Monday, July 20, 2015

Religion



 what is religion? I believe religion is a system of belief motivated by faith, and ruled by dogmas. The whole thing being managed by religious organizations who take care of the believers.

The dictionary (Harrap's Chamber, 2005) gives 3 short definitions of it:

1) a belief in, of the worship of a god, or gods.
2) a particular system of belief or worship, such as Christianity or Judaism.
3) The monastic way of life.

There is an infinity of religious beliefs, but 3 major tendencies can be underlined :
Animism or shamanism or the belief in the spirit of nature as well as the worship of the ancestors.
Polytheism, the belief in many gods. There is a variation where we choose to worship one specific god among many others (such as in Hinduism).
Monotheism where one almighty god rules the universe and the people.
Buddhism is a particular case. It started as an atheist philosophy (being able to reach the Nirvana (or paradise) by obtaining enlightenment individually rather than through a god), but it degenerated into a religion where Buddha became God.

I will not discuss about animism which I don't know much about, as well as polytheism which has mostly vanished (except for Hinduism) and  which I don't fully understand.

I will then talk about monotheism. Monotheist religions originate with a prophet having received  revelations through the form of visions sent by God. Then he orally transmitted them (most of the time) to close disciples who, in turn, transmitted them to other disciples and so on (it eventually got on written form), from generation to generation in an exponential manner.

I think that prophets are people having a such high level of consciousness than when they received their revelation from God, they not only understood it with their intellect, but also felt it with their heart and even their whole being. It gave them an understanding nearing the Absolute and allowed them to reach God when they died.

The disciples, being close to the prophet and having a very high level of consciousness, but less than the prophet himself, reached an understanding proportionally lower than their messiah (and then a bit  further from the Absolute), even though the majority of them were able to feel it with their heart.
Them in turn, passed on their knowledge to others with a lesser level of consciousness and so on. It automatically became a sort of "bush telephone" system, which everyone knows about. To avoid a too big gap from the original revelations it was put by written : so the dogmas were born and the revelations were understood in an intellectual manner (by the vast majority, except for saints, maybe). Religion then became a matter of organization with a hierarchical structure for the propagation of faith.

There is, however, an important issue of how religion evolutes. Personally, I think it does not evolute but rather it regresses. Prophets are rare and their understanding of this world is different from the understanding of an ordinary man (having a much smaller level of consciousness). What falsify this knowledge is how each individual understands the knowledge and how he/she shares it (the inability to tell what we understand because of a deficiency in our grammatical knowledge combined with a lack of proper vocabulary).  But there is another problem : veneration.

Basically what is the message a prophet try to tell ? This is where you are now, and this is where I invite you to go. In an other word, you are in a decrepit frame of mind (full of bad passions) and if you want to get out of it to be close to God (or to reach enlightenment for a Buddhist), then these are the steps you must follow. 
I can say that those religious text are roughly like touristic guidebooks: this is where you are and to go there here is the path to follow. You can look at this, watch out for those, be sure to have a suitable comportment and so forth. And what are we doing ? Instead of following the indicated path, we decide to deify the author and worship him. We are like the foul who, when someone is pointing a finger, we look at that finger instead of the direction it shows.
Finally we tend to confuse religion with religious organizations (official or officious). If religion is the communion of one with God, then they are often useless intermediaries. And if they possess a certain knowledge that we don't, they more use it for their own benefit instead of helping their followers. 



 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

The beast


Our consumer society is like a beast of seven heads (as in the Revelation Book). Each head represents a nation that influenced humanity so it would get to where it is today. 
I believe that those seven kingdoms were : Egypt, Akkad, Babylon, Persia, the Greek world, Rome and the United Kingdom. 
And it eats all the natural resources of our planet. And it shits garbages back to it, piss liquids polluting our streams, lacs and oceans, farts greenhouse gases, and burps radioactive clouds polluting the world durably.  
Yet, someone told me that in reality the beast was something that is found within man himself: the seven great sins. 
But it's not incompatible. After all, this society is only the result of our doing. And our actions are the result of our passions : mainly greed and pride.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Single ideology


It is said that single ideology is the appanage of dictatorship and totalitarian regimes. When was it born? Was it born with Communism ? With Nazism ? Or was it born, way before ? With Christianity for example.   

Single ideology is the shrinking of many trends of beliefs into one. It's a bit what Christianity had done. It first reduced different faiths into one. Then it tried to merge many different ways of perceiving the world into one, as well as many tolerances into one. 

It was soon caught up with, by another single ideology : Islam. Together, they almost shared the world. But they both are issued from a much older single ideology : Judaism, where all the gods were merged into a single one. 

Today, single ideology is all directed into Consumerism.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Reality


What is reality ? I believe there are as many realities as there are living beings around the world. 
Here is an example, I would like to introduce. I was reading a book telling a story about a woman who was being possessed by an evil spirit. She, her father and an exorcist were convinced about it. But a female doctor had a different view: she believed that the woman made up herself that spirit possessing her, in short that she was schizophrenic.

Who do you believe is right ? It's a difficult problem. One has a spiritual approach with the introduction of spirit, gods and demons, heavens and hells and so on. The other offer some materialistic explanation (and therefor rational) saying that the mind is tricking itself. 

Two different views to to perceive then understand the world in order to conceive and explain its reality. We forge this reality according to the perception and understanding of ourself (our capacities and our limits) in regard of the universe that surrounds us as well as our aspirations that result. This understanding is built on our senses, our education and our level of consciousness (the amount of intelligence combined with our hearth and our emotions which makes our state of mind) and the strength (or weakness) of our personality (that result in part from our reactivity, our creativity, our determination and so on). We could say that reality is what we make it of.

What about objective reality ? There is first a worldwide reality perceived by the vast majority of us and run by a more of less homogeneous collective level of consciousness. 
There are national divergent realities run by education and various propagandas (can the Russians see the same reality as the westerners or the Chinese ? for example).  Finally there are regional realities run by ancestral traditions. 

But for a total objective reality it would require a being with a total objective mind (if such being exist) so it could show us what this reality is.