We have commented on the dangers of future passage for buddhism, hinduism, or santana dharma: the ‘new age’ effect ‘upside misunderstood’ thinks the ‘new age’ is really the ‘old age’ of Axial antiquity.
The suspected passing of buddhism leaves a void: many attempts will be made to concoct hinduistic successors but they won’t work.
The only one I know is the Osho stream. The vigorous massive number of new age combinations, notwithstanding.
Indian primordial religion is mysterious and is the more so since the Vedic ‘interpolation’ confused the issues. It doesn’t spring clearly from any of the major religious streams of world history. The reason for that, as Danielou suggested, is that the first proximate if not absolute source is the Neolithic. Danielou suggested a parallel in Shaivism and the cult of Dionysus in the West. We can hardly conclude anything. But I don’t think that is the end of the matter.
But the Indian religious heritage could be overwhelmed by modernization, chaotification, and pass into oblivion. However, it seems to have survived two major age transitions already (2000 BCE, the Axial Age), so we can’t be sure of anything. Indian religion can’t take the law of caste as integral hinduism into a new age period. Nonetheless the vigor of the decayed but robust core hinduism has many alternate forms that can form a new basis. But the case of buddhism is unique: it is shot out of a canon during the Axial period.
If my historical model is correct, that won’t happen again: we are already two centuries from the modern transition and still little but proliferation. But the moral here is that the macro effect I talk about doesn’t usually repeat itself. So we may be left to try and sustain it in general society. Osho alone has attempted something on the scale of buddhism, but it doesn’t have the massive momentum the Axial effect had on its emergence (giving it a full 2400 creative run). This is why ‘new age figures’ get into postmodern fits. In vain: the basic format of modernity is the constricting model. But is that really an objection? Buddhism at its start must remind us of the butterfly effect. A small cotery of beggars amplified into something vast.
The new age movement is a recursion of antiquity as a way to create seeds for the future: don’t confuse that with a viable futurity into the far future. The transmission will run out of steam, and idle until a new future is found. But the key lies in the essential simplicity of the original vision, which comes to us in pieces. But it is not hard: ancient man discovered higher states of consciousness sometime in the Paleolithic and the Big Bang of yoga was on its way. Why worry: the current generation has produced a self-sustaining set of yoga/buddha cults. But these will ensure the survival of something ancient, no more. The massive transformations of buddhism require a larger framework and energy (and I am not even a buddhist). The problem is that we don’t know how it happened: what is the real history: we end up imitating phantoms in our minds, and that effort trips on itself and dies out.
I criticize Harris, but he represents an almost mathematical motion to try, and fail, to solve this problem: throw meditation into the realm of neuroscience, and delete everything else. But it won’t really work.
Still, who knows: buddhism wasn’t so far from its cousins, yoga and jain paths, almost the same as that of buddhism. It simply replicated the legacy in a new and original formation.
The passage is already there: these paths are all commercial venues. Gautama, and his sangha, lest we forget, were beggars who lived on the fringe of society. We are already a long way from that.
Consider the primordial power of the original vision glimpsed in the religious forms of yogic hinduism.
After all the confusion over the Osho question, I revert to my starting point: Osho world as a corpus of material useful for leftists in a New Age world where they are not really welcome.
Reading Nisargadatta’s book: I am that….
I am slightly stunned by his distinction of awareness and consciousness.
It resonates immediately although my take on this was hard to figure…
I need to slow down for a day, and it could be useful to look at the multiple issues involved in the idea of postcapitalism.
The question of the ‘dictatorship of the proletariat’ needs a careful study: start with Draper’s short work
The issue of evolution is a hard one for the left but there is no going back here, and Descent of Man Revisited is a novel approach to ‘debriefing Darwinism’.
The older website eonic-effect.net has a lot of so-called ‘net-books’ using older technology (Publisher 2000, seemed revolutionary at the time) to generate a quickie book format.
The issue of epigenetics is controversial but the question of capitalism’s effect on man’s psychology is source of alarm. We can see the Ayn Rand progeny coming into existence, the Night of the Living 2.0…
The issue of dialectic is problematical: my critiques of Zizek and dialectical materialism makes simple point: we can explore dialectic, but we can’t make it an overriding ‘master science’. That really won’t work.
Red Fortyeight Group: epigenetics and the debriefing of social darwinist distortions of population genetics
The second generation books from Osho presses are open to critique. Here this is in my view outrageous. I thought I had once read all of Osho’s books, but clearly not. But there was no such book at this titled ‘Astrology’. This book was manufactured with some passages from a very early work in the early seventies under a totally different title. Osho often proceeded dialectically with many subjects and here he found a way to examine Sumerian cosmology, which degenerated into Chaldean ‘astrology’ as we know it today. (the history is complex). The issue at hand is therefore Sumerian cosmology. Many writers, including myself, with a refusal to take astrology seriously stumble onto the fascinating early cosmology of the Sumerians. It is this that Osho tries to describe. It is one of a thousand passing thoughts pro and con in his works.
I am puzzled the Osho field would extract the original material and print it under the title ‘Astrology’. That is totally misleading and aimed at what? Business with the flood of people confused by astrology under a new age rubric. Astrology is a good way to ruin such a movement. The mere sight of this book with repel tens of thousands from ever approaching. And i am prompting to be done with the whole question.
To be clear the experiment with the Osho field failed, but that field is still a resource, taken with a stealth exploration. By showing everything in the open, a host of influences fight to prove failure. Someone else could do it better. But I don’t think leftists can use this field in a formal way. These projects are turning into neo-liberal money makers time to consider a stealth exploration and to work alone. The left with some hints from reading Osho, stealth trips through the India field, can create their own lineage. It would be a good way to prevent mechanization of thought.
The Osho field is a gateway to the larger world of Indian religion, but the field is a difficult terrain to travel. I was jolted out of my Osho fixation by scolding fingerwager Krishnamurti and then the mysterious and elegant Nisargadatta. We can leave it at that with a warning that the streamlined Osho field as an acorn taking root in the wake of the nearly primordial Jain world is an instant liberation from the complexities of the Hindu legacy beside Buddhism. The realm of caste, for instance, is a stubborn obstacle to New Age seekers who enter a world where they are not even sudras and are likely to sink into false rebirths into chaos. Such a corrupt and idiotic mess also conceals a thousand depths rich in yogic ways and means. But the larger field of Hinduism is complicated and we have tried to unravel the hopeless confusion of the AIT/OIT debate, the Gita as an impostor text and the views of Danielou of the the larger history of Indian religion. This is a long tale, but enough said for the moment. The first born of ‘*hinduism(?)’, buddhism, has completed an immense cycle in the play of the Axial Age, but now confronts a new era trying to recycle the fruits of a completed age period. Here the reserve dna in the decaying source world rich in composted potential for a new strain leaves the future of buddhism, and what it represents in check. But the primordial world of Shaivism/Janism in the millennia before the Aryanization as the Vedas in a confusing interpolation are a hidden inspiration in the strange and timely appearance of one of its greatest scions at the dawn of globalization. Leftists are at risk of invultuation and psychic attack in these labyrinth worlds of the Hindu dungheap but can easily proceed with a stealth ‘sadhana’ through these realms and return with a more balanced view of the legacy of world religion in the emergence of a postcapitalist social experiment.
The turbulent end phase of my Osho navigation and discussion ended in limbo, but despite being knocked senseless I was right the first time: in response to a request to see what my historical model could contribute to a ‘new communism’ as a reconstructive critique of marxism, and secondly to consider a viable New Age resource for leftists at risk from reactionaries, I composed a sort of flying comic book and animated bibliography in Last and First Men, and tried to consider the Osho movement in the context of a need for a neo-buddhism that is grounded in modernity. The dialectic of socialism in a neo-liberal generation is present in the Osho discourse including a telling discussion in the Gorbachev era of the legacy of communes created by sannyasins.
The miniature of Osho world encounter is enough to make my point, and I can also move through a wider field that points to the question of global religion.
In a consideration of ‘paths of being’ and ‘paths of will’ we create a way to suddenly confront a larger totality either in conflict or else reconciled by the distinction in question.
I would think the realm of the paths of will are both encompassed by the formations of monotheism and left untouched in the difficulty and mystery of the human will. The paths of being could take up the realm of the will equally to rescue the crashlandings in the difficult and inscrutable paths of will which include the rumors of Sufi sheikistan where the ‘true sufis’ live and have some answers to the issues of the will. Man is a latent being who can’t understand himself, and the paths of being can travel through this realm to the path of release into enlightenment.
The paths of will point to an unknown and a mystery of the future or exist already in unknown times and places.
Some may be puzzled at my diatribes on sufism. It springs from a bad personal experience: I was saundering down a back alley in ‘Bhaghdad’ at dusk and turned a corner running into a shady looking one eyed figure who flashed a Rosicrucian hand signal with a sordid and malevolent grin. I was taken aback and staggered backwards, OMG, Alhazred the Mad Arab is a sufi, slinking away looking over my shoulder.
The real saboteurs here were sufis, a new problem in a global new age movement: people who would destroy a path to enlightenement and make people worship god as robots….Best to throw down the gauntlet and abjur ‘god’ to declare war on such people. Sadists looking for atheists to torture to death, a great religious pastime.
Ordinary muslims are beyond this, but sufi degenerates like God are in the business of destroying the path of enlightenment thusly…What a pathetic remainder of the now dead sufism..
Abjuring ‘god’ is not atheism, but a challenge to theistic sadists to expose their destruction of the god meme…
I am looking through Bennett’s book on Shivapuri Baba: I am left with two questions: what forest did he disappear into and what do yogis eat in this forests. Need info on nuts and berries native to India.
rob a bank
catch a plane to india
deternmine jungle zones
…consult with Tourist Info desk at airport: native fruits of India…
Thence to jungle ‘nowhere’ to plan invasion…
“…remember me and fight”
Indian has created global connections with millions on the basis of its religious legacy: but that legacy will die if hinduism can’t sort out its contradictions and produce a Reformation that can deal with the confusions of caste. Westerners risk rebirth as Sudras in this confusion, and should come briefly, and be begone soon. Don’t let hidden operators take control of your rebirths. A little yoga is just a come one.
The real legacy is buddhismm, or was, but this is an Axial formation. It will self-recycle. I think Osho tried to create something for a new age, but the result can’t compete with buddhism, which came out of the Axial Age slingshot and had many hidden advantages. Osho’s one man operation was brilliant, but it is hard to set in motion a vehicle like buddhism in a modern context. The whole thing has become commercial. Buddhism with insidious reactionaries and fascists in Tibetan buddhism will soon be abandoned.
Time to learn from Osho’s trial and consider how to proceed.