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Saturday, October 06, 2012

Experimental Spirituality: various thoughts

Science is the greatest achievement of the human mind, being a complex of philosophy that is verified by experimentation, and is jointly pursued by a large group of individuals.

Religion's turn is coming. Religion presently is philosophy, theology, and doctrine ( "Talking the Talk"), and it does not do any verification procedures ("Walking the Walk").

When one is on a spiritual quest, one learns how to verify, not to associate or reinforce. Spiritual verification starts by emptying out (kenosis). Then it proceeds by filling up (plerosis).
One of the main and obvious problems in the world is the mixture of politics and religion, for it is impossible that a political being stay or become religious; the political being cannot empty out his soul and begin anew, like the religious being will do.

Politics is paradigmatic for Being-in-a-Society, whereas Spirituality is the paradigm for Being-Outside-a-Society and either staying outside (monastic orders) or returning to society (arhats)...
Religion, then, is the human endeavour of combining both Spirituality and Politics. That which people find repellent in Religion is mostly due to the political side: the wars and intolerance and acquisitiveness.

Religion may only be made purely spiritual by applying the experimental method, which is trial and error, such as the Jesuits followed by studying Ignatius Loyola's spiritual exercises, or the procedures of Zen monasteries, or the way of Sufi.

If Religion does not transform the individual or society or the world for the better, it is not religious; rather, an exercise in persuasion or compulsion or obsession.

Science seeks to establish a Theory which completely describes Nature.
Religion should seek to dis-establish Theory, which dis-establishment completely describes the Moral Nature.
Forgive me for underlining and emphasizing certain paragraphs, but as I go back over these posts, I realize the fact that you, the reader, already know, and that is that these are often too long, windy, verbose, and mixed up.
If there is any point that I think sort of sums up die gantseh Megillah, I will try to emphasize it.

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