Most of us who are not deluding ourselves have been there, whether after a bad breakup, or a lonely night alone after half a bottle of wine, or because we inauspiciously reached adolescence right as the interweb became a thing - stop judging!
One of the greatest society contributions underemployed and poorly paid philosophers can make, free of charge, is to ask what the fuck it means to "contribute to society" in the first place.
I know that I shouldn't be cruel to myself, even my "former" self. But one of the things I have to face up to in my life now is that this insight is somewhat dumb and Jesus was bluntly wrong.
What do religious people have against atheists? It is not only celebrity psychologists dabbling in inconsistent anti-realism or pious politicians who rail against the purported ill effects of religious unbelief on society as a whole, the "traditional" nuclear family, and allegedly venerable "Judeo-Christian" values. More qualified, and even less religious, philosophers have done so too.
How can one worship the one who exists as undivided Being, Consciousness, and Bliss, who is without second, without misconceptions, and of one nature? How can one summon to a place the omnipresent? How can one seat the support of the whole world? How can one wash the hands and feet, offer libation, or sips … Continue reading Beyond Worship: A Paraphrase of Para Puja
In the first place, the Churches are bound to face, in a more adequate way than has yet been done, the intellectual reinterpretation of the universe. Christianity is, of course, vastly more than a theory of the universe. But at the same time, it cannot be right to hamper the freedom of the spiritual life … Continue reading Rufus Jones on Seeking, Ministry, & Bad Sermons
"Nature never intended the negro to be our master, or even our equal, but our servants. Nature's plans are simple; her results are sublime. Every infant born is another link in Nature's chain. Progression is her first law. The sun comes on, and leaves us at the horizon, but is always moving. Little things make … Continue reading “We have done evil that good may come” – an experiment in American theodicy (1862)
Religious language is often very tricky. It would be tricky even if there was nothing otherwise remarkable about it, because religious language, by the nature of its use, refers to, expresses, or otherwise circumlocutes so many tangible and intangible features of people's lives and values (it shares this elusive yet all-encompassing quality with ethics and … Continue reading “The State of the Faithful” – quick commentary
ਸਿਮਰਉ ਸਿਮਰ ਸਿਮਰ ਸੁਖੁ ਪਾਵਉ ॥ Remember Him, remember and find peace, ਕਲਿ ਕਲੇਸ ਤਨ ਮਾਹਿ ਮਿਟਾਵਉ ॥ and suddenly anxiety shall cease! ਸਿਮਰਉ ਜਾਸੁ ਬਿਸੁੰਭਰ ਏਕੈ ॥ Remember the all-pervading One in praise, ਨਾਮੁ ਜਪਤ ਅਗਨਤ ਅਨੇਕੈ ॥ Whose Name is sung by all in countless ways! ਬੇਦ ਪੁਰਾਨ ਸਿੰਮ੍ਰਿਤਿ ਸੁਧਾਖ੍ਯ੍ਯਰ ॥ Vedas, Puranas, … Continue reading “Remember the One” – a poem from Sukhmani Sahib by Guru Arjan
ਮੰਨੇ ਕੀ ਗਤਿ ਕਹੀ ਨ ਜਾੲਿ ॥ The state of the faithful cannot be described. ਜੇ ਕੋ ਕਹੈ ਪਿਛੈ ਪਛੁਤਾੲਿ ॥ Those who attempt shall regret that they tried. ਕਾਗਦਿ ਕਲਮ ਨ ਲਿਖਣਹਾਰੁ ॥ Neither paper, nor pen, nor scribe by their word, ਮੰਨੇ ਕਾ ਬਹਿ ਕਰਨਿ ਵੀਚਾਰੁ ॥ The state of the faithful … Continue reading “The State of the Faithful” – a poem by Guru Nanak