I don’t do either drugs or religion, so I guess I’m headed for Hell. Michael Hoffman writes at egodeath.com:
My mood of late against meditation and post-1960s American spirituality: I’m sick and tired of it, I hate it, and I’m not going to take it anymore. This nonsense and claptrap has gone on for entirely too long. If spiritual people are offended by this pointing out that the emperor has no clothes, then too damn bad for them and their feelings. It is necessary to sacrifice false spirituality in order to gain a firm grip on the straight facts.
On the whole, to concede the legitimacy of someone’s drug-free meaningful spirituality that gives meaning to their lives is, in practice, to condone lies and falsity and to encourage suppression of Truth together with suppression of entheogens. The fact is, entheogens are the source, fountainhead, wellspring and so on of all that is highest and most profound and most central in religion; *real* Christianity and *real* Buddhism and *real* esotericism are, *first and foremost*, entheogenic.
The legitimacy of drug-free spirituality is *nothing* in comparison to that of real spirituality, which is practically identical with entheogens. I grant a millionth of a percent legitimacy and efficacy to the upstart proposed alternative methods which, the bottom line is, *don’t work*. Drug-free spirituality is a failure. Any exceptions are nothing, because they just prove the rule, offering only a travesty of religion, an insult to the genuine, actual, authentic *intense* religion. There is far more than enough support to back up my adamant hardline view.
Enough lies — won’t someone, for once, tell it like it is? I wash my hands of these lies; I want nothing to do with them. There is one true path: entheogens. The other proposed paths are cheap ripoffs that are nothing in comparison: to admit as I have done that meditation is a tenth of a percent as effective as entheogens is to tell evil lies. Here I state the truth, that meditation is a millionth of a millionth as effective as entheogens, which is to say, meditation is extremely ineffective, while entheogens are extremely effective.
Put side by side, the bottom line is, meditation/contemplation is a failure, while entheogens are a success. The received dominant framework is the assumption that direct religious experiencing is rare and not entheogenic — we must yell in the streets that that is the very opposite of the truth; direct religious experiencing is potentially utterly common, and is entheogenic: the received framework is bunk, wrong, mistaken, false, and wholly and profoundly off-base.
There is no mystery about the mysteries, esotericism, and gnosis: to the extent that the mysteries, gnosis, and esotericism actually delivered on their promise of direct religious experiencing, to that exact extent, the mysteries, gnosis, and esotericism were entheogen-based. The one or two supposed exceptions only prove the rule: meditation/contemplation is entirely a mistake, a lie, futile, hopeless, a false replacement, a phony substitute that debases religious experiencing, and has to be discarded and rejected as a hypothesis about the nature of religious experiencing.
Neither I nor my audience has another minute to waste conceding legitimacy to the illegitimate, condoning confusion and error. It is a tiny slight mistake to wholly dismiss drug-free spirituality as I do, whereas it is a colossal error and lie of the first order to grant drug-free meditation/contemplation a significant amount of legitimacy.
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