(Concluded from Part 1.)
The gunas – aka the Trimurthy – are identical with the Mother’s energy. Her energy has been called “Aum.” Let’s look at the significance of the word “Aum” from this angle. (We could look at it from many other angles.)
Aum can be visualized as a sine wave, composed of an upward incline, a plateau, and a downward incline.
- Akar is the upward incline: Rajas, creation, Brahma.
- Ukar is the plateau: Sattwa, preservation, Vishnu.
- Makar is the downward part: Thamas, transformation, Shiva.
The Divine Mother does not only create this universe using the gunas, but all the universes of the multiverse.
The Divine Mother is herself a direct emanation of God, beyond universes and dimensions. I think we sometimes associate her only with this one world, when she is the author of all worlds.
Let me include the third Member of the Trinity now. Just very briefly. However, even from a short treatment, one does begin to see the picture the puzzle pieces present – the perennial philosophy behind the world’s religions.
Take the divine spark of the Father (the unconditioned Brahman or Godhead) and introduce it into the temple provided by the Mother – namely, the human body and in particular the heart – and you have the third member of the Trinity: us, the Divine Child.
However, when discussing the Trinity as referring to the levels of reality, sages usually ignore the physical body that the spark is housed in and consider the spark alone as the third member of the Trinity.
Speaking only of the spark, Jesus called it the “Christ.” Hindus call it the Atman or Brahman-within-the-individual. Our eternal essence is a spark of the Divine, a lamp always burning on the altar of the heart, a firebrand plucked from the burning.
It’s the task of the individual to descend into unknowingness of its essence and then to emerge into knowingness again.
Why does the Godhead (ultimately) or the Mother (operationally) assume various forms? Sri Ramakrishna explains:
“The mother cooks different dishes to suit the stomachs of her different children. Suppose she has five children. If there is a fish to cook, she prepares different dishes from it — pilau, pickled fish, fried fish, and so on — to suit their different tastes and powers of digestion.” (5)
I said earlier that I shied away from studying the personal God and the transcendent Godhead because of my aversion to my earthly Father. Fortunately the Godhead has provided other forms for me to worship; in my case, the Divine Mother.
When I interviewed her on An Hour with an Angel in 2012, the Divine Mother confirmed that the Trimurthy/gunas was an example of her providing different forms for her children to worship.
Divine Mother: [The Trimurthy] is much the same as we have been speaking of. It is a way in which my beloved children can come to know me and to have that experience. It is formless, and yet it is form.
It is a way of connection, and it is a way of understanding and entering into a higher vibration of being. So it helps the emergence into my energy.
Steve Beckow: Sort of like stair steps?
DM: That is correct.
DM: And you have all been climbing! (6)
If we can grasp the larger picture, we can see, at least conceptually, what the world’s religions are wanting to tell us: They want us to see that we go up those stair steps of enlightenment the Divine Mother is describing to complete our journey home to God. (7)
When we restrict our vision to Third Dimensionality, at each stage of our departure from it, we would ordinarily realize another level of the Trinity. (I’m not sure if this process is being followed in our Ascension or whether the gradually-rising energies are doing the same work for us.)
First we realize the Christ or Atman in fourth-chakra enlightenment; then the Mother or Holy Spirit in sixth-chakra enlightenment; and then the Father or Brahman in seventh-chakra enlightenment.
Life’s purpose is for each of us to realize who we truly are – God. God’s purpose in creating life was to have the pleasure of meeting itself in a moment of our enlightenment. When any one of us realizes who she or he truly is, God meets God.
In my view, deciding to know about them – and, even more so, knowing them – launches us on one of the most rewarding adventures we can embark on in life. The deeper we know the Trinity, the deeper is our bliss.
(5) Sri Ramakrishna in Nikhilananda, Swami, trans. The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna. New York: Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center, 1978; c1942, 81.
(6) “The Divine Mother: Come to Me as I Come to You – Part 1/2,” Oct. 17, 2012, at http://goldenageofgaia.com/2012/10/17/the-divine-mother-come-to-me-as-i-come-to-you-part-12/. The stair steps I refer to are: Choosing a form of God, worshipping that form, seeing its form in a moment of enlightenment, and knowing its formless aspect in another moment of enlightenment.
(7) Because very few people are familiar with the term “Godhead,” I’m returning now to the everyday use of “God” to mean the “Godhead.”