Wednesday, May 14, 2008

A New Earth




The messengers–Buddha, Jesus, and others, not all of them known–were humanity’s early flowers. They were precursors, rare and precious beings.

To sin means to miss the point of human existence. It means to life unskillfully, blindly, and thus to suffer and cause suffering.

The human mind is highly intelligent. Yet its very intelligence is tainted by madness. Science and technology have magnified the destructive impact that the dysfunction of the human mind has upon the planet, other life-forms, and upon humans themselves.

By the end of the century, the number of people who died a violent death at the hand of their fellow humans would rise to more than one hundred million.

Driven by green, ignorant of their connectedness to the whole, humans persist in behavior that, if continued unchecked, can only result in their own destruction.

Most ancient religions and spiritual traditions share the common insight–that our “normal” state of mind is marred by a fundamental defect.

The good news of the possibility of a radical transformation of human consciousness. In Hindu teachings (and sometimes in Buddhism also), this transformation is called enlightenment. In the teachings of Jesus, it is salvation, and in Buddhism, it is the end of suffering. Liberation and awakening are other terms used to describe this transformation.

Responding to a radical crisis that threatens our very survival–this is humanity’s challenge now.

A significant portion of the earth’s population will soon recognize, if they haven’t already done so, that humanity is now faced with a stark choice: Evolve or die.

Ego is no more than this: identification with form, which primarily means thought forms. If evil has any reality–and it has a relative, not an absolute, reality–this is also its definition: complete identification with form–physical forms, thought forms, emotional forms. This results in total unawareness of my connectedness with the whole, my intrinsic oneness with every “other” as well as with the Source.

We need to understand here that heaven is not a location but refers to the inner realm of consciousness. This is its meaning in the teachings of Jesus.

“A new heaven” is the emergence of a transformed state of human consciousness, and “a new earth” is its reflection in the physical realm.

Quotes: A New Earth - Ekhart Tolle

47 comments:

Cynthia said...

Enlightening. I agree heaven is
not necessarily a place but an
inner realm, entirely attainable
in the present.

naida said...

I am reading 'A New Earth' and it has made such an impact on me. I had no idea I would react this way to this book. Its my first time reading this genre.
http://thebookworm07.blogspot.com/

Neers said...

how true, Kuan!!! but the sad thing is we still are not anywhere near "new earth" .... much is left desired, much work is left! sometimes, and trust me, this happens more than i care to list ... i catch myself with unbecoming thoughts of how we humans are multiplying and hence reducing the quality....

quest of new dimension goes on

Bobbb - Citizen of Earth said...

A new Earth
A new mind
Enlightenment
Is mine

Only through
Awareness
And
Acceptance
Of what is true


For the mind must be open
In order to see
The way things truely are
Not just they way
You would like them to be

Kuan Gung said...

That's so true cynthia...thank you

Kuan Gung said...

I'm glad to hear that naida...I hoped it impacts many...

Kuan Gung said...

Thank you bobbb...simple yet profound!

Kuan Gung said...

Warm greetings neers...our greatest virtue...hope...may it always endure...

pelican693 said...

Thanks for the comment at Independents Unbound. I Added your blog to our blog roll. quite a few of our readers could use your site on a daily basis.

As I am sure we all know, the world drags us away from our practices even in good times. In times like these, it is even more difficult for many to stay grounded, aware of who we really are.

Namaste

Kuan Gung said...

Thank you pelican!

begijn said...

I agree with the idea that we're all connected and each and every one of us is a part of the divine. What is difficult for me, in the work that I do is remembering that - when day after day I'm dealing with people who hurt others, and I see them coming back again and again.
I try to do my best to honor the victims, try to help them become whole again - and at the same time seek *justice* not *revenge* on the criminals that hurt them.
My idea/faith(?) in humanity isn't gone, but sometimes it gets really angry and jaded.

Stacey said...

A very interesting and thought provoking post ;-D

Kuan Gung said...

thank you stacey...

Kuan Gung said...

begijn...hence the problem...warm greetings

Sunny Daffodil. said...

Reminds me of this line from Jonathan Livingstone Seagull:"Heaven is not space ,Heaven in not time but Heaven is being perfect"..I think perfection is nothing about evolving to a state where we start appreciating the blessings around us..

Kuan Gung said...

So true sunny

Neers said...

thank you, Kuan! :)

Dawn....सेहर said...

Very beautifully written post!
Nice very nice
CHeers

meetu said...

e_i am speechless.....pure wisdom!!!beautiful.

Kuan Gung said...

Thank you neers

Kuan Gung said...

Warm greeetings dawn and thank you

Kuan Gung said...

thank you meetu, and warm greetings!

Enemy of the Republic said...

This is a beautiful post. Sorry I've been awol

Neers said...

am on my way... i guess!
hi, pal ... how are you doing?

Enemy of the Republic said...

I'm sorry I haven't been by. These topics are right up my alley. Your blog always gives me a sense of peace.

Kuan Gung said...

Hi enemy of the republic...I admire you wit and honesty, but it's the true life adventures at your blog is what truly is inspiring by the sense of honesty it is delivered...thank you

Kuan Gung said...

warm greetings neers...you're already there...

Dawn....सेहर said...

Hi dear,
please help me with my book - to read more visit my blog
Thanks

Enemy of the Republic said...

I haven't read that book--everyone tells me I should, but are you familiar with Doreen Virtue's book on the Ascended Masters? I use those oracle cards. I even think J.R.R. Tolkein was one.

Neers said...

Kuan, dear friend, took up something today.. teaching kids who are struggling to live, each day... hopin to educate them along with literacy and praying that it helps them and i can keep up to it. dunno why, but wanted you to know. Amen!

serenity said...

I've been away for a while and while your post has been here for some time it is timeless and therefore no less appreciated and welcomed and needed.

Blessings be with you dear friend.

Kuan Gung said...

No I have not enemy of the republic, but I plan to google it. I appreciate the info and find your blog incredibly fascinating...thank you

Kuan Gung said...

Great stuff neers...thank you for the info and the very best to you my friend!

Kuan Gung said...

Great to see you back serenity...I miss all of your past blogs...I plan to once again visit on a regular basis...

Neers said...

Kuan, dear friend, how have you been!
all well? do take care

~Deb said...

Hi Kuan,

Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me on my blog. I really appreciated that.

You said, "...yet its very intelligence is tainted by madness."

There is a very fine line between an extremely intelligent person and a person who is 'mad'. I've come across that many times - hence the 'mad scientist'. heh.

I wanted to ask you: do you think that heaven and earth only exist within our own consciousness?

Some people believe that there is no hell and that we create our own hell.

You mentioned to me that you've followed the Catholic teachings while going to school... Does "heaven and hell" still raise a question for you, and if so, how has that manifested into your beliefs today?

I'll be back---------very interesting blog you have!

Kuan Gung said...

Hi deb...What ever gets you through your life...it's a personal choice. In the end there's a convergence of all paths, it's an eternal journey...whether we call it grace or good karma it doesn't matter, it's a good starting point.

Kuan Gung said...

Warm greetings neers...I hope to update my blog here...it's a bit over due..

Kuan Gung said...

deb I think Cynthia says it all...

Kuan Gung said...

as well as the the post by sunny

krystyna said...

We need the transformation of consciousnes and this post is a great inspiration.
A New Earth - A New Understanding - A new Heaven.

Thank you for sharing!
Best for you!

krystyna said...

This song is beautiful!

Kuan Gung said...

Warm greetings and thank you krystyna!

Rhiannon said...

Thank you for dropping by my blog. I love this song of Lorenna's also..have it on one of my cd. I must get her new cd "mystic muse" I think it's called.

What a beautiul well written blog. I will drop by again soon.

Love & Blessings,

Rhiannon

Kuan Gung said...

Warm greetings Rhiannon...this is off her live CD/DVD release...a great live performance...very nice blog you have there and thank you!

human being said...

one of the best things i've read recently...
thanks for your insightful choice...

just the other day i wrote to a friend that heaven is peace within... and comes when we see through things... see that all is one...

Kuan Gung said...

You are so right human being!