Friday, 17 August 2012 09:51

Victory Over the Ordeal of Dying

A question was asked at a recent gathering that deserves a more elaborated answer than could be offered in that setting. The question was, “What is the meaning of the phrase, ‘washed in the blood of the Lamb’?” Since this refers to a core doctrine of Christianity, the Atonement, which has universal archetypal meaning, it has profound significance for all of us, not just Christians, and especially in this historic moment.

The Sat Yoga interpretation of the phrase will of course differ from the usual Christian ones, and is only concerned with the deepest esoteric dimension of the issue. This dimension does not refer to the historic Jesus, nor to the factuality of the Roman practice of crucifixion, nor to the alleged application of this form of execution in the case of one Rab Yeshua. The fetish of facts, or making facts into factishes (as the French writer Bruno Latour calls them) is not a form of worship favored by yogis on the inward quest.

At the esoteric level, the notion of being washed in the blood of the Lamb is recognized as a metaphor for the conjunction of several different stages in our ascendant psycho-spiritual growth. It also applies to the macrocosm as well as the microcosm.

On the individual level, the Lamb symbolizes the fully transformed human ego.  It is white, meaning it has become purified of all sin, all narcissism and egocentricity, all pathology and passion. The Lamb is non-violent, completely non-aggressive, free even of angry thoughts or the emotion of frustration. The Lamb does not demonize the other, nor project negativity on anyone. The Lamb is free of guilt, motivated by divine love, and lives to serve those who suffer. The Lamb is willing to turn the other cheek whenever slapped, without retaliating, without sulking, without rejecting the other. The Lamb is willing to die rather than to kill.

The Lamb is a human being who can fearlessly, serenely, lovingly face the ordeals of life, including, aging, sickness, losses of every kind, dying, and death. This is the meaning of living in faith, empowerment, acceptance, and bliss. It is not a matter of stoic impassivity and resistance, but a full surrender to the Source of consciousness and life, utter non-resistance and non-avoidance of the Real.

In yogic terms, the Lamb is the ego that has reached its most sattvic level of soul-consciousness. In fact, one could say that the ego has morphed into pure soul. But consciousness is still bound by identification as an individual in a world of multiplicity. The soul is still bound to the wheel of reincarnation. There is still a higher stage of God-realization to be attained: the revelation of non-duality.

This is the ascent from soul to Spirit. Consciousness, at the level of the Holy Spirit, sheds the last illusions of difference, separation, and individuality; the fundamental illusions of time and space, the illusions of matter, world, and God as Other; there is sudden, eternal realization of the One without a second. As the Vedic mahavakya puts it: Tat tuam asi, Thou art That.

This shedding of soul consciousness is the final death before the deathless state is won. Thus the blood of the Lamb is the sacrifice unto the Absolute of the immaculate soul that seeks only the supreme goodness. This act of self-sacrifice is the complete purification of consciousness, thus it is the act of being washed—in the blood sacrifice of the pure soul in union with the Absolute.

In the world of multiplicity, the achievement of the sacrifice of the Lamb—known as the Supreme Liberation—transmits blessings to all sentient beings. The energy field emanated by such a liberated avatar produces standing waves of divine healing love. This is why the places where enlightened sages lived and died often become pilgrimage destinations.  Many miraculous healings have been reported by devotees to take place in such locations.  

In addition, the message of such an attainment of liberation in life acts as an inspiration and a teaching for others who can then translate the meaning of their own lives into a higher key, that of the realization of union with God. On the historic level, such an event can even give birth to a new religion, as was the case with the ascension of Yeshua.

This message is of particular relevance today, when not only each individual human being must face the ordeals of suffering and dying, but we are on the brink of planetary death as well. To fully recognize the mass die-off of innumerable species of life forms, and the imminent extinction of human beings in a slow-motion orgy of collective suicide, to be concluded with the big bang of global thermonuclear war, should not only sober us up, but should inspire an inward search for the meaning of this approaching doomsday. If there was ever a time when it is imperative to be washed in the blood of the Lamb, it is now.

Only from the eternal panoramic view of the Holy Spirit and Her infinite intelligence, from the perspective of what the Eastern Christians call Sophia, the wisdom of God, can we fully understand this apocalyptic event.

On this cosmic level, the blood of the Lamb refers to the unconcealment of the Supreme Presence of God through ripping away the obscuring veil of the world itself. Once it comes about that nearly all human bodies are instantly and simultaneously incinerated in the holocaust of anthropocidal war, the ego game will be over, and Gaian consciousness will be entirely released from her entrapment in the cognitive labyrinth of the human evolutionary experiment. Nature will be free to re-invent herself.

The word doom originally meant a census taking. On doomsday, all soul sparks are released from their bodies and return to God to be counted. All will be called Home, but a few—those who achieved liberation voluntarily through their loyalty to God and reunion with the Holy Spirit, those already washed in the blood of the Lamb—will be chosen to continue life on our sacred Earth, at a higher, purer, divine level of unitive consciousness.

Thus shall ensue the kingdom of heaven on Earth. This Pure Land has been called by many names: Sat Yuga, Swarga, Sukhavati, Sach Khand, the Garden of Eden, Paradise, and too many others to list. This is the story that has long been told, by every religious tradition. Now it is to be lived in the Real. So let us offer to Nature what is Nature’s, and to God what is God’s. Let us all now be washed in the blood of the Lamb.

Namaste,

Shunyamurti
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