reply to post by TiM3LoRd
the difference between my egotism and what i believe yours is that i believe you have the right to yours but you dont think i have the right to
If that were true, why do you point out my egotism? Whats the purpose in that? I don't deny that the ego exists. In fact, i think there is a divine
significance to its existence.
Stop trying to fix the world and fix yourself. The world is fine YOU'RE the one with the problem.
Again...Have you read William James' "the Varities of religious experience"? There is one part of that book, one premise he makes, which i
absolutely agree with: Each person is attracted to his own truth. Some people need Christianity, while others need Judaism, or Islam, or Zen.....
The problem i feel most people have, is this short sightedness. They've read very little. They found what they wanted, and settled in it, secure that
what they have is the "truth", when what they have is merely THEIR truth, and not the truth. You have appeared to have done the same thing.
I can look at the philosophy of Buddhism, and Zen, ontologically, and see a massive metaphysical failure. It insists on looking at things
"non-dualistically", and yet, we know, the world IS precisely composed of a dualism! They are merely one vessel, looking out at a world beyond form,
before time and space, at the void, and saying "This is it!".. This is what the Hindus have done, and what the gnostics did, and the Easterners have
succeeded in de-theologizing this apprehension of reality. Do you know what my compunction with it is? Its total onesidedness. Its total disregard for
the particular, for the form, the for the living symbol that is the world God created.
Thus, to look at it another way. Who is responsible for the wonders of the modern age? The Easterners, absorbed in their nothingness? Or the west,
based as it is on its metaphysical systems.
The truth is, there is relativity even between the the 'void' and "non-duality" and the world of creation and order. The void DOES NOT negate the
world as it is, and to think it does, leads to great great evils; its not a surprise, for instance, that communism has thrived best in lands formerly
Taoist or Buddhist, such as in China, Korea, Cambodia, Vietnam.....This disregard for the particular, for the 'moral' has led to a system of the
"all" which impresses itself and imposes itself, beyond all recognition, on the individual.
In my studies, i have come to the conclusion that while there is a truth to all great religions, there is also a relevance and importance, a SOCIAL
IMPERATIVE, divinely imparted to man, through the Hebrew Torah, to follow basic moral precepts, as a matter of metaphysical profundity - to establish
a world-order that can sustain itself by containing its unfettered power.
Before you make a movement, you constrict you muscles. The constriction occurs whether you're conscious of it, or whether you are in a "zen" like
state. Similarly, it is said that before God created the world, he constricted his presence, creating a 'void'; within this void, the world - order
- was established. So to, the human being IS, indeed, supposed to live in tune with his environment. But at the same time, paradoxically, he has to
exercise proper and responsible judgement.
It is nothing but childish and arrogant nonsense to maintain that:
"There are levels of reality you are not privy to. pictures withing pictures that lead to a larger picture that it seems you havent had the pleasure
First, i HAVE experienced those 'subtleties' you refer to. Its not exactly a concept someone who studies religions as ardently as myself doesn't
encounter. However, this is precisely what i am calling on man to avoid: to avoid the impression that only one reality is of the utmost importance.
On a larger note, this is why the Jews have been opposed by the Christians, and Muslims, both of whom emphasize this 'void', the Gnostic
"Abraxas", "Al Khadir" or in Kabbalistic terminology, the "Ein Sof".
There needs to be a balance, just like there is between the west and the east, up and down, the moral and the transcendental.
In the Kabbalistic system, Asia corresponds to the sphere (or energy) of Chesed - expansiveness, and so, the eastern mind naturally inclines to this
expansive, non-obstructive, mode of thought and life. The Easterners in their total one-sidedness, their connection to the right, to the infinite,
neglect the role of the left. Conversely, the West is too materialistic, too immersed in the left, in forms, in 'order'. There is a need for balance
between these positions, but each balance, in each place, can be made in its own way.
The only thing i call for is a moral awareness against excess, against being irresponsible. The Eastern mind seems to have this intense anxiety about