Theological Strains in Hegelian Globalized Islam(ism)
[This is a followup to the last post--that one should be read first.]
The key spiritual insight, for me, is that the entire universe is sacrificial. It is all a sacrifice.
I, as a Christian, see the Sacrifice as one of Thanksgiving and Praise. Christians call this the Eucharist.
The only spiritual inquiry worth having is: Am I avoiding relationship?
That to me is an even deeper question than Ramana's "Who I am?" Or the other version of that question:"Who is God?"
That question brings about the realization of Oneness (Non-duality). But it is alone and can easily keep one away in enlightened bliss--very common in traditional Eastern spirituality.
"Am I avoiding relationship" is asked even after (and only really then) one has answered, "Who am I, who is God?" The answer being not an answer in a traditional sense but rather the dropping of the Witness in Presence without an Observer. No bell, no ringer, just the ring-ing.
Am I avoiding relationship is the question of sacrifice. Am I avoiding sacrifice? Am I avoiding living out in this and every moment the fact that I am always already in relationship will all beings.
It is not just that everything is One and joy/peace flows from that, although that can be experienced and is true to the degree it is true. It is that I am always related to all else.
Pulling back from that admittedly pulled back political view in the last post, my thoughts on a Europe beyond that division, is a reflection on sacrifice. The sacrificing of millenia of history and identity, even the sacrificing of the comfortable post WWII identity of bleakness, nihilism, and victimizer. That can be sacrificed by the conservative Euro backlash. But the former is far deeper, to bequeath the legacy to others.
As light, as a supernova. For no other reason than to. Sacrificing/bequeathing the heritage of rule of law, debate, universalism beyond color or creed for the salvation of both.
The Truth forgotten by both conservative and liberal Euros as well as Islamists. We are all inherently connected---not just politically and socially although that too, that is the only the result of the deeper truth. We are all in relation to the very core of our beings.
To be righteous--liberally or conservatively--is to sin against this truth. It is to forget that we always already love one another. In the true sense of love. The painful heartbeat to the Universe.
That deeper context, the reason I pull back from getting involved in too many short-term arguments, narrow thinking-feeling is that we talk without recognizing the space of Sacrifice. Capital S.
From the outside, from the pulled back view there is this great trajectory, the evolution of life and consciousness. From the inside it is Sacrifice. That "system" being impersonal is not a respecter of beings.
That is the paradox, for most the problem, of our existence. This long view, This Long View-er, has used wars to bring us together. We only know and care about Islam, Shia, Sunni, Islamism, to the degree any do because of self-interest. Because of an attack. While painful from the inside in the short term; it is actually a great blessing in disguise. Not that that excsues barbaric action or the murdering of innocents. It does not.
From the inside there is always choice. It is trajectory not imposition. There need not be the violence, the bloodshed, and sorrow--at least not the degree of--involved in the transition.
But we humans are slow learners. Power corrupts, sin is rife in the human heart. But there is alwyas hope. Things are made new. There are resurrections after we die to the known.
From the Absolute it is not learning to love, learning to understand Muslims, it is realizing they and us arise from the Same Heart. That they and us are humorous fake words we must use.