Saturday, September 02, 2006:
Castes are the social classes into which someone is born and fixed.
Yugas are the cycles of history. This is the cycle of rising and falling spiritual awareness in general for the planet. It has a correspondence with the astrological prophecy, meaning the story of the messiah that has been woven into the astrological observations. It is a synchronistic observation. It is a place at which cause and effect are synchronous or paralleled. It is occasioned by faith. It's not something that has a vocabulary so much as it is an emotional state where things happen that cannot be understood statistically. The odds are defied beyond mundane belief. God's hand is revealed beyond a doubt. This is not to say that all the interpretation and vision superimposed on the cycle of ages are accurate. They are not. They do not accurately predict the real faith. They calculate. The real faith doesn't come by way of calculation or advance thought.
Chakras are the energy places along the spine. The high up, the more enlightened and enlightening. If one thinks of the frontal lobe of the brain as the region where the most unselfish consciousness occurs and if one thinks of the tempting trouble posed by the sexual organs, one can see where this chakras concept could develop. Thinking constantly with feeding the sexual appetite will lead to ruin. It's common sense. Elevating the thoughts is a good and right idea. Who can argue with that. If one translates the energy of the chakras to spirit, there isn't anything wrong with bringing in the right spirit to turn off and displace that wrong spirit.
The four main forms of yoga (there are others) are Karma yoga is action in this world of matter; Jnana yoga is acquiring knowledge and improving the intellect; Bhakti yoga is devotion; and Raja yoga is meditation. Jesus said we are to do the deeds. The truth of God is the knowledge to acquire. It definitely improves the intellect. One is to do God's will always. There is no higher form of devotion. Jesus taught his followers how to pray when they asked him. However, Jesus was living prayer. There was no point of demarcation between his daily life and prayer.
The Gunas are the different conditions of matter. Matter (prakriti) has three different natures: Steadiness (sattvas), activity (rajas), and dullness (tamas). This covers emotional state; attraction and antipathy or disinclination; and emotional, intellectual, and moral complexion (spirit or soul or both in the view of many theists). It is the manifest aspect of the soul(s) (purusha). The sattvic matter is harmless in Christianity. It is also active. The rajasic is active but not moved to harmless or better still bringing forth healing. The tamasic is withdrawn. It is the injured in Christianity. The rajasic only make matters worse for the tamasic. The real sattvic, real, liberal Christianity, can draw out the righteous inclination in the tamasic.
All of the above in Hinduism correspond to each other. This is no surprise. There is a huge overlapping of Christianity and Hinduism within certain contexts. Christianity too has its themes if you will that carry over into every concept. Hinduism diverges from the Christ-mind of Jesus though in very stark ways as we have seen in earlier parts of this body of work. Going to the cross for the sake of righteousness, for real love, that's the difference.
Of course, Jesus didn't keep his caste position. Mahatma Gandhi later broke the falsehood concerning the untouchability of certain people. Also, Jesus made clear that it is what comes out of a person that defiles one. That is an extreme proof of total belief in God. The pure are incorruptible from all evil forces. This we believe as real, liberal Christians. The vessel (the flesh) may be killed as with Jesus, but the soul is not harmed. With the greatest faith, even the vessel cannot be harmed. There comes a time and place when the emotional state is such that things happen that cannot be understood by mundane belief. There is no testing of it. One either knows absolutely that the time and place are right or not.
Dualism versus monism : Both are contextually correct. God is ultimately the real one. Because the lesser commandments are consistent with the greater commandments, the more particularized is consistent with the unity, all provided one comprehends it. The lack of comprehension, that which does not comprehend, that which rejects, is unreal. It is false and not part of the one.
God is the particularized soul (atman), the universal soul (Brahman).
Devas are a sort of spiritual host. They are good in Hinduism and dad in Zoroastrianism.Asuras are the good ones in Zoroastrianism.
One can easily see where fracturing begins. The difference between the Hindus and the Zoroastrians is the remnant of the argument over whose vision is the correct one. That same theme runs throughout the religions that splinter into sects or denominations.
Most of the time, all of time really, the differences are over arguments that run at cross-purposes, meaning they are semantical arguments where the language has been or begun to fracture the one soul or spirit of one actually.
You see, the gods and pantheons of the various tribes, clans, families, nations, etc., are a direct reflection of those nations and their leaders. The nation (family and leader) is as strong or good or weak or bad as its view, translating into actions and the resulting consequences within the total environment (physical and spiritual).
It is a struggle for the hearts, souls, minds, and bodies of people.
One sees it in Islam, since Allah was the name of the highest god of the deities of Mohammed's family.
One sees it earlier in Judaism (Judahism). The view of Judah has prevailed for a while (until Shiloh comes; peace comes).
Pantheons changed and deities changed within pantheons. Pantheons rivaled each other. It was all humans rivaling each other. It was their spirits (personalities) rivaling each other.
Out of this comes a great deal of racism and ethnic bigotry. Our view is better. We act better. Our outcomes, consequences, results are better. We are better. Follow us. Do as we tell you.
Now this can be either do as we tell you or we'll force you, or it can be fail to follow at your own peril. It can be follow us, or it can be join us. This is the real split.
Most nations though fight over a false split. They each strive for coercive supremacy. That is what was going on as the Hebrews contested each empire from the Egyptians on through the Assyrians, Babylonians, less so the Persians, the Greeks, Romans (Italians), and through the Germans (Nazis). Now they are engaged in contesting the severely fractured and evermore fracturing Islamic Empire.
This way of being is all wrong, of course. The youngest children know it intuitively.
Jesus came to say that all the different visions, including the militant nationalistic view of God of the then Jews are missing the truth. He proved the power of the spirit wherever the belief was strong enough to bring forth. Rather than believe, the fractious continued rebelling. The consequences have been the history ever since.