A Unified Picture Of The World. 3

Connection 1:   Energy of Time

 

Time, according to the Vedas, is the will of God. It is the force by which God affects matter, prompting it to change.

The mode of passion stimulates growth and development, the mode of goodness supports the existence of material forms, and the mode of ignorance contributes to their destruction.

The inert matter is filled with living entities ( those souls who have decided to try living apart from God ) having been influenced by volitional impulse of the Absolute.

This material world is created as a temporary virtual reality where souls can play games of varying complexity, sometimes rising to higher levels of existence or falling to lower ones, depending on how they cope with their tasks and what consciousness they develop.

Being in the current of incessant and inexorable time, the material world goes through a cyclical process of creation, maintenance and destruction.

So why does the all-merciful and loving God destroy His own creation, causing so much anxiety for His own children – the eternal souls?

eroded sand castle

The ancient Vedas explain that the Creator through the power of time destroys our “sand castles”  ( our illusory dreams ) in order for the eternal soul to realize that material nature is not his native home.

Matter and souls are of different nature. And because the souls cannot realize in the material world their three potentials – eternity, knowledge and happiness, God shows us through the time factor that this is not our eternal position.

Through His energy of time He alters matter so that we end up disappointed. Frustration and loss of faith in the materialistic way of development is a very important factor on the path of spiritual progress.

When a person in his materialistic life, faces the destruction of his hopes and plans, he begins to doubt whether he is using his life properly?

When there are doubts in the material sphere, then there is a chance of developing some faith that may be there is some other sphere of application of my efforts – the divine, spiritual sphere.

Therefore, the destruction of matter and its instability are very important factors for the formation of a right outlook in order to distract us from the temporary, and eventually lead us to the eternal.

We are very attached to our creations, if we create something, we certainly want to keep it, but God creates the material world – the complex 3-D pictures, and then easily destroys it all. He is not sorry to ruin His creation, because He wants to awaken the souls from this temporary virtual dream, and bring them back into a state of awakening – the eternal spiritual reality.

This world is not the true reality, it is a relative and temporary reality, and if we get attached to it, then we bring suffering upon ourselves. Because we are eternal, we want to find an eternal, stable position, but the material world is constantly changing. And in order to realize this factor of eternity we need to re-establish our spiritual nature.

If the soul wants to realize his quality of eternity, he must end his relationship with matter, which is affected by time. Although the soul does not age or die, he is going through aging, sickness and death like in a sleep, which are relevant to his temporary material covering – the body.

By identifying himself with a temporary body, the eternal soul is forced to go through these unnatural changes. Unless the soul has gone through the painful experience of frustration in material life, and embarked on the path of restoring his relationship with God, he is forced to experience difficulties with matter, called karma.

Connection 2:  Law of Karma

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 The term karma refers to activity at the level of mind, body and speech and its consequences on the internal and external levels. Often people call karma the inevitability of certain events that come into our lives against our will.

This is partly true, but the problem often lies in the fact that people tend to write off this inevitability as blind force of destiny whereas only a few can see their personal responsibility in this mechanism of karma.

We won’t be able to understand this law of cause and effect or karma, until we accept an element of free will, which all living entities have, and until we take full personal responsibility for our free choice. At the simplest level, people understand the law of karma as an example of principle: “what you sow, so shall you reap.”

And if we reap something, it means that we have sown that seed in the past. It is obvious that the fruits are predetermined by the seeds, which we planted, but what seeds exactly we plant – is a manifestation of our freedom.

At any time there is an element of predetermination, which comes from the past, and the element of free choice at present, which will cause predetermination in the future.

In this way we should understand that all our current predetermination is a consequence of right and wrong choices made in the past. It means that a reasonable person will fully accept a responsibility for his life, without trying to blame his fate.

Quite often people find it difficult to understand why they suffer in this life, or why someone suddenly gets a break. They do not understand why the innocent children suffer, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels enjoy life.

But if we accept that today we receive the fruits of those actions that we have performed yesterday, then in this body, the soul can receive the consequences of past actions. And death is only a short break between incarnations, just as the night divides days.

On the one hand karma is a law of cause and effect born out of selfish motives, but on the other hand, karma means the legitimate fruits of activity. In order for karma or predestination to be formed, there must be a free will.

Individual consciousness of the soul is always in one of two streams of information: one comes from below, from the material world, and another comes from above, from the spiritual reality, from God.

fishing-float

A living creature is like a fishing float – one half of it is above the water, and the other is under the water. On the one hand, the fish can pull it down and it goes completely under water. On the other hand a fisherman can pull it up, and it will come completely out of water.

Thus, a living being or soul, is the marginal energy. It means that we always face a choice: we can always choose either material or spiritual way of development. And our consciousness will be either spiritualized, or materialized.

Karma is the relationship between an active soul and passive matter. But how the lifeless matter can determine what’s right and what’s wrong? After all, for a correct evaluation of the event there must be present a consciousness with developed morality.

One can properly understand karma only if we accept that matter does not act by itself but is a tool in the hands of the supreme, intelligent and just being – God.

For example, Scales are a dead instrument; it is the intermediary between two living persons – a seller and a buyer. Scales seem to be intelligent and display the correct amount to pay only because the seller in advance determines the price and the buyer decides how much he will buy.

By the same analogy, matter is the intermediary mechanism in relations between living beings and God. God regulates people’s lives through matter, giving them a degree of freedom and holding them accountable for their decisions, so that people can feel this connection of cause and effect.

Karma is formed due to the fact of how we spend the received energy. It’s just like a man sent on a job related trip, gets the money for a specific purpose, and then submits the financial report. If he spent money for some other purpose, he’ll be personally accountable.

We receive the energy of life from God, and are therefore accountable for it, because this energy is given to us not only for material purposes, but also for spiritual. However, for most people it is not quite obvious that we get this energy from God.

 

To be continued…

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