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The Unity of Reality
Michael vonBruck
God, God-Experience, and meditation in the Hindu-Christian dialogue

1 "Science recognizes today the interrelationality of the universe. Relativity theory, quantum physics, post-Darwinian models of evolution, psychosomatic medicine, parapsychological research, biofeedback and, most of all, experience with Yoga and meditation support this basic vision."

2 "God is the human person's true being."

3 "The Son is being, realized. Through him everything exists (Romans 11:36; 1 Cor. 8:6; Col. 1:16). This statement implies a temporal eternity or eternal temporality, i.e., tempiternity, in the Son. He is the realization of the Father and therefore the visibility (John 14:9) or the being of the Father. He manifests God's perfect transcendence as immanent and through his being points to transcendence. As immanent transcendence he is being's eternal transcending being in the trinitarian self-realization of God."

4 "The Absolute is in all experiences for there is nothing which is not an explication or manifestation of what we call the Absolute….the Absolute is not the sum of all the parts, but the unity of part and whole."

5 "The freedom of the one reality is the self-determination to realize love."

6 "The world…is God's creation and, as such, is a determined moment in God's self-realization."

7 "Our 'own' consciousness is like a light which is switched on in the meeting with another. What is new in today's interreligious situation could be described as a worldwide and conscious application of this principle to interreligious dialogue, with the goal of cooperation in all areas of life."

8 "It could be said that Jesus' experience both contains advaitic [non-dualistic] experience and proceeds towards a goal. It reaches its climax in the union of a personal encounter: i.e., it is in a perpetual dynamic of becoming one."

9 "Freedom is the awareness of the basis of life and life lived in rhythm with this basis."

10 "Humans are a true mirror-image of God. They project the manifold, but remain one and also know it, or at least can come to know it, because their true nature as pure consciousness is the integrating power of the One."

11 "When the dialogue partner becomes for me a source of my own self-understanding, he/she is also a source of my understanding of God."

12 "Ethics has its basis not in a forever grounded ought, but in a real transformation, which includes being aware of the interdependence of all being."

13 "Love is the very structure of the one reality."

14 "The personal center of the individual is essentially the Self (atman), which is beyond the particularities of physical-psychic-mental life or of any changeable things or of change as such."

15 "Since eschatological fulfillment refers to the true nature of creation and the divine will which is expressed in it, the significance of the 'communio sanctorum' [sacred community] is universal. It is realized by the power of the Spirit, who cannot be contained by human ideas and institutional borders. It is a communion of 'men and women of good will' (Luke 2:14). And this is manifested in various religions as well as in secular societies, and to an extent in every human heart."

16 "Intuitive knowledge of the One is the pinnacle of spiritual fulfillment."

17 "Everything is grounded in consciousness of the whole. The whole is always there and awaits our receptivity."

18 "It is not so much a question of finding in the partner's position analogous terms for one's own system. Rather, we try to clarify equivalent functions of our own practices, symbols and terms, in order to recognize, adapt, and fulfill the existential MEANING of religious reality which comes to light in the encounter."

19 "Our lives reflect divine creativity. Through our relationship to all other forms or manifestations of divine life we are continually expanding, concretizing, and realizing God's creativity."

20 "God as creator cannot be experienced in any other way than as an ever present milieu."

21 "Perfection is uninterrupted resonance in God."

22 "Reality in itself is not a dead tranquility, nor a mechanical process, but expansiveness and the attraction of love."

23 "Through the unifying power of love of the Spirit, creation reaches completion; i.e., it attains its essence."

24 "God is the ground and mystery of creation who binds himself to forms yet is not held bound by them."

25 "Insofar as humans become aware of being and recognize atman they realize not only their own identity -…but they also integrate the polarity of difference and identity in the participatory act of lovingly becoming one."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite