MANKIND – THE HUMAN BEING

MANKIND – THE HUMAN BEING

 

Stone: Different for each

The Mantra:

 

The Key:

 

Man is a transitional being, a bridge

 

between the animal and what he will become in the rapidly approaching quantum leap to the next level of Evolution, therefore contain in himself both

the Abyss and Heaven, the darkness and the Light-.

 

a) Bob Dylan song in the sixties introduces the issue:

 

How many roads must a man walk down…before

you call him a man? The answer, my friend,

is blowing in the wind…

 

Whatever else has changed since then:

 

their surface being is still all that most people know,

a mask covering up who they really are.

 

Who we really are

 

is not something not yet there that we have to reach

but is ALREADY in our depths.

 

According to the Emerald tablets:

 

Man is a star bound to a body, He who knows the beginning

of all things, free is his star from

the realm of night.

 

As Al Ghazzali noted,

 

A human being is not a human being while his tendencies

include self-indulgence, covetousness, temper

and attacking other people.

 

Rumi agrees and goes to the core of the issue:

 

The human being who can do without God and makes no effort

to realize God is not a human being at all;

 

while if he were able to understand God, then that would not be God.

The authentic human being, then

 

is one who is never free from striving, who turns restlessly and endlessly

about the light of the majesty of God.

 

b) Etymologically, in different cultures the word Man means:

 

Africa Bantu: Muntu: The quick & the dead, (ancestors), the gods.

Africa – Benin: In Fon: God`s creature

Africa – Chad: Someone looking for something & taking all responsibilities upon himself.

Africa – Kenia: Suaheli: Mutu: The quick and the dead (ancestors), the gods.

Africa -Senegal: Wolof: Those who are going to die

Africa – Mali: In Bambara: Moyo: God`s creature

Arabic, Persian, Turkish: Insan (ons-anisa, anis): Community, friendship.

China: Mien. Feeling, disposition, intellect, en-lightened, instructed.

Greek: Anthropos: Looking above, searching.

Hebrew: Nefäsch: Breath, soul, desire, to be sensible of.

Japan: The spirit within

Latin: Homo made of earth.

Russian: Tschelowek: The one who has got eternity on his forehead.

Sanskrit: Manu, manusha – man, human being. Man- to think.

Manas: Heart, body, the thinking process, the spirit

Tibet: Hgrowa-togo: to walk, to accompany, keeping company, to be liberated.

 

Man – manu – also derives from mana- , mind

According to Dr. Edwin Zappe, in Greek a human being means anthropos –

 

the one who is looking up at the sky and wondering about life and death, wondering about himself/herself.

 

Anandamayi Ma defines Man thus:

 

“Manush” (human) means “’Man hosh, awareness of who you really are.

Presently you are unconscious, “behosh”

 

What does this imply?

 

That in this sense most of us

are not yet really human.

 

Nisargadatta Maharaj adds that:

 

It is a mistake to take the conscious

to be the whole of man.

 

Man is the unconscious, the conscious and the superconscious, but you

are not the man.

 

Yours is the cinema screen, the light as well as the seeing power,

but the picture is not you.

 

So what is you?

 

c) Modern neurologists have discovered that:

 

– Every human being has one hundred trillion cells

and in one second every cell can have one billion reactions.

 

– We have more possibilities of thought connections

than there are atoms in the entire cosmos.

 

As D. Chopra said,

 

It is as if you lived in a building whose bricks were systematically

taken out and replaced every year.

 

Please stop a moment and examine it a bit more, look at which “bricks” you have been changing in yourself.

Heraclitus confirms it with his famous affirmation:

 

No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river

and he is not the same man.

Gurdjeff reminds us that

 

Man is a plurality, and his name

is legion.

 

Until a certain level of the Path, that is.

How does this makes you feel?

Georges Lakhovskyadds:

 

According to biophysics Man is not only a chemical amalgam regulated

by chemical reactions. Like any other living organism

Man emits and receives radiations.

Which type of radiation do you usually emit?

Why?

How do they make you feel?

As John Dewey pointed out:

 

Man is not logical and his intellectual history is a record of mental reserves

and compromises. He hangs on to what he can in his old beliefs

even when he is compelled to surrender their logical basis.

 

According to Sri Aurobindo,

He is the explorer and the mariner
On a secret inner ocean without bourne:

He is the adventurer and cosmologist

Of a magic earth’s obscure geography.

 

d) In the Bhagavad Ghita Krishna tells Arjuna:

 

There are four kinds of people who love me: the man who treasures something,

the man of learning, the man of suffering and the man of vision.

But the man of vision and I are one.

 

The problem is that”

 

most people, immersed in their shallow lives and countless false

identifications, never ever attempt to raise

above the ordinary human.

 

The way that Erich Frommput it is:

 

Man always dies before he is fully born.

William Wallace agrees:

Every man dies. Not every man really lives.

Hemingway adds that:

 

To be a man is a hard job. And only a few manage it.

 

The way that Rumi put it is:

 

Though philosophers call man the microcosm,

In outward form thou art the microcosm.

But in reality the macrocosm.

 

Man is like a bow which the Divine uses for various aims, a tool and a means,

and the bow that becomes aware of the Bowman’s hand

has an enormous power.

 

Can you feel the Bowman’s hand?

If not, or not enough, how will you become aware of it?

 

e) Jonathan Nolan reminds us of the main problem most of us have to face:

 

People, even regular people, are never just any one person

with one set of attributes.

 

It’s not that simple. We’re all at the mercy of the limbic system, clouds of electricity drifting through the brain. Every man is broken into twenty-four-hour fractions, and then again within those twenty-four hours.

 

It’s a daily pantomime, one man yielding control to the next:

a backstage crowded with old hacks clamoring

for their turn in the spotlight.

 

Every week, every day. The angry man hands the baton over to the sulking man, and in turn to the sex addict, the introvert, the conversationalist. Every man is a mob, a chain gang of idiots.

Plotinus noted that:

 

Humanity, in reality, is poised midway between gods and beasts,

and inclines now to the one order, now to the other;

 

some men grow like to the divine, others to the brute, the greater number stand neutral.

Mooji has a warning:

 

If you think you are a human being,
you’re merely a puppet in this show….

you are before all beginnings and

after all endings.

 

C. Klosterman adds that:

 

Humanity takes itself too seriously. It is the world’s original sin. If cavemen

had known how to laugh, history would have been different.

Einstein sums it all up thus:

 

A human being is part of the whole, called by us “universe” he experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from

the rest – a kind of optical delusion of the consciousness.

 

This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons close to us.

 

Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle

of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole

of nature in its beauty.

 

The Kabuli:

It is recorded that when the Kabuli was asked about the true nature of mankind, He only replied that:

 

At the moment not much positive can be said about it; we will speak of it

when man has finally overcome his lower nature!

 

When do you reckon that Man will overcome his lower nature?

 

The Veil:

 

It is the Veil that makes us believe

that we are only human.

 

The Khdir:

 

Notwithstanding the apparently overwhelming evidence,

you are not only human but divine.

 

Words of Power:

 

“Man is a soul carrying a corpse”

The Aghoras

 

“Man is not what he thinks he is, he is what he hides.”
André Malraux

What do you hide?

If the answer is nothing, look also in your subconscious.

 

“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism

or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”

Martin Luther King

“Humanity shall require a substantially new manner

of thinking if mankind is to survive.”

Einstein

 

The Way:

According to Jung,

 

Man’s task is to become conscious of the contents

that press upward from the unconscious.

Have you become conscious of them?

To which extent?

Charlie Chaplin had the right attitude:

 

I possess nothing, I am the spirit of the journey,

the soul of every seeking.

 

There is nothing veiled that should not be unveiled, nothing hidden that should not be recognized. I am not the citizen of any place, I need no documents and never felt a sense of patriotism for any country, but I am a patriot of humanity as a whole.

 

I am a citizen of the world.

 

Thomas Merton adds that:

 

Every moment and every event of every man’s life on earth

plants something in his soul.

Asks yourself then:

 

What are they all planting in my soul?

 

Baha`u`llah’s advice is:

Regard man as a mine rich in gems

of inestimable value.

 

How do you regard man?

The way that Rumi regarded Man is:

 

Man is like a bow which the Divine uses for various aims, a tool and a means,

and the bow that becomes aware of the Bowman’s hand

has an enormous power.

 

Can you feel the Bowman’s hand?

If not, or not enough, how will you become aware of it?

Sri Aurobindo regarded him thus::

 

When we have passed beyond humanity, then we shall be

the Man. The Animal was the helper;

the Animal is the bar.

 

Mère’s advice is the best:

 

To be at once a passive and perfectly pure mirror,

 

turned simultaneously without and within, to the results of the manifestation and the sources of this manifestation, so that the consequences may be placed before the guiding will,

 

and to be also the realising activity of that will, this, more or less,

is what a human being ought to be. . . .

 

Never say: “After all, I am only a man!”

But tell yourself:

 

I am not my body, emotions and mind and have never really been,

I am a spark of the Divine.

 

Question/ko’han 1 to 3:

What is the essence of a human being?

Why?

To which extent do you LIVE it?

Question/ko’han 4 and 5:

According to Voltaire,

 

Man is free the moment he wishes to be.

True or false?

If true, why so few of us ever become free?
Question/ko’han 6:

Aristotlesaid that Man is by nature a political animal.True or false?

Question/ko’han 7

C. S. Lewis affirmed that:

 

Man is to be understood only

in his relationship to God.

How so?

 

J. Y. Cousteau has the last word:

 

From birth, man carries the weight of gravity on his shoulders.

He is bolted to earth. But man has only to sink

beneath the surface and he is free.

How will you sink below the surface?

 

Practice:

 

1) Consider these observation of Dr. Edwin Zappe:

 

a) The stomach lining renews itself every four days.

 

b) We have a new skin every month.

 

c) Our liver renews itself every six weeks.

 

d) Even the so solid skeleton renews itself every three months.

 

e)Ninety-eight per cent of the atomsof our body were not there one year ago.The entire mind-body system is a network of information.

 

f) Three million liters of blood go through our body every year.

 

g) Can you imagine that the space between two electrons within our body is as vast as the space between two galaxies?

 

Aren’t we great, extraordinary, aren’t we “gods”?

 

Please, look left, look right, look in front of you, look behind,

 

and be aware of the greatness of your fellow

human beings all around you.

 

2) Meditate on this passage of Gurdjeff:

 

Man has no individual I. But there are, instead, hundreds and thousands

of separate small “i”s, very often entirely unknown to one another,

never coming into contact, or, on the contrary,

hostile to each other,

 

mutually exclusive and incompatible. Each minute, each moment, man is saying or thinking, “i”.

And each time his i is different. just now it was a thought, now it is a desire, now a sensation, now another thought, and so on, endlessly.

 

Man is a plurality. Man’s name is legion.

3) Keep telling yourself this Affirmation of the Avadhut Ghita:

 

Without beginning or end am I, and never was I bound.

By nature pure, undefiled is my Self.

This I know as a certainty.

 

Do YOU know it as a certainty?

 

Contemplate:

 

1) This passage of Nikola Tesla:

 

When we speak of man, we have a conception of humanity as a whole, and before applying scientific methods to the investigation of his movement we must accept this as a physical fact.

But can anyone doubt today that all the millions of individuals and all the innumerable types and characters constitute an entity, a unit?

 

Though free to think and act, we are held together, like the stars

in the firmament, with ties inseparable.

 

2) These verses of Wu Hsin:

 

Man is solely an intermediary

standing between What-Is and

its designed outcome.

Instruments produce actions

but take no credit for the results.

 

Like water is shaped by its container

Man is shaped by

the essence of the parents and

the experiences of life.

 

At the most fundamental level,

man is only the experience of sensation and

the reaction to it.

As such, he is revealed as

no more than

one of the many processes of life.

 

The common man is blind.

He cannot see

the nothingness that birthed him

nor can he see

the infinity that envelops him.

 

3) These verses of Sri Aurobindo:

 

Yes, my humanity is a mask of God:
He dwells in me, the mover of my acts,

Turning the great wheel of his cosmic work.
I am the living body of his light,I am the thinking instrument of his power,I incarnate Wisdom in an earthly breast,I am his conquering and unslayable will.The formless Spirit drew in me its shape;In me are the Nameless and the secret Name.

 

Haiku:

 

Man is a demon, man is a Buddha,

Man is nothing, Man is everything

he can imagine being – but then:

WHO do we really want to be?

 

 

 

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