Truth and Tradition

In the face of truth everything is mere opinion. To face the truth is to face away from opinions, and above all to face away from opinions about truth. What stands between man and truth is the baggage of his convictions. In the path toward the source our ideas and symbols are only to play the role of a ladder, for they are designed to be transcended rather than dwelled upon, and that until we are ready to face the Sun. And facing It is not an instance of looking upon it or an intellectual or rational grasping but rather becoming one with it, for truth being infinite and total cannot be looked upon; it contains all that there is. Knowledge of truth is a matter of self-knowledge. To experience truth is to self-experience oneself in one’s infinite glory. There is nothing more dangerous than the irresponsible New Age spirituality which tries to offer salvation without purging the individual from the malaise of the modern point of view, a point of view essentially Spiritless and utterly false.

A man or woman who looks upon him/herself as a psycho-physical entity lacking a sense of sacred can never truly become spiritual. Spirituality has two indispensable dimensions: Doctrine and method. One without the other can only make life hell for this rotten meatball that man has become. Doctrine is metaphysical and never physical, scientific, or philosophical; thus it must come from revealed traditions which were yet at a safe distance from a series of damnations known as Renaissance, Reformation, and The Age of Enlightenment.

If the traditional man was a sinner it was only relative to God, something infinitely above himself. If the modern man is free and rational it is only relative to the beast, something finitely below himself. Thus, if modernism seems to have made a better humanity it is only because it lowered the ideal from the infinitely above to something below; it never made a better man but a worse ideal: Modern man looks great but feels terrible, for he has no place in the new cosmos. The existential nausea of Sartre speaks to this unfortunate occasion more than we can say about it.

6 thoughts on “Truth and Tradition

  1. dear please take care . you are in a world where fanatics are more in number than who aspire to know truth. the very reason Indians of lore have divided the periods in Yugas of capabilities of human. to grow means accepting criticism.
    my pranam .

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  2. Wish others had already left a reply, since mine is so out in ‘left field’ that it does not even make sense to me, in terms of your article. This is simply what comes to me to say. I am so low on the ‘totem pole’ of those who are worthy of knowing the Divine, understanding the All that Is, am so ignorant in all ways &, yet, at moments, as worthless as I am, am consumed by the divine fire and, through no warrant of my personal worthiness, my endless neurotic suffering & my less than stellar life am always led on by this unspeakable Presence that is with me, even when the ‘world’ spits in my face. It is not that I feel that I should not ‘try’ harder…just that it seems that I am living in two orders of Reality at the same time, and if the ‘worldly reality’ needs changing…that is not in my power and I must bear the ego-loss of being ‘less than perfect’, less than admirable in the view of the ‘world’. I am not suggesting that my heart is not filled with love, but that I am not the perfection of human development, perfect health, perfect patience & much more. Somehow, the Divine has stuck with me through all of my muck and mire. I am grateful…and, it is a trial by fire.

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    1. I personally adhere to the principles Perennial Wisdom which claims that we are essentially divine and that the divine knowledge is imprinted in our hearts; we only need to reach for it through purification. Your story resonates with mine; being by nature a philosophy kind of person and a physicist I believed in anything but divine. It didn’t make any sense in the background of modern scientific view which I worshiped. But deep within I felt a mysterious attraction to the esoteric aspects of religion. It was always there and at some point, precisely when I was certain there is no such thing as truth or divine reality, it hit me in the face; that changed everything. But still life struggle is there and it is even more difficult; but in this path there is nothing worst than lashing at yourself as something worthless or unworthy since self-denial can become a source of egotism, and hence a moving away from divine experience. Relation with Divine is always inward and each has its path but it is always there and present with full force.

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