Friday, January 13, 2012

Don't Misconscrew Reality

We left off yesterday with a word of warning to those who would detach truth from the good and beautiful, or attempt to cuckold the Creator by presuming to steal his eternal mysteress Sophia.

Now, just as there are true illuminations from the Holy Spirit, "so there are intoxications from the spirit of mirage," which our unKnown Friend calls the false holy spirit. Referring to the Holy Spirit as "false" is slightly oxymoronic, but you get the point -- like "false god," or "prophet of atheism," or "liberal messiah."

Here we are dealing not just with Maya, but with the dark side of Maya -- who is, in the negative sense, the power of "cosmic illusion," but in a real and positive sense (switching gears for the moment to a Vedantic terminology), the Creator's divine consort, or Shakti, the latter of which means conscious force.

For our purposes it is somewhat analogous to Gregory Palamas's important deustinction between God's energies and essence. We have access to God's energies but not his essence. We may have a front row seat, but not a backstage pass.

Thus, the energies are not, strictly speaking, "God," but then again, what else are they? They occupy a kind of middle ground that is not dissimilar to what is called the "transitional space" in psychoanalytic parlance.

Culture, for example, takes place in this uniquely human transitional space. Looked at one way, culture is "outside" human beings. But where else could culture be, if it isn't inside humans? Remove the humans, and there is obviously no culture at all.

Thus, culture is a kind of human projection into this transitional space. We all live "in" culture, even though it is ultimately in us. Like Maya it is the nurturing matrix and the devious matricks, the generative womb or the submagical tomb.

Just so, Maya is a kind of divine projection into the world sensorium, for lack of a better term this early in the morning. She is the vehicle of both exile and re-union, depending upon how one looks upon her form, i.e., with lust, love, or lovelust.

Maya embodies the garments over the void, in the absence of which there is only void. Thus, as we say in coonspeak, she always reveils, which is to say, simultaneously veils and reveals. Way it is. There is nothing under that veil but another veil, or, alternatively, nothing.

Maya/Eve has both a mother and lover dimension, which relates to reality and appearances, respectively. To fall in love with appearances is to exclude the possibility of a cosmic family re-union.

Thus, the God-Mary conception is the antidope to the Adam-Eve misconception, the latter of which involves an unholy and scattered matterimany of ego and appearances, which gives birth to the little big god -- AKA the human beastling -- and the false holy spirit.

This is all covered up in a much more obscure manner in pages 6-19 of the bʘʘk, so I won't rebeat that particular horse.

unKnown Friend outlines the criteria for distinguishing between the true and false holy spirit: if one seeks only "the joy of artistic creation, spiritual illumination, and mystical experience," it is ineveateapple that one will "more and more approach the sphere of the spirit of mirage" and become increasingly seduced and hypnotized by her charms. Been there, done that.

BUT, if one first seeks for truth in the above referenced activities, one "will approach the sphere of the Holy Spirit" and open more and more to its influence, which brings with it an entirely different mode of joy and coonsolation, for it is in no way egoic.

Rather, it tends to reverse the forces that result in either hardening or dispersion of the local ego. Call it a "soft and supple center," which is none other than the divine slack and d'light immaculate that gently illuminates "Toots' Tavern," where it is always "happy hour," or the tippling point between appearance and reality.

Again, appearances can be a window or wall, a fiery sign or neon mirage. unKnown Friend discusses the nature of mirages, which are not the same as hallucinations, as they are rooted in something that is "really there" -- as when the asphalt up ahead on the way to Vegas looks "wet," or when you think you can beat the house once you arrive there.

But the mirage is a sort of "floating reflection of reality," which is nonetheless one step removed from it. And this is indeed the problem with what most people call "truth," especially scientistic truth, which floats atop reality like... like some kind of small thing floating on a much bigger thing.

13 Comments:

Blogger Verdiales said...

"culture is a kind of human projection into this transitional space. We all live "in" culture, even though it is ultimately in us. Like Maya it is the nurturing matrix and the devious matricks, the generative womb or the submagical tomb"

Right, and this cultural stuff, as a given, is something we're thrown into. We can't escape it entirely, we have to use it, but we shouldn't let ourselves be captured and pinned by it like butterflies in a case.

I'm interested in what "tradition" means in this context of Maya. How can traditions be embraced, vivified, and developed without subjugating those who embrace them to mirages?

To work with them sub specie aeternitatis, I suspect. Schuon has a lot to say about tradition in sacred art, 90% of it positive. Example:

"It is solely and exclusively traditional art … that can guarantee the adequate analogical correspondence between the Divine and the cosmic orders, on the one hand, and the human or artistic order on the other"

1/13/2012 08:59:00 AM  
Blogger Rick said...

"...illuminates "Toots' Tavern," where it is always "happy hour," or the tippling point between appearance and reality."

Since it's beer-o-clock somewhere, might I suggest a "tipping pint", here sir, instead?

1/13/2012 09:19:00 AM  
Blogger Gagdad Bob said...

Good name for an Irish pub: The Tippling Pint

1/13/2012 09:27:00 AM  
Blogger Rick said...

"There is nothing under that veil but another veil, or, alternatively, nothing."

I think it was the thorn being pulled from the "Thirteen Petalled Rose" that the veiled nature of God is necessary so that the cosmos might be kramered at all. No veil, and nothing but God everywhere.

1/13/2012 09:29:00 AM  
Blogger mushroom said...

"false holy spirit" makes sense when you read the First Epistle of John and what he has to say about antichrists. It is not so much the person who is fake as the "anointing". He or she is baptized in a false spirit.

No, you won't believe this:

Word veri -- I swear is pethumpi.

1/13/2012 09:50:00 AM  
Blogger mushroom said...

Maya/Eve has both a mother and lover dimension, which relates to reality and appearances, respectively.

Adam called her 'Eve' because she was the 'mother of all living'. He first called her 'Woman' for she was 'taken out of man'.

And that's why they call it "Genesis".

1/13/2012 10:01:00 AM  
Blogger julie said...

Apropos the whole week's discussion, To Follow the "Way of Beauty"

1/13/2012 11:27:00 AM  
Blogger Van said...

"... what most people call "truth," especially scientistic truth, which floats atop reality like... like some kind of small thing floating on a much bigger thing."

... but enough about politics and the media, and other ugly deflections.

lol... wv: entonb
What happened to Looney Toons

1/13/2012 02:46:00 PM  
Blogger mushroom said...

My problem is I have no ambition

1/13/2012 07:28:00 PM  
Blogger ge said...

...So, Tim Tebow is a Leo!
Last night he and a very blue-eyed Bob Dylan were in my dreams!
-Both famous Christians
:)

sucto?

1/14/2012 04:44:00 PM  
Blogger julie said...

Apropos of nothing, the following comment over at Treacher's regarding the sodden Taliban made me laugh:

"Dude, those Taliban really tied the room together."

1/15/2012 09:48:00 AM  
Blogger Gagdad Bob said...

Piss be upon them.

1/15/2012 09:52:00 AM  
Blogger Van said...

From Julie's link "Let this be a lesson to everyone: If you want to pee on a dead terrorist, first wrap him in an American flag. Then Keith Olbermann, Eric Boehlert, and other leading lights of liberalism will cheer you on."

Pretty well sums it up.

Dana's really getting ripped over it, but as it was beginning to burst out on facebook & Twitter (by proregressives and 'conservatives' alike) Thursday night, she was doing more laughing at it, than fuming over it.

She's a tough cookie.

Gagdad said "Piss be upon them."

Lol.

OMG, swear to O, this is wv's word to verify by:
peadarnm

1/15/2012 10:24:00 AM  

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