Recognizing and celebrating our Condition of Irreducible Mystery.
“THE GREATEST OF ALL THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF 20TH-CENTURY SCIENCE has been the discovery of human ignorance.” Lewis Thomas, Lives of a Cell. “OUR IGNORANCE, OF COURSE, HAS ALWAYS BEEN WITH US, AND ALWAYS WILL BE. What is new is our awareness of it, our awakening to its fathomless dimensions, and it is this, more than anything else, that marks the coming of age of our species.” Timothy Ferris, Coming of Age in the Milky Way.
Saturday, August 8, 2015
the interaction or cooperation of two or more substances or agents to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects.
It comes as no surprise that love-devotional paths (e.g., bhakti yoga) and intuitive-insightful paths (e.g., jnana yoga) are naturally intertwined and synergistic.
Ramana Maharshi, an impressive living example of non-dual realization, strongly encouraged his disciples to explore the love-devotional aspect of Self-realization. Ramana himself was a devotee of Arunachala, a small mountain traditionally associated with the worship of Shiva; he claimed the mountain was his guru and he regularly made devotional circumambulations of it. The quarterly magazine of his ashram is "The Mountain Path."
Ramana's corollary is Sri Ramakrishna, the most famous bhakta of modern times. He was devoted to loving worship/remembrance of Kali (as Supreme Identity in the Form of Divine Mother). His most famous disciple, Vivekanada, said of Ramakrishna, "He was a bhakta on the outside, and a jnani on the inside; I am a jnana on the outside and a bhakta on the inside."
Like Vivekananda, whose name means "Bliss of Discernment" (between the essential and the non-essential), I am outwardly a jnani and inwardly a bhakta. Nearly all my writings come off as Zen-like, promoting the sheer, open, non-dual vision. But my total personality certainly does not lack a devotional side.
My latest book Eye of the Heart is a brief meditation that weds Bhakti and Jnana.