"Salvation" and "Enlightenment"

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  1. Yes, some of it, Merton quotes from it in his Journal "The Other Side of the Mountain". One of my stock topics on various forums has been on the "pre-eminence of Grace" even within the non-theistic traditions.
     
  2. Merton (again!) has said that if we cannot see Christ in the "stranger" then just maybe we have not found Christ in ourselves.
     
  3. I was reading a book recently about the The Theory of Everything, which spoke of the coming possibility of being able to express such a theory in some sort of algebraic formula on a -T-Shirt. (It was a good book) I put a review on Amazon, ending up with my very own Theory of Everything, Eckhart's "Love has no why". Algebra was never my strong point.
     
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    wil UNeyeR1

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    When I read the bible, and cannot replace the word "G!d' with the word 'love', this is when I look for other meaning...a deeper understanding of the text.
     
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    wil UNeyeR1

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    Quite two dimensional of you!
     
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  6. Yes, but I do seem to be excluded from certain dimensions!
     
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    wil UNeyeR1

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    wil UNeyeR1

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    dang it trying to post one of those 'and then a miracle happens' cartoons.
     
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    Cino Big Love! (Atheist mystic)

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    The term "Enlightenment" can have this awfully snooty, self-sufficient, self-reliant note. In practice, according to reports, it turns out that the path of enlightenment requires substantial letting-go, relinquishment, relaxation, humility, and surrender, to reach the mental poise of "equanimity", the Middle Way. So, the question is, once having relaxed and surrendered into this equanimity, what causes the arising of enlightenment? I think, this is where Western traditions will answer, "why, it is by Grace, not by Works", as works at this point would be grasping, destroying equanimity.

    Esoteric schools, Eastern (Sadhanas in Vajrayana, Shingon, Tantric traditions) and Western (such as the Abramelin working found in Magick) all act out this interplay between works, surrender, and grace.

    Another thought: who is seeker, who is sought? If God is putting out the news through prophets and scriptures, then is God not seeking contact, calling out? Isn't God taking the first step? And if the seeker, having read the scriptures and followed the teachings, and approaching God, can still only go part of the way, God hurrying towards them to meet them, as in the parable of the prodigal son, or in Michelangelos mural in the Sistine Chapel of the creation of Adam - doesn't this complete and dissolve the seeker/sought dualism?
     
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  10. "A clearly enlightened person falls into the well. How is this so?"

    Zen koan/proverb
     
  11. Even in the - on the face of it - Theravada tradition ("Buddha's only point the way, each has to walk the path themselves") a Bhikkhu once said that "at the moment of emancipation effort falls away having reached the end of its scope". I have often, on various forums, enquired as to the "scope" of effort.

    In Buddhism, particularly Theravada, the answer is in anatta, no-self, "without understanding which the whole edifice of the Dharma is misunderstood" according to a well known Buddhist Dictionary.

    There is no-self, yet hey-ho, here we are!
     
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    Cino Big Love! (Atheist mystic)

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    Pride comes before the fall, beware the reflection of the moon in the well, "We're All Bozos on this Bus"...

    Yeah, koans are a great path to humility and letting go. Exterminate all rational thought! (William Burroughs)
     
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    RJM Corbet God Feeds the Ravens

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    Perhaps realisation of having fallen into the well IS the enlightenment = I'm stuck in deep and nothing I can do but cry for help = salvation?
     
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  14. Why I prefer being an apprentice. Although, as Merton said, "we can never be humble enough."

    EDIT:- of course, the "Cobblers" speaks for itself.
     
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    Cino Big Love! (Atheist mystic)

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    "How much effort does it take to let go?".

    Cue Hillel the Elder, "If I am not for myself..."
     
  16. As I see it, your analysis is far too sequential/linear. "Exterminate all rational thought" (as if!)

    Me, more like questioning exactly what "perfection", even the "end of suffering (dukkha)" , really means.

    But, as Dylan sings, "It's all good"
     
  17. Another "joke" and then I'm on my way......

    The little guy who slips while on a treacherous mountain path, a 1000m drop on one side. He grabs hold of a branch a few feet from the top and is hanging there, suspended over the abyss. "Is there anyone up there?" he cries, "Please help me!" A great voice cries out from the heavens, from above the clouds, " Yes, there IS somebody up here. I WILL help you! Just let go of the branch and the Eternal Arms will raise you high". The little guy thinks, looks down, then cries out, "Is there ANYBODY ELSE up there?"
     
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    A Cup Of Tea An ordinary cup of tea

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    Yes, no matter how I try I can't really get a grip of what enlightenment is, it seems that it is incomparable with my understanding of the world. One thing is for sure, I distrust every word of anyone who claim they are enlightened.
     
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    Cino Big Love! (Atheist mystic)

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    Why are those who claim enlightenment so suspicious to you?

    Do you trust them less than us ordinary Joe Schmo types?
     
  20. My understanding invariably encompasses a sense of "mystery". So many who identify as "the enlightened" seem to lack such a sense, of mystery and miracle, that I become "suspicious" and wary. The explicit claim also seems incompatible with selflessness, as I understand it.
     
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