a reply to: gosseyn
As far as I've been able to discern from my own research, aside from native spirituality, the religions of the world originated from a Golden Age in
Ancient India, where the sacred science of Brahmavidya formed the very cornerstone of their civilization, as a first cause in everything, including
the affairs of people.
The Jews were a wandering Aryan (meaning civilized) Caucasian tribe who'd settled in that region, who Plato and others involved in ancient historical
study, referred to as the Calani, before moving to the area of Ur, where Abraham was born, who's very name may be a derivative of I-Brahmin and from
which Jerusalem was then built as the centerpoint of a society in relationship with God.
Even Jesus' statement of "I and the father are one" seems to reflect the ancient Hindu idea of Atma and Brahma as two sides of the same coin where
"Atma and Brahma are one".
So the world religions morphed out of an honest inquiry into the deep nature of Being, which gave rise to Taosim, Confucianism, Buddhism, and later
Judaism, and Islam, but sprang from a deep meditation as to the underlying nature of reality and the role and place of the Human Being as a
consciously aware observer in relation to the Godhead.
In ancient times, the religious pursuit was also a philosophical one in pursuit of Virtue as the good life lived well and in congruent alignment with
the whole of it all, even unto the Godhead of which we're an intrinsic part, perhaps even made to be in relationship with as if standing right next to
it once the wall of the ego-self was removed or rendered transparent. This viewpoint also appears to have informed Jesus in his understanding of the
true nature of the human being in relation to God as the first cause (Father) and the all-in-all.
But yes, you would need to have harnessed agriculture in order for there to be time for such a practice to be pursued via meditation and yoga.
I don't have the time to do it, but there's a lot of evidence to support this hypothesis including a layering on of the Jewish mystical tree of life
onto the chakra system as it was understood according to these ancient practitioners and sages.
In other words the world's religions did not come about merely as a personification of the forces of nature but via a deep inquiry into the very heart
of reality wherein our fundamental relationship to the absolute, eternal Godhead, was understood, experientially, and where Virtue was the highest aim
as the very basis of civilized life and the well being of society, at all levels.
It is therefore exceedingly ignorant and juvenile to presume that religion was invented by man as a control mechanism, even though it might have been
later hijacked in that way and for that purpose.
Part of the problem arose with Aristotle, who sought to codify and categorize everything for the purpose of institutionalizing academia. That threw us
out of paradise right there, by setting us apart from Virtue as the highest pursuit of life for man in relation to God and turning that pursuit into a
dialectic or a debate about
Newtonian materialism and the view of the universe as an impersonal machine with the human being set apart, then removed us once again form the center
and the source of life, until that is the predominantly held view to this day.
As to some of the events of the Old Testament, it's hard to say if that was God, God, or agents, powers, principalities, ancient aliens etc.
interfering in the course of civilization yet, paradoxically, doing God's work by creating a prophetic frame through which the Teacher appeared to
perform a Great Work as a type of immovable cornerstone of reason and logic based upon the true wisdom of that originating Golden Age, a big part of
which involved a repudiation of ancient Egyptian systems of organization that placed the Pharaoh at the apex of the pyramid, a place that man isn't
really mean to assume, if everyone is to be in relationship with
God, as the basis of human Virtue, humility, lovingkindness etc. Such top-down
structures lead to oppression and corruption. The Bible can in many ways been seen as God's own fight against the domination system of the ages, even
unto the present day.
In more "modern" times, aside form Jesus, I think that the struggle of King David best exemplifies the nature of the relationship, and the tension
with a world gone mad. If you take the time to read the Psalms, you'll understand what I mean by that.
A very deep inquiry into the basis of the precepts of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount" also lays the foundation for the type of reason and logic involved
whereby he certainly spent a great deal of time in deep thought and contemplation to come into this realization, and put it into words that people
Sadly, in many ways, "religion" in the modern sense of the word, has lost it's original context and frame of reference where there's a rational basis
for faith, and the understanding that there are certain obligations that arise from the fact that we all share the same one ground of being and
becoming, in God.
P.S. the meaning of the word "Religion" is - to rejoin.
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