Flowers, Fanatics, and other Distances from Divinity

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Some measure of evil, or not Life, is born with incarnation, with the taking of form, with leaving the “father’s home,” with separation from divinity. Illusion, the virtual synonym, comes into being with this separation. And so it is said that everything external is maya, being other than the pure light of source. This formulation has a certain value, but by it alone we cannot find our place between the candle and the star because all manifestations are relative.

A flower is not as remote from divinity as the cruelty of fanatics. Yet both are manifestations other than or apart from absolute Life or divinity. We may say the flower and the cruel man are illusions, and so they are, but they are not equal. So we find that the most abstract concept of good and evil, yielding as it does a simple binary, corresponds poorly to daily life and required decisions. We must, standing somewhere between the candle and the star, bring righteous to decisions.

In love and wisdom there is movement toward life and light. This orientation is the antithesis of evil and the basis of right choice.

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2 thoughts on “Flowers, Fanatics, and other Distances from Divinity

  1. Love and wisdom sounds like a fantastic combination. I believe you are saying that the choice to do evil resides within each of us at time of birth. I agree with that theory and feel that without that element man would have been no more than a robot obeying without question. It seems that God wanted obedience through love which proves man is capable of making that decision but only because of wisdom gained.

    • We are in roughly the same direction here, though your last line is an anthropomorphic way of expressing it. I use a different language and arrive at a somewhat different turn of thought.

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