Guy Claxton: SCIENCE AND SPIRITUALITY: ‘EFFING THE INEFFABLE’

Not to be missed – transcription HERE https://www.thersa.org/discover/publications-and-articles/rsa-blogs/2014/02/science-and-spirituality-effing-the-ineffable/

The difference between religion & spirituality – Richard Rohr

“Religion is lived by people who are afraid of hell. Spirituality is lived by people who have been through hell and come out enlightened.”

https://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/639712-radical-grace-daily-meditations-by-richard-rohr

Wayne Teasdale and Matthew Fox on inter-spiritual living

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In The Mystic Heart (2001), Wayne Teasdale says, “The real religion of humankind can be said to be spirituality itself, because mystical spirituality is the origin of all the world religions. If this is so, and I believe it is, we might also say that inter-spirituality – the sharing of ultimate experiences across traditions – is the religion of the third millennium.” (Teasdale, p. 26)

Teasdale explains, “Inter-spirituality is the foundation that can prepare the way for a planet-wide enlightened culture, and a continuing community among the religions that is substantial, vital, and creative” (p. 26).

He proclaims, “The fully formed mystic or contemplative is the new cultural hero who guides humankind to its maturity” (p. 192).

Matthew Fox affirms in ‘The Coming of the Cosmic Christ’ (Fox, 1988, p. 44), “The mystic lies deep in every person. … The reason human civilization is tired, depressed, unimaginative in dealing with unemployment, pollution, youth despair, injustice, and inequality is that we ‘do not even know who we are’” (p. 43-44).

“A spirituality that is only private and self…

“A spirituality that is only private and self-absorbed, one devoid of an authentic political and social consciousness, does little to halt the suicidal juggernaut of history. On the other hand, an activism that is not purified by profound spiritual and psychological self-awareness and rooted in divine truth, wisdom, and compassion will only perpetuate the problem it is trying to solve, however righteous its intentions. When, however, the deepest and most grounded spiritual vision is married to a practical and pragmatic drive to transform all existing political, economic and social institutions, a holy force – the power of wisdom and love in action – is born. This force I define as Sacred Activism.”
― Andrew Harvey, The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism

Just look at us Everything is backwards…

“Just look at us. Everything is backwards; everything is upside down. Doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy justice, universities destroy knowledge, governments destroy freedom, the major media destroy information and religions destroy spirituality.”

Michael Ellner

I sometimes think of spirituality as teaching…

“I sometimes think of spirituality as teaching us to forgive others and psychotherapy as a way of learning to forgive ourselves.”
–Frances Vaughan

Tolle says that emotion and thoughts I would…

Tolle says that emotion and thoughts (I would say heart-mind for these two are in reality a singleness) are not necessarily ego, but often are.

“They turn into ego only when you identify with them and they take you over completely, that is to say, when they become ‘I’.”

A New Earth pp131-132

SEVEN FACTORS OF ENLIGHTENMENT In Buddhism the Seven…

SEVEN FACTORS OF ENLIGHTENMENT

In Buddhism, the Seven Factors of Enlightenment are:

MINDFULNESS (sati) i.e. to remember the Dhamma.
INVESTIGATION (dhamma vicaya) of the Dhamma.
ENERGY (viriya)
JOY or rapture (pīti)
RELAXATION or tranquility (passaddhi) of both body and mind
CONCENTRATION (samādhi) a calm, one-pointed state of concentration of mind[1]
EQUANIMITY (upekkha), to be able to face life in all its vicissitudes with calm of mind and tranquility, without disturbance, with dispassion and detachment.

This set of seven enlightenment factors is one of the “Seven Sets” of “Enlightenment-related states” (bodhipakkhiyadhamma).

The Pali word bojjhanga is a compound of bodhi (“enlightenment”) and anga (“factor”).[2]

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia – see ‘Seven Factors of Enlightenment’
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We are knee deep in a river searching…

We are knee deep in a river, searching for water. We are part of an invisible river, but we are so distracted by outer things and what we imagine they could mean to us that we lose contact with the source of our own being.
Kabir Edmund Helminski, Living Presence (1992), p. 25

“The problem with which you are faced is…

“The problem with which you are faced is one which concerns and seriously puzzles many of our present-day youth. How to attain spirituality is indeed a question to which every young man and woman must sooner or later try to find a satisfactory answer. It is precisely because no such satisfactory answer has been given or found, that the modern youth finds itself bewildered, and is being consequently carried away by the materialistic forces that are so powerfully undermining the foundations of man’s moral and spiritual life.

“Indeed the chief reason for the evils now rampant in society is the lack of spirituality. The materialistic civilization of our age has so much absorbed the energy and interest of mankind that people in general do no longer feel the necessity of raising themselves above the forces and conditions of their daily material existence. There is not sufficient demand for things that we call spiritual to differentiate them from the needs and requirements of our physical existence.
“The universal crisis affecting mankind is, therefore, essentially spiritual in its causes. The spirit of the age, taken on the whole, is irreligious. Man’s outlook on life is too crude and materialistic to enable him to elevate himself into the higher realms of the spirit.
“It is this condition, so sadly morbid, into which society has fallen, that religion seeks to improve and transform. For the core of religious faith is that mystic feeling which unites Man with God. Directives from the Guardian – Shoghi Effendi – India/Hawaii, 1973 edition, pp 86-87

This state of spiritual communion can be brought about and maintained by means of meditation and prayer.

And this is the reason why Bahá’u’lláh has so much stressed the importance of worship. It is not sufficient for a believer merely to accept and observe the teachings. He should, in addition, cultivate the sense of spirituality which he can acquire chiefly by means of prayer. The Bahá’í Faith, like all other Divine Religions, is thus fundamentally mystic in character. Directives from the Guardian. Its chief goal is the development of the individual and society, through the acquisition of spiritual virtues and powers. 87 It is the soul of man which has first to be fed. Directives from the Guardian – Shoghi Effendi – India/Hawaii, 1973 edition, pp 86-87

“Laws and institutions, as viewed by Bahá’u’lláh, can become really effective only when our inner spiritual life has been perfected and transformed. Otherwise religion will degenerate into a mere organization, and becomes a dead thing. Directives from the Guardian – Shoghi Effendi – India/Hawaii, 1973 edition, pp 86-87

Directives from the Guardian – Shoghi Effendi – India/Hawaii, 1973 edition, pp 86-87