Originally posted by karoly aczel
Just beuatiful - and not one mention of Jesus
This is more than mere poetry, aye, it contains the essence of the potential for the human form [and brain].
This is why I say the christian good/bad god is just kids stuff and in the end misleading.
Even in the christian mythology the devil was origonally an angel of god. It's all god. [So none ...[text shortened]... my mind anyway, that there are plenty of good ,(holistic), ways to represent christian ideals.
Its well to remember that Jesus and those who named him "Christ" are also part of that great multiplicity through which the nondual shines.
The tendency of man to categorise everything, break them apart into opposites or non-related parts is perhaps a natural first step in encountering the world. But the sages of the past of many backgrounds were able to see the underlying unity, of ying and yang, of dark and light, and how one cannot be without the other. The drama, the play of the manifested world is "real" but in a secondary sense, in a functional sense.
For the Taoist and the Buddhist no thing is entirely real all by itself, "inherently existing". Every phenomenon and ourselves are interdependent (Buddhists call it dependent origination) and we or things can never be totally and utterly separated from other things, forces, environments, etc, existing as a totally independent entity. This is what is call substancelessness or emptiness, 'shunyata'. Any idea of illusion is to do with thinking things are totally separate. Everything is connected and dependent on everything else. Quantum science has confirmed this at the deepest levels also.
To get into "for" and "against" very strongly, constantly leads us away from seeing this greater dependent unity. We can all fall into traps of judgmentalism and intolerance, of condemning and ostracizing the "sinner", or even worse, the heretic.
Equally we can get excited and approving of our heroes and our sages and our saints. At the 'secondary' level of "reality" this is par for the course and how humanity functions as individuals and societies.
But if we seek to get a greater sense or vision of the underlying unity, the first step is to remove ourselves from both being "for" or "against". This allows the separating emotions to subside and a middle, dispassionate way to emerge.
When that happens, we begin to see things like polarities being part of a continuum and each pole needing the other to be manifested. We see the good that arises, of itself, out of things, events and persons that present initially as 'bad' and vice versa. We see community care and cohesion and courage arise out of terrorist acts. We see people experiencing healing growth as they realise their mistakes. and so it goes on, creating the great drama of life. We get wiser and less likely to encounter feelings of "dukkha", ie, suffering or unsatisfactoriness.
We then tend to see beyond. That does not mean we want the destructive or follow the destructive, but that all is inevitably a part of the whole, and that whole resolves itself in a ultimately perfectly functioning unity, balanced and complete.