Future blog themes

Beatrix Murrell, seeing that I was considering not offering any more courses within the narrow time frame of the January intensive session at JST-Berkeley, suggested that I might do a series of blogs based on a book I coauthored years ago with Fritjof Capra and David Steindl-Rast, Belonging to the Universe. This is a good suggestion, and I shall take it to heart, with the further consideration that it is time to update my contributions to that book.

In the meantime, I want to reflect in depth on Jeffrey J. Kripal’s difficult book on the erotic and the mystical in the life of Sri Ramakrishna, Kali’s Child. The underlying thesis of the book is not difficult for me, personally. I have already realized that these two dimensions in my own experience are as inseparable as the human and the divine in Jesus (or, for that matter, in anyone venerated as an avatara within Hinduism, like Ramakrishna himself). Divinity incarnate in humanity, or the human divinized, necessarily includes human eros. In terms of the Orthodox doctrine of incarnation, “What was not assumed is not redeemed.” In other words, if eros is banned from the mystical, then it is also banned from the human.

About ashramdiary

Thomas Matus, who blogs this Ashram Diary, was born 1940 in Hollywood, California. Academics: A.B. in music from Occidental College (Los Angeles); S.T.L. in ecumenical theology from Athenaeum Anselmianum (Rome, Italy); Ph.D. in comparative mysticism from Fordham University (New York). Initiated into Kriya Yoga (by direct disciples of Paramahansa Yogananda) in 1958. Became a Catholic in 1960 and entered New Camaldoli Hermitage (Big Sur, California) as a novice monk in 1962. Lived for more than 30 years at the Monastery of Camaldoli in Italy. Traveled to India some 20 times; made frequent retreats at Saccidananda Ashram (Shantivanam) in southern India. Was in Brazil, off and on, from 1999 to 2006. Now back in California, he lives at the Hermitage in Big Sur and Incarnation Monastery in Berkeley, California. See: http://www.youtube.com/user/thomasmatus
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