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The Religious Idea

The religious idea crystallised early in humanity’s evolutionary past due to the increasing separation between original unity and the divisive outer world. Energetically retained within the human psyche are the principles of the great religions, as well as the spiritual insights of mystics, saints and devotional men and women who have lived throughout the ages. Since it‘s been created within the archetypal structure of the psyche, everyone born is influenced in varying degrees by the religious idea. Even an atheist who renounces his belief in God or religious dogma is unable to detach from its overall effect.

When anyone mentions God, the normal reaction of the mind is to interpret the word through the religious idea. As a race, human beings have become subservient to the influence of orthodox religions and erudite priests who recite the scriptures beautifully but don’t live their master’s teaching – and so perpetuate the vicious circle of compromise. This is how the religious idea became a monstrosity, and deflected the earnest endeavours of countless devotional men and women in their search for God and reality. The idea beyond all religions is the idea of life on earth. It’s this original power that sustains the lesser ideas created in the human psyche through time and past. The religious idea is a gradient of diminishing ignorance that must eventually be transcended through the spiritual process.

Nevertheless, the presence of the religious idea provides the inspiration to counteract the enormous attachment to the material world. It imbues the vast body of humanity with some semblance of higher purpose and hope for a better future amidst the mayhem and confusion of the world. In this, the religious idea can be seen to have a positive effect; but its presence in the psyche has a disturbing and far-reaching negative influence for the people of the earth. Surrounding the centre of the religious idea are the less enlightened psychic forces that make up a depository of humanity’s distorted and self-induced perceptions of reality. These lesser expressions of divine revelation externalise as persecution of other faiths, inquisition, holy wars, ethnic cleansing, terrorism and, most destructive of all, the pious prayers of the masses that have unknowingly brought humanity to the brink of annihilation.

Today, after thousands of years of religiosity and the search for original freedom, we’re stuck with the consequences of the transgressions of our forefathers. For someone poised to realise a higher state of consciousness, the difficulty is the accumulated experience of humanity’s past religious fervour energetically preserved within the human psyche. The mind is continually assailed by the psychic forces of the past which infiltrate any weakness or opening within the personal space of the individual. It’s the emotional element of religion which distorts the purity of the inner vision and creates the need for a formal God represented through the ideology of belief and ritual. Predictably, the person is rarely fulfilled and may suffer terrible emotional pain, since their deeper reality exerts an enormous pressure to break free from the limitations and ignorance of all that has been.

For a long while in the spiritual life, the religious idea is the only means available for the brain to comprehend any inner experience that would otherwise be impossible to process. The brain converts the pure energy of the psyche into recognisable sequences of information, providing an approximate interpretation for someone’s culture and conditioning. For example, an Indian raised as a Hindu realising a particular level of spiritual truth interprets the experience through a psychic presence of Krishna, whereas a Christian cultured in the West translates the same degree of reality through an image of Jesus Christ. In both instances, the memory impressions and experiences of the past provide the means for the brain to make sense of the timeless quality of the spirit. Later, as the perception of intelligence speeds up and is able to appreciate the abstract reality of space, any formal attachment to a particular faith is discarded for direct experience of God.

Within the deepest recess of the brain is the diamond point of consciousness. The luminosity of this point at any time is determined by the evolving self-knowledge of an individual over many life recurrences. The virtue of each living experience is extracted, which contributes to the increasing brilliance of the diamond point until it shines through the flesh as the true spiritual identity of the being. This induces ever deeper intimations of reality as direct knowledge and negates the need for any memory image or religious indoctrination. The religious idea is then transcended and what remains is the realisation of the radiant idea behind existence in its divine and formless reality.

Extract from e-book: 'Deeper into the Mystery' available from Amazon Kindle.

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