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Mystorium, etc. . ., the little green book, by one Jacob Jonker: An overview.

This book is a bit of a mystery, a philosophical puzzle. Since I have as yet not found anyone able or willing to review the book,I, the abovementioned undersigned must needs give an overview or introductory guide for the electronic download.
Just recently, I read that one particular Jewish religious-spiritual group laid claim to the Eastern wisdom tradition, in a fashion.
The story went, Abrahamic religions have some similarities with the Aryan-Hindu tradition of inspired religious gnosis. On the face of it, the Abrahamic religions being much more primitive, one would think they must be older. However, the Eastern religious philosophies are of such finesse, depth and range it is certain they were separately handed down unto a people or peoples of a high degree of cultivation, intelligence and psychological sophistication. In all matters of revelation, there is a metaphysical download of an intelligence suitable to the people receiving the inspiration. As and when these occur, there is deemed to be an essential evolutionary prompting from on high or evolutionary growth in the people concerned, resulting in the search for spiritual downloads.
It is really neither here nor there whether revelation which inspired the earlier of the Abrahamic religions predates the Indic (Aryan) revelations. The similarities are likely to be due to cross-fertilisation on the ground, as it were, but revelations are ultimately from the same source and the timing and level/content of revelation reflect the nature of the people receiving the inspiration. This, like everything else, is opinion, and dated at that. The author does not claim any of the contents of this Mystorium derive from revelation, but it having been written in the Wisdom tradition, largely inspired by Eastern Wisdom tradition writings available in the West, it needs to be kept in mind while reading this book that, although this book is an intellectual exercise, it would not make a great deal of sense if one did not keep in mind the aetiology and richesse of the Wisdom tradition.
So much for this introduction.
The book is not elegantly written, fairly dense here and there, and the pace is uneven, a little frantic in parts, the tone varies from chapter to chapter and the whole does not appear to be hanging together much. Having said that, the intent was to give a basis for a new religious-spiritual cosmology in such a way as to enable any religious believer, atheist or agnostic anywhere to bolt on to it for the purpose of finding common ground in psychological operating mental-emotional software.
This is how it begins, anyway. The rest can be taken as intellectual exercises. This book is especially written for the non-academic, plainly educated and otherwise not socially or politically sophisticated-the outres, in other words.
So what is the purpose of this little green book for the unsophisticated? It depends entirely on the purpose of these unsophisticated. What is one's purpose in this life? In the Western democratic tradition, if we may call it that, all of humanity is able, in theory, to fully participate in the affairs of this world, insofar as one is willing and able. Assuming the reader or would-be reader has an interest in participatory democracy, it follows that this person would also be interested in gaining a better insight in human nature, human affairs, mental-emotional processes and the deeper psycho-somatic processes in the mind of man(kind).
Since time immemorial there have been methods to help people on their way in this regard. This Mystorium is simply an add-on, a minor catalyst to enable some light to be shed on certain less exposed angles of approach.
From the Western perspective, Greek philosophy was the main basis, more or less, of what we have come to regard as the philosophies and sciences. This has got more and more subjected to institutionalisation. This kind of development leads inevitably to ossification, corruption and senescence prior to a great shake-up or a terminal decline as such a system is pushed aside by renewing other. This is in the nature of things, a given. Survival of the fittest system.
In this day and age, the outres, the unsophisticated, the labouring classes and down-and-outs need not merely wait for what's dished up to them by the people who control human affairs. Apart from the chance such have for advancing into a higher social station, there is also the possibility of emancipation. Mental-emotional growth with a view to getting wiser to the ways of the world to the extent of being able to make some difference all by one's very self. Here, a philosophy is needed which is not geered to favour the existing hierarchy. This alternate philosophy could come from anywhere. Anyone can make it up themselves, as many do. A lot of so-called simple people are wiser than they appear. A lot of wise people are simply simple, for good reasons.
Well, all the books were written long ago. They keep being re-written, modified to keep up with the times and to meet the financial exigencies of those who have a go. This book is another in that tradition-a little help, quirky as it is, to help shake people who are so inclined out of the mind-sets the institutionalisation of (Western)society's has taken ages to imprint and, more than likely, lock into people's DNA.
So there is a challenge here. To get deep down and see how one is wired up, stitched up, programmed and brainwashed, for a few thousand years, by the institutions in the West who have made us what we are and who will, in due course, break who we are if we let these dying institutions take us with them. For that is the choice we face: Adapt or die...Participate or be enslaved...Evolve or vegetatise...Stay in the flux of living the life or...
Wishing the reader a fruitful puzzling, musing, thinking, feeling philosophy, I remain, . . . a muse Diogones 'ciple. Jacob, Mysticus in Mystoriam.