The Unity of Reality Michael vonBruck God, God-Experience, and meditation in the Hindu-Christian dialogue
"Freedom is the awareness of the basis of life and life lived in rhythm with this basis."
"God is continuously realizing himself in the whole of creation."
"God is the unity of all moments of time….God is the absolute now."
"God is the ground and mystery of creation who binds himself to forms yet is not held bound by them."
"The peace of God is a unity which is realized in the process of love."
"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."
"Unifying love fully reaches its goal in a suprahistorical being-with and being-in that involves both God and humans. For God is so fully present to and in all that no other source of light is needed to enable us to live and be enlightened (Rev. 22:5)."
"God is at one and the same time and in the same circumstances the ground and the goal of reality. This can be illustrated in the following way: we frequently imagine reality as a ladder of cosmic evolution. God is not only the highest rung of the ladder, but also the material out of which it is constructed as well as its structure and its transendent ground that makes everything possible."
"The divinity is One reality which, because of our manner of seeing it, appears in different hypostases which are perfect in themselves."
"There is no chaos, forsaken by God, but only the one reality as an ordered whole, filled with divine power."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Only when we can treat others….as a thou and as a source for our self-understanding is true brotherhood/sisterhood possible between all peoples."
"In an image from the German mystics, human life is like a flower, which willingly unfolds in order to receive the rays of the sun."
"The eternal is IN the temporal and the temporal IN the eternal."
"Being crucified with Christ in order to share in the resurrection produces a new advaitic (non-dual) identity beyond our denial of self. I am no longer cut off from others as an individual self, but am now joined to the process of God's self-realization: this is the ground and goal of my life (John 12:25; Romans 6:3ff.; Gal. 2:19f.; Col. 2:12f.)"
"Reality is a self-differentiated whole. The ground of the wholeness is God, who manifests himself at various levels, each of which forms a relative wholeness and reacts with the others."
"Intuitive knowledge of the One is the pinnacle of spiritual fulfillment."
"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."
"God is relationship within the moments of one movement which constitutes his being."
"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."
"Love is the very structure of the one reality."
"Whoever recognizes in atman (the Self) the unity of reality is free from fear. For fear arises when there is an other who poses a threat. But atman is knowledge, and for it there is no other that is not already essentially a self. Non-dulaity is freedom from fear."
"Human freedom consists in knowing the unity of atman (the Self) and the cosmic order."