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

1 "God is the human person's true being."

2 "Science recognizes today the interrelationality of the universe. Relativity theory, quantum physics, post-Darwinian models of evolution, psychosomatic medicine, parapsychological research, biofeedback and, most of all, experience with Yoga and meditation support this basic vision."

3 "Freedom is the awareness of the basis of life and life lived in rhythm with this basis."

4 "Ethics is rooted in the dynamism of love."

5 "Through the unifying power of love of the Spirit, creation reaches completion; i.e., it attains its essence."

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

7 "The divinity is One reality which, because of our manner of seeing it, appears in different hypostases which are perfect in themselves."

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

9 "The Son is being, realized. Through him everything exists (Romans 11:36; 1 Cor. 8:6; Col. 1:16). This statement implies a temporal eternity or eternal temporality, i.e., tempiternity, in the Son. He is the realization of the Father and therefore the visibility (John 14:9) or the being of the Father. He manifests God's perfect transcendence as immanent and through his being points to transcendence. As immanent transcendence he is being's eternal transcending being in the trinitarian self-realization of God."

10 "Each partner is a light for the other and enables him/her to see better the depths of his/her own tradition. The religion of the partner is like a sounding board in which one's own terms and symbols acquire new over- or undertones."

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

12 "The freedom of the one reality is the self-determination to realize love."

13 "God is continuously realizing himself in the whole of creation."

14 "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."

15 "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."

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

17 "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."

18 "The love of God is the unity of reality….God is love, and therefore the one who dwells in love knows that God is in him and he in God (1 John 4:9ff.)."

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

20 "Reality in itself is not a dead tranquility, nor a mechanical process, but expansiveness and the attraction of love."

21 "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."

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

23 "Only when we can treat others….as a thou and as a source for our self-understanding is true brotherhood/sisterhood possible between all peoples."

24 "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."

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite