The Sophist Trap

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The Sophist Trap

If you come to the sophisticated realization that religion is full of much nonsense, don’t fall into the trap of the sophists. The Sophists were philosophic teachers who taught that there is no such thing as absolute truth, but only relative and subjective truths that hold for a given person at a given time. Like…
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Constitutional Amendments May Not Be So Impossible

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Sometimes Warren Buffett gets it right. This is one of those times. And, yes, Snopes says this is true.      WHO CAN ARGUE WITH THIS MESSAGE?    Warren Buffet is asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to…
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YOM KIPPUR

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YOM KIPPUR

This evening is the beginning of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.   The descriptions in Leviticus of the Sacrifices in the Temple should be taken symbolically. They represent the ‘sacrifice’ of our inner negativity. The only thing we can offer to God is a more ‘fit’ state of our own soul. What is important to…
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Kirtan & Sacred Music

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An Interfaith Gathering Experience the Joy of Kirtan & Sacred Music with SITA’S LIGHT Kirtan (devotional chanting) is a unique and special way to bring the mind into an uplifted and concentrated state creating great joy and peace. The rhythm, sound, depth and beauty of Sanskrit sounds and chants are really beyond words and raise…
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“As the Human Mind Becomes More Enlightened … “

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{an Excerpt from ‘The Beauty and Nobility of Life’} “It seems to be a matter of principle among some conservatives to look at any forward-looking endeavor (whether a proposed bill in Congress, or simply a suggested action that might improve some problem or other), and to search for possible difficulties or defects that might result…
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What Really Makes America ‘Exceptional’?

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(excerpt from ‘The Beauty and Nobility of Life’): Americans feel a great deal of pride that our nation is so unique. But most Americans gravely misunderstand in what sense we are unique, and in what sense we are no different from any other nation or any other people. We are going to have to free…
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Charleston. Another Mass Murder

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We have the ability to change this. We are not the helpless slaves of negativity. Change always begins with awareness, it begins with knowing what we are, it begins with knowing what is real. We have to stop denying. This is not a post-racist society, Muslims are not the only terrorists, and guns-and-easy-access-to-them is not…
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Literalism

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We have to stop reducing the vast meaning and awesome power of symbolism and mythology to mere questions of literal fact or fiction. Myths reflect back to us and teach us about our deepest psychological and spiritual truths. Among contemporary people, myths tend to be dismissed, at a terrible psychological cost, as childish fantasies or…
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The Inevitable Outcome?

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The sharp difference that we ascribe to secular matters and sacred matters could never make  sense to a Shaman. The gods and goddesses of Homer’s Greece were part of everyone’s daily life. In the Garden of Eden, God walked about and talked to the inhabitants. He spoke with Abraham and Moses, and later sent His…
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DOMINION: Cruelty and Stupidity are Close Companions

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(Excerpt from The Beauty and Nobility of Life) Contrary to our long history of confusing the noble concept of ‘dominion’ with the vulgar concept of ‘domination’, the biblical tradition clearly maintains that God is concerned with all life on Earth, and human beings have an obligation to care for our planetary home and all the…
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Islamophobia

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In our ever-shrinking world, where the word ‘community’ means that more and more cultural and religious diversity is right beside us, we really have no choice but to find out who our neighbors are. Otherwise, we just hide from the world. This sort of isolation could be achieved in the past, but no longer in…
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