The Truth About Religion
Readings from The Aletheon
Right Religion Is Not About
the Human Ego
A reading from The Aletheon,
by Avatar Adi Da Samraj
In this "late-time" (or "dark" epoch), "religions" are, fundamentally, being used by humanity in a "Narcissistic" manner. A collective "Narcissism" is being expressed and reflected through people's participation in "religion".
People think "religion" is about themselves, whereas right "religious" practice is supposed to be about the Divine.
The word "religion" has traditionally been interpreted to mean "to connect again", "to re-join" — to re-establish Unity with the Ultimate Reality, the Divine Condition. Thus, right "religious" practice is about being connected to the Divine.
Right "religious" practice is not about the "me" of "you". Right "religious" practice is not about the ego-"I". Right "religious" practice is not about the "me"-person who participates in "religious" observances.
Rather, right "religious" practice is about the Divine — with Which any individual is re-associating, or re-uniting. Right "religious" practice is, ultimately, about discovering Oneness with the Divine Condition to be Always Already the Case. That is right "religious" practice.
In this "late-time" (or "dark" epoch), "religion" has been reduced to being nothing but a reflection of humankind. The "talkers" of "religion" are constantly making pronouncements about matters of a social (and obsessively sexual) and political nature — matters that are essentially about humankind (rather than about the Divine), and of a gross nature (rather than of a Spiritual, Transcendental, and Divine Nature).
In the midst of all of that, each person's "religious cult" becomes his or her "identity" — and the "cults" even wage war on one another, through association with nation-states that give them power and supply weaponry. Thus, in this "late-time" (or "dark" epoch), "religion" is being used "Narcissistically" — as if "religion" were about the human ego, instead of being about the Divine Condition of Reality Itself. To Realize the Divine Condition of Reality Itself — to re-unite with That, to discover Oneness with That — requires the transcending of the human ego.
Moreover, "religion" is being collectively used in a divisive manner, generating confrontation and more illusion. Right "religious" practice is not about generating illusions — but conventional "religion" is, in its fundamentals of belief and of seeking, a common means that is everywhere used to support, and propagate, and serve illusions. Conventional "religion" is about "Santa Claus" deities — and conventional "religion" is everywhere exploited to provide costumes and theatre for mummers.
When people's participation in "religion" is "Narcissistic", their "religion" is merely a reflection of themselves — and, in that case, people do not find the Divine. Thus, all over the Earth, right "religious" practice is being lost — and "religion" is being misused, for "Narcissistic" purposes. That is not right "religious" practice. That is false "religious" practice.
Exoteric "religion" is not enough. The true practitioner of exoteric "religion" must (and will) grow up, and (thus and thereby) enter into the domain of esotericism. Esotericism is about finding (or Realizing) That to Which exoteric "religion" is merely pointing.
Part Two: Reality Itself Is the Only God There Is
Essays from The Aletheon
Avatar Adi Da exposes the inherent limits of all traditional forms of knowledge and offers a Way of life that originates and operates beyond such limits.