Thursday, 26 March 2009

Bill Bailey - Hinduism

Gotta laugh, aint cha!

Sunday, 15 March 2009

Is there is or is there aint a God?

If you've been paying attention, and frankly I don't blame you if you haven't, you may remember I discussed the humanist bus-ad campaign (as shown in the picture).

The humanist bus slogans said things like:
"There's probably no god. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life."

The campaign spread all over europe at least (not sure if it got further - maybe someone would like to comment) ... raising the hackles of the catholic Italy and so on. Protests I think I remember.


Yes, so anyway in the February the Christians started fighting back (and like all religious people they love a good fight - just kidding, a joke ok, just a joke!) .

The christian slogans say:
"There definitely is a God; so join the Christian Party and enjoy your life."

Frankly I do think it is admirable that the Christians know how to spell "definitely"... I have always had a problem with that one. Easy to make a mistake and write definately... so well done to them on that.

David Larlham, one of the campaign leaders behind the new ads says:
"While there is an element of being spurred on, this is not to be seen only as a response to the atheists."

For some reason I can't quite put my finger on, I am finding a chuckle is lurking somewhere in the back of my throat and threatening to break into a laugh out loud.

C'mon guys, lets be friends, eh?

For the BBC news item, click here - Christian fightback against the humanist bus ad campaign

Friday, 13 March 2009

Before the beginning

Being is designed in such a way that it's origin is necessarily concealed from itself.
This is part of the design of being.
Consequently you don't have any hope of seeing the origin of yourself.
Appreciating this is a great relief to me.
(see Krishnamurti: The Impossible Question)

Or as I tried to say this poetically once, "God is a mystery even to herself, she likes it that way."

To ask about what was before the beginning is a metaphysical mistake.
Time comes into existence along with everything else.
Time only arises inside of creation, inside of existence.
"Prior" to creation, "prior" to existence there is no time just as there is no matter or space.
There is no "before the beginning".

It is probably a similar kind of mistake to ask about what is after the end.
In a similar kind of way there is no "after the end".

To use slightly more provocative language we might say that, regardless of its miraculousness, life is designed to be taken for granted.
Most people seem to have a natural capacity to do this, but for those less fortunate ones who can find no cure for our curiosity, it is useful to know that to uncover the origin of being is an impossible task. That it is impossible however, does not mean that the endeavour to do so is necessarily fruitless, I think.

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

How do we get to ecstatic union?

The state of the world in which it is the birth-right of all people to freely choose and design their relationship with the eternal (a state of a global as well as of a community-based as well as of an individual condition which I am calling "ecstatic union") may probably begin with bringing clarity to where we are starting from as of now.

I found this useful article on wiki-pedia:

Where are we today?

The thing that this article does not show is the young shoots of "new religious activity". Ideas that are so young and so small that they are barely noticeable on the global scale, but amongst the adherents of which are powerfully significant and rapidly growing. New-age religious movements, global brands, the cult of celebrity, the cult of fashion and shopping, a sort of modern hedonism, porn-star sex-worship a kind of idea that in the background says something like the more and better sex you have the closer to god (success and happiness) you are, popular culture rap star ghetto blasting clothes designers, youth worship, beauty worship, thin vs. fat worship, health worship, longevity worship, web-site traffic google pay-per-click worship, the church of the flying spaghetti monster, jedi knight, Ken Wilber's integrationist agenda, "spritual but not religious", et cetera, et cetera. There's a lot of religious stuff going on in the world.

Of course the state of religious thinking is only one piece of the pie. Science and art and community as well as spirituality all have a role to play here.

In the column on the right-hand side I have posted a survey poll regarding the religious beliefs of any visitors coming to this blog-site. However it is woefully incomplete, and the software doesn't allow me to let people add to the list as the poll goes along. So if your favourite religion isn't in the poll, please add it as a comment to this post, and I will include in an updated poll soon. Thank you very much joining in with that!