Checkmate for historical materialists? ghosts, boddhisattwas, et al. as historical agents??? a speculative aside (pilfered from shakesbeard’s hamlet?)

If I have appeared hostile to Marxism it is because I share their basic theme of socialist transition and would hope it can repair itself after the colossal failure of Bolshevism.

But more directly I will offer a speculative take on its materialism along with ditto ditto for ‘secular humanism’ which in some form or other is my own view. But the stubborn facts of religion in history and the basic obscurity of its full content/context suggests a speculative interpretation of historical agents.
First, how would a historical materialist explain the clear parallel of Mahayana and Christianity? In fact, I can think of a very simple explanation which I offer as ‘off the wall’ but relevant to understanding historical agency: how in fact could histomat explain ‘enlightenment’ without discarding it as superstition? Further what happens to those who do reach ‘englightenment’.
To me there is a set of obvious ‘answers’, the enlightened entities in relation to Buddhism (but in some larger sense unknown to us) cease rebirth but persist in disembodied ‘existence’ and move to influence history in their action and by the time of the birth of Christianity and Mahayana are directing their new starting points. Many have actually said so, btw, but in accounts too often very muddled. There is far more than this to the whole question, but this aspect needs a hearing in conventional histories despite the inability of secular humanists to evade religious idiocy.
There is clearly an agency in history beyond the eonic effect but into which ‘spiritual’ agents intervene and generate religious histories.
We will leave it at that for the moment.

We added two updates to our post on /marxism/world history/eonic model, link below. The question of marxism and world history raises so many issues that the post could go on and on. We note two iss…

Source: two updates: The left and the modern transition, Christianity and Mahayana in parallel… – 1848+: The End(s) of History

The Gita: the critique literature:…//Dangers of teaching the Bhagavad Gita in educational curriculums | MR Online

This is an astonishing article to find at Monthly Review but on reading I find it entirely convincing. I don’t usually associate the Gita with capitalist ideology, but the author’s account of Hindutva in the age of Modi is very convincing. I have been consistently a schizoid fan/critic of the Gita, fascinated by its history, and very critical of its actual dubious place in religious history. Like the Bible the Gita is a palimpsest of confusions, but it is also, in principle, connected to an ancient and very profound tradition of yoga. In the hands of yogis the Gita is one thing, in the hands of Hindutva, quite another. We saw this other side with the Hare Krishna cult of the seventies; the problem is the path of Bhakti,

devotion beside the rationalistic yogas. But the Gita has many critics on its own terms as a text for yoga lore. We should cite three issues here: first Gandhi’s reverence for and confusion over the Gita: Continue reading “The Gita: the critique literature:…//Dangers of teaching the Bhagavad Gita in educational curriculums | MR Online”

good guys, bad guys?..///How Buddhism has changed the west for the better  

No mention here of the path to enlightenment, Mahayana and Hinaya and the buddhist civil war, the path of the Bodhisatwas that puts buddhists on a treadmill, the rumors from various yogis like Rajneesh of the fascism of hidden ‘buddhist’ sources (and others), the svengali drone creation of Hitler types (the latter plausibly deniable!)….
Buddhism like Christianity will slowly pass away and find a secondary remake, no doubt, just as Buddhism was a remake of Hinduism…

We are not who we were very long ago. A lot of new ideas have emerged from Buddhism and other traditions emphasizing compassion, equality, nonviolence and critical perspectives on materialism and capitalism

Source: How Buddhism has changed the west for the better | Rebecca Solnit | The Guardian