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.

10 February 2007

We're all Buddhists Now

Buddham saranam gacchami: I take refuge in the Buddha

Dhammam saranam gacchami: I take refuge in the Dhamma

Sangham saranam gacchami: I take refuge in the Sangha

"Official" Buddhists take refuge in the Triple Gem, by reciting some version of the Threefold Refuge. The Refuge, though, also has meaning that transcends religious boundaries. Christians take refuge in Christ, Muslims in Muhammad (which is not to say that Muslims see Muhammad as divine, however), Jews in Moses (since Mosaic, and not some other person's, law is followed by Jews), Vaishnavas in Vishnu, for instance. Christians take refuge in the Gospel, Muslims in the Qur'an, Jews in the Torah, Vaishnavas in the Srimad Bhagavatam, and so on. Christians finally take refuge in the Church, Muslims in the Ummah, Jews in the Minyan, Vaishnavas in Satsang, et cetera.

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