Praying in the Wrong Direction

by Rolf Witzsche

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A tomb represents the concept of burial. Burial also represents stepping forward in life. We bury the old concepts that are no longer relevant. Thus we make room for the new, and keep on building new worlds upon worlds.

The Taj Mahal is not designed as a tomb. Nor is it designed as but a shrine to Love, even symbolic for a love that knows no ending. It represents the beauty of Love itself - the beauty of the most precious we have, the beauty of our humanity that has built the great monument to itself in which it is reflected. 

If we see the Taj Mahal as a tomb, we lose 90% of what it really represents.

The story is an exotic science and research story situated at the Taj Mahal in India. The video dialog presents Chapter 9 - Praying in the Wrong Direction.





      "You were praying in the wrong direction," said a large man with a full beard who stood on the platform with us, the one surrounding the raised central pool. "You were not facing Mecca. You were facing in the wrong direction."

      "No we were facing in the right direction," I said to him. "We were facing in the right direction for a scientific imperative. And we were not praying. We were celebrating. We were facing in the direction of the tomb and were are celebrating the process of burial."

      The man nodded. "Burial?" he repeated as if this sounded strange. "You were celebrating burial?"

      "We still are. We are celebrating the burial of all that is wrong about religion, especially what is wrong about Christianity. What is wrong is the perversion of it. That's what needs to be buried. And let me tell you, there are a lot of other mistakes that need to be buried."

      "Now that is something that I can understand," said the bearded man. "But what are you burying that warrants a celebration?"

      "We are celebrating the burial of a the false concept of God," said Indira. "We are celebrating the burials of a false concept that has infested every religion on the planet and has been at the root of every religious war. When one finally comes to realized that all that crap is nonsense, one has something to celebrate does one not?"

      She turned to me. "You explain the details."

      "In popular Christianity, foe example," I said to him, "Christ Jesus is seen as the son of God. Some see 'Jesus as God having become a person' or as God incarnate in the flesh. But this is all nonsense. The ancient Hebrews had a much clearer perception of what God essentially is. That was probably misunderstood and a large array of false conclusions were reached that spawned many different religions with a diversity of dogmas and believes that were hijacked by the imperials for stirring up divisions in society and starting wars."

      The man nodded. "The imperials need wars to prevent a spiritual humanist renaissance from sweeping across the world, I know that. We have experienced a lot of that in India. This was probably the reason why the British nearly demolished the Taj Mahal. Some say that the wrecking crew had already been assembled. Others say that they called the project off, because the sale of used marble wouldn't have brought enough of a profit to pay for the demolition cost. So they call the demolition off. I personally think that they relented, because they might have sparked an uprising in India with that would have expelled the colonial imperials right there and then and sent them back to their misty rock in the North Atlantic."

      "That's not the mistake that I am referring to," I interrupted the man. "I don't care about the mistakes primarily. I care about the right concepts that the mistakes deny. Who cares about the night when the sun comes up in the morning? One celebrates the sunshine, not the waning of the night. The shadows of darkness are buried in a flood of light. They become buried and forgotten history. That's the burial that I am celebrating. That's also what the ancient Hebrews had evidently been celebrating. In common usage a calendar month was referred to in the Hebrew tongue as the 'son of a year.' That's how they say saw themselves in their relation ship to God. They saw themselves as the sons of God just as a calendar month is seen as a son of the year. They saw themselves and mankind as a part of the divine Being that includes all life and is reflected in life. That, of course, included everything that comprises our humanity, such as our joy, beauty, sex, love, intellect, industry, creativity, sublimity, and whatever else defines us as spiritual beings. As this concepts unfolds it buries the old erroneous concepts, and the new erroneous concepts as well."

      "The ancient Hindus appear to have understood this process," said Indira, addressing herself to me. "The Hindus have developed a number of concepts that together define our humanity. The religions of India, especially in Hinduism and Buddhism, recognize four paths to Moksha, to or 'salvation,' in which we find transcendence to the conscious sense of our spiritual being. The four paths are the Dharma, the Artha, the discipline of Yoga, and the fourth is our Kama. Dharma is what you might call the domain of inspiration and revelation. The path of Dharma might be considered 'the Way of the Higher Truths.' The second path is Artha. It has to do with physical living.  Here the question is considered as to what are the earthly rights of a spiritual being in the image of God. The question is, how do we relate to one another as spiritual and divine beings, and to ourselves as such a being? The third path, of course, is Yoga. Yoga is not an exercise as some see it. Instead, the term refers to ancient spiritual practices that originated in early India as a means for achieving both physical health and spiritual mastery. You might call it spiritual metaphysics. And the fourth path is Kama. Kama is the god of love in Hindu myth. It has to do with one's self-knowledge as a spiritual and divine being. The god, Shiva, represents that. Some people relate the concept of Kama to sexual love. But there is more to it than physical sensuality. As we grow in grace, our spiritual senses supercede the physical senses. The sexual dimension is important here, because the dimension of sex is more a spiritual dimension than a physical dimension. The sexual dimension really begins in the mind and the physical dimension follows behind it in which the spiritual dimension is expressed. The Kama Sutra is a book about sexual loving that is focused on giving pleasure, rather than on getting the pleasure that merely follows behind it. We have the beginning of a principle here by which love is focused on the welfare of others as the highest concept of love, or actually the only concept of love."

      "That's my point," I said to the man. "The early Hinduism and revered the Kama. Christianity did the same. Since sex is a part of our humanity, it is also a part of the divinity of our being. Islam brought out the same concept of the oneness of mankind, which includes both men and women. The God of Islam is Allah, which cannot be perceived in terms of gender. The name Allah simply means all. Allah is the All that we stand in awe before and are a part of. Mohammed is reported to have said, "I trample on everything that divides mankind from one-another. The female sexual isolation under the shroud of the Burka was added later in the course of the perversion of Islam when Islam became an empire. Hinduism was also perverted into an anti-female religion by which Hinduism became a rule of terror and genocide in may ways. But Buddhism caused a move away from that, back to the common universal life, towards a life of love in uplifting one-another. Maybe that is what Kama really means. I would even say that whenever we think of sex as something isolated in itself we cheat ourselves of 99% of what it is a part of. The principle of giving something to another that uplifts and enriches another's life must extend into all fields where we endeavor to do something profound in our life, like endeavoring to excel in physics, or music, or mathematics, or medicine, or biology, or engineering, or literature, or sports, or acting, or theatre, that enables us to help make the world a richer place. These are all aspects of life, are they not? If we limit our relationship with one-other to sex, we might miss 99% of the great thing of human existence that sex is a part of. And so we let the greater part slip away, and eventually the lesser part too. That's how we loose our civilization, and have already lost much of it. Maybe the ancients had a sense of that."

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