Talk of Pop Spirituality
In the beginning, a disciple in search of meaningful insight looked for a teacher to help him awaken the flame. To gain strength and a will more masterful than his own required that he make a conscious sacrifice to the authority of those ahead of him. This entreaty, once consummated, became the presumptive devotee’s first act of “conscious” will and the beginning of a lifetime of equitable service and study.
The modernist world of popspirituality refutes this premise. Pop-spiritualists celebrate self-help, self-potential, self-fulfilment, self-praise, selfishness, a marauding corporal egoism at labour to gain popular acceptance by semantic manipulation and progressive marketing. Rather than contribute personal responsibility towards the well-being of the whole, popspiritualists promulgate an “I-I-I”, “me-me-me” canon.
Pop-spirituality is a trend created by market forces…but pop-spiritualists mistakenly believe that an individual, if he is truly individual, cannot mislead himself. But there is a difference between honest and dishonest spirituality, between real and imagined revelation. Because pop-spirituality is fashionable and followers of fashion must follow, pop-spirituality cannot create a mature leadership; it cannot enlighten our lone moment of death.
Having scant recourse to the mysteries, traditions of proven knowledge or self-sacrifice, pop-spirituality is paradigmatic of harbingers forecasting an inevitable rendezvous with the last disciple.