Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Peace and Love

Hi Michelle and anonymous, and everyone else, very oddly, most oddly, you both mentioned something that has been on my mind to discuss at the first opportunity. Michelle, you mentioned you received hexagram 52 line 2 changing to 18, and noted I had discussed 18. Interestingly enough, hexagram 52 is about peace and tranquility. There are two major ways to know God, they are through love, and peace. When we meditate, we tranquilize the mind, and therefore, see God. When we love we are at one with all that is loved, and therefore are one with God.

I am not a Bible thumper here, but yet, I do not throw out the baby with the bathwater. There is much to learn in that book if you understand its symbols and allegories, although few of us do. When the Bible says God is love, it means that. It doesn't mean God loves, it means God IS love. Nothing less, nothing more. Many of us think of God as an old man out in the heavens somewhere that pulls strings and makes things happen. And naturally, as a result of that thinking, many say, well, there is no God because how could God allow all the horrible things in the world. But if we understand God is not a personage, but really and truly love, then we can understand these things, for "the rain falls on the just and the unjust." If God is love, how can he love the sinner less than the saint? How can I make this clear, God does not choose to love, there is no God out there in any way shape or form, there is only love. And love is real, it has intelligence, and it has understanding. But it does nothing, feels nothing outside of love. God is not something besides love. He is pure and unadulterated love, and nothing less or more. I cannot find a way to make this clear. Meditate on my words. There is no God, there is only love. (Which we call God).

Hexagram 52 is the hexagram of peace, of traquility. The image of Hexagram 52 states, "The image of keeping still. Thus the superior man does not allow his thoughts to go beyond his situation." The mind thinks continually. In the east, it is called the monkey mind, because it is always rushing, here, there, everywhere. In line two, the mind is still not calm. It says, "His heart is not glad." There can be many reasons for this, in the commentary on the line, it speaks of a servant warning his master, but the master refuses to hear. This worries and concerns the servant. How often do we have worries, how often do we have shortcomings, would we like to control a situation that is out of our control. The problem is, we do not accept that it is out of our control. If we can accept that, then we can once again attain inner peace. To accomplish our goal and know God, we must first of all gain control over our "monkey" mind. Letting go is the province of among other hexagrams, hexagram 25, which will be saved for a later date. If I can I will edit this post as time goes by and make it make a stronger statement. Words at the moment fail me.

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