Ecopsychology/How One Should Understand the Word God (lecture)
How One Should
Understand the Word God
By the word God we have to mean, first of all, the Creator.
There is also the word Absolute, that is multidimensional Absolutely Everything except for “cesspool”-hell.
In Christianity there is also the concept of Trinity — God-the-Father, Christ (God-the-Son), and the Holy Spirit.
God-the-Father is not an old man sitting on a cloud, as He is depicted on some icons. And He is not a powerful male-ruler sitting on a throne on some planet. He is not a woman, nor a bisexual being. He is impersonal.
He is an aggregate of all Those who formerly achieved the Abode of the Creator — the subtlest layer of the multidimensional Absolute — and settled there forever.
God-the-Father is an aggregate of many Perfect Subtlest Consciousnesses merged into one and abiding in the state of eternal Highest Bliss.
Their main feature is the Highest Subtlety.
Those dwelling in the Abode of the Creator can come out from it with a part of Oneself with the purpose of helping the embodied people, first of all. Such personal Manifestations of the Creator are called, in the aggregate sense, the Holy Spirit (Brahman).
Holy Spirit and God-the-Father are words denoting the collective (not individual) states of God.
But in every particular case of communication with the Holy Spirit, we interact with Divine Personalities, with our non-incarnate Divine Teachers.
Divine Teachers, when They come to this “manifest” world, initially retain Their level of subtlety. When They enter paradise, They slightly densify Themselves, so that paradisiacal beings could perceive Them. For the purpose of conversations with beginner embodied disciples, They densify a Part of Themselves even more — to the level of subtlety of those souls: to be perceivable to the disciples.
Divine Teachers can be seen with the eyes of the heart by spiritually advanced people — as giant anthropomorphic Manifestations (Mahadoubles) consisting of soft, tender, subtle white-goldish Divine Light, sometimes fiery-like but never burning for true disciples of God.
Disciples of Divine Teachers have to make every effort in order to approach the Abode of the Creator with the help of the methods of purification of oneself from energetical coarseness and with the help of meditative trainings, which include attunement of the consciousness with a Divine Teacher.
Those successful disciples who have learned to stay in Mergence with the Consciousness of the Teacher (though they have not been admitted into the Abode of the Creator yet) — they have an experience of being the Holy Spirit.
Sometime Divine Teachers incarnate in human bodies. They do this as a sacrificial service to embodied people — for the sake of helping them spiritually, saving deluded souls. (Yet these deluded people very often torture and kill such Saviors).
Messiah, Christ, Avatar — by these words people call Them in different languages.
Every One of Them, having incarnated in a human body, continues to live with the Giant Subtlest Consciousness in the Abode of the Creator, remaining an integral Part of the Creator. But this Consciousness is connected also with the physical body through which God tries to bring to embodied people the truth about the meaning of their lives on the Earth and about how one has to realize this meaning.
… For a successful disciple of God, entering the Abode of the Creator is not an instant and irrevocable act but a long and hard yet very joyful process of direct interaction with God, of accustoming oneself to a new state, which is principally different from the life in other eons. This is gradual settling in the “new home”, mastering it, and gaining the qualities of a Messiah.
One can realize this only in monasticism.
… There are cases when some people proclaim themselves (or others proclaimed them) a “new Christ” or “Avatar”. Such situations can be created, in particular, by swindlers with the purpose of gaining money or enjoying making mock of the followers; they can be created also by people ill with paranoia or schizophrenia.
On the other hand, it is primitive people that often try to defile true Divine Teachers.
Therefore it is appropriate to define the criteria by which one can distinguish the former from the latter.
Such criteria are three:
First is the subtlety of the Consciousness of a true Divine Teacher, which exists in the form of a giant Spiritual Heart, incapable of entering coarse emotional states.
Second is that such a Divine Person has an understanding of everything that we are discussing here, and possesses a set of methods which are needed to the disciples for achieving God-realization.
Third is an absence of egocentrism in a Divine Teacher; it is replaced with Godcenteredness, which implies, in particular, living and acting for the sake of the Divine Evolution and not for the sake of oneself or of a small group of people.
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The essence of everything taking place in the universe is the Evolution of the Absolute.
This process is guided by the Creator. At His commands, in different parts of the boundless universal space, lumps of primeval matter (prakriti) begin to form of protoprakriti. Then for a long time processes go in them, which result in creating conditions suitable for life of organic bodies. Then begins the stage of incarnation of tiny particles of protopurusha into tiny particles of matter… Unicellular organisms get formed, then — multicellular…
Controlling the process of genetic mutations, the Creator creates organisms of higher complexity. There appear plants, animals, humans…
The developing lumps of purusha are embodied by God in more and more complex organic bodies capable of reproduction… Thanks to this, they grow in size, the forms of their life activity become more complex, including behavior. Animals develop the emotional sphere, memory, the ability to think creatively… Some birds, for example, manifest remarkable esthetical abilities and imagination in creating their nests, paragons of caring and self-sacrifice when protecting their young — it would be good for some people to learn from them!… The intellectual level of the representatives of mammals is higher than that of many people… including those who deny that animals have an intellect and are capable of loving and suffering…
Every one of us, people, was in the past plants, animals of many biological species…
And now we have to behave carefully towards plants and animals — as towards people to be, without harming them but, on the contrary, helping…
We must not kill or maim them in vain; animals live here not for the sake of being killed by us for food…
They live like we, people, for the sake of the process of development of souls incarnate in physical bodies, in the common with us process of the Evolution of the Absolute; they are Its particles — as we are…
… The highest stage of the evolution of organic bodies on the Earth is human body…
And the next stage of the development of human beings (not as a body but as a soul, consciousness) is God in the aspect of the Creator.
… We incarnate in human bodies many times. The most difficult thing for us is to develop the intellectual function of the consciousness to that level when one becomes able to understand completely and realize in life everything that we are discussing here. The majority of people turn out to be incapable even of thinking about this… and if they try — they immediately get stuck in sects where the salvation is promised as a reward for repeating certain prayers, for participation in certain rituals…
… What contributes to the development of the intellect? — It is the study in educational institutions, various industrial and scientific work, self-education in all areas of knowledge which are most significant for spiritual growth; it is also help provided to others in mastering all this.
What prevents the development of the intellect? A lazy way of life, use of alcohol and other drugs that destroy the soul, life in coarse emotional states which makes people “attached” to hell…
Having grown in a series of many past incarnations to the human state, many people go further not to the Creator but in the opposite direction. And they end up in the outer darkness — hell; then they “fall back” to the protopurusha — being destroyed as souls… It is from this information that the image of blazing inferno with perishing souls of sinners was formed.
Other people — thee best ones! — gain for themselves the Abode of the Creator. They continue Eternal Life in the Highest Bliss, in most active creative Love directed towards worthy disciples of God — wherever they may be in the whole universe.