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During the phylogeny of Homo sapiens sapiens over the past several millennia, the early exemplars of Homo divinus divinus were in a distinct minority, living quite different lives from others, from common householders to kings and presidents. Not untypically, they lived celibate lives, devoted to spiritual practice, in union with the Divine, but separate from the world about them, such as monks and nuns.

To distinguish these people from the great majority, they have been classified in many ways, such as saint, sage, gnostic, jnani, avatar, adept, rishi, lama, and sadhu, which we can generically refer to as mystics. It is important to distinguish these people—living in Oneness with deep inner knowing—from theologians and pandits, for instance, who have developed immense religious knowledge over the years, which actually takes us away from the ineffable. To illustrate this point, a pandit is reputed to have asked to attend one of Papaji’s satsangs. To which Papaji replied, "You are welcome, but leave your learning outside."

It is also important to note that the organized religions that evolved from the experiences of these mystics were generally more concerned with morality than with mysticism, as such. For the general populace, preoccupied with worldly affairs, were not sufficiently conscious of the energies that caused them to behave as they did to take responsibility for their actions. Society needed rules of behaviour to ensure a modicum of peace and harmony.

Furthermore, as the split mind took people further and further away from Reality, from our Immortal Ground of Being, they needed to be provided with false immortality symbols that gave them a precarious sense of security and identity in life. The belief in an immortal soul that either reincarnates indefinitely or has everlasting life after death are the two primary religious immortality symbols, which, even today, help people assuage fears that arise from separation.

While all the organized religions have been concerned with morality, there are, nevertheless, some marked differences between those of the East and the West. As Hinduism and Buddhism, for instance, are thoroughly grounded in their mystical origins, they tend to be all-inclusive, accepting that there are many ways of expressing spiritual truths. In particular, the central purpose of Buddhism is to help its adherents to realize Buddha Consciousness.

Christianity, on the other hand, is a religion that seeks to prevent its followers from realizing Christ Consciousness, or Unity Consciousness, an extraordinary situation, which very few seem to be aware of. This is because Christianity, like Judaism and Islam, believes that it is the one true religion, excluding all others, denying its immanent gnostic foundations as expressed in the saying of Jesus in the Gospel of Thomas.

As Elaine Pagels says in Adam, Eve, and the Serpent, “Even the mystics of Jewish and Christian tradition … often are careful to acknowledge the abyss that separates them from their divine Source.” Such mystics are clearly mindful of the gruesome death that the sufi Mansur Al-Hallaj suffered in tenth century Bhagdad when he declared “I am the Truth.” Similarly, the pre-eminent Christian mystic Meister Eckhart was found guilty of heresy when he said, “The eye with which I see God is the same as that with which he sees me,” and would no doubt have been excommunicated or burnt at the stake if he had not died before sentence could be passed.

While the religious authorities do not generally mete out such horrendous punishments to the mystics in their midst today, they are still adamantly opposed to anyone who declares “I am Love,” for any such person is declaring not only their own divinity, but also the divinity of all beings in the Universe, whether they be human or not.

Despite all this negativity from the prevailing authorities, perilously seeking to maintain the status quo in a rapidly changing world, there are many signs of the emergence of Homo divinus divinus. For instance, some ten million people watched the conversations between Oprah Winfrey and Eckhart Tolle in the spring of 2008.

Some of the mystics from recent times who are inspiring these millions of people, in chronological order of their births as far as we know them, are Aurobindo Ghose, Ramana Maharshi, J. Krishnamurti, Nisagardatta Maharaj, Papaji, Ramesh S. Balsekar, David Steindl-Rast, Barry Long, Nhat Hanh, Osho, Chögyam Trungpa, Matthew Fox, Gangaji, Vijai Shankar, Nukunu, Eckhart Tolle, Tony Parsons, Wayne Liquorman, and Andrew Cohen.

But when we look at the ontogenies that led these people to what is called an enlightened state of consciousness, we see that this was not actually developmental in the horizontal dimension of time. Rather, it was exactly the opposite. Oneness does not exist in time, so coming into full union with the Divine cannot happen through any process or technique, such as meditation or an act of will. Self-realization, when it happens, is essentially spontaneous. What all these people have in common is that they are living in the Eternal Now, knowing that the entire world of form, including time, is nothing but an appearance in Consciousness, an illusion.

Of course, there are many other such spiritual teachers appearing on the world stage just now, much as Richard Maurice Bucke foresaw in Cosmic Consciousness in 1901, when he said, “In contact with the flux of cosmic consciousness all religions known and named today will be melted down … Churches, priests, forms, creeds, prayers, all agents, all intermediaries between the individual man and God will be permanently replaced by direct unmistakable intercourse."

So there is still a chance, albeit very slight, that Love can conquer fear. But then we need to be able to express all this beautiful love in our practical affairs. And for this to happen, scientists and businesspersons need to stop teaching the last six of the seven pillars of unwisdom. Rebuilding the entire world of learning on the seven pillars of wisdom is the task of the other subspecies of Homo divinus: Homo divinus universalis.

 

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He who experiences the unity of life sees his own Self in all beings, and all beings in his own Self, and looks on everything with an impartial eye.
Shakyamuni Buddha

If you continue in my word, then are you my disciples indeed; and you shall know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free.
Jesus of Nazareth

Light within

Of all the qualifications, Love is the most important, for if it is strong enough in a man, if forces him to acquire all the rest, and all the rest without it would not be sufficient.
J. Krishnamurti

A prophet is not welcome in his own land.
Jesus of Nazareth

Hallaj
 
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