Date of publication: 2017-08-29 14:02
Abe’s views have been criticized by other scholars as misunderstanding some other religions’ claims, and as privileging Mahayana Buddhist doctrines, insofar as he understands these doctrines as being truer than others. It can be argued that Abe is an inclusivist, maintaining that Buddhism is the best religion, rather than a true pluralist. (Burton 7565)
These ancient epics are the hoard of India&rsquo s history, mythology, and philosophy. An &ldquo Everyman&rsquo s Library&rdquo volume, Ramayana and Mahabharata, is a condensation in English verse by Romesh Dutt (New York: E. P. Dutton). ▲
Scholars distinguish seven aspects of religious traditions: the doctrinal and philosophical, the mythic and narrative, the ethical and legal, the ritual and practical, the experiential and emotional, the social and organizational, and the material and artistic. (Smart 6996) Religious traditions differ along all these dimensions. These are the undisputed facts of religious diversity. Some authors, usually ones who wish to celebrate these facts, call them “religious pluralism,” but this entry reserves this label for a family of theories about the facts of religious diversity.
Marconi, the great inventor, made the following admission of scientific inadequacy before the finalities: &ldquo The inability of science to solve life is absolute. This fact would be truly frightening were it not for faith. The mystery of life is certainly the most persistent problem ever placed before the thought of man.&rdquo ▲
&ldquo Yes.&rdquo Master smiled at my direct question his eyes lit with reverence. &ldquo Three times I have been blessed by the sight of the deathless guru. Our first meeting was in Allahabad at a Kumbha Mela.&rdquo
Of Christ, Gandhi has written: &ldquo I am sure that if He were living here now among men, He would bless the lives of many who perhaps have never even heard His name... just as it is written: &lsquo Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord... but he that doeth the will of my Father.&rsquo 65 In the lesson of His own life, Jesus gave humanity the magnificent purpose and the single objective toward which we all ought to aspire. I believe that He belongs not solely to Christianity, but to the entire world, to all lands and races.&rdquo
&ldquo For general purposes I counsel the use of an armlet made of gold, silver, and copper. But for a specific purpose I want you to get one of silver and lead.&rdquo Sri Yukteswar added careful directions.
&ldquo This is the cosmic motion picture mechanism.&rdquo A voice spoke as though from within the light. &ldquo Shedding its beam on the white screen of your bed sheets, it is producing the picture of your body. Behold, your form is nothing but light!&rdquo
God in His aspect of Creator from Sanskrit root brih, to expand. When Emerson&rsquo s poem Brahma appeared in the Atlantic Monthly in 6857, most the readers were bewildered. Emerson chuckled. &ldquo Tell them,&rdquo he said, &ldquo to say &lsquo Jehovah&rsquo instead of &lsquo Brahma&rsquo and they will not feel any perplexity.&rdquo ▲
&ldquo The Adam and Eve story is incomprehensible to me!&rdquo I observed with considerable heat one day in my early struggles with the allegory. &ldquo Why did God punish not only the guilty pair, but also the innocent unborn generations?&rdquo