In Defense of Christian Mysticism
Updated: Jan 24, 2022
So should we desire heaven more than the comforts and enjoyments of the life. The apostle mentions it as an encouraging, comfortable consideration to Christians, that they draw nearer their happiness. ”Now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.” — Our hearts out to be loose to these things, as that of a man on a journey; then we may as cheerfully fully part with them whenever God calls “But this I say, Brethren, the time is short. It remaineth, that both they that have wives, be as though they had none; and they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they possessed not, and they that use this world, as not abusing it; for the fashion of this world passeth away.” — These things, as only lent to us for a little while, to serve a present turn; but we shouldest our hearts on heaven, as our inheritance for ever. — Jonathan Edwards, The Christian Pilgrim
The world hates the truth:
Here's what Paul Washer is referring to. End times for the Christian Church in America. From devout and sober prayer and reverence to the Ed Sulllivan show musical entertainment with 60s rock n roll tribute band playing the music of Aleister Crowley disciple Jimmy Page and friends.
Ironically, Shunyamurti (video below) is far more aware of what is happening in spiritual reality than the mainstream Christian Church, which is for the most part fully absorbed in material possessions, money, power and hedonism. I was just listening to a Christian couple on youtube lambasting the Christian monastics for not being proper servants of God but instead just silently meditating, off in their own self-indulgent private fantasy worlds. These two pious Christian, living in suburban comfort surrounded by all their nice furnishings and expensive technological equipment apparently imagine that they're serving the Lord by exposing fraudulent monks, like the ones who kept Christianity alive through the Dark Ages by painstakingly copying by hand individual Bibles. Or living in hiding for the first three centuries in caves in order to avoid being fed to the lions in Roman sporting events, if not being tortured alive with their skin flayed or crucified upside down..... Talk about living in private fantasy worlds.
Shunyamurti is commenting on the same materialistic and hedonistic behavior by all the other Eastern "mystics" of the Allen Ginsberg/Chogyam Rinpoche sex carnival Buddhist lineage. He's seeing clearly the same spiritual reality that the small minority of Christians of all denominations around the world are seeing. But he's seeing it through a different lens/different spiritual practice. Both practices depend on silent meditation, prayer and devotion for spiritual progress. And both carry their own dangers and risks. The current mass psychosis is an epidemic of narcissism. It doesn't matter if it's at euphoric Travis Scott satanic rock concerts where people are being injected with toxins. Or if it's at the Superbowl/Olympics revelries. St. Paul identifies what is behind all of this in Ephesians 6:12; "For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places."
Shunyamurti uses different language than I do, but we're seeing the same thing. Being a Christian I see these zombies not as without souls. They're possessed by demons. A lot of them are without souls and wandering aimlessly in downward suicidal spirals. But many more, those possessed by the demonic, are active in criminal gangs, assaulting, raping, murdering, burning and looting. All of this has been let loose by the media as a way of having the Democratic Party, which is nothing but a front for the New World order seize power.
Where I also differ from Shunyamurti is that I don't see this as just another cycle of death and rebirth that's going to go on forever in time. I see this as the end of human history and the second coming of Jesus Christ. In either case, we're both in agreement that individuals have to decide, and this is an urgent matter given where we are in the cycle of civilizational collapse is which force we are going to be aligned with.
This doesn't mean to "fight the power." It means to give up all attachment to material reality and possessions and devote oneself in prayer, devotion, self-denial, strict observance of the Commandments in service and praise to Almighty God.