I am a big idealist when it comes to the thought of keeping things in proper perspective. All things have their opposites (even you) in that being said all things have their soft side and hard side, their comforting side and rebuking side, their physical side and spiritual side, their creative side and destructive side. Think of a red rose and in all its beauty and in that we have to remember it has thorns. But the beauty and the thorns together make it the rose.
In all things balance must be maintained for these forces to exist in each one. I believe that the image in the bible of the lion laying down with the lamb gives us that image of balance and a lot of Christian don’t understand this. If you have been following this blog then you know I have come to understand in a mystical sense that the lion is the flesh and devoirs with its appetites and the lamb is the gentle spirit in us that can get lost and led a stray by outside forces if not watched closely, which are the wolves that howl. In following them both individually they in and of themselves can put us on a path of destruction. The bible says not to stray to the left or the right but keep straight on the path. Gautama Buddha stated, “If you tighten the string too tight it will snap, but if it is too loose it will not play.” From this, he realized that he would have to take a “middle-way” to reach enlightenment and not by using extremes. I see here balance in all things is the way and the path.
The words are a light for this path to find and guide you as you walk the narrow way of balance, not giving into either side and getting carried away. We must find and keep balance in all things.
Fire, water, air and earth are our 4 basic elements and all have the ability to bring forth life and destroy life. We can see and feel the comfort of a campfire as we roast marshmallows and we can see the ravaging of the forest fire. We can feel the gentle refreshing rain as it brings life to all and can see the destruction of the floods and Tsunamis. With the earth we receive bountiful harvest from the fields, find protection in caves and see the wondrous beauties of the mountain’s and valley’s. But the destruction of an earthquake can wipe out cities in a matter of moments. A gentle breeze refreshes on a hot summers day and a tornado or hurricane brings sorrow.
In the idea of the Hindu gods Kali and Shiva represent these two forces. Kali being the Goddess of destruction and Shiva the God of rebirth and life and they go together. The Hindu thought knows this and these two Gods are married because they are one and are opposite of each other. Thus the balance between the two must be shared. So in our own life we too must keep balance from the spirit and the flesh. Yeshua (Jesus) said, “The road to destruction is broad and wide but the path (Gate) to righteousness (or rightness as I call it) is narrow”. Mathew 7:13. ( it is interesting in reading from chapter 7 verse 7 to 13 that it is under the heading Ask, Seek and Knock in the NIV version ).
Getting back to balance, from the flesh side, sex, drugs, alcohol and food are pleasurable and also destructive forces which lead to addictions. From the spirit, religion and magic can be a delight and if carried away it becomes destructive in which hating or killing a brother because he believes different from you.
1 Corinthians 10:23 All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things edify. So where do we find balance? Mathew 7:7-11; 7″Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you”. 8″For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened”. 9″Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10″Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake“? 11″If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him”! Many Christians are taught to believe Jesus was pointing out a negative action here as to say of course we are not going to give a snake or stone as gifts, BUT, if those of you who have insight to the mystical side Jesus was praising the people stating that yes you are teaching your children to go inside and touch the stone with the snake and this is a good gift and when you do then God will give you more. We need to go inside ourselves and seek, knock and ask. As I pointed out in Mathew chapter 7 Jesus was talking about the gate to the path and only a “few” will find it. So are many Christians on a path to destruction by Christ own words? Maybe.
In the above passage I believe Jesus was asking a direct question and not a question that sounds silly. He talks about giving good gifts and by no mistake he used the snake and the stone here which represents the pineal gland (stone) and the Kundilini (snake) in meaning ‘How many of you are teaching your children these things (meditate). The great snake Mucalinda covered Buddha as he sat and meditated while protecting him against the tempest (storm) for seven days. Seven here could be the seven chakra’s. Buddha was under the Bodhi Tree when this happen.
I have found that the Bodhi tree is a Fig tree and it is thought that in the story of Adam and Eve the serpent was in the tree and after the fall Adam and Eve covered themselves with Fig leaves. Jesus had rebuked the fig tree for not having fruit and in another story Jesus saw Nathanael sitting under a fig tree meditating in secret. A fig blossoms from the inside. So we to have to blossom from within. The name meaning of Nathanael is,” God has given”.
The book off Ecclesiastes is about living in balance, to not chase after things in either direction of flesh and spirit but to live in the center of live and find the joy and happiness in the impermanence of it all, because in a hundred years from now all the people on earth will be a new generation and the old will have passed.
15 In this meaningless life of mine I have seen both of these:
the righteous perishing in their righteousness,
and the wicked living long in their wickedness.
16 Do not be over-righteous,
neither be overwise—
why destroy yourself?
17 Do not be overwicked,
and do not be a fool—
why die before your time?
18 It is good to grasp the one
and not let go of the other.
Whoever fears God will avoid all extremes.
We must find the balance within ourselves