Re:The "Eternal Present: and KARMA
Apr 21, 1998 01:16 PM
by Jerry Schueler
>CIRCLE or SPIRAL ?
>As an analogy, try putting a disc instead of a propeller onto
>your outboard motor when you need to go boating. Only the spiral
>created by the propeller will drive the boat forward in both time
>and space. ...
Yes, but the spiral/propeller cannot get you out of space time, only
The idea of a circle rather than a spiral is not an original invention
of mine. Virtually all mystics for centuries have said that spiritual
enlightenment is like discovering your "original face" or that you,
the wandering pilgrim, never really left at all or that you return to
the same pint from which you started (ie to the ONE), etc.
The notion of a spiral, as far as I know (please correct me if I am
wrong) is a Theosophical invention based on the idea of eternal
progress--which is to say, it answers the question of why are we
doing all this reincarnating anyway? The philosophical problem
with it is that spirals are basically linear in that that have to start
and end somewhere, while a circle is endless and beginningless.
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