Exo 33:20 And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.
Though Zeus begged her not to ask this, she persisted and he agreed. Therefore he came to her wreathed in bolts of lightning; mortals, however, could not look upon an undisguised god without dying, and she perished in the ensuing blaze.
I really like the mythical approach to this line.
There is probably something similar in deep Hinduism about the essence of the Brahman being inaccessible to all of our senses, aethereal and if ever one of our sense would transgress its infirmity, our little heart and brain could not bear it or it would just be simply time to die, transmute, reincarnate, move on to a much higher level or burst into instantaneous combustion.
Auṃ- That supreme Brahman is infinite, and this conditioned Brahman is infinite. The infinite proceeds from infinite. Then through knowledge, realizing the infinitude of the infinite, it remains as infinite alone.
It is said to be eternal, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, and ultimately indescribable in human language. The sages of the Upanishads proclaim Brahman to be the reality behind everything in this universe. Later, Brahman was described as infinite Being, infinite Consciousness, and infinite Bliss
Plus also matters of the deep that is incomprehensible to us but Christianity says we don't want the bloody light to begin with and Buddhism tells us we’re way too thick to get it. We are poisoned and our roots are just not right or righteous. Buddhism thinks we can get cleaned up after one or one thousand lives of meditation. Christianity says don’t bother you’re hopeless but I have sent someone special to do the job for you, the job you could not do in a million years.
Joh 1:9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
Joh 1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
Joh 1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
Joh 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
Joh 3:20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
Joh 3:21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
Greed, hatred and delusion are called the Three Poisons or Three Evil Roots.
One thing for certain it is UTTERLY and TOTALLY IMPOSSIBLE for us orang-utans with guns to see any light of any kind, not en masse and I would tend to say not in the singular either.
Anymore that it is possible for a Mustang or a Ferrari in its present state to reach the speed of light for the same reason.
We are defective, limited, and very primitive engineering.
Light is beyond our grasp.
In the same way that the light of the stars that you see is not its real light, it's an old "picture" of that light sent millions of years ago. As far as that star is concerned it might have died millions of years ago but we won’t know it, “see” it, for another million years or two.
Our little brains, our little hearts, our cumbersome and fragile bodies are not built for the ethereal. At this moment in the space time continuum we are build to reproduce (unfortunately for so many) and to become manure for a very very short time on our passing on this planet, a planet who also is of very short consequences. It has been here for barely five billion years and is at about half of its total life right now.
Nietzsche was unto something I am afraid. We are cannon fodder, the bungled and the botched. Thanks to Terry Gilliam and Jeff Bridges for the education in The Fisher King! J
You ever read any Nietzsche?
Nietzsche says there are two kinds
of people in the world.
People who are destined
...like Walt Disney...
And then there's the rest of us.
He called us
"the bungled and the botched."
We get teased.
We sometimes get close to greatness...
...but we never get there.
We're the expendable masses.
We get pushed in front of trains,
take poison aspirin...
...get gunned down in Dairy Queens.
You want to hear the new title
of my biography...
...my little Italian friend?
" It Was No Fucking Picnic:
The Jack Lucas Story."
II No Va Esta Fuckin' Picnicko.
7000 years of written and known so-called civilisation and as a nation and as individual we keep repeating the same mistakes. Madness is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result?
Why do I feel like listening to James Blunt now? J He’s done some of them mistakes and he is still doing some. No light, no harmony, no peace, no Bravery! Not in human nature or human history ever. Oh yes one might find some personal peace somewhere in a cave or in a very parochial and protected sheltered environment of some sort and then again but here I have to stand with Solomon Burke may he rest in peace.
None of us are free, one of is chained, none of us are free.
I just can’t as a human being enjoy my own inner peace in the desert, at the top of a mountain, at the bottom of a cave while 7 billion of my brothers and sisters don’t have it, don’t know how to get it and have absolutely no access to light, or peace. Hell they hardly have access to water and forget about education for most which would save them an awful lot of hardship.
Some crusader whose name is escaping me says he has tried education in poor countries but it didn’t work because the educated had no place or opportunity to apply their education in their own villages to they just had a brain drain as they were forced to move, Tony Campolo.
Education has greatly helped in Kerala, India where girls are highly educated and go to school for a long time and get married late and are in control and in charge and DECIDE to have one child or two at most.
At the root of it all is education. Thanks to a long tradition of compulsory schooling for boys and girls, Kerala has one of the highest literacy rates in the world.
Where women are well educated, they tend to choose to have smaller families. What Kerala shows is that you don't need aggressive policies or government incentives to persuade families to have fewer children.
But on the big scale we are coming with some highly exponential atomic fission problems soon with the overcrowding of our limited resources on this limited space planet:
problems which will not be solved unfortunately by considering that life is sacred but by rather considering the cost and profit that can be made or saved in each situation.
Greed, despite what Gordon Gekko says, IS always one of our biggest poisons of the soul and mind.
Theseus and his Argonauts had it so easy. Enter a small maze where you can’t get lost thanks to Ariadne’s thread, kill a Minotaur and get out.
He actually is but a speckle in that immense maze of mythology for after all they are all mythologies aren’t they.
We are aware of our shortcomings and dire need of the “gods” and of salvation and redemption.
Here is ANOTHER fascinating TWISTED word; REDEMPTION, to REDEEM, to purchase back? To purchase back what? To erase what? The subject of a whole other chapter I am afraid.
But how does one overcome these shortcomings at a personal level and even more important at the race level without damaging our frail brains and falling into some control freak pitfall?
All the new atheists are too busy fighting windmills to notice the wind.
Greed is the cause of many offences.
The five greedy desires are:
wealth, sex, fame, eating and sleeping.
Here is another problem or there’s the rub as Hamlet would say.
From what I “understand” now one cannot should not go the ascetic way or even in the abstention way as it just seems to be so unproductive and very conducive to a very dangerous road where brain damage is bound to occur and therefore can absolutely NOT be part of the solution especially when it leaves you prey to others too ready to profit from your mind damage. Even Paul who fell off his horse and on his head had something to say about that.
Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,
Col 2:21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not;
Col 2:22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?
Col 2:23 Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.
I think he was on to something here despite my missing of the dead with Christ concept. Some sort of non-responding to old urges and not adding new ones it would seem to say. And I do get the PRIDE that comes with this behaviour and the holier than thou it sometimes produce not forgetting again that all this behaviour is brain damaging and also almost always to the PROFIT of someone else, obviously much more clever than you on wealth and sex and food and booze.
Anyway I do hope that all this will clear up, at least in my mind, any day soon. I do know that Rilke said to cherish the questions but I am not so sure he ever got the answers himself now.
If anything in fact my questions might be published posthumously one day under the title
Letters to a Young Poet (or Poetess) LOL
Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will find them gradually, without noticing it, and live along some distant day into the answer.
Rainer Maria Rilke
1Co 13:12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.