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Obsidian Eagle's

Blasphemous Bazaar

META-Poems For A New Millennium

<br>META-Poems For A New Millennium<br><br>

The Flagship of Anti-Poetry — est. 2010

"God" Was A Four-Letter Word . . .

"God" Was A Four-Letter Word . . .

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." ~ John 1:1

Yet nobody asks what that word (Greek: Logos) was!

It sure as hell wasn't the Danish / Dutch / Germanic iteration everyone is fond of these days: G-O-D.

The Christians of Byzantium (founded by Constantine) to whom ALL contemporary believers in Jesus Christ owe their creed had very different names for our so-called Lord. For example: the less catchy Hupsistos and Pantocrator.

Going back further to the Hebrew Torah, it was forbidden to speak the tetragrammaton (four letters) YHWH, from where Jehova is derived. Vowels were deliberately excluded — to confound the pronoun.

There's immense wisdom in that approach because how could an all-powerful Being be reduced to a few mere syllables, becoming sullied by mortal speech?

Unfortunately, due to the diversity of human languages, most arguments as to the existence or nature of God are actually disagreements concerning preferred signifiers.

As a result, religious fundamentalism rather restricts spiritual evolution through its dogmatic use of linguistic concepts that people become emotionally attached to.

As a Philologist, Friedrich Nietzsche was aware of the above and famously declared that "God is dead", since he saw people not worshipping divinity directly, but only going through empty motions.

In fact, many Post-Modern thinkers have accused the whole Western philosophical tradition of "Logocentrism"; an incurable obsession with that primal WORD leading to centuries of conflict.

The truth is that God / Allah / Yahweh / Krishna (whatever) is simply beyond the scope of finite thought and most certainly ineffable.  Now that we have entered a new millennium, it no longer serves anybody to squabble over such silly names!

Echoes of Emptiness

Echoes of Emptiness

"Form is no other than Emptiness and Emptiness is none other than Form." ~ Heart Sutra

People like to spout the above quote without having the slightest inkling about Madhyamika Buddhism.

Emptiness is the highest truth in Madhyamika (middle-way) Buddhism but it doesn't mean nothingness as nihilists might think; its meaning connotes Interdependence.

Emptiness / Interdependence has various definitions. Basically, nothing can be said to arise alone or exist solely from its own side. As for eternal essences? None can be observed anywhere, at any time!

An instance of Emptiness: sight does not occur without something to see, just as the existence of perceivable objects is affirmed only when they are seen.  Neither comes first since they arise mutually.

Madhyamika points to a conciliatory middle-path between opposite extremes that are normally thought of as mutually exclusive.  Polarized thinking is dualistic and hence probably mistaken.

Many Buddhists consider a proper understanding of Sunyata (Void / Emptiness) to be the highest realization attainable, equivalent to enlightenment itself.

Emptiness is known as Mayavadi (Voidist) philosophy by various Hindu schools of thought that reject it as Atheism. Their adherents require a personal deity to latch onto and often cannot intuit the merits of Sunyata.

This is partly due to a purely intellectual understanding of the concept, which is hardly enough.  Without regular meditative practice, Sunyata cannot actually be experienced and so fails as mere theory.

Contrary to common belief, Buddhist Sutras on Emptiness do not assert that the universe is an illusion.  That is another type of dualism reconciled by the doctrine of Two Truths.

These Two Truths are flip-sides of a coin.  On the one hand, material manifestation is regarded as 'provisional' or constantly shifting.  However, this does not imply that physical laws have no actual bearing.

On the other hand, Ultimate Reality is transcendental to the first, yet includes and encompasses it.  Form is Emptiness and Emptiness is Form, remember?  Neither is more important nor real.

Indeed as Arya Nagarjuna noted: "There is not the slightest difference between Samsara and Nirvana."  Why? Because cyclic existence and Emptiness ARE each other!

Those who think that the universe is an illusion are in the same boat as those that view God as being outside of creation and not within it.

It's not our universe that is illusory but the scummy perceptive lenses that we view it through. Even though it fluctuates, physical reality is quite sacred in character.

No doubt perception molds reality to a great extent but the fundamental matter / energy thereby molded is itself real or better said: Ethereal.

From holy visions to hallowed sounds — running the gamut from psyche to senses — these are all echoes resounding in Emptiness!



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