Exploring the Sun’s Symbolism: Embracing the Compassionate Radiance

The sun, with its profound symbolism, serves as a powerful image of spiritual enlightenment. It rises each day, dispelling darkness and illuminating the world, making it a fitting representation of spiritual awakening. Across cultures, the sun is depicted as a circle, with rays, or in a spiral form, reflecting its radiant and transformative energy. In various spiritual traditions, the sun is personified as a god, embodying the life-giving force within the vastness of the cosmos. By delving into the symbolism of the sun, we deepen our understanding of compassion and its connection to spiritual growth.

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Between Envy and Compassion: The Lessons from Nemesis, Goddess of Retribution

The myth of Nemesis offers a profound reflection on the interplay between envy and compassion, highlighting how these contrasting forces can influence our actions and shape our destinies. It is a story of divine retribution, but also of a deity who embodies justice and balances the scales of life.

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Kama, the Cosmogonic Principle: Love as a Primordial Force

Cosmogony concerns itself with understanding the birth and formation of the universe, the genesis of all things. In the rich tapestry of Hindu mythology, there is an entity that represents love at a primordial level, as a cosmic force with profound cosmogonic significance. This entity is Kama, the god of love. Often depicted as Kamadev with his bow and arrow, he stands as the embodiment of the loving awareness and compassionate awakening that underpin the structure of the cosmos.

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The Journey Within: Discovering Our True Nature Beyond Ego

The way we perceive the world is largely influenced by our egoic consciousness, a framework that assigns objects a location, category, and place within a hierarchy. However, when faced with something that cannot be objectified, our ego consciousness struggles to understand and recognize it.

Our True Self, the pure essence of who we are – consciousness – cannot be pinpointed within time and space. It isn’t quantifiable nor does it fit into any predefined category. It’s here that we encounter a paradox: we inhabit a world defined by time, space, and objects, yet the essence of our identity transcends these parameters.

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The Vale of Soul-Making: Embracing the World as a Womb for the Soul

John Keats, one of the most influential figures of the Romantic period, posited a unique and captivating view of the world and human existence in his letters. Among these, a letter written to his brother and sister stands out. In it, he presents the world not as a “vale of tears,” a perspective held by many during his time, but as a “vale of Soul-making.” This metaphorical concept likens the world to a “womb of the soul,” a nurturing space where the soul is cultivated, grows, and matures, driven by the trials, tribulations, and experiences of life.

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The Divine in Everyday Life

Spiritual awakening is the realization of the divine within life. With awakening, we perceive the sacred nature of life.

Often we think of the divine as somewhere beyond life, as something to we may achieve at the end of life.  The divine is synonymous with the idea of other-worldliness, and of lofty heights. Spiritual enlightenment is all too often based upon our ideals of achievement, perfection, and excellence.

The experience of spiritual awakening opens our perception of the divine in our everyday life. The entire world is sacred. We do not have to wait until we are perfect to experience the divine. We can meditate on this state of awareness and perceive the divinity that is all around us and within us.

For example, we can experience the divine in our relationships with those we love, in their empathy and tenderness— even when it is not always perfect. Sometimes our loved ones are there for us, and other times they may be busy or tired or just plain grumpy.  But what is divine about love is the constancy of it: we can hold it in our hearts and know that it is a sacred part of our lives.

We can take a walk or go for a stroll downtown, and like a treasure hunt, we can seek out the divine and find it hidden in the all nooks and crannies of life.

To open to the divine in everyday life is to begin the process of seeing. It is a new vision. And with this visionary capacity, a creative relationship with life opens, offering a new horizon of possibility and potential.

Poetics of Awareness

There is nothing above. There is nothing below. There is nothing beside you, or within you. You are pure awareness. To be aware is to perceive, and to perceive is to contemplate an object, and the object is empty.

You are transparent. The horizon of emptiness stretches out beyond your gaze of awareness, opening beyond all limits, until it reaches the shore of otherness. The other is wholly other. It is majestic luminosity, the horizon itself. It reveals itself in its immediacy as you, as the otherness of you, as a glimmering intensity of Self and other without bounds or boundaries. I am you and you are me, and yet we are each distinct. Is that possible?

The flesh that covers form creates curves, lines, and context.  The flesh creates space between perceiver and perceived. And yet the flesh becomes transparent in your luminosity. And then there is nothing but emptiness: an emptiness of all preconceptions that dissolves the coverings between the divine body and mine. Where do the boundary lines of subjectivity lie?

You are the body of God. I hear your call and I answer. I am the shore against which the ripples of your tones reverberate: the body that feels your pulse, the eyes that turn their gaze to perceive you. My own small ripples call out to you. Can you hear them?

My vision is altered, my sea legs weak, when I walk within your body. I belong neither here nor there, but only exist within the liminal realms, guiding the undead back to you so that you may know yourself more completely. I am the eternal psychopomp, and if you are ready I will guide us back to the rhizomal root from which we grew.

It is through this doorway which we must go: the doorway of the heart. For all other gateways lead into labyrinths from which I cannot find my way. My heart is a sacred organ of perception. It is a meeting place in which the horizontal and vertical lines of our bodies cross. It is the pulsating organ in me, which finds its rhythm in tune with the primal pulsation in you.

It is this primordial instinct that calls me to you. It is the eternal rhythm of your heart beat that sets the whole world in motion. The systolic and diastolic rhythm pulsates: a push outward and then return. One rhythm that both takes me away from you, and then draws me back to you. Even the old Dr. Freud could recognized this rhythm: “anabolism of catabolism”, the building up of energy and the release of energy.

Can you feel the divine body of God pulsating: the building up of energy and the release. It is the building up of knowledge and the release of knowing. Consciousness builds, until it reaches a crescendo of awareness, and then dissolves back into itself. We transcend the divine body of God, reflect upon it, and then merge back into it. Billions of individual beings emerging and dissolving, coming into differentiated awareness, and then returning to pure awareness.

These moments are only the flickering flames in the mystical fire of your love. Moments when consciousness blossoms into awareness, only to dissolve again into the eternal love from which it sprang.  And in this ephemeral moment I wonder if we cannot, together, turn our gaze and recognize each other in this love: as two subjects emerging from eternity to know each other. The absolute and the particular, the eternal mind and the temporal mind, the divine body and the individual body: are all one body and yet they are two, capable of recognizing each other in love and inter-subjectivity.

Let me know you. Speak to me in your language of dreams, so that I may recognize your subjectivity. It is only this very small amount of time that we have to be separate, to know each other as separate, before we become One again. Turn your gaze to see me, and I will guide us back to the Self.