+Seraphim (seraphimsigrist) wrote,
+Seraphim
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JOSEPH CAMPBELL, SATCHITANAND,AND THE BLIND MAN.

Friends,
Tomorrow we will ,in the context of the Sundays after Easter, read the
Gospel of the blind man (John 9:1-38) which speaks also of the inner
spiritual,if you will eye, which may or may not see.
In "The Power of Myth" a series done with Bill Moyers on public television
the mythologist and noted author Joseph Campbell used the expression 'follow
your bliss', this became both a catch phrase and controversial. He started
from the old Indian expression "SAT.CHIT.ANAND." "Being Consciousness Bliss"
and says that while the first two may be shrouded in mystery , if one finds
the rapture of being alive ,that track will lead one to right knowledge
of them.
Let us say that this is to know the happiness of knowing oneself grounded
in the being of self which comes from and joins to that of God... "we are
flowers" says George Herbert and if we seek to be other than that in the
garden we are like those "who forsake their paradise for their pride."
This likely approximately Campbell's meaning, restated (as he did himself
in discussing the phrase) and it amounts to at least one side of the
Gospel's sense of seeing rather than blindness surely.
Another side is to recognize the appearance of Christ, in the Gospel story
at the end, and in the question of recognition in many of the post
resurrection stories also... of the Lord in the joy of others but also
in their need "inasmuch as you have done it for the least of these my
brothers..."
this also is it would seem part of what it means to be inwardly seeing
rather than blind...
if this is a lesser theme for Campbell it may be possible to speak of
a certain one-sidedness to his thought on the journey to bliss without
however missing the good he brings and the light in saying "When you
follow your bliss...doors will open where you would not have thought
there would be doors, and where there wouldn't be a door for anyone else."
let us add your bless with and in and from the Risen Lord...
this ramble and these flowers from maybe George Herbert's garden
seen today.
+Seraphim

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Anonymous

May 24 2014, 18:12:31 UTC 1 year ago

Man is indeed blind from his birth until the Sun within man becomes so bright and brilliant, that man's eyes are sealed to the lower states of being, and he sees in completeness the Holy Mysteries. The Christ healed the blind on the Sabbath Day when the "Great Stillness " pervades the entire Being. Then also can we be sealed with the flow of Divine Waters within our Being, When this occurs, man can also say, as in verse 25b: " One thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see." By: Maryangela Toombs
it's a lovely metaphor - the flowers :)
I din't get what else one would want to be, in this context, out of pride? A caterpillar?

Also wondering: if man was supposed to be a gardener in the garden, is it the same after his downfall (sin)

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Speaking literally about all things that flower - it's been a glorious Spring this year...
"Let us say that this is to know the happiness of knowing oneself grounded
in the being of self which comes from and joins to that of God..."

Beautifully said. It's easy to become blinded by life's anxieties and pains, so it's good to be reminded that this kind of happiness is possible.