[To become more vast, more complete, more powerful than the trivial life of a thousand painful limitations and imperfections and sorrows in which we live now—that’s the authentic Religion. by RY Deshpande on Thu 28 Aug 2008 Profile Permanent Link Re: Sri Aurobindo and the Future of Humanity: Integral Yoga--a Religion? 9:00 AM]
[Genuine religion is a kind of absolute defense against bad ideologies, from the violent aggression of Nazism to the passive aggressiveness of blind Obamism. Conversely, virtually all bad ideologies -- the ones that do real damage -- become pseudo-religions, drawing on religious energy and emotion in the absence of religion.
Genuine religion puts one in touch with first principles that define man qua Man, and allow one to understand the adage, "as above, so below." But false religions such as Darwinism or Leftism always either obscure their first principles or fail to draw them out. As a result, they can't help lying, whether consciously or unconsciously. Hitler and Radical Darwinism: As Below, So Above f rom One Cosmos by Gagdad Bob at 12:14 PM ]
Religion is a safe shelter for children till they are able to think for themselves. As an amalgam of ethics and aesthetics, it offers them umpteen labyrinths for hermeneutic engagement on the one hand, while a definite history and metaphysics provides the much needed rootedness, on the other. Perhaps the same can also be said of the attitude of the aged, the weak, and the unschooled towards religion. It also serves as a lever of empowerment against atrophied hierarchies.
Savitri Era Religion is more inclined towards this emancipatory aspect in a socio-political sense instead of the phony spiritual “supertalk.” Spiritual attainment, it must be remembered, is a long drawn process, and can come only through the religion route. [TNM]