ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Terrorists Evade Self-Awareness

Updated on August 25, 2018
Maya Shedd Temple profile image

Essays in politics & spirituality are part of my writing interest. The challenge of supporting a claim strengthens the mind & imagination.

Terrorism has no religion



The influential poet and critic, T. S. Eliot, is noted for having quipped, ". . . for our lives are mostly a constant evasion of ourselves."

Philosophers, critics of humanity, and self-help instructors often point out the damage done the human heart, mind, and soul by that very evasion.

"Holy War" is an Oxymoron

Today there is widespread focus on the religion of Islam. There is a concept in Islam called jihad, which is translated into English as struggle, but often misinterpreted as the oxymoron "holy war."

That struggle refers to the spiritual striving to overcome "the lower self in order to reach a state of higher God-consciousness that leads to the pure soul."

The terrorists led by the late Usama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri have perverted the original Islamic concepts to fit their own ego-driven desire to conquer and control the world. That madness is not new; charismatic madmen have often used religion to run rough-shod over others.

True Teachings Emphasize the Individual, not Groups

Spiritual striving leads to individual awareness, not power over others. Spiritual power cannot be used to change others without their consent.

In his letter to America, Usama bin Laden tells Americans—and by Americans he really means Western culture—what he wants from them that will make him stop using terror against the West.

Bin Laden's first request is, "The first thing that we are calling you to is Islam." But one cannot be called to a spiritual way of life in order to stop the religionists doing the calling from killing one.

Bin Laden's remark is an ignorant thing to say, and the rest of the letter is also a vast display of ignorance not only of human psychology but also of history.

Bin Laden accuses America, saying: "It is saddening to tell you that you are the worst civilization witnessed by the history of mankind." Is the United States really a worse civilization than the worst elements of the Roman Empire, the Ottoman Empire, Hitler's Third Reich, or Japan before World War II?

Even if the United States were the worst civilization ever in history, the spiritual path taken by each individual American is totally irrelevant to that supposed fact.

Becoming soul-realized is not the purview of one religionist controlling the religion of an entire country or culture.

A Constant Evasion of the Self

Bin Laden and his ilk are supreme examples of those who are in "constant evasion of" their "selves" or souls. They are so busy thinking up ways and procuring the means to kill non-Islamic, and even Islamic people who do not agree with them, that they have no time for true religion that offers the methods for genuine spiritual striving to know the self.

The terrorists, their leaders, and their sycophants have excised passages from scripture and recontextualized them, thus creating an excuse, not a reason, for their murderous activities.

Approaching the Great Divinity requires a calm heart and a steady eye. Scurrying from cave to cave to avoid being captured and brought to justice leaves little time for effective study and true meditation on the Divine.

© 2017 Linda Sue Grimes


Submit a Comment

No comments yet.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)