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The great freedom sutra…revised

February 29th, 2012 · No Comments

The Great Freedom Sutra

I said I was going to rewrite this essay without the reference to Sufism, so here is one version:

The traditions of antiquity consider something that could be the basis for a religious secularism, in the premonition of realized Man manifesting his full Will as freedom in history.

The Great Freedom Sutra is the religious text, unwritten, of secular modernity: The modern transition has already stolen a march on the classic yogas of antiquity with its seminal discourses of freedom and autonomy, bursting asunder the spurious authority of the gurus. The passage of free men across the abyss of their freedom might prove not so simple, yet the die is cast, and man is left to the existential reality of his own self-evolution.

None other than Kant protests the compromised autonomy of the self mesmerized by religion and demands a ‘religion within the limits of reason’, whose vehicle is the will of the individual. Nothing esoteric here, the simplest of direct pointings to the ‘fourth way’. The right vehicle for this is secular society itself. The catch lies in the deficit between the ideal and the clear reality of the social mechanized state. The ‘fourth way’, civilization itself, has expanded to include all society, and the individual is left to an abstract possibility, one that existed in all stages of civilization. And yet the formulation is surely the right one, granting the result is like paper money, and the need to produce an enzymatic vitamin factor to assist this ocean of floundering wills. The great religions can be of little help here if they degenerate into ideologies. They simply put their adherents in cold storage. The question is one for the future. The apocrophyal ‘fourth way’ can be set aside, and graduate to the philosophies of freedom that emerge so clearly correlated with the modern transition, and whose status is something far more fundamental than anything legislated by the priesthoods of Christianity or the empire projects of prophets.

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