The Absolute and the Relative

Everything is absolutely relative. 

Before we can even begin to try to comprehend God, Truth, our True Selves, and the final goal of our existence as Beings, we have to be able to comprehend the idea of one God and many Gods as not being a contradictory statement, but a reminder that we are divine individuals that have the same qualities as God, and though we are each unique in who we are, we are all the same in what we are. In our sameness, we are One.

THE ABSOLUTE 
There is only one God – Parabrahman

Parabrahman — Beyond-Brahman

All that is, is God. God in Its highest is absolute—unchanging, independent, incomparable, unrestricted in any way, and without beginning or end.

Because I transcend the perishable and am beyond the imperishable, I am known in sacred writings and in the world as the Supreme Absolute. —  Bhagavad Gita, Ch 15, vs 18

Because all that is is God, we are gods, merged in the blissful sea of the Absolute. As individual nonphysical entities, we have the ability to know each other.

THE RELATIVE
There are many gods – Brahman

Brahman — Growth, expansion, evolution and development

All that is, is all of us and our relationship.

All that exists is a large specific number of nonphysical individuals, each of whom originates itself into a separate nonphysical state with regard to each nonphysical individual. — Charles Berner, The Lila Paradigm

Upon knowing one another, Creation becomes. Our relationship coexists with the ever-sustaining Absolute.

Earth, water, fire, air, ether, mind, intelligence and individual self-sense, are the eight parts of my relative nature. Such is My inferior nature. But know this as different from My highest absolute existence by which this world is sustained. — Bhagavad Gita, Ch 7, vs 4 – 5

THE DIVINE YOU
Who and What You Really Are

You exist and have the ability to be self-aware. As a divine individual, you are the one that you are. This is “who” you are.

You have the ability to know another or not—a different one than you in “who” it is, but the same as you in “what” it is. You have the ability to be conscious. In knowing another, you have exercised this ability. So now there is you with a view point (purusha, god) and there is other-than-you (prakriti, goddess), which you view, or know.

Goddess Shakti

In Eastern cosmology, power and energy are female. Shakti is the all-powerful, all-pervading energy of the universe that makes things happen.

Shakti in a body is called prana. Prana is the life force, or life energy. In this role, Goddess Shakti keeps you alive and well. She can even keep you alive indefinitely. She is, after all, God.

The prehistoric cult of the mother goddess can be found in all religions, some latent, ready to spring forth. Some of the peoples who came to be integrated into the Hindu fold had always worshiped the Divine Mother. Among the Shaktas, who are the worshipers of the goddess, the source of existence, considered female, is the main representation of divinity. God is woman. — From The Myths and Gods of India, by Alain Danielou.

For those who seek pleasure or those who seek liberation, the worship of the all-powerful Goddess is essential. She is the knowledge-of-the-Immensity; she is the mother of the universe, pervading the whole world. — Karapatri’s Sri Bhagavati Tattva

THE HUMAN YOU

You are a god (Absolute) in a body made of God, being human (Relative).

Being human evolved as a result of your choice to know another. You are currently at a point in which you are lugging around in the confines of a body, with activity, a mind, energy, feelings, personality, attitudes, beliefs, opinions, etc. What evolved was all of this. YOU do not evolve; the Real You is Absolute and ever the same.

SURRENDER

In Surrender Meditation you surrender to that-which-is-divine-that-is-other-than-you. You surrender to Goddess. God (you) and Goddess (other than you) are naturally drawn to the highest union. If you can let this union take place, you will go home to the blissful sea that is your natural state. It may come in small doses at first, but it grows.

As humans, everything we perceive, we perceive through one or more of our senses, and Goddess becomes Mother Nature, or illusion (maya), which simply means that, although the stuff of life is something, it isn’t what it seems.

In surrender sadhana there comes a time when the senses spontaneously withdraw and one experiences Truth directly. When this has happened to you, you will be enchanted, seduced, hooked. And it can happen fairly early on.

The path of surrender is for this purpose: the union of You and Goddess, You and God, your natural state to which you are drawn to return. The only difference between your original state and returning to that state is that you will return with full awareness in the bliss, the joy, that is present within you right now: “The kingdom of God is within.”

Jaya Ma! (Victory to Goddess!),
Durga Ma
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