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

It is You on the Cross

If you are set on the revelation of the highest truth, than you must embody your ego and nail it to the cross of your life. It is this mass conglomeration of my demands, dreams, opinions, desires, impulses, and sense of exclusiveness that masquerades as your first name, which corrupts the heart and must be laid bare so one may be filled with that Perfect Love which gives life to all things, times and places; and makes holy even the smallest act or gesture.

-Atreya Thomas

Devotional Love

It happens when we stop chasing and trying to love outer experiences and things. It does not mean we abandon our life. Rather, it is seeing it for what it is: transient. Then we start to turn inward and we must meet the marginalized aspects of our self. If we persevere through this, we get a glimpse of the Inner Beloved. Once felt, a natural love for It blooms and true devotion ensues. Then one pursues It internally to the exclusion of all other things; while allowing outer life to go on unobstructed.

-Atreya Thomas

Exclusive Devotion

Love the Ground and you will inadvertently love all things that spring from It without having to pick through the details, which traps one in the endless cycle of judgement and choice. Make one choice: exclusive devotion to the Source. Which has been validated to be trustworthy by every Sage, over and over again; and makes up the sole purport of every earnest teaching.

-Atreya Thomas

Love the Source

If you try to love all things you will come up short. Rather, fall in love with the source of all things and you will see your Beloved in the midst of all human activity and emotion. From the most pleasurable to the most painful. In deep anxiety and in deep joy.

-Atreya Thomas

What is the purpose of spiritual seeking?

To reconcile the relationship between the known and the unknown. The transient and the eternal. The guru and disciple. The frown and the smile. The male and female. Life and Death. Matter and spirit.

These seemingly opposite qualities of life are perceived as having distinct and separate causes; giving them a sense of exclusiveness which puts them in natural conflict. This relationship of opposites cannot be reconciled through mediation, compromise, or “give and take.”

The purpose of the seeker is to come in contact with the Cause for both. Which is the Great Reconciliator.

With great perseverance the seeker must surrender every form of internal and external phenomenon to the inquiry: Who am I in spite of these thoughts and sensations?  What is unchanging amongst all this flux? If there is a Final Cause for All, it should be present right now! I will sit and just look with relentless perseverance!

There must be a strong abiding laser like intent that is willing to die for that answer.