Atheism and the Left-Hand Path
A number of points in this brief note have been mentioned previously in a number of disparate comments so my apologies for the repetition but they are relevant and necessary to the argument here which draws some of those ideas together into a very brief outline of my very personal view of atheism in relation to the Left hand Path.
Firstly I would make the point that it depends on how we define atheism. As an analogy I’m always perturbed by apparently nonsensical questions like ‘Do you believe in UFO’s? The answer must be Yes, of course – because they are exactly what they are Unidentified. What the question (usually) means but is implied rather stated is something like ‘Do you believe that UFO’s are inter-planetary craft from some distant planet and crewed by little grey aliens? The answer rests on what we believe UFOs to be. The same argument can be applied to ghosts and in fact any other ‘paranormal’ phenomena. Of course I believe in ghosts, there is overwhelming evidence for them. What they are and how we explain such phenomena is an altogether different question. Being an atheist does not therefore necessarily imply that I do not believe in gods, goddesses, deities, powers, entities or spirits and the like but merely define them differently than would a theist. We (the Order of which I am a member) tend not to accept their literal existence but more as artifices of human convenience.
In relation to this, I believe that as a species we evolved partly as a result of genetic-engineering by an extra-terrestrial race and our Creation Myths are half-remembered legends and stories passed down via the tribal oral tradition – at least until the devlopment of Language and the beginning of written records, by which time the ‘gods’ and ‘goddesses’ had long gone leaving only a faint memory of superior beings. Therefore, I do believe in them as they exist in our genetic race memory but not as independently conscious Divine Beings.
Secondly, regardless of whether or not my first hypothesis is false (and it may but I would argue there is a huge amount of evidence for it) there are enormous parallels between Mystical experiences and insight into the essential nature of the universe and the increasingly bizarre discoveries and ideas in Quantum Theory (which I don’t pretend to fully understand and mathematics anything more complicated than 2+2=4 is beyond me).
Newtonian physics holds up until we get to the fundamental essence of the nature of things and at this level we begin to see that the Universe has an essential Quantum (and paradoxical) nature. Everything in existence is in a state of vibration (albeit at many different frequencies) so that the fundamental nature of everything is energy. Matter as solid is an illusion of our perception. My deities, for example Ishtar and Baal or Kali and Shiva (both my preferred pairs of deities) are for me anthropomorphic personifications of the immense fundamental creative and destructive forces (energy) that maintain the Universe, flowing from Order (the Origin or VOID) to Chaos through the process of Entropy. All ordered systems have a tendency to move towards increasing dis-order reaching a tipping point and then collapsing back in on itself restoring the balance (order) and the spiral begins again … Brahma the Creator, Vishnu the Preserver and Shiva the Destroyer. The two Primordial Deities are the Male and Female duality (2) out of the One (which follows from Origin=0)from which springs a third (3) – the child and from this trinity a new Origin is formed … from pure energy until it becomes the Matter of which we and our perceptual world is made and yet is illusory (Maya).
As an atheist I don’t dis-believe in gods, demons, entities, powers but simply have a non-theistic interpretation of what they are. I would add also that this is part of the appeal of Hinduism for me because it is all-encompassing, it is (can be) monotheistic, dualistic, polytheistic, pantheistic, animistic, atheistic and it is not contrary to popular perception all ‘sweetness and light.’ I’m neither teetotal nor celibate (not by choice at least :o) ) and I eat meat. Hinduism also has its LHP and the Mother of that is Kali the fierce Warrior goddess. Another story – I’m currently writing an exegesis of Primordial deities and their origins to demonstrate they all boil down to two … and it really matters little to which two (who are the One) that we are devoted.
OM SRI MAHA KALIKAYAI NAMAHA
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