25 November 2007
Jivanta-dharma as a form of Chraista-dharma is not constrained by any of the councils of orthodox Christianity. In fact, orthodox Christianity would likewise be a form of Chraista-dharma, as would the LDS (or "Mormon") Church and the Unity School of Christianity. Chraista-dharma is any dharma in which Christ plays a central role, and such a role need not mean the exclusion of dharmas centered on other embodied realizers.
In Chraista-dharma, Christ does not represent a set of beliefs to which one must adhere. Christ represents an attitudinal orientation, a willingness to experiment, a sense of scientfic-spiritual adventure, all arising from a larger cultivation of embodied wisdom and compassion. And Christ, in this sense, represents a particularly Western dharma, in celebration of the distinctly Western civilizational emphases, emphases that, nevertheless, are simply one wing of the trans-civilizational aeroplane of human consciousness.
Jivanta-dharma is a form of "Reconstructionist Christianity", in which Christianity functions, at the most practical level, as a civilization that is progressively evolving. (Cf. Reconstructionist Judaism.) Reconstructionist Christianity allows for freedom of thought, of ideology, of theology, while maintaining shared civilizational values, like democracy, political equality, and scientific curiosity.