Riddles

Riddles


Mutually contradictory or ‘impossible’ statements are used by numerous meditative traditions as passages for contemplation. The purpose is to take the mind beyond common logic, and bring opposite concepts to  a unification in transcendence. One may be required to unravel the riddle till a spiritual breakthrough and transformation of consciousness has occurred. This is again true of all contemplative systems.

 

How does spiritually reconcile the opposite statements:

“There is a God. “There is no God.”
“There is a Self.” There is no Self.”

How does one begin to understand Kabir when he sings of:

The ant that carries away an elephant,
or the Koan,
The shore (or the bridge) flowed,
The river stood still.

Sometimes I went to my Master with a simple question about practical matters, asking:

“Should I do it this way, or that way?”

And his reply would come in a deep voice arising out of the heart:

Yeeeessss, indeeeed.”

I was meant to unravel such a reply.
What is the meaning of Jesus saying:

“Before Abraham was, I am.”

1 Comment

  1. andras

    Thank You Swamiji for Your inspiring writing!

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