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A Story from Ram Dass

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A Story from Ram Dass

One day a rabbi, in a frenzy of religious passion, rushed in before the ark, fell to his knees, and started beating his breast, crying, “I’m nobody! I’m nobody!” The cantor of the synagogue, impressed by this example of spiritual humility, joined the rabbi on his knees. “I’m nobody! I’m nobody!” The “shamus” (custodian), watching…
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Freedom of Religion – NOT a “Christian Nation”

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Freedom of Religion – NOT a “Christian Nation”

The English philosopher John Locke proposed two revolutionary ideas about religion: One, that it is a matter of individual choice – not the decision of the state or the community. Two, if you don’t approve of your neighbor’s choices, too bad! Live and let live and keep the peace. But somewhat later, on this side…
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Two Aphrodites

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Two Aphrodites

In Greek mythology, there are two Aphrodites: one, the “Heavenly Aphrodite”, is the motherless daughter of Uranus (the primeval grandfather of Zeus); the other, the “Terrestrial Aphrodite”, is the daughter of Zeus and Dione. Eros often accompanies the Terrestrial Aphrodite, while Hermes (the Logos) accompanies the Celestial Aphrodite. Of course, these are really just two…
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On Ramadan

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On Ramadan

One day, when the companions were sitting with the Messenger of God, they were joined by someone they did not know – a man whose clothes were glowing white. He sat down facing the Prophet, knee to knee, and to everyone’s astonishment he placed the palms of his hands on Muhammad’s thighs and began to…
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The Future of Religion

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The Future of Religion

We live in a time when Churches, Synagogues, Mosques, etc., all are experiencing falling attendance. If traditional houses of worship, or ‘centers’ such as mine (‘Interfaith Awakening’ in Woodstock), are going to survive, they had better start doing some things very, very differently. I believe that: (1) stressing interfaith values, shared values, inclusivity and common…
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Knowing the ‘Reality’ of the World is Not as it Appears. (’60’s)

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Knowing the ‘Reality’ of the World is Not as it Appears. (’60’s)

It’s a peculiar thing. I know that drugs harmed my body. (I’m a child of the Sixties, you see.) And through the years I’ve lost several friends who died because of drugs: I know, and even knew then, that I was lucky. Today I would not recommend them to anyone and I worry about the…
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Advantage, Socrates

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Advantage, Socrates

Socrates’ friend, Chaerephon, was so impressed with Socrates’ intelligence that he went to the Oracle at Delphi and asked if there was anyone as wise as Socrates. The prophetess, whose words were supposed to be those of Apollo himself, replied that no one was wiser than he. When Chaerephon reported this to Socrates, Socrates was…
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Fatherhood, Love, and Violence

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Fatherhood, Love, and Violence

There are plenty of causes of youth violence, including (1) poverty; (2) drug and alcohol abuse; (3) violence on television, movies, music videos, and video games; (4) inadequate health care; (5) access to guns; (6) prejudice and discrimination; (7) poor education; and (8) lack of sufficient community services. But one of the most important factors…
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Unity and Freedom in Religion

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Unity and Freedom in Religion

“Vivekananda, pointing out that the unity of all religions must necessarily express itself by an increasing richness of variety in its forms, said once that the perfect state of that essential unity would come when each man had his own religion, when not bound by sect or traditional form he followed the free self-adaptation of…
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