STRESSING THE ESSENTIAL

 

                                      Considered in its ultimate manifestation

                                      Supreme Being would be

                                      Antithetical in constitution to the stars,

                                      And therefore it wouldn't shine

                                      With a star-like radiance.

                                      Rather, this supreme state-of-being

                                      Would be all but invisible to sight,

                                      Since essence rather than appearance

                                      Is the attribute of an ultimate life.

                                      Supreme Being could only be

                                      Noumenally experienced, never phenomenally seen,

                                      And it would amount to a density

                                      Of pure spirit glowing in the void of space.

                                      Such a density, if detectable, could

                                      More resemble a Black Hole than a star.

                                      Indeed, it might well constitute

                                      What are now regarded as Black Holes

                                      From the viewpoint of the optical sense.

                                      If this were so, then terms like

                                      The 'Clear Light of the Void' are inadequate

                                      For describing Ultimate Reality, since stressing

                                      The apparent rather than the essential.

                                      God as Supreme Being wouldn't possess

                                      The apparent attributes of a star,

                                      But would be inner light - the opposite

                                      Of outer light, whether clear or not.

                                      The Holy Ghost is a better term for approaching

                                      The noumenal essence of Ultimate Reality,

                                      But 'pure spirit' is better again,

                                      Since more noumenally specific.

                                      A bias for any traditional world religion

                                      Would be inappropriate to

                                      The ultimate world religion.

                                      We must adopt new terminology for

                                      A fresh religious perspective.