HESCHEL: Rabbi Shai Held, discusses his new book “Is transcendence the key and core to Heschel’s teaching

Rabbi Shai Held, co-founder of Machon Hadar, discusses his new book on the celebrated Jewish theologian, scholar and activist Abraham Joshua Heschel, on December 5, 2013.

The Book is here – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0253011264/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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Juxtaposition: light from Sufi, Buddhist & Jewish sources

Juxtaposition:

The first quotation is by from Sufi teacher Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee;

SUFI:
“If we can allow ourselves to live an ordinary life while also staying awake to the great void at the center of all that is, then we can be this intermediary place between that intoxicating, mystical bliss of oblivion and the wonder of how the Divine creates and reveals Itself in all the forms of life. Our lives are the expression of this bridge – ordinary and extraordinary, all things in their place, everything free to be as it is, and our consciousness, our heart, free to be used as needed.”
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BUDDHIST:
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.
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JEWISH:
The search for reason ends at the shore of the known;
on the immense expanse beyond it
only the sense of the ineffable can glide.
It alone knows the route to that
which is remote from experience and understanding.

Neither is amphibious:
reason cannot go beyond the shore,
and the sense of the ineffable
is out of place where we measure, where we weigh…….

Citizens of two realms, we must all sustain dual allegiance:
we sense the ineffable in one realm;
we name and exploit reality in another.
Between the two we set up a system of references,
but can never fill the gap. – A J Heschel
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NB The Sufi quote is from a book review on the wonderful ‘Spirituality & Practice site by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat here;

http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/book-reviews/excerpts/view/28020/for-love-of-the-real

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee – his site is here – http://www.goldensufi.org/about_lvl.html

SPIRITUAL QUOTES like sherbet sweets that suddenly release their fizzy deliciousness!

SPIRITUAL QUOTES like sherbet sweets that suddenly release their fizzy deliciousness!

I like short quotations, one-liners, because, if you are ready for them, they explode in your consciousness like the best haiku – or a sherbet sweet that suddenly releases its fizzy deliciousness. They provide an ‘aha’ insight, a minimal increment in enlightenment.

EXAMPLES of INTER-SPIRITUAL ‘POINTERS’ mainly one-liners

AWARENESS: “Awareness of the divine begins with wonder. It is the result of what man does with his higher incomprehension.” – A J Heschel (1959 p. 41)

STILLNESS & movement – “Be still like a mountain and flow like a great river.” Lao Tse

GOD: “God is a circle whose centre is everywhere, whose circumference is nowhere.” Empedocles

CONCEPTS: “Concepts are delicious snacks with which we try to alleviate our amazement.” Heschel

KINDNESS: “My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” – The Dalai Lama

PURITY – kindness, radiance – “Possess a pure kindly & radiant heart…” – Baha’u’llah

LOVE – “God Is Love.” (I John 4:8)

REASON – “The worship of reason is arrogance and betrays a lack of intelligence. The rejection of reason is cowardice and betrays a lack of faith. – Abraham Joshua Heschel

INSIGHT/SATORI: A lightning flash:/ between the forest trees I have seen water. Shiki Masaoka

VOID Don’t contemplate as mere activity/Be void contemplating void p221 365 Tao D Ming-Dao

WORLD CITIZEN – Socrates – “I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.”

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Heschel Pound and Shelley – on knowing that flows from spiritual experience?

AWARENESS: “Awareness of the divine begins with wonder. It is the result of what man does with his higher incomprehension.” – A J Heschel (1959 p. 41)

“The artist is the antenna of the race. “ (Ezra Pound) –

Percy Bysshe Shelley: “poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world”.

TAGS: A J Heschel, The artist is the antenna of the race, Ezra Pound, Percy Bysshe Shelley, higher incomprehension, spiritual experience, knowledge of the heart, heart knowing,

LONG LIVE DUALITY THE TEN THOUSAND THINGS AND…

LONG LIVE DUALITY, THE TEN THOUSAND THINGS AND CONCEPTS

I laughed with delight when I came across the quotation below said to be from Chuang Tzu – in Tales From the Tao by Solala Towler.

Why?

Because there are so many who teach nonduality and they seem negative or contemptuous of the glorious world of duality. For me the old master nails the fact that humans fly with two wings – one of duality, one of nonduality.

“Where can I find a man who has forgotten words?

I would like to have a word with him.” – Chuang Tzu

Two other masters have said something similar’

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.

“Concepts are delicious snacks with which we try to alleviate our amazement.” (A J Heschel)

The search for reason ends at the shore…

The search for reason ends at the shore of the known; on the immense expanse beyond it only the sense of the ineffable can glide.

It alone knows the route to that which is remote from experience and understanding.

Neither is amphibious: reason cannot go beyond the shore,
and the sense of the ineffable is out of place where we measure, where we weigh…….

Citizens of two realms, we must all sustain dual allegiance:
we sense the ineffable in one realm; we name and exploit reality in another.

Between the two we set up a system of references, but can never fill the gap.

They are as far and as close to each other as time and calendar, as violin and melody,as life and what lies beyond the last breath.

The tangible phenomena we scrutinize with our reason, the sacred and indemonstrable we overhear with the sense of the ineffable.

Heschel A. J. (1971), Man is Not Alone, New York: Octagon Books p.8

The opposite of good is not evil…

“The opposite of good is not evil, the opposite of good is indifference,”

“In a free society, some are guilty, but all are responsible. “