Christianity and its transformation
Mon, 11/26/2007 - 12:13pm — Martin Sobieroj
CHRISTIANITY AND ITS TRANSFORMATION IN `MOTHER’S AGENDA’
Christianity is the religion on earth which has the most followers. It is therefore important for The Mother to deal with it since it is a power which forms the life of billions of people. There have been many contacts with Christianity coming spontaneously to Her through visitors or experiences. Many people interested in Sri Aurobindo and The Mother come from a Christian background. It should therefore be of general interest to summarize Her utterances on Christianity in Her Agenda...
THE WAY TO TRANSFORMATION
It is evident that the transformation of Christianity to become an instrument of the Truth of tomorrow is decreed above – this Mother clearly stated. But what can be the steps to take in that direction?
This question is of course more interesting to people inside the Church who want to bring the new Truth into their religion – what Mother found to be good. For people outside the Christian playfield it is rather an interesting exercise of imagination.
The basic mistake in Christianity would be its exclusivity regarding its God, its messiah, its being the only true saving faith. A broadening of the faith would therefore be helpful. Mother says by swallowing it will be enlarged – she tells the story of the asura who wanted to be as great as God. And the answer was, “I wish you would become greater than I, because then there will be no more Asura.” (3.7.63).
The invisible congregation of the Church must be changed by some occult force infusing a new spiritual meaning specially in those things which Mother said are the most binding on the believers: confession and communion. Confession might become some kind of self examination, breaking up the old crusts of the being and preparing its surrender to the healing and saving power of the Supreme. Communion might become the symbol of the supreme sacrifice of the Divine into matter and the matter’s answer to the Supreme in self-giving, a symbol of transformation.
Dogmatism must yield to the spirit’s freedom.
The chaldean Idea of God must be replaced by a knowledge of the identity of God and the Creation. Mother: The terrestrial evolution created with the human species a kind of higher intellectuality capable of passing through the overmental region, the region of the Gods, and reaching a higher principle directly – we can do without the Gods (26.9.62). The Divine is an absolute of perfection, eternal source of all that exists, whom we grow progressively conscious of, while being Him from all eternity (24.5.67).
The two things with which we can catch them are according to the Mother the Virgin and the inner Presence. The awareness of the existence of the Virgin should therefore be increased and possibly some kind of adoration to her established. It would be helpful to make the esoteric clerical interpretation of the Virgin as the Universal Nature more common and even enlarge it to some kind of recognition of a divine feminine principle. Perhaps the apparitions of Mary could be used in this sense – one of them told in Medjugorje, I am the mediatrix between man and God. This brings us already quite close to the Mother as the Consciousness and Force of the Supreme.
The inner Presence could be aimed at by an intense call to prayer and contemplation in the heart, behind which the psychic being resides. Perhaps connected with the strong emotion of love towards the Supreme who may manifest itself in Beauty.
Self giving to God would be an important feature of this sadhana. One professor of comparative religion, Spiegelberg, already called Sri Aurobindo the greatest Christian missionary in India because of his strong recommendation of unconditional surrender to the Supreme.
Since tomorrow’s Truth includes the divinisation of matter, intense prayer, japa, would be recommended. Japa is a powerful means to establish the consciousness in the cells, says Mother. The constant remembrance of the Presence in the heart should be therefore combined with a uninterrupted prayer even at the level of the body.
One drop of true divine Love in its perfection, and all shadows disappear (6.9.67). The moment for the manifestation of the essence of perfect Love is near (21.1.62).
The permanence Buddha sought in Nirvana is there, in Love (22.7.64).
We assume therefore that the transformation of Christianity might happen on this line:
· A strong attraction by a Divine personality of Beauty and Love (perhaps an apparition of the Virgin) will enchant the hearts of men.
· In men’s consciousness will arise the answer of aspiration, prayer and surrender.
· By intense prayer the bodily consciousness will awaken.
· In men’s heart an intense Love for the Supreme will develop.
· The psychic being awakens.
· Gradually the whole being will be prepared for the reception of the Divine Consciousness transforming mind, life and body.
A Voice ill-heard shall speak, the soul obey,
A Power into mind's inner chamber steal,
A charm and sweetness open life's closed doors
And beauty conquer the resisting world,
The Truth-Light capture Nature by surprise,
A stealth of God compel the heart to bliss
And earth grow unexpectedly divine.
In Matter shall be lit the spirit's glow,
In body and body kindled the sacred birth;
Night shall awake to the anthem of the stars,
The days become a happy pilgrim march,
Our will a force of the Eternal's power,
And thought the rays of a spiritual sun.
A few shall see what none yet understands;
God shall grow up while the wise men talk and sleep;
For man shall not know the coming till its hour
And belief shall be not till the work is done.
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