I wrote a blog recently regarding the charging of money for spiritual teaching. In that blog, I pointed out that the Spiritual teacher may need to learn to embrace poverty. Without bringing up all that again, a question was asked regarding poverty as a "virtue". While I may not categorize poverty, itself as a virtue, the total acceptance of it, should it come, is a most welcome attitude on the spiritual search.
16And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
17And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
18He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,
19Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
20The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?
21Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
22But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.
23Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
24And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
25When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?
26But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.
That brings me to the final part of the title of this note; the Cross. Many people have asked me, in view of Advaita, non-duality, or awareness, how does the Cross fit in. Many are aware that Christ taught a form of non-dual awareness, but do not see the meaning or purpose for the crucifixion in any advaita sense. Whether one is a believer or not, the Cross is significant in that it points to surrender. Whether for a Christian or an Advaitin, surrender is the key that opens the door to understanding. When the mind had reached it's limit of understanding, and surrenders to the heart, a whole new, unspoken understanding floods the open mind and heart. The Cross speaks of complete surrender, acceptance of fear, acceptance of death. The "letting go" needed in advaita is no less. Surrender to this "death" of the mind, and "resurrect" to the freedom you have always had.
Renunciation, the Cross we must bear. To be open to all, we must be free of concern for tomorrow. In response to my note on Spiritual Teachers, I was told that this was why they needed to charge for teaching. My response was that this view shows no trust in the unfolding. To trust in the unfolding is to be part of it. Renunciation frees us, not what we have laid aside. Our peace must not depend on well laid plans, but a willingness to surrender unto death. Non-Duality requires more than talk, but a willingness give up all we hold for all we are.