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

1 "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."

2 "Perfection is uninterrupted resonance in God."

3 "Ethics has its basis not in a forever grounded ought, but in a real transformation, which includes being aware of the interdependence of all being."

4 "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)."

5 "Each person's destiny is truly integrated into a final beyond-individual and transpersonal connectedness of the one reality."

6 "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."

7 "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."

8 "The Absolute is in all experiences for there is nothing which is not an explication or manifestation of what we call the Absolute….the Absolute is not the sum of all the parts, but the unity of part and whole."

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

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

11 "Everything is grounded in consciousness of the whole. The whole is always there and awaits our receptivity."

12 "Whoever recognizes in atman (the Self) the unity of reality is free from fear. For fear arises when there is an other who poses a threat. But atman is knowledge, and for it there is no other that is not already essentially a self. Non-dulaity is freedom from fear."

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

14 "God as creator cannot be experienced in any other way than as an ever present milieu."

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

16 "God is relationship within the moments of one movement which constitutes his being."

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

18 "Being crucified with Christ in order to share in the resurrection produces a new advaitic (non-dual) identity beyond our denial of self. I am no longer cut off from others as an individual self, but am now joined to the process of God's self-realization: this is the ground and goal of my life (John 12:25; Romans 6:3ff.; Gal. 2:19f.; Col. 2:12f.)"

19 "Everything that exists, exists in God whose life it shares."

20 "The peace of God is a unity which is realized in the process of love."

21 "The eternal is IN the temporal and the temporal IN the eternal."

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

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

24 "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."

25 "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."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite