The Relevance of Kabir

INTERPRETING ANEW THE RADICAL 15th CENTURY PHILOSOPHER-POET

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I look forward to meeting some of you on the India book tour this January.

Warm Regards

Todd

What Is Good And Bad In Spiritual Beliefs?

twofacedAn article by Todd Vickers published at Street Articles.

Faulty beliefs lay dormant in our minds like a Trojan horse, perhaps a prejudice about ourselves or the world. It’s harder to expose the faults of a belief when the people around us also hold the same belief. Unfortunately, we are not lucky enough to discover all false or bad beliefs by ourselves. History affords us many tragedies with roots in deeply held beliefs. Let’s not ignore them and throw away precious lessons perhaps acquired by our ancestors through painful trials.

When calling into question spiritual beliefs, it’s easy to hurt people’s feelings, especially if the beliefs provide comfort, prestige or something held valuable to the one who believes. Yet, painful feelings are not an argument… Read More

A Book About Spirituality and Religious Skepticism

Book CoverWe conjure our tomorrows as if the future is bound to our concepts. We may say “no person knows everything,” but, still, we coddle our hubris by measuring all things by what we know. This arrogance is why entirely new things can seem familiar. By ignoring facts and reasons contrary to our beliefs, we invite life experiences to rip faulty beliefs from our terrified grasp when we could have let those beliefs go, just as we do with dreams in the morning.

If you do not expect the unexpected, you will not find it;

for it is hard to be sought out…”  vii Heraclitus

Presuming to know is different from trial and error. Generalizing is not bad, but we tend to treat our schemes as facts. In any group of people, unfounded beliefs pose great peril when the popularity of an idea takes the place of proof. For example, the delusional thinking of Americans imagining an imminent threat brought about a preemptive war and a river of bloodshed.

Excerpt: The Relevance of Kabir

We make judgments daily. It’s best to improve when we can because we not only pay a price when we suffer. Beautiful things this world truly offers may elude us as we linger in the graveyard of our preconceived ideas.

 

vii John Burnet, Early Greek Philosophy (London: A. and C. Black, 1892), 134.

A Book About Relationships

Todd VickersThe Relevance of Kabir is also book about relationships. It takes many examples from real life relationships to point out the misery causing habits of mind. Here is an excerpt.

“He [Kabir] does  not  say  that  spiritual  seekers  or  ascetics  will  comprehend his  meaning,  but  notes  that lovers  will.  Our  poet  wants  us  to have the experience  of  being in love  as  a step toward greater liberation.  Lovers  mistake the dissolving of  the  ego in  orgasm  to be only  part  of  orgasm  when  it results  from  arresting habits  of  mind.  If  we  can’t  let  go  of  our  self,  orgasm  becomes  difficult.  In the ecstasy  of  love,  the  mental  specter  of  our  self  becomes  unsustainable.  We live  without  a story  for a few  moments.  If  we need  others  to see beyond  our  ideas  of  ourselves,  then  possessiveness haunts  us.  We become a burden to others  and limit  our  choices  by  reducing  people into nothing more than a means.  When  we  use people,  we probably  destroy  or  limit  our  affections  in the process. Emancipate others from being just a prop in a cerebral autobiography.”

More risqué examples in the book.