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

1 "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."

2 "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)."

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

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

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

6 "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."

7 "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."

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

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

10 "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."

11 "Ethics is rooted in the dynamism of love."

12 "Human freedom consists in knowing the unity of atman (the Self) and the cosmic order."

13 "Christ is always already present, for he is the light that enlightens every person coming into the world (John 1:9)."

14 "Perfection is uninterrupted resonance in God."

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

16 "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."

17 "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."

18 "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."

19 "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.)."

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

21 "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."

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

23 "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."

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

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite