God is Life, and Life is Consciousness
So what’s the problem?
God is life, life is consciousness, and we are consciousness. We, as humans, are rational beings able to reason for ourselves. To the ordinary ear, to hear that we are ‘transmigrators’ may sound far fetched, but to a reasonable person, on hearing that scientists are trying to download consciousness into a machine (with the possibility of uploading consciousness or data into a human), then why can’t consciousness itself be able to transmigrate?
So, it’s not beyond the bounds of possibility that we are transmigrators. If science is “the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behaviour of the physical and natural world” – then aren’t we all scientists? If we look, then we know. The only difference between science and spirituality is that, in spirituality, there is a recognition of the consciousness that is aware of the science.
Nature is created by causes and conditions – attraction and repulsion – creating conditions for consciousness to enter a particular body or form. That is the nature of the universe.
At some point, when the Earth – which is inert matter, gases and chemicals – was formed, the first life appeared, and that was bacteria.
(Bacteria are single-cell organisms that are neither plant nor animal: they can be found in soil, water, plants, animals, radioactive waste, deep in the earth’s crust, arctic ice and glaciers, and hot springs. There are bacteria in the stratosphere and the atmosphere between 6 and 30 miles up, and in the ocean depths, down to 32,800 feet.)
Bacteria is the basis of complex life. All life forms are sentient, and therefore conscious.
Consciousness enters a form when conditions are right.
There is an incalculable number of ‘beings’ alive on this planet that have a form. Just consider how many beings there are without form, hanging around waiting to reincarnate! This is just in the vicinity of the planet Earth. Now consider the infinite universe, full of sentient being looking for a ‘home’ … it’s mind boggling, isn’t it?
In the Bardo teachings, it is said that beings can go anywhere and see anything through the power of desire, karma, and deliberate compassion. This is truly, truly mind boggling 😀
All beings have the same consciousness, the same essential nature of emptiness, free from contaminating concepts, but we are ignorant of this essential nature and so are constantly being blown here and there. Life finds a way to manifest, and life can realise its true nature – you can call it what you want.
We are bound to clash because we are ‘bound’ by fixated ideas and so, at some point, we will disagree. This is obvious and understandable, as we are all at different stages of evolution. Don’t some animals have more compassion than humans? Aren’t some humans more aggressive than animals? At least animals kill for food, and not because they don’t like someone!
When, through realisation of our essential nature, we are no longer bound by conditional ideas, then life becomes love. There is only one, true love, and that has to be unconditional.
We do not have to be experts, or wait for experts to tell us how we are. We already know everything! Our bodies are made up of the universe, and our minds have the nature of universal consciousness: there is nothing other than consciousness anywhere, so the universe is within you!
From bacteria to enlightenment.