Deus non alligatur. God is not bound. Nibbanam paramam sukham. Unbinding is the Highest Happiness. The Heart is Divinity. God is the primal radiance of Divinity. Nature is the primal manifestation of Divinity. The Buddha is the primal realization of Divinity. La ilaha il Allah. Allah is Complete Wholeness.

20 December 2006

One Life, or Many?

Work as if you've birthed and died a thousand times.
Love as if you have one life to live.

The subject of singular or multiple lifetimes forms one of the distinctive differences separating much of the East from much of the West. A few questions to keep in mind, if one is troubled by such a seemingly tremendous difference among the great religious traditions of the world:

1. What is a "life"? Where does "life" begin, and where does it end?
2. Who is this "I" that apparently takes birth, and apparently dissipates at death?
3. Do our inclinations, perspectives, and personal and social histories determine which ideas we find more believable?
4. "What is the sound of one hand clapping?"
5. "Which one life are you living right now?"

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