Sunday, May 29, 2011

Judgment Day? Karma?

         The Zealots were expecting the Messiah to be a temporal king who would liberate the land from Roman rule.
          The Christian Messiah, Christ or anointed one, it turned out, is not concerned with a regime of one specific time or place, but rather a timeless realm, beyond history: a realm that exists and will exist only in the  'eternal present'. It's rather like the "dream time" which Joseph Campbell discusses, an archetypal time, which has nothing to do with history.
             Some Jewish friends tell me that they do not think the Messiah has come yet.
              In the year 1000 A.D. flagellants walked through medieval towns in Europe naked or in tattered clothes, whipping themselves or dragging heavy crosses. They figured it was 
Judgment Day then, ie: "The day is at hand; the end is near!"
                Only it wasn't, and it isn't.
                  Judgment Day is impossible to compute, and I think we all know that. The earth has
another 4 billion years of life in it, if all goes according to a plan that is so immense as to be
beyond our calculations as to time and place.
                Of course, if we take the notion/fact of karma seriously, every day is Judgment Day,
so we don't have to worry about dates.  As it is said, if we deserve it, we are going to get it in the end.

                  The real question is, how do we get to that golden, eternal, timeless place of definitions.


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