Wednesday, May 05, 2004

* The Paradox of the Journey *

All major mystical traditions have recognized that there is a
paradox at the heart of the journey of return to Origin

Put simply, this is that we are already what we seek, and that
what we are looking for on the Path with such an intensity of
striving and passion and discipline is already within and around
us at all moments. The journey and all its different ordeals are
all emanations of the One Spirit that is manifesting everything in
all dimensions; every rung of the ladder we climb toward final
awareness is made of the divine stuff of awareness itself; Divine
Consciousness is at once creating and manifesting all things and
acting in and as all things in various states of self-disguise
throughout all the different levels and dimensions of the universe

The great Hindu mystic Kabir put this paradox with characteristic
:simplicity when he said

Look at you, you madman, Screaming you are thirsty And are dying
!in a desert When all around you there is nothing but water

:And the Sufi poet Rumi reminds us

You wander from room to room
Hunting for the diamond necklace
!That is already around your neck

~ From: 'The Direct Path' Andrew Harvey ~

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