the Dao of Atheism :jeffers' petroglyph, pre-dakota, minnesota : the Shaman Atheist 14/81

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Because the eye cannot see it
it is called invisible.
Because the ear cannot hear it
it is called silent.
Because the hand cannot touch it
it is called vacuum.
These three absences point to
the empty way.

Its height does not illuminate,
its depth does not obscure.
It is infinite and beyond human terms,
collapsing in upon itself as it began.
Matter within vacuum
forms within the formless.
Facing it there is no front
behind it there is no back.

Knowing the past,
move with the present.

To know the past
of the universe
is to become
its essence.

The goal of eastern religions is to free the mind and body of socially-generated attachment to symbols of reality. By freeing the mind of attachment to social and personal symbols, like money, property, sex and success, a person is liberated from their restrictions.
This is atheism.

The goal of western atheisms is to free the mind and body from submission to traditional authority posing as objective mythical truth. By freeing the mind of submission to self-claimed higher powers, like the bible, tradition, and the state, a person is liberated from authority.
This is atheism.




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