Ana l-Haqq


Ana l-Haqq: ‘I am God Itself!’. These famous words deeply entrenched in the psyche of the Sufi Mystic, were uttered in Baghdad by Mansur al-Hallaj [922 CE] a Persian Mystic who was was arrested and executed forthwith for saying it. [Impaled they say, meriting the full wrath of God.]

The compromise to ‘Son of God’ in the early Christian schools which were under continuous threat, lowers to an even more restrained ‘Slave of God’, in the face of the ready and righteous jurists patrolling the Islamic terrain.

The scribes and poets rarely went so far as to claim ‘I am God Itself!’ In the cultures that housed them this was blasphemy. But a few did go that extra step-and paid with their lives.

Jalaluddin Rumi [1207-1273 CE] the Sufi poet and a founder of the Mevlevi School wrote of the event:

Men and Women imagine that Ana l-Haqq: ‘I am God Itself!’ is a presumptuous claim, whereas the really presumptuous claim is to say Ana l-abd: ‘I am the slave of God’, for [the latter] affirms two existences, his own and that of God.

But he who says ‘I am God Itself!’, has exited, has given himself up and holds: ‘I am naught, He is the All; there is no Being but God.”

It was, Rumi properly believed, the greater humility, the higher self-naughting.


Mawlānā Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Rūmī [Byzantine Roma; 1207-1273 CE] and his exquisite mystical poetry is by reliable accounts among the most widely read of any author in today’s United States, lead by an intensely loyal female following [See: ‘Give Me Rumi’s ‘Beloved’!‘].

Of some interest, this most gentle of mystical poets would technically be an Afghan, among the most violent places on the planet today. The country was not always this way. Two of the most prominent Buddhist Scholar Monks, Asanga and Vasubandhu [circa 300 CE] were of Afghan origin and much of the country was once Hindu-Buddhist.

The First Synod of Nicea


Athanasius of Alexandria [296-373]Athanasius convened the first Synod of Nicaea in 325 A.D, the first Ecumenical meeting of the Catholic Church,  under Constantine, whose own conversion elevated an heretofore obscure persecuted cult to an empire-spanning faith propagated under a Pax Romana.

Opening the synod Athanasius declared:
‘God became man in order that man becomes God’.

This seminal idea was later elaborated in mythic language by the Kabbalah of the Sephardic Jews, and is at the core of denouement in every mystical parallel of Abrahamic Religions.

Athanasius’ proclamation was a provocatively incorrect stance for a man of the Church. He was not granted an easy passage. A charged debate ensued and it was finally [but not unanimously] agreed that a new major doctrine that ironed out various conflicting minor anomalies was indeed needed.

And the new doctrine said:‘Christ was of one substance with the Father’

Jesus is not just a historical [Yeshua, Lesus, Joshua] or mythical [Mashiah, Kristos, Christ] figure. Jesus is not even a simple idea. Jesus in fact, is a defiant contradiction. For ‘Jesus’, it said: ‘is both God and Man.’

The Creed of Nicaea was the first uniform statement of doctrine for the Catholic Church. Much of the mountainous pile of later theological writing focused on making sensible this and other irritating antinomies that kept erupting, sneaking their way past the stern guards stationed at the door of orderly Church interpretation.

Naturally, this leads to even greater absurdity: ‘How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?’


To be a True Christian is to be able to ride that contradiction and allow it to take you where it will.

Or else you can blink, look away and pretend it was all an error. A moment of dulled vision from ancient men not blessed with the arching insights of the modern age.

Inner-Selves and Outer-Gods


‘Nothing can see itself. I need to be a ‘Self’ to see the ‘Universe’. The ‘Universe’ is seen. Ergo, there must be a ‘Me’ that see’s it.’ [From: ‘Nothing Can See Itself‘]

There are three obvious ways this condition gets satisfied. [There are more but this is enough for present purposes]:

I can begin with the Axioms of Sight, work the ‘Backward Step, and arrive at Shūnyam. The condition itself dissolves and the Story ends.

Second, I stop-short an inch and posit an ‘Inner Self’, the sophisticated and strained Nirguṇa Brahman of Vedantha.

Third, I can stop-short an inch and posit an ‘Outer God’ of the Abrahamic Traditions, one deeply steeped in tribal myth and mystical cloudburst. [What would come under the category of a Sanskritic Avatar.]


‘Inner-Selves’ and ‘Outer-Gods’ once identified can go in and out. The universe then is simply a creation of the inner deity, the inner-self merely a plant of ‘God’.

There are a hundred different routes a short-stop can take. But a variant of the latter two are the most common. And the tentacles of each short-stop have a far reach.

For example there is no a priori reason why all things should originate from a center. When the Scientists work towards a grand ‘Unified Theory’ [a long suffering ambition] or the Linguists towards a common source of all Language, they are standing atop a fundamentally religious idea, although it is never so acknowledged. We look at many of these in later Posts.

‘God and Self’
Violating the Silence

‘Thunder Perfect Mind’


‘I was sent forth from the power,
and I have come to those who reflect upon me,

Do not be ignorant of me anywhere or any time.
Be on your guard!
Do not be ignorant of me.

For I am the first and the last.
I am the honored one and the scorned one.
I am the whore and the holy one.
I am the wife and the virgin.
I am the mother and the daughter…

I am the silence that is incomprehensible
and the idea whose remembrance is frequent.
I am the voice whose sound is manifold
and the word whose appearance is multiple.
I am the utterance of my name…

For I am knowledge and ignorance.
I am shame and boldness.
I am shameless; I am ashamed.
I am strength and I am fear.
I am war and peace.
Give heed to me…

I am compassionate and I am cruel.
Be on your guard!

Do not hate my obedience
and do not love my self-control.
In my weakness, do not forsake me,
and do not be afraid of my power…

But I am she who exists in all fears
and strength in trembling.
I am she who is weak,
and I am well in a pleasant place.
I am senseless and I am wise…

I am godless,
and I am the one whose God is great.
I am the one whom you have reflected upon,
and you have scorned me.

I am unlearned,
and they learn from me.
I am the one that you have despised,
and you reflect upon me…

I am control and the uncontrollable.
I am the union and the dissolution.
I am the abiding and I am the dissolution.
I am the one below,
and they come up to me.
I am the judgment and the acquittal…

I am sinless,
and the root of sin derives from me.
I am lust in (outward) appearance,
and interior self-control exists within me…

For I am the one who alone exists,
and I have no one who will judge me.

For many are the pleasant forms
which exist in numerous sins,
and incontinencies,
and disgraceful passions,
and fleeting pleasures,
which (men) embrace until they become sober
and go up to their resting place.

And they will find me there,
and they will live,
and they will not die again.’


Selected excerpts from ‘Thunder, Perfect Mind’, a Christian Gnostic Text Translated by George W. MacRae and members of the Coptic Gnostic Library.

My Sophistication-Gene


The number of theories floating around about Language are prodigious, even by the grant-induced profligacy of modern academic opinion.

Well, it all started by us imitating birds and animals, says one theory. It really started when men began living in groups, says another. Might be, but Man didn’t learn to speak until he discovered God and ritual, adds a third. That’s not it, it has to do with mother-child bonding, says a fourth. Of course not, it’s all neuro-muscular; it began with the facial muscles and the tongue.

The more widely followed of the newer theories posit some sort of gene, a patch, a point, in mind-brain space. We are not sure where it is, when or how this center came alive, or why on earth it did. But this mysterious center is where it all started. [Only a Professor lost in language would not see the deeply religious origin of such views.]

If you try and not let your sophistication-gene get reflexively activated, you’ll see that the above penetrating review of language is itself entirely in language. Even all this talk about mysterious origin and ontological ground. All in language.

The Origin of Language?



Words ‘Refer’; but ‘Refer’ is a word.

As is the Self-Eating Expression:’All Words Miscue!’


‘So how did Language originate?’
That’s language. A ‘Cause and Effect’ Aficionado.

‘And when did it begin?’
More language. The Temporal Man.

‘Any idea where?’
Still more language. The Spatial Man,

‘We all know that ‘Why?’ never has an answer, right?’
Deep language, but still language.

‘The questions are in Language. So they are invalid?’
Skeptical language, but still language.

‘So the answers are in Language. That does not make them wrong.’
Righteous language, but still language.

‘I think the Gene-Idea makes perfect sense. It’s all DNA and stuff.’
Faith language, but still language.

‘I don’t think you know the whole story. Something slippery here.’
Suspicious language, but still language.

‘As Wittgenstein claimed, is language itself the vehicle of thought?’
Thinking language, but still language.

‘None of this is very convincing. You might be right. But so what?’
Defiant language, but still language.

‘This is Bullshit!’
Angry language, but still language.

The most expressive language so far.


You can’t get to the ‘Origin’ of Language, an idea deeply embedded in a linguistic-understanding of Self and World, using Language [Language again. Yikes!].

If you do, you will build fine elegant models of the ‘Origin of Language’, a praiseworthy project. But it has nothing at all to do with the origin of Language.


So how does one get to the ‘Origin of Language’, itself a linguistic construct? You have to step out of language. And that starts with a formal Meditation Practice. And like I said, I’ll get me a video-camera someday and put up a video on this site.