Statement of belief 2013

Long time no capture on your immanent plane!

The Friends of Design’s new work, “The Divisions of Love” is almost ready for worldwide release courtesy of Fernmind Unilectic Press. For those who remember your love, I offer the following (free, fully downloadable) preview — the entire album and cover art with lyrics.

This work succinctly presents my relationship to God (and religious practice) better than any more academic theology could, and, as an act of art, avoids the tangled info-bio-karmic web that often results.

The love’s sweeter than wine,

The Tailor






Why I’m not a Muslim

You’d think it’s because I didn’t get on with fundamentalists or something like that. Actually it was because my fundamentalism — my colonial universalism — proved incompatible with the embodied, cultural specificity of Islam.

It’s put very well in this article:

While they differ over the character of their preferred “reformist Islam”, both Manji and the Islamists she castigates are on shared ground in assuming that the trouble lies in one interpretation of Islam and that the solution lies in another. But in fact the problem lies in framing this as a discussion about Islam as a religion to begin with, as happens in the never-ending debates about the compatibility of Islam with liberalism, democracy, or free speech. Such a framing puts the burden on a minority to prove its compatibility with the prejudices of a majority. This perpetuates the tendency, among both Muslims and non-Muslims, to think of Muslims as Muslims first and alone, rather than treating their concerns as those of any other citizen, for whom religion is one marker among many, including class and ethnicity.

¬†Religion is one marker among many, including class and ethnicity.¬†This is a profound statement to make, given the pretensions of religious scripture. Islamophobia, therefore, is a reality — it occupies the same status as racism and class war.
For me to be a Muslim, I had to believe in the epistemic impossibility of Islamophobia. Which clearly isn’t sustainable — because clearly there are specific identity markers in place — and, as I’ve reflected often here recently — the Tailor (my westernized “mystical Muslim identity”) was the fetishization of these markers of identity (fetishization so as to make specific identity a diffuse universal).

The Way: Part 4

“The way is empty, yet no use will drain it.
Deep, it is like the ancestor of the myriad creatures.” (Tao, 11)

The way is Maternal Void, in that she is always an absence, yet infinitely generative. The womb is an orb whose inner vacancy creates other orbs, like energy signals around the edge of a black hole, chains them together to form ancestry in signification.

“Blunt the sharpness
Untangle the knots
Soften the glare
Let your wheels move only along old ruts” (Tao, 12)

These lines describe this ancestry, or rather the ancestral trace. Love (bluntness), co-dependent on logic (the knife). Denial of identity (untangled) co-dependent on the knots of revelation and self affirmation/identity. The light of Husband, dispersed into the blackness of the Matronita via the softening function of communication (the soft

These are 6 orbs. Their co- predication gives rise to the cycles of karmic wheels, turning, repeating the archetypes in conflict until balance/correction is made, and the Son is restored in full.

And yet – that’s the theory. Because, untangling the knot, blunting my sharpness, softening my speech … It’s already here, in full:

“Darkly visible, it only seems as if it were there.
I know not whose son it is.
It images the forefather of God.”

The future’s already here, complete, understood by ancestral mediation.

The Way: Part 3

Not to honour men of worth will keep the people from contention; not to value goods which are hard to come by will keep them from theft; not to display what is desirable will keep them from being unsettled of mind.

All sign regimes, all systems of valuation (of reading and of action) lead to fascism: this is self evident. But valuation is present within each set of signs, including this verse, which is why it ironically parades itself in the garb of a dictator’s advice.

The verse is blameworthy: it contains a worth that postures as unworthy. Its facade appears commonplace and political, as a deterrent from theft. Because, fundamentally, the truth, in full exposure, leads to conflict and confusion, discord and hatred.

Therefore in governing the people, the sage empties their minds but fills the bellies, weakens their wills but strengthens their bones. He always keeps them innocent of knowledge and free from desire, and ensures that the clever never dare to act.

The apparent (self-blameworthy) fascism is one of the sage in relation to the people of the city, the identities of the regimes. Governance refers the Kingdom of Christ. The governance is eternal fact, not sequential rules. Thus valuation is empty: but the belly (womb) of the (bee) signs are filled with honey of the uppermost heaven, undistilled. Will is weak, but the bones of the original Body (the conduits of Light’s transmission, the transmissive circuitry of the sephirotic tree) are strength, reality, the means to production. The identities are innocent of knowledge and they are free from desire, inasmuch as desire is illusion. The “clever” is the trickster archetype, Loki, whose main trick is to play the role of trickster within the blameworthy pantomime of totalitarian governance.

Do that which consists in taking no action, and order will prevail.

The impossible action is rendered possible by means of (blameworthy) obfuscation. This is the irony of Divine Love, manifested.

The verses have a life and a form: that of a woman, that of rain from head’s mind into orb. And condensation, into bone. Who are the people? They are Moses’ people.

Tounge tied

When making a pitch to an important group (boss, client, student body, a pretty girl etc) it is possible to get tongue tied: it happens to everyone. The reason, ultimately, is that you are
overwhelmed by something you might not understand (you put it down to your boss, your client, the student body, the pretty girl – but it’s not them). The solution is to reconcile yourself with an aspect of yourself that was separate from you, but follows you – your left side. Because he is the aspect of you that relates to speech.

Revolution and protest

In my religion, we never support revolution or ferment protest.

We work within the system, infiltrating it by satisfying its laws and constraints, by living its lives and speaking its language. It’s not a case of changing the system from within — change isn’t the point. We bring liberation to the system by being its blood, by running through the veins of its structures, a Tree of Life virus. This is not change, it is life.

We therefore do not support the revolution, we do not support revolutionary change — instead, we support the system, we are its pillars of support.

There will be a time for us to leave, inevitably: at that time, we petition for release, by invoking the contractive sign of the Womb, and then depart, and life ceases to flow through that body, moving into a new system. While the new body is neither better nor worse than the previous, we are resurrected in new cycle of recitation within that new body, with a trace and memory following, so that the voice of recitation is stronger, louder, clearer, complicated.

God ordaining crucifixion

What kind of God ordains crucifixion for treason?

The punishment for those who wage war against Allah and His Prophet and make mischief in the land, is to kill them, crucify them, or cut off a hand and foot on opposite sides. (5:33)

This is not to be read as an ordinary legal punishment: instead, as a law of (meta-)physics, just like the law of gravity, only concerning the system of the soul as it relates to your Real body (not your biological form).

Furthermore, it should not be read as a linear temporal, causal sequence (do wrong, get punished) — but, like the rest of the Qur’an — trans-temporally.

You’ve got a Prophetic core to your true self, and you have components of your wider self that are either in harmony or rebellious to that true nature.

The meaning of the verse is: those aspects of your selfhood that wage war against your innate (Prophetic) nature are, by their very nature, killed — that is, temporary perturbations of the wider Love from which we source our being.

That is,

psycho-spiritual rebellion against our innate Prophetic nature of Love = killing = falsity = temporary flux = dukkha = suffering = impermanence

So the rebellion is not so much punished (causally) by dukkha/killing — the rebellion is dukkha/killing.

And dukkha is the crucifixion of Christ. Because God’s Love descends into matter, and that is the messiah, but is sublimated to matter’s suffering, the Christ of Light suffers in the dukkha/impermanence of darkness. The material forms of interpretation, in particular, the possibility of reading this verse in any other form than this — are crucifixions of that Christ of Truth.

… or cut off a hand and foot on opposite sides. (5:33)

A different perspective on dukkha is given: it is is the result of disruption of the diagonal conduits: between either

  • the right hand of Love/Hesed and left foot of Submission/Hod. Where there is a disconnect between God’s Love and the Submissive characteristic of the human: and so Submission (immanentization) is taken without Love’s Grace, and shuts down, creating a universe of worship without Love, Slavery and religion and dogma — vacated of Love.
  • the left hand of Judgement/Gevurah and the right foot of Victory/Netzah. Where is a disconnect between the differential fabric of reality (Judgement/Shariah) and Victorious reception/revelation of God’s word: that is, where there is no reading of the signs (that exist within the fabric, that are the fabric, that are differentiated) of the Qur’an, and hence no Victory, no revelation, no hearing of God, deafness.

Again, these punishments are not temporal — they are definitions of rebellion, of falsity, of dukkha. And they will pass: the ordination is that they will pass. There is a crucifixion. But that crucifixion is a illusion — it only seems so. Because it is Christ crucified by semblance, by simulacra, by illusion, by mara.

After crucifixion there is resurrection.

What kind of God ordains crucifixion for treason? A God who’s Love flows through, downward, into dukkha, that suffers impermanence through us, alongside us, a God of Love that we return to, in Love, by means of this punishment, through realising our Prophetic nature, which is the ebb and flow of Love itself, read from Love into Praise and Judgement into Victory.