Tiger Saucy tells of some overlooked features of the true story of religions.
The wizard Rudolf Steiner spoke wisely when he wrote/and-or said: “the religion of the gods is the human being”.
In the way back long ago when before, sometimes remembered in the Fable of the Garden in the Hebrew Bible, there were two trees in that innocent place&time: 1) the tree of knowledge of good&evil; and, 2) the tree of life.
That story does not seem to end well, and it is a reasonable caution to wonder whether or not the Hebrew Bible (the old testament to Christians, which can’t be fully understood without knowledge of the Torah, and the Sepher Yetzirah) … which itself has been framed according to the world view of males, asserting some sort of “dominion over” the females, not just the beings of Nature.
How do we know this?
Because the female – in that tale – is the one who hears the snake and urges the man to violate the rule of Stay the Fuck Away from the tree of knowledge of good&evil. Because of her we humans violate divine law, and somewhere in all the resulting theology we get the idea of “original sin”. Not much of a loving god that makes us sinful from birth.
In the Sepher Yetzirah we are introduced to the idea of the “mothers”, no less. Who manifest in the vowel sounds, while the fathers manifest in the sounds of the consonants. The tale as told to me is that Hebrew, as a “written” language, is only consonants, and the vowels have to be added in an interpretative gesture, ruled by scholars of the Torah, also only males. Again, the feminine in the language is ruled, in a kind of odd way, by the masculine structures of the language.
Sacred secrets, and only the “initiated” need knock on the doors of that mystery.
One consequence of this masculine force is that the Hebrew language – that could (and apparently was meant) to be understood as revealing how the human being was to enjoy “communion with” the natural world – those terms became “dominion over”. Communion With being a feminine virtue, and the modern Gate to knowledge of Faerie.
This happened – historically – around the same Era as elsewhere the Goddess religions of the ancients, were more and more being replaced by a male-god dominated theology.
In a sense, and from a perspective taking in the right scale of the situation, humanity was falling into the material world, from a prior spiritual state. This spiritual state is remembered as the Garden to the Hebrews, and in myriad other ways in “religions” all over the world, such as the Satya Yuga of the Hindu folk.
Human beings, having entered into “matter”, were now learning from the tree of knowledge of good&evil, at a sacrifice (forgetting) of the older female (communion with) knowledge of the tree of life. Matter is “darker” than light*, and in such darkness we have a hard time seeing. In social existence, power over others is wanted, and this breeds the many evils the modern world knows far too well.
*[In It (the Word) was Life, and the Life was the Light of the World]
That said, there also came to be a counter-impulse to the descent into matter, and for aid in this work the three patriarchal monotheisms were born, in order to provide guidance as best they could. For the Hebrews their main helper was the Burning Bush, with an affection for Law. Many rules were laid down for the Hebrews to follow.
The Burning Bush of Law was followed by the Logos of Love, who became human and died, just like human beings, We have fallen into matter, must therefore encounter: Death – itself being a Gate, for moments of rest between incarnations. In this Way the Divine Mystery lent its most creative genius to live for a couple of years, the Word among us – and tell some stories, while enduring what we endure. Not to save us, but to imitate us. The Highest seeing no reason (Logos of Love) to task us with a work/trial He/It would not personally undertake: the work to live in a physical body and then to die.
For some, their religion had them believing we only live once. Only this chance to play with the wild, and color outside the lines, … if done wrongly sends you straight to hell. Law or spontaneity.
Like the masculine nature of the Hebrew religion, the newly birthing-themselves Christian Religion was – as well – being led by forces not at ease with the feminine. In the chaos facing modern Christian faiths, over sex mostly, we see the loss. Yet, the mystery has a tendency to threefold itself, such that the fertile crescent was to birth one more male dominated religion, Islam, with something rather remarkable hidden inside it.
The fall/descent into matter, aided by the Hebrew male judgmental approach to good&evil, births a middle arc, … the descent is a kind of curve, turned upward by the One who said many words of import, that were later often abused, for the same reasons as did the Hebrew patriarchs: namely social power.
He/It/She/They, of the I come not to bring peace but a sword song, also said: Judge Not. The Logos of Love is that simple.
What had gone down, and then sought to follow an arc upward, must eventually then succeed in falling up, avoiding losing our way into darkest deeps. The Fall into matter – requires for balance and aesthetics (reality being mostly Art) a corresponding Falling up. From whence and where does this power of resurrection arise? You see, dear shamans in training, even if you fall to perdition, that is not the end, for there at the bottom is the Last Gate to Faerie – to a return to the Garden, via the Day of the Last Judgment.
Outside the precincts of preachers of doom and woe, there is whispered this: On that Day, we will judge ourselves, and choose whether or not to seek redemption, with our own self as the chief source of forgiveness.
Hebrews, Christians, and Muslims are all known to the latter as people of the Book. The three make for one gesture out of the same Mystery. Old Testament. New Testament. Koran. One communication, not three.
How do we “fall” upward? And, toward What?
The teachings of Islam have two core principles (remember … religious practice is meant to be easy – theologians just mess things up). The first core principle is service to the family, and in particular the children and women are to be protected at all costs. The later divisiveness is again a function of maleness out of its right place, and a cautionary tale for anyone who thinks the Mystery has spoken forever via a book, such that humans need no more look elsewhere for wisdom. The rule of male religious scholars is a tyranny of the heart.
The second core principle is “surrender” expressed in “Allah is great”, and “As Allah wills”. Jehovah – follow the Law; Christ – learn to love instead of judge; Allah – protect the future, and surrender to the truth of the Divine, for that is the way out of matter.
As with the Old Testament, and the New Testament, the Koran gets interpreted by maleness. Basically this has more to do with karma, than with truth, for the other – lesser known spiritual factoid – is that in the last three centuries the divine itself has begun to manifest from within the human being.
Everyone in Faerie knows this because children tend to being very messy, and someone has to pick up after them, for a little while longer anyway.
The human being is now his/her own lawgiver, creator of love, and able to surrender to the return of the Mother/with Father, of which Islam foretold.
They’re Back! And, … welcome to the age of human responsibility for the future. We’ve been given decisive power, in the immediacy of our personal biography. We’ve also ridden in on a dragon’s belly full of karma. Do not doubt, but each life is a puzzle, for which we are to become the sole solver&author.
That’s why seer-Steiner said: the religion of the gods is the human being.
As to the many questions, it was made possible for my – communion-with a savant – to help the writing a book, which placed the religious question, inside the scientific path, as a theory contrary to species random evolution, and big bang cosmology. “The Art of God: an actual theory of Everything.”
That book is a spiritual social science text, which includes the idea that the Divine Mystery is distributed everywhere within the Creation, with the human being leading the rest into the future.
Don’t like this idea of human freedom – from divine control? Here’s the riddle: If the human being is not free and not divine, then the whole of experience is a fraud, … or not. Actually, each person gets to choose and gestate their own “religion”. Error is possible, and karma then a necessary corrective.
For a relevant story, ask the preacher of a mega Christian church, who spoke against gays, only to be caught with a male hooker. What goes around comes around.