Br.John Martin Sahajananda  


There are two ways of living our life: from our emptiness and from our Fullness. Living from our emptiness means living from the ignorance of our true nature, from which come desires and by fulfilling which we fill our emptiness. Living from our emptiness is like a water pond that has no source in itself but fills itself from the water that flows into it from outside. It does not have meaning in itself but receives from outside. Living from our fullness is living from our true self or God. It is like a pond that has source inside of itself and the water overflows from its fullness. It has its meaning inside.

We, human beings, have two identities: one identity that comes from time and space and another identity that comes from beyond time and space, from eternity. The first identity can be again divided into two: physical identity and collective identity. The second one can be again divided into two: universal identity and eternal or infinite identity or God. So we have four identities.

We receive our physical identity from our physical parents. If we continue to go backwards our physical identity comes from the Big Bang. With the Big Bang time and space began and the evolution of the matter into human beings capable of self consciousness. With the appearance of self consciousness we have another evolution which is to search for the meaning of life. This search for the meaning of life is the source of all rituals, all scriptures, all religions and all philosophies. From the evolution of the matter we receive our physical identity and from the evolution of meaning of life we receive our religious identity.  These two identities belong to time and space. Physical  identity can be described as earth consciousness, identifying with the matter;  and religious identity can be described as cloud consciousness, as truth is clouded by our belief systems.

What was before Big Bang? What is the purpose of physical evolution and the evolution for the meaning of life? Before Big Bang was desire. What was this desire? This desire was to become conscious of our divine identity: to become like God. It was this desire  that propelled the material evolution until a suitable body and mind that are capable of self consciousness evolved. With the arrival of self consciousness begins the evolution for the meaning of life. When this evolution reaches its climax in the individuals then a break through takes place from the identities that come from time and space to the identities that are beyond time and space: universal identity and  infinite identity. The universal identity can be described as moon consciousness that reflects the eternity. The infinite identity can be described as Sun consciousness that radiates from its fullness. These two identities were there before the Big Bang, before the scriptures and religions began. To discover these identities is to go beyond the Big Bang, to go beyond all scriptures, all religions and all philosophies. It is to go beyond all the identities that the time has produced. Then the time becomes a vehicle to manifest eternity. The identities that belong to time and space become vehicles to manifest the life of eternity that is fullness. The purpose of time and evolution is fulfilled. The Upanishad sages, the Buddha, the Christ and all the enlightened masters have made this break through from their temporal identities to the eternal identity. They lived their lives from their true self or God or Fullness. Jesus Christ called this life: the kingdom of God. He exhorted people to be born again. “Unless you are born again, you cannot enter into the kingdom of God”, Jesus told Nicodemus. Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand, Jesus proclaimed his good news. Repentance or rebirth means to discover our identity that is beyond time and space. It is discovering our divine identity. For this we need to transcend our identities that come from time and space and transform them as vehicles for our eternal identity.


What does it mean to live from our true Self? Or Fullness?

Our true self is one but we can describe it in many ways.


Unity: living from our true self or God is living the life of unity.  It is realising our unity with the whole of creation and God.In this unity we discover that there is only One  Way, One Truth, One Life.


Trinity: It is living in the non-dualistic relations. It is God in us relating with God in the others. It is God loving God. In every relationship there are the Trinity of giver, receiver and received. In the non-dualistic relationships all three are God. The giver is God, the receiver is God and the received is God. Unity manifests in Trinity. Love means Trinity.


Fullness: our true self or God is fullness. Our true self lacks nothing. It loses nothing. It's actions does not add anything to it and does not make it to lose anything. All the actions that come from Fullness bear the trace of fullness. From Fullness comes fullness but Fullness always remains, say the Upanishad sages.


Unfolding: fullness unfolds it's being. Unfolding is the opposite of becoming. Becoming is meant to fill one’s emptiness. Our true self does not become but unfolds.


Freedom: our true self is free. It is free from the past and future. It is free from time and all the compulsions of time. It is freedom from becoming. It is freedom from scriptures, religions and philosophies.


Eternal: our true self is eternal. Eternity incarnates. Incarnation is eternity manifesting in time and space in a creative way, each moment. It does not reincarnate. Reincarnation is the movement from the past into the present and then going into the future.


Life of God in us: living from our true self is living the life of God is us. It is the kingdom of God.


Transformation: living from our fullness is the transformation of our ordinary life into the life God, our ordinary actions into the actions of God and our children into God’s  children.


Humility:  it is the life of humility. Life from the true self does not seek authority over the others. In fact there are no others essentially but functionally. This helps everyone to discover their fullness and live from that fullness. It washes the feet of others.

Pilgrim: living from our fullness is living a life of pilgrimage. It is not our pilgrimage but God’s pilgrimage. It is a pilgrimage from God to God, from fullness to fullness.


These are all different ways we can describe the life from our true self. Each attribute contains the other attributes also. If we discover one attribute we discover others also. It is our vocation, as human beings, to transcend the life of emptiness and enter into the life of fullness.




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