This article, by Rabbi David Wolpe, presents a powerful set of counter-arguments to those who might identify as SBNR (Spiritual But Not Religious). Very thought provoking – but it lacks sympathy for the many who have been deeply hurt by (early) religious experience and constitute the walking wounded – and those who cannot submit to ‘the disease of exclusivity’.
Viewpoint: The Limitations of Being ‘Spiritual but Not Religious’
Rabbi David includes this ‘French Catholic writer Charles Péguy: “Everything begins in mysticism and ends in politics.”
Overture on the Nonduality of duality 7 Taoism
FROM TAOIST TEACHINGS
The tao that can be told
is not the eternal Tao
The name that can be named
is not the eternal Name.
The unnamable is the eternally real.
Naming is the origin
of all particular things.
Free from desire, you realize the mystery.
Caught in desire, you see only the manifestations.
Yet mystery and manifestations
arise from the same source. From Chapter 1 of The Tao Te Ching trans Stephen Mitchell
Overture on the Nonduality of duality 6 Hinduism
FROM HINDU ADVAITA NONDUALITY TEACHINGS
‘The world is unreal; only Brahman is real; Brahman is the world’.
Overture on the Nonduality of duality 5 Judaism
FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT
Moses at the Burning Bush
…13 Then Moses said to God, “Behold, I am going to the sons of Israel, and I will say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you.’ Now they may say to me, ‘What is His name?’ What shall I say to them?” 14 God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.'” ………..
Overture on the Nonduality of duality 4 Sufi
FROM ISLAMIC-SUFI WRITINGS from
The Self is an ocean without a shore. Gazing upon it has no
beginning or end, in this world and the next.” Ibn al’Arabi (1165 – 1240)
Overture on the Nonduality of duality 3 Christianity
FROM CHRISTIAN WRITINGS
“I and my Father are one.” – John 10:30 King James Version (KJV)
Overture on the Nonduality of duality 2 Buddhism
FROM BUDDHIST WRITINGS
The great Master Dogen said,
“To study the Buddha Way is to study the self, to study the self is to forget the self, and to forget the self is to be enlightened by the ten thousand things.” To be enlightened by the ten thousand things is to recognize the unity of the self and the ten thousand things