At The Electric Agora.
bold attempt to try that at Electric Agora. kudos also for the considerable amount of introspective work it must have needed to get clear about such ideas in your mind in order to write them, and especially, to discuss them afterwards in the commentaries.
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welcome. Bharath… I have followed the comments closely to gain a better grasp of your experience and stance. I have walked a similar path, albeit with some differences. It occurs to me to recommend a book to you in friendship: https://wn.rsarchive.org/GA/GA0008/English/RPC1961/GA008_index.html
Or if you prefer a physical book to reading online, you can order it here: https://steiner.presswarehouse.com/books/BookDetail.aspx?productID=22127
What you have come upon is correct, I believe. Paraphrasing, it is the discovery, empirically and subjectively, that “Christianity” is first and foremost an inward path, the dimensions of which cannot be fathomed or estimated with any kind of external or theological or academic approach. (Even though as you’ve declared, those avenues are not without interest.) All viable religious or spiritual inquiry streams have produced two identites: an inner esoteric reality which has always been there for people who choose to devote themselves intensely to finding it; and an outer ‘historical’ identity which is produced via centuries of interpretations often by those who lack the deeper esoteric insights. This is why religions, per se, become confusing moshpits of dogma and enticing ephemeral gems of fragmentary truth. AT an esoteric level, there is great similarity between what Plato sought and Siddartha, and Krishna, and the message of the Gospels. And you sense this.
Also relevant is your understanding or intuition that a personal exploration is the heart of the matter and even the raison d’etre, rather than the external belief credo. (Which varies by interpretation, historical period, and distance from the true esoteric sources.) You are trying this path, and it is excellent that you do not wish to sacrifice entirely what you already know and value from studies of philosophy and natural science, etc. So, long story short, I hope you find in this book, written, I have diagnosed, by someone who knows, a kind of key and impetus towards a greater unity of comprehension and faith. Thanks for your writings.
Thanks for the link. It looks great.
“That “Christianity” is first and foremost an inward path, the dimensions of which cannot be fathomed or estimated with any kind of external or theological or academic approach.”
Very well said! Yes, it took me a long time to see this. I have felt some kind of faith or a greater spiritual calling since I was a teenager. But I also really wanted to know (1) how it fits with the natural, scientific world, and (2) how it fits with the variety of religions and atheism. My doubts re (1) and (2) were like brakes which kept me back from letting myself fully go with my spiritual impulses. But now I feel my doubts re (1) and (2) are cleared to my satisfaction, and the gates to the spiritual life have been thrown wide open, and am free to fully give myself to that inner higher power which can carry me into itself and take care of me.
The writing and commenting at the Electric Agora (EA) is very cathartic for me, in terms of addressing the concerns re (1) and (2). Because I had all those concerns. And some I still have. But though others might not agree with my views, I feel good about it, and it is a foundation for my inner life. In fact, now the inner life is its own foundation. I could be quite wrong in my views I express at EA (though I doubt it). But still, as I say in the comments there, that would be like me speaking English but not know how language use works. I can develop my faith practice and explore the inner life fully, and still be humble in my meta understanding of that. The former doesn’t require a full meta understanding. But this is also not a reason to say, “I will believe whatever I want, and others concerns are irrelevant,” which can lead to a kind of fundamentalism. It is a delicate balance, and one which God Himself guides me through as I surrender myself to Him.
I think the suitable evolution of spiritual impulse within humanity, suitable for the present era that is, is such that your 1) and 2) are to be not pushed aside as hindrance, but rather incorporated. Faith is evolving and changing, as Christianity slowly reveals more of it’s true nature — which cannot be circumscribed by churches or dogma or anything received. Reason and independent thinking are now welcome to the party, as are observations gleaned from personal life experiences.
“your 1) and 2) are to be not pushed aside as hindrance, but rather incorporated.”
Yes, absolutely. Faith is not opposed to reason, but incorporates it within itself as its equal and partner. The life of reason and the life of faith are not different, but two sides of the same coin.
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