Sunday, February 14, 2016

The Seed and Flower of Religion

Alan Watts
"Knowledge of God, the realization of one’s union with God, in a word, mysticism, is necessary. It is not simply the flower of religion; it is the very seed, lying in the flower as its fulfillment and proceeding the root as its origin. 
"There is no “higher religion” without mysticism because there is no apprehension of the meaning of reality without mysticism. It is the sine-qua-non - the must – the first and great commandment, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind”. On this hangs all the Law. On this old rules and techniques depend and apart from it, mean nothing."
 Behold the Spirit: A Study in the Necessity of Mystical Religion

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  1. This simplicity, at least for me, has been a challenge - I have been socialized by society, church, ... to trust complexity. Somewhat how I was socialized by the Church to trust suffering; so, I kept choosing suffering, then realized I did not trust not-suffering.

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