Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Christ and the Upanishads converge

 At the level of this mystical experience Christians meet the sages and seekers of the Upanishadic heritage. The Upanishads give witness to the experience of the sages who discovered their true identity within the inner-divine dynamics of sat-chit-ānanda (Being-consciousness-bliss). They felt that they were being constantly transformed by the self-outpouring stream of divine life, and enlightened by the self-manifesting beam of divine light.

 They were led from the objectifying activity of the mind to the contemplative pursuits of the buddhi. Their consciousness was deepened and enlightened by the divine light. They could perceive the entire reality with its diversity in its ultimate depth of divine unity. Prajnānam Brahma, consciousness is divinised (Ait. Up. 3.1.3) - they could exclaim. Here the subject-object polarity is transcended. Here one discovers and realizes one´s true nature as one with the divine nature. “Brahmavid brahmaiva bhavati” (the one who experiences the Divine becomes Divine) - this is the ultimate mystical experience in the spiritual heritage of the Upanishads. “Everyone united with the Lord becomes one Spirit with him” (1 Cor. 6:17). This is the deepest mystical experience in the spiritual heritage of the Church. There is a certain convergence in these two streams of mystical introspection: one deepens the other, one enlightens the other


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