Friday, August 5, 2016
a serious silly
In this regard, I think the Hindus have probably got the best track record. That's not surprising when you consider that their spiritual adventures are arguably the oldest in the world and they have had plenty of chance to collect the experience and texts that would allow them to smile or ... who knows ... perhaps laugh.
Take Ramakrishna. Sri Ramakrishna was a 19th century guru. Some revered him as an avatar or emanation of the gread god Vishnu. But Ramakrishna was not intent on buying up great swaths of the United States. He didn't wear crowns. He took care of his devotees and gave what he could ... and sometimes whatever he gave had a smile on its face.
There was a time, for example, when Ramakrishna corralled a very devout following and instructed him with some seriousness: Please take the holy texts you revere and put them in a room. Bar the shutters, lock the doors and make dead certain nothing could get in or out of the room.
Wait two days.
Return to the room.
Unlock to doors and windows.
See if anything had changed.
A pretty serious silly, I'd say.
Tokens and talismans, texts and robes, oils and unguents ....