Pepijn Sweep;128572 wrote:
Is being a Brahman a proffession? I was allways interested in India, since high-school/ I agree on limited power of understanding as being a problem.
Being "a Brahman" is divine, one way or another. Being a Brahmin is an act of central caste-ing. Brahmins are the priest caste, Brahman is a god, and the Brahman is the Absolute Transcendent Unity, the high god of which all the 330 million lesser gods are incarnations, avatars, partial manifestations. On the other hand, Brahms was an excellent classical composer. :-)
---------- Post added 03-08-2010 at 07:15 PM ----------
I have long been a student of religion and have loved the mystical eastern religions, especially the monist theologies. But it was only a few years ago that I had an interesting insight which many of you may have realized almost immediately.
I was reading about the big bang when I read that the time-space continuum is born with the universe, is intrinsic to the universe, and did not exist outside the universe. Therefore the big bang is not only the beginning of space but also the beginning of time. Even though there is no time before the universe, there must be some initial condition or state from which the universe arises. It is not possible that a universe should come from absolute nothing. Though it appear as nothing in all other respects, it must still have the limitless potentials that are actualized over space and time within the universe. So I asked myself, what can we know about this something, this initial condition that existed before the space-time universe? What manner of existence can there be outside of space and time?
To answer my questions, I simply removed all qualities and properties that derive from space or time. There can surely be no size or shape where there is no space. Nor can there be any location. Whatever exists outside the universe can be neither here nor there. There can be no number without space, so existence must be absolute unity, undivided and indiscriminate, undifferentiated, an absolute one without other. Multipicity is impossible. Without time, there can be no change, no motion; no process or activity may occur. Existence must be immutable. Because it cannot change from one state to another, there can be no beginning or end of this existence. Such an existence may be or it may not be, but if it is not it cannot become, and if it is it may never cease. Therefore it is a necessary existence, an existence that is completely explained by the very nature of its being.
So you see, existence outside of time and space may only be described by the same terms that mystics have for ages used to describe (especially the monist) God. I found this insight to be quite striking. Outside of space and time, everything exists in the same "here" of space and the same "now" of time. This necessarily gives existence the character of potentiality, hidden and latent. Then, in the space-time bubble of the universe, all this existence, all this potential being is distributed across space and time so that it all has a given location in a given span of time. Thus unity is revealed as multiplicity, dynamic diversity and flux.
Is this not an intriguing happenstance? Perhaps what some of us have seen all throughout our history, and to which we have given the name, God, has been that essential truth of our reality: that all multiplicity derives from absolute unity.
There is a mantra to this effect...
All that is is God.
God is all that is.
Nothing is that is not God.
What is not God is not.