Deus non alligatur. God is not bound. Nibbanam paramam sukham. Unbinding is the Highest Happiness. The Heart is Divinity. God is the primal radiance of Divinity. Nature is the primal manifestation of Divinity. The Buddha is the primal realization of Divinity. La ilaha il Allah. Allah is Complete Wholeness.

10 July 2007

The Two Commandments

The Gospel of Matthew 22:36-40:

Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

This is the first and great commandment.

And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Commentary: In these two commandments, Jesus of Nazareth outlines the basics of Jivanta. "Thy heart" refers to Hridaya, the Heart of Reality, which, in the human body, can be felt bodily to be located just to the right of the physical heart. "Thy soul" refers to Vallabha, the Beloved, which, in the human body, can be felt bodily to be located around the navel. "Thy mind" refers to Buddha, the Awakened One, who subsists near the forehead above the eyes. From the Beloved to the Heart to the Buddha, and back down again, represents a cycle of Life, from earth to heaven, back down again, and up again, continuously, forming the vertical mission.

"Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself" refers to Jivanta, all Living Beings, who are indeed not different from yourself. All beings want to avoid pain, and want to enjoy pleasure, and that connects them all, on the horizontal level, from woman to man, man to woman, human to animals, plants, minerals, and stars; and back again, forming the horizontal mission.

The vertical mission and the horizontal mission, together, constitute the cross. The cross, or dukkha (in Sanskrit, "duhkha"), must be seen, understood, and penetrated, before its suffering can be alchemically and tantrically transmuted into enjoyment, rasa:

(Inspired by the Heart Sutra)
Rasam duhkha duhkhaiva rasam; rasan na prithak duhkha duhkhaya na prithag rasam; yad rasam sa duhkha ya duhkha tad rasam; evam eva vedana-samjna-samskara-vijnanam.

Enjoyment is suffering and the very suffering is enjoyment; suffering does not differ from enjoyment, enjoyment does not differ from suffering; whatever is enjoyment, that is suffering, whatever is suffering, that is enjoyment; the same is true of feelings, perceptions, conceptions, and consciousness.

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