By Maurice S. Friedman
Drawing on virtually part a century of immersion within the world's nice religions, Friedman takes a dialogical process by which non secular truth isn't really obvious as exterior creed and shape or as subjective concept, yet because the assembly in openness, presentness, immediacy, and mutuality with final truth. faith has to do with the wholeness of human lifestyles.
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Only when man shall roll up the sky like a hide;' says an Upanishad, "will there be an end of misery, unless this truth has first been known:' No greater contrast could be found to the Epicurean view that looks on pleasure as the sole meaning and the only possible fulfillment of life. The Gayatri mantram, perhaps the most famous Hindu prayer, begins, "From the unreal lead us to the real, from darkness to light, from death to immortality:' Perhaps the central statement in the central Hindu scripture the Bhagavad Gita is, "He who sees the action that is in inaction, the inaction that is in action is wise indeed:' The "action that is in inaction" is the effectiveness of the person who does not seem to act, who does not interfere in the world arbitrarily, and yet acts out of the wholeness, the fullness, the concentration of one's being, out of the spiritual state that one has reached.
But in the Psalms and in the Book of Job, there is a wrestling for meaning despite the passage of time. It is not only human mortality, however, but the suffering of the innocent and the prosperity of the wicked that leads to the tempering of trust in Job and in the Psalms. The reaffirmation of trust takes place out of an immediate sense of exile. When God no longer prepares a table for the good person in the presence of his enemies, when the good person sees not the recompense of the wicked, but their prosperity and their arrogance, his trust is shaken.
It knows that thought never occurs without feeling and that feeling never occurs without thought, even though we sometimes use our thoughts to mask our feelings and our feelings to mask our thoughts. Lao-tzu's Way of Life, in the classic poetic translation of Witter Bynner, has proved to be of a lasting and ever-new significance for me as no other Eastern scripture has. It does not contain the mystic secret of supreme enlightenment or nirvana or even satori. Rather, like that Confucian wisdom to which it otherwise seems so opposite, it represents a path that is not far from common consiousness, a wisdom that gently informs and gently reproves just where our lives most stray from it.
A Heart of Wisdom: Religion and Human Wholeness by Maurice S. Friedman