For the purpose of this paper I will compare two such methods of mystic tradition, namely Buddhism and Judaism. These two methods begun centuries and lands apart but synchronistically move towards the same place; mans desire for and unification with his perception of the ‘divine’ (whatever he conceives that to be). Theoretical Framework It is a great task to try and explain and describe a group of experiences that remain shrouded in mystery. Is this what makes these types of experiences so mysterious and therefore mystical? Mystical experiences occur to mystics, people whom have been granted a mystical experience.
Rudolph Otto prioritizes the non-rational as offering a truer understanding of religion because he claims the core of all religious life revolves around experiences and feeling, not simply rational thought. Overall, the rational is but an attempt to define the undefinable. To understand Otto’s rejection of the rational, the rational must be understood. “Rational,” in The Idea of the Holy, refers to the conceptualization of religion and the divine itself. Otto’s basic definition of the rational stems from the establishment and application of concepts evidenced in “they can be grasped by the intellect; they can be analyzed by thought; they even admit of definition.
Every religion has an essential part to share an enriched diversity. Further in his essay he continues by comparing the similarities between different religion. In one part he compares the “Mahayana Buddhist concept of Dharmakaya, Sambhogakaya, and Nirmanakaya and the Christian trinity of God as Father, Son and the Holy Spirit” (444). Although he states that the three concepts are similar to the Christian trinity, but he doesn't explain further how it is similar and the reasons behind the concepts. On the contrary, Dalai Lama explains that the important point is to spread love and compassion,patience,tolerance,humility,forgiveness, and all the spiritual qualities of human
The Dhammapada is an accepted and admired scriptural text from the Buddhist religion. The literal translation of the Dhammapada is “Verses on the Law, Truth, or the Way” (Mills xxxv). It is a collection of individual verses and phrases compiled to help communicate the teachings of the Buddha. One of the many verses from this compilation is the Dhammatthavagga, or “what accords with Dharma” (Mills 65). This excerpt explains what Dharma is in relation to this particular religion, as well as detailing the significance of its practice.
In another words his religion is far from pure intellectual and what is very crystal clear is that for him religion is not institutional but individual. Philosophy Philosophical aspects are the integral parts of the transcendentalism for sure and excluding Emerson from this idea is not fair for both side either for transcendentalism or Emerson. People of his time had a kind of pure spiritual believes and Emerson specifically wanted to find a philosophical foundation in which people can feel the presence of the divine elements in their soul. In this respect he attempts to make a comparison between the ideal and the real. He was interested mostly in philosophical system in a way that intuition is at its origin and the moral conclusion is at the end.
For western religions the ultimate goal is Heaven, while eastern religions wish to find enlightenment by achieving Moksha, Nirvana, or Satori. Hindus and Buddhists focus on rejecting their desires and attachment to the material realm, while Christians, Jews, and
I have come to realize that periods of spiritual stagnancy do not necessarily connote lazy or a disunity with Christ. Rather, these are simply times of trial in which God tests our spiritual resolve. Ultimately, we can endure these periods of emptiness with an awareness of the spiritual ecstasy that awaits those who perceiver in their faith. Ultimately, I found The Way of the Pilgrim to be both understandable and spiritually engaging. My only reserve is that life in the 21st century is much different from that experienced by the strannik in the 19th century.
Essentially, Palmas interpreted apophatic meditation as “the experience of the divine in quiet stillness” (pg. 141). Although many spiritual practitioners prior to Palmas argued that apophatic meditation constituted an acceptance of the impossibility of divine experience, Gregory refuted this claim by asserting the following: although God can not be experienced in his own “being,” He makes intimate contact with mankind through an extension of his “energies of love” (pg. 142). Furthermore, God’s energies provide creative nourishment for all beings and extend the healing power of grace.
This method is supportive of Descartes’s will to emphasis on doubt and question anything that can be doubted. Thus, he demonstrates the presence of God through a chain of consequences ‘Causal proof’. Because of the law of conservation of matter, the cause must equal the effect, if we have an idea of God than this idea is the effect and God is the cause (Gaarder, 2003). Therefore, the idea we have of God is an innate idea that we did not produce ourselves. Accordingly, he expresses that as a result of his innate thoughts of God, it only makes sense that it be God who "is the reason for this thought".
Within the trilogy of Star Wars there are two sides that are constantly fighting against one another. There is also something referred to as The Force which is often viewed as the sacred or godlike. It is easy to see different religious beliefs within this trilogy, not just one particular religion. Within two Star Wars movies A New Hope, and Rogue One, these eight aspects of religion can be found. Learning to master the Force requires faith, ritual, and ancient wisdom—which are hallmarks of institutionalized religion.
From a Buddhist perspective, one follows the Eight Fold Path in order to transcend reality. Inversely, Jews seek shelter within Gods commandments in order to be saved from the allure of Satan’s and sin. For Jews, no “middle way” can exist within an orthodox practice of Judaism as it opens one up to sin. However, Buddhists do believe in Karma, the binding force of negative interactions that tethers those seeking spiritual enlightenment or nirvana to the world. Although their practices differ minutely, a sense of grand oneness is shared between Judaism and Buddhism, as well as their methods of ritualistic worship in temples, synagogues or Sangha’s.
Watchmen Nee’s analysis of how the figure of speech use is analogous of the empirical within the texts of Galatians 2.20 and Romans 6 appears accurate. Furthermore, Lazenby’s discussion points to how mythical interpretation allows for the mystical elements to enter into the religious and sacred experience while presenting a rational basis of the empirical
It says that he argues that one can understand the Hebrew concept of love only by looking at one of the core commandments of Judaism, Leviticus 19:18, “Love your neighbor as yourself”. ( Jewish theology of love and Great Commandment) For Martin Buber, Judaism and Christianity were variations on the same theme of messianism. Buber made this theme the basis of a famous definition of the tension between Judaism and Christianity: Pre-messianically, our destinies are divided. Now to the Christian, the Jew is the incomprehensibly obdurate man who declines to see what has happened; and to the Jew, the Christian is the incomprehensibly daring man who affirms in an unredeemed world that its redemption has been accomplished. This is a gulf which no human power can bridge.
Like Judaism, Hinduism was considered a way of life. Hindu 's believe in one, singular. Universal Soul, yet beliefs, codes and principles vary from region to region. Hindu 's sense of peace came from within, through a series of practices to attain such bliss.The Gupta Age brought a flowering of art, literature and the sciences. It was also the beginning of the Hindu temple architecture.
Kegan says that a strong focus on self-discipline exists in this stage, such as praying, meditation and fasting. Illumination: An increased connection with others. “A deeper, more prolonged awareness of light, or greater reality, or God.” The person in this stage regarding the mystical theory is said to experience pleasure/satisfaction because they reached illumination, however, Underhill states that “pleasure or satisfaction must be abandoned if the individual is to continue the self-transcendent journey.” Dark night of the soul and abandonment: To “abandon” pleasure and satisfaction so the journey can continue, there must be greater self-awareness and exploration. Unity: The final step in the Mystical process. Meaning, united: “with God, with reality, with beauty, with the “ultimate.” The four “parallel” progressions: 1) Conformist or culture-bound sense of self, 2) Greater individuality in beliefs and outlooks, 3) Enhanced integration of our own beliefs and outlooks, 4) Self-transcendence and viewing one’s existence within a more universal or cosmic