Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Adherents to Advaita Vedanta do not, technically, believe in the existence of Evil with a capital "E".

Natural events, however, regularly shake that faith.

On that note, one is reminded of Camille Paglia's point that we cannot rationally understand nature because nature is ontologically larger than ourselves. It is only through post-rational, mystical methods that nature can be wholly appreciated.

A member of the advaitin Yahoo Group had this to say:
The Earth itself is a living being with virtually all the characteristics of the archetypal jiva [or spiritual being], complete with all the attending chakras and koshas [psycho-spiritual knots and sheaths].
Sort of a spiritual Gaia theory. (He continued, but my agreement ended at that point.)

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