IDOLATRY

Ritual = man's relation to physical objects.
Religion = man's relation to God, to Creation.
Don't mistake (and idolatrize) the finger pointing
at the moon, for the moon itself.
God made a mistake: Men tend to idolize ritual,
because it's easier to perform rituals than to
follow ethical injunctions. So through the words
of the prophets, God seeks to correct the
situation.
"Thou shalt have no other god before Me," per
Rabbi Falcon, means don't invest anything else
with power; that's equivalent to the Buddhist
injunction to not form attachments to the physical 
senses or other material world conceits. 

Put another way:
Your body can enjoy physical sensations; 
Your heart can enjoy the emotions;
And your mind can enjoy intellectual stimulation;
But recognize that your Self is All.

The Old Testament was about people worshipping
(literally) pieces of wood and gold (deity idols).
Now, it's also about people worshipping pieces of
wood and gold, i.e., houses and jewelry (money
idols).
The original, normal and preferred state of man is
love, not hate; peace, not war; joy, not suffering;
oneness, not division; knowledge, not ignorance;
and God, not idolatry. I welcome as brothers,
sisters, mothers, fathers and lovers all who want
to come with me back to the original man state,
what is for us the normal and preferred man
state: the only One that can really Be.


For what did my physical body
  ever physicalize anything, if not
  to find יהוי                                       
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For what did my ego                                  
  ever egoize anything, if not
  to find יהוי
For what did my superego
  ever superegoize anything, if not
  to find יהוי
For what did my id
  ever idize anything, if not
  to find יהוי
For what did my forgotten subconscious
  ever forget anything, if not
  to find יהוי
For what did my repressed subconscious
  ever forget (repress) anything, if not
  to find יהוי
For what did I
  ever undertake any of these idolatries, if not
  to find יהוי
And for what does יהוי
  ever יהוי , if not
  for יהוי.

 

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