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Is it only me? I find what's happening in the middle east, revolution after revolution, demonstration after demonstration, a profound expression of human spiritual determination.
For me, Spirit and the life dedicated to sane spirituality, is not about some particular way to talk. It's not about God or Buddha Mind or some such. It's not about meditation or Tai Chi or prayer, though these are all good tools to help it.
The life of spirit, or what we call Sane Spirituality,
Charles Blow in the New York Times recently noted that the religious composition of the 112th congress is completely without representation of one of the largest religious groups in America, the unaffiliated. No-one. Nada. Zippo.
Most religions seem reasonably represented or over-represented. While 51% of America is titularly Protestant, nearly 57% of our congress claims to be. Actual Catholics make up about 24% our our country, but have a 29% representation. The Jews do the
Updated 02-01-2011 at 06:22 PM by Bob-ji
I want to talk about one of the key differences in understanding between Eastern and Western spirituality.
I'm talking about the distinction between consciousness and the objects of consciousness. Guild member Robert Jonas writes, "This distinction requires us to pause and to reflect on what this means. Let's close our eyes, take a deep breath and try it. Instead of just thinking, let's notice the thoughts streaming through our little noggins and the various body sensations
Updated 01-06-2011 at 01:49 PM by Bob-ji
well said, Bobbyji.
christianlity has a bias toward the poor " tis easier for a camel to pass thru the eye of a needle, than a rich man to gain the kingdom of heaven"
'blessed are the poor...." Its as though the early Christians were aiming at the masses from the beginning, as Christianity quickly became a religion of conversion under Paul ( who was not an original disciple, yet certainly was spirited!)
to a vedantist, its all their karma, shouldnt
Many in the spiritual world connect spirituality with compassion, and effectively say, if you are compassionate, of course you will want to see greater income equality. My colleague Jeff Utter writes,"my religion teaches me that human beings have a responsibility for all the members of a society, that wealth is a great temptation, that our standing obligation is to guard against the greed which can take hold imperceptibly more and more and blind people to how selfish they have become." Andy