The Exoteric Perennial Philosophy, Part 1

February 9, 2017
If you Google “the Perennial Philosophy,” you’ll find that two names dominate the search results: Aldous Huxley and Frithjof Schuon. This article, Part 1 of a two-part piece, will focus on their explications of the Perennial Philosophy. In Part 2, I will consider the explications of other exponents of the Perennial Philosophy, including Rudolph Otto, Rene Guenon, and Julius Evola.

Why have I titled this article “The Exoteric Perennial Philosophy”? Because, in my opinion, none of these Perennial Philosophy exponents has done the “Esoteric Perennial Philosophy” justice. In other words, to this point in time, not a single Perennial Philosophy expositor has tied together the common deeper, or esoteric, aspects of the Great Spiritual Traditions. Sans an Esoteric Perennial Philosophy, it is not possible to synthesize into an integral whole the various descriptions of the “higher” dimensions of the En-Light-enment project found in the Great Traditions. The key component to such a synthesis is radical (or gone-to-the root) Trinitarianism; but because none of the renowned exponents of the Perennial Philosophy “cracked the cosmic code,” none of them figured this out.… Read the full article

Dissing Da’s “Deconstruction” of Kashmir Shaivism

February 4, 2017
Adi Da (a.k.a. Franklin Jones, Bubba Free John, Da Free John, Da Love-Ananda, et.al.), who passed in 2008, was, in my opinion, the greatest guru since Ramana Maharshi. I’m a huge proponent of Da’s spiritual teachings (as evidenced by the “stamp” of his teachings on mine)--but I have major disdain for some parts of his teachings, particularly those that disparage (and misrepresent) certain other spiritual traditions.

In this article, I’m going to focus on Da’s deconstruction of Kashmir Shaivism, because, from my perspective, his “deconstruction” of this great tradition is grossly error-ridden, and so I’m moved to rebut it.

In Da’s text “Santosha Adidam”, he describes the Four Ways, or Means, of Kashmir Shaivism thus:

“The ‘Individual Way’ (or the Way of ‘absorption in the Object’) is the first (or most “inferior”) step in the progressive path of Kashmir Shaivism, and it corresponds to the Devotional and Yogic disciplines associated with the fourth stage of life in both its ‘basic’ and ‘advanced’ phases).

The ‘Energetic Way’ (or the Way of ‘absorption in Energy’) is the second (or somewhat more advanced) step in the same path, and it corresponds to the fourth stage of life in its fully ‘advanced’ phase and to the fifth stage of life as a whole.… Read the full article

2017 Update: My Plans for the Year

January 13, 2017
I had planned on finishing my book “The Power of Now Meditation Guide” in 2016, and then starting work on a Dzogchen text; but I became absorbed in a study of Mindfulness texts and the Pali Canon, and put work on my own books on hold. I wrote reviews of all the texts I read, and I’ve posted some of them at Amazon, with another dozen-plus to come over the next several months. (I could post the reviews all at once, but I prefer to spread them out.)

My study of Mindfulness texts has motivated me to write my own book on the subject, because, frankly speaking, I’m on a different level than all these authors, and can elaborate the subject better than any of them. The question for me is whether I want to begin work on this book directly after my Dzogchen text, or if I first want to finish my Sam Harris critique. My goal for 2017 is to finish the “Power of Now Meditation Guide” and my Dzogchen text, and then either return to work on my Sam Harris critique or begin the Mindfulness text.

My Facebook group, Meditation-Consciousness-Spirituality, has degenerated into a New Age-level site, but I’ll be starting Power of Now and Dzogchen groups after I finish my books on those subjects, and these will be serious meditation/spiritual philosophy groups that will not tolerate New Age crap.… Read the full article

Dr. David R. Hawkins and the Apotheosis of Applied Kinesiology

January 1, 2017
[Although he is no longer living, the controversial teachings of Dr. David R. Hawkins are still popular. When students of mine ask for my opinion of the late psychiatrist-guru, I direct them to my three-star Amazon reviews of two of his book: “The Eye of the I, “and “I, Reality and Subjectivity.” Below are the reviews.]

A PROVOCATIVE, BUT FLAWED TEXT

David R. Hawkins (1927-2012), the late psychiatrist-guru, was a controversial and interesting fellow. I first learned of him about ten years ago, when two ex-Adi Da follower friends of mine became students of his. After my friends told me about Dr. Hawkins, I immediately bought three of his books, including the "The Eye of the I," generally considered one of Hawkins' best texts; and my reaction to it is the same now as it was then--mixed.

First, the negative. In "The Eye of the I," Dr. Hawkins, like many mystics, impugns the efficacy of the human mind. He asserts that "the human mind is incapable of discerning truth from falsehood." In other words, your mind is incapable of determining if two plus two really equals four; and if someone claims a disabled midget is actually a better basketball player than Lebron James, your mind cannot ascertain if that statement is true or false.… Read the full article

J. Krishnamurti Versus U.G. Krishnamurti

December 20, 2016
Renowned mystic-philosopher Jiddu (or J.) Krishnamurti (1895-1986) had no use for gurus, religion, or even the term “spirituality.” His teachings of self-liberation could, perhaps, best be classified as “radical psychology.” I used to attend Krishnamurti groups in San Diego in the ’70s. I even traveled to Ojai, California, where Krishnamurti lived, to hear him speak. From my perspective at the time, no message could have been more liberating than his.

J. Krishnamurti’s message, in a nutshell, is: practice effortless, choiceless awareness from moment to moment. This will free you from your self-created bondage and enable you to awaken “real intelligence.” Although J. Krishnamurti occasionally alludes to a transcendent dimension, which he calls “the Highest,” he never refers to it as Spirit and doesn’t emphasize mystically uniting with it. Although in his journal, “Krishnamurti’s Notebook,” he describes mystical experiences he calls “the Benediction,” he doesn’t direct spiritual seekers to seek this Blessing; instead, his focus, as always, is on understanding and obviating psychological conflict.… Read the full article