The Idea of a Taoist Sage and Gospel Parallels / Taoist Metaphysical Vision and the Christian Concept of God

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Session 1 & 2 of "Trinity and Tao: Christian and Taoist Spirituality"

Talk 1: The Idea of a Taoist Sage and Gospel Parallels

Talk 2: Taoist Metaphysical Vision and the Christian Concept of God

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more than started years have passed since promised voters work the way of johnson appeared
mccann and wrote it in dialogue with giant wool one of the pioneers of crystal towers dialogue in which and times
dr wu was the first for example to translate the word bloggers in the prologue of john's gospel as thou
so that in raids in the beginning was down
although others besides burton have shared of was interests and in science the question now is the dialogue is still at its initial stages
confucianism buddhism and taoism constitute as three basic elements of the chinese culture
in the long history of their development that's three have profoundly influence one another
while buddhism and confucianism have been more widely study in the west darwinism at least until recently has not been as well known
one reason is that many find the term on elusive the english word heroism is used to refer to both the so-called how his philosophy about job and thousand pounds to religion thou job
the to can be neatly separated but it is helpful it would be helpful to make a distinction between them
as an introduction to my fox let me first presents a brief history of thousand both philosophical terrorism and religious pluralism take their inspiration from the same basic text an author the dao de jing written during the spring autumn period
yeah of in chinese history wrapping between the eighth and fifth century before christ
and attributed to allow for the patriarch of the damage school
not much is known about love her but he is traditionally thought to have been an odor contemporary of concussions
in addition to the down aging darwish the philosophy also relies heavily on the writings of john for
which are normally assigned to the warring states period
between the fifth and a third century the park crimes
a significant development of thousand philosophy is commonly attributed to new york powers on writing of the third and fourth century after christ which five decks passion in the commentaries on the classical texts the most important of these are the common to
rates are lots of by one p at corsham kong and a commentary on transfer by for sound
religious taoism on the other hand can probably trace its origins from very ancient times from the era of article bones and divination during the shang dynasty between the eighteenth and the twelfth century about crime
doubt really can also drew heavily on the indiana school the five ancient school and radically reinterpreted the teachings of lounger and transfer
it accumulated a huge body of scriptures called the downtown or gouged canon compiled over fifteenth centuries
one of the several trends that led to the development of religious terrorism
thou his religion as an institution is often identified with the founding of the heavy masters said in the middle of the second century after christ a political religious movement developed you see trial under a man called john dowd
lee who establish a semi independent state and attracted many followers through faith healing and other magical and
shamanic practices
as the heavy masters sex collected a tax of five packs of rise from each member it is also called the five packs of rice said
really just started some developed into an organized the salvation religion it is track it it's followers to calculate how's the living and to seek longevity and immortality through breathing exercises and meditation practice as well
as outer and inner alchemy
since both philosophical and religious terrorism we got of as their main source of inspiration the parks on my workshop will focus on those points of contact between christianity and that averaging in particular
you know effort to introduce you to the towers christian dialogue on a more practical level i shall also compare and contrast the various vegetation and longevity can mix of religious taoism with analogous christian practices
specifically my fourth hogs will present the following topics
first the idea of a daoist sage and gospel parros
second bow is the metaphysical vision and the christian concept of god
that damaged meditation techniques visa is the hezekiah's tradition
and as my last lashkar comparing the tech teachings on stillness contemplation in lousy tobacco use and meister eckhart
this evening i'm going to present the first topic
the idea of a daoist sage and gospel parallels
the chinese character for down consists of two elements
it's on the board
one means or head and the other to walk
it means that by which someone goes a pass or road extended to mean method long and principle
this various connotations or well summed up in the english term away
dow is the basic concepts in various schools of chinese philosophy while in confucianism dow is employed to signify the way of heaven or of humans he loves her dow acquires also a metaphysical meaning
down is the ultimate reality as well as the first principle underlying form substance being and change
dow hermione's such things and nourishes everything
however even as lungs were explorers the metaphysical meaning of down his chief concern is still with humans and their way of life both as individuals and in society
he detonates an ideal person assange literally a holy person
he also uses expressions such as true person for accomplish the person for the same purpose
while allows the presents the same especially as the idea of ruler of a state he teaches that everyone should and can become a sage
since one and sm dow is inherent in all things permeating heaven earth and humans lotsa his crimes the unity between human beings and nature and even envisages and exact correspondence between the
microcosm of a human being at the microcosm of the outer world
a true sage is one who is able to observe the movement of down as manifested in nature and to follow it
lancer describes certain general principles of down running through the phenomenal changes of the universe which which may be called in
that's the damaging opens with this world
dow that can be spoken up is not the constant down name that can be named is not the constant name
lancer characterizes the true down as the constant down that is constant in the midst of changes
the idea of something constant them it changes is expressed in the following passage coat
i came at most emptiness maintain complete tranquillity the penthouse and things range together and i watched the return
all things flourish it's returning to its root
to return to the route is called tranquillity
this is what is meant by returning to destiny
returning to destiny is called the constant
to know the constant is called enlightenment
captain sixteen
when something returned to its roots or destiny it encounters the constancy of down
to know the constant his enlightenment
assange is one who is able to perceive what is constant and to respond to it
the damaging his cried several constant characteristics or in bevy of those in the manifestation and movement of down
non action or movie is the first constant law of down
dow invariably takes no action and yet there is nothing left and done chapter thirty seven
not action means that down does not actively intervene but allows things to follow their natural causes
spontaneity is the hallmark of down
as we read in the tao te ching
humans follow bears earth follows heaven heaven follows dow dow photos its nature arthurian
chapter thirty five
the chinese term florian literally means what is not very soul
it suggests spontaneity and natural ness
better term is applied to dow is simply indicates that down always follows its own way
consequently the siege must follow down in cultivating non action as a way of life
none action should not be taken to mean in doing nothing rather it means quiet d surrendering to the way of down by respecting the natural cause inherent in things without baking aggressive or unnecessary interferences
the way of not action is ultimately a matter of following what is not very so
there's lots of states
if one wants to possess the world and act upon it i know that he cannot get it
the world is a sacred vessel it cannot be acted upon
to act upon it is to destroy it
to grasp it is to lose it
chapter twenty nine
commenting on this passage what p says
the nature of ten thousand things is characterized by surya therefore it can be followed but not acted upon one can go along with it but not hold it by force
it's nature if one artificially acts upon it while will surely fail
the sage realizes the nature of syria and penetrates into the feelings of all things
does he follows at thought acts flows along and not interfere
end quote
none action or way presupposes on a part of the on the part of the sage the qualities of muso no self and will you know desire
if one is concerned with personal interests and driven by desire one lacks the inner tranquillity necessary for observing the movement of down and you'll tend to act selfishly in attempting to achieve one's personal gain
that was so no sell means being unconcerned with personal interest
but precisely because the sages without sell his cell is thereby realized
whoa you know desire on the other hand does not mean suppressing all his rather it means restraining our desire through simplicity
and not being fettered by it
non action is also characterized by has eternity and detachment from one's own achievement
quote therefore the same manages his affairs by non action and spreads his teachings without words he produces but that's not possess ads but does not take credit achieves married
does not dwell on it
since it does not dwell on it it does not leave him
chapter two
that's the sage is one who withdraws after accomplishing his task and does not cling to his merit
lancer recommends not action above all as the essential quality of an ideal ruler who must conduct by the rule of moving interfering with the people as little as possible and allowing them ample scope
for south irrelevant
he is convinced that acting by not action
nothing will not be governed well
captaincy lancer campaigns against the rulers who are overly active
the people are starving because those above touch them too heavily the people are hard to govern because those above a to active chapters seventy five
that's the also puts the following words in a mouse have an idea of sage
that's the sage says i take no action and the people are of themselves transformed i love tranquillity and the people of themselves rectified
i do not engage in activity and the people have themselves become rich i have no desire and the people have themselves become simple
chapter fifty seven
in this passage taking no action sheung quality not activity and no desire
all indicate way and are the essential qualities of an ideal ruda
closely related to the idea of non action is another pair of in variables of town as stated in chapter fourteen of the dao de jing
we were so is the movement of down weakness is the function of down
we shall purge discussed the movement of down
lancer described his movement in the following passage
grange or down means ongoing i'm going means far reaching far reaching means reversing
captain can you find this means that the movement of dow is not linear but shirt yoda
there are things which apparently opposite are in reality you relative and complimentary to one another for example depakote an easy long and short high and low rent and back
paradoxically great things often resemble their opposites
coat the bright way looks damn the advancing way looks as if retreating the level way looked rough supreme virtue looks like a battle great whiteness looked silent abandoned virtue
looks the patient establish the virtue looks like cowardice true essence looks changeable the greatest the square has no corners
the greatest image has no shape
chapter thirty one
i always enjoy the expression the quakers square has no corner
the revenge so either movement of dow is reflected in the changing phenomena of the world
bad fortune is what good fortune depends on good fortune is what bad function heights in
normality be birds to the odd goodness the birds to evil
fifty eight
moreover doubt law of reversal tend to patterns and even situation
it's not the way of heaven like the stretching up a bowl what is high is brought down and what is no is reached up so to from those who have too much down takes away and those who are deficient in of many
seventy seven
since phenomenal change in the world is governed by the law of reversal the sage and night and by this law must act in a manner opposite the what he wishes to achieve
for he who wretches expands page years in the end he who has haunted most we have suffered the heaviest laws for the farm
this does not mean that lungs will it solve secret fucking his simply describes what happens
the sage putting himself in the background is always to the poor remaining outside is always there is it not just because he does not triumph for any personal end that all his personal aims are fulfilled
sam chapter seven
likewise just because you never at any time makes us show of greatness he in fact achieves greatness
that's the also states that one should know how to bend south he nodded to be kept whole to be a crooked is to be straightened to be hollow is to be field to be one out is to be renewed to have little
is to gain more to wish for more is to be confused
chapter ten to
knowing that anything that goes to one extreme much persuading to its opposite the sage is called the excessive the extravagant the extreme
the sage awesome those when to stop and when to withdraw holding a cup until it overflows is not as good as stopping in time
when your work is done ten withdraw that's the way of having
chapter nine
if the characteristic movement of dow is reversal a typical expression of its function or operation his weakness
this third invaluable is closely linked to the previous two non action and reversal
the opposite of weakness is strength in the world everybody wants to be strong few people understand that strength and power are parallels that love the states harshness and rigidity are associated with death
as a weakness are associated with life powerful weapons will not win massive tree will be cut down
chapter seventy six
laughs were also said what people teach i also teach the men of violence will not die well
ninety two
however the weakness recommended by lancer is not an end in itself but i mean that needs to real strength what is that issue here is a weakness that overcomes strings as loud the states to the soft and a week
big win over the heart and the strong
nothing evokes the image of water to illustrate his points
nothing under heaven is softer or more yielding and water but when it attacks things heart and resistance there is nothing superior to it
chapter seventy eight
rio's trends means inner strength which is achieved that so packaging the weakness recommended by love her
one who overcomes himself is strong
to keep to the soft is called strength
the idea of weakness is related to that of simplicity of fourth invaluable of down
love for contemplates an original state of innocence in which down is simply embrace
he considers the setting up of moral code and human institutions as an rpg that follows upon our falling away from the original state
but this reason lancer sharply criticized for confusion modernism as something artificial and a regression from the natural state of innocence chapter eighteen
conventional virtues such as benevolence and righteousness are inferior to the way of moving and syrian what is naturally so and hence should be abandoned
that's also advocates a return to primary simplicity by discarding knowledge and cleverness as well as which training selfishness and desire
when accounts of our present perverse stage this return to simplicity requires cultivation
that implies the images of an infant and an uncapped block to describe this simplicity she often compare a person who is cultivate himself to a little child whose knowledge and desires are simple
similarly he uses that word pool and kept a block to indicate the state of simplicity in which his eyes or reduce
we have reflected on several in variables of the way of acting of down the true think is one who is able to perceive that you barely have a way of down as manifested in nature and to follow accordingly
the ability to discover this constant laws of down is called enlightenment
chapter sixteen of the tao te ching is of particular importance but popping up knowing the constant
i came at most emptiness maintain complete tranquility the ten thousand things rise together and i watched that we can all things flourish it returns to its roots
can return to the route is called tranquillity this is what is meant by returning to the destiny returning to destiny is called the constant to know the constant is lightening
you'll probably have noticed i'm cooking this passage a second time this text will serve as a kind of refrain for workshop it is also written on the schedule which i gave you
according to answer to know the constant means to experience and participate in it returning to the route and to one's destiny one experiences the constant in one's nature and destiny and thereby
becomes truly and night
that's the chapter continues knowing the constant one's mind he embraces all embracing all one fits all things equally treating all things equally one is kingly being qingli one is in accord with have
one in accord with heaven one at the about attaining the down one lives long once entire life is without peril
it is clear that fallout from and nightmare means more than knowing the constant in an abstract way he implies participating in and responding to the constant both in our inner disposition and outward action so it is
is a knowledge by participation which means enlightenment
an enlightened person by doubt the sage is therefore one who perceives as follows that was constant way of acting which is characterized by non-action action rebozo weakness and simplicity
these qualities can find ample parros in the gospel teachings of jesus christ
let's begin with the second idea that of rebozo which is expressed in many texts of the gospels
marriages canticle the magnificat is a prominent sample
she said he has brought down the powerful from their stones and lifted up the lowly he has filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich away empty
that there is jesus' teaching our that the attitudes and the corresponding rose in look
blessed are you who are poor for yours is the kingdom of god
blessed that i do who are hungry now by you will be filled bless you for whip now for you will laugh
but woe to you who are rich but you have received your conservation bow to you who are now for you will be hungry woe to you were laughing now but you go mourn and weep
the teaching on reversal is empty evidence in this section of the famous sermon on the plane as it is called luke's gospel
foreseeing that a mature people will enter the kingdom of god from all over the world from east and west from north and south she's says indeed some or last who will be first and samba first
who will be last
look chapter thirteen thirty by his were jesus means to save as some of the gentiles were called after the jewish people may come before them through their prompt response to the irritation of god
likewise after advancing his fellow guests not to choose for themselves places of honor at a banquet jesus conclude
for all who exalt themselves will be humbled and those who humble themselves will be exalted look fucking eleven
when he was accused of eating with sinners that methods house jesus declared that he had come to call not the right years but sinners
on an adaptation jesus foretold that the tax collectors and prostitutes would enter the kingdom of god ahead of his self righteous lizards
the same law of reverso also inspired jesus' teaching on discipleship
he invites his disciples to deny themselves pick up their cross and follow him
the cell is given as follows
for those who want to save that lucky line will lose it and those who lose their life for my sake will save it
mark a thirty five
we almost hear an echo of this saying he the tao te ching is it not because he has no self that himself is realized
later when the disciples were angry with james and john for their request with zipper jesus site jesus admonished them saying
whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all
in this but if i called christian reversal statements i showed them privilege is allotted to the poor the humble at the week
like love for jesus also makes use of the image of the child to which top of the simple and the small
does he thanked the father for revealing the secrets of the kingdom to the little white saying
i thank you father lord of heaven and earth because you have hidden these things from the wines and the intelligent and having view reviewed them to infants
matthew eleven twenty five
the disciples who were trying to prevent people from bringing their children to him jesus said let the little children come to me for it is to such as these that the kingdom of god belongs
this is because the kingdom of god is a pure gift which cannot be achieved that so our personal effort
it can only be received as gifts by us just as small children receive everything from their parents
when the disciples were arguing among themselves as to who was the greatest among them jesus plays a child in the midst and said truly i tell you unless you change and become like children you will never enter the kingdom of heaven
whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest a the kingdom of heaven
god not only oppose the week but like dow has chosen weakness an apparent foolishness as his way of acting in the world
this has made clear by the apostle paul is preaching on the cross
while being aware that the proclamation of christ crucified a stumbling block to choose and perceived as foolishness by the gentiles on nevertheless preaches that god's foolishness is wiser than human wisdom and gods
weakness is stronger than human strength
best corinthians one can five
for this reason paul can boast of his own weaknesses that allow the power of christ to dwell and manifest in him
well whenever i have week than i am strong
second corinthians twelve
now let us turn for the idea of moving or not action
yeah john the baptist and had a great figure of the new testament we find an elephant example of not action has expressed in not seeking for refusing to a club by south
when questioned by the authorities john openly confessed that he was not the messiah now what of the profits he was content to compare himself to a little voice crying in the wilderness calling people to repentance
moreover john declared that he was not worthy to untie the thong of jesus sandals
as the one preparing the way for the messiah john rejoiced at seeing jesus appearance among the people saying he must increase but i must decrease
the idea of not action of way times was so no self and will you know desire the epson is on the idea of move which means not being or education
the essence of way is the ability to empty oneself so as to be open and available to the movement of down
not action really means following the flow of down without imposing one's own action or intervention
in this sense a perfect example of jesus christ as exemplar of movie can be found in paul's letter to the philippians
paul said he emptied himself taking the form of a seven
he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death even death on a cross
philippians two seven to eight
i sprayed him judged him points out some japanese translations of the bangle have rendered the birds he emptied himself as he can move which is the japanese pronunciation for would
to become move and to be obedient the design of the father or responsive to the heat and movement of down even to the point of death is certainly a perfect realization of movie or not action
for this reason we might say that jesus is the real sage the thousand sense of the world
paul connects his moral exhortation to christians with the event of christ presenting him as an example for them to follow
let me conclude with this passage from the letter to the philippines
let each of you look not to your own interests but the interests of others
let the same mind be in you that was in christ jesus who though he was in the form of god he not regard equality with god as something to be exploited
but emptied himself that is he can move taking the palm of the survey
being born in human likeness he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of deaths
even death on a cross
have a topic this morning is
how is metaphysical vision and christian concept of god
as i mentioned in my first park down if the most basic concept the various schools of chinese philosophy
while in confucianism dow is implied to signify the way of heaven or of human
it is in philosophical terrorism he allowed to and tranquil that thou for suppliers or metaphysical meaning
dow is the ultimate reality for the first principles underlying form and substance being and change
he important assumption is made that for the universe to have come into being there must exist an all embracing first principle which is called down
but we read the chapter twenty five of the doubt again
there was something undifferentiated and coffee
which existed before heaven and earth
violent and bind it stands alone and does not change
it goes round without fail
you can be considered the mother of the world
i didn't know its name
i styled it down
he paused to give it the name college green
but the opening line of this chatter positively affirms the existence of something which is in a chaotic or undifferentiated state prior to heaven and earth
well it is the fertile ground that evolved to give rise to all forms that being
and for this reason it can be called mother of the world
as name's said to determine far but it without farm is also tablets
the recent why love tie was a foul at one p coming it because all things come from it and follow after it
with reluctance louth the also caused it's great it as much as dow is the greatest of all destinations for what can be expressed
arthur lousy explores the metaphysical meaning of out his keep concern at i pointed out yesterday evening is with humans and their way of life
he perceived that basic correspondence between human nature and the town
humans should motto that south on down as it is manifested in nature
the reason why lousy examined the nature of down is to provide a basic pattern that humans could muddle their actions arm
we have seen that they are certain in variables are constant laws in the manifestation or action of down the first invaluable is non action for way which implies whistle no cell and will you know
the chinese character wool which forms the first part of the expressions way was served will you mean vacation packing there is not
lil wayne is the most fundamental character of downs way of acting precisely because the ultimate destination for down his would nineteen
the idea of down as unspeakable nameless and as would is emphasized in the opening chapter of lousy commonly recognized as the most important chapter which presents an outline of the whole book
the chapter begins with this world
down that can be spoken of is not the constant down the name that can be named is not the constant name
who are not being is the name for the origin of heaven and earth you feel is the name for the mother of ten thousand thing
in its texture history when finds to different interpretations of the last sentence depending on two different ways of punctuation
if you like you might follow with your hand out now
the ancient reading as proposed by one be in third century joins the first worth of the two sentences wu and you with the second word men are there to read warming and you mean
which i translated as nameless and name
that the tenant would read the name that is the origin of heaven and earth the name is the mother of ten thousand thing
one sure in the eleventh century was the first to put a comma after wu and you separating them from the second word name which that become at work
but the translation run
who are not being name but if the name for the origin of heaven and earth you being is the name for the mother of ten thousand things
and it's clear that i i got the second interpretation
however the to tip and the punctuation and interpretation and not so far apart as they appear to be that one proposing the ancient reading of warming nameless and human the name one be in his commentary explained
nameless and named prefect the in terms of who and you comparing move to the prominent an unnamed and you to the park and then
so actually the to interpretation cool five added to the commentary of mountain
the idea of wool for who in japanese
and related content such as emptiness and void a basic in oriental thought especially in taoism and buddhism
the meaning of wool is highly intriguing and not easily brushed especially by westerners
it undoubtedly has a negative connotation meaning no by not having are not here
it is not is and not bad at the origin of happen at earth thou cannot be a thing in the way that heaven and earth and a ten out of things are things
it is no thing he the tenth of not being a thing about other things or a particular object among other often
it is fondness an undifferentiated
but most of us would stop here admit the more important the positive aspects of the term would
for as the origin of all things wu is not nothing as or emptiness in a purely negative thing
it is positive meaning wounding the ground the being for the first principle beneath all being and change
it is the dark silence and he round which is however full of vitality and creativity
he can be compared to the dock and focus bartender womb which gives life and farm to living things
you can also be compared to the soil which is hidden an undifferentiated but it's capable of nurturing and giving rise to various kinds of plan
it might be described as an immense field covered with snow in winter time
all his white quite empty and the lay motionless and likely
but in springtime is able to sprout fall into a glorious medal covered with a variety of flowers
he nodded to point out the positive meaning of who love the destiny style as both wood and you who is the name for the origin of heaven and earth you is the name for the mother of ten thousand things
who can be likened to the empty field covered with snow in winter
want you to the same field which becomes in spring a green better covered with lovely flower
he had such as it is the undifferentiated formless origin of all things down his would you as much as it is what gives birth to the universe down his you
whoo and you not being and being at the tooth time of the same coin
the hidden as and manifestation of down
dow becomes view when it gives birth to and is manifested in tenth out and things in nature
hence nature is the manifestation of the heat and town
chaturbate allowed to the continues
therefore by constantly viewing would one wishes to contemplate hours saturday by constantly viewing you when wishes to contemplate a manifestation
the to come from the them saw having different names they are both called mystery of son mystery upon history the gateway to on saturday
the to here which come from the same songs means room and you they are both called mystery are better they are the two aspects hidden at manifest of one and a fair mystery which is now
description of the mystery as something dark violent and buys is both pertinent
the same pair appeared wu and you also appears in chapter forty a plow through
all things in the world a barn of you hear you it's been a rule nineteen
nobody pet up you is part of would
what be coming
all things in the world come from being and the origin of being is based on non here
if one wishes to obtain the bonus of being one buster return to not here
one key is considered one of the major chinese philosophers for his special contribution of emphasizing the idea of move in thousand
the concepts of would not being and you being a central to allow those thought this tent vanity is already pointed out by jungle whose faith that lauper build a system upon the principle of nintendo
wood and he can have you and send it upon the idea of great wonders
the idea of down as nameless and would fine residents in a christian concept of god
scripture tells us that god dwells in an approachable light festivity six sixteen
and that no one had ever seen god john one eighteen
according to the so-called negative theology or the apathetic tradition at the packing crate training began his speech
god is described as finance hidden an incomprehensible
among the early fathers of the church origin can be considered the father of the apathetic tradition but it was gregory of nyssa one of the three competition fathers who developed the idea of the incomprehensibility of god
yeah his famous book life of moses gregory describes the three pages of moses progressive meeting with god through the light to the cloud and through the darkness
the line refers to the burning bush from which god has spoke to both of the couch and a darkness referred the most is two successive at ten to mount sinai
where he was leading the people of israel through the desert to out the promised land
this order of progression from light to darkness is directly opposite to what we would normally expect that in a progression from darkness to light from obscurity to clarity
yeah been of his homies on the song of songs gregory sums up moses spiritual journey toward god in this world
god meditation to the great moses began with light after which he spoke to a clown
having risen higher and haven't become more habit moses saw god in darkness
a when he continues to give the following explanation
here is a long quotation
this example we learn that our withdrawal from false deceptive ideas of god is the transition from darkness into light
nate a more careful and a standing of hidden things need the soul to appearances to got hidden nature which is symbolized by her cloud overshadowing all appearances and which little by little accustomed
the stone to behold what is hidden
finally the soul is lead on high for thinking what human nature can attain the soul enters within the sanctuary of the buying knowledge where she is hemmed in on all time by the dubai darkness
the soul for saved anything without that his appearances and ideas the only thing left for her contemplation is the invisible an incomprehensible in which god dwells
scripture says of the law giver boson entered into the darkness where god lives
commentary on the farm chapter eleven
who pass into darkness is to pass into the what into the aware of the incomprehensibility of god here that is seeing by not here at knowing by and knowing and the reason why is the absolute
incomprehensibility of time
he's apathetic condition was brought to a height by pseudo down issues as sixth century loud probably bump celia
chapter one of his famous book mystical theology deals with the topic what is the divine darkness
down issues states that the mysteries of god a by in the brilliant tacos are the hidden silent
and that god is beyond or being at college
in the concluding chapter of the book family she was apparent that the supreme costs of all things cannot be spoken of and it cannot be grasped by understanding it falls either within the predicates are not being saw up here
it's beyond assertion and denial
here we always hear an echo of the opening chapter of for the dow is unspeakable an admirable it is would have felt as you
but time issues even goes further by saying that god is beyond not being a deal beyond assertion as denial
through the latin translations of the workshop suited than issues the same a prophetic tradition was transmitted into the western church
at an air to is a family tradition in the west thomas aquinas came to the conclusion that the highest the human knowledge of god is the humble recognition that we do not know him
it is not only because of our present condition but it based on the nature of god who is beyond the comprehension of any created intellect human or angelic here on earth or in heaven
whereas the upper theologians trust the incomprehensibility of god meister eckhart at many of the fourteenth century come even closer to love the idea of would when he detonated the hidden got him
as an absolute a simple undifferentiated ground
as defined by any bombs or attribute
he also called the abysmal ground a quiet desert
he uses the term puri here and every year literally boiling for are breaking out to describe becoming part of the divine person and the creation from the hidden pocket
at time a kdp the godhead a distinct from for beyond the divine person at the ground giving rise to them
this idea of a cop had this thing from the divine person brought him into trouble and constituted one of the reasons for his con condemnation by the church
however a cat especially in his lap and world he wrote in latin and german with a german
it has also has a different formulation in a number of tests he he identified that he then brown precisely with the father the first person of the trinity who as the source of the godhead the origin to the sun and to the police
this second formulation is certainly in line with the church doctrine of the holy trinity especially as caught by the greek father
by the way the condemnation of a card offer to dead but a highly complicated math them involving politics as well as title reason
recently there have been various attempts at a cause we have a mutation on lifting of the contemplation on the path of contemporary theologians
did you banged the basic orthodoxy of a car
and we hoped that the rehabilitation will come soon
hafiz down contains the complementary aspects of who and you the christian god is both to both hidden and manifest
according to come and at which the kitchen based on his kitchen the father is the hidden sauce of the godhead actually finance and incomprehensible
the sun or gotta hand is the manifestation of the father he is the image of invisible god
pollution one could kill
as the world born of the eternal silence of the father the son reviews the secret thought of the father
he renews one of the early fathers of the church cried the sun as what becomes visible on the invisible father
the sun reviews the father first through the creation
just as the sun or the world is the image of the father so the world is created after the pattern of the word of god
the revelation of the bother to the creation reached its summit pyramid mystery of the inclination when the son of god became human so that in him we can see the human face of the heat and god
for this reason giant teeth at the conclusion of the prologue to his gospel
no one had ever seen god is god the only son who is close to the of poison who has made him known
the same evangelist also recall the words of jesus farewell discourse at the last supper with the titles
he answer to philips request to show them the father jesus three times
whoever has been doing has seen the father to do not believe that i am in the father and the father is in view
we have discussed the tuple aspects of down at who at you and if affinity with a christian concept of the hidden father who manifests himself through the summer
love you continue to examine and other related to both aspects of down
dow is called mystery or mystery upon mystery which is that one transcendent and immanent
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god about creation you might have been the same time is within creation
the transcendent character of dow can be seen in the description given in chapter thirty five of for referred to at the beginning of his park
there was something on people and shake it and complete which existed before heaven and earth violent and void it stand alone and does not change
but the transcendent dow is also inherent in all things both small and great at was manifesting and concealing to sell it back
he nodded to express the imminent aspect of down love the employees and the term the term of the which can be translated as virtue of power and it dealt with in the second half of the damaging the pike of down the gym after
the in the book of down and it does that by doubt the king
that is the manifestation of down to it pressing than operation in things
for this reason that is that to be the dwelling place of doubt this means that the is down dwelling in particular objects
by using a cognate words that is a different chinese character with the same condensation meaning to obtain the can be defined as what an individual objects obtained from down and thereby the cups what to do
in other words that is the particular way an individual object participate in the being and power of the universal down and thus becomes that particular object
he the damaging that is is depicted as the mother nurturing on things but love to sell it down that gives them line is the that nurses them rose them fast as
them shelters spam comfort them noticias them and covered them under her wings
chapter fifty one
according to this passage the is present in all things manifesting the feminine by kind of character of down
he would be interesting to compare down at the to and you
whereas in chapter one lousy designate who as the origin of heaven and earth and you as the mother of out of thing here down is compared to the origin which gives life she added it is
chapter fifty one down compared to the origin which key line and the to the mother who is pose but her new pair on the ten thousand things coming forward from down therefore thou and the corresponding to who and you in love with
like down the christian god is imminent as well as transcendence
god who dwells in unapproachable light is also the words of single augustine nearer to me that myself
while all three divine persons i transcendent imminent in the world each one bears his character in a distinct manner
the father remains the hidden sauce and a transcendent grounds of the cottage given in his imminent
while features creatures cannot exist apart from their source and ground he undifferentiated divine ground which is the father always retain its dark violent an empty character of a mystery
the fence or the other hand while a binding permanently in the hidden grant of the father it got out going south communication or self manifestation to the world in creation and in the history of salvation
the holy spirit is the in a bond of love uniting the father and son as well as their bread which permeate an enemy or thing in the universe
the spirit is like the paternal care of god that such things shelters nurtures and transforms all human beings and the entire creation
earlier i have compared with you to the father and son of the christian god here i would prefer to live and the father and a spirit to down and the he allowed through
just as done is described as the power the dwelling place and the maternal care of down in the christian tradition the holy spirit is also linked to the ideas of power of god
the idea of into wearing and to the feminine bartender aspect of god
we have presented allow those ideas would have who and you down and the we must now discuss the ideas of yin and yang in love with
the only explicit mention of this concept in lauper is found in chapter forty two
the first section of the chapter is fundamental for lunches cosmogony or the origin of the world
he begins dow gives birth to one
one gives birth to two
to gives birth to three
three gives birth to ten thousand things
ten out and things carry in an embrace young you riding the bike of harmony from the proper blending of the to both cheap that his breath or vital force
the meaning of this tech is especially obscure
based on the explanation of a chinese scholars to my plan in the eleventh century which is adopted by a number of contemporary scholars also i would present the following interpretation regarding the process of down giving birth to
of all things in the world
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according to some bomb down gives birth to one means before for giving birth to all things that hidden down as would are not being first manifests itself by giving birth to you dear
the idea of moved on being giving birth to you as we have seen is stated in chapter forty also ten thousand things and the heaven a point of view view is been a would
at this idea is also attested by jumper in the very beginning there was wool it is that from which the one arises the one comes from would
at button is you in this case
nabil continue with the second second one gives birth to two
being born from would further differentiate into the to both cheap or breath that is yin and yang vinci and young team
what are you here thanks for cheap which means breath a biker force
that teenagers are meant to be t can be inferred from the following sentence of the chapter ten thousand things carry in an embrace young he riding their bike or harmony from the popper blending of the to vote he so the tendency is exp
politically mentioned in this passage
sumac one count continues to gives birth to three
the proper blending of the to vote she's in a young produces a harmonious state at this stage is set to be a street because it is the outcome of the harmonious joining together of the previous two yeah yeah
as pet goes on three gives birth to ten thousand things out of this harmonious interaction between yin and yang all things are derived
the text continues ten thousand things carry in an abridged young cetera
all things are much on only originated from the harmonious blending of cheap but continuously depend on a proper interaction of in a guy
that the quoting with thousand five
everything depends on his homily became even gap pose for their origin and for their continual ah
yeah this passage what are you which is begotten by would stand for cheap before a differentiation
she is the basic concept in chinese thought posting confucianism and down with them which signifies a life-giving falls circulating in human bodies and the entire universe
originating from down he db pounds unifies and transforms humans and the material world into a cosmic bottom of the vessel harmony
he triadic dimension of the origin of all things according to the damage but his provision as given you this passage is in fact based on to dire wu and you are the one hand and yin and yang on the other
that is bow as would he exposed to you which further hypertension into in a young
established view of in double diet find a similar pattern in the trinitarian theology
have a well-known contemporary theologian then they caught rama
the first diet who and you corresponds to the idea of the hidden mystery and itself communication the world the mystery and down communication
rana present god the father asked the mystery that communicates himself to the world while remaining silent and hidden in the communication itself
just as a love of vision you further differentiate into in a gun the second diet god cell communication to the world which corresponds to you is accomplished through a to phone mode that is true
the word are the logos and the spirit
according to kerana the world that they've got offer in truth but in order that is often may be accepted by humans god simultaneously his told his spirit by art which as response in love and neighbors asked sucks
have got author through the world
so the word and the spirit always work together in got offer of himself to the world just as yin and yang the two complimentary elements are always joined together
one gowns thanks for the masculine active strong and well defined in you know the feminine responsive subtle and pervasive
that yeah can be compared to the world are the bonds has got south communication through his offer in true
and yen to the spirit has got some communication still responsive love
yeah this way we'd find a fitting correspondence between the dow is triumph and a christian trinity
both being bombed by double diet or the towns besides we have wool and you which becomes yin and yang and you will becomes yin and yang and regarding the christian trinity we find a few the mystery of the father and his cell communication
so as wu and you and this sever communication is carried out through the word and the spirit the young and the year
before concluding my park i would like to point out a major difficulty in comparing dow with the christian idea of god
dow is january considered to be impersonal
as a result downs production of the world is understood in terms of a natural process rather than as creation through a voluntary or purposeful act
this certainly constitute the basic difference between that was philosophy and the christian meal
however the difficulty concerning an impression of god is not as insurmountable at it might appear to be
along with personal names such as father xavier
king shepherd
christians also employed not personal categories to detonate to detonate god such as lines line love bread water fire rock etc
you've got his begun or being at knowledge as suited amnesia state we might think that god is beyond personal and impersonal or he is triumphs personal just as he is personal
as we have seen love the in systems the present down at nameless incomprehensible an unspeakable
as both wu and you dow is beyond being at not yet
how then can one so confidently affirm that bows impersonal that is devoid of consciousness and intelligence
faithful to the apathetic tradition about it would be more advisable to maintain that the mysterious dow is begone personal and impersonal his brother personal
really just danson would probably have no difficulty with this this line of thinking as the matter of fact popular religious thousand venerate a damaged trinity and on as loudly as the embodiment of down
in conclusion
yeah this park we have reflected or the different appellations of the name her style and now at the womb and you in and young
the mystery origin at mother of all things
you'll probably have no his the provenance of the feminine in the various aspects of down
love is not to be in sit by the constant interaction between yin and yang in the whole universe but also present the as be stewing maternal care on ten thousand things the world
moreover even the hidden dow can see that as would has a prevalent the feminine character
it is understood as the paternal ground giving birth to all things
in the christian concept of god or the other hand we find the father son and holy spirit
i have pointed out the feminine character of this spirits by comparing her to the an editor of down
but the remaining two persons had masculine days
following the christian tradition which was initiated by jesus himself i agree that we should call god our father
but i also think that we should remember that god the father is also a bother to us
dialogue with thousand should remind us of the feminine aspect of god so that we may have a bot patterns idea of god