One of the most difficult things for many westerners to understand about Hinduism is its relation to and worship of images. Because we grow up under monotheist and Abrahamic hegemony, we are often influenced – whether or not we are actually religious – by its views. And in the Abrahamic traditions, the worship of imagesFortsätt läsa ”Book recommendation: ‘Darśan. Seeing the Divine Image in India’ by Diana L. Eck”
The soul and the soul alone
I’ve been returning a lot lately to the great well of wisdom that is Hindu scripture. It’s something I do when I’m going through rough times or just not quite feeling like myself. To return to these books is a reminder to focus once more on the true self, which is beyond all race, physicalFortsätt läsa ”The soul and the soul alone”
Panentheistic Polytheism: An Illustration
One of the biggest, and often most heated, discussions happening in Polytheistic circles is that of ”hard” versus ”soft” Polytheism; whether the Deities are all unique Individuals or whether They are aspects of a single Ultimate Deity. I’ve written a post in the past about how I believe the two are not inherently contradictory. ToFortsätt läsa ”Panentheistic Polytheism: An Illustration”
Are the Deities all One? Well, no but also yes.
Within modern day polytheism there is quite a debate on the issue of whether the Deities are all separate individuals or aspects of one Supreme Deity. The former stance is referred to as hard polytheism while the later is called soft polytheism. Note: soft polytheism is also sometimes used to refer to psychological/archetypal paganism orFortsätt läsa ”Are the Deities all One? Well, no but also yes.”
Excerpt from chapter six – To whom does the soul belong?
*Trigger Warning: mention of violence and sexual abuse.* Chapter six is the longest chapter in Last Words of The Sage. Here the protagonist deals with several dilemmas, including whose side he should chose in a war where both sides are committing acts of great evil: “But I am once again feeling lost, dear friend. ForFortsätt läsa ”Excerpt from chapter six – To whom does the soul belong?”