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By Maurice S. Friedman

Drawing on nearly part a century of immersion within the world's nice religions, Friedman takes a dialogical method by which spiritual fact isn't really noticeable as exterior creed and shape or as subjective proposal, yet because the assembly in openness, presentness, immediacy, and mutuality with final fact. faith has to do with the wholeness of human lifestyles.

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The Hindu notion of creation as "the play of the gods:' or lila, has been rightly interpreted by Alan Watts and others as "sitting lightly to the world:' though this attitude only truly comes to those who have gone through and beyond the order and attained enlightenment. The history religions, in contrast-Judaism, Christianity, and Islam-speak not of divine sport, lila, but of divine destiny-in the sense that God himself has a stake in creation, in history. History here is not the cyclical history that we see in the notion of the kalJXJs and yugas of Hinduism and the great Year of ancient Greek religion.

The Hindu notion of creation as "the play of the gods:' or lila, has been rightly interpreted by Alan Watts and others as "sitting lightly to the world:' though this attitude only truly comes to those who have gone through and beyond the order and attained enlightenment. The history religions, in contrast-Judaism, Christianity, and Islam-speak not of divine sport, lila, but of divine destiny-in the sense that God himself has a stake in creation, in history. History here is not the cyclical history that we see in the notion of the kalJXJs and yugas of Hinduism and the great Year of ancient Greek religion.

But if we press the question a step further and inquire, like Hume, into the reality underlying the connection between cause and effect, where does that leave us? " Where is the "I" that at this moment, in this consciousness, sees reality? The question is not, Where is this body, objectified and seen apart from you? You are still to see through your own eyes and ask yourself the question, How is it pOSSible that the whole of reality is grasped through this "1" and yet that this "I" will cease to exist?

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