Conventional Religion Is a Mummer’s Stage
excerpted from the book Up?, page 41
In this “late-time” (or “dark” epoch), religions are, fundamentally, being used by humanity in a “Narcissistic” manner. A collective “Narcissism” is being expressed and reflected through people’s participation in religion. People think religion is about themselves, whereas religion is supposed to be about the Divine. The word “religion” has traditionally been interpreted to mean “to connect again”, “to re-join”—to re-establish Unity with the Ultimate Reality, the Divine Condition. Thus, true religion is about being connected to the Divine.
True religion is not about the “me” of “you”. True religion is not about the ego-“I”. True religion is not about the “me”-person who participates in religion. Rather, true religion is about the Divine—with Which any individual is re-associating, or re-uniting. True religion is, ultimately, about discovering Oneness with the Divine Self-Condition to be Always Already the Case. That is true religion.
In this “late-time” (or “dark” epoch), religion has been reduced to being a reflection of humankind. The “talkers” of religion are constantly making pronouncements about matters of a social (and obsessively sexual) and political nature—matters that are essentially about humankind (rather than about the Divine), and of a gross nature (rather than of a Spiritual, Transcendental, and Divine Nature). In the midst of all of that, each person’s religious “cult” becomes his or her “identity”—and the “cults” even wage war on one another, through association with states or nations that give them power and supply weaponry.
Thus, in this “late-time” (or “dark” epoch), religion is being used “Narcissistically”—as if religion were about the human ego, instead of being about the Divine Condition of Reality Itself. To Realize the Divine Condition of Reality—to re-unite with That, to discover Oneness with That—requires the transcending of the human ego.
Moreover, religion is being collectively used in a divisive manner, generating confrontation and more illusion. True religion is not about generating illusions—but conventional religion is, in its fundamentals of belief and of seeking, a common means that is everywhere used to support, and propagate, and serve illusions. Conventional religion is about “Santa Claus” deities—and conventional religion is everywhere exploited to provide costumes and theatre for mummers.
When people’s participation in religion is “Narcissistic”, their religion is merely a reflection of themselves—and, in that case, people do not find the Divine. Thus, all over the world, true religion is being lost—and religion is being misused, for “Narcissistic” purposes. That is not true religion. That is false religion.
Exoteric religion is not enough. The true practitioner of exoteric religion must (and will) grow-up, and, thus and thereby, enter into the domain of esotericism. Esotericism is about finding (or Realizing) That to Which exoteric religion is merely pointing.
–Adi Da Samraj