God Is Near at Hand to Each of Us

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Cheon Seong Gyeong 128

When God reaches the point where
He can embrace both vertical and hor-
izontal love, He will finally make the
transition to the age when He can go
beyond the world into the central posi-
tion and reorganize the original, ideal
authority. Then He will say, “Every-
thing is done.” (177-345, 1988.5.22)

Cheon Seong Gyeong 1661

Ideally, Adam and Eve as a loving
couple giving birth to a child would
be the same as standing in God’s posi-
tion as the Parent, wherein His invisi-
ble Self, that is His internal nature and
external form, united and lovingly cre-
ated His children. The first Creator, the
invisible God, created Adam and Eve as
the visible second creators, and by their
giving birth to children from the posi-
tion of substantial second gods, they
are elevated to the position of parents.
Through these young children’s growth,
God’s past history is displayed substan-
tially, which also includes Adam and
Eve’s infancy, siblinghood, matrimony
and parenthood. Thus, parents desire
to love and be close to their children
because they are their second selves. (258-
240, 1994.3.20)

World Scripture and the Teachings of
Sun Myung Moon

Part 1
God and Creation

Chapter 1
God

Immanent and Dwelling within the Heart

Abiding within the heart, God is near at hand to each of us, if only we would notice. In the Bible, God’s immanence is described in the revelation to Elijah, where instead of a grand manifestation in earthquake and storm, God appeared as “a still small voice.” Through faith and humility we can sense God’s presence within. Yet God is in fact near to all, even though most are blind and deaf to His reality. In the Abrahamic religions, God’s immanence rarely leads to identification with the soul itself, but Eastern traditions teach more thoroughgoing notions of divine immanence. Sufis interpret the qur’anic parable of the Lamp as expressing God’s presence in the heart as a light illuminating the body. In Hinduism, divine immanence is ontological: Ultimate Reality is the Self, the Atman. In Buddhism, it is realization by the mind of its true nature: the Essence of Mind (Tathata) or Buddha-nature. Yet these conceptions in no way make a simple identification of God with the individual soul (jiva), which is beclouded and deluded by an egoistic sense of self; see also Chapter 7: Enlightenment. The complete realization of the God within is a potential and ideal, because that is our God-given purpose. As Father Moon teaches, God created each of us to encompass the universe and correspond with God’s heart.

Behold, the kingdom of God is within you. Luke 17.21

We indeed created man; and We know what his soul whispers within him, and We are nearer to him than the jugular vein. Qur’an 50.16

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And before him no creature is hidden, but all are open and laid bare to the eyes of him with whom we have to do. Hebrews 4.12-13

That mind which gives life to all the people in the world— such is the very mind which nourishes me! Moritake Arakida, One Hundred Poems about the World (Shinto)

Why do you go to the forest in search of God? He lives in all and is yet ever distinct; He abides with you, too, As a fragrance dwells in a flower, And reflection in a mirror; So does God dwell inside everything; Seek Him, therefore, in your heart. Adi Granth, Dhanasri, M.9, p. 684 (Sikhism)

For thus says the high and lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy, “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite.” Isaiah 57.15

In the golden city of the heart dwells The Lord of Love, without parts, without stain. Know him as the radiant light of lights. There shines not the sun, neither moon nor star, Nor flash of lightning, nor fire lit on earth. The Lord is the light reflected by all. He shining, everything shines after him. Mundaka Upanishad 2.2.10-11

God is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The parable of His Light is as if there were a Niche, and within it a Lamp; the Lamp enclosed in Glass: The Glass as it were a brilliant star: Lit from a blessed Tree, an olive neither of the East nor of the West, whose oil is well-nigh luminous, though fire scarce touched it. Light upon Light! God guides whom He will to His Light: God sets forth parables for men, and God knows all things. Qur’an 24.35

The Lord takes his stand upon hearing, sight, touch, taste, smell, and upon the mind. He enjoys what mind and senses enjoy. Deluded men cannot trace his course. Only the eye of wisdom sees him clothed in the states of existence, going forth, being in the body, or taking in experience. Disciplined men can also make an effort and see his presence in themselves. Bhagavad-Gita 15.9-11 (Hinduism)

I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. John 14.20

Daibai asked Baso, “What is Buddha?” Baso answered, “This very mind is the Buddha.” Mumonkan 30 (Buddhism)

Within our Essence of Mind the Three Bodies of Buddha (Trikaya) are to be found, and they are common to everybody. Because the mind labors under delusions, he knows not his own inner nature; and the result is that he ignores the Trikaya within himself, erroneously believing that they are to be sought from without. Within yourself you will find the Trikaya which, being the manifestation of the Essence of Mind, are not to be sought from without.17 Sutra of Hui Neng 6 (Buddhism)

God said to Elijah… “Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.18 1 Kings 19.11-12

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