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What Are We Up to Here?

September 30, 2012

Many wars and much discrimination have arisen over differences in religious interpretations of Divinity. It’s our purpose here to show that all religions worship the same God but just interpret Him/Her/It (God has no gender) differently.

We’d like to make the interpretation of that one God more understandable cross-culturally and we’d like to show where the various religions meet and what the “perennial philosophy” is under all religions. Read more…

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The Longing for Liberation

October 20, 2012

Last revised: 19 May 2010

What keeps us moving ever onward toward God?

As we journey outwards from God and into the world and then away from the world and back to God, what ensures that we continue moving in the right direction?

The sages say that we are driven onward by a kind of homing device – a low-level, steady, and eternal thirst, an undying but sub-sensible yearning which a considerable number of the enlightened masters are very familiar with. I consider it to be another design feature of life.

This thirst or yearning operates on us continuously, but so subtle is its impact and so powerful are our desires that we often misinterpret it and think that we are longing for a relationship or an experience connected with the material life of the body and the mind. Thus misinformed, we seek one relationship or experience after another in an endless cycle of desiring, acquiring and experiencing. Yet none of our acquisitions or experiences finally satisfy that endless longing. And this is as it should be because that endless longing can only be satisfied by spiritual union with God and not by anything material. Read more…

The Divine Mother is All We Can Know

October 17, 2012

All knowledge is aimed at knowing the Unknowable, the One, the All that is. But in fact knowledge can’t be used to know the Unknowable, as we shall see below.

The farthest that knowledge can reach is to That which is within the realm of the material. Not the One, but the Second that the One created.

That Second has been variously termed by ancient sages the Divine Mother, the Holy Spirit, Shakti, Prakriti/Procreatrix, Aum/Amen, the Word of God, the Logos, the primal energy, the universal creative vibration – the list of names goes on. (2)

The Divine Mother is not a female. “She” is beyond gender. There being a Divine Mother, posited by the sages, they also created the One being the “Holy Father.”

The Father is also not a male. The distinction between the two is between movement (Mother) and rest (Father), (3) stillness and silence (Father) and activity and sound (Mother). Here is Sri Ramakrishna making this distinction:

“That which is Brahman [what I call the Father] is also Kali, the Mother, the primal Energy. When inactive It is called Brahman. Again, when creating, preserving, and destroying, It is called Sakti [the Mother]. Still water is an illustration of Brahman. The same water, moving in waves, may be compared to Sakti, Kali. … She is formless and, again, She has forms.” (4)

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What Might Jesus Have Meant by Saying “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life”

October 16, 2012

I was asked the question how one can reconcile Jesus’ apparent statements that he was the only way to God with everything else that the galactics and ascended masters are saying. A supplementary question was how I regarded Jesus. What follows are just my views, not “the truth.” (I don’t know the truth, though knowing it is all that motivates me.)

Jesus, in my view, is deserving of all praise and respect as an avatar or “descent of God into form.” He is not an ascender like you and me, but a descender. He embodies the energy of God in ways that you and I do not. Most specifically he is able to forgive sin.

In my view, he said he was an avatar when he taught that “Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.” (1) In my view, this is a statement that only an avatar can make.

Besides that, Sri Ramakrishna declared Jesus to be an avatar. And perhaps you’d enjoy reading that passage:

Now, Shivanath Shastri told Sri Ramakrishna: “Sir, one of my Christian friends has come to see you. Having heard of you from me, he was very eager to meet you.”

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Christianity and Hinduism are One

October 16, 2012

Written: 24 Dec. 1994.

Revised: 2 Jan. 2010

It’s an article of faith with me that all religions worship the same God. I’d like to look at two religions to test this assertion: Christianity and Hinduism.

According to Christianity, the God we commonly worship has three facets and thus is called “the Trinity.” Those three facets are the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.  Here is St. Matthew’s reference to them.

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. (1)

Hinduism also worships a Trinity.  What in Hinduism is the equivalent of the Christian Trinity? Read more…

What Level of Enlightenment Does Ascension Correspond to?

October 15, 2012

This article may only be of interest to only a few readers, but it nonetheless needs to be written and put on record. We have need to know what level of enlightenment Ascension corresponds to.

I asked the Divine Mother on An Hour with an Angel on Monday, Oct. 15, 2012 whether it corresponded to Sahaja Nirvikalpa Samadhi, which brings with it liberation from the wheel of birth and death, and she confirmed that it did. That’s exceptionally good news to me.

I reproduce the exchange with Mother here:

Steve Beckow: I’m trying to understand what level of enlightenment Ascension corresponds to and I think it’s beyond the normal seventh-chakra enlightenment. I think it is what is called, and I will make this clear to readers, Sahaja Samadhi. Am I correct?

Divine Mother: Yes, it is beyond what you think of with your seven chakras.  … What you are doing with the chakra system, even with the thirteen, we have emerged from the Third-Dimensional realm which is that reference point for the chakra system into the new so yes, you are correct in this question and this statement. ….

SB: [Is this experience] a permanent heart opening?

DM: Yes, it is. That is correct. (1)

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On the Nature of the Divine Mother or Holy Spirit

October 15, 2012

Last revised: 19 May 2009

The spiritual Phenomenon called the Divine Mother has always been deeply interesting to spiritual seekers. Known to sages and saints throughout history, it is the Divine Mother whom we in the West address as the Holy Spirit and Mother Nature. In India, Hindus address Her as Shakti, Maya, Kali, and Durga. She is also known as Wisdom, Aum, Amen, the Word of God.

By whatever name we refer to Her, She is an actual Entity that exists and can be directly experienced. In this paper, I present a number of conjectures about Her identity based on the recorded experiences of these saints and sages.

The Mother’s nature is one of the unfathomable mysteries of life. Nothing can be said about Her directly or positively. Almost everything that can be said of Her must be couched in metaphors; She is described in terms of waves, clouds, lights, fire, voices, music, though She is none of these. I know of no other way to discuss Her than metaphorically. Read more…

Know Thyself: The Spiritual Basis of the Path of Self-Awareness

October 14, 2012

In my view, the Creator designed and built us like a Babushka doll. Inside the physical body is another body, and then another, and then another. And by the same token, more essential than the I as ego (“ego” in Latin means “I”), is another deeper I, and then another, and then another.

I believe that it was intended that we reach God by knowing successively higher forms of our  “I” or Self.

Certainly the masters of enlightenment agree. Sri Yukteswar Giri said that “the highest aim of religion is … Self-knowledge.” (1) We speak of enlightenment as Self-Realization, the attainment of the Supreme Self.

Moreover, the masters universally say that one cannot know God until one knows one’s self. Ibn Arabi for instance: “To know God is not an easy matter, until one becomes a knower of one’s self.” (2)

Or Al-Ghazzali: “Knowledge of self is the key to knowledge of God, according to the saying: ‘He who knows himself knows God.'” (3) Read more…