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“TANTRIC JESUS”: A RAPID CRITICAL RESPONSE

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A new book by James Hughes Reho, Tantric  Jesus (published 27th Jan in America, 9th March in UK), is the only study I shall have characterized, if not exactly reviewed, after reading blurbs and net excerpts. Though I shall probably get round to reading the whole in due time, I don't feel a strong urge as this is less a work to absorb and critique at leisure than in all seriousness to warn against, even condemn without further ado.

Christian notions of the body as temple is the author’s reasonable enough starting point. For years and in the course of inquiries like Temple Mysteries and Spiritual Efficiency, Solomon’s Tantric Song and The Great Circle: Asia, David and God Consciousness,   and even in poetry like Jeremiah’s Loincloth: A Poem of Faith and Phallos (1), I have attempted to draw attention to an overly ignored biblical fact and its implications for a more “occult” or “magical” anthropology of the person. There exists what many systems call the aura or body electric and understanding concerning it does affect how we should read our bibles - like Ezekiel's out of body journey to Jerusalem. I have also pointed to implications of this for the understanding and management of sex and sexuality, something which in such as The Kosher Sutra Schmuley Boteach does more specifically for Jews. 

Even as a published author, even as a doctor of religious studies, and even as someone who lived many years and extensively travelled in Asia, I have usually been dismissed and ignored by good Christians if I have so much as tried to raise these issues and start conversations in groups, in magazines, anywhere. Publishing has been so closed to this line of thought I gave up on it and my above mentioned books have been indie issued.

Now that there is a book on the market from an (of course American) Episcopalian priest, a book so ultra-occult but also idolatrous it can describe and even promote visionary union with Hindu deities, there are Christians to rush out of the woodwork to compliment the priestly author. They declare his work a revolution in religion and theology, a basis of new interfaith, an advance in self realization etc etc.

No one points out that Durga with whom (after being lain upon by Ramakrishna and with Jesus looking on approvingly) Rev Reho has union so intense normal sex is like a handshake in comparison, is the goddess Kali herself. This figure is just about the most feared creature of the Hindu pantheon, the inspiration of some of the darkest, most deadly manifestations of Hinduism across time. The religion has, moreover, in recent years begun a new war upon Christianity in states like Orissa, physically attacking, even killing Christians at worship while police and the laws mostly ignore it. Tradition has it the apostle to India, Thomas, was himself martyred by the priests of Kali.

What Reho has done is equivalent to St Paul deciding against all and any evangelical imperatives to worship rather than reject the cult of Diana of the Ephesians or the early Christian martyrs deciding they would see truth after all in emperor worship. Reho represents the kind of thing early Christianity suspected and condemned in Gnosticism - much of this idolatry and peculiar rites masquerading as the truest initiated faith, a kind of confused, indulgent acceptance of most everything to the point of spiritual pollution. A rationale of its and certainly Reho's all-embracing claims belong with the old, via negativa “mystical” one. Because we can never fully, precisely know or describe God it follows that none of us have the complete truth either, hence other traditions, other gods, can help us and we can join with them.
 
The argument is as false and even absurd as maintaining because we can’t know everything about those nearest and dearest to us, we can’t really know them better than anyone else or at all. Yet the fact is we can - sufficiently - know them and we can and do name them. And in the Judaeo-Christian tradition one must name God aright; outside the revealed covenant name is the false, the illusionary, even the demonic. Boteach was of course right enough to insist as I would myself, that any recourse to something like Hindu/Buddhist techniques must divest them of their idolatrous associations.

Ignorant, disloyal Christians are the current plague of the churches in a time of crisis and persecution. The same kind of “Christians” like Matthew Fox who praise Reho’s revolution will also support Chrislam tendencies and make noisy protest for Muslim immigrants while they are shockingly silent on the chronic persecution of Christians in most Muslim majority countries. First things first is a principle simply not understood and adhered to. Christians are supposed to do good to all but first and especially the house of faith (Gal 6:10). This is not evidenced in current policies and attitudes which seek to be as globalist....as perhaps the one world of the Antichrist.

That reference is not gratuitous. Arguably there is a sign of the times element to Reho’s production. Heavenly signs and symbolism, the astrology which was good enough for the Magi of the gospel but not the mindset of American Christians whether conservative or liberal, is another aspect of Christianity’s “occult”, unexamined dimensions. And according to astrology we stand at the end of the same era, Pisces, that Christ’s birth may be said to have introduced. 

Accordingly and in harmony with known features of the fatal last degree of the sign Pisces, the end of era will produce not the revolution perceived in Reho’s theories but the meltdown,  confusion, pollution, muddy waters, decadence and black magic of endings. Tantric Jesus is not good news for anyone or anything at this time.

NOTE

1) All these titles are available on Amazon or from the Book Depository. The Jeremiah poem is at goo.gl/uDvOUE