Tuesday, June 19, 2007

The Formless

Jain Cosmological Mandala

All the Incarnations of the Divine have said in different ways (presumably according to what the people around them could cope with at the time) that there is only one formless Self which one has to realise within oneself. This Self is all-pervading and all-knowing.
The trouble with talking about the Self being formless and singular, is that the human ego latches onto this idea, and thinks to itself, "Ah, I am all-pervading, I am the Formless, I am God." and becomes even more glutted. The All-pervading is unattached, non-possessive compassion; not an illusory 'I' which is attached possessively to a particular mind and body. It is an infinite single circle the centre of which is everywhere, not in a particular spot.

After Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi

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