The triadic savior supermeme…//Christianity and the Roman Emperors

These critiques of Christianity are essential and important but in my experience it is easy to miss something. Secular humanism needs its critique, but the object is not to turn everyone into Flatlanders. Christians don’t understand their own religion, but secular humanists don’t under it either…
For example, the work of Gurdjieff in his All and Everything with their Sufistic/gnostic angle discuss the larger phase of emergent Christianity (in Axial Age parallel with much else, e.g Buddhism/Mahayana) rightly pointing to the mysterious triadic coordination of three savior memes: John the Baptist, Jesus, and Paul, and their mutual ‘communication’. This ancient legacy (about which I know almost nothing) resurfaces in the Christian generative moment. This larger operation whose exact significance has never been clarified (best of luck with Gurdjieffian mystification) was the larger generator of the strange mystery cult whose unknown inner meaning disgorged its strange cultural exoteric outcome as Pauline Christianity and with an unknown relation to what we suspect is the Roman Emperor cooptation of the ‘what was all that’ that came before, apparently. The source ‘savior’ types probably thought the coopted Christianity a useful disguised  outcome for their obscure operations which never reached the public. Ironically the Roman emperors provided a massive propaganda boost for the ‘lost cult’ soon the world of the  Popes, and finally Constantine. So it would seem the early Christian group outsmarted Rome.

I zipped through these books at high speed, and found them very compelling, but am unable to assess such a complex mass of similar yet distinct perspectives and datasets. I will have to read them a…

Source: Christianity and the Roman Emperors – 1848+: The End(s) of History

New Age, histomat, meditation, evolution and consciousness

Google blurb on new age beliefs:

What are New Age beliefs?
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But many Christians also hold what are sometimes characterized as “New Age” beliefs – including belief in reincarnation, astrology, psychics and the presence of spiritual energy in physical objects like mountains or trees. Many Americans who are religiously unaffiliated also have these beliefs.Oct 1, 2018

A deeper movement lies behind the nonsense level of the so-called New Age movement; World history shows clearly a recurring trend to ‘foment’ meditation in global cultures after being in prime focus in the Indic tradition, echoed in sufistic, and in mostly distorted for in the Christian stream. Astrology for example is entirely extraneous yet a persistent entanglement for the deeper current subject to trivialization. Hatha Yoga has been especially popular but some how divorced from the key legacy tradition of viz. Raja Yoga, an ancient practice already in classical time. Behind the curious hype (often used to dismiss all ‘new age’ configurations) lies an immense cultural shift in an important descant on globalization. Human consciousness is an incomplete formation and the evolutionary injection of mediation into human evolution (in the wake of the mysterious amplification of ‘consciousness’ in first homo sapiens) requires nurture and recovery from the constant distraction away from focal consciousness…

The Marxist left with historical materialism miscalculated all such factors and creates a strong crypto-Stalinist prejudice against all such frameworks, a tragic confusion that left Bolshevism a cultural cripple.

Commentary:…//How socialism helped to seed the landscape of modern religion | Aeon Ideas

We started last week to consider the left and the various new age movements. This essay below has done a lot of our work for us, an useful history. We see only Marxism now and not the many other contributions to socialism from a religious perspective. It is an understandable situation in some ways: Marx wanted to create a secular socialism, one that was scientific. But he failed to find a science and much of the complexity of ‘spiritual’ subjects and their histories was simply eliminated from discourse, a form of ‘cancel’ culture. Continue reading “Commentary:…//How socialism helped to seed the landscape of modern religion | Aeon Ideas”

New Age, socialism and other millenarianisms: affirming and struggling with (post)socialism

Useful,, but scholarly takes on both the New Age and socialism are likely to miss core issues. Indeed, socialism is already (post)socialism. The core themes are simple: the nature of consciousness, meditation in action as the common denominator, and social justice as a post-buddhist reconstruction of Mahayana.

A blending of the two is entirely possible and relevant as long as New Agers can find a core issue with universal (and secular) significance and socialists can transcend their narrow socialfocus

Published in Religion, State and Society (Vol. 32, No. 4, 2004)

Source: New Age, socialism and other millenarianisms: affirming and struggling with (post)socialism: Religion, State and Society: Vol 32, No 4