We’re trying to explore ways of shifting our consciousness from the personal vantage point to the divine vantage point which cannot be done by trying to do it. And even if one says that they, let’s say the consciousness of the whole universe is present within our vantage point. If we’re not aware of it, then it doesn’t mean a thing. So, we want to make this real.
If you remember what I said is that to understand Sufism you must know that one’s always seeing things from two antipodal vantage points: one’s personal and the divine vantage point, which you could call the overview that the universe has of itself. And then one learns how to extrapolate between those two. So the consequence is with this bipolarity you have a kind of dynamics that you would not have if you were limited to—you’re trying to reach beyond your personal vantage point. You can’t do it yourself. As I said, you can’t pull yourself up with your bootstraps.
So, for this morning meditation, let’s use an analogy. So, we’ll be proceeding step by step. So, imagine that there’s this wonderful being whom you don’t know, would like to know, and who is reavealing him/herself, all the different dimensions of his/her being, to you. And at first, using devices, and then gradually you get more and more into the consciousness of that being, the being of that being and so on. You—there are different steps.
I could even think about some of the great rishi’s whom I have met and meditated with in the Himalayas or dervishes in Ashmir or then, of course, Pir o Murshid Inyat Khan. So you are—so that’s the first step and then afterwards you try to imagine what it’s like for this to be God instead of a person you can sit—in whose presence you can be seated.