Thanks, Bob -
First, Namaskar to the Enlightened Eagles.
Yes, duality was what the bite of the apple
brought. As soon as A&E decided to eat of the
tree of the "knowledge of good and evil", duality
was introduced and the appearance of things,
known as maya or illusion in some traditions,
took precedence over what IS - only God, and
us - all of us - within God, as individualized
"sparks" of God's own fire - consciousness.
Much of the rest of the Christian bible, at its
core, is an admonition to not be deceived and
instruction on how to get back to the garden
of nonduality - realization of our timeless
and inherent Oneness within God, Source,
Awareness of what IS our true identity comes
through an awakening experience and the new
(renewed) understanding of Enlightened
Consciousness, Christ Consciousness,
Buddhahood, Samadhi, Satori, Nondual
Realization and Such. This forever ends
the duality and sense of separation.
We do not give up our individual "being"
in this human form, but the illusory boundary
between us and others, and us and God
dissolves upon realization.
Our words, and all the words ever written
will not achieve this for us. Thought and
debate will not do it. Meditation...that will do it.
Or at least it will prepare the ground
on which we are able to "hear" the
still, small voice of God - from within.
We are barraged by our own internal
chatter and whisperings from long held
beliefs planted by pop cultural religion
and the socialization and coercion
passed on from generation to generation,
and from which few ever recover.
It is from the Silence of meditation that
the wisdom whisper of the mystic heart
will be "heard" and transformation known.
Oops. You provoked the preacher.
Sorry, gentle reader.
--- In email@example.com
medit8ionsociety <no_reply@y...> wrote:
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Jeff
> <jeff@m...> wrote:
> > Paraphrase of a Christian model that parallels
> > Swami Venkatesananda's interpretive
> > translation of Patajali's vision of Oneness:
> > Leave behind the rituals of religion,
> > which may be likened to milk, and feast
> > on the meat of the advanced teachings
> > (and you will)...
> > step into perfection.
> > Hebrews 5-6
> Yo PapaJeff,
> Did you see that there's a new nonduality Bible project?
> Actually since you've been doing this for decades, let's just say
> new to the web...
> Peace and blessings,
> > --- In email@example.com,
> > medit8ionsociety <no_reply@y...> wrote:
> > >
> > > AN INTERPRETIVE TRANSLATION BY SWAMI
> > VENKATESANANDA
> > > SRI PATANJALA YOGA DARSANAM
> > > II. 45
> > >
> > > Perfection in self-awareness instantly follows total,
> > and
> > > intelligent surrender of the individual ego-sense (in the
> > of
> > > the realization of its unreal nature) or the merging of it in the
> > > indwelling omnipresence (in the sense of the direct
> > of
> > > the falsity of the "me", the ego-sense, and therefore the
> > > reality of the indwelling omnipresence) .