Verses on Xenotechne & Theopoiesis

Alien techniques of abstraction.
Divine art of communion.

Devoid of the act of abstracting individuals
out of the concrete continuum,
There would be no congregation to commune
In the first instance.

Devoid of the desire for real communion
Between congregated individuals,
There would be no reason for abstraction
In the last instance.

Though functionally distinct, 
Xenotechne and Theopoiesis
Are basically inseparable
In their being different aspects
Of the same dynamic nexus. 

Because of their basic sameness,
If one exists so does the other, 
When one arises so does the other,
If one does not exist neither does the other,
And when one ceases so does the other. 

Because of their functional difference, 
Abstraction comes to a complete halt,
Never to arise again,
At the attainment of consummated communion.

But if abstraction is yet to come to a halt,
Real communion is yet come to be found,
Only ever found in wanting. 

Expressed in exclusion from
Or indifference to the other, 
One transforms into one’s opposite,
Doomed to endlessly wander 
In search of the excluded other. 

Expressed instead as inseparable aspects
Of the same dynamic nexus, 
The (un)holy matrimony of xenotechne and theopoiesis
Eternally guarantees boundless, endless, limitless
Communion in perpetuity.

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  1. Ha! Wonderful! I’ve tried this sort of thing myself, inspired by the madhyamaka, which has produced the most profound prayers/invocations and blessings out of unashamedly difficult philosophical speculations. One of the most helpful has to be Tsong Khapa’s “Praise of Buddha Shakyamuni for his Teaching of Relativity: The Short Essence of Eloquence”.

    An even more profound verse, perhaps, is Padma Sambhava’s “The Three Body Mentor Yoga: The Natural Liberation Not Ceasing the Three Poisons”, especially the brilliant translation by Robert Thurman which you can find in Thurman’s “Essential Tibetan Buddhism”.

    I have often wondered why I find this piece so inspiring. Terence Blake’s recent posts have helped me shed light on it’s appeal. It has fused deep philosophical speculation with an intense imaginal invocation of personified presence and a deep reverence and compassion. Terence’s posts have opened up a new avenue of research for me by showing that what the Western Tradition calls the soul or psyche is essentially a process of pre-personal imaginal personification of primal forces and energies equivalent to Buddhism’s “Beatific Body”. (The “Triple Body” tradition, the Christian “Blessed Trinity” tradition and the Celtic “Triple Goddess” tradition are strangely in agreement.)
    I haven’t commented on the content but, as always, I find it all intriguing and food for future thought.
    Anyway, I hope you continue sometimes in this vain.


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