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

1 "The peace of God is a unity which is realized in the process of love."

2 "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."

3 "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.)"

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

5 "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."

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

7 "Perfection is uninterrupted resonance in God."

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

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

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

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

12 "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.)."

13 "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."

14 "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."

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

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

20 "Each person's destiny is truly integrated into a final beyond-individual and transpersonal connectedness of the one reality."

21 "Brahman is one and is everything, above everything, outside everything, beyond everything and yet in everything….Brahman is the real self of all beings."

22 "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."

23 "On the grounds of a basic unity or karmic connectedness of all things, nothing can be lost, nothing can be outside."

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

25 "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."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite