Sunday, March 7, 2010
I am currently working on my wedding vow. I am blown away at the scope of the task: I have to tell Jen in the space of 3-6 sentences that I love her and that I want to be with her for the rest of our lives. Actually, now that I wrote that it seems simple, but how many times do you get to tell someone something of this magnitude? How many vows do we take in life?
Though I currently do not subscribe to any organized religion I do feel very spiritual. I view this whole existence as an emanation of God. We are all divine beings, we are all equal, we are all one and the same.
I find that middle eastern religions and philosophies closely correlate to my own feelings. One of the images of love that really strike a chord with me are those depictions of Buddhist Gods and Goddesses in a sexual embrace. This union is a symbol of ultimate enlightenment, the joining of male wisdom and female insight. A personification and deification of the yin and yang. I don't think Christianity has an equivalent depiction. I believe that Christianity does not portray women or sexuality in a positive light. Sexual awakening is our original sin, our nakedness brings us shame, painful childbirth is a punishment for eating fruit from the knowledge of good and evil.
The Buddhists have a healthy view of sexuality as opposed to the sexual repression seen in Christianity. I enjoy seeing my love, my wife, as a deity to be worshiped. We are gods and goddesses in shells of flesh. It is through this ephemeral body we are able to enjoy life's pleasures and seek ultimate truth.
here is a link about the Tantric view: http://www.kheper.net/topics/Buddhism/tantra.html