Tuesday, April 7, 2009

New 'Healink' - World Scripture

You may have noticed that when I give quotations about a subject they usually come from a variety of religious and philosophic traditions. This is not an accident, as I make a point to do so where possible. I feel it serves to underline the universal truth of the subject in question, as perceived by men and traditions of diverse origins. So it was extremely gratifying to discover World Scripture – A Comparative Anthology of Sacred Texts.
What I like about this site is not that it is a vast resource of sacred texts – see The Internet Sacred Text Archive and others for that – but that it draws together choice quotes from many different sources to illustrate the universal truth of what makes for a moral life. Here you will find many of the themes I have discussed: humility, patience, gratitude, anger, self-denial (non-desire), sincerity and many others that I have yet to address. If you enjoyed my posts on these subjects you will find new gems of insight on them at World Scripture.
What I also like about this site is that it has a unity and a structure. It covers all the bases. It is virtually a course of education in understanding and wisdom. It begins with ultimate reality and the purpose of human existence (a pretty good place to start) and takes you through the human condition, the major sins, salvation-liberation-enlightenment, the religious (read also ‘philosophic’) life, and it culminates in providence, society and the Kingdom of Heaven (a pretty good place to end).
Yes, it is a comparative anthology of scripture, not philosophy, but scripture in this case includes also Taoism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Shinto, African traditional religions and many others that I (and perhaps you) am not too familiar with and which bring a fresh perspective to the subject.
In short, if one day I decide not to write Healing Philosophy any more, my last post will be a link to World Scripture. They have it covered.
Here is an example of the kind of powerful quotes you will find at World Scripture. It comes from the section on Sincerity.

By the Truth I mean purity and sincerity in their highest degree. He who lacks purity and sincerity cannot move others. Therefore he who forces himself to lament, though he may sound sad, will awaken no grief. He who forces himself to be angry, though he may sound fierce, will arouse no awe. And he who forces himself to be affectionate, though he may smile, will create no air of harmony. True sadness need make no sound to awaken grief; true anger need not show itself to arouse awe; true affection need not smile to create harmony. When a man has the Truth within himself, his spirit may move among external things. That is why the Truth is to be prized!
Taoism. Chuang Tzu. 31

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