April 17, 2019

Cutting Through Fallacies About God

The buddhas are consistent in teaching the ultimate characteristic-less-ness of God. If a person finds this difficult to accept, however, then they might see the universes and phenomena not only as his creation, but as his characteristics. A beginner in spirituality might interpret this to mean that only positive aspects of creation, such as heaven, are God's externalization—an advanced student sees something else altogether. However, the dharmakaya in and of itself, God, has no characteristics, which means there is no description for God, the ultimate truth of all phenomena.

Even the word we use spelled ‘G-o-d’ is but a mere label and again, not any sort of characteristic of the basis of all things. Lao Tzu said there is no word that can describe it, but to give it a name we call it ‘Tao.’ Alternatively, we could call it ‘buddha nature’ or ‘dharmakaya.’ This most important subject, Tao/God/ dharmakaya, transcends any special and elite qualities such as big, powerful, mighty or ‘the One,’ although these kinds of terms and styled, dynamic god-type characteristics have been taught for provisional purposes to benefit certain people.

When somebody comes into the lotus of a true esoteric wisdom school, if they request and may be able to respond, they are given the empowerment of the higher self, which is dharmakaya empowerment. Some people recognize the empowerment but don't practice it. Occasionally, there are a few who practice it and continue to recognize their nature. They realize in the momentary scraping away of obscuration that their own nature is characteristic-less-ness. The false teachings of TV celebrities, the media, politics and displacement religions generally encourage trying to acquire more powerful and pleasant characteristics. Authentic religions don’t advise trying to get rid of characteristics, but rather, to gain familiarity with ‘spirit,’ that which transcends characteristics.

If a person talks about mystic being too much, they tend to cheapen it. In the state of meditation or upon receiving empowerment we can realize our nature is amazing. We might see it as a luminous presence, beingness, love, great compassion or pure freedom. Someone might think, "Aha, those are characteristics. John, the disciple, said, 'God is love,' so God has characteristics." Let's put it this way: God is not any of the love that people normally consider to be love. The experience of God's love transcends, yet there is a similarity to, animal and human love, sex, attraction, lust, passion.

There is a wondrous, ultimate truth that transcends each ray. There are seven rays of will, love/wisdom, active intelligence, harmony through conflict, concrete science, idealism, and ceremonial order, respectively. Those are different types of orientations built into the system, and the nature of those various creativities is pure and comes from God. God didn't come with those things: all the things of the world arose out of God.

The tathagata is God. There are various honorific names for a buddha, but a buddha is also a tathagata. ‘Tathagata’ means that he transcends our understanding—he can come and go, yet he transcends coming and going, as Jesus did: at first Jesus just seemed like a regular guy. Then he started doing some miracles, but to some he just seemed like a regular guy doing miracles. Then he died and seemed like a regular guy. There were storms and earthquakes, and then he came back and no longer seemed like a regular guy. Then he left and came back yet again, and at that point he definitely didn't seem like a regular guy. At first we may not understand Christ as a tathagata, but by the time of Pentecost we realize that he in fact is the tathagata. He transcends being here and not being here. A buddha can be both God and man. As Jesus said, "I and the Father are one."

What is the best way to overcome fear of sunyata? Realize that it is not a blank emptiness at all, so what we are afraid of doesn't exist. We don't have to worry about form. Only by having faith in dharmakaya can we transcend believing in this world only. Nowadays people are taught a post-modern, inverted idea of the world and mistakenly believe that spirit comes out of form. On the contrary, every phenomenon emerges from Tao.

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