By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness
According to John Ruusbroec, we strengthen the barrier between us and our creator when we try to intellectually examine life.
“At the very moment when we try to examine and observe what it is that we are experiencing, we slip back into the activity of reasoning, at which we become aware of distinction between ourselves and God.” (1)
The Upanishads tell us that our false sense of separation from the Source creates fear.
“So long as there is the least idea of separation from him, there is fear.” (2)
To be one with God is to be free of fear, because we know we can do anything with the Most High by our side.
The hesitation with which we previously approached life will be replaced with love for our existence and determination to help others, and any fear we have toward others will vanish when we see God in everyone.
With this perspective, we can replace fear with openheartedness and judgment with compassion.
Dattatreya tells us that duality brings grief.
“Those who see duality are always submerged in an ocean of grief.” (3)
According to Lao-Tzu, non-duality eradicates fear and limitation.
“Once grasp the great Form without form, And you roam where you will With no evil to fear, Calm, peaceful, at ease.” (4)
The moment we try to define ‘goodness’ is the moment we invite in ‘wickedness’, Lao Tzu tells us, because they’re both a part of duality.
“Since the world points up beauty as such, There is ugliness too. If goodness is taken as goodness, Wickedness enters as well.” (5)
Da Free John encourages us to free ourselves from fear by embodying God.
“Abide as That which does not, when scrutinized, show any duality in the form of these various objects or the least trace of cause and effect, That in which, when the mind is absorbed in It, there is no fear of duality at all.” (6)
We can enter into this transcendental state with meditation, and the best way to feel it is to embody it. The best part is that we already embody it, and all we need to do is invite it to appear. In a way, we don’t have to do anything at all.
So enjoy life and accept the vibes you feel in any given moment as a part of you and a part of this infinite creation. Instead of judging others, remember that you have a lot in common and wish them the same love and joy you’d wish for yourself and your loved ones.
Be at peace with the world and with God, and know that you aren’t foolish for embracing peace and non-duality. You’re evolving and slowly awakening to the oneness of every living thing, and right now, nothing could be more crucial.
- James A. Wiseman, John Ruusbroec. The Spiritual Espousals and Other Works. New York, etc.: Paulist Press, 1985, 176.
- Swami Prabhavananda and Frederick Manchester, trans., The Upanishads. Breath of the Eternal. New York and Scarborough: New American Library, 1957; c1948, 56.
- Swami Chetanananda, Avadhuta Gita. The Song of the Ever-Free. Calcutta: Advaita Ashram, 1988, xxi.
- Lao Tzu, The Way of Life. The Tao Te Ching. R.B. Blakney. New York, etc.: Avon, 1975, 88.
- Ibid., 54.
- Da Free John, ed.The Heart of the Ribhu Gita. Los Angeles: Dawn Horse Press, 1973, 20.