Zen of Christ: union of east and west: Ardhanarisvara to Buddha

excerpted from OM, baby! a pilgrimage to the eternal self, by Jack Haas 



In the soul’s movement eastward, the microcosm expands into the macrocosm, the self becomes contiguous with the Self, and Christ becomes Krishna, the Great Cosmic Christ.[1]

The Cosmic Christ, who is Krishna, cannot be understood in terms of individual actions or thoughts, since Krishna is the whole entirety of all individuals and events happening. One entirety. All things, both unmanifest and manifest. This is why faith is so important; faith is the trust of the microcosmic Christ in the macrocosmic Krishna.

            Yoga- the union of macrocosmic Krishna with microcosmic Christ, of the absolute and the relative, of the whole and the part, of the transcendent and the immanent, of the ocean and the drop- is the om awoken as Vishnu, Vishnu awoken as Krishna, Krishna awoken as Christ. The awakening leads to the Awakened One. The Buddha.

            Christ took me to Krishna. Krishna, who was an incarnation of Vishnu, took me to Shiva, in the form of Hari-Hara, the dual God, who is the outcome of the union of Vishnu and Shiva, the Preserver and Destroyer as one.

            Shiva took me to Ardhanarisvara, the androgynous God born from the union of Shiva and Shakti. This union led to Sophia and the Cosmic Christ.


From that all-permeating oneness I came to the Buddha- the Awakened One, the Atman- the impersonal cosmic One.[2] Buddha then took me to the Zen of the Cosmic Christ, which is the great cosmic emptiness filled with Love- ruthless Love. The ruthless Love of oneness. This is the Destroyer and Sustainer, the Devil and Savior, Goddess and God, Hari-Hara, Ardhanarisvara, all opposites dissolved into the singular infinity of the transcendent and immanent Cosmic Christ, wherein all dualities are destroyed in the raging fire of Divine Love.

In the Zen of Christ, the Mother is no longer matter alone, for She has been raised into the limitless, subtle consciousness of eternity. In the Zen of Christ, the Father is no longer consciousness alone, for He has been drawn into the finite, gross matter of time.

The Zen of Christ is the new Avalon which exists parallel to the evolving duality of the human realm. The Zen of Christ is the void married to the actuality, emptiness married to form, eternity united with the ephemeral, and the transcendent merged into the immanent; the two remain two, and yet yin and yang are also one. This is the parallel nature of reality, where multiplicity is unity, east is west, and stillness is motion.

The Zen of Christ is impersonal, universal love.[3]

The great, intimate emptiness is the Cosmic Christ, involved in all and beyond all; it is this supreme Christ cosmic love which inhabits the earth and the heavens, the flesh and the spirit, the space and the form, and is thoroughly immanent and inexpressively transcendent.

            That cold fire of the ubiquitous Christ flame is the transfiguring quantum substratum which quickens the separate, mortal soul into the undivided, eternal all.

            This is the penetrative, uncompromising cosmic love-fractal of oneness, ever evolving beyond the limits which define but cannot bind it.

            Here we come to be the great expansion and yet remain involved in the worldly realm, for we are here to be not here, and here. To be in, and of, and not-of. We are the space and the form, the void and the laughter, the absence and the love.

            And so we arrive as an awoken agent from the ardor of the obliterative, multi-dimensional transcendence with yet the greatest challenge laid out before us- to love this life, this paradigm, this earth, this flesh, this realm. Amen.


[1] The declaration of Saint Paul: "I live not, but Christ liveth in me.", can perhaps better be understood now by understanding the nature of Krishna, the Cosmic Christ. It is said: "Indeed Krishna is the soul of all souls, the Self of all selves, with whom all souls are eternally united. In reality it is Krishna who has become all beings. He has become, indeed, the whole universe." Srimad Bhagavatam, p181 (Trans. Swami Prabhavananda. Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai)

[2] Let us remember that the Buddha is the Hindu incarnation of Vishnu, following Krishna. Gautama Buddha simply expressed a further understanding of the eternal Atman, the great God-space within each of us. Thus, during his time, Buddha ‘modernized’ the immortal teachings of Krishna for his contemporaries. Anyone who reads the sublime passages from the Bhagavad Gita, or Uddhava Gita, and compares them to sublime, esoteric Buddhists texts, will no doubt find a great similarity.

[3] “Love is known when all that makes for the lie of twoness or dualistic consciousness is unknown.”  Eom Ida Mingle, The Third Testament



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