Thursday, November 10, 2011

By the Power Vested in Me, I Declare Myself God

In Letter VII, the Chariot, our Unknown Friend -- although we are getting to know him better -- tells us that this arcanum has to do with that most subtle temptation, spiritual temptation.

It is subtle -- or tricky, cunning, and devious -- because the temptation results from one's very spiritual success, or one's interior freedom of movement, so to speak: "It is the temptation to act 'in one's own name,' to act as master instead of servant." Virtually the entire new age movement is ruled by this particular temptation.

This is why all authentic spiritual paths begin and end with moral development. If they sometimes exaggerate man's depravity, this is far preferable to its opposite -- the unqualified glorification of man -- since one of its purposes is to prevent the spiritual inflation that occurs when spiritual energies are mingled with the unredeemed man, a la Deepak and his ilk. Again, when this happens, one creates a demon, a monster. And it only happens again and again and again.

Schuon said something to the effect that man tests his faith by renouncing, while God tests it by removing. Renunciation has the practical effect of opening up a space where ego activity would otherwise be. Elsewhere in the book, UF says that while nature abhors a vacuum, Spirit requires one. This is in conformity with one of Meister Eckhart's recurrent themes:

"If this work is to be done, God alone must do it, and you must just suffer it to be." Nothing so resembles God "as the human soul. For this reason God wants this temple cleared that he may be there all alone.... Thus, to be receptive to the highest truth and to live therein," we must be "empty and free, receiving the divine gift in the eternal Now, and bearing it back unhindered in the light of the same," AKA the coonspiration of (↓↑).

Here again, the inverse of this would be to furiously deepak our own chopra and spank the Darwinian monkey via The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire, or Creating Affluence, or Reinventing the Body, or Unlocking Your Potential For Greatness. He seems to have sold an awful lot of these books. So where are all these great people with reinvented bodies? By all rights we should be crawling with them.

To the extent that Chopra's magical ideas "work," it is because they harness -- or create, rather -- demonic energy. And to the extent that they continue working, it will depend upon how thoroughly one has vanquished the uncreated conscience -- i.e., become less than human, not more.

This is another example of the "negative transcendence" discussed in yesterday's post, and which is intrinsically fascist -- not in the usual insulting way, but literally, since it promises a new glorified man brought to you by... the old unredeemed man. It never works. See 20th century for details.

In a relativistic universe in which there is no difference between up and down, one may become a "superman" merely by obeying gravity. This is why Chopra is apparently regarded as a "wise man" by thousands, instead of the spiritual cancer that he is. For as UF says, "it is not desire which bears magical realization, but rather the renunciation of desire."

Or, one might say, "blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." One must not saturate the space where vertical energies operate. Rather, one must get out of the way.

Here is the key point: "For some the superman has more attraction than the Son of Man, because he promises them a career of increasing power, whilst the Son of Man offers only a career of 'foot washing.'" The ego obviously prefers the way of the superman, and it is to the power-seeking ego which all false teachers and deviant paths appeal.

UF writes that the best curative against spiritual inflation is worshipping that which is above us, which serves as a reminder of the distance between us and the goal. We must not confuse "what we are" with who or "what the worshipped being is."

True enough, in the ultimate sense "all is God." However, it is more accurate -- or less inaccurate -- to say that "nothing is not God." Nevertheless, to paraphrase Schuon, it does one no good to affirm that "I am one with God" until one appreciates the extent to which one is not. Two comes before Three and One.

UF writes that since the purpose of spirituality is the cultivation of height, depth, breadth, and profundity within the soul, inflation is the principle danger for all who would embark upon this path.

As such, this is why there is such an emphasis "on the cultivation of humility," for example, in remaining obedient to orthodoxy (or to the true Master), of systematic and continuous "examination of conscience," and on "the reciprocal brotherly help of members of the community." "Authentic experience of the Divine makes one humble; he who is not humble has not had an authentic experience of the Divine."

This, by the way, is the meaning of the true community of which left wing statism is a caricature. As Russell Kirk writes in Eliot and His Age, the left imposes an exteriorized welfare state that crushes the soul and robs man of his dignity rather than undertaking "the hard and austere labor of thinking through a program for restoring true community."

And because they are "progressive," they actively sever the living link between present and past, the result being that communion with our priceless repository of accumulated wisdom is impossible. To put it another way, the idea of linear "temporal progress" denies the spatial mode of civilization, the psychospiritual "container," womb, or matrix that has nurtured the West for several millennia.

President Obama is suffering from the identical spiritual inflation as Chopra. Note how UF saw him coming half a century ago:

"The reformer who wants to correct or save humanity easily falls victim to the temptation of considering himself as the active center of the passive circle of humanity. He feels himself as the bearer of a mission of universal significance, therefore he feels himself to be more and more important."

And why not, with deeply disturbed creatures such as this serving as his herald:

"You really only get a handful, a smattering, maybe three or four per lifetime if you're lucky or blessed or just so happen to be paying the right kind of deeper karmic attention. Historic events, I mean. Major shifts, upheavals, great leaps forward [!!!!! -- ed.], the Thing That Changed Everything.

"President Obama will be just such a shift, an extraordinary marker, a type and flavor of history that we as preternaturally jaded humans rarely get to experience anymore.... the sheer volume of expansive energy surrounding Obama's run has been absolutely astonishing, a global outpouring of positive interest and awareness like almost no other leader, no other potential slap of progress we've experienced in modern American history. From the international headlines down to the forgotten corners of our own culture we normally never hear from, the message is the same: Something is about to upend. Something seems like it's about to give way."

Yes, something is about to give way (and be taken away) alright. With an Obama presidency, we will now be governed by those least capable of governing themselves, which is a recipe for hell. [Say, how'd that work out, anyway?]

It would not be too difficult to name some politicians whose influence and impact agree very well with the classical concept of the "black magician." Indeed, is it difficult to name politicians who have exercised a deadly, suggestive influence on the popular masses, blinding them and inciting them to acts of cruelty, injustice and violence, of which each individual, taken separately, would be incapable... and who, through their semi-magical influence, have deprived individuals of their freedom and rendered them possessed? And is not this action to deprive men of their moral freedom and to render them possessed the aim and very essence of black magic? --Meditations on the Tarot

Or, if you prefer, straight from the hoser's mouth:

[T]he speech worked such magic.... In essence Sen. Obama's speech said, "I am America," and amazingly enough, people from all walks of life, political persuasions, faiths, and ethnic backgrounds believe him.... Watching cynical reporters and political commentators believe in him almost instantaneously is breathtaking.... If Barack Obama makes it all the way to the White House, it will represent a quantum leap in American consciousness....

True enough, but quantum leaps are not unidirectional.

21 Comments:

Blogger julie said...

So where are all these great people with reinvented bodies? By all rights we should be crawling with them.

I hear a great many have taken up residence in Zucotti Park...

11/10/2011 08:34:00 AM  
Blogger Gagdad Bob said...

I had the same trouble locating all those supermodels who spend their time pounding beer with the boys, like in the commercials. Where are they hiding?

11/10/2011 08:39:00 AM  
Blogger julie said...

I dunno, but I bet it's the same place as all the lovelies who cram their faces with oversized burgers, fries and sodas while maintaining the streamlined physique of a gazelle prancing across the Serengeti.

I've always wondered what their secret was. Say, I bet deepak could tell me!

11/10/2011 08:47:00 AM  
Blogger Van said...

"This is why all authentic spiritual paths begin and end with moral development. If they sometimes exaggerate man's depravity, this is far preferable to its opposite -- the unqualified glorification of man -- since one of its purposes is to prevent the spiritual inflation that occurs when spiritual energies are mingled with the unredeemed man, a la Deepak and his ilk."

I think that sums up the modern left, and especially their Occupy Wall Street encampments – they live in the spiritual equivalent of the Weimar Republic.

11/10/2011 09:41:00 AM  
Blogger Van said...

"He seems to have sold an awful lot of these books. So where are all these great people with reinvented bodies? By all rights we should be crawling with them."

Not to repeat myself, but check the OWS encampments... they're definitely crawling with them.

wv:dedit
Essentially, yes, 'dead its'

11/10/2011 09:45:00 AM  
Blogger julie said...

Van - you're repeating yourself, and myself, too... ;)

11/10/2011 09:46:00 AM  
Blogger Van said...

Julie said "Van - you're repeating yourself, and myself, too... ;)"

Magic! I thought of it first, and by sheer prestidigitation, caused you to think of it, and comment on it an hour earlier!

Wow!

;-)

11/10/2011 09:58:00 AM  
Blogger Gabe Ruth said...

Well, my concerns are now laid to rest. Thank you for an excellent post.

On a side note, I watched some of the debate last night. I can't tell you how dispirited I felt afterward. Even if a good chunk of his natural constituency didn't think he was crazy, Dr. Paul could not win (the primary, anyway; we'll never know about the general). His manner is the furthest thing from presidential, and the masses cannot accept that. I had actually never seen him speak.

I will defend his foreign policy at a later date. But for now, who have we got?

11/10/2011 11:18:00 AM  
Blogger John Lien said...

So if you want powers that make all your friends go "WOW!"

You ain't gonna do it with His blessing anyhow.

11/10/2011 01:58:00 PM  
Blogger JP said...

I periodically say to myself:

"Am I not the State? Am I not Sovereign? Of course! I AM the State."

I never get as far as declaring myself God, though.

11/10/2011 03:12:00 PM  
Blogger JP said...

As someone who attended Penn State, that scandal is quite enough for me at the moment.

It's Catholic Church-esque.

11/10/2011 03:40:00 PM  
Blogger JP said...

Julie says:

"I dunno, but I bet it's the same place as all the lovelies who cram their faces with oversized burgers, fries and sodas while maintaining the streamlined physique of a gazelle prancing across the Serengeti."

There really are some of us who could eat everything and not gain much weight.

One of my skinny friends in college had a hobby of eating an entire pack of Zebra cakes as fast as he could.

It only works until about 25-30, though, then you start gaining the weight. It finally hit me about two years ago. No more anything I want. :(

11/10/2011 03:42:00 PM  
Blogger John Lien said...

Great post on a great chapter.

Lose your desires, your self to gain everything. Only the humble who don't want it will gain spiritual power and knowledge.

However, you need to want it or you won't make the effort.

Perplexingly paradoxical. And that is a recurring theme isn't it?

I can easily imagine the mind games you can fool yourself with.

I'm glad UF gives instructions for trying to avoid the inflation trap.

11/10/2011 05:19:00 PM  
Blogger USS Ben USN (Ret) said...

Van said...

"He seems to have sold an awful lot of these books. So where are all these great people with reinvented bodies? By all rights we should be crawling with them."

Not to repeat myself, but check the OWS encampments... they're definitely crawling with them."

Even the lice is crawlin' with them.
I never thought I would feel sorry for lice until I read about the OWSer infestations.

11/11/2011 12:02:00 AM  
Blogger USS Ben USN (Ret) said...

"It is the temptation to act 'in one's own name,' to act as master instead of servant." Virtually the entire new age movement is ruled by this particular temptation."

Indeed. If one can't be a servant one can't possibly begin to master one's self.

11/11/2011 12:05:00 AM  
Blogger USS Ben USN (Ret) said...

"So where are all these great people with reinvented bodies? By all rights we should be crawling with them."

Well, at least they got The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire down pat.
Of course, it still leaves 'em starving and not at all fulfilled in any meaningful way, but they are full of crap so there is that.

11/11/2011 12:13:00 AM  
Blogger USS Ben USN (Ret) said...

"In a relativistic universe in which there is no difference between up and down, one may become a "superman" merely by obeying gravity."

Gravity is a cruel mistress.

11/11/2011 12:17:00 AM  
Blogger USS Ben USN (Ret) said...

"If Barack Obama makes it all the way to the White House, it will represent a quantum leap in American consciousness...."

"True enough, but quantum leaps are not unidirectional."

Quantum retardation.

What's breathtaking about the entire infatuation the left (and independents who are sooo independent!) had for Obama is how intense their idiocy was.

Some still cling to ObaMao since they have invested so much, but it's increasingly apparent to even most on the left that he wasn't their annointed one.

At least Obama beat out Carter for ushering in the most misery...and he's not done yet.

Oh, and he spent a hell of a lot more!
And he supports more jihadist states that hate Israel and the United States and wants to kill us but they are democratic which makes them better than non-democratic jihadists who hate Israel and the United States and wants to kill us.

Hey, that inspires a title of a new book I probably won't write about Obama and Chopra:

The Audacity of Quantum Deep Shit.

11/11/2011 12:48:00 AM  
Blogger Cond0010 said...

"This is why all authentic spiritual paths begin and end with moral development. If they sometimes exaggerate man's depravity, this is far preferable to its opposite -- the unqualified glorification of man -- since one of its purposes is to prevent the spiritual inflation that occurs when spiritual energies are mingled with the unredeemed man, a la Deepak and his ilk. "

A most difficult thing to write about Bob, as their are spiritual landmines all over the place on this one.

Spiritual Temptation. Yes, Indeedy do.

Christ has been called the King of the Slaves - and for good reason. Especially in regards to Spiritual Temptation.

"For he who was a slave when he was called by the Lord is the Lord's freedman; similarly, he who was a free man when he was called is Christ's slave." - 1 Corinthians 7:22

Nice Essay, Bob.

11/11/2011 03:26:00 AM  
Blogger Cond0010 said...

"It is subtle -- or tricky, cunning, and devious -- because the temptation results from one's very spiritual success, or one's interior freedom of movement, so to speak: "It is the temptation to act 'in one's own name,' to act as master instead of servant."

I would think that if you stay within the charter - or calling - that enables you to channel 'that which is greater than you could ever be', then you would be safe from Spiritual Temptation - as by definiton - its NOT you, after all.

IOW - Don't stray from the path that has been set out for you.

11/11/2011 05:20:00 AM  
Blogger Cond0010 said...

"I would think that if you stay within the charter - or calling - that enables you to channel 'that which is greater than you could ever be'..."

The miracle of inspiration.

There.

The former quote makes it appear mysterious and unobtainable by 'common man' whereas the latter appears almost mundane (NOT my intention, btw... I just didn't have the right words. I guess I wasn;t inspired enough... hehe)

To be aware that inspiration is a unique and special moment that cannot be massed produced or called upon when requested ought to be humbling once you become aware of its significance as a most spiritual/non-scientific phenomenon.

Talking about 'phenomenon' and Psychology, here's something you may like, Bob:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5Mc55P1i9g

11/15/2011 01:02:00 AM  

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