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

1 "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."

2 "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."

3 "God is the unity of all moments of time….God is the absolute now."

4 "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."

5 "Each partner is a light for the other and enables him/her to see better the depths of his/her own tradition. The religion of the partner is like a sounding board in which one's own terms and symbols acquire new over- or undertones."

6 "There is no chaos, forsaken by God, but only the one reality as an ordered whole, filled with divine power."

7 "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.)"

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

9 "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."

10 "God is continuously realizing himself in the whole of creation."

11 "Everything that exists, exists in God whose life it shares."

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

13 "The eternal is IN the temporal and the temporal IN the eternal."

14 "The divinity is One reality which, because of our manner of seeing it, appears in different hypostases which are perfect in themselves."

15 "The love of God is the unity of reality….God is love, and therefore the one who dwells in love knows that God is in him and he in God (1 John 4:9ff.)."

16 "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)."

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

18 "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."

19 "God is relationship within the moments of one movement which constitutes his being."

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

21 "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."

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

23 "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."

24 "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."

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite