Category Archives: Spirituality

Rendering Darkness and Light Present : Jean Gebser and the Principle of Diaphany

Jean Gebser (1905-1973) was a German poet, philosopher, and phenomenologist of consciousness. He is best known for his magisterial opus, The Ever-Present Origin (Ursprung und Gegenwart, 1949-1953), in which he articulates the…

Faith, Knowledge, and the Decline of the West

In December, the president annually sends all faculty and staff a calculatedly inoffensive “Winter Holidays” greeting, via email. For what it is worth, for many years I have regularly received…

The Naked Android: Sex, Death, and Immortality in the Age of AI

Alan Turing invented the ideational basis of modern computers with his concept of a universal machine. The machine had a write/erase head and a strip of paper that represented an…

Protection of a Holy Rebellious Yes to Life: Book Release

The writing of Azsacra Zarathustra is as difficult to comprehend as the man himself. A philosopher, poet, martial artist and mystic, Zarathustra, it should be said, seems to challenge in…

Gnosis, Politics, and the Inevitability of Dystopia

Recent events in the USA have some celebrating the power of government institutions to enact progress upon society from above, and others decrying the very same activities as a form…

A Forest Passage Through the Kali Yuga

Perhaps the most dangerous illusion of modern times is the idea of safety. I remember clearly the concerns of safety voiced by individuals on my journey to the sacred Mount…

Oneness: Where Mysticism and Morality Meet

(Editor’s Note: In the article below Prof. Richard Cocks looks at morality and its relationship to mysticism. Though a generally ignored subject, it is also an important one for the contemporary…

Tantra, Martial Arts, and The Metaphysics of Pain

“Pain is one of the keys to unlock man’s innermost being as well as the world,” wrote Ernst Junger. “Whenever one approaches the points where man proves himself to be…

Eros, Plato, and The Red Chamber Dream

Plato’s Symposium, an explication of desire in the form of a panegyric to the god Eros, may be taken as the quintessential classical Occidental text on the erotic. Eros (the…