This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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Fundamental psychomachy

We say that the spirit ‘is’ and the soul ‘becomes’ because as is generally admitted, the soul is mutable and can be cleansed or tarnished by what the person does. It is the soul that must be ‘regenerated’ via salvation. For this reason it has been said that the soul ‘is not’ because that which is constantly becoming is never the same thing from moment to moment. “How can that which is never in the same state ‘be’ anything?”[1] “‘Ego’ has no real meaning because it is perceived only for an instant”,[2] i.e., does not last for even so long as two consecutive moments. This is why the ego is but a ‘personification’ of a ceaseless chain of decisions and behaviors; the thing referred to when we say ‘I’ never stays the same in this life and so never truly ‘is’ except as a postulation. To put it in other terms, the ego or more accurately the soul itself is not real but only has the potential to become real, and to become real is to be saved, and the alternative is to becomes less and less real and then cease to exist.

There is only one way to become real: “I live, yet not I, but Christ in me.” But what does this require of us? “He who does not hate his own soul…” The soul must be lost if it is to be saved, and that is why the Hindus say of the soul (the lesser ‘self’): “That is not my Self.” This lesser self, this soul, with its likes and dislikes and being as it is subject to constant vacillation and persuasion, the mind that drives us in those moments when we say ‘I was not in my right mind,’ must be sacrificed so that the Self might live in its place. Thus, Jacob Boehme said: “not I, the I that I am, knows these things, but God in me.”

The only way to become real is to become One with the One Reality, with God, apart from whom there is no life.

[1] Plato, Cratylus, 439B; Theatetus, 152D; Symposium, 207D.

[2] Vivekacudamani of Sri Sankaracharya, 293, Swami Madhavananda, tr. Almora, 3rd ed., 1932.

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