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October 12, 2006


Bahia F.

The philosophy of emptiness issues not in a weary scepticism but in a ripe compassionate wisdom that could bring some aspects of New Testament Christianity into a new perspective.

Have you read Michael Novak's The Experience of Nothingness, which argues closely along these lines but does not really reference Buddhism?


"unless God is a God that revels in violence, delighting like the USA in showing his greatness in spectacles that ‘shock and awe’.

Looking at sacred texts such as the Pentateuch or the Bhagavad Gîtâ one could find support for that grisly supposition, for here the divinity uses language worthy of the most bloodthirsty mortals."

This citing of the Bhagavadgita seems egregious to me. I've read your other writings, and you come across as a person deeply well read, and with some interest in seeing how other cultures (especially those with non-abrahamic religions) see themselves. Your above citation betrays a lack of any context on the circumstances under which the Gita words were uttered. It was definitely not a celebration of violence, though it does go against the modern myth of weak & inactive "Hindu Pacifism". I'd encourage you to re-read the Mahabharata to get the context in which the Gita is preached.



After reading your "Moral Qualms & Mystic Claims", I see that you do know the context of the MB. I've filed away that article for future reading.

What still remains [problematic] is your easy mapping the notion of anthropomorphic Abrahamic "God" onto Indic religion and talking about a "blood thirsty God".

Oh well...my 2 cents.

[I filled in a missing word -- JSOL]


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