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Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Triumph of Literalistic Christianity




     
   

As most astute spiritual seekers now realize, the shotgun marriage of political power to misguided religious doctrines has been used to justify too many useless wars and oppressive laws. The misunderstanding of ancient symbolism is in no small degree a part of this misdirection of the human spirit. Totalitarian religious laws passed by Roman Emperors and enacted through armed force was the hidden reason behind the spread of Christianity and the destruction of Hellenic civilization.

Monotheism in particular, but not exclusively, originated from the literal interpretation of ancient mythology as opposed to polytheists that interpreted their sacred texts allegorically.


Monotheism is built on the acceptance of the  Bible  as a historical document, yet very similar narratives are abundant in the pagan world. The Greek mathematician and philosopher Hypatia of Alexandria, Egypt (370.AD) realized the “terrible” implications of this literalism, as she warned;


   “Fables should be taught as fables, myths as myths, and miracles as poetic fantasies. To teach superstitions as truths is a most terrible thing. The child mind accepts and believes them, and only through great pain and perhaps tragedy can he be in after years relieved of them.”

The raw political power of the Roman Empire helped to spread Christianity, which eventually became the orthodox reality throughout European civilization. Don’t think for a moment that it was a gentle process, where the indigenous cultures just converted to Christianity without resistance.

A concerted cultural war against the ancient philosophers and their spiritual insights still exists. The modern religious paradigm prefers unquestioned obedience to their exclusive writings, in contrast to self-knowledge and self-reliance. Our modern destructive milieu started with the destruction of Hellenic civilization. The destruction of the Greeks' cultural paradigm, based on freedom of inquiry and pursuit of knowledge, set the stage for our present crisis of faith. Greek Philosophy was antithetical to the authority of the Roman Empire and Church. Forced conversions led to the dumbing down of the western mind by downplaying the responsibility for using reason and logic a moral compass instead of blind faith.
  
  It took three centuries of Roman edicts to destroy the magnificent temples and libraries of Hellenistic civilization, starting in the year 320 when Roman Emperor Constantine criminalized paganism. In 396 the Eleusinian mysteries were condemned, in 399 Roman law stated: "Any remaining temples shall be destroyed."* In 489: the Romans implemented capital punishment against those who worshiped the ancient gods.

"Christians who lapse into the “error of the holy and defiled Greeks” will be punished by death. We do not approve of their sacrifice to idols and celebration of “festivals sated with unholiness.” (Emperor Zeno, late 480s, Codex Justinius).*
  
Christians were prosecuted for a relatively short time compared to the 1800 years of brutal repression of classical Hellenism (which continues today). It's quite ironic that European civilization doesn’t acknowledge the fact it was founded upon the cultural ideals of ancient classical Greece, the birthplace of the republican form of government, philosophy, geometry, art, and science. Roman Christianity destroyed all cultural links of its Pagan origins.

The classical books and libraries burnt to the ground, temples ravaged, academies outlawed, leaving the entire west without any physical or spiritual connection to its history. Alvin Boyd Kuhn, in his book, The Lost Light, An Interpretation of Ancient Scriptures, recognized this pattern of literalism would lead to a psychological division within the modern psyche, yet his dire warnings were ignored and denigrated. Kuhn wrote;

“Corruption in politics or economic or social life can be understood in relation to the imperfection of human nature, and in a measure pardoned. But designed corruption in religion is shattering to the very foundations of human aspiration.....Dishonesty and insincerity in worldly dealings may entail disaster of greater or minor degree. In religion, they are never less than fatal. There is one domain in which untruth is insupportable, that field of the human soul’s endeavor of which Truth is the very substance and being, religion.(1)

The spread of literalistic religion has been thoroughly examined by Alvin Boyd Kuhn in his book, Shadow of the Third Century: A Revaluation of Christianity. He digs deeper into the vicious reactionary forces which were out to destroy a civilized culture. One finds on close examination a part of the Roman Psyche at that time which was just as barbaric as the so-called barbarians which surrounded the Roman empire. Kuhn writes.,

"Mankind, on the whole, has learned distressingly little from history. The history of Christianity in the Hellenic world in brilliant contrast to its history in the Roman world should have fixed in the human mind a lesson and a truth that would have set the race on the royal road to a high humanism, if not spiritual culture, far in advance of any progress it has made since Plato's day. Put summarily, it is seen that Greece, which cultivated philosophy and exalted Christianity to the level of a lofty philosophical system, imbuing it with the light of a nearly divine genius for rational conception, rendered it an instrument, on the whole, of refined culture and general beneficence. The Roman West, however, which flouted philosophy and for the rational cultus substituted the violence of faith and religious fervor, converted that same Christianity--if indeed it could be considered the same--into an instrument of appalling devastation, virtually dehumanizing its hallucinated adherents’’. (pg.44)

The truth behind the Christian bible and all religious texts is only discovered by interpreting the scriptures as extended allegories, based on the process of the evolution of consciousness.

Enlightenment or the mystical experience is a relatively rare occurrence that is still beyond the comprehension of even the greatest minds - that is why it's so hard to grasp. If the ancient philosophers in Greece and India had thoroughly understood the true meaning of religious symbols, such as the "Serpent" and "Virgin Birth" this knowledge would have protected their civilization from destruction by the literalistic collective.

SPIRIT VERSUS MATTER
   
The world fumbles around in this illusory web of semantics spun by religious doctrine and scientific banality. Culture perceives each person not as an individual expression of the divine, but as an impotent collection of molecules without any known purpose, more a "sinner" than a seer, more monkey than man. Implicit cultural materialism undermines and has denatured our spiritual capacity by teaching that an individuals-eternal destiny is entirely dependent upon the judgment in the afterlife, where a final reward or punishment is handed down from above.

   Teaching that ones' salvation occurs after death is unprovable, as anything after death is faith-based. In the monotheistic view, life is nothing but a brief interlude before death, a place where permanent happiness is impossible, a place where original sin, unavoidably separates us from God. The early Christian Gnostics, Zoroastrians, and others also fell into the same trap of condemning the world by framing material life as a necessary evil before achieving spiritual freedom in a celestial realm of the stars or after-life. It’s a dualistic misconception that separates spirit from matter and humanity from the environment while denigrating even the possibility that the human body is a temple of infinite consciousness. The religious scholar Alvin Boyd Kuhn aptly delineated this dilemma, as he wrote;

“On the one hand, materialism has ignored the spiritual nature and motivation of the universe; on the other, ecclesiastical zealotry, blinded by stupid literalism, has rendered religion ridiculous.” (2)

  This dualistic misconception became mirrored in modern political theory that has attempted to ignore the psyche's desire for the spiritual experience, which has resulted in the separation of Church and State – an impossible task since humanities spiritual desires are a natural result of our evolving consciousness.

This separation of religion and state had to occur because of the irrationality of literalistic religious beliefs. The typical interpretations of scripture as history has to result in the condemnation of matter as evil, as it assumes a "God" that works through supernatural means and is outside the realm of matter, resulting in a psychological division between the reason and faith.

Before Emperor Constantine's conversion, ancient civilizations in India, Egypt, and Greece had seamlessly integrated the dichotomy between spirit and matter into their culture through mythology. The enlightened masters perceived the universe as a form of consciousness in which everything was holographically
connected.


  
 A sacred order which unified all of the existence personified as the goddess Maat existed in Egypt. There was no word for religion in ancient Egypt; as every aspect of their life was spiritual. Their everyday reality was much more abstract and symbolic than modern science or religion. A collective belief in one almighty God existed in the worship of the sun god (Ra) but with many different manifestations. Every aspect of Nature was sacred, conscious and alive, which is why all the elements were consecrated and given personalities, such as a "Mother Earth" and Father Sky (Zeus), even the rainbow had a patron deity, the Virgin Goddess Iris.

There are many alternative religious paths which accept spiritual growth as an eternal process of becoming more conscious, in contrast to the Abrahamic beliefs of one life-one chance. The ancient mystery religions believed in the immortality of the soul, which explains the purpose of reincarnation-that is to become an individualized form of universal consciousness.

The great mystic Sri Aurobindo had experienced immortality; he taught the process of evolution is entirely dependent upon the power of consciousness and is dependent on Agni, a fiery force that lies hidden deep in the matter. On the personal level, once awakened this spiritual fire (Kundalini) burns the dross of karmic imperfections until the golden light of immortality shines through.

No matter what others say, "Death" will always be an illusion (not Life) to the enlightened individual. Religions that promote the finality of Heaven and Hell ignore the possibility of higher consciousness. The mystical experience gives one a sure knowledge of their infinite and timeless soul while releasing all fear of death but contrary to many eastern belief systems it is not our final destination but just the next level of consciousness destined for all humanity.

Today's academia doesn’t acknowledge the biological connection between the brain and higher consciousness. Only a few eastern mystics (Gopi Krishna and Sri Aurobindo), who have experienced enlightenment themselves.

A complete study of Kundalini in those who have experienced the transformation, along with the study of ancient religious texts would bring new insights into the hidden forces responsible for spiritual desires. The division between reason and faith could be spanned by the concept of Kundalini and evolution as an intelligent process. If a modern man refuses this call, "Science" and “Religion” will continue to be death oriented, each infected with their myopic perceptions. The intelligent mechanism (Kundalini) behind our evolution and the incredible complexity of the human brain cannot be ignored without dire consequences.

Gopi Krishna in his book, The Awakening of Kundalini, believes this research will halt the present mental landslide and start a needed change in attitudes, as he stated:

“There is no sphere of human activity and thought in which the impact is not felt. Once the mechanism is recognized there would be no scientific study as extensive and as fraught with momentous consequences for mankind as this. This is the foundation of all that is productive, noble, heroic, and sublime in man. The human body, with its extremely complex formation and with still many unexplored functions and processes, particularly those occurring in the brain and nervous system is yet an enigma to science.” (3)






Once the kundalini paradigm is proven, this knowledge will become a vital ingredient of the moral and physical education of our children and will help to balance the race’s growing spiritual impulse together. By educating the next generation to the necessity of cultivating a peaceful, balanced environment, which is a vital element for healthy psychological and moral growth. The mystical experience, called by so many different names such as Gnosis, Enlightenment, Samadhi, or 'Kingdom of Heaven' is just the beginning – a taste of the infinite. We are all evolving towards this goal, not just those who believe in certain religious doctrines, as this biological evolution unfolds despite the worlds' ignorance. Small groups are finally waking up to their incredible potential as spiritual beings, capable of sustaining a constant awareness of our divine transcendental and immortal nature.

Summary


1. Mythology is an extended allegory of the transformation and evolution of consciousness.

2. Political powers and religious institutions have interpreted such mythology as a historical reality which demeans the responsibility every individual should have for their actions.

3. No one can prove what happens after death; we can only understand ourselves through the mystical experience.

4. Contrary to popular opinion, the mystical experience is not the final destination but just the next spiritual level destined for humanity.

5. All forms of life have evolutionary behaviors that guide their actions; the human race is no different. Only by following a simple lifestyle in tune with nature can the human race progress to the next stage of consciousness.


Notes.

1, Kuhn, Alvin Boyd: The Lost Light, An Interpretation of Ancient Scriptures pg.23.

2.Kuhn, Alvin Boyd: The Lost Light, An Interpretation of Ancient Scriptures Pg.43.

3. Krishna, Gopi, The Awakening of Kundalini. Pg.17

Reference books

1.
 Gopi Krishna, Higher Consciousness and Kundalini. 

2. Satprem,Sri Aurobindo, Adventures in Consciousness.

3. Alvin Boyd Kuhn, India's True Voice.

4. Alvin Boyd Kuhn, Shadow of the Third Century

5. Alvin Boyd Kuhn, The Lost Light, An Interpretation of Ancient Scriptures 

6. Evaggelos G.Vallisntos, *The Passion of the Greeks -  Christianity and the  Rape of the Hellenes,                                         

 Internet links 



Joseph Alexander published  2/21/2015 
Edited  12/24 /2017  
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