Humanity plays a key role in the repair and restoration of the world. The purpose of evil is to provide a context for humanity's redemption, which puts evil, humanity, and God himself in
their proper places within the cosmos.
that without integrating spiritual
insights into our daily lives, even the greatest of peak experiences is just a narcissistic thrill. We say true spirituality, and certainly
Jewish spirituality, is about being in the world. But I think we integrate too quickly, and use
this language to avoid making the changes that true spirituality would
demand of us.
Our True Nature is who
we already are, not something we can become or attain in the future. We somehow don't recognize this fact and spend years
searching for something that was never lost, and if we're fortunate, we'll run
into a teacher along the way who will simply point out what is perfectly obvious.
Western religion can be so focused on God that it forgets the world, and it criticizes those who love it as "pagan," as too entranced by the world of appearances. But I like the world and its pleasures. I am convinced that God is dancing right now, and not to take Her up on it is a little bit offensive.
[The Ayahuasca Monologues] • If we could create a global movement for
expansion we might become prophets. I see this strange figure, the intergalactic prophet. It is utterly
alien. Terrence McKenna said that we have become so alienated
ourselves, that when our true self reveals itself it seems like an
alien to us.
I must become this alien.
Buddhism addresses the illusion of the ego and its grasping onto
impermanent phenomena. Nondual Judaism addresses the
illusion of the ego and
its grasping onto the unreal. The solution in Theravadan
Buddhism is training in wisdom, concentration, and virtue; in nondual
Judaism, it is the three paths of contemplation, ecstasy, and fulfillment
of the commandments.
There's a lot to like in the work of Robert Crumb. How could I not love an artist so dedicated to portraying the bodies of real women? Now this defender of the flesh has produced an illustrated version of Genesis. The most interesting scenes revolve around struggles over vestiges of goddess worship, for clearly these stories are about a people in transition. This is where Crumb's work becomes important.