Infant And The Sage Consciousness: By Dr. Mourad Rashad
Infant’s Consciousness and the Sage Consciousness
Adam and the Garden of Eden
Christ Consciousness and Man’s consciousness
If we consider that every born child is “Adam “and he is born in the Garden of Eden, then we can glimpse a lot of things.
Man is initially created an insightful awareness –when he was an infant until his early childhood. An insightful awareness that sincerely and devoutly contemplates the surroundings without any thought of him as a center. The surroundings or better termed the content of -so to say- “his” consciousness or awareness.
This content is what I call the “Divine Manifestation”. The child did not yet categorize nor differentiates a mother, a father, a tree, a mountain, a toy or –so to say- “his” body.
Why I call it Divine Manifestation? It is a Divine Manifestation from the perspective of the infant. What makes it a Divine Manifestation? It cares for and sustains the infant, all the infant’s needs are fulfilled instantaneously, and the infant lacks nothing. Perfection is fully realized in his immediate experience. If man contemplates this Divine Manifestation, he will realize that he opened “his” eyes and experienced this Divine Manifestation, “he” came into being in that Manifestation, “he” sprouted from that Manifestation, “he” was just in this Divine Manifestation. He might even call it the Creator of the appearances experienced. The Whole content of consciousness or awareness could be considered his Mother or Father. The infant opened “his” eyes and experienced this Divine Appearance, it was always there, and the infant came into It. This Divine Manifestation, when examined more closely from the position of the infant with a deep adult comprehension, It will be seen that It is ALL Caring, Sustains Itself and Sustains all the Manifestations or Appearances in It. It is ALL Caring and Sustaining, the ALL Supporting, the Only Doer and even the ALL and Only Aware; because from the infant perspective, the awareness is -so to say- not “his” yet, the infant did not yet attribute this Awareness to any individual and separate item in this Divine Manifestation. The ALL Cognizant and the ALL Wise. The Only Caring, Aware, Cognizant, Doer and Wise, every single Manifestation is being taken care of, supported and sustained. Care and Sustenance reaches every Manifestation according to its needs. Nothing is in excess. The Manifestations are harmoniously interwoven and wisely sustained. These attributes –just described- fit snugly to the attributes of The Lord, The Divine, or God. A God or a Divinity or a Lord that Reigns Alone, Dwells Alone, A One without a second and constitutes an integrated Oneness. An Oneness where the infant’s consciousness is an organic component in this Oneness of the Experience. That is why all religions consecrate and Praise this Pure and Innocent consciousness, because it mirrors the Divine Manifestation faithfully without any division and without any cleavage. In other words, This Pure Consciousness and the Divine Manifestation are actually ONE; they were never separated at any moment in time.
Nevertheless, due to the process of conditioning of the infant by his society, the infant grew an ego or a self-assertive egoistic mind. Man’s ego or self-assertive mind was created due to this process. This newly created ego, this newly created monster claimed the sustenance and care to itself, thus changed this original Pure Consciousness of man into the self-assertive egoistic mind. This self-assertive egoistic mind lost all devotion and appreciation to the Divine Manifestation and instead replaced it with egoistic and possessive love. Accordingly, the man with his self-assertive egoistic mind viewed what was originally a Divine Manifestation as fragmented separate and warring items. Separate items experiencing pain and misery. This transformation is for one sigle reason, just to exercise his own free will, to assert his own individual and separate existence. This is man’s illusion; this is the dream of the man having a self-assertive egoistic mind. That is why the human mystical legacy described man’s world as an illusion.
This transformation, of what was initially the One Integrated Divine Manifestation, is the worldly life of multiplicity we now experience, due to the influence of the self-assertive egoistic mind. Consequently, all harmony, care and support of that Divine Manifestation were lost totally and replaced by the chaotic world we now experience. This lead man to further use his self-assertive egoistic mind in order to try to imitate –poorly and vainly- the original Harmony, expressed in the Care and Sustenance of the Original Divine Manifestation. In other words, man with his self-assertive egoistic mind is trying to take the role of God’s Harmony in the newly transformed worldly life. For that reason man with his self-assertive egoistic mind and all its fantastic conceptual creations, were considered by the three monotheistic religions (Judaism, Christianity & Islam) as the original sin of Adam.
An Original Sin, for which Adam deserved to be expelled from the Garden of Eden. Why Adam, deserved this punishment? Because by eating from the tree of the knowledge of good an evil Adam acted as if he is God. Adam, with his newly acquired knowledge of good and evil thought that he will know what is good for his life and what is bad for his life, thus he has no further need for God.
That damned transformation of the original Divine Manifestation into the chaotic worldly life is only redeemable through regaining man’s initial pure and innocent consciousness or awareness. This can only take place by renouncing the acquired self-assertive instincts and re-attaining the genuine spirit of fathomless devotional reverence that has characterized man’s perception of the content of his awareness during his infancy and early childhood. In other words man has to do without his self-assertive egoistic mind and cultivate the devotional awareness that will inhibit and prevent man from taking the liberties of mutilating and fragmenting that holy ALL SUSTAINING content into the multiplicity of limitless differentiated items. Diverse items that can serve as objects to man’s free will or doer-ship under the influence of man’s self-assertive egoistic mind.
In the Gospel of Thomas Logion # 4
Jesus said, “The person old in days won’t hesitate to ask a little child seven days old about the place of life, and that person will live. For many of the first will be last, and will become a single one.”
In the Gospel of Thomas Logion # 22
Jesus saw some babies nursing. He said to his disciples, “These nursing babies are like those who enter the (Father’s) kingdom.” They said to him, “Then shall we enter the (Father’s) kingdom as babies?” Jesus said to them, “When you make the two into one, and when you make the inner like the outer and the outer like the inner, and the upper like the lower, and when you make male and female into a single one, so that the male will not be male nor the female be female, when you make eyes in place of an eye, a hand in place of a hand, a foot in place of a foot, an image in place of an image, then you will enter [the kingdom].”
It is that fathomless devotional reverence (what all religions term it Love of God) is man’s sole safeguard against any relapse into his heretical worship of the worldly diversity and multiplicity.
This is Christ Consciousness and this is the Sage Consciousness; in contradistinction to the infant’s Consciousness. What is the difference between Christ Consciousness and the infant’s Consciousness? Christ Consciousness have made the full journey from an infant with Pure Consciousness to a man with a self-assertive egoistic mind –with all the pain and misery- and finally returned home as a man with an infant’s Pure Consciousness. A man with the Pure Consciousness of the infant, together the understanding and the reverence to this virgin Pure Consciousness. While the infant has a cycle to complete, because he yielded to the tiniest temptation to let that virgin Pure Conscious become transformed to the self-assertive egoistic mind under the influence of conditioning.