Religious texts are most often not literal history.
They are allegories, narratives, parables, metaphors, similes, symbols, poetry, stories, visions, and figurative language. They are not relating precise word-for-word conversations of the past, nor are they detailing literal events that took place. Yes, the Bible talks about many people and places that may have really existed in the past, and may even abstractly refer to events that really took place, but it is not a history book. Continue reading “Misreading Scripture as Literal History: Elephants in the Book of Mormon”
A recent quote I saw shared was from the nondual spiritual teacher Rupert Spira, in which he said this:
…just as the beam of light from a flashlight can be directed towards an object but cannot be directed towards the bulb from which it emanates, so awareness, in the form of attention or mind, can direct the light of its knowing towards objective experience but cannot direct itself towards itself.
Continue reading “Joseph Smith’s “Sinking” Into the Darkest Abyss to Commune with God”
Two readers posted comments recently on my article about Joseph Smith as tertön and the Book of Mormon as terma. They were both similar in questioning the idea that the Book of Mormon may not be a historical text. The comments read, in part: Continue reading “The Non-Historical Book of Mormon is More Than A Mere Fairy Tale”
I suggest that the translation of the Book of Mormon was Joseph Smith’s alchemical Magnum Opus, or “Great Work,” a transmutation of his own base desires for materialistic gold and treasure into the highest spiritual realizations of human atonement in God consciousness, and a realization or awakening of eternal life in his Self, even theosis, which he continued to preach for the rest of his life. His revelation of the Book of Mormon is similar to the ancient Buddhist tradition of tertöns who reveal terma texts through inner mystical union. Continue reading “The Book of Mormon as Terma, and Joseph Smith as Tertön”
My wife, Raven, and I went to see the musical film The Greatest Showman, starring Hugh Jackman, a week ago. Say what you will about the movie/story, but we thought that the soundtrack was phenomenal, and the songs have stayed with me over the last few days. They deeply move me! What is it that moves me? The Life, the Joy, the Light. I believe these are reflections of the Divine within us all. Continue reading “A Divine “Celebration of Life” in The Greatest Showman’s Soundtrack!”
On 7 April 1844, the Mormon prophet Joseph Smith gave a sermon in which he said this:
Here then is eternal life—to know the only wise and true God—you have got to learn how to be a God yourself in order to save yourself, to make yourselves Gods, to be Kings and Priests to God, the same as all Gods have done…
That is a curious thought. How do we learn how to “be a God”? What does that mean? Continue reading “Learning how to be a God”
I recently read three different articles that all had a very similar message. It was essentially this: there is a limit to knowledge and intellectual thought, and some answers may not be found that way. I’ve written about this before, but there is always more to say. We’ll see why, below. Continue reading “The Limits of Intellectual Thought & Knowledge”