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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ARISTOPHANES’ HILARIOUS SPEECH ON ‘LOVE’ IN PLATO’S ‘SYMPOSIUM’

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On a cool Autumn evening in Athens, Socrates, Aristophanes, and several other friends got together for a celebration at the house of Agathon, the young playwright who had recently won First Prize for Tragedy at the theater festival. After dinner they agreed that they would not drink very much this night, since, for the most…
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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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Order and Chaos

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Order and Chaos

In the ancient stories, the power of Reason (which Genesis calls ‘Light’ and Plato calls the ‘Demiurge’) makes Order out of Chaos. The Greeks represented Chaos as the first goddess, Gaia: that is, Gaia is the spiritual essence of the world, the transcendent mother-principle of the Nature that will come. Her husband (and, in some…
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3 Yogas in the Bhagavad Gita

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3 Yogas in the Bhagavad Gita

Yoga, often defined simply as “union”, “union with the divine”, or “the way”, and often believed mistakenly to consist only of the popular physical postures called “hatha yoga”, consists of spiritual, mental and physical practices, teachings, and disciplines, that originated in India. There is no one definition that is acceptable to everyone, but perhaps a…
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