Sunday, June 23, 2013

Perpetration of Evil by God

"Another day, the sons of God came to attend on Yahweh and Satan came with them too." ............................. Book of Job Chapter2 verse 1
"Naked I came from my mother's womb, naked I shall return again. Yahweh gave, Yahweh has taken back. Blessed be the name of Yahweh!"
............................Book of Job Chapter1 verse 21

The Book of Job, which is categorized in the wisdom tradition, along with the Song of Solomon, the Psalms and the Proverbs, brings our certain deep meanings in the Judaic theology. Without understanding this deeper layer we will tend to consign the God of Israel to a definition of a despot and with all the anthropomorphic attributes that become evident in the pages of the Tanakh.

In Indian literature there is a story, first told in the Mârkandeya Purâna, which is similar in theme to that of Job.
The gods and goddesses were assembled with the seven Manus [ascetics] in the heaven of Indra. The question was asked whether a single human prince could be found who would be without stain or blemish. Most of the members of the divine assembly were of the opinion that there was none, but Vasishta insisted that a certain Harichandra was perfect. Shiva offered to prove the contrary if the prince were delivered into his power. Vasişţha accepted the challenge, and it was agreed that, depending upon the issue of the wager, one would yield to the other all merits acquired in a long series of penance. Shiva (the destroyer) thereupon submitted Harichandra to all sorts of trials, deprived him of his wealth, kingdom, wife, and only son, but the prince persisted in his virtue. The gods rewarded him with munificence and returned to him his previous estate. Shiva gave his own merits to Vasişţha, who passed them on to Harichandra.

There are two fundamental basis for understanding these types of mythological or wisdom writings. The first is that the consciousness of good and evil are only real in the space-time consciousness of individual human being and second the Divine being, usually referred to as God in his creative, preserving and annihilation role, is an anthropomorphic revelation from a subjective collective consciousness exhibiting as an external objective phenomenon with all its assigned attributes. Only through these two basis that we can explain why in a monotheistic tradition the sons of God and Satan share the same status in the presence of the Almighty.

The dualistic attributes of good and evil being bestowed upon Yahweh and Satan result from this human consciousness. As long as the individual consciousness operates in the created ambiance, duality and existence of polar opposites become rampant in our thinking. Every experience of the human being, when it is derived from sense perception leading to emotional states such as happiness, peace, suffering and pain, is the result of our current state of modified consciousness which results from our karmic field and our 'current life' space-time consciousness.

With the above understanding the story of Job is the individual perception of a sequence of events that happens in his life and its causality is assigned to Yahweh who allows atrocities to be perpetrated through the agency of Satan. Yahweh and Satan are the dualistic aspects of the one Divine consciousness, which is omniscient,  in the individual consciousness which is trying to grasp the realities life experiences with its limitation of karmic and manifested impressions.

The nakedness of which Job speaks is the original state of being, the state of Adam before the fall which was in the image of the Divine. And the desire to go back in the same state of purity to the Yahweh, the Divine plenum, is the true spiritual wisdom which the story of Job teaches us.

Love to you all.

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