Continuing on the unknowable theme for another post, for the fun of it . . .
“In my father’s house are many mansions,” Jesus reportedly said, alluding, perhaps, to other dimensions outside of the material womb of the Universal Mother.
But how to get to those “mansions”?
Why, die, of course.
Many people who have died and were resuscitated have reported that they had found themselves travelling through a tunnel toward a bright light, and when they emerged into that light, they felt soooo blissful — and why the hell did doctors bring them back, anyway!
So, perhaps life here is simply a dream during a gestation period in Mother Universe’s womb, and we will only be truly born when we shed our mortal coils and emerge from the material world. Yes, sure, we might eventually decide to return here, to jump into the pool or down a rabbit hole, and come back to this surreal material world or another like it. But for a while at least, we will be outside of the womb . . .
And round and round we go . . .
Yes, many spiritual systems share similar beliefs. Many of us simply (with emphasis on “simply”) smile as science slowly and methodically expends a lot of energy and money to prove what we feel can be known by listening to the voice of the silence . . .
With respect to H.P.B.
P.S. Monty Python theories are welcome.
There are of course those that claim that the “near death experiences” you mention are simply due to the brain being deprived of oxygen (http://www.livescience.com/11010-death-experiences-linked-oxygen-deprivation.html heads the hit list on a Google search for “near death experience oxygen deprivation”).
If “perhaps life here is simply a dream during a gestation period in Mother Universe’s womb, and we will only be truly born when we shed our mortal coils and emerge from the material world” then, should you get there before me, let me know. I think you are much younger than me (I am 55), so I am hoping you won’t get there before me, but, there are many that have died before us, and none of them have let us know. OK, there is the Jesus myth, but conveniently he apparently only hung around from Easter Sunday to Ascension Day (40 days) before disappearing again.
There are many telling us that Jesus and the other two of the Trinity is/are still talking to them today, and it is amazing the contradictory things they come out with (like Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church that you referred to recently). I think what can be concluded from all these contradictory claims is either God is mad or they are all deluded. I prefer to go for the latter conclusion, as the prospect of a mad God allegedly running the universe is not a pleasant one.
Yes “many spiritual systems share similar beliefs” because they were all invented by people, and people have things in common.
“What we feel can be known by listening to the voice of the silence” is what is going on inside our own heads. Nothing else.
My father was a “New Ager” (for want of a better term), and eventually managed to convince himself he was a 20,000 year old Nephalim (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nephilim) according to one of the last letters he wrote to his father. As the Nephalim were allegedly a race of giants, and he was 5’7″ tall, he must have been one of the world’s shortest giants. So, it isn’t just the evangelical Christians that are capable of deluding themselves, it is a common human trait. He hasn’t been in touch since he died, but then he was never in touch while he was alive.
Monty Python would definitely have had fun with the concept of short giants, I think, but I don’t recall that they ever explored the subject.
Check out this explanation of the Easter Story — it makes far more sense to me.