myth : religion
All of life is a meditation.
Most meditation is
concern about material conditions is a burden never lifted.
Material concerns can never be completely
solved as they are infinite.
There is absolutely no way of making a
organic organism perfectly secure.
Human beings rise above material
concerns when realizing satisfaction of the
flesh is an impossibility that can
never be accomplished in reality.
attempted to communicate
spiritual consciousness to children throughout human history by
narratives in attempts to explain
the ineffable in
a metaphoric allegoric
Myths, always about the
human journey through life, are designed to bring us to
a level of consciousness
that is spiritual in essence.
Myths offer life models.
Life models to live
models to imitate and
For the living models of myths to perform their
function correctly they must be both culturally and temporally in tune with
their social group.
The religious myth,
a model for living, must
be appropriate for time
and place to function smoothly as the
literialist intrepretation of religious myths belongs in
the mystical past when giants
roamed and gods descended to
To interpret religious myths
literally is to become out of sync with present social cultural conditions and
accept religious myths literally is to descend into a hyperreality in which
everything must be given a mask to conform to
the dogmatic belief system.
As children grow into adults they
recognize the impossibilty of interpreting the
imaginative religious myths literally
and lose faith in the dogmatic
literialist religion that has been taught them.
At this point in time the child
must become an adult with
responsibilities if the tribe is to survive.
Initiation ceremonies into the
tribe are designed to break the
of a child and initiate
a paradigm shift in
The main responsibility of the child, up until this
time, was to simply survive in an
inhospitable world of ice and steam but now, he or she, must contribute to
the continual prosperity of the tribe.
So the tribe introduces the
child to their ineffable patron, breaks the
worldview and welcomes the
newly rebirthed member a place at the meeting table with the
All cultural symbols originate in
a cultures founding
The cultural symbols
of the Abrahamic traditions of
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam originated in
a priestly elite of
Akhenaten that had fled the counter revolution that deposed
The priestly elite of
Moshe Rabbenu needed a new
theological system other than that of the deposed
Tutankhamun while fully
adhering to the monotheistic tradition began by
Akhenaten with which to lead
their band of ignorant nomadic warriors.
cobbled together various local
myths to come up with the
socially engineered foundation for their local nomadic warrior god Yahweh.
Unfortunately certain ponerological
elements crept in originally to keep the warriors under social control and
later to assimilate the Canaanites.
To keep the warriors under control the
priests of Yahweh came up with the concept of being born into sin after being
separated from Yahweh.
The idea of inherent
corruption placed upon your
Eternal Soul at birth
as ordained by Yahweh puts the
victim who falls for the ponerological pathology into a servile condition
to those who claim to be interpreters
of the will of Yahweh and those who claim to
be intercessors for Yahweh.
assimilate the Canaanites the
Cult of Yahweh had to demonize
the Canaanites religion,
originally an Egyptian colony, as
Baal, fertility god of the
Canaanites was the Apis
bull, fertility god of the Egyptians.
Cult of Yahweh
hybrid engineered religious
tradition rejected the symbiotic relation with
nature by derogation of 'nature religions'.
In place of the forces of
nature, which define reality quite eloquently, concepts of what is good for
people and what is bad for people originate in the minds of men who may, or may
not, be correct in their assessment.
The shift from
a nature religion to a sociological
religion makes it difficult for us to
link back to nature.
When the focus
was moved off nature the focus was moved onto identifying human behavior as
either good or evil.
the foundation of the
religion is laid in the mortar of the ethics of what behavior is considered
good and what is behavior is considered evil then
everything must be catagorized as
either good or evil and
these judgements of behavior
morph over time as ethics of
good or evil are defined by the tribe
who very well may have demons of
their own that they are attempting to exorcise:
Dobson, Jim Bakker,
Robertson, Ted Haggard,
religion gets mired in allowing a priestly class to decide for the Creator and
Sustainer what is good for humankind and what is bad for humankind then you are
in for a rough ride.
The original symbolic
imagery of the religion may very well be corrupted to the point were it
conveys a message that is anti-thesis to its original
"Every religion is true when understood metaphorically.
When a religion gets stuck to its own metaphors,
interpreting metaphors as
literal facts, then you are in trouble." - Joseph Campbell
mystical experience and
its interpretation through metaphors
becomes a threat to the existing order.
"The difference between a priest and
a shaman is that the priest
is a functionary and the shaman is someone who has had a
In our tradition it is the monk who seeks the
mystical experience, while
the priest is the one who has
studied to serve the community.
I had a
friend who attended an
international meeting of the Roman Catholic meditative orders, which was held
He told me that the Catholic monks had no problems
understanding the Buddhist
monks, but the clergy of the two religions were unable to understand each
India, I have seen a red ring put around
a lingam stone, and then the
lingam stone is regarded as an
incarnation of the mystery of life.
Typically people think of things in practical material terms, but you
can think of anything in terms of its mystery.
Take any object.
Hold the object and regard the object
in terms of it's
mystery, of it's essence, of it's every facet,
it's every perspective
and it's every dimension.
consecrates the object in your mind making it sacred as you now know the object
Do you really know what anything truly is?
exists in time and space.
it is that anything should exist!
Make the object the
center of meditation, the center of the intelligible mystery of existence,
which fully immerses and
object now becomes the center of the universe.
The axis mundi is
the still point in
the chaotic frantic motion of
In mythological systems in
which the metaphor of the
mystery of reality is the Father you are
going to have a different
set of thought structures than if the metaphor for the
wisdom and mystery of reality is
Christ says, "No
one gets to the Father but by
The Father that
he is talking about is the Creator.
It might be that you can get to
God, the Father, only by
way of Christ.
suppose you need a more nuturing feminine approach.
Then, perhaps, you
need to go by way of the Mother.
There you might prefer Wicca and
hymns to the Goddess.
That is simply another way to get to the
mystery of life.
Understand that each
religion holds within itself a
complete worldview that works well only within
the bounded symbolic conceptual imagery
of the initial religious culture that first forged it.
"How can any cultural in-group
claim ownership of God?
This is a problem you get in the book of
Kings and in Samuel.
The various Hebrew kings were
sacrificing on the mountain tops.
And they did wrong in the
sight of Yahweh.
Cult of Yahweh was a specific movement in the Hebrew community, which
finally conquered the Land of Canaan.
The Cult of Yahweh pushed through a
temple bound patriarchal warrior god, normally worshiped by nomads in the
great outdoors, against the nature cult of the Mother which was celebrated in
all farming cultures by settled
This imperialistic thrust of an 'in group'
culture continues in the West." - Joseph Campbell
are by nature sorters.
We evolved in small bands of hunter-gathers
when there was a selection for within-group amity and between-group enmity.
With our fellow in-group
members, we are cooperative and altruistic.
downside to this social bonding is that
we are also quite tribal and xenophobic to out-group members.
Only when all people
are considered to be members of one global in-group can we begin to attenuate
these out-group associations." - Michael Shermer
Old testament biblical perspectives of
reality are poneroligically biased.
They are not in accord with our
current conceptual understanding of either reality or
the dignity of man.
Abrahamic religions, as
institutionally practiced, are good examples of the
failure of religion to function as
These three religions were designed for
entirely different cultural conditions.
Right there in
Book of Genesis: We are to be the
masters of the Earth.
understanding of reality is based
on the biblical condemnation of nature.
Living as masters of the
Earth actually worked just fine before the industrial revolution and might work
just fine on an Earth with sustainable agriculture.
Separate from nature they have
disqualified themselves by condemning
man to a bleak existence separate from
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