On this planet we are generally offered only two answers to the question "Who am I?" When we ask we are told the science answer or the church answer. In a nutshell, the science answer is that we are evolving apes and we need to struggle, strive, and compete to reach a "higher" level of existence; the church answer is that we are all fallen angels and we need to work/prove our worth/clear karma in order to redeem ourselves. People generally pick one or the other of these answers, sometimes bouncing between the two as their dissatisfaction gets the better of them, and then they live their lives until they die.
There is, however, and alternative. This alternative is not common, but it is available for your consideration. This alternative is not provided by science or church, it is provided by mystics, by people like myself, who have had spiritual experiences, and who have thus realized that there is more to it than the priests and the scientists would like to admit. We are, as I would say, not broken down angels in need of extensive cosmic repair nor are we evolving apes ascending toward some distant evolutionary goal. We are, in the right here and the right now, glorious sparks of incarnated consciousness, glorious sparks of divinity. It our purpose and the only worthwhile goal of life to a full realization of this Truth. But don't take my word for it. Below is a list of quotes from some of this world's most famous mystics. As even a perfunctory perusal will reveal, they all say exactly the same thing. We/You are Light; We/You are Golden; We/You are God.
Abu Yizad Bistami
St John of the Cross
Sister Catherine Treatise
Hallaj Husain ibn Mansure
John 10:34 Is it not written in your law, "I have said you are gods."
Mathew 18:17-18 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”
Paul 14: 10 Don't you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me?
Corinthians 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
Jesus in the Oxyrhynchus Sayings: And the Kingdom of heaven is within you and whosoever knoweth himself shall find it. And, having found it, ye shall know yourselves that ye are sons and heirs of the Father, the Almighty, and shall know yourselves that ye are in God and God in you. And ye are the City of God.
नाम रूप गुण दोष वर्जितम् |
देश काल विषया तिवर्ति यद्
ब्रह्म तत्त्वमसि भाव यात्मनि ||२५४||
Beyond caste, creed, family or lineage,
That which is without name and form, beyond merit and demerit,
That which is beyond space, time, and sense-objects,
You are that, God himself; Meditate this within yourself.
Sri Sathya Sai Baba
St Catherine of Genoa