All religions, all beliefs, play their part in this world.
They are all quite different in a sense, But they all play a role in the current global, political and moral crisis.
Whether Vedic, Egyptian, Zend, Chaldean, Jewish, Buddhist, Hinduist, Christian, Islamic, all religions have something essential in common: they all have some kind of responsibility for the misfortune of the world.
they say they are « outside » the world, or « inside »
the world, they are responsible for what they say or let say, for
what they do or let do on their behalf.
are part of the world, taking on the most eminent place, that of
judge, master and sage.
could they not be linked to the actions and speeches of their
can we not judge them as much on what they say as on what they don’t
can we not bring their great witnesses to the public arena and ask
their opinion on the state of the world, as we would on election
night or on a day of disaster?
don’t really know where the chain of prophets began or when it will
the seal of the word sealed for eternity? Who will tell?
the Messiah return? Who will see that day?
eschatology come to an end? Who will hear the final Word?
ten thousand years is not enough to lower the pride of the
presumptuous, let us give ourselves a hundred centuries or a million
millennia, just to see what will remain of the dust of words once
tables, once stones, once laws.
of names can be listed, to stimulate memories. How far back do we go?
Osiris, Melchizedek, Zoroaster, Moses, Hermes, Buddha, Pythagoras,
Isaiah, Jesus, Muhammad…
a few million years, we will see that they all shared their
differences, their aspirations, their visions, their breaths, their
does the « religion » of these prophets have to do with
« entities » now called Palestine, Israel, Saudi Arabia,
Kuwait, the United States, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Egypt,
India, Greece, China, France, Germany?
History teach us some day the essence of the difference between the
« religion » of the Khârijites, the Zaydites, the Imâmites,
the Ismaili Shi’ites and the Sunni ‘majority’ of Islam?
was really the origin of the « religion » of the Nizarrians,
and that of Hassan ibn al-Sabbah’s Assassiyoun?
is the « religion » of the Taliban?
questions are pointless, useless, apparently. There are better things
to do, as it seems, such as fighting, killing people, bombing cities,
beheading bodies, murdering children.
religions of the past illuminate the wanderings of the present and
those of the future with a special light, a premonitory aura.
slow epigenesis must be observed.
(implicit, slow) convergence must not be excluded, in the long run,
beyond their differences.
is necessary for understanding the present, as time takes its time.
who still has time to remember?
highlight, with words, curses and targeted blessings, much of the
reveal the fragility, weakness, instability, irreducible fracture of
encourage us to take a long and global perspective, to observe the
events of the day, to understand them, to anticipate their
consequences, and to overcome pain, anxiety, fatigue and the desire
for revenge, the drive for hatred.
more than fifty-five centuries, several religions have been born and
deployed in a limited geographical area, it is worth noting.
privileged area, this node of beliefs and passions, extends from the
Nile Valley to the Ganges basin, via the Tigris and Euphrates, the
Oxus, and the Indus.
changes more slowly than the hearts of mortals….
the Indus and the Oxus, which country best reflects today the past
millennia, the erased glories?
can we forget that Iran and Iraq (like Ireland) take their names from
the ancient Aryas, attesting to the ancient Indo-European ties of
Persia, Elam and Europe?
Aryas, long before they even received their « Aryan » name,
founded two major religions, the Veda in India, and the Zend Avesta
forces! Immaculate memories!
Fabre d’Olivet reports that Diagoras de Melos (5th century BC),
nicknamed « the atheist », a mocking and irreverent
character, discredited the Mysteries by disclosing and ‘explaining’
them. He even went so far as to imitate them in public. He recited
the Orphic Logos, he shamelessly revealed the Mysteries of Eleusis
and those of the Cabires.
will dare to unveil today, like Diagoras, the actual mysteries of the
world to the amazed crowds?
« Religion »
is a prism, a magnifying glass, a telescope and a microscope at the
« Religion »
is above all an anthropological phenomenon.
bring nothing to this debate, or rather ignite it without benefit to
the heart or the mind.
global anthropology of « religion » could possibly reveal
some constants of the human mind.
constants do exist. Thus, the latent, impalpable or fleeting feeling
of « mystery ».
« mystery » is not defined. It escapes any categorization.
But implicitly, indirectly, by multiplying approaches, by varying
angles, by accumulating references, by evoking the memory of peoples,
their sacredness, perhaps we sometimes manage to see the shadow of
its trace, its attenuated effluvium.
is also the idea of a unique, principal, creative divinity. It is
found in various forms, in ancient times, long before Abraham’s time,
before the Zend, even before the Veda.
again is the question of origin and death, the question of knowledge
of what we cannot know.
breath then goes through the pages of the Book of the Dead, the
manuscripts of Nag Hammadi, the hymns of Ṛg Véda or the Gāthās
of Zend Avesta? What breath, even today, runs through the world, in
a time so different from the origins?
breath, it is still possible to perceive it, to breathe its smell.
world of ideas and beliefs, distant, astonishing, serves as a
foundation for today’s world, filled with violence and lies,
populated by « saints » and murderers, wise men and prophets,
fools and crooks, death cries and « divine winds »
today, thinks the world’s destiny?
reading the Upaniṣad, let us also think of the « masters of the
world », the « gnomes » enslaved to the banks, the
political « dwarves » governing the peoples, perched on the
shoulders of centuries?
who are agitated in ignorance consider themselves wise. They run
wildly around like blind people, led by a blind man. »i
is a fact that we often observe, at the highest level, hypocrisy,
lies, baseness, cowardice, and much more rarely wisdom, courage,
it is also a fact that anything can happen, always., at any time.
is possible, on principle. The worst. The best. The mediocre. The
unspeakable. The unheard of.
world is saturated with ideas from all ages. Sometimes, from nowhere,
new forms are born, shimmering above the rubble and catacombs, relics
and hypogoria, crypts and hidden treasures.
will see these incredible visions, yet to appear?
who will be able to « meditate on what is difficult to perceive,
penetrate the secret that is deposited in the hidden place, that
resides in the ancient abyss ».
who « leave aside the joy and sorrow. »ii