myth : religion
of life is a meditation. Most
meditation is unintentional. People spend
most of their time in meditating on where
their money is coming from and where it's going to go. If you have a family
you're concerned for the family.These are important concerns. Concerns about
Material concerns are a burden that never lifts.
Material concerns never lift due to the fact that they are infinite. There is
absolutely no way of making a organic organism perfectly secure in any
How do we, as human beings, rise above our material
We rise above our material needs when we realize that the
continual satisfaction of the flesh is
an impossibility that can never be accomplished in physical reality.
Adults have attempted to
communicate spiritual consciousness to children throughout human history by
narratives that attempt 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 by.
Living models to
For the living models of myths to perform their
function correctly they must be both culturally and temporally in tune with the
social group to which they are attached.
The religious myth,
a model for living, must be
appropriate for the time and place for
the social culture to function smoothly as the
must be in tune with the moral
necessities of living life here and now.
Dogmatic literialist intrepretation
of religious myths belongs in the
mystical past when giants roamed and gods
descended to Earth.
to interpret religious myths literally you throw yourself out of sync with
present social cultural conditions and values.
Those that accept religious myths
literally must descend into a hyperreality in which
everything must be given a mask to conform to
the dogmatic belief system.
When 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.
the human condition and it happens to every human when they reach
Religion is designed
to bring this extremely complicated thing, a human being, to maturity by
learning to be compassionate and understanding of the human condition and of
At this point in time the child
must become an adult with adult responsibilities if the tribe is to survive.
Initiation ceremonies into the tribe were designed to break
the child's self-centered
worldview and initiate a paradigm shift in
The child's main responsibility, 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
introduced the child to their ineffable patron, breaks the self-centered
worldview and welcomes the newly rebirthed member a place at the meeting table
with the adults.
Cultural symbols originate in a cultures founding
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 Tutankhamun.
The priestly elite of
Moshe Rabbenu needed another
theological system other than that of the deposed
Tutankhamun while fully
adhering to the monotheistic tradition began by Akhenaten with which to lead their rag tag
band of ignorant nomadic warriors.
Moshe Rabbenu and his educated
compatriots cobbled together various local myths to come up with engineered
foundation for their local nomadic warrior
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. The idea of inherent
placed upon your 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 and/or
word of Yahweh and those who claim to be intercessors to Yahweh.
assimilate the Canaanites the priests of the cult
of Yahweh had to demonize the religion of the Canaanites who, having had
trade realtions with the Egyptians over centuries
(originally a colony?), worshiped gods remarkable similar to the point were
Baal, the fertility god of the Canaanites, greatly resembles the Apis bull, the
fertility god of the Egyptians.
engineered religious tradition of the cult of
Yahweh continued to reject humankinds symbiotic relation with nature by
derogation of 'nature
In place of the forces of nature, which define what is
good and bad for the human 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. As 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, as we all
understand, these judgements of behavior morph over time as these
ethics of good or evil are defined by their
adherents who very well may have demons of their own that they are attempting
to exorcise - James C. Dobson, Jim
Bakker, Jim Jones,
Applewhite, Ken Ham, Jimmy
Gordon Robertson, Ted Haggard,
When a 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
"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
The mystical experience and its
metaphors becomes a threat to the existing
"The difference between a priest and a
shaman is that the priest is a functionary and the shaman is someone who has
had a mystical experience. 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 in Bangkok. He told me that the Catholic monks had no problems
understanding the Buddhist monks, but
that it was the clergy of the two religions who were unable to understand each
In 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. Draw
a ring around 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.
Doing this essentially
consecrates the object in your
mind making it sacred as you
now know the object intimately.
Do you really know what the
object truly is?
It is an
object existent in time and space.
Think how mysterious it is that any
object should exist!
object becomes the
the intelligible mystery of
existence, which fully
immerses and surrounds us.
object now becomes the
center of the universe.
axis mundi is the still point in the
chaotic and frantic motion of reality.
I had a
revelation when using my computer about
mythology. You buy a certain software, and there is
a whole set of signals that lead to the achievement of your aim. If you begin
experimenting with signals that belong to another
system of software, they just
Similarly, in mythology - if you
have a mythology in which the
metaphor of the mystery of
reality is the Father, you are
going to have a different set of signals from those that you would have if the
metaphor for the wisdom and mystery of
reality is the
These are two good metaphors.
Neither one is, in reality, an actual
It is as though
the Universe is
is as though the Universe is
Christ says, "No one gets to
the Father but by me."
Father that he was talking about was the Creator.
It might be that you
can get to God, the Father, only by
way of Christ.
other hand, suppose you are going by way of
the Mother. There you
might prefer Kali, and the hymns to the goddess. That is simply another way to
get to the mystery of your life. You must understand
that each religion is a category of software that has its own set of signals
that works well only within the bounded conceptual symbolic
imagery of the
individual is deeply involved in a religion and basing the reality of his life
on it, he better stay with the software that he has got unless his life is not
working, then it is time to install new software and re-boot.
The three great Western religions - Judaism,
Christianity, and Islam - have three different names for the same biblical
Why is it they can not get along? They
believe they are dissimilar because they are stuck with their
metaphor, their consecrated
object, and do not
realize the metaphors and consecrated
objects are conceptual symbolic
references. None of them have allowed the circle that surrounds them to open. Each exists
in a closed circle. Each group says, 'We are
the chosen group, we are special and our god and only our
god is the supreme being.'
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
The 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, against
the nature cult of the
Mother which was celebrated in all
farming cultures by settled peoples.
This imperialistic thrust of an 'in group'
culture continues in the West." - Joseph Campbell
"We are by
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.
Unfortunately, the downside to
this social bonding is that we are also
quite tribal and xeno-phobic to
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.
The religions of
Islam, as institutionally
practiced, are good examples of the failure of
religion to function as
These three religions were designed for entirely
different social and cultural conditions than those today.
there in Book of Genesis: We are to
be the masters of the Earth.
The truth is this way of living, as masters
of the Earth, actually worked just fine and would work just fine on an Earth in
which industry was based on sustainable agriculture. Unfortunately this is no
These three traditional mythologies are fighting a war that is already lost. By
doing so they have disqualified themselves for the future.
They have disqualified themselves not because they refuse to
adapt in social and cultural ways to popular cultural but because their whole
understanding of reality is based on the
To them a supernatural warrior god,
separate from nature and the
condemns man to a bleak existence seperate
from God, groveling for approval and mercy." - Joseph Campbell
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