An Insidious Idol

Commerce is supported by keeping the individual at odds
with himself and others, by making us want more than we need, and
offering credit to buy what refined senses do not want.

The masses become shackled: I see how their eyes weep
and are desperate-of course they feel desperate-for something,
for some remedy

that a poor soul then feels needs
to be bought.

I find nothing more offensive than a god
who could condemn human instincts in us that time in all its wonder
have made perfect.

I find nothing more destructive to the well-being of life
than to support a god that makes you feel unworthy and in debt to it.
I imagine erecting churches to such a strange god will assure
endless wars that commerce loves

A god that could frighten is not a god-but an insidious idol
and weapon in the hands of
the insane.
A god who talks of sin is worshiped
by the infirm.

I was once spiritually ill
-we all pass through that-

but one day the intelligence
in my soul
—Meister Eckhart (1260-1328)

Posted by | Paul Reynolds
Paul has been a yoga teacher on the Island of Kauai for many years and is the facilitator of the weekly Living the Question Blog - a repository of wisdom and inspiration. Paul also produces and hosts Le Guru is You Radio Show, showcasing everyday gurus.

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