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Continued from Pt. 2: EASTERN MYSTICISM: The (Un-)'Holy' Trinity of The Shack
As described in Pt. 2 on the Hindu belief of 'Shaktism', "Shakti is worshiped as the Supreme Being... Shakti embodies the active feminine energy."
Not only is the Shakti responsible for creation, it also the agent of all change. Shakti is cosmic existence as well as liberation... "Shakti exists in a state of svātantrya, dependence on no-one, being interdependent with the entire universe."
These same elements - those of being creation's caretaker, an agent of change, having cosmic existence, liberation, and interdependence with the entire universe - are all clearly seen in the descriptions that 'Papa' (God) gives of herself The Shack; but they are not at all consistent with the description of God Almighty in the Bible.
We have in The Shack a Trinity consisting of a female personification of God in the form of a large black woman named Papa, a young Jewish carpenter who is a handyman named 'Jesus', and an Asian woman in embroidered blue-jeans who is a gardener named Sarayu (from the Sanskrit word for 'wind'), who personifies the Holy Spirit.
These three live together in 'The Shack'. (The three - the 'trinity' - meet in the shakti, in The 'Shack;' they are independent of each other, while at the same time interdependent - not only with each other, but the entire universe - this is the 'panentheistic' concept of God manifested "in and through all things.")
The "trinity" of Shakti is described as, "The Tridevi (three Goddesses, who can also manifest as male) - the conjoined forms of Lakshmi , Parvati and Saraswati - who are considered Shaktis of the Trimurti- Vishnu, Shiva and Brahma respectively."
These three - the 'trinity' - the Tridevi - meet in the shakti; or, in The 'Shack' as do the three characters of the 'trinity' in the book. Furthermore, the Shakti Tridevi is worshiped as the Supreme Being; the "three-in-one", a counterfeit to the Holy Trinity of the Bible.
Are we possibly being introduced to another view of God through The Shack - one that is contrary to the God of the Bible - who exists in 'The Shakti' in the form of a Trinity as the Tridevi (the Triple Goddess), who also can manifest as either male or female, as they do in the book!? Consider the following:
"Adi Shakti is a Hindu concept of the ultimate Shakti, the ultimate feminine power inherent in all Creation. This is especially prevalent in the Shakta denomination within Hinduism, which worships the Goddess Devi in all Her manifestations. Shaktism regards Devi (lit., 'the Goddess') as the Supreme Brahman itself, the 'one without a second', with all other forms of divinity, female or male, considered to be merely Her diverse manifestations."
Papa, 'God', is portrayed as a woman throughout most of the book, however she is also portrayed as a man later on at the end. This then is not the God of the Bible who states, "I am he...", but rather the Supreme Being of the Hindu religion in disguise. Let's look further:
"Like Shiva-associated Shaktism, Shakti embodies the active feminine energy and power of male supreme deity Vishnu. As Vishnu is the Father who stands for absolute justice, Sri is the Mother of the universe and is considered to be an important element in the redemption of mankind, and is the interceder with Vishnu on behalf of spiritual seekers."
Papa is seen to have an intercessory role as 'Mediatrix', just as does the 'Black Madonna' icon, Elousia, which again is incidentally also the name of the Papa character in The Shack. In the preceding quote, 'Sri, Mother of the universe', is considered to be an important element in the redemption of mankind. In the book, Papa is shown to have the exact same scars from the Crucifixion as 'Jesus', therefore portraying 'her' to be co-redeemer with Jesus.
'Co-redemptrix' is one of the titles also given to 'Mary', mother of Jesus, in the Catholic faith. So again we see the gospel being redefined in order to prepare a wide path that is open to people of all faith - a wide path that is leading towards an ecumenical union with the Roman Church, and an eventual union with the religions of the world.
See Pt. 4 - KUNDALINI: ('Serpent' Power in The Shack, Rev. 12:9)
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