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
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