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Excerpted from The Direct Path by Andrew Harvey. Copyright 2000 by Andrew Harvey. Excerpted by permission of Broadway, a division of Random House, Inc.  All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.  HTML and web pages copyright by SpiritSite.com.
 


"We are all essentially children of the Divine and can realize that identity with our Source."

Andrew Harvey, The Direct Path, Part 2

When you look past the different terminologies employed by the different mystical systems, you see clearly that they are each talking about the same overwhelming truth--that we are all essentially children of the Divine and can realize that identity with our Source here on earth and in a body.

Although each of the mystical systems expresses it in subtly different ways, this realization that we can all have of our essential identity with the Divine is always described as a nondual one--that is, as a relationship in which we wake up to the overwhelming and glorious fact that our fundamental consciousness is "one" with the Divine Consciousness that is manifesting all things, all worlds, and all events. In other words, we are each of us parts of Godhead who, when we are aware of it, enter into a naked, nonconceptual identity-of-consciousness with the Source from which all things and all events are constantly streaming.

Each of the major systems has a different way of characterizing this astounding truth. Jesus in the Gospels says; "The Kingdom is within you." The seers of the Hindu Upanishads describe the awakening in three interrelated short formulas: tat tvam Asi, aham Brahmasmi, and sarvam Brahmasm, which mean "You are That," "You are Brahman," and "Everything that is is Brahman."

A Tibetan Buddhist, Nyoshul Khenpo Rinpoche, describes this nondual realization of essential unity with all things in the following way:

Profound and tranquil, free from complexity, Uncompounded luminous clarity, Beyond the mind of conceptual ideas This is the depth of the mind of the Victorious Ones. In this there is not a thing to be removed Nor anything that needs to be added. It is merely the immaculate Looking naturally at itself.

A great Sufi mystic, Rumi, speaks of the mystery of this union when he writes:

Love is here; it is the blood in my veins, my skin. I am destroyed; He has filled me with passion. His fire has flooded the nerves of my body Who am I? Just my name; the rest is him.

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