The following is written in response to a previous reply to The Embodied One:
One thing I do not understand is why God chose to cloak Herself in duality and Maya in the beginning.
Response: Maya is the effect of each of us in our original state becoming self-aware and exercising our inherent power of choice in order to know other-than-self, thus moving from “blissful self” (singular) to “self and other-than-self” (dual).
Is that just an ignorant question?
Response: No, it’s a great question!
I can mentally comprehend the ascent back to my original state as the goal of human existence. But God must have chosen to make the descent in the first place and I cannot fathom why.
Response: It was the exercising of our power of choice that was responsible for Maya and a “beginning” of all that we now experience as human beings.
Response: So that we could relate with each other, discover our mutual divinity and inherent blissful nature, and remain conscious of this upon returning “home.”
An earthly plane where creatures eat each other let alone the horrors people are capable of. How could one forget Divinity in order to believe she is the body? That seems like forgetting the sun because one fell into a dark stinking well.
Response: We do not forget, we just misremember.
Imagine how it might be to find yourself in a dark stinking well for years and years (or life-time after life-time). The thought of the sun is at first a hope, then a memory that becomes more and more dream-like, eventually fading into a vague idea lodged somewhere in the back of the mind. That is what has happened to us—we have become identified with the well as our embodiment and our reality.
All our worldly desires have their origin in the soul’s desperate endeavor to get out of that well and bathe in the sun again. But we only vaguely remember the original objective, or we forget it altogether as it becomes upstaged by external stimuli entering the mind and body through the sense organs and by the desires created by it, leading us every which way but One.
I have always struggled with the good/evil concept and our poor choice of free will.
Response: Good and evil do not exist in the Absolute (God, capital G, Parabrahman). Maya, duality, cause and effect, exists in the relative realm where choices get made by each of us, some harmonious with God, some not.
It is not God that does all these horrible things; they happen as a result of inappropriate choices made by individuals. The subtle law of cause and effect simply responds to these choices.
Good and Evil
“Good” – The (accumulated) effect(s) of choices made that are harmonious with the True nature of God and True Self.
“Evil” – The (accumulated) effect(s) of choices made that are inharmonious with the True nature of God and True Self.
And if you are wondering, yes, there are degrees of both—there is no such thing as all-or-nothing—but effects can pile up and one may experience “good” or “evil” that seems disproportionate to the choices and subsequent actions of any one individual.
The other day, I heard an interview with a woman who had had a near death experience (though it was actually a death experience of many minutes). At first, her experience was of a void-like darkness and she felt afraid, but this quickly transformed into a view of the cosmos with thousands of stars shining brightly all around her and radiating toward her. She “knew they were God” and entered a calm and blissful state. The radiance of the stars grew and merged into the proverbial bright light that surrounded and encompassed her in unconditional love, the like of which she had never before experienced.
Once the body was dead and she was out of it, she knew the thousands of stars to be God. I found this interesting to hear, for I believe we each have or are a star in this relative realm and that each of us is a god, and that all of us is God, and because we are, we have inherent power. This power at its most fundamental, is the power of choice, or the power to act, or “free will.”