Long before scientists proposed the idea that our Universe and everything within it proceeded from one might explosion, or Big Bang, religions all over the world maintained a similar idea – one that maintained physicality emerged from a single source of consciousness.
Each religious philosophy has its own particular approach to explaining this Creation Myth but most of them contain similar concepts and themes.
In The Story of Mu Zen practitioner and teacher James Cordova offers a very simple approach to creation theory for children.
Along with included pictures by illustrator Mark Morse their book tells the story of a Goddess deity Mu who in her simple state as a single polarity lived in a natural state of bliss and harmony.
In this condition she operated a creative individual – one who freely formed her essence into the stars, the planets, nature and even to the human form.
Then, according to the story, she inadvertently entered into the consciousness of mankind – from which all manner of horrors emerged. This perpetuated until one day a saviour was born; one whom even as a baby had sufficient insight to observe the folly of man and the error of his ways.
The story culminates with Mu being grateful for this opportunity to realise her errors in making humankind a repository of her being.
This is a book which contains a simple short story – supposedly with a moral tone, along with bold, colorful supporting illustrations.
The publication makes no mention of the age group for whom this material is intended and unlike many publications of this type contains no accompanying teaching materials.
Quite frankly I would have preferred to have had a young child read and review this book and as a member of its intended target audience to comment upon its value as a story.
As an adult – and one who is very sensitive to the spiritual messages that we send out to young and impressionable minds I have to say that I found the concepts suggested within this book to be dangerous and misinformed nonsense.
The moral of the story is clearly intended to suggest that a solely feminine source – there is no counterbalancing male or masculine principle referenced here, remains in a state of balance up until that point in which humans interpenetrate it with logical and rational consciousness. The story states that it is at this point it becomes unbalanced and malignant – even destructive.
Does anyone seriously think that this is a safe and appropriate approach to the influencing of mental attitudes in our youngsters during their formative stages of life development?
What does it say about rational consciousness – about the disciplines of science and logical reasonng without the exercising of which we are not able to progress as a species?
Whilst I generally appreciate the tenets of Zen Buddhism I feel that there can be little place within a more sophisticated and enlightened world for this propagandist drivel.My Rating2