“All men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil. The only sin is pride.”
The Mystical Core of the Great Traditions
Here are nine points agreed upon by mystics of all the great traditions
1. All mystics agree that Ultimate Reality–whether It is called Allah, Brahman, Buddha-nature, En-sof, God, or the Tao–
cannot be grasped by thought or expressed in words.
2. The reason Ultimate Reality cannot be grasped by thought or communicated in words is that thoughts and words, by definition, create distinctions and, hence, duality.
3. Although mystics cannot define Ultimate Reality in words, they still use words to point to That which is beyond words.
4. Although mystics say Ultimate Reality is not a thing, they also agree that this emptiness or no-thingness is not a mere vacuum
5. Mystics of all traditions agree that when distinctions created by imagination are taken to be real–especially the distinction between ‘subject’ and ‘object’, ‘I’ and ‘other’, ‘self’ and ‘world’–we lose sight of the Ultimate Nature of Reality and fall into delusion.
6. The fact that distinctions are not ultimately real means that we are not truly separate selves.
7. Although the Truth of one’s identity with Ultimate Reality cannot be grasped by thought, all mystics testify that It can be Realized or Recognized through a Gnostic Awakening (Enlightenment) which by-passes the thinking mind altogether.
8. All mystics agree that Realizing our Identity with this Ultimate Reality brings freedom from suffering and death.
9. Finally, mystics of all traditions agree that their teachings about the Ultimate Nature of Reality should not be taken on faith alone. -follow my teachings, and you are truly my disciple- JC