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
Adults have communicated spiritual
consciousness to children throughout
human history by fabricating
mythical narratives that attempt to explain
the ineffable in
a metaphoric allegoric manner.
Myths, always about the human journey through life, are
designed to bring us to a level of consciousness that is spiritual in
Myths offer life models. Life models to
live by. Living models to
imitate and mimic.
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.
myth, a model for living, must be appropriate for the time and place for the
social culture to function smoothly as the
moral order must be in tune
with the moral necessities of living
life here and now.
intrepretation of religious myths belongs in the mystical past when giants
roamed and gods descended to Earth.
When attempting 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. This is the human condition and it happens
to every human when they reach adolescence.
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 human
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 understanding. 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.
symbols originate in a cultures founding psychological
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
This hybrid engineered religious tradition of
the cult of Yahweh continued to reject
humankinds symbiotic relation with nature by derogation of 'nature religions'.
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
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
archetypical conceptual 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
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
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 won't work.
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
If an 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 won.
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.
thrust of an 'in group' culture continues in the West." - Joseph
"We 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. Unfortunately, the
downside to this social bonding is that we are also quite
tribal and xeno-phobic 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. But it won't
be easy. Vigilance is the watchword of both freedom and
dignity." - Michael Shermer
biblical perspectives of reality
are poneroligically biased. They are not in accord with our current conceptual
understanding of either the universe or the dignity of man.
biblical perspectives of reality
belong entirely in the past as it is impossible for literalists to reconcile
their religious ideas with the scientific knowledge available
now. Literalists can not reconcile their religious
ideology to existent reality let
alone the idealized reality of their own fantastic mythology.
The religions of
Islam, as institutionally
practiced, are good examples of the failure of
religion to function as
originally designed. That is
because these three religions were designed for entirely different social and
cultural conditions than those on Earth
It's right 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
condemnation of nature.
To them a supernatural warrior god, separate from nature,
true reality and
condemns man to a bleak existence
seperate from God, groveling for approval and
mercy." - Joseph Campbell
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