The “Western” Prohibition Against Higher Knowledge and Realization Versus the “Eastern” Advocacy of Higher Knowledge and Realization

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The “Western” Prohibition Against Higher
Knowledge and Realization Versus the “Eastern” Advocacy of Higher Knowledge and Realization

In Western (or Occidental) literature, mythology, and
religious legends, stories, and doctrines—there is a
characteristic and persistent tendency to associate a
negative connotation or result with the quest for higher
knowledge (and, altogether, with the process of esoteric
initiation, esoteric knowledge, and esoteric Realization).
In the traditional Western (or Occidental) literatures,
there is (characteristically) a “penalty” for
those who approach the Divine too closely, or who even seek
to Realize Oneness with the Divine. Indeed, the tendency to
confine human existence and human potential to the mundane,
the material, the physical, the social, and all that is
merely exoteric is the principal characteristic of the
Western mind, all of Western culture, all of Western
religion, and all that characterizes the Western (or the
“Westernizing”) and the “modern” (or the
“modernizing”) influence and tendency.

In the ancient Jewish story of the Garden of Eden, Adam
and Eve are penalized for taking the fruit of the Tree that
would give them the unique knowledge that would put them on
a par with “God”. In the myths of the ancient
Greeks, Icarus and Prometheus are punished for “getting
too close” to the sun and to fire—and, when
Bellerophon rides his winged horse, Pegasus, up to the
dwelling place of the gods, he is thrown down, because he
presumed he could attain the status of the gods. Likewise,
Jesus of Galilee is, according to tradition, said to have
been crucified for claiming Oneness with the Divine. As
these famous examples (along with many other examples)
indicate, the traditions of the West (or that, otherwise,
characterize what can be identified as the Western, or
Occidental, mentality) are typically associated with the
prohibition against higher (and, altogether, esoteric)
knowledge and Realization. Therefore, there is a basic
presumption in the traditional West (and in the characteristically Western
mind) that one must neither own too much nor know too
much—but, coincidently, the traditional West (and the
characteristically Western mind) is possessed by a
persistent fascination with owning and knowing, and even a
kind of lust to own everything and to know all.

In the characteristically Eastern (or Oriental)
traditions, the unique (or defining) characteristic is the
opposite of the unique (or defining) characteristic of the
Western (or Occidental) traditions. Therefore, in the
typical Eastern (or characteristically Oriental) traditions,
the stories, the myths, and the religious legends and
doctrines are unambiguous about the praising, the
glorifying, the seeking, and the attaining of higher (and,
altogether, esoteric) knowledge and Realization.

The characteristic tendency (and ambivalence) of the
Western mind not only shows itself in literature, mythology,
and religion, but also in the basic Western (and
characteristically “modern”) inclination toward
materialism (including scientific and political
materialism), which is an enterprise of conventional
knowledge (and of worldly power) that dogmatically eschews
and systematically excludes all that is esoteric (or all
that is metaphysical, or Spiritual, or Transcendental, or
Divine). Therefore, the West (and all that is
characteristically “modern”) is characterized by
ambivalence (and even suppressiveness) relative to higher
(and, altogether, esoteric) knowledge and Realization, and
(otherwise) by a clear preference for exoteric and
materialistic knowledge. It can even be said that Western
culture (and all of “Westernized”, or
“modern”, civilization) is founded not only on
materialism but on an actual and persistent (and gravely
limiting) fear of higher (and, altogether, esoteric)
knowledge and Realization.

By contrast, characteristically (and traditionally)
Eastern (or typically Oriental) culture and civilization is
associated with a positive and most profound orientation
toward higher (and, altogether, esoteric) knowledge and
Realization. Also, the typically Eastern (and typically
Oriental) mind and orientation is characterized by far less
interest in (or attachment to) material things than is
(otherwise) seen in the West (and, altogether, in the
“modern”, or “Westernized”, world).

In short, the West (in and of itself) is
“esophobic” (or inherently afraid of What
Transcends the conventionally known or
knowable)—whereas the East (in and of itself) is
“esophilic” (or inherently self-identified with
all that is of a higher, or, otherwise, Transcendent

Therefore, the Out-Growing of the now universalized
Western “esophobic” tendency, and its ambivalence,
its materialistic revulsion, and its suppressiveness
relative to the “esophilic” (and not merely
Eastern, but Really Spiritual, Transcendental, and
Self-Evidently Divine) process of Self-Realizing the
Condition of Reality Itself is the principal necessity for
even all of humankind in this “late” (or
“Westernized”) time and in this “dark”
(or “modern”) epoch.


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