|By: Dr. John Ankerberg, Dr. John Weldon; ©2003|
|READER CAUTION ADVISED! What is the result when the monastic goals of Hinduism and Buddhism are carried out to their logical end? How do the actions of Charles Manson and his followers relate to this discussion?|
READER CAUTION IS ADVISED!!!
In Our Savage God: The Perverse Use of Eastern Thought (1974), Spalding professor of comparative religion at Oxford, R. C. Zaehner, discusses the monistic goals of Hinduism and Buddhism and how certain persons have applied such philosophy to their own ends.
For example, the notorious Satanist Aleister Crowley was influenced by Eastern concepts and experienced an enlightenment undergirded by his belief in the philosophical monism of the East:
Zaehner also discusses Crowley’s achievement of Buddhist “enlightenment,” the results of which were accordingly “revised” by his spirit guide “Aiwass” who, having helped him go beyond the categories of good and evil, now taught him not renunciation but, with the Tantrics, indulgence:
As a result, Crowley began the utilization of sexual rites for ostensibly “spiritual” ends. His “Ordo Templi Orientalis” (Order of the Oriental Temple or O.T.O.) became a branch of Western Tantra; indeed Crowley seems to have been the principal agent responsible for introducing the perversion of Eastern sexual magic to the West.
Yet strangely, Crowley’s first experience of this “union of opposites” was an act of sodomy. “Be that as it may, the fact remains that it was largely Crowley who was responsible for introducing Indian sexual magic into the West.”
Zaehner proceeds to discuss how Charles Manson also carried Crowley’s philosophy to its logical conclusion: “If God is one, what is bad?”
Manson carried Crowley’s premises to their logical conclusions: if God and the Devil, good and evil, life and death, can really be transcended in an eternal Now, then sadism and sexual profligacy are not enough: you must transcend life and death itself either by killing or being killed. Charles Manson did not shrink from this ultimate “truth.”
Nevertheless, a major justification for such vicious murders was provided by Eastern philosophy and texts, a philosophy which is, unfortunately, increasingly permeating Western society:
By achieving an Eastern form of “enlightenment,” Manson apparently believed he had become free from all constraints.