Saturday, 3 November 2012

Are you ego-istical? - Abdu'l-Baha & Ken Wilber teachings


Ken Wilber says;

"Evolution does not isolate us from the rest of the Kosmos, it unites us with the rest of the Kosmos: the same currents that produced birds from dust and poetry from rocks produce egos from ids and sages from egos." 
-- Integral Psychology , p. 192

The Baha'i Teacher Abdu'l-Baha has this to say;

The spirit of faith, the beloved, the spiritual ego, the friend, the adored one, the desired one, the rays of the sun of truth, the flame of reality, the radiations of the celestial world, the lord, the nightingale, etc., are all synonyms of the one reality of man.
(Abdu'l-Baha, Divine Philosophy, p. 29)
Wilber also has a new angle on the ego as perfect manifestation of the Divine;

The ego is not a thing but a subtle effort, and you cannot use effort to get rid of effort--you end up with two efforts instead of one. The ego itself is a perfect manifestation of the Divine, and it is best handled by resting in Freedom, not by trying to get rid of ego, which simply increases the effort of ego itself. 
-- One Taste , p. 256

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