There’s a puzzle in the Mother’s Pattern.
The Mother’s Pattern, you remember, is, in my view, creation, preservation, and transformation. (1)
The created world is characterized by that pattern – arising, persisting, and passing away.
To get at the puzzle, I have to introduce the notion that the purpose of life is for God to meet God in a moment of our enlightenment: “O Thou I!” (2)
This is an act of recognition and realization – the Supreme Realization.
An act of recognition differentiates between God and not-God.
Everything is God, but we’re talking about God in its absoluteness, Source, Creator.
What better way to recognize and realize God than to have a way of telling what is God and what is not God?
The Mother supplies it. How does the Mother’s Pattern help us to accomplish the purpose of life?
The puzzle in the Mother’s Pattern is that she has just described everything we’re to rise above, awaken from, pierce through – the veil of illusion that convinces us that we’re separate and isolated from God rather than being the very God we’re looking for.
The Mother tells us that anything created, preserved, or transformed is anicca, impermanent. Is this the God we seek? Not this, not this, not this – neti, neti, neti. This is not the absolute God, the One without a second.
Only the One is eternal; nothing else is. The Mother tells us what is eternal and what is not: anicca, anicca, anicca, changing, changing, changing, ephemeral, impermanent world.
It isn’t that what we move beyond is not God per se. It’s that we move beyond an illusion that God has created as part of a process designed to awaken us to our true identity – “O Thou I!”
We saw through the illusion of separation and multiplication and awakened to Reality: The mission that Rumi’s king sent us into the country to do has been accomplished. (3)
The course we completed is the same as is laid down for every individual, every individuated point of consciousness, in or out of time.
Gosh, I hope I said that in an understandable way. I also hope I said it in a way that someone at my elbow wanted me to say it.
(1) See “Fundamental to Creation: The Mother’s Pattern,”
(2) “I went from God to God, until they cried from me in me, ‘O thou I!'” (Bayazid of Bistun in Aldous Huxley, The Perennial Philosophy.New York, etc.: Harper and Row, 1970; c1944, 12.)
(3) “There is one thing in this world which must never be forgotten. If you were to forget everything else, but did not forget that, then there would be no cause for worry; whereas if you performed and remembered and did not forget every single thing, but forgot that one thing, then you would have done nothing whatsoever.
“It is just as if a king had sent you to the country to carry out a specified task. You go and perform a hundred other tasks; but if you have not performed that particular task on account of which you had gone to the country, it is as if you have performed nothing at all. So man has come into this world for a particular task [enlightenment], and that is his purpose; if he does not perform it, then he will have done nothing.” (Rumi in A.J. Arberry, trans., Discourses of Rumi. New York; Samuel Weiser, 1977; c1961, 26.)