Peter Van Nuffelen's Rethinking the Gods: Philosophical Readings of Religion in PDF

By Peter Van Nuffelen

ISBN-10: 1107012031

ISBN-13: 9781107012035

Old philosophers had consistently been thinking about faith. From the 1st century BC onwards, the normally extra antagonistic perspective of Greek and Roman philosophy used to be deserted in favour of the view that faith used to be a resource of philosophical wisdom. This booklet stories that adjust, no longer from the viewpoint of the heritage of faith, as is common, yet is familiar with it as a part of the broader tendency of Post-Hellenistic philosophy to divulge heart's contents to exterior, non-philosophical assets of data and authority. It situates key issues, historic knowledge and cosmic hierarchy, within the context of Post-Hellenistic philosophy and lines their reconfigurations in modern literature and within the polemic among Jews, Christians and pagans. total, Post-Hellenistic philosophy might be noticeable to have a comparatively excessive measure of solidarity in its principles on faith, which shouldn't be diminished to a training for Neo-Platonism.

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Nous avons beau nous occuper de lui avec beaucoup d'affection, un moment d'inattention suffit pour qu'il mette la tête dans la casserole et vole de la nourriture. Manasa puja est une méthode qui permet de fixer le mental capricieux sur Dieu. Accomplis cette adoration en appelant : « Amma, Amma ! » avec amour, dévotion et un désir intense. Imagine que tu tiens la main de la Mère divine et que tu verses de l'eau sur Elle pour Lui donner Son bain. Regarde l'eau qui coule sur toutes les parties de Son corps.

Il se mit à détester le premier disciple. Un jour, il demanda au guru : « Pourquoi ne me confies-tu aucune responsabilité dans l'ashram ? Je suis plus capable que lui. » « Le guru enjoignit alors aux deux élèves de partir dans le monde et de voir quelle était la nature des gens. En marchant, le premier disciple vit un homme au bord de la route en train de donner un bonbon à un petit enfant et de le consoler. En se renseignant, il apprit que cet homme était en fait un assassin. Mais le disciple fut tout de même touché par le bon côté de cet homme.

Mère, je Te le dis clairement : Daigne entrer dans mon cœur et y briller. Permets-moi de proclamer Ta gloire Et libère-moi de cette Mâya. Sur le mur, derrière Amma, était accrochée une représentation de la déesse Sarasvati tenant la vina. Les doigts de la déesse jouaient-ils pour accompagner le chant d'Amma ? Avant que l'écho de la mélodie se soit évanoui, Elle attrapa l'image et l'embrassa à plusieurs reprises. Puis Elle resta un moment immobile, serrant la déesse contre Son cœur, sans faire le moindre mouvement.

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