My last blog St John of Revelations broke a record in reader responses. I take this to mean a lot of you would like my Rogue Scholarly progress to venture down the path of more religiously iconoclastic themes, such as posing that St. John’s famous closing chapter in the New Testament was not hiding a prophecy about the future but exposing a man suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. It is possible John survived the sack of Jerusalem by the Romans. He had become their prisoner in later years, exiled to the island of Patmos on the Aegean Sea. There he sat in his dark cave, like a wounded, grumpy-bear evangeloid with candle and parchment, he began scratching out his letter to the Churches that soon switched tone into a docu-demented psychotic episode becoming the Book of Revelation.
In that blog I began to share some stories about a man who had a chief influence in my spiritual education while visiting this mortal coil. The anecdote and the picture of Osho stimulated a lot of interest, vigorous comment, debate and a few hit-and-run acts of emailed calumny. Many of you seek a clarification about my take on Osho and gurus in general and I feel the time has come to ramp the HogueProphecy narrative up a notch for a few rounds of postings. Let us explore for a bit the higher definition of prophecy beyond being the act of forecasting the future, to prophecy as the message of good news and revelations of eternal truths showered on us by authentic masters. We will still provide each posting of this four-part series with a fix on current events tied to forecasts about and fulfillment of predictions for 2010.
The time has come to define what, in my experience, is an authentic master. What are his or her traits? This is an important thing to share because when one is seeking a teacher suffice it to say one either does not know individual mastery or has discovered he or she cannot go further to know the mystery of existence without some help from those who may have gone before. The path to a master is fraught with danger because we seek them ignorant of the ultimate truth, yet one must trust in that life-and-death urgency of the seeker who at least has come to know that he or she does not know the next step on the journey and needs help.
In my experience, this trust as inner truth compass is not to be confused with faith. They are categorically different. Faith is something borrowed from outside. It is preached to you and you then choose to throw your trust like gambling chips in a “bet” that the priest, guru, or preacher seeking your following may be sincerely borrowing second-hand knowledge of the direct experience of masters who never seek your following. You surrender your spiritual path to an outside idea, a faith, a dogma that takes you away from what I mean by trust.
Real trust is not something from the outside. It comes from the deepest wellspring of inner being. It has no dogma. It has no creed but being. It resonates to truth from the outside as guidance, but it does not surrender itself to the ideas or the borrowed faiths of others. Trust remains a miracle of individual spiritual freedom. It can resonate with others but it cannot surrender slavishly. It can intimately love those who help strengthen trust to stand alone in its own truth. It can be in love relationship with another trusting being where the unique and individual presences stand separate like pillars that uphold the temple of trust’s love beyond the personal limits of either pillar. Trust can be a heroic innocence that has the courage to embrace the unknown and live blissfully in the eternally deepening, cosmic intimacy of the unknowable.
What I love about Osho was the wordless knowing that he was and “is” ever there to anoint and facilitate my trust’s innocent flowering. In the next installments of this new series I will share passages from my book Messiahs: Visions and Prophecies for the Second Coming where I define in my own words what I have experienced are stages in the path to trusting a spiritual teacher. Today, I will close part one with a passage from Osho defining the way he taught his truth:
“My approach to your growth is basically to make you independent of me. Any kind of dependency is a slavery, and the spiritual dependence is the worst slavery of all.
“I have been making every effort to make you aware of your individuality, your freedom, your absolute capacity to grown without any help from anybody. Your growth is something intrinsic to your being. It does not come from outside; it is not an imposition; it is an unfolding.
“All meditation techniques that I have given to you are not dependent on me — my presence or absence will not make any difference — they are dependent on you. It is not my presence but your presence that is needed for them to work.
“It is not my being here but your being here, your being in the present, your being alert and aware that is going to help…
“The whole past of man is, in different ways, a history of exploitation. And even the so-called spiritual people could not resist the temptation to exploit. Out of a hundred Masters, ninety-nine were trying to impose the idea that, ‘Without me you cannot grow, no progress is possible. Give me your whole responsibility.’
“But the moment you give your whole responsibility to somebody, unknowingly you are also giving your whole freedom…
“This Existence respects a person who dares to be alone in the seeking of truth. Slaves are not respected by Existence at all. They do not deserve any respect; they don’t respect themselves, how can they expect Existence to be respectful towards them?
“So remember, when I am gone, you are not going to lose anything. Perhaps you may gain something of which you are absolutely unaware.
“Right now I am available to you only embodied, imprisoned in a certain shape and form. When I am gone, where can I go? I will be here in the winds, in the ocean; and if you have loved me, if you have trusted me, you will feel me in a thousand and one ways. In your silent moments you will suddenly feel my presence.
“Once I am unembodied, my consciousness is universal. Right now you have to come to me. Then, you will not need to seek and search for me. Wherever you are…your thirst, your love…and you will find me in your heart, in your very heartbeat.”
Beyond Enlightenment, Chapter 11 (1986)
Predictions for 2010 Fulfilled and Oncoming…
“Oh, but recovery is at hand, says the corporate editors of your television media, even though General Motors and Chrysler will sag and need more bailouts, or that another hundred banks will close, or despite the deadline for final payout of unemployment checks for millions will enjoy a few last minute federal extensions until after the mid-term elections.”
This Thursday (22 July 2010), 37 weeks and four days after I documented the above prediction, CBS News reported that President Barack Obama signed into law a restoration of benefits for people who have been out of work for six months or more after Congress approved the measure earlier that same day. A stroke of Obama’s pen ended six weeks of unemployment benefits running out on 5 million people in the program. The extension of payments will last until the end of November. The mid-term elections happen on 2 November.
Natural disasters not seen in living memory
Chicago was hit with a Monsoon downpour of 8 to 12 inches overnight, flooding large areas of the city on an a level of violent rainfall that the media is beginning to call the 100-year Chicago flood. It was caused by the subtropical jet stream shifting hundreds of miles north this spring and summer visiting upon Chicago and the northern plains and Great Lake states the kind of tornado and severe thunderstorm weather one might expect along the Gulf of Mexico. Climate watchers have been reporting earlier this year on Earthweek that a globally warming climate has seen the tropics expand north and south of the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn bringing subtropical climates as much as 600 miles into what were once northern and southern hemispheric temperate zones. To call what happened today in Chicago a monsoon flood event is more than metaphorical. It is a fact that Chicagoans will have to live with every summer in the coming decades as Mother Nature goes to war with our bad habits that abuse her world. The Chicago monsoon flood today reminds me of what the oracle warned and recorded on 1 November 2009:
“The enemy is our unconsciousness as a species, our willingness to believe rather than know our collective soul, our willful postponement and outright resistance to awakening our responsibility to be gardeners—not rapacious parasites—of this Earth. And, if Mother Earth must, she will scourge us, starting in 2010 through 2011 with a spike in climate change disasters never before seen, bringing to a close this most ominous 00 (uh-oh!) decade of the new millennium. The potential death and destruction of this oncoming war of Earth on us will render every land and ocean a battlefield. Militant Mother Nature on the warpath will deliver more epic horrors and losses than endured in the last global World War and all 3,000 wars in 5,000 years of recorded civilization.”
Read more about Mother Nature’s compassionately hard hits coming this year in Predictions for 2010.
(24 July 2010)
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