Being and Becoming
Andrew Cohen, founder of What is Enlightenment?
magazine, is pioneering a new and radical vision of human
spirituality called Evolutionary Enlightenment, in which he
casts the ultimate nature and purpose of human life within a
vast developmental context—all the way from the creation
of the universe to the present moment and beyond.
In this fast paced dialogue, recorded live at the
EnlightenNext center in Boston, Massachusetts, Andrew delivers a
concise and passionate explanation of the basic philosophical
and experiential differences between this evolving view of
enlightenment and the traditional eastern teachings (from
Buddhism to Advaita-Vedanta) so popular in spiritual world
Responding to a question about the basic nature of
enlightenment, Andrew launches into a comprehensive explanation
of how Evolutionary Enlightenment combines both the experience
of the unconditioned, or timeless ground of being, with the
inherent complexity and forward movement of creation itself.
Rather than escaping from the world in order to find true peace,
as many traditions maintain, Andrew says that our highest
fulfillment as human beings is realized in our total engagement
with the world. By becoming enlightened expressions of
the creative impulse itself, we can transcend the contradictions
between being and becoming, between the underlying emptiness of our true nature and our unrelenting engagement at the edge of creation itself.