The Unity of Reality Michael vonBruck God, God-Experience, and meditation in the Hindu-Christian dialogue
"God is the human person's true being."
"Each person's destiny is truly integrated into a final beyond-individual and transpersonal connectedness 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."
"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."
"Christ is always already present, for he is the light that enlightens every person coming into the world (John 1:9)."
"Everything that exists, exists in God whose life it shares."
"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."
"Through the unifying power of love of the Spirit, creation reaches completion; i.e., it attains its essence."
"The freedom of the one reality is the self-determination to realize love."
"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."
"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."
"Reality in itself is not a dead tranquility, nor a mechanical process, but expansiveness and the attraction of love."
"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."
"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."
"Intuitive knowledge of the One is the pinnacle of spiritual fulfillment."
"God is continuously realizing himself in the whole of creation."
"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."
"God is relationship within the moments of one movement which constitutes his being."
"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."
"Everything is grounded in consciousness of the whole. The whole is always there and awaits our receptivity."
"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."
"Brahman is one and is everything, above everything, outside everything, beyond everything and yet in everything….Brahman is the real self of all beings."
"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."
"God is the ground and mystery of creation who binds himself to forms yet is not held bound by them."