Over at The Gurdjieff Con the issue of the ‘master of masters’, a supra-guru, and a possible meta-critic of the guru/sheik realm of authoritarian spirituality, has been raised and the question lingers as to the need for a similar consideration in the realm of monotheism, and figures like Jesus and Mohammed. We will set aside for the moment the issue of Mohammed and consider the question of the ‘Jesus’ figure and the ‘Christ’ aspect of that. If ever there was a subject in need of the influence of a ‘higher power’ it is this, but unfortunately the posit of a higher power was the business of the christological ‘revolt’ that turned into such a reactionary church. That said, it is obvious that the ‘Jesus Christ’ phenom is so obscure and veiled in disinfo that it is hard to proceed. Actually we can use a simply trick here: the religion demands faith. Any religion that demands ‘faith’ for the tenets actually proposed is a fraud, and an insult to the intelligence of modern thinkers and ‘secularists’ (keeping in mind that secularists can be religionists). Faith religion is backfiring badly because it makes no sense any more to make dogmas of faith out of the mess of pottage of religious confusion seeded by christians.
We have suggested there were higher powers behind the higher powers and that those who created christianity were not the same as those who initiated its founding moment, and these in turn were not the same as the mysterious higher power or powers that operated on the larger scale of world history. We see the difference in the way two monotheisms appear and these three categories would be different in the first two categories but no doubt the same with respect to the third. Enigma of the Axial Age attempts to at least minimally explore these unknowns.
But the point here is that the ordinary christian needs help in debriefing the muddle he is asked to take on faith at the price of ‘eternal hell’ for disbelief. A thorough history and exposition/critique is needed and what’s left can be taken as an exit vehicle to a new religious or post-religious secularism, which is not the same as iron cage scientism, or reductionist neuroscience.
So there needs to be a ‘master of masters’ to sheperd christians through their own chaos, but such a figure is not quite available in the way it appears in the indic/buddhist tradition. The reason is the complete obscurity of the christian legacy. It seems like the whole thing is illusion but out of a thousand praying christians there is over and over one case that prays and finds a response in the mysterious realm of the unknown. It is a totally frustrating situation. Clearly 999 of the thousand need to stop wasting their breath and acknowledge the kantian unknowability of the ‘spiritual’ realm. Christianity is not so easy to critique because it is buffered against the peculiar limits of the guru game and world: it is a vast labyrinth of multiple spiritual powers all veiled in disinfo and all equally obscure. By and large, if by their fruits ye shall know them then the verdict on christianity comes in with high negatives. The history speaks for itself and the endgame just before the reformation was not a very flattering portrait of a religion. Nor was the medieval brand much better although its transitional character and achievements need to be acknowledged. Christianity has long since been ‘running on empty’ as the brief reformation intervention gives a tantalizing hint of the real powers behind religious evolution.
(in term of our ‘eonic effect’ the status of the reformation suggests precisely the action of some higher power intervening at the start with a transformation of the historical legacy, followed by a swift passage into ‘secularism’: higher powers is a game equally open to the non-religious).