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The first video by Terrence McKenna linked here is a brief overview of the Gnostic cosmology of Sophia. I don’t take any of the Gnostic creation myths literally but I do believe they are pointing to a profound truth. Having said that, I don’t dismiss altogether the idea of a personal deity, and that part of the myth has the male and female principle embedded in the universe right from the get-go…The Monad divided itself into two, etc…
The second video here although dated in look and style documents the gnostic Cathars in France in the 11 Century. So this story continues to resurface time and time again. I won’t get into the intrigues surrounding these events as you can watch the documentary to get the gist of what happened.
What previous gnostics didn’t know was what we do now: computer technology and possible extraterrestrial involvement here. There were those in antiquity who alluded to a computer like idea in the Akashic–the hall of records in Vedic mythology. If we put these two ideas together from a modern perspective filtered through a gnostic lens we get something like Westworld. Only the demiurge is an alien named Elohim/Anu., etc. And we are its creation and slaves and are being manipulated via memory technology similar to what was alluded to by the Hindus; except we don’t have a soul, or maybe we do, but I’m a skeptic regarding that particular aspect of spirituality. Hey, after all, I describe as an agnostic gnostic. That aspect aside, the alien view on this is usually associated with cosmic warfare between varying E.T. races with this planet and race of humans caught up in the drama. This view gets more complicated, however, if there is dimensional spirituality involved in all this drama… On a personal note, I would suggest that I’m only here as an independent observer just taking notes! I get that my non-attachment to any particular religion or cosmology can be really off-putting for those with strong religious or cosmological attachments. I’m also a fan of the words, “I DON”T KNOW!”
I don’t buy into all the idiosyncrasies of the Cathars when it comes to the human body, sex, sin, etc., because I view all of this as universally inconsequential; as we don’t have a universal free will, because of how we’ve been made or manipulated. I view this aspect of humanity similar to Buddhist concepts of desire and aversion–all a part of the suffering within saṃsāra. Simply attempt being calm in the eye of the hurricane while embedded within this chaotic maelström. But I do share the view that love is more powerful than hate and that true love, from a spiritual perspective, doesn’t seek to control–it seeks freedom of expression–not earthly political control and power or a heaven that’s really hell as described literally in Revelations. See the Youtuber, Underlings, correct portrayal of what the Christian heaven really is here.
I’m not a fan of the Torah (most Gnostics are not) but I always liked the idea of sackcloth and lamentations and never more so in an era of the ethics of cocaine and hookers via the coarsest system of unnecessary exploitation and coercion ever to come into existence! And those Cathar’s had a sublime understanding of The Golden Rule and didn’t buy into an economic system premised on treating everyone and everything as nothing but objects of financial exploitation; yes, everyone is gaming everyone here and it’s not a pretty or sustainable picture.
Of course, the best idea in that book is the Jubilee–the thing we need most and get last!
This post will go well with yesterdays on Dvaita which I’ll link here.
It’s also a stream of consciousness so perhaps bear with me as I attempt to cohere a point or two:)
Hinduism falls generally into 2-primary schools with Buddhism positing a third possibility. The first and most traditional is personal theism primarily represented by Krishna. The second is the impersonal ocean of God as posited in Advaita of which we are all waves. Buddhism posits that God and our (self) is, in reality, non-existent and temporal.
Please note the obvious that for over 5000+years there has been no consensus on the nature of reality and God. We’ll come back to this.
In the west, Schopenhauer started a modern trend when he posited Kant’s noumena as being will; Nietzsche took that one step further and called it, ‘The Will To Power’. In the west, to my thinking, this has played out as a type of Buddhism without compassion or empathy (and Rand’s Objectivism). When tied to ethnicity it brought us the fascist state. We should note that the fascist state is built upon the foundation of state authority fully aligned with corporate power–a condition that exists in many nations of power today.
The New Age Movement promoted via corporate neoliberal capitalism has promoted an ad hoc mixture of primarily two of the aforementioned spiritual theories; that is nonduality mixed together with self-help and self-actualization ‘will to power’ philosophies. This has created a culture of spiritual-materialist narcissism. Humankind is god and we can do whatever we will!
I should note that our first group hasn’t been without its problems either and no more apparent than when a person or group enacts violence against the other on the instruction of personal deity. This is most clear today among Jihadists and neocons who believe they are acting as emissaries for an invisible master. Our Jewish friends are quite busy in this regard, too.
So what has modernities capitalism brought to the forefront when it comes to our spiritual proclivities? It appears to have brought out the worst traits, aspects, and tendencies of our spiritual inheritance! The death of God brought us fascism driven by the ‘will to power’; a New Age premised on the obsession with the self and its desires (funded via unlimited credit), and, of course– religion used as a tool of political power.
My question is this: could this be because there is something in all these ideas that are false?
Obviously, if God and spirituality are myths then the explanation is simple enough. Or, is there something that we missed?
Let me lay this one on ya: science and Buddhism have become very much compatible, but what if the emptiness or void is a chasm? What if this place and universe are as real as science says it is combined with the notion that there really is a transcendental God? What if there were a truth that led to peace and not a multiplicity of falseness leading to strife and division?
I don’t have the answer to that question but any theology proffered in that regard cannot implicitly or explicitly contradict the faculties of reason and logic. A theological idea, if true and not false, can be trans-rational but not irrational. I have about 3 or 4 idealist type cosmologies which I consider possible as explanations for how God could still exist. Dvaita is one of them as is Christian Gnosticism; varying alternate theories on The Nephilim, and the alien/E.T. hypothesis. One can search my blog in this regard as there is plenty of musing on this issue.
A note here that Moses, as described, didn’t seem to exist and much of the history written in that book is not accurate as described so if one is going to promote a version of western theism it has to account for these facts. Christian Gnosticism does but it’s not the only possibility.
I will argue in this post that this philosophy is more coherent than Advaita.
Dvaita asserts that this universe is real and distinct from God and is not an illusion. This is consistent with all modern scientific knowledge.
Dvaita asserts that the supreme being is distinct from this universe and humankind. I see this as a Kantian view also–that we are not the thing in itself (and can’t know it). This is consistent with Deism, various schools within Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
I do believe this philosophy is consistent with panentheism, too, as long as we agree to concede that God is thoroughly transcendent as well as being immanent to the universe.
On a personal level, this philosophy is also consistent with my Christian Gnosticism. I’ve walked this path which I’ll link from the Dvaita wiki page. I choose a path of physical labor (karma yoga); 40-years of layman spiritual study–jnana yoga; and bhakti as I’ve been unequivocal in my search for truth.
From the Wiki:
‘combination of dispassionate discharge of one’s duties (Karma Yoga), acquisition of scriptural knowledge (Jnana Yoga) and the unconditional devotion to the higher entity (Bhakti Yoga).’
This view, from my perspective, honors both the scientific worldview and the spiritual worldview while maintaining clear delineations between who is who and what is what. I would still say this place is fallen and in disrepair and Christian Gnostic cosmologies explore possibilities about why that is.
Here is the Wiki on the 5-distinctions or reality within this tradition.
- Between the individual souls (or jīvātman) and God (Brahmātmeśvara or Vishnu).
- Between matter (inanimate, insentient) and God.
- Between individual souls (jīvātman)
- Between matter and jīvatman.
- Between various types of matter.
At a minimum, we should concede, like I always suggest, to take a step back from our spiritual attachments and consider that things may not be a given here.
Speculative metaphysics in the only justifiable framing of spirituality today.
I’ll link the video here of Erich telling his life story in a short documentary.
As a kid, I remember thinking how cool is that! I wasn’t indoctrinated (mind-controlled) into religion as a kid so it was fairly easy for me to think that way. The ideas espoused didn’t stir me into academia or anything, but the doc. definitely registered and stayed with me as I traversed my life’s journey.
In later years, I did research my favorite topic, The Nephilim Theory quite deeply and certainly, his work came to mind; as did Stitchen’s. I’ve come to my own thoughts on these issues which align with a neo-gnostic (pun intended) view of this phenomenon. I’ll link one of my blog posts here in that regard.
As speculation, I’m in the camp which thinks we might be dealing with both E.T. type aliens and interdimensional spiritual beings, but I don’t know…it’s just my feelings and intuitions. As a good skeptic, too, I’m aware that no one can or is able to prove their claims–everyone is speculating, but very few will be forthright in conceding this fact.
In the comment section of Erich’s post the Flat Earther’s show up and I’ll copy one of the comments below. I’ve done my own research in that regard and believe the official stories about the earth although I still concede there is a minuscule chance someone is right in that camp. There are a whole plethora of flat earth cosmologies out there and this guys is a doozy! He talks about different root races created via different epochs and at the center at Mt. Meru (A Hindu Creation Myth) live the first ghostly like creator beings. Much of the lingo sounds like The Urantia Book and that’s a red flag as the archons love using bullshit tropes! I’ve suggested they pretty well bullshit about everything which is different from the scope of lying it would take for the earth to be flat.
At any rate, here is this guys comment and cosmology. The internet has made it so that everyone now gets to offer up their own personal cosmological theories!
This one is for the millions and millions of homeless.
Thanks to Cosmic Pig Studios for engineering and production.
About 100,000 people live homeless in the greater Los Angeles area and the Nobel Peace folks just gave two environmental scientists a prize! One has to have a high tolerance for cognitive dissonance, uncertainty, and paradox to live today. Yikes!