Monday, 29 May 2017

Who Is The Lord?

SM Stirling, The Scourge Of God (New York, 2009), Prologue.

Wiccans invoke seasonal deities and plan to question the Powers. At this time of night, I will not analyze the text but will ask a question that is relevant to many passages in works by Poul Anderson and SM Stirling. Because of the immemorial custom of my ancestors, I spontaneously address the source of all things as "Lord." However, in some cosmologies, the universe is beginningless, therefore sourceless. And, if there were a source, would it be a (still existent) person? IMO, no. So is there any other person that we might address, like the Isvara of the Yoga Sutras, a special kind of being, perennially free, the teacher of the earliest teachers? Isvara is (i) not a Creator and (ii) IMO hypothetical. Patanjali recognized devotion to Isvara as a kind of yoga. However, devotional practices can occur, and may have beneficial psychophysical effects, whether or not the object of devotion exists. Isvara might be a concept, a focus, an ideal or a "higher fiction" (Alan Moore). But I still express awe, gratitude and remorse by saying "Lord."

1 comment:

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

But I don't believe the universe is beginningless, hence without a source and thus eternal. That seems to be merely lapsing into pantheism, the belief the cosmos is God. I still argue there had to be a beginning to the universe and that it was created by a Person, called God.