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A Kosmic Romance

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Eternity in Love - Jacob Bartels/Gabriel Nossovitch/Ken Wilber

The Difficulty of Enlightenment - Patrick Sweeney

Eternity in Love (audio)

Emptiness, say the nondual traditions, is a high realization, but not yet the end of the journey.  From the summit of Emptiness there is a return; the arhat who ascended comes back a bodhisattva.  In this week’s featured audio, Ken Wilber discusses this last step with Jacob Bartels and Gabriel Nossovitch, from the “Myth of the Given” Integral Spirituality call.  What is the felt sense of this return? 

Quite simply, to be in love.  “Eternity,” says William Blake, “is in love with the productions of time.”  The yogic traditions depict Shiva—the masculine partner, representing Emptiness—and Shakti—the feminine partner, representing all of manifestation—in the lotus position, facing one another, in sexual union.  East and West, love has long been intuited as that which underlies all that is. 

Ken points out that, in all of Buddhist iconography, this particular icon is completely unique, and Dzogchen, represents the very highest state.  Whereas, in every other icon, the various deities are depicted as being fabulously adorned with jewelry and ornaments, the partners in this particular icon are depicted unadorned, conveying awareness, pure and naked.  “Integral Naked,” says Ken, the namesake for the popular website, with the iconic yabum image visible throughout.

A memorable scene from the movie Ghostbusters has the lovely Dana (played by Sigourney Weaver) and the nerdy Louis (played Rick Moranis) both assuming new identities, possessed by a dark presence.  Dana becomes the “Gatekeeper” and Louis, the “Keymaster,” and they begin a relentless search for one another, seeking to consummate their union so that a greater evil can be born.  Bill Murray’s Dr. Venkman, alerted to the situation and aware of the consequences, nonetheless deadpans, “we have got to get these two together….”  Clearly, in the Kosmos there is a similar imperative. 

Of course, the loving texture of the Kosmos is central to the teaching of Spirit in 2nd-person.  Perhaps the most famous verse in all the Christian scriptures reads, “for God so loved the world, that God sent God’s only Begotten Son….”

The Difficulty of Enlightenment (video)

Patrick Sweeney discusses the reason why, gven that enlightenment seems so difficult to attain—and that it may not be up to us in any case—we should practice in the first place.  As with so many things in life, it's the journey, not the destination, that's important.

Published Thursday, August 14, 2008 2:05 PM by rollie



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