Essays on enlightenment

Centered on the dialogues and publications of the French “philosophes” (Voltaire, Rousseau, Montesquieu, Buffon and Diderot), the High Enlightenment might best be summed up by one historian’s summary of Voltaire’s “Philosophical Dictionary”: “a chaos of clear ideas.” Foremost among these was the notion that everything in the universe could be rationally demystified and cataloged. The signature publication of the period was Diderot’s “Encyclopédie” (1751-77), which brought together leading authors to produce an ambitious compilation of human knowledge.

Kathy LaPan:

  • " Why Christianity is exclusive: the only true religion "
  • " Postmodern Relativism vs. Ultimate Truth "

Unity: Anon: " The need for Jewish unity
  Violence, religiously inspired: Jon Brodkin: " While prayer is peaceful, violence is often in name of God " James Peter Jandu: " Jungle Justice and Lynch Mob Mentality. Causes and cures " Rabbi Allen S. Maller: " God's commandment against religious extremism " Vladimir Tomek: " Passages advocating violence and genocide in religious texts "
  Worldview : See Beliefs

Other topics: Anon: " How to dance in the rain: a message of enduring love " Anon: "Requiem For A Dream: The Decline Of American Values" .: " Role playing games and Christianity " Andrew Graham: "Did Jerusalem fall in 586 or 607 BCE?" Rebuttal essay by Doug Mason: " The Bible and the destruction of Jerusalem"

Maybe we can hold the question of what role inquiry, devotion, effort, surrender, transmission, meditation, gratitude, intention, silencing the mind, study of spiritual books, involvement with a teacher or master, ripeness of the student, karma, grace, and luck play in our enlightenment with an openness and curiosity, instead of a need to define their roles once and for all. The flowering of consciousness in your own existence is as unique as every flower, and ultimately we are all here to discover how it is going to happen uniquely this time around. What is your consciousness like right now? How open is the flower of your awareness? Is it still budding or has it blossomed? Just as every flower fades and another comes along, what about now? And now? What happens this time when you meditate? What happens now when you inquire "Who am I?" How does it feel right now to open your heart with gratitude even if nothing much is happening? What impact does reading this article or any other piece of writing have on you? Every stage of a plant's existence is valuable and even necessary for its flowering. Your experience is always adding to the richness of the unfolding of consciousness in this moment. May you enjoy the garden of your true nature, including when spiritual awakenings are blooming, and when spiritual enlightenment seems far away.

Essays on enlightenment

essays on enlightenment

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