Discordianism - an intriguing religion of Chaos

suzame's picture

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I have just encountered a name of a religion called Discordianism which sounds intriguing and of which I have never heard. I was chatting with someone and at some point he mentioned that he was Discordian and to my shame, I had to admit I had no idea what he was talking about...

Has anybody heard about it? Anyone checked it? Anyone attended some meeting? I would like to learn more about it.

This is a short text about Discordianism from Wikipedia:

Discordianism is a modern, chaos-centered religion founded circa 1958–1959 by Malaclypse the Younger with the publication of its principal text, the Principia Discordia.

It is widely regarded as a parody religion, and has been called "Zen for roundeyes", based on similarities with absurdist interpretations of the Rinzai school.

Discordianism recognizes chaos, discord, and dissent as valid and desirable qualities, in contrast with most religions, which idealize harmony and order.

Discordianism is largely composed of whimsical and absurd ideas, though many adherents claim there is a deeper meaning to their flippant attitude. Eris, the Greek mythological goddess of discord, has also become the matron deity of the religion Discordianism.

solomon's picture

surrender to chaos

I too never heard about it before. Sounds interesting since the fear from chaos, uncertainty, confusion, logical paradoxes, contradictions, things that do not fit into known patterns is a great spiritual hindrance.

I found amusing samples in http://www.23ae.com/

solomon | Wed, 01/07/2009 - 23:47
Phroggy's picture


Those things are not a "spiritual hindrance" at all. If not for fear, would you ever choose love? If not for chaos, would you ever choose peace? If not for confusion, would you ever seek clarity? If not for logical paradoxes and contradictions, could you ever realize the limitations of mind?

Everything is your teacher.

Phroggy | Fri, 05/22/2009 - 20:13
nancy pro's picture


"It is widely regarded as a parody religion"

I don't think it is a parody at all. I think the essence of this approach is summed up in http://www.gurusfeet.com/blog/surrender-chaos and http://www.gurusfeet.com/blog/chaos-peacfullness-and-india-0

nancy pro | Fri, 05/22/2009 - 14:31
PranaBeats's picture

In the mind?

In Wikipedia we find: "Discordianism is a religion centered on the idea that chaos is all that there is, and that disorder and order are both illusions that are imposed on chaos."

I believe that both chaos and order are illusions.

I have heard about Chaos Magick and Discordianism before (they often go hand in hand) but never felt that either had much depth as they are based on a dualistic idea that there is an opposite between order and chaos. In my experience, there isn't.

The motto of Chaos Magick, "Nothing is True, Everything is Permitted" is interesting to contemplate though, as a mental exercise more than anything else.

And in Discordianism, one only has to look at the name of the movement itself to see that it is a reaction. To discord means that there has to be an affirmation before. In this way, anything that is produced is merely from a conditioned and reactive point of view rather than a free choice.

For me it is nothing more than an interesting mind game, if one is inclined to such things, but not a very profound source of nourishment as such. One can find lessons in everything of course, but there may be other more valuable ones to have and spend time on.


"Trust allows you to navigate imagination beyond where shadows lie". Tony Samara

PranaBeats | Thu, 04/29/2010 - 07:50