DNS wrote: ↑Mon Jan 11, 2021 5:33 pm
Brahma Das wrote: ↑Mon Jan 11, 2021 6:04 am
I want to point out that your chosen Paths are just as powerful, and I respect and learn from them. I deeply Love Buddhism and have always considered myself a Buddhist, and am tied to Blavatsky in the fullest way, so everything you are all doing is Wonderful. I beleive I am enough Metta
, I beleive you are enough Metta
For me, as a Buddhist; Love is not God and God is not Love. If we need a God term, I'm okay with that, but I would call God something like:
1. The Truth
4. The Dao
5. The Force
6. Moksha / Nirvana
7. Awakening / Nibbana
Aren't all of those things Love? Awakening and Nirvana are the Highest Love. I can understand someone disconnecting a mundane experience with human connection and Nirvana from eachother based on suffering, but even giving someone a slice of bread is an act of compassion, of Love.
Quan Yin once said, and has many times said, that anyone manifesting any amount of compassion for someone is manifesting Her qualities, and is in that moment Quan Yin. So that is Love. God is fully there in all acts of compassion. Thich Nhat Hanh has said that God is the basic goodness within us. Jesus Christ has said only God is good, in a strongly pointed rhetorical question once. And on the cross, Jesus suffered greatly as God in the Flesh, yet it was an act of Love for all of mankind. Jesus Christ is both God and Love in the Flesh.
I understand that in Buddhism there is an expanse of Gods such as Brahma, Shakra, Yama, Narayan, also apparent in the Hindu hierarchy of demigods and Avatars of Vishnu, and some Theravada Buddhists are reluctant to say that these Gods are Enlightened, or that our goal should be like to become like them, since there are many stories in the Suttas of even such as a powerful Brahma reincarnating as a pig in a pig pen. But no one can be Brahma, Shakra, Yama, or Narayan, without being Enlightened. It is true that not all demigods are Enlightened, but most are great Bodhisattvas, and the most powerful ones like I mentioned, are Enlightened because of the importance of their position in administrative affairs in the Universe. To be considered fully God or "a God" or an Avatar of God, one must be Enlightened, otherwise one simply has a High Place without the full realization, though most demigods are Gods according to this funny mish-mash of terms. But one cannot be a Brahma, for example, without being a Buddha, otherwise the determination to steward a Universe for many trillions of years will not be as stalwart and Spiritually Masterful. If Brahma decides to incarnate as a pig in another existence, it is because of their mercy and decision to help the pig species with their presence, it is an act of Love we are all capable of, despite the filth and disease of the situation.
The goal of Buddhism is to be Enlightened. If our goal was to become Brahma or Shakra then we would misunderstand the point, though Brahma and Shakra are both Enlightened. Once someone is Enlightened, then they can become whoever they want to be Brahma, Shakra, Narayan, even someone like the Dalai Lama. And these are all God. A Buddha is God, and since the basic goodness within someone is God, and Love is always good, then that good is Love, and always God. Love is never a bad thing, and if it is only good, it is therefore God. It is Om
Nam Myoho Renge Kyo.