Added to, December 2017 – see “Jesus”. No spiritual lessons.
Q: Are you anti-religion?
A: As a mystic, I’m not qualified to answer that.
Q: Why not?
A: To me, only spiritual questions are relevant.
Q: So you’re saying religions are not spiritual?
A: Mystics are by definition spiritual. But religions have nothing to do with spirituality. They are more a spiritual hindrance than help for the truly called.
Q: But humans take religions very seriously, even the ones who don’t practice them. Can you expand on that?
A. Religions are a human attempt to create the mystical experience of Reality, but can’t. The experience of Reality is for individuals only. It can’t be induced by humans.
As such, religions’ goals are reduced to producing “better” human beings, being focused instead on morality and
ethics, on non-spiritual, human stuff.
Q: Aren’t mystics interested in bettering humans; in this “human stuff”?
A: The Jesus of the bible is not the only enlightened one who thought improving the human race was what the mystical experience of Reality is all about. But the Experience is caught, not taught and can’t be retransmitted.
That is why Jesus’ mission failed. It inevitably deteriorated through ordinary human beings into mere morality and ethics, human practices and religious “churches” of rituals and dogmas. These are are not spiritual. There are no biblical records of actual spiritual lessons from the biblical Jesus.
But some people are called to higher things and avoid such distractions, as Deepak Chopra suggests:
“. . . there are a few people who enjoy stillness more than activity, and they dive as deep as they can to find where the water stops running, a point so still and deep that one isn’t touched by the surface waves at all. Having found this stable centre they experience themselves to the maximum and the outside world to the minimum.” – The Book of Secrets by Deepak Chopra, M.D.
Q: So Jesus’ mission failed?
A: Your personal answer lies in 2000 years of human history. Just look around you to see how the promises match the human reality. What attempts there were to introduce spirituality by for instance people like Guyon or Molinos were smothered vigirously by the western religions of the day. Enlightened Sufis were put to death by Islam in their day.
Whatever the spiritual experiences were of certain individuals from whom religions were created, those experiences have long since been dissipated by the human impulsions of lust, anger, greed, attachments and ego, for instance.
From my experience as a human, then through no effort of mine as a mystic with experiences of Ultimate Reality, I can say that humans will not fulfill human destiny through anything they can do themselves.
Only the same Ultimate Reality that creates mystics can fulfill human destiny, and even then being human is not the ultimate destiny of humans anyway.
Q: You don’t offer people generally and religious people in particular much comfort, do you?
A: Humans are in good hands. Fortunately, the human race is apparently not allowed to take over the direction of its destiny. It is not qualified yet.
Anyway, real Seekers, those who are called, impelled despite themselves, who, as the Christian bible hints, “hunger and thirst”, who have been given a passion to know Ultimate Reality, will inevitably find themselves searching through religions but then rejecting the spiritual inadequacy they find there. They will discern the difference between human spirit and the spirit of Ultimate Reality. They are not called then abandoned.
Eventually, for reasons as yet unknown even to mystics, some of these Seekers may experience Reality. When they do, they will never have to engage in primal human distractions ever again.
Some Searchers will even bypass religions, experience Reality directly without ever touching religions or teachers or any human influences. They are caught, not taught. It’s a benign, loving, giving, not taking process. All is well.