Ayya Khema : Universal consciousness

“In reality there is only one truth and mystics of all ages have always found the same truth. There is universal consciousness and that can be experienced in meditation — the infinity of consciousness. (..)
Universal consciousness is not buddhist, but infinite. The infinity of space is not buddhist, but just infinity. ”

Ayya Khéma Walking on lotus Flowers from  Martine Batchelor p 46The techniques employed in Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam have precisely one determining common point. Whether it is prayers, mantras, strict meditation, visualization, koans, all these means have the same end: to free the practicing individual from his preoccupations and customary daydreaming to bring him into the present in a sufficiently intense and prolonged manner, so that a transcendent state of order which Christians call God, the Hindus Self, and the Buddhists his Buddha Nature, may reveal itself to him.

Comprehension and expression of this experience which transcends the realm of the senses will depend on its intensity as well as the religious and cultural conditioning of the practicing individual. The more exalted the experience is, the more his expression will be identical to all epochs and in all countries; the less profound the experience, the more it risks being misinterpreted and reinforcing dogmas and beliefs.

Michele Michael  preface To Awaken: A Matter of Life or Death

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One Response to Ayya Khema : Universal consciousness

  1. Thanks, I have recently been hunting for information about this topic for ages and yours is the best I have discovered so far.

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