||EASTERN RELIGION WORKS ITS MAGICK
Originally posted January 30, 2016; updated 12/22/2018
Eastern Religion and NEW AGE Philosophy are one and the same.
“Theosophy is the teaching of Madame Blavatsky. It is Hinduism at its best. Theosophy is the Brotherhood of Man. … Jinnah and other Moslem leaders were once members of the Congress. They left it because they felt the pinch of Hinduism patronizing. … They did not find the Brotherhood of Man among the Hindus. They say Islam is the Brotherhood of Man. As a matter of fact, it is the Brotherhood of Moslems. Theosophy is the Brotherhood of Man.”
Mahatma Gandhi clearly echoed the words and message of H.P. Blavatsky and her mysterious Eastern Teachers who stood behind her and the Theosophical Movement when he said –
“The soul of religions is one, but it is encased in a multitude of forms. The latter will endure to the end of time. Wise men will ignore the outward crust and see the same soul living under a variety of crusts. … Truth is the exclusive property of no single scripture. We may call ourselves Christians, Hindus or Mohammedans. Whatever we may be, beneath that diversity there is a oneness which is unmistakable and underneath many religions there is also one religion.” SOURCE
As scientific agendas, formulas and theories became more dominant, people came to question all things religious. A new atheistic movement emerged. The world was too sophisticated to believe in spirits and demons.
A writer named Sam Harris published a book called The End of Faith. Mr. Harris, along with other writers like Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Daniel Dennett, Harris forged an unapologetic attack on all literalist religious beliefs. To their thinking, this New Atheism provided a clear defense of reason against fundamentalisms, which to them seemed to only look backward. Sadly, they also dismissed all other experiences of “spirituality” as worthless idle-headed confusion.
In an item called the 2012 survey by the Pew Religion and Public Life Project it was discovered that 20 % of Americans consider themselves to be “Spiritual but not religious.” Actually, in our modern society, so many Americans describe their belief system this way that pollsters have given this group their own category on questionnaires.
These folks want some connection to the divine but reject traditional religion. They proudly proclaim this, as if were some outlandish new mindset that had never been explored. They are in rebellion against the religious status quo. The reject the old standardized structured assemblies and prefer to commune with God in nature. They feel closest to God when staring at the sunset or walking on the beach. They want nothing to do with the traditional version of God and Church. They may like the teachings of Jesus, he might even view him as a great messenger or guru, but they do not accept Jesus as God.
They willingly participate in just about anything and everything else, from mystical discussion groups to drumming circles, to yoga classes. They are only interested in self-development and fulfillment and believe they don’t need history, and are not interested in the past. They see religion as something that needs to remain in the past, while they move through the present into the future.
You can generally find them in the shiatsu massage clinic, visiting an acupuncturist, or out in a remote desert participating in the “Burning Man”. They are immensely drawn to any type of artistic expression, from carving and painting to music and dance.
They want to be free to allow their personal spirituality to take them wherever it leads. Meditation and chanting are their sacred activities. They fully embrace science’s promise of knowledge based on evidence. They see their lives as an ever-expanding sensual adventure, which they perceive as spiritual. They struggle to meld their own spiritual experience with science. They anxiously await the day when they can be implanted with superhuman powers.
More and more the faith of our fathers is being tossed away, like some worn-out garment, leaving a great spiritual void. People are scrambling to find something to hold on to, that can bring peace, security, and meaning to their lives. Naturally, this leaves an opening for all kinds of spiritual influences.
We all know that nature abhors a vacuum. When our western culture began to feel the emptiness brought about by their loss of faith, there was no shortage of forces eager to move in and fill the void. Eastern Philosophy/Religion has been one major force that has captured the hearts, minds, and souls of our society.
The western public had its first exposure to Yoga and other Indian philosophies, around the middle of the 19th Century. Treatise on Yoga Philosophy in 1851.
This was the first time anyone had actively advocated and disseminated aspects of yoga to a western audience. The growing interest of the day’s intellectuals in all things Transcendental provided a receptive audience.
19th Century Theosophists hungry for the hidden knowledge of God and nature also had a large influence on the American public’s view of Yoga. Esoteric views of that century provided a greater reception of Yoga and of Verdant, due to its theory and practice of the correspondence between the spiritual and the physical.
(Vedanta is based on the Vedas, one of the world’s broadest and most ancient religious philosophies. The Vedas are the sacred scriptures of India. They affirm the oneness of existence, the divinity of the soul, and the harmony of religions. Vedanta is not specifically Indian though it includes much of the philosophical foundation of Hinduism which includes aspects of Indian culture. Vedanta is universal and can be applied to all cultures and nations of all types of religious backgrounds.
As we examine the etymology of the word “Vedanta” we find it is a combination of two words: “Veda” which means “knowledge” and “anta” which means “the end of” or “the goal of.” The goal of knowledge, in this context, does not imply intellectual knowledge (they kind we acquire by reading books). It refers to the knowledge of God, and perhaps more accurately the knowledge of your own divine nature. Vedanta is the search for Self-knowledge as well as the search for God.
According to Vedanta, God is not an entity but an infinite existence, infinite consciousness, and infinite bliss. The term for this impersonal, transcendent reality, or spiritual force, is Brahman, the divine ground of being. Vedanta also teaches that this Brahman manifests in human form during every age.
The divine Self or Atman, God dwells within our own hearts. It is never born and will it ever die. It is not affected by our failings or body fluctuations, or variances of the mind. Emotions, diseases, despair or ignorance have not affect upon it. The Atman is perfect purity, free from limitations, According to the Vedanta the Atam is one with Brahman and the human heart is its temple. The goal of the human life is to fully realize their God potential and manifest divinity. That is their purpose, and it matters not if one reaches that goal in this life or future lives.
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In the 19th and early 20th centuries, western culture was caught up in Tantric Yoga. (Tantrism and Tantric religion, is an ancient Hindu tradition of beliefs and meditation and ritual practices that seeks to channel the divine energy of the Godhead into the human body, to the end goal of realizing their divinity. Dating back 5,000 years, Tantric sex is an ancient Eastern spiritual practice practiced for the purpose of enlightenment. In the Tantric view, when Shiva, male energy, and Shakti, female energy, come into a sexual union, the practitioner is believed to be at the highest point of enlightenment.
Starting in 1928, Yoga began to be considered as a science, by western culture.
Yoga began to be promoted as exercise, in the early 21st century, with Hatha yoga and its asanas (postures). (Hatha yoga is actually the first and most essential aspect of the eastern spiritual process. The purpose of the discipline is to prepare the body to move into the higher levels of the spiritual experience. Ha meaning “sun” and tha meaning union, it functions as yin and yang to bring union to the opposite aspects of the individual, to build strength and endurance, and learn breath control. This is the yoga that most westerners are familiar and though it may be touted as a purely physical endeavor, you should be assured it is fully spiritual. You cannot isolate one aspect of this discipline, all parts of the eastern religion build upon the other. Hatha is the gate.
The American public began to recognize the spiritual aspects of Yoga and its repercussions, during the 1910s and 1920s. This resulted in a period of bad publicity and a number of scandals associated with Yoga. American’s began to become wise to the fact that they had been duped into opening themselves up to spiritual things about which they had no real knowledge and which were dangerous and detrimental to their well being.
Celebrity endorsements were employed in the 1930s and 1940s to overcome the negatives and encourage more public acceptance of yoga as exercise with some success.
But in the 1950s, America experienced another period of disenchantment yoga and its negative aspects. Once again, the people began to become wise and turn away from this evil influence.
But, the Hippie movement of the 1960s with the drugs, rock and roll, and open rebellion, brought a renewed interest in Hindu spirituality. There sprung up great number of Neo-Hindu schools, specifically targeting the western public. As people began to focus on good health, Yoga was once again falsely presented as a harmless form of exercise.
In 1969, Kundalini Yoga was introduced to the United States. Comprehensive, classical teachings of Ashtanga Yoga, Samyka, the subtle body theory, Fitness Asanas, and tantric elements were now included in the yoga training, in the United States and Canada. Kundalini is the most horrendously evil portion of the eastern disciplines. This will be presented in more detail further in this article.
Again in the 1980’s yoga experience a burst of interest. The culture was now highly focused on exercise and good health and yoga were being portrayed as having great benefits to heart health. The nation saw many suffering from heart diseases and deaths, so folks were eager to believe yoga as a purely physical system of health exercises. Numerous asanas (positions) seemed modern in origin, and not unlike 19th and early-20th-century Western exercise traditions. Foolishly, everyone failed to recognize that there is no way to remove the eastern religious aspect from the physical training.
Currently, the American College of Sports Medicine supports the integration of certain types of yoga into some exercise regimens, of healthy individuals, but only as long as properly-trained professionals deliver instruction. The College cites yoga’s promotion of “profound mental, physical and spiritual awareness” and its benefits as a form of stretching, and as an enhancer of breath control and of core strength.
There is a saying:
“There is no Yoga without Hinduism
.and no Hinduism without Yoga.”
Do You Believe in Magick? Continued Part 7 – Easternization of the USA