Posts Tagged ‘Truth of experience’

Truth as an idea has an inherent problem: a Two-in-One Problem .

As a rational being man who claims he bases his actions on truth must concede that others also by same faculties shall have their own say in the matter. It can be explained from the history of the Bolshevik movement, which seized power in Russia in 1917. Vladimir Lenin gave a voice to aspirations of the masses but how the Soviet Russia interpreted it was in the way Joseph Stalin thought it fit. If there could be a Worker’s Paradise is it strange if another proposes a theocentric city? Only the question arises who shall formulate laws governing the city- God or man? John Calvin as a Reformer is associated with the Geneva Bible of 1560, where annotations were Calvinist and Puritan in character.

The other problem is to use reason as a transactional tool while Truth is an abstraction that can only be made clear by the way we put in practice.

Each of us in order to be efficient and relevant has to look to time and place. Yet we hold no control over how our actions shape up. Coming back to the early history of the Church, Simon Peter looked to the Hebraic traditions which shaped his entire outlook while Paul, as orthodox as Simon, realized the power that Rome imposed on their world. Being a Roman citizen by birth Paul saw the advantages his birth gave him and took the church to the gentiles and to the far corners of the empire. Peter did the opposite. Even so did the Church strictly follow in the directions shown by them? Time and space do guide our hands.

Experience is like the group-wave where Truth leaves its imprint however imperceptibly to give it a new direction. Calvin’s relevance at the time and place owe to the special circumstances that France faced.

The political history of France in the sixteenth century shows religion and secular power locked into a power struggle. The reformist ideas of John Calvin were ammunition for both for a fresh round of struggle. Caught between is the story of Jean Calais and one who was seen by the Church as Devil’s envoy. Dynamics of Truth exact victims to which we can point out great many. Recently some nuns were butchered in Yemen. Were they guilty for doing charity work for the poor and discarded?

Here we see the Two-in-One problem.

In what manner do we approach our Two-in-One problem? Is it not somewhat similar to how the five blind men from Benares investigated the form of an elephant? One felt his trunk and another his ears and so on. Did it add up? We tend to see Truth from our finite nature which gives it a fractured view.

Truth of experience gives us cues and in following examples shown by other we give truth more mileage. The woman who suffered from bleeding could not get to come before Jesus because of the press. In faith she bent and touched the hem of his dress. Instantly he realized virtue left him to heal her suffering. Another is the precept of ‘turning the other cheek’This are examples of truth of experience breaking new grounds.









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Western democracy drew muscle from Greek model while Adolph Hitler was much impressed with Spartan model and it led him to a totalitarian form of government. Inspiration from ancient history or from social malaise of the day leads man to seize control. Or think of a prophet who sees visions of Zion and takes control of the state. His mission is to form a theocratic state but ensures his authority by fire and sword. Isn’t such mad prophet also working under inspiration?

Think of Oneness of Things as Truth, a constant. God is Truth while inspiration is the office of Holy Spirit. The man who wants to take control and impose his will over others is working with love. I mean love of power. It doesn’t matter if it is for good or bad.  Love and inspiration of life forms do two things: changeability of  circumstances give every man an opportunity to test his love and the spirit that animates him. It also is Nature’s way of equipping species with survival skills. Species who make a niche in the rain forests draw from experience, and their survival in micro climate under inspiration describe Darwin’s theory. Natural selection it is called.

Tailspin:Truth, Inspiration and Love signify Trinity in secular vocabulary.


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Pipin the Hot (not to be confused for Pipin the Short), the king of Blissfully Ignorant asked his spiritual father to pray earnestly for divine intervention. It was his desire that he taught Pipin, the Short, a lesson. Pipin the Short ruled the kingdom of Hanky-Panky.
Monk Anselmo, the holy one prayed and the angels heard his request.
Archangel Michael presided over the Heavenly host and the commanders held counsel. One said thus:” We can let a war decide the issue. But can Pipin, the Hot survive the consequences?” On checking with Anselmo the archangel decided that the Two Pipins might get their heart’s desire.
The war was short and fierce. The war was in the favor of Pipin, the Hot. Hardly the truce was declared than came four horsemen: Famine, Hunger, Plague and Death. These made the kingdom of Blissfully Ignorant, not even worth a straw.
Pepin the Short had to abdicate his throne and his son ascended to the throne, half of his kingdom totally useless for growing food. After a long reign he had the satisfaction of seeing a description of the War of Two Pepins as a total victory for Pepin the Short.  It so happened the land, which was unfit for cultivation was turned over to the foreign investors to build apartment complexes. The kingdom of Hanky Panky exploited the construction boom while Blissfully Ignorant let the opportunities go by.
Tailspin: From what we experience in the present, of economic meltdown one may wonder how long Pepin the Short enjoyed the economic boom. For a period certainly. Now or then such boom is of certain period of time. Time brings changes and in the wheel of fortune none may predict how one hits the bottom or reaches top. Cluster principle is a kind of leveler by which a fool may also have his day.  As Andy Warhol observed every one of us may enjoy 15 minutes of fame.

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Hero was the first stranger whom the barbarians around the Greek mainland had seen and they were struck by his majestic appearance. They begged him to settle down in their midst and he did. The newcomer was curious about the mount whose top was lost in clouds. They pointed out to Mt. Athos and said only gods could ascent there. They naturally thought he was a god among men.
He climbed as much as he could go and brought down a skin of a legendary snake, which was as white as milk. His gift the barbarians brought to the temple as a token of their gratitude to Athena, the goddess of Wisdom.
Years later Hero’s son took to the mount to bring the pelt of a badger the color of which was unlike anything they had ever seen. It was again consecrated to their goddess. With each generation these rough and barbaric nation became more refined and powerful to the envy of neighboring nations. In their eyes their advancing civilization had something to do with newer heights that Hero’s lineage reached, which was farther than the previous achievements. The kind of presents they brought from the mountain got more precious and rare.
Among the descendants of Hero no one was considered heroic and almost godlike than Sisyphus. On the day he came to manhood he declared that he will go farther than all. Before taking on the mountain he sacrificed before the altar of Athena for a prosperous climb. The goddess was pleased with him that he reached the top. He picked as the custom was, a gift: the only gift which was found scattered at the peak.
On reaching the ground he presented a bag full of shells before the temple priest who looked at them for a while. Instead of being happy he grew red in the face and swore that it was indeed a dishonor to Athena.
“Why go all the way to bring some common sea shells?” The shells indeed were what the inhabitants used to spread over the roads.
“What a waste of time and effort?” they said in unison. Sisyphus could only reply, “ This was what lay at the top.”
It was greeted by thunderous guffaws of priests and common people who pushed him as far as to the city gates. Throwing him out of their midst they closed the gate.
When the winged Nike told the goddess what had happened she said that the people did wrong to Sisyphus. His gift of shells was a remainder to their source. Once the sea had covered all over their land. She said,“ A mountain may be taken for holy but still cannot remove its connection with common things.“
Truth of experience is such that each generation raises itself on the shoulder of the previous generation. Man may make home in the intergalactic colonies in future and yet he shall only reveal the truth of his nature: he is mortal, he has feet of clay. In other words if we have pursued war in order to possess material riches for ourselves on the earth we shall as nations pursue the same elsewhere.

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