By John Morreall
50 nice Myths approximately Religions is an fascinating, informative, and infrequently funny advent to a couple of the lengthy status myths that encompass non secular trust. This attractive ebook gets its readers pondering how and why yes myths have arisen, and their carrying on with effect on our own and collective view of religion.
Offers a full of life, informative, and thought-provoking advent to a couple of the typical misbeliefs surrounding religions
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It is like dreamless sleep. You reach nirvana, they say, when you stop clinging to all the illusions that have kept you suffering and being reborn, such as the belief that you are an enduring substance. While the goal of life for most monotheists (Zoroastrians, Jews, Christians, Muslims, and Baha’is) is to reach heaven and be with God, the goal for Buddhists is to achieve nirvana. That is, while the monotheistic notion of heaven is having your desires fulfilled, nirvana is having them extinguished.
Even greater differences are evident when we compare the Western monotheistic traditions with the Eastern traditions of Hinduism and Buddhism. In the Western worldview, time is linear. The universe had a beginning and will have an end, and each event happens just once. In the Eastern worldviews of Hinduism and Buddhism, on the other hand, time is cyclical. The universe has always existed, and it has been reshaped and destroyed millions of times. Each person, too, has been born, lived, and died countless times in the process known as reincarnation (metempsychosis).
The central virtue in Taoism is wu-wei, living in accordance with the Way of the cosmos, rather than trying to force events in accordance with one’s will or desires. In Confucianism and Taoism, there is the idea of the Tao, the Way that things happen, but that Tao is in the things and events all around us, not above them. The spirits of the deceased may surround us, along with those of rivers and mountains, but again, they are part of the “natural” environment. If we look at religions that are no longer practiced, like those of ancient Greece, Rome, and Northern Europe, we find gods like Zeus, Venus, and Thor, who are part of the single world in which humans live, not above that world.
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