Saturday, January 30, 2010

On the exile of man

The old religious masters say something like “man is a spiritual being exiled to a world of matter.” We transform this into saying that man is a material being exiled to a religious world of the spirit.

This explains what we call the Great Spiritual Blockade against evolving to Godhood. However, rather than utterly rejecting the Inward Path (as religion essentially rejects the Outward Path) we retain the Involutionary Inward Path of the Revealed religions in the Twofold Path.

The Spiritual God seen from within in the Inward Path is the spiritual-material God we must evolve to with the Evolutionary Outward Path. This is why we transvalue the discipline and say that man must be released from the limitations imposed by the Spiritual Blockade, not by a material blockade.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Evolution and Christian Ethics

As we affirm free-enterprise restrained by Christian ethics (which would have prevented the latest financial bubble bursting), so we also affirm upward evolution restrained by Christian ethics. Although we include Beyondist ethics in  the Evolutionary Christian Church , this makes us somewhat different than Cattell's Beyondism, which has moral constraints from science but not Christian constraints.

Conservatism, the middle way between reactionary and progressive, is the social template for this position. Radical change rarely works and usually does great damage. Christian ethics allow the stable societies in which evolution can take place. But evolution needs to be added to Christian ethics. The Inward Path of Christianity requires the Outward Path of  the Evolutionary Christian Church.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Redeeming Both the Spiritual and Material

Modern science built its theories minus the Spiritual world, and religion in essence builds its theories minus the material world. These need to be synthesized , and are, in the Twofold Path of  the Evolutionary Christian Church .

The Spirit Within, or Will, is not separated from the body, and is not autonomous from the body, but It does live beyond the individual body through procreation, and has lived in this way since the Beginning. The Great Spiritual Blockade of the body has been a great and tragic error.

This is why we cannot say as the East might say say that “ Everything is the Spirit” or “I am the Spirit.” The Spirit requires the the body to evolve to Godhood, therefore, we can more correctly say “Everything is Spirit and Body,” and “I am the Spirit and Body.”

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

How metaphysics and physics join religion

The Spirit Within, which is the only flux of being, both can and cannot be caught within its own being. It can be both in the flux of activating universal evolution, and yet otherwise exist within a form and can therefore be a firm object. This tells us how something in flux can appear as an object. And the Spirit also is substance but of a supermaterial nature. This defines being over time. This finally joins science and metaphysics and religion.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Our Synthesis of the Covenants

The Three Covenants
Who Is Chosen?
The Kosmic Covenant

In the First Covenant of Primordial Tradition, the Spirit and Soul of the Inward Path were understood racially in the blood, that is, as being passed on only racially and tribally to a chosen or noble. Jesus Christ (and Eastern masters) brought the knowledge that the Soul-Within need not be understood racially or tribally, but could be understood by any race, any people, universally, provided they were taught the proper way to see the God Within, one was “Chosen” through faith in Christ. This was the Second Covenant.  The Evolutionary Christian Church affirms the mission of the Third Covenant, the Kosmic Covenant, the Evolutionary Outward Path, which revitalizes Primordial Tradition and Christianity by once again revitalizing the First Covenant genetic qualities in our Evolution to Godhood, applied to the Outward Path of material evolution to Godhood, yet also, as in the Second Covenant, this is applied to all people, all nations, all races, all have access to knowledge of evolution to God. At the same time we affirm the ancient Involutionary Inward Path to the God-Within. This is our Twofold Path synthesis of the Covenants.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Genes, Epigenetic Markers, and Divine Law

We are told that epigenetic markers sitting atop the genes can turn on or off the genes, based on environmental pressures, but the genes themselves take far longer in natural selection to change.

In  the Evolutionary Christian Church  the genes themselves are thought of as determined in essence by the activation of the Spirit-Within which seeks to activate all life to evolve to Godhood, the Zenith of evolution in the Kosmos.

For us, natural law is determined by Divine Law, and natural law is like those epigenetic markers sitting atop Divine Law. Natural law may turn on or off Divine Law based on the needs or pressures of the natural world, but it cannot change the determinism of Divine Law.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

The Problem With Latin Conservatism

Burke Or Maistre?

According to the write up in Wikipedia: “In contrast to Burkean Conservatism, which originated at about the same time, Latin Conservatism is uncompromising in its belief in the need for order. While Burke supported constitutionalism and some degree of democracy, Maistre, like Thomas Hobbes before him, though with a more religious tone, supported authoritarianism as the only means of avoiding violent disorder.”

Although it is a tempting solution to degeneration, the problem with Latin Conservatism is that it doesn't pay enough attention to the long running political and cultural traditions of a given state or locality that are almost as important as the Christian Catholic religious tradition, which the Latin version almost exclusively affirms. It is true that religion, or the cult, is the basis of civilizations, but Conservatism, Burkean Conservatism, also pays attention to the time and place. The United States Constitution is an excellent example. Conservatism stands in the middle between the reactionary and the progressive, and Latin Conservatism tends to be reactionary.

Here is a piece in the Cordelia For Lear blog that got me thinking about this subject.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Primary and Secondary Nonduality

Secondary nonduality is complete absorption in the Soul-Within. Primary nondualism is Godhood attained in evolution. Secondary nonduality is the goal of the Involutionary Inward Path of the Revealed Religions. Primary nonduality is the goal of the Evolutionary Outward Path, which works in conjunction with the Inward Path. This is the Twofold Path of the Evolutionary Christian Church.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Direction of evolution

Without knowledge of the direction and goal of the Spirit, evolution indeed looks random. And evolution can in fact go sideways or even go backward. Yet, even without knowledge of evolution and the Spirit, evolution has taken place in the pattern of moving from the simple to the complex and toward higher and higher consciousness, activated by the Spirit.

It is consciousness of the direction of evolution which has finally evolved in humans, and this knowledge can save us from backsliding or unconscious evolution. Ultimately this knowledge can save us from the Great Kosmic Center of Entropy, assuming we survive the earth, and bring us to the goal of the Kosmos: Godhood.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Transmuting Passions

Do we seek to transmute passions into compassion, like Buddhism? No. We want to make passions sacred rather than profane. We want to transmute passions into evolving to Godhood.

To the Buddha, and other mystic masters, all passions are profane. This is a Great Spiritual Blockade against material evolution to Godhood.

Rather than trying to destroy the other side, as they do the Outward Path, we affirm their Inward Path as the way to see the Spirit of Godhood. However, this is not Godhood. To reach the God first seen as the Spirit Within, the Evolutionary Outward Path is required. This defines the Twofold Path.

The Great Masters renounced the physical world and its illusions and they were defined as masters of wisdom. In this they are more correctly defined as masters of deceit, even if their deceit is often unintentional or mistaken.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The problem with religious asceticism

"The concupiscence of matter incessantly attracts a new form."
-John Mehung (from World Wisdom)

The Evolutionary Christian Church (ECC) views the ascetic life as one of the Twofold Path in theology, but the ascetic life becomes a problem when it is the sole path, the sole life style. Then it can become a Great Spiritual Blockade against evolving to Godhood through material evolution.

Religious asceticism cares not for the material world, or differentiations in the world of any kind, which are considered negative bonds. This is not caring about differences like liberal democracy, this derives from not caring at all about material things.

“Purification” is sought in the ascetic life, but this is one of the Twofold Path in the theology of ECC. The ascetic life becomes a problem when it is the sole path, the sole life style. It can then become a Great Spiritual Blockade against evolving to real Godhood by way of (the hated) material evolution.

It is the Soul and Spirit that is seen in Enlightenment, and it is understandable that the Spirit could be mistaken for Godhood, since the Spirit is virtually eternal. But it is Godhood the Spirit seeks, and not Itself alone. The material world was created for this reason, for this purpose, which is why the material world is vital to the Spirit, and not something acosmic or abhorrent.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Secondary and Primary Alchemy

Religion is more than a matter of internal adjustment

Traditional religions essentially say that “religion is solely a matter of internal adjustment.” We change this exclusivity of the Inward Path. We define the path of internal adjustment as only one of the Twin Paths of our theology. In terms of the alchemy of transmutations, the Inward Path is the Secondary Alchemy. The Outward Path of evolving matter is the Primary Alchemy transmuting the world through material evolution to Godhood, activated by the Inward Spirit, which is first glimpsed in the Inward Path.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Eternal war and dualism

There is not an eternal war between matter and spirit, there is a “war” between evolution and devolution. Matter is not the “eternal adversary” devolution is.

I am not speaking here of what has been called “radical dualism,” this is not like the “coeternal dualism” of the Gnostics and Plato. This is more like a “monarchian” form of “dualism,” where the Great kosmic Center of entropy is set in motion after the creation of the world from Godhood. So it is not really dualism.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

The Paper Tiger War Between Spirit and Matter

Spirit is not at war with matter. The war is over, it never was a war, it was a virtual war created by mystics to try to explain the world.

Spirit very much requires matter, and matter requires Spirit, Spirit activates matter to evolve to Godhood. This process of evolution can be defined or denotated but the denotation cannot be elevated above the thing-in-itself, the Object.

Godhood is the Supreme Object first, and the Logos defines Godhood. Mystics called the definition God and then declared war on the Object defined. This seems diabolical since it has set up the Great Spiritual Blockade against evolving to Godhood.

Friday, January 15, 2010

The Deception of Interiorization

Reinstating the Outward Path

According to Mircea Eliade the earliest Vedic cosmogony was explained in biological terms, the cosmos was created from emanation and through burning asceticism. But then by the time of the Upanishads (the middle of the first millennium BCE ) the “interiorization” process had begun with people like Shankara, (788 CE - 820 CE) where the old biological terms are completely devalued as being “action” which can only bring negative karma. (This seems to me to be related to the original Indo-European split which led to the Iranian Zoroastrians)

With this interior perspective the only “freedom” can come from “gnosis" ((jnana), knowledge which can reveal the cosmic deception, where creation is seen as evil and gnosis is seen as delivering us from evil. Plato and the later Gnostics more or less continued this worldview, with the material body seen as the result of ignorance.

We say that this gradual interiorization process was the real deception. The older biological symbolism was closer to the truth. The mystics have set up an ancient spiritual blockade, which we call The Great Spiritual Blockade against our evolution to Godhood. However, the Twin Paths in the Evolutionary Christian Church  have a place for this traditional interiorization process, within the Involutionary Inward Path—this just should not be the sole path as it is with the Revealed Religions.

The Evolutionary Outward Path of material evolution needs to be reinstated, if we could call it that, since the old Vedic cosmogony is not exactly our cosmogony. This is the Universal Synthesis of  the Evolutionary Christian Church .

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Spirit As Avatar

“Avatars” don't descend temporarily into “matter” to redeem relapsed humanity, the Spirit Within is a constant and eternal Avatar within all life, activating life to Godhood. The origin of this idea of an Avatar temporarily descending into matter comes from the Gnostic hatred of matter where matter is thought of as far beneath the Avatar.

When Krishna says in the Bhagavad-Gita: “When virtue fails upon the earth, then I come forth,” we transpose this as really defining the Spirit Within all life which never left in the first place. Humanity may be ignorant of the workings of the Spirit, but it has not gone away.

The Spirit is always activating matter since matter is the vehicle of the Spirit to evolve to Godhood, therefore it cannot hate matter.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Preposterous dematerialization

Truth as an object rather than words

Intellectuals and scientists tend to think in words, when the truth may more often be an object, an actual object. Seeing this way, with truth as an object, is more like a religious way of seeing as a scientist. God can be seen this way, as a Supreme Object and the Truth.

Preposterous dematerialization

Thinking about the term dematerialization, which Evola uses to explain Yoga, seems like a preposterous term and is the main source of the Great Spiritual Blockade against material evolution to Godhood.

The guru has not dematerialized his mind or his body, he has achieved complete one-pointed actual awareness of “nothing,” all done within the human mind and body and not dematerialized. This is a blissful enough state to have encouraged thousands of years of adherents.

Even so, this state is acknowledged and respected in  the Evolutionary Christian Church as the goal of the Involutionary Inward Path of Tradition to contact the Soul and Spirit Within. But to attain the Supreme Object God, material evolution to Godhood is required, through the Evolutionary Outward Path.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Primary And Secondary Union

Eliade says (Guide To World Religions) that Plotinus made union of the Soul with the Universal Intellect the supreme goal of existence.

We would describe this union as the union of the Soul (Zenith of the Human Mind) with the Spirit (Zenith of the Soul). The Spirit can be described as the Universal Spirit which activates all life to evolve to Godhood.

But this definition of Plotinus, which perhaps originally derived from the Indo-Iranians, is not the Supreme Goal of existence although it can be called the Secondary Goal of Existence, which is attained through the Involutionary Inward Path.

The Primary or Supreme Goal of existence is to evolve materially-spiritually to Godhood. Which is attained through the Evolutionary Outward Path.

Defining the Secondarily Goal as the Primary Goal has led to the Great Spiritual Blockade against evolving to Godhood, which  the Evolutionary Christian Church  seeks to unblock.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Comparing The Evolutionary Christian Church And Beyondism

(A September 07, 2008 blog entry)

Looking at “A Concise Beyondist Catechism,” here are some of our differences and sameness:

We agree that evolution is the prime process in the universe, we add the vital dynamic that there is a divine urge in evolution seen in man through the Spirit-Within, which works along with and is shaped by natural evolution. We also say that there is a Primary Goal to evolution, which is Godhood.

Evolution proceeds by natural selection among groups, which both determines and is determined by natural selection among individuals, both genetically and culturally.

Natural selection among groups and individuals requires variation, with regionalism and localism, which we advocate and affirm.

Ethics have been essentially based in the survival of the group, but we add that ethics are primarily grounded in the goal of Godhood through evolution.

Religions have historically attempted to bond their ethical systems—which are both evolution-derived and God-derived---with the use of sacred rituals and priests. We agree that religions have made the mistake of imperialism by trying to extend all local survival values to universal values. Evolution proceeds by natural selection among groups and individuals, which can sometimes conflict with universal values. We affirm the universal value of natural selection among all groups on the path to Godhood. The subsidiarity and light federalism affirmed by the Church harmonizes with natural selection among local groups.

Spiritual life arises, essentially, from the instinctive urge to evolve to God, which is located in the Spirit-Within. We seek to harmonize this genetic and spirit-urge to evolutionary needs, and to the goal of Godhood; we bring to Involutionary Christianity the Evolutionary Outward Path to Godhood.

We avoid some of the emotional austerity of Beyondism because we do not remove God from religion. Our austerity comes from the great time required to evolve to Godhood, while being Chrisitian allows us to contact the Soul and Spirit Within through prayer and traditional rituals.

We think Chrisitian social values (eg. as seen with subsidiarity) can harmonize with the orientation of Beyondism's ethical values, which define several degrees, or hierarchies, of ethics toward group members, group government, other group governments, members of other groups, individuals in the Church, and the Evolutionary Goal of Godhood. For example, a man's ethical loyalty to his own group naturally exceeds that to members of “mankind,” unless the survival of all groups or the total existence of man is threatened.

The fitness and progress of a group is naturally defined by if it survives in history. However, positive voluntary genetic improvements can lessen the cruelty and disaster of cultural and racial death and genocide, with foresighted changes that understand the science of sociobiology, this offers groups a better chance of surviving and evolving.

There exists selection of both genes and culture, such as the selection of mechanical and social inventions by leading persons, and by borrowing from other cultures. This applies to all groups. These changes can cause social problems, adjustments, there is a “genetic lag” between superior intelligences and the general population. Genetic therapy can reduce this genetic lag, by adjusting partly to the particular culture or group situation, and also to the goal of Godhood.

Evolution is an interaction of genetic and cultural “mutations,” or inventions, each one shaping the other. A bold society will affirm and create genetic and cultural mutations in moving toward Godhood.

The Evolutionary Christian Church affirms the Beyondist call for an examination of the rules of evolutionary progress. Freedom and individuality is required in this examination. Ethical rules should be derived from scientifically derived research but working along with Chrisitian social philosophy.

Cattell's sociobiological research institutes need to be set up with the Church and science working together. We would include in our sociobiological research institutes the new Religious Order Of The Evolutionary Christian Church. Each group should follow its own divergent path to Godhood, racially and culturally, in cooperative competition with a world of groups, each with its own sociobiological research center guided by the Universal Church and the Religious Order Of the Evolutionary Christian Church. Localism is central in this world view.

The Evolutionary Christian Church does not launch itself out on a goalless adventure of evolution, as Beyondism tends to do; our goal is to evolve to Godhood, the Godhood which was first glimpsed in history, and prehistory, through contact with the Father-Within of traditional religion. We cannot precisely define God but we can proceed toward the Absolute in all things ( Intelligence, Consciousness, Beauty, Truth, Goodness, etc.)

Survival is the natural test of ethics, but Godhood is the primary test of ethics. We will not reach Godhood unless we learn how to evolve through a secure understanding of our genetic and cultural environments.

Political practices need to be more directed toward elites qualified in sociobiology and evolutionary progress, working within the values of the Church. Democratic Republics and the philosophy of Conservatism or a Revitalized Conservatism can work well with the Church, as can other systems.

We agree with Beyondism that survival is as dependent on genetic base as it is on a cultural base, and we need to learn to accept gene therapy and the acceptance of individual genetic differences. There can be a positive attitude toward the gifted, eg. more children for the socially gifted and successful, with tax incentives, etc., without coercive measures applied. We affirm positive not negative genetics, conservatism not radicalism.

Races were formed in the past due to geographical isolation. In the future, racial groupings or genetic groupings will arise by self-conscious selection. In the long-term we will evolve beyond homo sapiens, and beyond our solar system, all the way to Godhood.

The Evolutionary Christian Church seeks to synthesize, or transform, science and Beyondism into Chrisitianity to create a coherent system of beliefs that both scientists and priests can affirm.

The Spirit Itself Is Not Free

One may feel free of attachments when one finally reaches the Soul Within by applying the Involutionary Inward Path, but the Soul is not free from the body, and neither is the Spirit-Will which is Its vehicle to evolve to Godhood. Evolution works with the Spirit Within, so not even the Spirit is free.

It is the Great Error, the Great Trick to define the Second Birth, the Inward Enlightenment as Godhood, or Kinghood. One becomes satisfied floating in the bliss of the Spirit, but so can the addict floating in the bliss of his drug of choice.

We have been blind to the Real Path to Godhood as defined by the Evolutionary Outward Path, and we have grossly disparaged the material and supermaterial world, which evolves to Godhood over great time, the destination of the Spirit-Will.

Friday, January 08, 2010

Bringing Back The Giants


This is the Great Error and the Great Spiritual Blockade against evolving to Godhood: the Giants, or Titans, symbolizing the material world, or the Body, and Dionysus, symbolizing the Spirit, are not at war with one another, and it is time for the war to end. Could these giants have been small surviving groups of Neanderthal?

This transposes thousands of years of the occult perspective. The Giants or the material world, and the Spirit, are Twin Partners on the Twin Path to Godhood, the Involuntary Inward Path (the Soul and Spirit Within) and the Evolutionary Outward Path (Evolution to Godhood activated by the Spirit).

(Photo from here)

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Macrocosm And Microcosm

Our Spirit-Within is the microcosm of the macrocosmic God. We as humans do not resemble God, but God's Spirit--which contains our resemblance to God--activates us to evolve to God, Who is the Spirit's Father. This is a not too subtle symbolic difference, and an important difference from saying, for example, in the Kabbala, that the greater world is a great man, the macrocosm, and man is the little world, the microcosm, which anthropomorphizes the Kosmos and makes man too satisfied with man, rather than evolving far beyond man, as we must do, to new species, and eventually to Godhood.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

On Nonduality

In Tantric Hinduism, Shiva is the inactive principle (male) and Shakti is the active principle (female), which creates a false duality, and also turns gender symbolism upside down.

Their goal is to use Shakti—pure power-- to attain or awaken in oneself the main goal of Shiva—pure spirit-- which they claim then attains a nondual condition.

If this goal were not located within the human being the symbolism might work. According to Evola, in Hinduism (see Upanishads) nondualism, the atma, is located within the human being.

Nonduality is not located within the human being, which is the Great Error of Traditional religions. Nonduality is the evolutionary goal of the Body, Soul and Spirit as they seek to evolve to Godhood in the Kosmos, the Real Nonduality. This way Shakti seems to better symbolize the active male Spirit and Shiva the inactive female Soul. And these must work together in each body, in the evolution to Godhood, the Real Nonduality.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Why we need the world : religiously empowering not extirpating human nature

The Evolutionary Christian Church (ECC) seeks to empower human nature, not as Nietzsche did trying to root out religion, and not as the Involutionary Inward Path religions did by extirpating human nature. We bring real power and religion back together again in defining the Spirit Within as the Will to Godhood (Shakti in the Tantra) and by adding to religions the Evolutionary Outward Path of evolution. The Traditional Revealed Religions supply the grounds for Ordered Evolution and Revitalized Conservatism to stabilize upward evolution to God for all people and all states.

The way religion virtually jumps through hoops to stay in the world but not of the world is something to behold. Think of how the precept of nonviolence is lifted in the Bhagavad- Gita, or think of the Just War theory, which are outdone by the elaborate rationalizations of the Scholastics. This is not necessary.

The reality is that we need the world, we need the material world, to evolve to Godhood, the God first seen in the Inward Path, which is activated by the Spirit Within and guided by the Soul to Godhood in the Kosmos.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Message for the New Year: Positive Theology Ending Dualism

Dualism and the Ancient War Between Light and Dark

We do not see a legitimate war between light and dark, spirit and matter, we don't see a dualistic world.

Those who war against the world of matter, sometimes called the Suryas in occult teaching, are no better than the Asuryas who war against the spirit. Their sacred works say that one or the other must be utterly defeated, hurled into the abyss. (These entities were interestingly turned around and given opposite meanings in India and Iran--we have here used the Indian version)

We want to stop this war by affirming the Twofold Path which synthesizes the Suryas and Asuryas, spirit and matter, light and dark. The Two Paths, the Inward and Outward, work together. To use an old image, we have cut the Gordian Knot to open the Great Spiritual Blockade.

In the Evolutionary Christian Church (ECC) the Involutionary Inward Path relates to the Suryas, the light, which in EC is the Soul and Spirit but is not God. We also maintain that the Spirit is not at war with matter because matter is the vehicle by which the Soul and Spirit evolve to Godhood. Therefore, the light is not at war with the dark, the Suryas and Asuyas can join together. In painting, black paint plus white paint equals gray paint, you add black to the white until you reach your desired shade.

The Revealed Religions are virtually united in their dualism and rejection of the material world, but we think this is the basis for ecumenism between the world religions. They all affirm what we define as the Involutionary Inward Path. “Monism” or nondualism in the Revealed religions is not really monism since it affirms only the single Inward Path to the Soul or Spirit, while rejecting or extirpating the Outward Path with the Supreme Goal of evolving to Godhood.

It is the Evolutionary Outward Path of the Twofold Path that we have added to the Involutionary Inward Path of the Revealed Religions. This is the material world of evolving matter, the so-called world of the Asuryas. This Outward Path of evolution offers the variety and separateness necessary in evolution, for a world which can be otherwise united following the same Inward Path.

All people, all ethnic groups, all states are encouraged to evolve to Godhood since all men share the same Spirit Within, or Will To Godhood. All can be helped along by the Evolutionary Outward Path which affirms Ordered Evolution and Revitalized Conservatism in the Evolutionary Christian Church.

The war is over. Dualists who insist on making war, be they Surya's or Asuryas, light or dark, spirit or matter, religion or science, will not draw us into their war, and we encourage them to join us in the Twofold Path to Godhood.