Thursday, 28 December 2017

Contemporary "Spirituality"

At first when I saw this article title my interest was peaked. It's very rare to see Buddhism receiving any criticism in the western media, as it is the favoured religion of Occidental consumers. But as I read on it became clear that this fellow has his own agenda.

Why I don't dig Buddhism

The killer lines come here: "To me, 'spiritual' means life-embracing, and so a path that turns away from aspects of life as essential as sexual love and parenthood is not spiritual but anti-spiritual."

Dwell on that for a moment. In ages past, the spiritual life signified a noble effort at transcendental self-overcoming that sought to deny the pull of ephemeral worldly baubles. Or as Bazompora put it on this blog some time ago: From the dawn of civilisations, man dreamt of casting off his flesh and ascending from the physical world; until the modern sham of "life is great/wonderful/..."  with its "child-friendly" blinders upon education, the average man was capable of judging this world for something not worth attaching to.

In this age, for many, Spirituality seems to have reversed its meaning and now represents shameless indulgence of the self and ego.

I'm spiritual, but not religious......will be the tagline for the end of the Ages.


  1. Señor Karl,
    Thank you for this post. I wish you days of tranquility. Greetings from Paraguay.

  2. I liked your line 'Spirituality seems to have reversed its meaning and now represents shameless indulgence of the self and ego.', I had found this to be true in a different way than anything related to 'spiritually overcoming through sober anti-natalism' as I might put it. I have seen many guest houses rebrand themselves in this last ten year recession as 'spiritual retreats' whilst retaining the same level of luxury in them. Their owners put on rather amateur programmes of quiet and contemplation which the punters don't know is really amateur. Often the 'spiritual discipline' that is provided is sold as extra to the luxury when the level of luxury itself detracts from whatever 'spirituality' or 'spiritual expression' used to be, and still might be. I have seen this particularly in adverts and I have been amazed at how something can be presented as so charming and be utterly grotesque at the same time. Perhaps breeding and family values is a similar, much older, mix the charming and the grotesque sitting side by side, and the grotesque thinking it cannot be recognized for what it is.

  3. The supreme self-indulgence of spirituality is "concern" for whomever - Tibetans, Future Generations, Climate Change, The Poor, etc. The smugness engendered by concern justifies the self-indulgence in a vicious circle. If only more people with loud voices would be honest enough to say the obvious: The world is a multi-dimensional
    Theatre of the Absurd - and, excluding humans,
    the wonderfully absurd.

  4. A Proclamation to the World3 January 2018 at 06:23

    MARRIAGE between a man and a woman is ordained of God, and the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.

    ALL HUMAN BEINGS—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.

    IN THE PREMORTAL REALM, spirit sons and daughters knew and worshipped God as their Eternal Father and accepted His plan by which His children could obtain a physical body and gain earthly experience to progress toward perfection and ultimately realize their divine destiny as heirs of eternal life. The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally.

    THE FIRST COMMANDMENT that God gave to Adam and Eve pertained to their potential for parenthood as husband and wife. We declare that God’s commandment for His children to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force. We further declare that God has commanded that the sacred powers of procreation are to be employed only between man and woman, lawfully wedded as husband and wife.

    WE DECLARE the means by which mortal life is created to be divinely appointed. We affirm the sanctity of life and of its importance in God’s eternal plan.

    HUSBAND AND WIFE have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. “Children are an heritage of the Lord” (Psalm 127:3). Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, and to teach them to love and serve one another, observe the commandments of God, and be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. Husbands and wives—mothers and fathers—will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations.

    THE FAMILY is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity. Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities. By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners. Disability, death, or other circumstances may necessitate individual adaptation. Extended families should lend support when needed.

    WE WARN that individuals who violate covenants of chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God. Further, we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets.

    WE CALL UPON responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society.