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Religion as a System of Thought: The Open Interpretation System for Existence, the world and phenomena

Religion as a System of Thought: The Open Interpretation System for Existence, the world and phenomena

A religion (any religion) is a system of thought. A system of thought (a religion, a philosophy, a science, or simply a theory) adopts certain basic concepts (doctrines, ideas, theorems, concepts) with which it then structures the interpretation of Existence, the world, and individual phenomena.

Thus, from the outset, a system, even if it formulates an interpretation of the world, completely general, contains and produces, or can produce, all possible interpretations. In this way, it is explained that in the context of a religion, a philosophy, different schools of thought, different perceptions can be manifested historically. Thus, for example, in the context of Buddhism, which at the beginning some of its basic principles are formulated, various interpretations appear later in history. In fact, all these are deduced from the basic principles of the theory and do not belong to time, to history. Their historical formulation is completely coincidental . In the same way, all possible interpretations are extracted from the basic principles of Christianity and the various opinions that are often considered within the context of some "orthodoxy" by "any" official church as heresies are formulated historically.

Thus, religion, as a system of thought, as a worldview, is rather a way of thinking, an orientation, and not a clear and precise (with defined limits) exposition of our perception of the world. It is an open system where various and different opinions can be expressed. Thus, a religion can be a simple interpretation that as a way of thinking belongs to the first phase of religious perception - which perceives everything as a confused whole - but as a system of thought it gives the possibility to formulate perceptions that belong to higher phases of religious perception. Thus, for example, in the context of Buddhism, which at the beginning presents a completely simple and general theory of the world, interpretations that belong to the higher phases of religious perception appear afterwards. Also, in Christianity (and Islam) which religiously, typologically, belong to the fourth phase of religious perception, with the early fathers of Christianity (and the Sufis of Islam) concepts are formulated which belong to the Fifth phase of religious perception.


Η Θρησκεία σαν Σύστημα Σκέψης : Το Ανοιχτό Σύστημα Ερμηνείας για την Ύπαρξη, τον κόσμο και τα φαινόμενα

Μία θρησκεία (μία οποιαδήποτε θρησκεία) αποτελεί ένα σύστημα σκέψης. Ένα σύστημα σκέψης (μία θρησκεία, μία φιλοσοφία, μία επιστήμη, ή απλά μία θεωρία) υιοθετεί ορισμένες βασικές αντιλήψεις (δόγματα, ιδέες, θεωρήματα, αντιλήψεις) με τις οποίες δομεί στην συνέχεια την ερμηνεία για την Ύπαρξη, τον κόσμο και τα επιμέρους φαινόμενα.

Έτσι, εξαρχής, ένα σύστημα, ακόμα κι αν διατυπωθεί μία ερμηνεία του κόσμου, τελείως γενική, εμπεριέχει και παράγει, ή μπορεί να δημιουργήσει όλες τις πιθανές ερμηνείες. Με αυτό τον τρόπο εξηγείται πως στα πλαίσια μίας θρησκείας, μίας φιλοσοφίας, μπορούν να εκδηλωθούν ιστορικά διάφορες σχολές σκέψης, διάφορες αντιλήψεις. Έτσι, για παράδειγμα, στα πλαίσια του βουδισμού, που στην αρχή διατυπώνονται ορισμένες βασικές αρχές του, εμφανίζονται στην συνέχεια, στην ιστορία, διάφορες ερμηνείες. Στην πραγματικότητα όλα αυτά εξάγονται συμπερασματικά από τις βασικές αρχές της θεωρίας και δεν ανήκουν στον χρόνο, στην ιστορία. Η ιστορική τους διατύπωση είναι εντελώς συμπτωματική. Με τον ίδιο τρόπο, από τις βασικές αρχές του χριστιανισμού εξάγονται όλες οι πιθανές ερμηνείες και διατυπώνονται ιστορικά οι διάφορες απόψεις που συχνά θεωρούνται στα πλαίσια κάποιας «ορθοδοξίας», από την «όποια» επίσημη εκκλησία σαν αιρέσεις.

Έτσι λοιπόν η θρησκεία, σαν σύστημα σκέψης, σαν κοσμοθεωρία, αποτελεί μάλλον ένα τρόπο σκέψης, ένα προσανατολισμό, κι όχι μία σαφή και ακριβή (με καθορισμένα όρια) έκθεση της αντίληψής μας για τον κόσμο. Αποτελεί ένα ανοιχτό σύστημα όπου μπορούν να διατυπωθούν διάφορες και διαφορετικές απόψεις. Έτσι μία θρησκεία μπορεί να αποτελεί μία απλή ερμηνεία που σαν τρόπος σκέψης ανήκει στην πρώτη φάση της θρησκευτικής αντίληψης – που τα αντιλαμβάνεται όλα σαν ένα συγκεχυμένο όλον - αλλά σαν σύστημα σκέψης δίνει την δυνατότητα να διατυπωθούν αντιλήψεις που ανήκουν σε ανώτερες φάσεις της θρησκευτικής αντίληψης. Έτσι, για παράδειγμα, στα πλαίσια του βουδισμού, που στην αρχή εκθέτει μία τελείως απλή και γενική θεωρία για τον κόσμο, εμφανίζονται στην συνέχεια ερμηνείες που ανήκουν στις ανώτερες φάσεις της θρησκευτικής αντίληψης. Επίσης, στον χριστιανισμό (και στον ισλαμισμό) που θρησκευτικά, τυπολογικά, ανήκουν στην τέταρτη φάση της θρησκευτικής αντίληψης διατυπώνονται με τους νηπτικούς πατέρες του χριστιανισμού (και τους σούφι του ισλαμισμού) αντιλήψεις που ανήκουν στην Πέμπτη φάση της θρησκευτικής αντίληψης.


Our Prayer

The Path Within


O Cosmos, we stand at the precipice of the Absolute, gazing into the void of the Unknown. We search for a way to transcend the bounds of thought and ego, to experience the essence of our deepest being.

The Buddha, the Masters of the East Upanishads, Orpheus, Jesus – all these wise beings have pointed us towards the Path. But it is not a path that is external, not a journey that can be traversed by the feet. It is a path that lies within, a journey that must be undertaken by the heart and the mind.

We must let go of the external orientations that nurture and educate us, that direct us towards other goals. We must look inward, to the stillness and silence that resides within. We must listen to the whispers of our soul, to the voice that speaks of the Absolute.

Krishnamurti and other modern Sages have shown us that it is possible to experience the Absolute, to transcend the limitations of thought and ego. They have shown us that it is not a mystery, not a miracle, but a possibility that lies within our human nature.

So let us embark on this journey, this Path that few follow. Let us let go of the burdens that weigh us down, the attachments that bind us. Let us embrace the unknown, the uncertainty, the chaos that lies within.

For in the depths of the Absolute, we will find the stillness and peace that we seek. We will find the answers to the questions that have plagued us for centuries. We will find the Truth that lies within.

Let us be brave, let us be bold, let us be fearless. Let us take the step into the void, into the unknown. For it is there that we will find the Absolute, the essence of our being. It is there that we will find our true nature, our true self.

May we be guided on this journey by the wise words of the Sages, by the light of the Absolute that shines within us. May we find the strength and courage to let go of the old, to embrace the new. May we find the peace and stillness that we seek, the Truth that lies within.


Glimpses of the Absolute


Within each of us lies the potential to transcend the limitations of ordinary mind and experience a deeper reality - what some traditions call the Absolute, the Ground of Being, or God. While this state of unity or peak experience has often been considered the domain solely of mystics and saints, the truth is that the capacity dwells dormant in every human soul. It is our essential nature, awaiting discovery through disciplined inner work.

All genuine spiritual paths point to the same destination, though using different languages and methods. At their core, they offer a process of liberation from identification with separate ego and gradual awakening to our intrinsic divine essence. This involves cultivating noble virtues, practicing presence of mind through meditation, and cultivating wisdom through inquiry into the nature of reality and self.

Over time, such disciplines help peel away layers of superficial conditioning to reveal our true blissful and peaceful self - one with the fundamental pure consciousness that underlies all forms. In that state of inward stillness and clarity, the usual boundaries between subject and object fall away. One perceives directly that all is contained within the one infinite life and knows directly one's identity with the eternal. Though ineffable, this realization brings transcendent peace, love, creativity and compassion.

While glimpses of the Absolute may come through grace to anyone at any time, consistent experience depends on committed effort. The seeker must firmly resolve to strip away all that obscures their true nature like the proverbial onion, layer by layer. With patient practice of presence and purification, the trappings of small self dissolve, and one may abide as peaceful, blissful awareness itself - fully awake in every moment to life's deepest meaning. Then daily living becomes worship, and ordinary reality is transfigured by love, joy, wisdom and service. This is the fruit of following the perennial path with heart and will - a taste of our shared spiritual potential.




Constantinos’s quotes

"A "Soul" that out of ignorance keeps making mistakes is like a wounded bird with helpless wings that cannot fly high in the sky."— Constantinos Prokopiou






Neglecting to praise the worthy deters people from emulating them; just as not prizing rare treasures deters a man from becoming a thief; or ignoring the things which awaken desire keeps the heart at rest.

Therefore, the wise ruler does not suggest unnecessary things, but seeks to satisfy the minds of his people. He seeks to allay appetites but strengthen bones. He ever tries by keeping people in ignorance to keep them satisfied and those who have knowledge he restrains from evil. If he, himself, practices restraint then everything is in quietness.


Quieting People

Neglecting to praise the worthy:

Neglecting to acknowledge and praise individuals who deserve recognition can discourage others from emulating their positive qualities.

Just as not appreciating rare treasures deters a person from engaging in theft, the absence of recognition can hinder the development of desirable traits in others.

By recognizing and praising the worthy, we can inspire others to strive for excellence.

Ignoring the things that awaken desire:

When we disregard or ignore the things that evoke desire, we can maintain a sense of contentment and inner peace.

By not constantly seeking external stimuli, we can cultivate a state of tranquility within ourselves.

This approach allows us to find satisfaction in what we already have, rather than constantly chasing after new desires.

The wise ruler's approach:

A wise ruler understands the importance of satisfying the minds of the people they govern.

They do not unnecessarily burden their subjects with irrelevant information or demands.

Instead, they focus on allaying appetites and reinforcing the overall well-being of their people.

The wise ruler restrains those with knowledge from engaging in harmful actions and promotes a culture of restraint and tranquility.

The benefits of quietness:

When individuals practice restraint and embrace a state of quietness, harmony and peace prevail.

By prioritizing calmness and self-control, both on an individual and societal level, conflicts can be minimized.

The pursuit of quietness allows for personal growth, contentment, and a more harmonious coexistence.

Embracing quietness

Quieting people involves recognizing the worthy, ignoring unnecessary desires, and fostering a state of tranquility. The wise ruler seeks to satisfy the minds of their people by allaying appetites and promoting restraint. By embracing quietness, individuals can experience personal growth and contribute to a more peaceful society. Remember to appreciate the positive qualities in others, find contentment in the present, and practice self-restraint for a harmonious existence.




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