Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The New Enlightenment Pt. 6

The Struggle Of Balancing The Yin and The Yang
Q: Tiger, you’ve been a master of control your entire life, how did things get so out of control?

Woods: Going against your core values, losing sight of it. I quit meditating, I quit being a Buddhist, and my life changed upside down. I felt entitled, which I had never felt before. Consequently, I hurt so many people by my own reckless attitude and behavior.

Tiger Woods has made more than a splash of late with the revelation of his multiple adulterous acts and subsequent offer of millions of dollars to his wife, Elin, to stay married instead of leave. Although many debated over whether Elin should have stayed and whether Tiger was serious, he has insistently claimed that his failure was due in part because he had left his "core values" associated with and relating to Buddhism.

Those of eclectic belief systems such as Oprah Winfrey and Eckhart Tolle which I have featured in various articles on this site, hold that all paths lead to the same God and there is really no reason to distinguish the differences between religion and religious thought. For many, all religions have valuable insights, sayings and teachings whereby humankind can be benefited and individuals seeking personal improvements can be benefited.

The More Things Change...

Unknowingly, what many espouse is a modern and revamped  form of Shamanism which is having a serious awakening within the Christian church, the educational arena, personal empowerment gurus and many religious fringe groups claiming to be Christian under the guise of spiritual coaching or spiritual guidance services. I'll do an article specifically on Shamanism and how it effects the modern Christian church in the near future, but I don't believe that there is anything more dangerous than the trend that has emerged and been given endorsement and credibility among biblically illiterate and non-discerning Christians. What we face is a total redefinition of the Christian faith whereby the word is interpreted in the light of personal experience and not on the basis of it's context and command.

The Religion Of Star Appeal

It should be of no surprise to the church that the differences between Christianity and Buddhism have never been blurred as thoroughly as it has been within this "pop" generation culture. However upon careful examination we can see a vast and distinguishable difference that cannot be reconciled.

The differences are especially revealing in some of Tiger Woods' statements pertaining to why he felt he failed and fell into adultery in his marriage. His statements show the true nature of Buddhism and why, as a religion, it is wholly incompatible with Christianity and (although this is a free country) not a belief system that a true believer in a biblical paradigm or worldview could ever encourage or endorse as being helpful to the spiritual and emotional well being of individuals.


First it should be known that although Buddhism is a religion it is not a religion that hails a deity outside of the individual self. The "deliverer"  within Buddhism is found deep within one's own self. According to Buddhist mystics, from time to time there are individuals who have reached a certain state or condition among men who arrive to help, aid or assist men in getting on the right or correct path balancing the Ying and The Yang (good and bad nature or cause and effect) The concepts of Buddhism are popular and deeply ingrained within American culture. From cartoons such as Lilo and Stitch to movies such as 'The Avatar' (meaning gods come to earth ~ the special helpers who appear to get man back on track then remove themselves) was no less than a cultural immersion or techno-baptism into Buddhism and many of Buddhism's tenets. Here's what one popular Buddhist web site says about the movie Avatar:
"The movie Avatar is an excellent way to explain the profound teachings of Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism. The reason that Avatar is an excellent way to explain Nichiren Daishonin's teachings is because this film used the most advanced film technology in the history of mankind to tell the writer's story. Because this film evokes our greatest and keenest senses we are able to use this film as a model to explain the teachings of Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism. Avatar is the ultimate science fiction movie and from the prospective of science, religions in the world cannot measure up to scrutiny and evaluation of cognitive reason, other than the profound teachings of Nichiren Daishonin. The ultimate Buddhist teaching of Nichiren Daishonin begins with the phase Nam Myoho Renge kyo. Nam means (devotion) Myo means (mystic) Ho means (law) Renge (Lotus or simultaneous of cause and effect) Kyo means (Sutra or teachings). The very essence of Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism deals with the absolute law of "CAUSE and EFFECT." The Buddhist teachings of Nichiren Daishonin explains life and all phenomena in a teaching called Ichinen Sanzen which literally means 3000 worlds in a single moment of life. All phenomena can be explained by Ichinen sanzen. Click on picture above to learn more about the movie Avartar and more about the director's vision of this movie. James Cameron used this movie to make a statement about life, religion and universal teachings and understanding about life and our human existence. Because this movie deals with life we call this a Buddhist movie." ~ Proudblackbuddhist.org
Within Buddhism The sub-conscious mind is the place that houses the god within Buddhism...It's "the god in me"... as Mary Mary would pronounce.  That god is awakened through chanting and reached and shaped through and by meditation and adherence to wisdom teachings and sayings. It's this aspect of Buddhism that  Tina "What's Love Got To Do With It?" Turner claims that is responsible for saving her life and providing her personal success. Watch teh following video as she displays how she chants to awaken the inner self:


There is diversity in Buddhism and many varying schools of thought as it pertains to the application of Buddhism. As one should expect, Buddhism is  also effected by racism, classism and a schism between Buddhist Hindus (generally whites) and Buddhist  Africans (generally blacks).

Strangely this affirms the the biblical tenet that if god is in self, we find that self is also full of contradiction through dissension, racism, variance and strife and cannot in and of itself save itself. This concept of self contradiction and internal struggle reveals the nature of Yin-Yang, which is primarily the struggle of good and evil within one entity. The concept of yin-yang further states that good cannot exist without evil and neither can evil without good. the two are inextricably woven together for eternity the good (yang, male, sun) only managing the bad (yin, female, moon).  

Yin-Yang is defined as follows:

"Negative (female) and positive (male) complementary forces of the universe central to Chinese thought since perhaps as early as 1,000 BCE." ~ Eastern Philosophy Dictionary On Yin,Yang

"Opposite but balancing male and female principles - yin is female (Moon) energy, negative and passive; yang is male (Sun) energy, positive and active" ~ Magic Shamanism Dictionary On Yin, Yang

"Principle of polarity in Chinese cosmology, in which the opposite poles eventually blend and become one another in a cosmic connectedness" ~ Zen and Buddhism Dictionary on Yin and Yang
"Chinese names referring to the active and passive principles of the universe. Yin refers to the female or [in-active] negative force; Yang to the male or active force. These two polar forces continually interplay with each other. The words are used to describe the constant How of motion and change in the universe (i.e., the "Tao") ~ New Age Dictionary on Yin/Yang

"Taoist terms referring to the active and passive principles of the universe.

  • Yin refers to the female or (in-active) negative force;

  • Yang to the male or active force.
These two polar forces continually interplay with each other. Both are necessary and both must be harmonized for proper function. This Yin and Yang also flow through the human body so that a balance is required to maintain health." ~ New Age Spirituality Dictionary on Yin/Yang

"Yang (Chinese) The bright aspect -- as the sunny side of a hill -- in contrast to yin, the dark side. In mystic Chinese literature and in Taoism, yang is associated with the masculine aspect, while yin refers to the feminine aspect. Thus tao is regarded as the interaction of the revolving changes produced by the yang and yin: yang referring to immaterial, celestial force and substance; yin, to material equivalents. 

Popularly everything of a beneficial aspect is associated with yang, while everything of maleficent tendency is related to yin. However, this limits the original conception of yang and yin as forming the two contrasted sides of the universe, for one cannot exist without the other, and each in its own way is as important as the other." ~ Spiritual - Theosophy Dictionary on Yang

"Yin (Chinese) The dark aspect, as the shady side of a hill, while yang means the bright or sunny side. In Taoist and mystic Chinese literature, used philosophically as the opposite of the light side of nature or yang; thus yin is said to be the female aspect, often mistakenly called the weak side. Chinese scholars have described tao as the annual revolution of changes produced by the yin and yang. The yin is popularly assimilated with the earth, which is cold and dark. Yin is considered as the binary, while yang is the unitary (SD 2:554)." ~ Spiritual - Theosophy Dictionary on Yin

And the list goes on and on...

Quick Note: Notice how the "yin" and female is declared as being negative. The male or "yang" is declared as being good. It is interesting that from a psychological standpoint adultery and certain forms of sexual abuse can be a reflection of how one views the opposite sex. There is evidence that sexual impropriety and abuse, such as what we see in this case, is the result of how a person devalues the opposite sex. Another aspect is the value that a person assigns to themselves. In other words a person doesn't abuse what they value even from a sexual standpoint.   


Within Buddhism sheer determination and will shapes and controls circumstance and reality. Chanting and meditation is what awakens the core being to overcome fleshly struggles.  This is why meditation is such an important part of Buddhism and why Tina and Tiger often refer to the practice of chanting and meditation when talking about their personal struggles and how they will overcome. Here is Tiger Woods from a 2008 interview:
"I practice meditation -- that is something that I do, that my mum [sic] taught me over the years. We also have a thing we do every year, where we go to temple together," he said. "In the Buddhist religion you have to work for it yourself, internally, in order to achieve anything in life and set up the next life. It is all about what you do and you get out of it what you put into it. So you are going to have to work your butt off in every aspect of your life." ~ The Buddhist Channel May 2008
Conclusion

This is certainly not an exhaustive analysis of Buddhism neither is it meant to be. That sort of critique would certainly take years of study to do a thoroughly adequate job. However, what this particular segment reveals is the difference between the God of scripture (The Bible) and the god of Buddhism and enlightened human consciousness and the difference between what the problem of man actually is and how to fix it.

The God of the bible is not a man

Numbers 23:19 ~"God [is] not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do [it]? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?"

The God of the bible is an immaterial deity with extension in space and time and can be defined as a person based on his self-awareness and relationship to his creation. Buddhism does not know of this concept.

The God of the bible is the creator of all material and immaterial realities both known and unknown. However the God of the bible has only made evil possible not actual. Because of the creation of freewill agents he has made evil possible, but those agents by their choice made evil actual. This is vastly different from the concepts within Buddhism and the worldview that Tiger Woods espouses. Within Buddhism there seems to be a fatalistic determinism whereby evil and good are unendingly woven together each serving the purpose and convenience of the individual, taking turns and supposedly promoting the greater good, but evil, like a wild animal must remained chained. This concept is foreign to God:

James 1:13 ~"Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:"

Neither sin nor evil are tools formed by God and thrust upon man and mankind. They are the unavoidable ancillary product of the impersonal force of evil who's power is obliterated through faith in the shedding of Jesus blood for remission of sins:

Ephes. 2:1-9 ~ "And you [hath he quickened], who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2-Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3-Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. 4-But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5-Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6-And hath raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus: 7-That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 8-For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: 9-Not of works, lest any man should boast."


The God of the scriptures, though physically distinct from man, yet shares a unique relationship with man embracing man, providing for and meeting the deep emotional needs of man. These needs are only recognized by HIM because he created the individual and knows it in its full scope and being. The god, gods and or goddesses of Buddhism who are products of personal thoughts and aspirations in conflict with human desires and emotions, are impersonal, and limited in their knowledge and wisdom and have no healing power. In fact they do not attempt to display any ability or power over sickness, disease, death, the grave or any of the things that are associated with God as a creator. Within Christianity, God although separate from his creation is yet intimately involved within his creation intervening personally and physically, superseding what is known as natural law at times. This is called miracles. God's creation is not HIM but is an extension of HIS acts and will.

Within Buddhism god like actions are within the person struggling and waiting to come forward. The good is always dependent upon the bad and struggling for freedom. There cannot be true liberation without ritual and certain personal and self motivations. Within Christianity the flesh contains nothing to be desired, cannot be trusted and apart from God is the place where sin resides. When we say flesh, we mean more than the physical flesh or material nature of man, it is the spirit or heart of man that is evil and without hope on it's own. therefore flesh includes a deeper essence of the nature or heart of man:

Matthew 15:19 ~ "For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies"

Adultery is much more deep than a chant can reach. It is much further than where meditation can go or traverse. What can wash away my sins? NOTHING but the blood of Jesus!

Only Christ provides liberation and freedom from the flesh and what the flesh desires. The overcoming ability over adultery does not come from chanting and meditation. Those actions cannot go deep enough to reach the problem. there is no human convention that can reach this place. Therefore there can be no true liberation within Buddhism. It is insufficient to provide such and only designed to "tame the beast" of evil and sensual desire. As Paul states this is the plight of the man without Christ:

Romans 7:18 ~"For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but [how] to perform that which is good I find not."

In Christ our wrestling with evil and sin, is not like our wrestling before we met Christ. Now, we have a hope and a strength beyond ourselves. Previously we had neither. the world of positive self-talk, affirmations, meditation, alpha states and all are powerless in dealing with a stronghold. With Christ, there is relief, and freedom and a lifting of the burden of sin and shame, in addition there is a blessing and a promise of  freedom. Thus the true sense of freedom is found in Christ. From the fleshly nature at it's core, a true change of heart and mind.  

2 Corinthians 5:17 ~"Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."

In conclusion there is no work, meditation or chant that can give us our core value. Paul in speaking to the Galatians expressed this fact indicating that circumcision, which was a work of the flesh, familiar to the Jews for acceptance, was worthless in the true presence of God. remember that Paul was a former Pharisee proud of his heritage, but more proud of what he had found within Christ Jesus.

Galatians 6:15 ~ "For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature."

The End Of The Interview:

I almost forgot this part, that I found unusually interesting:
Q: I noticed you’re wearing a bracelet, can we see it?
Woods: Yeah.

Q: What does it mean?
Woods: It’s Buddhist, it’s for protection and strength and I certainly need that.

Q: When did you start wearing it?
Woods: Before I went into treatment.

Q: Will you be wearing it during the Masters?
Woods: Absolutely.

Q: For the rest of your life?
Woods: Absolutely.
The bracelet represents protection and strength. Although you will find a Buddhist bracelet on Tiger's wrist for the rest of his life as he claims, you won't find a wedding ring anytime. Up until now, he's against wearing his ring especially while he's playing golf. Aside from all that, the works of the flesh can't be wharted off with a charm. I'd advise Tiger to come to Jesus, only he can save you from what you're dealing with!

Blessed!

3 comments:

  1. Tina Turner said the sound makes contact with the Chakras...her reference seems like she is practicing a form of Tibetan Buddhism...which is yet diferent from the Indian Tantric Buddhism from which it came.

    I'm sooooooo glad that Jesus came!

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  2. I'm equally as disturbed as you are about the shifts the church is making in incorporating so many elements of Anti-christian faiths...I like how you put it, but it is the babes in Christ who are not going to notice and are most likely to suffer for it...

    I'm quite interested in your future posting on shamanism. I got caught in a five year romantic relationship with someone who went to my churchcogic but called himself a shaman (I didn't know what that was); God showed me that he was heavy in witchcraft and I, as disobedient, as ever, found out the hard way--after a few years, I had to move to another state to escape this brother. I thank God that he always gives warning before destruction and he never gives up on us! But I'm saddened to know that only two people picked up on it--my pastor and his wife--other people, including myself, were not aware of his hidden agenda, largely because the language all the different religions use can be quite misleading. If the church is ever in need of discernment, it is now!

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  3. Daughterzion,

    Thank you for your commentary and welcome to the site.

    You are absolutely correct. The babes in Christ are effected because they receive the wrong diet from the beginning and it will affect their growth and there service towards God.

    All too often we are into what "talents" which is really the ability to entertain, rather than what 'substance" that a person has. The church has been lulled to sleep and accepts false doctrine and teachings of those calling what they give a "revelation". nothing is further from the truth...revelation enlightens, and drives to Jesus and deeper into his word. What we have received is a claim to know God, which is in actuality just a form of Godliness with no power.

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