In the most restricted sense an icon (Greek eikon: image) is an image of Christ, the Blessed Virgin Mary or a saint, often taking the form of a wood painting or mosaic. Icons are best known in the Orthodox church but they’re also found, along with statues, in the Catholic and Protestant churches. Scholars talk… Read More Religious and pop icons – A bridge between this and other worlds?
According to the traditionalist mindset, modern repressions have filled the world with troubled spirits. This is why the world has come to resemble a … Source: Shaman, Schismatic, Necromancer: Religious Libertarians in Russia – Journal #107 March 2020 – e-flux Opinion: Not everyone sees the world as a material place where spirits are just figments… Read More Shaman, Schismatic, Necromancer: Religious Libertarians in Russia – Journal #107 March 2020 – e-flux | Opinion
In Hinduism, Kalki is the tenth and final avatar of Vishnu whom believers say is yet to come. Since many Vaishnavite Hindus believe in endless cycles of existence, Kalki would more precisely be the final avatar in our current cosmic cycle. When I last edited this entry from Think Free (2011/02/23) Wikipedia had this description:… Read More Kalki – The Tenth and Final Avatar of Vishnu
As humanity’s quest to discover aliens continues, a team of researchers has set up two prototype telescopes at Lick Obersevtory near San Jose, specifically for finding the extraterrestrial. These telescopes are part of hundreds of telescopes that are going to be installed called Panoramic SETI (PANOSETI). The team is led by UC San Diego physicist Shelley Wright, and consists… Read More Scientists set up new telescopes dedicated to finding aliens | + Opinion
In Hinduism the goddess Kali was originally taken as a manifestation of God‘s destructive side. Over time, she also came to be regarded as the Great Mother, the giver of life. Another Hindu god Siva, known as the cosmic dancer, also has a destructive side. Siva’s dance is known as a dance of destruction. But… Read More Kali – Uninitiated fantasies vs. Hindu realities
The detection of gravitational waves changed things. Source: Scientists Are Starting to Take Warp Drives Seriously, Especially This One Concept Opinion: I believe we can psychologically ‘pick up’ a lot of information about another soul, even at great distances. Distance arguably is to some extent a psychosocial construct. Some lovers, for instance, engage in physical… Read More Scientists Are Starting to Take Warp Drives Seriously, Especially This One Concept | + Opinion
» Skip intro and go directly to Rabbi Maller’s article » I’m reading this piece from the perspective of a guy who dove pretty deep into Hindu mysticism and then converted to Catholicism after realizing the Hindu path wasn’t working for him. Today on Ash Wednesday 2020, I still feel the subtle influence of my… Read More Judaism For Hindus | Rabbi Allen S. Maller | Introduction by Michael Clark, PhD.
I believe that extraordinary states of consciousness are not pathological and can be an essential part of the development of the human psyche. Source: Spiritual Emergency: Transformation or Crisis? Opinion: The topic of the above-linked story should be familiar to anyone who has studied religion at the graduate studies level. Not necessarily religion as ‘theology’… Read More Spiritual Emergency: Transformation or Crisis? | + Opinion
Historically speaking, Kabbalah is a group of Jewish mystical teachings that arose in 12th century Spain and Southern France. Departing from the historical view, traditionalists take a more mythical approach, not unlike believers in any religion: Traditional practitioners believe its earliest origins pre-date world religions, forming the primordial blueprint for Creation’s philosophies, religions, sciences, arts,… Read More Kabbalah – Meanings, Myths, Madness and Redemption
» Skip introduction and go directly to Rabbi Maller’s article » My view of Mother Teresa has evolved over the decades. When I first visited her Mission in (what was then) Calcutta, it wasn’t very glamorous and I can see how critics have argued that Teresa may have misappropriated donations by denying patients basic medical… Read More The lesson of Mother Teresa: Becoming a Saint with hidden doubts | Rabbi Allen S. Maller | With Introduction by Michael Clark PhD