The Initial Public Offering of Ishmael


 

Today is Eid al-Adha, an Arabic phrase for Feast of the Sacrifice. In all of human history, no writer ever tells a story except with a purpose. With a theme. In order to go deeper, back to the time when we were one. Before the split. To the root. This was a perspective of love. Deepest love.The Akedah

Anyone born after 1994 came to learn the story as a child.  About September 11th, like some kind of a new Halloween.  Perhaps as a consequence of what happened that day, the probability is greater than not for those born after 1980, somewhere in the Western World, that you are now Unaffiliated. Somebody perhaps who is living a provisional, disrupted life. Un-spoused. Uncovered, not incidentally, by your life as a freelancer. Even with the Affordable Health Act [which is costing me $800 per month as an unmarried man, with a $6000 deductible.]

For a freelancer, what defines life ? Race. Color. Creed. Gender. Or HOME?  Attached or unattached, there is the physics of sacrifice, after Abram’s first sacrifice of home.  So Abram had discovered the Spirit of a land, but only after he gave up the place called home. After he separated himself from home. And as a consequence, Abraham / Ibriham is the Christopher Columbus of the new world involving Church-from-State sacrifice.  Now depending on what book you subscribe to,with or without an acceleration of an importance, the finality of this discovery for all time was made as he tried to sacrifice his first born son. The Judeo-Christian world refers to the event as The Akedah. The Muslim world reads of the same story on Eid al-Adha. In either case, this is the story of the beginning of relationship. Humans with One God, in The Covenant based relationship. With real people.


Sacrifice is a violent act. What happens when the sacrificial act is not accepted by the community?  To begin with, at the time, by the mother of Ibriham’s son?  What cold shoulder of suspicion did Hagar give to both Abraham / Ibraham and Sarah after hearing of what had happened to Ishmael?  After Hagar had sacrifice her own purity out of her love for this couple?

What was Abraham / Ibraham doing with Hagar’s living loving visible innocence named Ishmael, at a time that Abraham / Ibraham had his other son named Isaac? Whereas at a point in the story where Hagar never had ‘lost my husband’, in a sense Ishmael, after he was set free, had lost his father? How old in the morning light of Eid al-Adha had Ishmael been, with the magnitude of human sacrifice, in these splits, with all of the tensions which start immediately after a split. Between family? In the hidden practice of EXILE. Forever. From your clan.

The hidden archives. What defines life but a mother? So when did the Western world discover from the hidden archives about the whereabouts of Ishmael? As if you too are entitled to have this protected status, carrying a name, as a descendant of the Prophet Abraham? Yes, over time a prophet becomes unwanted, like the presence of Ishmael is an unwanted intrusion, in his native land. When the Victim in each of the stories of sacrifice taught the importance of giving up the protected status that you once had considered to be the inheritance, in the name of Forgiveness. And both of the sons of Abraham – in stories on innocence – had come back to bury their father. Together.  

By sacrificing Ishmael and setting his first born son free, Abraham/Ibraham seems to have taken measure to make certain that his two sons would not compete against each other to the detriment of the world. And this was the real invisible sacrifice never quite celebrated on the Feast of the Sacrifice.

Formation: You in the story either with or without a religious tradition somehow acquired through Abraham. The Divine Comedy ends with the character, in The Dénouement, as the next generation takes over, better off than in the beginning. Like in the story of Noah, deleting the First Creation, before taking it back.  Ishmael, better off than at the start of the story.  In word and deed, set free …. only in a place that he does not know. And what of the art of language, without any stories of your own – a freelancer – without any body, except Adam’s story about the Tree of Knowledge?

Without a known language of their own, babies cry? Ishmael, but with a language of his own. A language to measure my God against your God, over who is best? When a people first share a language, before they can express what they sense about their God. The art of language involves immersion in spelling, grammar, vocabulary. The PLACE that specializes upon teaching to pass on the art of language…. for a certain consistency in a culture, with the young and the old. The greatness of Islam, of Christianity and of Judaism – that not many imans ever reveal these days – is when the same father taught you? Like Abraham once taught his two sons. Ishmael, with the mother with the language of a strange land …. of Egypt. How would Sarah ever intimately communicate with Ishmael? Had she recognized the problem, long before the end of weaning her own son Isaac? What is most true in the story is the imposition of the God of Abraham on Ishmael … in the way of circumcision. So why wouldn’t Abraham do the same thing in the way of sacrifice with his first born son that the Judeo-Christian world hears was also done with Sarah’s first born son. In the chronology of Sacrifice, in gratitude which leads to a need for Mercy/Forgiveness before Atonement. How? How to atone? Reparations? Deeds? To do good. To balance the evil in the world that I have a share in, from my own inheritance.

To pray through stories alone does not feel like prayer. Behold the part of language! How can a human be spiritual, except with a language that is their own? In evolution of …..why the illiterate suffer in a culture based upon the law, not learning the art of language, if the people do not know the depth of language. How would you trust the law if you did not know the language or the stories? In the HERE, after Abraham is gone? To pray without sacrifice does not feel like prayer. And in the story of both Eid al-Adha as well as The Akedah, both sons of Abraham live. For all the sons of Abraham, sharing something in common – in prayer with sacrifice – does feel like a cause for celebration. In The Dénouement, young men who went away and came back.

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  1. paperlessworld on

    https://paperlessworld.wordpress.com/2014/03/12/hagar/

    What was the second commandment as recorded by Moses, before the Christian world made their own changes, converting the Second Commandment into the First Commandment? Had it just been a math problem, for the Christian world? And for whom was this inheritance intended? And what was that other meaning of the word “kid?”

    ‘Thou shall have no strange gods before me!”

    So the world wants to know more …. about what really happened on Mount Moriah … to your son. Because Isaac has been acting a lot different.

    You would notice the strangeness of Isaac after The Akedah. If you knew the family. The father who had circumcised all of his slaves was acting strange again?

    And now your perfect son no longer seems so perfect. After you had performed an earlier sacrifice – sending your first born son into exile – now what?

    “He was at the age when all of his friend were having kids and getting married. And you, Abe, have damaged him. With no consideration of your half-sister, Sarah.”

    There is this tension about passing along everything that seemed most important which haunts us all. About Mount Moriah. On this day each year. So what would happen to your God, Abraham, now? If the story as believed by a Muslim was true – about Eid-al-Adha – did you see the comparative difference in the story concerning Isaac? When you had to stay with him?

    With your human plan about lightness and passing on this invisible lightness of being ….. did you recall the meaning of the name Isaac?

    “Sacrifice! The perfect son was going to be what? His own sons would have been perfect kids too?”

    Did you know that Hagar had to choose a wife for Ishmael, too? In the family, for these people, purity was always so central. Even today.

    Today is Rosh Hashanah, when the reading is about the journey centered upon the sacrifice of his half-sister’s first born son, by Abraham. How is the story any different than Eid-al-Adha? With the same father of Faith? So what was the consequence in the relationship between Sarah and Abraham after The Akedah except that Abraham became unwanted in his own home?

    As Atonement one day follows, note the chronology of Sacrifice. And human sacrifice by any other name is murder! So could you feel the rivalry, that maybe Adam appreciated as he watched his two sons grow? Only Sarah saw to it that the two sons of Abraham would be separated? Only Sarah, when it came to relationship based upon blood, saw!

    From out of gratitude, Sacrifice. In this chronology, behold Mercy/Forgiveness before any sense of Atonement. Atoning …. how? Reparations? Money? Deeds? To do good, sharing? To balance the evil in the world that I have a share in, from my own inheritance?

    What mostly is exhibited in changing the ORDER of the Commandment is the vanity in religion. For some kind of personal advantage, all the branches of the Abrahamic religions take the Lord’s name in vain, despite what was recorded by Moses as the Third Commandment: “Thou shall NOT TAKE – when you elect to take, if you so elect – the NAME of the Lord THY GOD in VAIN.”

    Did you ever consider atoning in order to make whole again, after what you had sacrificed, gave up on, or just lost? Had you ever …. would you ever re-acquire a lightness about life that came out of Forgiveness? And the strangeness of these people all centered upon an intimacy connected to their language?

    Love. Finding it. Keeping it. Behold the act of love on Mount Moriah, getting rid of the vanity connected to love – the personal part of love, as if it just belonged to Abraham. Or to “us.’ What mostly is exhibited, in The Akedah, is the changing the ORDER, as a son takes over in the narrative. As the God of Abraham has to start over with the next generation. Affiliated or Unaffiliated, after your father has either in the NAME of GOD turned you away or considered killing you? But in truth, practically perfect people never have much need for the God of Abraham in their every day life.

    https://paperlessworld.wordpress.com/2015/02/11/system-substitution/

  2. paperlessworld on

    The first time! What had Abraham / Ibraham been doing with Hagar’s living loving visible innocence named Ishmael, at a time that Abraham / Ibraham had his other son named Isaac?

    The Genesis. To cling to godliness? Knowing the same language. Without a known language of their own, babies cry? Until Eve, without any other human body, in the story about the Tree of Knowledge? And what of the language taught and used in the Garden? With an art of language, without any stories of your own – a freelancer – without any Place and identity in the story, Adam. without a personal story, Adam was unable to explain the significance of not just the Tree of Knowledge….. but the apple. Until he was banished.

    Born perfect. The perfect son. The Victim. The First time. The Tree of Knowledge? Ishmael, left with nothing but with a language of his own. A language to measure intimately my God against your God, over who is best? When a people first share a language, before they can express what they sense about their God. The art of language involves immersion in the PLACE that specializes upon teaching in spelling, grammar, vocabulary. . . To pass on the art of language for a purpose.

    With the language of Egyptian. To make it out alive! For both mother and child. With all the tension in the story, especially for the mother, birth is a loving act. There is the blood that accompanies labor and delivery, with only a modern-day expectation that you both would make it alive. To bestow in the act of sacrifice a godliness to Ishmael, in an act of love. What happens when the sacrificial act is not accepted by the community? To begin with, at the time, by the mother of Ibriham’s son? Behold the separation. The painful separation that comes out of the violent act, since Sacrifice is a violent act. So what cold shoulder of suspicion did Hagar give to both Abraham / Ibraham and Sarah after hearing of what had happened to Ishmael? After Hagar had sacrifice her own purity out of her love for this couple?

    Love, with all the tension in the story. Behold The Akedah! Behold Eid-al-Adah! With all the tension in the story of a kind of birthing through The Sacrifice, an invisible fertility is present in the stories of The Akedah and Eid-al-Adah. What mostly is exhibited, in The Akedah and Eid-al-Adah, is the changing the ORDER somehow – or connecting – through some kind of Spirit, birth and death. Finding this connection. Especially keeping it, after you have sacrificed your home. In the end, in the wake of the death of a spouse – or a mother who is gone – to be one instead of two. Caught between birth and death, as if The Spirit just belonged to Abraham and the son’s mother, through the son. Behold the act of love on Mount Moriah, getting rid of the vanity, in the personal part of love, connected to love … For all the world. There is the Old-World-expectation that you would one day feel this Spirit that Abraham delivered, in his life, from his journey to Mount Moriah. To make it out alive!

    Yes, with the progressive removal of God from this earth, Behold Hagar! Starting over! With face-to-face contact with God lost, the impact of human prayer, the impact of God upon the world, even with the progressive removal of God from this earth, was still left for humans — forced to imagine differently, with a certain desperation on the edge of loss, on the edge of faith, on the edge of death — to discover.

    Who defines human life but a mother? In a culture, when the son of a handmaid is a slave, what of the inheritance …. Sarah? Yes, over time a prophet becomes unwanted, like the presence of Ishmael is an unwanted intrusion, in his native land. When the Victim – the perfect son – in each of the stories of sacrifice taught the importance of giving up the protected status [for the future of the world] that you once had considered to be the inheritance, in the name of Forgiveness. And both of the sons of Abraham – in stories on innocence – had come back to bury their father. Together.

    So when did the Western world discover from the hidden archives about the whereabouts of Ishmael? As if you too are entitled to have this protected status, carrying a name, as a descendant of the Prophet Abraham!.

    To make it out alive! For both mother and child. With all the tension in the story, especially for the mother, birth is a loving act. There is the blood that accompanies labor and delivery, with only a modern-day expectation that you both would make it alive.

    Behold The Akedah! Behold Eid-al-Adah! With al the tension in the story of a kind of birthing through The Sacrifice, an invisible fertility is present in the stories of The Akedah and Eid-al-Adah.

    Love, with all the tension in the story. What mostly is exhibited, in The Akedah and Eid-al-Adah, is the changing the ORDER somehow – or connecting – through some kind of Spirit, birth and death. Finding this connection. Especially keeping it, after you have sacrificed your home. In the end, in the wake of the death of a spouse – or a mother who is gone – to be one instead of two. Caught between birth and death, as if The Spirit just belonged to Abraham and the son’s mother, through the son. Behold the act of love on Mount Moriah, getting rid of the vanity, in the personal part of love, connected to love … For all the world. There is the Old World expectation that you would one day feel this Spirit that Abraham delivered, in his life, from his journey to Mount Moriah. To make it out alive!


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