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Monday, December 28, 2009

Bhagavad Gita and Jive!

In 2008 we read the Bible cover to cover. Bible and Jive.

In 2009 we read the Qur'an cover to cover. Qur'an and Jive.

In 2010 we will read the Bhagavad Gita cover to cover. Gita and Jive.

The "Song of God" or the Bhagavad Gita is not very long. You can read it relatively quickly. It has only 18 short chapters, but it is the most significant sacred text of Hinduism.

I will be drawing from it for worship as well as study.

My personal belief is that we need to draw from all of our wisdom traditions and then create from them something new to meet the demands we face today. These demands are not only intellectual but spiritual.

None of our current religious traditions--in and of themselves, as we have inherited them--is up to the task of speaking with any authority, wisdom, or compassion about the time in which we live. Perhaps if we draw from the wisdom of all of them and create something new, we will find the wisdom and courage to face humanity's greatest crisis that is unfolding before us.

We have been on the path of making life unsustainable for other species as well as human beings for some time. We are at a crisis point in our existence.

From crisis comes creativity.

The via creativa is our worship theme for Winter.