The idolatry of ideology
Jonas Ellison

Gotta broaden your horizons, Jonas. Your inspirations are stuck on this side of the planet, as are those of most spiritual interlocutors we read about in the mainstream media. You mentioned Meister Eckhart, the 13th century Dominican, who is certainly a worthy source of inspiration, as is Plotinus, the 3rd Century Neoplatonist. They are the two greatest Western mystics, in my opinion. But their spiritual achievements pale beside those of literally hundreds of Eastern masters, many who lived and taught in modern times. Can we even speak about God? Is God at all knowable? So many Westerners ask these questions but get little satisfaction. Ramakrishna and Aurobindo asked the same questions. They answered a very big yes. They went far beyond anything written in the Bible, which is a collection of ancient essays with only a little relevance for us today. Dear Mr. Ellison, get thee to an esoteric bookstore. Buy the most difficult to read book ever written in the English language — difficult but SO worth it — ”Savitri”, by Sri Aurobindo. Pick up “The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna” as well. “Autobiography of a Yogi” by Yogananda is a good place to start. Then go sit in a cave for a year and learn some things, after which your advice will be worth very much more.

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