The Balanced Path To Enlightenment

A balanced state of being is key to a proper mode of functionality. If one tilts too far into either extremes of chaos or order, then peril is sure to ensue. Too much orderliness then leads to tyranny which becomes the predominant driving force. On the other hand, if one delves too much into the realm of openness, then nihilism becomes the accompanying mode of being that drives the individual into a abysmal state of being.

This concept of balance can be found within the teachings of both Christ and Buddha, as well as many other belief systems. And it is this way of balance, or middle way in Buddhism, that is a prerequisite to achieving a higher state of enlightenment.

“And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate (balanced) in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.”

I Corinthians 9:25 NKJV

Avoiding both these extremes, the Perfect One has realized the Middle Path; it gives vision, gives knowledge, and leads to calm, to insight, to enlightenment and to Nibbana. -Buddha

Even Christ Himself when teaching His disciples how to move mountains, (that which many believe to be a figurative notion, and yet Christ is speaking of a literal, physical mountain in the vicinity of Himself and His disciples) He claims that in order to achieve such a feat one must adhere to the practice of prayer, or properly put that of meditation, and fasting.

“So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer (meditation) and fasting.””

Matthew 17:20-21 NKJV

Prayer, the stillness of one’s consciousness, is symbolically represented in the form of chaos, or better put, that of an inactive state of being. And yet, fasting, that is the act of sacrifice, is symbolically represented as a state of order, or an active state of being. It is only through the conjunction of these two modes of being working together that leads one to ascend to a higher state of consciousness. It is the working together of both inactivity and activity; chaos and order that helps an individual achieve another level of enlightenment.

“Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”

James 2:22, 26 NKJV

Again, we see the same unifying dichotomy being exemplified in the book of James wherein he speaks of faith and works working together to help one achieve a higher state of perfection. His claim is that it is neither by faith alone nor works alone that one achieves ascension, but rather through the utilization of the two together that produces the fruit of the spirit and helps one ascend to greater heights. Faith here being represented as the inactive state of chaos, whereas works is represented as the active state of order; both of which are necessary in one’s ascent within their God given calling.

On final note, this balanced and ascended way of life is not a simple, linear path as one might think in our modernized and rationalized western minds today might perceived, but rather it is an continual adaptive way of being that is best depicted within the middle way of the Yin Yang represented previously. The middle way here is represented in a snake like pattern to help the observer better understand that the way of life and the way of an ascended, balanced path is a continuous adaptability between the manifestation of chaos and order as they present themselves at each passing moment. This notion, of course, also suggest the present awareness of the individual in the moment as they combat, learn and adapt to what God presents them with at any given moment in the passage of time. And this adaptability is also what helps one grow, mature and ascend overtime.

-Michael Thacker

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