The One Cannot Be Two

The One Cannot Be Two

_DSC0341-EditAcross the arrow of time, throughout the eons of history, a single process is unfolding. The world’s sacred traditions have all captured the inner significance of this Unity. In the Hindu view, “He is the one God hidden in all beings . . . watching over all worlds.” In the Jewish view, “The Lord is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other.” In the Christian view, “There is one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” In the Sufi view, “All this is God. God is all that is,” and the Baha’i view, “He, in truth, hath throughout eternity been one in His Essence, one in His attributes, one in His works.” Sacred texts are all saying in various ways that the story of Divinity is one story, that all people and all things are of one essence.  

We can see this oneness, as well, by shifting our consciousness to the vantage point that takes in all of reality. From any limited perspective, there will appear to be many realities. But from a perspective of the whole, there is only one Reality. As ‘Abdu’l-Baha puts it, “The Reality of the divine Religions is one, because Reality is one and cannot be two. All the prophets are united in their message. They are like the sun; in different seasons they ascend from different rising points on the horizon.”

This is similar to the idea of the great chain of being, as expressed by Moses de Leon, the thirteenth-century Jewish mystic: “God is unified oneness—one without two, inestimable. Genuine divine existence engenders the existence of all of creation. The sublime, inner essences secretly constitute a chain linking everything from the highest to the lowest . . . There is nothing—not even the tiniest thing—that is not fastened to the links of this chain. Everything . . . is caught in its oneness.”

 

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