Well, I guess you are wondering who is Jacob Boheme, and what does he have to do with Al Bundy. I would venture to guess that there are folks who wonder who Al Bundy is. Well, the tie in is Eckhart Tolle, who I talked about in a previous podcast and blog. More on Eckhart is found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eckhart_Tolle. Eckhart is the author of two books, encouraging us to live in the “eternal now”. Before I get into this, rest assured that I give credence to these oneness experiences, as long as an authentic tradition reflects them, such as Advaita or Zen.
If I go to the Wiki article on Eckhart, he mentions that one of his influences is the German mystic Joseph Anton Schneiderfranken. A bit of tripping through Google finds a site devoted to him, at http://www.boyinra.org/. In his biography link at http://www.boyinra.org/bio.shtml, it mentions this mystic belowed to the local Boehme society. And this is where shoes comes in. Jacob Boehme was a German shoe cobbler, and also a devote Lutheran. But he had some religious experiences, at an early age, that put him at odds with the local Lutheran theologian. In fact, a stranger appeared to him before his experiences, mentioning he would be a famous person.
In our society, we realish the families like the Bundies, the Simons, or any other contemporary family sitcom. And these families are very disfunctional, unlike the perfect world of “Leave it to Beaver.” When Boehme wrote his books, it was in very terse language, and extremely difficult to understand. But if a “real” person like Al Bundy (who was a shoe salesman, by the way), had the experiences of Jacob Boehme, and wrote a book about them, it would be watered down, and simplistic. But folks like Opah would think it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread, and immediate invite the Al colone to appear on her TV show. And next thing you know, the Al colone will give seminars at $2K at crack, and maybe have a movie deal in the works. And this Al colone would no longer sell shoes, but be paid by folks like Nike, to represent their latest shoes. And folks like Jacob Boehme, along with folks like Ramana Maharshi, Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki, and Meister Eckhart from my previous posts, would be tucked away in obsurity.