Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Hallowed Secularism and Longing
7/3/2007--[I learned the following from my teacher, whom I will not name only so that he may not be blamed for my misunderstanding.] The point of Hallowed Secularism is for us to relearn to be open to the teachings of our religions, especially, here in America, the teachings of Judaism and Christianity, from whom most of us have sprung. But, what is it we most need to learn? Is it dogma? No, for the dogmas are unbelievable. Is it moral order? Of course not. Is it ritual? Well, not immediately, for ritual would only be empty, as it is now. Is it prayer? Not for the unworthy. It is longing. Without longing, compassion does not happen and the world grows ever darker. Secularists are totally without consciousness of their longing. But, then, so are many of the religious.