As long as the being of the cosmos exists, everything is love.

Advaita Post, Volume 11 No.10

Advaita Post 11-10

Zondereigen is the name of a village but also roughly means ‘without something of your own’.
Douwe asks: What does this mean?

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The political circus here is now in full swing in the media. I’ve already been asked several times to say something about the upcoming election, because it determines the new government of our country.

It should immediately be clear that politics belong to the territory of the ‘I’-person. It is related to that situation, which is to say, it is relative. From a wider perspective it can, for example, be determined that a population receives the government that it deserves. Things go the way they go, including the decisions people take with them into the voting booths.

Everyone wants to live together as pleasantly as possible. The situation and the conditioning of people make it a subject of differing opinions. The most basic conditioning is that of the ‘I’-centric structure of existence. As a result, contradictions and conflicts are inevitable. Politics is the instrument through which such conflicts are made tolerable.

What can be said in relative terms about the notion of non-duality? It’s clear to anyone who has a sense of it. But I’ll try to formulate it again.

In relative terms, anything that promotes non-duality can be considered positive and anything promoting duality can be seen as negative, because duality promotes suffering. This means that any movement which promotes unity is more useful than one which reinforces divisions. So when political parties are less egocentric, anthropocentric and power-oriented, when they have a broader viewpoint and arena of action which relates to (also future) generations and different ethnic groups, when they give attention to all living beings, then they are more useful to the good life and living together than other parties may be. Traditionally these qualities have been identified as consciousness and love.

When that is somewhat clear, there is a doing without doing and then everything, including the election, will flow on in the best manner possible.

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In: Inzicht [magazine], Volume 12 No. 2 (May 2010), pgs. 22-25

Knowledge and the liberation of love

The advaita-realization is the breakthrough of insight into the groundless openness as the true reality. It is a living insight through which the separation between yourself and others disappears. This means that in your experience your limited form disappears while other people and other things coincide with yourself. Apparently you allow this to happen. The emotional aspect of this letting-disappear and coinciding is love. The realization is love for everything and everyone without boundaries, a love in which the ‘I’-person also dissolves. It’s love for that Great in which no separations exist, for That which you are without any conditions, for the universal I-am without interpretation. It is this love which makes the concrete experience of non-duality possible. All love comes from self-being, from I-am. It only reaches its highest form in the universal.

As universal I-am you still have the universal qualities of being, consciousness and love/bliss.  So also there is the consciousness of  I-am-universal and the knowledge that its being has its origin in the absolute, about which nothing more can be said. Thus, Love has its place in your being-consciousness-I-am. In the realization of the absolute you become free from it.

To the extent that you experience yourself as a person, it is of utmost importance to establish yourself in the universal being-consciousness-love, because only through that is the highest realization possible. Therefore it is useful to look at love within the world of duality.

Duality and love

Where does love occur in the personal situation? In relationships with others: your lover, your family, your parents, etc., in relationships with animals, plants, things, or even just like that, without mention of a clear relationship. The form can always be different, but in all cases there is a self-being that is more expansive than the individual person, because it also recognizes or finds itself in other people or other things.

Even on the egocentric level an expansion is possible. To emphasize: from your ‘I’-self you always try to expand your own territory. You have then a constant longing for something or someone else and have the idea that this thing or this person belongs to you, is your possession. You allow your sense-of-self to flow into that person or thing. This expansion takes place on a basis of ‘love’ that has its center in a concentric ‘I’ with its own self-importance and self-interest. This ‘love’ expresses itself in the will to power, possess and consume. The limited self (ego) can’t follow other principles, because it holds on to itself and the other as something limited.

It is clear that this path doesn’t lead to loving unity. In the first place, as ego, you don’t release the limitation of self-being. You want to retain your own identity.  Secondly, you don’t really allow the other person to come close to you. You’re focussed on something particular, on what is beneficial or pleasant for you; you experience the other from a limited viewpoint, to possess. If you want to resolve the boundaries between self and other you can’t approach as ego. The ego is the negation of love. The ego-orientation as a centripetal and grasping tendency is the opposite of love, as a centrifugal, offering impulse. The ego as closedness and hardness is the opposite of love as openness and fluidity.

Pure love

It is really important to see that even in egocentric love, there is already an opening and expansion of self and a search for unity present. This can be the basis for a higher form of love, namely when, through expansion, the ‘I’-focused forces disappear.

On the level of the ego, love has a strong feeling aspect. In sexual relationships passionate affections and strong energies play a big role. Although there can be a strong egocentricity and even selfishness there, sexual contact already means an opening of your own territory and contains the possibility of further openings within itself.

When the latter occurs, the fire of true love continues to work. When it is strong, it consumes the ego and becomes cosmic.

Love is there in the sphere of self-being, even when you feel that it comes from outside. All love is self-love. Love can’t be disconnected from self-being. It can only be purified of the limitations of self-being, as it transcends the ‘I’-person. To the extent that you can let go of yourself as an ‘I’-person there is pure love. It is there when you no longer create oppositions between yourself as an ‘I’ and other people and other things, when you love your neighbor as yourself. It is the sphere in which everything and everyone is included. In Love you are the Self of everyone and everything.

Joy

In the expansion of your own sphere and the release of your old self, all aspects of self-being become purified, including your emotional sphere. Each expansion brings a feeling of joy. Expansion and joy always go together. That’s why expansion is continually sought on the ego-level, a crossing of existing boundaries. This happens in driving fast cars, in every sport, in every study, but also through the means of alcohol and drugs. It brings joy when borders shift or disappear. From an ‘I’ position the expansion remains limited, focused on something particular and temporal. Therefore, you remain subject to special conditions. Therefore, too, your joy is conditioned and temporary. These restrictions disappear to the extent that you release yourself. Then there’s not just a small expansion with personal feelings of joy, but an infinite expansion beyond the boundaries of time and space and with it unlimited joy, bliss (ânanda).

The hardness of love

Love only has a real meaning when it is more than just a nice feeling. Everyone has a sense of that.

And if you ignore that and continue with your own self-centeredness? Then that limitation becomes clear sooner or later in the mirror of love that you experience as external. Then love is experienced as something hard: it also judges. It judges everything that is left of the ego. That judgment can be experienced as hard and also brings fearful reactions. Frequently there is a tendency to ward this off and dive back again into the soft and pleasant sphere. But God’s love has two sides, which must be accepted before unity can manifest itself. Kâlî and Shiva in their destructive form devour the ego. Only in surrender does it become clear that this is infinite love and that these forms and hardnesses are nothing other than infinite love.

Your heart energy

Usually you are situated in your head, and from this position you think and view everything. However, you can let your position sink downwards, towards the heart. Probably you can already find that your heart region is soft. You can go towards this place as sensitive self-being. The soft heart feeling becomes stronger to the extent you increasingly enter there. The emotional heart energy moves in currents and waves. And it grows stronger in moving back and forth. Just experience it as a strong wave-like energy. It is a liquid luminous energy. Inhaled energy comes within, exhaled energy flows outward and radiates in all directions.

It is a definite feeling, but maybe you also see it as a luminous energy. Otherwise, visualize it for yourself, so you that can experience it concretely. When you see it very clearly before you, you can gradually go into it, so that you go along with the dynamic movement from the inside-out, with the waves and the rays. Allow yourself to sink in more and more. From your head with its consciousness, let yourself sink more and more into feeling, into the heart. In this way head and heart, consciousness and feeling, come together. As waves of heart-energy you radiate outwards in all directions. Everything and everyone is lovingly absorbed into that. The process of expansion continues infinitely towards a universal unity. The separateness of an ego, with its desires and resistances, has disappeared.

Everything is love

When you realize unity, you see only love, also in the personal realm. Then the demarcation of the life of the person is only apparent. Love is present always and everywhere, also within. It expresses itself on the ego level as the longing for love. But it remains there through shortsightedness with the seeking and taking of compensations, compensation for the lack of unconditional love. Yet even that too is an expression of love. If you set everything open in love and let it melt, there are no limits any longer to love and to happiness. Then there is a universal loving sphere of non-separateness, non-duality in infinite self-being, I-am, all-being.

When this sphere becomes subtler and subtler, what’s left over? That’s the absolute which precedes everything and is free from the love of I-am. That is your final consciousness: you are that source which precedes being and non-being and about which nothing can be said. It is clear precisely from that consciousness that, as long as the being of the cosmos exists, everything is love.

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