The open door into infinity

Life is the greatest spiritual master, and it teaches us something through all events and experiences. If that is the case, what is the meaning of death?  I consider death as the most powerful and radical of all spiritual teachings. Let us laugh at death, let us celebrate death, let us see it as the marriage of time and eternity, the great reunion of the Soul with the Beloved, the open door into immortality. We should not fear it. We should welcome it as the return into our true home, our true original being. What is enlightenment, liberation, awakening, if not the radical acceptance of life? Death is not the opposite of life, it is just the bridge, the doorway into infinity, limitless existance, eternal life, however you want to call it. It is the moment of transition from one expression of life into another expression.

“No weapon can pierce the soul; no fire can burn it; no water can moisten it; nor can any wind wither it….The soul is immutable, all-permeating, ever calm, and immovable — eternally the same. The soul is said to be imponderable, unmanifested, and unchangeable. Therefore, knowing it to be such, thou shouldst not lament” (Bhagavad Gita II:23-25)

Our approach to death shows the spiritual maturity of a person. It defines our whole way of life, the quality of our aliveness and conciousness. There is no way around it: we all will die. Why not look at the lion of death fearlessly? What seems to be a lion is maybe only an illusion. If you really exist, how can something destroy your existence? What if death is not the end, but a messenger of joy, the moment of our greatest reunion?

Take life as it comes and death as it comes. Death is really beautiful; if it were a bad thing, God would not let it happen to us. It is really freedom, an entry into another, higher life. We must utilize this life in order to realize the life beyond this one. Beyond this earth garden is the infinite land wherein we meet those whom we have thought lost. Although we must not seek death, when it comes we should know that it is the final examination for a great reward.
Paramahansa Yogananda

What a glorious thing, when a soul, the wave of God, falls back into the infinite ocean of his original being. Those who really want to celebrate life must also celebrate death, because it is part of the great cycle of being.  It is ok to weep and cry if we see the passing of our loved ones. That’s an expression of love. However, death is not a problem. Death is an invitation to a deeper understanding of life. It is our greatest lesson. That’s wisdom and we need to balance our love with wisdom to rise above the suffering and the limitations of this world of dust. What is the passing of a wave from the perspective of the ocean? Just an illusion. No matter how many waves come and go, the ocean remains. We are the human waves within the eternal ocean of existance and the existence lasts forever. We celebrate the birth, so let us also celebrate death to truly embrace the wholeness of life. What seems to be the end is always the beginning, for existence is without beginning and end. You exist in time, but you belong to eternity.

O SON OF THE SUPREME!

I have made death a messenger of joy to thee. Wherefore dost thou grieve? I made the light to shed on thee its splendor. Why dost thou veil thyself therefrom? Bahá’u’lláh, The Hidden Words

See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. Revelation 3:8

© mark david vinzens

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Carl Sagan ~ Look at that dot

Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there—on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.

— Carl Sagan

Music: Ludovico Einaudi with a track titled, very fittingly, “The Earth Prelude”
Initial clip collection: Levi Mills. Ending scene: The intro from “Contact”, the motion picture based on Carl Sagan’s novel by the same name

The importance of spiritual progress

Today, man is possessed of such power that he can travel in space and may soon reach other planets. On the other hand, such achievements if not coupled with spiritual progress will bring in their wake man’s destruction upon this earth.

~ Adib Taherzadeh, Source

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The Kingdom of the Father is already here

Meditation reveals that stillness and peace is the heart of everything. We detach from the world, quiet our mind and return home to the Love of God, into the radical openness of awareness. The ego creates the illusion of linear time, of ups and downs, pleasant and unpleasant experiences, the illusion of separation. But the Eternal Silence and Oneness is deeper than this transitory play of waves. In every moment you can return home into the wholeness of life. In every moment the ocean of existence welcomes you: like a loving father, like a loving mother. Come home, you beloved wave of the Ocean, you beloved being, you Child of the highest Heaven. Everything is waiting for you, everything is inviting you, every beauty of creation is calling you into the eternal love affair with the Creator. The moment of our greatest fulfillment and realization of our True Self is always here and now.

You do not have to do something. Let go of the illusion that enlightenment, your great love or success awaits you in the future. Love, success and enlightenment are already here. The present moment is your doorway into heaven.  The imperfection of this world reveals the Divine Perfection. What an amazing paradox! Listen to the Truth that is written in the Gospel of Thomas:

His (Christs) disciples said to him: On what day will the kingdom come? It will not come while people watch for it; they will not say: Look, here it is, or: Look, there it is; but the Kingdom of the Father is already spread out over the earth, and men do not see it. Saying #113

You can be one of those beings – the salt and light of the earth – who awake from the dream of separation and see with the awakened eyes of the Spirit the Kingdom that is already here. Beauty is here. Mystery is here. Truth is here. Love is here. Give yourself the permission to live with this awake presence, wherever you go and whoever you meet. You can be that embodiment of oneness. You can be that window into infinity.  You can be this messenger of the almighty force of love, light and goodness. Give yourself and all of creation the gift of your awakening. It is not your job to fix the world or other people. Your only job is to remove the blocks to the awareness of loves presence within your own mind. What greater success does the world have to offer? Be in peace and the whole world is healed. Be in love and everything will fall into place. Be still and the gentle voice of the Spirit will guide you. Intelligent Infinity – or “the Father”, as Jesus said –  will show you the Way.

 © mark david vinzens

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Thinking positive can work miracles

What is the true meaning of faith? I describe Faith sometimes as the Way of Positive Thinking. No success in life is possible without the ability of Faith. Faith is one of the greatest sources of power from which we can receive strength. If you focus on problems, you will get more problems. If, on the other hand, you look at the possibilities, you will grow and expand. Our thoughts create our reality. Good thoughts bear good fruits, bad thoughts bear bad fruits. This is the universal law of cause and effect (known as “karma” in Sanskrit). We could bring paradise to earth, if we would live in harmony with this fundamental law of creation. But the opposite is equally right: we can create hell on earth, the wheel of suffering as the Buddha said, if we ignore this law. One of the best examples of the Way of Positive Thinking is contained in the Prayer of the Lord, which Christ (in my opinion the Master of Positivity) taught his disciples:

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as in heaven. “

In essence, it is an initiation into the Way of Positive Thinking through the spiritual power of prayer. If we pray to “our Father in Heaven” we affirm our connection to everything that is true and lovely, beautiful and divine, we cultivate noble and good thoughts in our mind, leaving no room for negative ones to take root. And if there are negative thoughts, they will gradually dissolve or be transformed “by the renewing of our mind“, as St. Paul said. That’s the process of “salvation” through “forgiveness“. Salvation is the letting go of all negativity. Only when we create peace in our own mind can there be peace in the world. It is not possible to change the world or other people, but we can change our thoughts, our state of mind, the focus of our consciousness and that will change the world (“the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible” ~ Charles Eisenstein). But this will only be successful, if we trust the process. The world we see around us, our personal and our collective life, is build on a story and we can create a higher and better story, from a planet full of conflict and separation, fear and hatred, to a planet based on a new consciousness of oneness and universal human values.

“We are all here to contribute our gifts toward something greater than ourselves, and will never be content unless we are.” ~Charles Eisenstein, The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible

The human souls know intuitively the transforming power of good storys. This is probably the reason why people have an infinite desire for good storys, those great jewels of our highest imagination. There are enough bad stories in the world, but never enough good stories. We need stories that inspire goodness, faith and hope in the heart of humanity, to see and realize our potential and overcome evil with good:

“… If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink. For in so doing, you will heap burning coals on his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. “ (Romans 12:21)

Such is the power of faith.

“The way to get rid of darkness is with light; the way to overcome cold is with heat; the way to overcome the negative thought is to substitute the good thought. Affirm the good, and the bad will vanish” ~ Joseph Murphy, The Power of Your Subconscious Mind

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We can differentiate thoughts into two classes: thoughts that belong to the world of thought alone and thoughts that express itself in our daily life through action, deeds and virtues. Our thoughts can only have a real impact, if we become the embodiment of our thoughts. If Faith permeates our whole life and the center of our being, it can raise the whole world to a higher level: our thoughts become things. We all can work “miracles“, they occur naturally as expressions of love and goodness – we only must take the leap of faith that is necessary. The first step is to change our own mind (invisible) and the second step is the expression of our new state of mind through our way of life (visible). Your state of mind matters!

© mark david vinzens

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