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We have certainly come up with very elaborate and fancy ways of identifying and labeling the reality we perceive but in the end its all just
How much have you read???
What spiritual subjects have you exposed yourself to, ignoring the obvious eastern philosophy?
The problem with this attitude, that all things are "equal" is that it is appears to me as a symptom of a sort of disequilibrium in consciousness.
It's most interesting that this attitude tends to affect the far east - to the far right, and the far west - to the far left.
In Hinduism for instance, I think there's an idea worth considering here. The interacting energies of Vishnu and Shiva, when they are balanced, gives
rise to creation - Brahma. In other words, reality - creation - only takes place when the interacting forces are even. When it's only one way or
another way, creation is still an abstract potential, but it doesn't take place until they are calmed, and equilibrated.
The far East is known for having an altogether different approach to spirituality, and I tend to agree with Frithjof Schuon assessment of it, which
is, they think in non-metaphysical terms. And you too seem to have a dislike for metaphysical language.
Anyways, the religions of the Middle East - The Semitic religions - which also happen to be the ones which emphasize the reality of a creator,
"coincidentally", also happen to be situated at the center of the world. What does that suggest to you? Probably nothing. Because again, the Far East
spirituality has an intense dislike for metaphysical reality.
Study more religions than the one you like. That's my advice to you. I have exposed myself to everything ; to Buddhism, and Zen (which i can
appreciate), Taoism, Shinto, Hinduism, Sikhism, Islam (Sufism), Christianity (Gnosticism), Native American spirituality, and of course Judaism. I feel
i have a wide perspective - but apparently, anytime i share the perspective with someone fixed in his own dogma, it bothers them. So i often encounter
the quick retort of "no one knows the truth".
That statement can be analyzed at two levels. At the absolute, it is true, no one can know the truth, and indeed, the truth doesn't even matter. This
is because at the absolute, everything is equal, and everything is equally irrelevant. The religions of the east (which in metaphysical terms, is
proximity to the source i.e. the absolute) you find this mentality most prevalent. As you move westwards, this mentality continues to dominate, but
within the framework of a metaphysical doctrine, as in the Vedanta (Hinduism), Islam, and Christianity (Gnosticism)...Whereas the very far west, in
the Americas, the concept of the absolute, is not regarded as relevant. What's important to the Natives of North America is the imminent Mother Earth.
So i notice that each part of the earth impresses it's own archetypal energy on the people who inhabit it. The far east seeks divinity in the absolute
- the void. The far west, in the imminence of Nature. And in between, in a metaphysical unity between both impressions.
Perhaps all perceptions have a truth. But maybe the perceptions which only regard one pole - the absolute, or the other, the immanent, are inherently
one sided, and only consider one half of the picture. Truth is an equality, and interinclusion, of both perspectives. And no revelation, in my
opinion, combines the different aspects of reality as the Hebrew Torah (at the level of the esoteric, meaning, metaphysical) does. Fom what I have
learned in Kabbalah, and the Hebrew language, i truly believe - based on an objective analysis of the language - that there is something quite
different, and unique, about the Hebraic revelation. This is only comprehensible to someone who reads and studies Hebrew. To you, it is meaningless.
But to many people, and certainly not just myself, Hebrew has been called "the language of God", from ancient times, the middle ages, to Modern times.
Even Freemasonry bases itself on the Hebrew tongue. The very word "Hebrew" "Ivrit" means "Crossing", as in, the passage from this world to the other
The mystery is more than just the profound metaphysics, but in Gematria. Word roots are impressive and all (and all languages are built at an
archetypal word root level, so Hebrew is no different here) but what really boggles the mind, and I say this as someone who also studies Koine Greek,
as well as Arabic, is that this language is archetypally consistent. Words with equivalent numbers (Unlike in other cultures i.e. India and the Muslim
world, Hebrew letters = numbers) always share an archetypal association.
So because of this, a knowledge of the religion itself, and its sheer uniqueness, relative to all other religions (and one can really only appreciate
this by reading all the religions, plus subjects like Theosophy, Perennially philosophy which compare the various philosophies...often excluding
Judaism from the picture) I have a faith in the central truth of the Torah.
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