'Many of us, at this point in the time-space construct, are feeling this tension. The New Year has already made its presence felt as floods of emotional intensity have shot through the ethers. Here is a thought: could it be that the tension, the chaos and intensity some of us are feeling and witnessing, in our personal lives and in the state of the world, is a manifestation or consequence, of the veil thinning? The veil being that which separates the two sides of life; the personal and the universal, the finite and the infinite. The higher philosophy, through its eloquent and ardent student and teacher, the late Paul Brunton, states that life has a double nature. In truth, he says, this ancient dualism is an illusion of the mind. For the enlightened man, there is no duality between spirit and matter.
Most of us are not so enlightened. Many eons ago we fell into an abyss. Known by many names across the world’s mythologies the fall signified our separation from the Source and the birth of the individualised ego. Through countless epochs and the rise and fall of many civilizations our souls suffered through this schism that severed us from our true, holistic nature. The fall has caused a collective amnesia. It has created the ‘illusion of the mind’. All our suffering, according to Paul Brunton, is “due in the end to defective remembrance.” What have we failed to remember? Simply this: we have forgotten our other half. We have forgotten that we are double in nature.
“It is as incomplete a vision to see the world as transitory alone without its underlying reality as it is to see the reality alone without its manifestation in the world. The two are inseparably linked and true insight sees them as such, not opposed to each other.” ~Paul Brunton
The two to which he is referring here is the manifest world and the reality behind it, which is the ALL. The All has been called by many names: Brahman, Allah, God, Krishna, the Source, the Absolute, the World-Mind. It is the essence of all of life. It is the seed within all of life; the divine seed. It is the pattern maker behind form, the animator, the giver of the life force. Here, Brunton refers to it simply as the Reality. We are cautioned to see reality and manifestation; manifestation and reality – or form and formless, finite and infinite. Should we neglect one side, we find ourselves in this state, our current state – that of tension and confusion.'
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