The Return with the Boon
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The final stage of spiritual awakening is referred to as The Return. The return always involves service. This is serving the purpose of Love as it is now graced to be expressed through you.
This return is driven by compassion, Love and justice. You return from the centre to the periphery that is this world of form. You cannot stay at the centre otherwise you would never return.
This is what some spiritual seekers are seeking. They wish to live their life blissed out. This is a form of spiritual materialism.
This is why in the Buddhist Tradition we have the individual called the Bodhisattva. This is someone who takes a vow to return to the world in order to alleviate suffering. This return to the world as a living presence of the Message of Love in form really is the sign that one has, in Christian terms, been saved.
It is not any part of the idea that this world can go to hell in a hand basket while the chosen few, usually of a particular religious persuasion live a life of rapture. This kind of thinking is a form of spiritual materialism and a form of ego delusion.
You are created not in order to transcend the world but to bring the radiance of Love into matter. This is the meaning of the invocation, “They will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.”
There is, however, that stage that includes the Refusal of the Return.
This happened to Buddha following his enlightenment. He doubted that he could convey the realisation he had been graced. When the prophet Mohammed received the breakthrough experience he though it came from demons and that he was going mad.
The return does not mean that you will necessarily transform the world.
Your work is to serve the purpose of Love in all the little ways that you are invited to do so. This grace that you are given in the breakthrough experience is not for yourself but for everyone.
You are not apart from the One Life. Your joy comes from learning to expand the Message of Love that has been graced you for the highest good of all.