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March 20th, 2008 — Comparisons, World Religions
Siddarthra Gautama was a seeker. He lived 2500 years ago but his experience and thought process parallels that of many sincere seekers in this modern generation–
He grew up in prosperity and abundance, oblivious to the poverty and suffering just beyond the walls of the royal compound. In a radical move for royalty he ventured out and there he saw death, he saw pain and suffering, and also a wandering ascetic. Disturbed by it all, the great disparities, he left his previous life, including his young wife and two young children, in search of answers to this great dilemma.
Enos was also of royal blood being the grandson of Father Lehi. He went alone “to hunt beasts in the forests”, an activity that has not been a safe venture for royal princes historically, it was often the place of “accidents” that led to changes in power in the ancient world. He reports that his “soul hungered” and that he an internal “wrestle” before God for his sins.
Despite their similar predicaments, their conclusions were quite different. Gautama Continue reading →
March 11th, 2008 — Book Notes, World Religions
My latest read was a collection of essays in a book entitled "Beyond Death–Theological and Philosophical Reflections on Life after Death."I selected the book simply because the title caught my eye as I was skimming through the stacks one day in the library. I really enjoyed the format of the book and commend the editors for the quality of writers they were able to attract. The book consisted of a collection of essays of very diverse voices reflecting on the issue of life after death. The essays included a wide range of perspectives: Jewish, Muslim, Catholic, Athiest/Humanist, Orthodox, Evangelical, and objective scientific researchers. The writers were extremely articulate, thoughtful, and sincere in their reporting. The greatness of the book is the all-encompassing picture that is painted; having the full spectrum in one place. I regret that I no longer have the book in front of me to quote certain essays, however the power of the book truly lies in the panorama. I found the discussion about the scientific study of near-death experiences particularly interesting, it really is a subject most scientists won’t touch with a ten foot pole yet it is very much a measurable phenomenon that can be examined and scrutinized. I felt this book was an honest exploration of that ultimate question of life.
December 18th, 2007 — Comparisons, Temple, World Religions
Today, on the other side of the world, an estimated 2.5 million people are participating in a sacred ritualistic pilgrimage, the Hajj. It is the largest annual religious pilgrimage in the world and is one of the Five Pillars of Islam.
I would like to look at the general outline of the Hajj in light of my own experience as a participant in the rituals of the Mormons in what is called the Endowment. I hope to do so in a way that maintains the sacred nature of the rituals in the eyes of their respective participants, again, I will be mainly comparing elements of the general outline of the experiences. All the quotes regarding the Hajj are taken from the related Wikipedia article.
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