Monday, November 2, 2009
The Perennial Philosophy
"Every human being can thus become an Avatar by adoption, but not by his unaided efforts. He must be shown the way, and he must be aided by divine grace. That men and women may be thus instructed and helped, the Godhead assumes the form of an ordinary human being who has to earn deliverance, and enlightenment in the way that is prescribed by the divine Nature of Things - namely by charity, by a total dying to self, and a total one-pointed awareness. Thus enlightened, the Avatar can reveal the way of enlightenment to otheres and help them actually to become what they already potentially are. And of course the eternity which transforms us into Ourselves is not the experience of mere persistence after bodily death. There will be no experience of timeless Reality then, unless there is the same or a similar knowledge within the world of time and matter. By precept and by example, the Avatar teaches that this transforming knowledge is possible, that all sentient beings are called to it and that, sooner or later, in one way or another, all must finally come to it."