Page 18 - CosmicConsciousness
P. 18




CHAPTER I 17


"Gaze, till gazing out of gazing Grew to BEING HER I gazed on, She and I no more, but in one Undivided 

Being blended. All that is not One must ever Suffer with the wound of absence; And whoever in Love's city 

Enters, finds but room for one And but in Oneness, union."


These lines express that religious ecstacy which results from spiritual aspiration, or they express the union of 

the individual soul with its mate according to the viewpoint. In any event, they are an excellent description of 
the realization of that much-to-be-desired consciousness which is fittingly described in Occidental 

phraseology as "cosmic consciousness." Whether this realization is the result of union with the soul's "other 

half," or whether it is an impersonal reunion with the Causeless Cause, The Absolute, from which we are earth 
wanderers, is not the direct purpose of this volume to answer, although the question will be answered, and that 

soon.


From whence and by whom we are not prepared to say, but the "signs and portents" which precede the 

solution of this problem have already made their appearance.


Christian students of the Persian mystics, take exception to statements like the above, and regard them as 

"erotic," rather than spiritual.


Mahmud Shabistari employs the following symbolism, but unquestionably seeks to express the same emotion: 



"Go, sweep out the chamber of your heart, Make it ready to be the dwelling-place of the Beloved. When you
depart out, he will enter in, In you, void of yourself, will he display his beauty."



The "Song of Solomon" is in a similar key, and whether the wise king referred to that state of samadhi which 
accompanies certain experiences of cosmic consciousness, or whether he was reciting love-lyrics, must be a 

moot question.


The personal note in the famous "song" has been accounted for by many commentators, on the grounds that 

Solomon had only partial glimpses of the supra-conscious state, and that, in other words, he frequently 

"backslid" from divine contemplation, and allowed his yearning for the state of liberation, to express itself in 
love of woman.



An attribute of the possession of cosmic consciousness is wisdom, and this Solomon is said to have possessed 
far beyond his contemporaries, and to a degree incompatible with his years. It is said that he built and 

consecrated a "temple for the Lord," and that, as a result of his extreme piety and devotion to God, he was 

vouchsafed a vision of God.


As these reports have come to us through many stages of church history and as Solomon lived many centuries 

before the birth of Jesus, it seems hardly fitting to ascribe the raptures of Solomon as typifying the love of the 
Church (the bride) for Christ (the bridegroom).



Rather, it is easier to believe, the wisdom of the king argues a degree of consciousness far beyond that of the 
self-conscious man, and he rose to the quality of spiritual realization, expressing itself in a love and longing 

for that soul communion which may be construed as quite personal, referring to a personal, though doubtless 

non-corporeal union with his spiritual complement.


Although the pronoun "he" is used, signifying that Solomon's longing was what theology terms "spiritual" and 

consequently impersonal, meaning God The Absolute, yet we suggest that the use of the masculine pronoun 
may be due entirely to the translators and commentators (of whom there have been many), and that, in their 

zeal to reconcile the song with the ecclesiastical ideas of spirituality, the gender of the pronoun has been 

changed. We submit that the idea is more than possible, and indeed in view of the avowed predilections of the 
ancient king and sage, it is highly probable.






   16   17   18   19   20