Sunday, February 12, 2012
The Final Redemption in Judaism (II)
In the first part of this commentary (Jan 22, 2012 in this blog) we referred to allegorical and concrete definitions of the Final Redemption according to our Prophets and Sages. This time we focus on the dynamics of Redemption in our consciousness. The first question to ask ourselves is, "Am I ready for Redemption?" and maybe before doing it, we may consider other issues prior to "readiness", such as what is the true meaning of it and if we really want to be redeemed. Many of us are comfortable with the material illusions that they chose to live in, and have no interest in changing anything because they are simply happy with their lot, whatever it is. We are referring here to those who are fed up with such illusions, and in their souls, hearts and minds they cry out to live in, with, by and for the Truth we call God's Love, His ways, and His attributes as He wants from us in His Torah. These are the premises to end once and for all our long exile in the darkness of ego's material fantasies and illusions.
We simply can't desire or cry out for true freedom if we have one foot on our illusions and another trying to step in what we imagine as the Messianic era or the Garden of Eden, lost when we chose to live in the material fantasies forged by ego's dream to become another god. This is what we mean when we say that Love doesn't dwell with anything different from its ways and attributes. Let's take an imaginary trip to Messianic times as our Prophets announced for "the end of times", particularly as suggested by Maimonides (Mishneh Torah, Laws of the Kings 12:5):
"In that Era there will be neither famine nor war, neither envy nor competition, for good things will flow in abundance and all the delights will be as freely available as dust. The occupation of the entire world will be solely the knowledge of God. The Jews will therefore be great Sages and know the hidden matters, and will attain an understanding of their Creator to the full extent of human potential; as it is written, 'For the world will be filled with the knowledge of God as the waters cover the ocean bed' (Isaiah 11:9)"
Basically a world where there will not be "evil inclination" or evil (as the reference that it is) in order to differentiate positive from negative, because goodness will be the only reference. This sounds like free will would be wiped out from consciousness, and this may not sound as "good news" for those who think that freedom is inherently founded on free will, hence the privilege to choose from "good" and "evil". In other words, if we come into this reality redeemed from evil and negativity, we may "miss" them and approach it as a passive, uneventful and ultimately boring reality. This approach is what we have to reconsider in order to fully understand what the Messianic era really means. As we mentioned in the first part of this commentary, we are talking about a complete change of consciousness in which there will not be any trace of the way we currently approach life and the material world. In conclusion, if we still believe that we need dualities, ambiguities, contradictions, and confrontations to feel "free" with a satisfied free will, we are not ready for Redemption as Judaism presents it.
We currently approach life and the material world based on ego's desires and illusions which confront, oppose and even fight anything that is different from them, in particular Love's ways and attributes that invite all of us individually and collectively to unite and harmonize our consciousness, in order to live individual and collective peace. Let's imagine it in a different way. How about eliminating the "good inclination" and goodness as a reference to choose between positive and negative? Imagine the world only with people totally engaged in evil with each other, in a competition to see who is worse than the other in a reality where all is about pain, suffering, destruction, disease, violence and their derivates. Nothing good whatsoever, to the point that there can't be desperation or any other reference to put an end to such predicament, what some may call "hell".
Which "reality" would we prefer? This may sound purely "black" and "white", but actually that is what in our current consciousness we have in order to make the "white" choice, while discarding the "gray" as the way that some "new agers" propose to end all contradictions and ambiguities. As we have said before, "gray" is the forced way to make Love cohabit with its opposites. In the name of the "gray", nations justify the current status quo that is destroying the world. They appease the radical Islamic fundamentalists with the failed motto of "live and let live", and allowing mass murder, oppression and exploitation as part of cultural "differences" and human "diversity". This is the way we allow genocide, corruption, despotism, and totalitarianism.
The questions remain. Are you really fed up with the fantasies and illusions of ego's materialistic approach to life, and truly prepared to embrace Love's ways and attributes as our true Redeemer from the long standing status quo? Are we ready to enter the Messianic era leaving behind what we don't need any more, that actually we never really needed and was there for us only as a reference to choose Love over ego's mirages? Are you ready to engage into the realm of new heights called the knowledge of the Creator, and experience what that really means, which your understanding can't assimilate now?
The starting point to enter Paradise while living in the material world begins when we individually adopt Love's ways and attributes as our true references to make a place for the Creator to live in and among us, as it was meant to be from the beginning of times. Those times when we made the choice to become a little god who wants to control all at the expense of his own Essence, his own Love. God's Love is our Creator, and such as His Love is our Essence, cause and effect. Once we recognize this, we will be in our way back to Him, and leave behind the illusions that we have created in detriment of our true identity. This is what we have yearned for so many centuries amid the darkness of exile in fantasies and illusions we don't want or desire anymore.
From the Book's Foreword
Let's reexamine our ancestral memory, intellect, feelings, emotions and passions. Let's wake them up to our true Essence. Let us engage in the delightful awareness of Love as the Essence of G-d. The way this book is written is to reaffirm and reiterate its purpose, so it presents its message and content in a recurrent way. This is exactly its purpose, to restate the same Truth originally proclaimed by our Holy Scriptures, Prophets and Sages. Our purpose is to firmly enthrone G-d's Love in all dimensions of our consciousness, and by doing it we will fulfill His Promise that He may dwell with us on Earth forever. Let's discover together the hidden message of our ancient Scriptures and Sages. In that journey, let's realize Love as our Divine Essence, what we call in this book the revealed Light of Redemption in the Messianic era.