A tomb represents
the concept of burial. Burial also represents stepping forward in life. We bury
the old concepts that are no longer relevant. Thus we make room for the new, and
keep on building new worlds upon worlds.
not designed as a tomb. Nor is it designed as but a shrine to Love, even
symbolic for a love that knows no ending. It represents the beauty of Love
itself - the beauty of the most precious we have, the beauty of our humanity
that has built the great monument to itself in which it is reflected.
we see the Taj Mahal as a tomb, we lose 90% of what it really represents.
story is an exotic science and research story situated at the Taj Mahal in India. The video
dialog presents Chapter 9
- Praying in the Wrong Direction.
"You were praying in the wrong direction," said a large man with a
full beard who stood on the platform with us, the one surrounding the raised
central pool. "You were not facing Mecca. You were facing in the wrong
"No we were facing in the right
direction," I said to him. "We were facing in the right direction
for a scientific imperative. And we were not praying. We were celebrating.
We were facing in the direction of the tomb and were are celebrating the
process of burial."
The man nodded. "Burial?" he
repeated as if this sounded strange. "You were celebrating
"We still are. We are celebrating the
burial of all that is wrong about religion, especially what is wrong about
Christianity. What is wrong is the perversion of it. That's what needs to be
buried. And let me tell you, there are a lot of other mistakes that need to
"Now that is something that I can
understand," said the bearded man. "But what are you burying that
warrants a celebration?"
"We are celebrating the burial of a the
false concept of God," said Indira. "We are celebrating the
burials of a false concept that has infested every religion on the planet
and has been at the root of every religious war. When one finally comes to
realized that all that crap is nonsense, one has something to celebrate does
She turned to me. "You explain the
"In popular Christianity, foe
example," I said to him, "Christ Jesus is seen as the son of God.
Some see 'Jesus as God having become a person' or as God incarnate in the
flesh. But this is all nonsense. The ancient Hebrews had a much clearer
perception of what God essentially is. That was probably misunderstood and a
large array of false conclusions were reached that spawned many different
religions with a diversity of dogmas and believes that were hijacked by the
imperials for stirring up divisions in society and starting wars."
The man nodded. "The imperials need wars
to prevent a spiritual humanist renaissance from sweeping across the world,
I know that. We have experienced a lot of that in India. This was probably
the reason why the British nearly demolished the Taj Mahal. Some say that
the wrecking crew had already been assembled. Others say that they called
the project off, because the sale of used marble wouldn't have brought
enough of a profit to pay for the demolition cost. So they call the
demolition off. I personally think that they relented, because they might
have sparked an uprising in India with that would have expelled the colonial
imperials right there and then and sent them back to their misty rock in the
"That's not the mistake that I am
referring to," I interrupted the man. "I don't care about the
mistakes primarily. I care about the right concepts that the mistakes deny.
Who cares about the night when the sun comes up in the morning? One
celebrates the sunshine, not the waning of the night. The shadows of
darkness are buried in a flood of light. They become buried and forgotten
history. That's the burial that I am celebrating. That's also what the
ancient Hebrews had evidently been celebrating. In common usage a calendar
month was referred to in the Hebrew tongue as the 'son of a year.' That's
how they say saw themselves in their relation ship to God. They saw
themselves as the sons of God just as a calendar month is seen as a son of
the year. They saw themselves and mankind as a part of the divine Being that
includes all life and is reflected in life. That, of course, included
everything that comprises our humanity, such as our joy, beauty, sex, love,
intellect, industry, creativity, sublimity, and whatever else defines us as
spiritual beings. As this concepts unfolds it buries the old erroneous
concepts, and the new erroneous concepts as well."
"The ancient Hindus appear to have
understood this process," said Indira, addressing herself to me.
"The Hindus have developed a number of concepts that together define
our humanity. The religions of India, especially in Hinduism and Buddhism,
recognize four paths to Moksha, to or 'salvation,' in which we find
transcendence to the conscious sense of our spiritual being. The four paths
are the Dharma, the Artha, the discipline of Yoga, and the fourth is our
Kama. Dharma is what you might call the domain of inspiration and
revelation. The path of Dharma might be considered 'the Way of the Higher
Truths.' The second path is Artha. It has to do with physical living.
Here the question is considered as to what are the earthly rights of a
spiritual being in the image of God. The question is, how do we relate to
one another as spiritual and divine beings, and to ourselves as such a
being? The third path, of course, is Yoga. Yoga is not an exercise as some
see it. Instead, the term refers to ancient spiritual practices that
originated in early India as a means for achieving both physical health and
spiritual mastery. You might call it spiritual metaphysics. And the fourth
path is Kama. Kama is the god of love in Hindu myth. It has to do with one's
self-knowledge as a spiritual and divine being. The god, Shiva, represents
that. Some people relate the concept of Kama to sexual love. But there is
more to it than physical sensuality. As we grow in grace, our spiritual
senses supercede the physical senses. The sexual dimension is important
here, because the dimension of sex is more a spiritual dimension than a
physical dimension. The sexual dimension really begins in the mind and the
physical dimension follows behind it in which the spiritual dimension is
expressed. The Kama Sutra is a book about sexual loving that is focused on
giving pleasure, rather than on getting the pleasure that merely follows
behind it. We have the beginning of a principle here by which love is
focused on the welfare of others as the highest concept of love, or actually
the only concept of love."
"That's my point," I said to the
man. "The early Hinduism and revered the Kama. Christianity did the
same. Since sex is a part of our humanity, it is also a part of the divinity
of our being. Islam brought out the same concept of the oneness of mankind,
which includes both men and women. The God of Islam is Allah, which cannot
be perceived in terms of gender. The name Allah simply means all. Allah is
the All that we stand in awe before and are a part of. Mohammed is reported
to have said, "I trample on everything that divides mankind from
one-another. The female sexual isolation under the shroud of the Burka was
added later in the course of the perversion of Islam when Islam became an
empire. Hinduism was also perverted into an anti-female religion by which
Hinduism became a rule of terror and genocide in may ways. But Buddhism
caused a move away from that, back to the common universal life, towards a
life of love in uplifting one-another. Maybe that is what Kama really means.
I would even say that whenever we think of sex as something isolated in
itself we cheat ourselves of 99% of what it is a part of. The principle of
giving something to another that uplifts and enriches another's life must
extend into all fields where we endeavor to do something profound in our
life, like endeavoring to excel in physics, or music, or mathematics, or
medicine, or biology, or engineering, or literature, or sports, or acting,
or theatre, that enables us to help make the world a richer place. These are
all aspects of life, are they not? If we limit our relationship with
one-other to sex, we might miss 99% of the great thing of human existence
that sex is a part of. And so we let the greater part slip away, and
eventually the lesser part too. That's how we loose our civilization, and
have already lost much of it. Maybe the ancients had a sense of that."
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