Question: You talk about God and devotion. Doesn’t this imply duality; devotee and the object of devotion?

This is subtle and difficult to understand. God can be understood through two modes: Abstract and objective. We all start off the same way, which is identified with form (mainly body and mind or the objective aspect). This is easily verified in all children. Therefore, we only know our self as God in the objective form. My life, my body, my thoughts, my opinions, etc.; all tightly packaged in my name. The very nature of form is that it is breaking down; so it feels as if “I” am decaying and we see that death awaits all. This gives birth to the question: Who am I in spite of this “objective me?” If the inquiry is earnest, one gets a glimpse of their abstract nature which reveals the non-transient or eternal aspect of our self as God.
Nevertheless, doubt continues as the strength of one’s experience as That is still weak, though it has been validated through these small glimpses. Further investigation reveals that the “transient me,” is an expression of the Eternal Abstract Intelligence. This “me” or transient aspect of God, then begins to devote itself exclusively to its own eternal aspect. This creates the proper conditions to reunite the lover (objective) with their Beloved (abstract). Which results in the realization that God is both the devotee and the object of devotion.
Therefore, it is by design that God covers itself in ignorance, goes through the pains and trials of form, seeks out a teacher, learns the truth and finds liberation. This is Its chief power, and this cycle happens by the mystery of divine intent.

 

-Atreya Thomas

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