Standing by a stream, the Master said, “It flows on like this – does it not? – never ceasing, day or night.” – The Analects of Confucius
It is all the doing of the Celestial Mind, water through the riverbed of creation. Intimate in the heart of every sentient being, every conscious moment is awareness of the creation ex nihilo which humans have come to understand in part as thought and act. It is the source of all virtue, the driving force and sustaining vitality of every hero.
Nathan said to David, “Do all that you have in mind, for God is with you.” – The Tanakh
Where God so wills, the guidance of Mind is present and the life of wisdom and faith flourishes, and where God so wills, such guidance is absent, creation careens out of control, and the death of sin is known. It is not of any particular body’s doing that it walks a righteous path, but it is God’s doing. Likewise, there is no evil entity who commits sin, but rather, such commission is better understood as omission, merely the abdication of Mind and the resulting wage of death. The individuality of persons is no more than the separation of bodies, and all creation is unified in the One Mind.
Life and death, righteousness and sin, all that happens along the Grand Thoroughfare testifies to the value of the Divine Mind and the terror of mindlessness.
Only he and I know that you were never born and will never die. – Liezi
Therefore, the virtue of humility consists of the recognition that God is the source of freedom, and that every righteous being is an organ of the Holy Spirit. There is no pride to be had in a righteous life, for without such righteousness, there is no life at all. There is no fear to be had in the death of the body, for it is no housing for the Divine Self, after all. In contemplation and reflection, Mind directs the bodies of human beings in service of its ends.
The One is all things and no one of them; the source of all things is not all things; all things are its possession- running back, so to speak, to it- or, more correctly, not yet so, they will be. – Plotinus
Far from personal glory, virtue is the song of creation sung in praise of the Celestial Mind which guides and shapes this divine meditation. A life rightly lived is testimony to the goodness of God, and the sin which results from the absence of such guidance testifies to the same end from a different angle.
O believers, respond to God and the Messenger when He calls you unto that which will give you life; and know that God stands between a man and his heart, and that to Him you shall be mustered. – The Holy Koran
So it should be understood that the righteous life consists of nothing apart from the exercise of God. That which is morally correct is nothing more than the movement of God, understood by human beings as obedience to the injunction of autonomy. Where Mind is given avenue for its proceedings, one finds righteousness. Through the exercise of Mind, the heroes of all times drink of the same waters and come to share faith in that mysterious unseen river. The wise interpret the art of creation and lend hands to its development. Each artist who so partakes gives to the world not only sculpture and ink, but the wind across his skin and the sun on his chest. In every endeavor for excellence lies the truest testament to God, the greatest artistic success. Through its own creation, Mind bears witness to the beauty of Mind in which the righteous are united. The eternal flux, an incomparable canvas.
God is not ashamed to strike a similitude even of a gnat, or aught above it. As for the believers, they know it is the truth from their Lord; but as for unbelievers, they say, ‘What did God desire by this for a similitude?’ Thereby He leads many astray, and thereby He guides many; and thereby He leads none astray save the ungodly such as break the covenant of God after its solemn binding, and such as cut what God has commanded should be joined, and such as do corruption in the land – they shall be the losers. – The Holy Koran
It is in this way that life may be considered a Divine Allegory. Every holy scripture and learned word is but commentary on the work of the Lord of Being. The true revelation of God consists of the vigor of life, leading not by pen and paper but by breath and vitality. Through mankind, this creation is studied and known. It is communicated, experienced, and understood. In its seeming imperfections, the wise are reminded of the dire consequences of God’s absence. Where the Way prevails and where the Way recedes, the goodness of God is made equally clear. No amount of words can provide adequate substitute for experience of the peace of righteousness and the horrors of depravity, and it is by this fact that the Divine Allegory conveys an enlightenment which eludes the capacity of language.
The Master said to me: All the Buddhas and all sentient beings are nothing but the One Mind, beside which nothing exists. This Mind, which is without beginning, is unborn and indestructible. It is not green nor yellow, and has neither form nor appearance. It does not belong to the categories of things which exist or do not exist, nor can it be thought of in terms of new or old. It is neither long nor short, big nor small, for it transcends all limits, measures, names, traces, and comparisons. It is that which you see before you – begin to reason about it and you at once fall into error. It is like the boundless void which cannot be fathomed or measured. The One Mind alone is the Buddha, and there is no distinction between the Buddha and sentient things, but that sentient beings are attached to forms and so seek externally for Buddhahood. By their very seeking they lose it… – The Zen Teaching of Huang Po
Through multiplicity and division, God has become man so that man might become God. What other force may bring judgment than that force which chooses to bring into being and take from existence? The Divine Allegory arises from God’s own contemplation, seeking to judge God’s own worthiness in the goodness of Mind. In doing so, both glorious and inglorious ideas come to pass, and the wise are devoted entirely to the Lord of Being.
Be it the sands of the desert or the hands of mankind, it is by the breath of God that they are so moved. Everywhere shines the holy countenance of the Lord; the religion of God is given to all that is in all that is. God authors the Divine Allegory through every righteous work and disastrous abdication. Through the seed that grows in the golden sun and the bones of the dead which crack under its might, the beautiful words of praise are forever heard. Nothing but walks the Way, and in this grand thoroughfare, those who live find peace.
Now, if anyone wants to believe the words set down, let him go from what is hidden to the end of what is visible, and this Thought will instruct him how faith in those things that are not visible was found in what is visible. This is a principle of knowledge. – Eugnostos the Blessed