      > I AM
      > --- In EckankarSurvivorsAnonymous@yahoogroups.com, etznab@ wrote:
      > >
      > > About the quote from the book, the word that came to me was karma ...
      > > in the sense of cause and effect. I am not saying that I necessarily
      > > believe in all the different religious dogma definitions of karma.
      > > Rather, I am looking at the word literally and believe that it suggests
      > > "action" ("kara") and action of a personal nature.
      > >
      > > It just seems rudimentary there be a way to learn about action by the
      > > effect it has. What would creation be for a creator if the creator did
      > > not know the effect of a creation? And, perhaps, knowing the effect is
      > > the way that creators learn? A classical example is that baby learns
      > > about fire by being burned. In that sense karma, or the action of
      > > touching fire, is instructive.
      > >
      > > I often have heard the saying that people are responsible for
      > > everything that happens to them, good and bad, as if they had something
      > > to do with it. However, given free will, one person could create
      > > something bad (nuclear experiments, tests and bombs) that affects
      > > millions of people, but I do not necessarily believe that the people
      > > affected are "responsible" as if they created such things. That they
      > > created nuclear fallout. Believe it or not, I remember even Harold
      > > Klemp writing something to this effect years ago which, in so many
      > > words, sounded like a debunking of predestination and the idea that
      > > people are "responsible" (it is their karma) for everything that
      > > happens to them. Instead, I got the impression Harold was saying there
      > > were examples where other people create things that can affect us, and
      > > that they are things we are not each personally "responsible" for.
      > >
      > > What I guess I am saying is that free will allows for individuals to
      > > make "bad" choices, or choices that affect other people in a "bad" way.
      > > History is filled with examples.
      > >
      > > ***
      > >
      > > Now, on the other hand, when Harold Klemp wrote about "free will" and
      > > genes in the December 2012 Wisdom Note I had to say to myself: "It
      > > looks to me like Harold has lost it!"
      > >
      > > Btw, I read that Wisdom Note just before bed. In the morning when I
      > > turned on the TV there was a news blurb about conjoined twins that had
      > > been successfully separated. Then they went on to describe the twins
      > > and how they were NOT the same and that (in so many words) one had a
      > > different character than the other.
      > >
      > > -----Original Message-----
      > > From: iam999freedom <iam999freedom@>
      > > To: EckankarSurvivorsAnonymous
      > > <EckankarSurvivorsAnonymous@yahoogroups.com>
      > > Sent: Sun, Dec 23, 2012 8:50 pm
      > > Subject: [EckankarSurvivorsAnonymous] A BOOK ABOUT LOVE
      > >
      > >  
      > > I thought I'd share for those who may be interested about a wonderful
      > > book I've just finished reading. You may have heard about the book
      > > already as it was written recently in 2012 and received some media
      > > attention. The name of the book is "Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's
      > > Journey into the Afterlife" by Eben Alexander, MD.
      > >
      > > What makes his NDE (near death experience) so interesting is that
      > > before it he was an atheist and also because the validity of his NDE
      > > cannot be explained by conventional scientific/medical thought. He was
      > > attacked by e-coli menningitis and lay in a coma for seven days
      > > completely brain dead in the areas of the brain whereby a NDE and
      > > consciousness are considered possible. That he completely recovered is
      > > also considered to be a medical miracle. In the condition he was in
      > > there is a 90% death rate and even upon survival living in a vegetative
      > > state is expected.
      > >
      > > It's interesting how sometimes life works in synchronicity. I placed a
      > > hold on this book at the library about 3 months ago and just received
      > > the book this past Friday. In the wake of the Newtown shootings I was
      > > so shocked and saddened that the core of my experiences and beliefs
      > > were being crushed.
      > >
      > > Even though I am still deeply pained about what happened I now have a
      > > refreshed look at Ourselves and God (Whole, Love), evil, free will etc.
      > > I also feel rejeuvinated about the meaning of my life on earth.
      > >
      > > The following is an excerpt from the book that I found richly resonated
      > > within me:
      > >
      > > "there is not one universe but many - in fact more than I could
      > > conceive - but that love lay at the center of them all. Evil was
      > > present in all the other universes as well, but only in the tiniest
      > > trace amounts. Evil was necessary because without it free will was
      > > impossible, and without free will there could be no growth - no forward
      > > movement, no chance for us to become what God longed for us to be.
      > > Horrible and as-powerful as evil somtimes seemed to be in a world like
      > > ours, in the larger picture love was overwhelmingly dominant, and it
      > > would ultimatlely be triumphant."
      > >
      > > The book has many vivid descriptions of the other worlds, scientific
      > > debate and spiritual discussion, and is written in both a simple and
      > > explicit fascinating way that evoked love and compassion.
      > >
      > > Perhaps as importantly it emphasises that such worlds/states can be
      > > experienced with persistence meditative/comptemplative effort.
      > >
      > > I Am
      > >
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