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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Learning from all world philosophy

Because I am such a devotee of Thomas Merton I am always impressed with Indian philosophy.

On Meditation for this week.


The practice that destroys ignorance is constant meditation.
Because of ignorance the ever-present Awareness is not recognized.
The seeker who has realized the Self sees the entire universe as the Self.”

Shankara (788-821)


Shankara (Sankara) is probably the best known and most influential philosopher and theologian of India. Born in Kerala in southern India he became an ascetic very early in life. Shankara reformed Hinduism with a monistic interpretation of the Vedanta, which ascribed all reality to a single unitary source, which he identified as "Brahma". He declared all plurality and differentiation as nothing but an illusion.


Vedanta is the philosophy that developed out of Vedic oral traditions and scriptures. These writings are even older than the Bible. The Yogi Ramana Maharshi once said that the whole Vedanta is contained in the two Biblical statements: "I am that I AM" and "Be still and know that I am God."


6 comments:

Rudee said...

On the whole, I don't disagree, but sometimes, ignorance is bliss. I guess it depends on the subject, no?

daylily (Queenmothermamaw) said...

For sure Rudee, it depends on the subject. I was once afraid if I studied Eastern religion or philosophy I would loose my Christ centered faith, through Thomas Merton's readings I found that does not have to happen. I just like learning and making my own choices.
Love ya gal.
QMM

CrazyasaCoolFox said...

This is a practice that I need more of in my life. Very wise that Shankara. Thanks for sharing and thanks for visiting my blog.

MOLLYE said...

Hi Sister, Nothing but nothing could ever compare with God's Word but it is still nice to read and learn other cultures and religions just for the simple reason of learning acceptance. By the way I love your banner. Hugs, Mollye

La Petite Gallery said...

Maine has got some great women,
like olympia Snowe. I am a
democrate, but I do Like her.
I think women ponder things more than men and this country really needs someone to think before they vote. We have put some nuts in office.

yvonne

Doris Sturm said...

Thank God there are some powerful thinkers in this world - past and present - if they could only somehow run the country instead of the politicians, no?

Yes, ignorance is bliss - I often daydream of living in the mountains the life of a happy idiot and enjoying God's nature till I'm gone...