November 18, 2005

Two quotations

Two new quotations, the first thanks to Stephen Billias and the second to Patrick.

A religion that is small enough for our understanding would not be large enough for our needs.

Arthur Balfour, the First Earl of Balfour, English Statesman (1848-1930)
"The moment you come to trust chaos, you see God clearly. Chaos is divine order, versus
human order. Change is divine order, versus human order. When the chaos becomes safety to
you, then you know you're seeing God clearly.

Caroline Myss

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November 03, 2005

Thich Nhat Hanh

I found a quote (again?!) from "Going Home" by Thich Nhat Hanh which seems to me a nice way of describing Shintaido's "Ten-Chi-Jin" philosophy.

There are two kinds of relationships. The first level is the relationship between us and other beings. In Christianity, we hear the expression "horizontal theology." This kind of theology helps us to see and touch what is there around us. Horizontal theology helps us establish links with what is around us, including human beings, animals, vegetables, and minerals. Our daily practice should help us get in touch with these beings, animate or inanimate, because by getting in touch with them, we will be able to get in touch with God. Getting in touch with God is symbolized by a vertical line and is call "vertical theology." These are the two dimensions. If you do not succeed in getting in touch with the horizontal dimension, you will not be able to get in touch with the vertical dimension. There is a relationship between the horizontal and the vertical. There is interbeing between the two. If you cannot love man, animals, and plants, I doubt that you can love God. The capacity for loving God depends on your capacity for loving humankind and other species.

I think that this amounts to stating that "Agape" and "Eros" are the same which is something I remember Aoki-sensei saying a long time ago. And, of course, at the intersection of the vertical and horizontal is the embodied "Self."

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