By Mustafa Akyol
Sunday, December 20, 2009
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If you are interested in some new ideas on religious pluralism and theTrinity, please check out my website at www.religiouspluralism.ca. It previews mybook, which has not been published yet and is still a “work-in-progress.” Yourconstructive criticism would be very much appreciated.
My thesis is that an abstract version of theTrinity could be Christianity’s answer to the world need for a framework ofpluralistic theology. In a constructive worldview: east, west, and far-east religions present athreefold understanding of One God manifest primarily in Muslim and Hebrew intuitionof the Deity Absolute, Christian and Krishnan Hindu conception of the UniverseAbsolute Supreme Being; and Shaivite Hindu, Buddhist, Taoist apprehensionof the Destroyer (meaning also Consummator), Unconditioned Absolute, orSpirit of All That Is and is not. Together with their variations andcombinations in other major religions, these religious ideas reflect andexpress our collective understanding of God, in an expanded concept of the HolyTrinity. The Trinity Absolute is portrayed in the logic of world religions, as follows: 1. Muslims and Jews may be said to worship only the first person of theTrinity, i.e. the existential Deity Absolute Creator, known as Allah orYhwh, Abba or Father (as Jesus called him), Brahma, and other names; representedby Gabriel (Executive Archangel), Muhammad and Moses (mighty messengerprophets), and others. 2. Christians and Krishnan Hindus may be said to worship the first personthrough a second person, i.e. the experiential Universe or "Universal”Absolute Supreme Being (Allsoul or Supersoul), called Son/Christ orVishnu/Krishna; represented by Michael (Supreme Archangel), Jesus (teacher andsavior of souls), and others. The Allsoul is that gestalt of personal humanconsciousness, which we expect will be the "body of Christ" (Mahdi,Messiah, Kalki or Maitreya) in the second coming – personified in history byMuhammad, Jesus Christ, Buddha (9th incarnation of Vishnu), and others. 3. Shaivite Hindus, Buddhists, and Confucian-Taoists seem to venerate the synthesisof the first and second persons in a third person or appearance, ie. theDestiny Consummator of ultimate reality – unqualified Nirvana consciousness –associative Tao of All That Is – the absonite* Unconditioned Absolute Spirit“Synthesis of Source and Synthesis,”** who/which is logically expected to beAllah/Abba/Brahma glorified in and by union with the Supreme Being –represented in religions by Gabriel, Michael, and other Archangels, Mahadevas,Spiritpersons, etc., who may be included within the mysterious Holy Ghost. Other strains of religion seem to be psychological variations on the thirdperson, or possibly combinations and permutations of the members of the Trinity– all just different personality perspectives on the Same God. Takentogether, the world’s major religions give us at least two insights into thefirst person of this thrice-personal One God, two perceptions of the secondperson, and at least three glimpses of the third.* The ever-mysterious Holy Ghost or Unconditioned Spirit is neither absolutelyinfinite, nor absolutely finite, but absonite; meaning neitherexistential nor experiential, but their ultimate consummation; neither fullyideal nor totally real, but a middle path and grand synthesis of thesuperconscious and the conscious, in consciousness of the unconscious. ** This conception is so strong because somewhat as the Absonite Spirit is asynthesis of the spirit of the Absolute and the spirit of the Supreme, soit would seem that the evolving Supreme Being may himself also be asynthesis or “gestalt” of humanity with itself, in an Almighty UniverseAllperson or Supersoul. Thus ultimately, the Absonite is their UnconditionedAbsolute Coordinate Identity – the Spirit Synthesis of Source and Synthesis– the metaphysical Destiny Consummator of All That Is. After the Hindu and Buddhist conceptions, perhaps the most subtle expressionand comprehensive symbol of the 3rd person of the Trinity is the Tao;involving the harmonization of “yin and yang” (great opposing ideas indentifiedin positive and negative, or otherwise contrasting terms). In the Taoist iconof yin and yang, the s-shaped line separating the black and white spaces may beinterpreted as the Unconditioned “Middle Path” between condition andconditioned opposites, while the circle that encompasses them both suggeststheir synthesis in the Spirit of the “Great Way” or Tao of All That Is. If the small black and white circles or “eyes” are taken to represent a nucleusof truth in both yin and yang, then the metaphysics of this symbolism fitsnicely with the paradoxical mystery of the Christian Holy Ghost; who is neitherthe spirit of the one nor the spirit of the other, but the Glorified Spiritproceeding from both, taken altogether – as one entity – personally distinctfrom his co-equal, co-eternal and fully coordinate co-sponsors, whodifferentiate from him, as well as mingle and meld in him. Formore details, please see: www.religiouspluralism.ca
Samuel Stuart Maynes
Eid-e-Milad-un-Masih is a great idea, Bhandari Saheb.
From Pawittar Bhandari To Sultan Shahin Editor@NewAgeIslam.com
subject: Christmas and eid Mailad-un-Nabi
Dear Sultan Sahib,
Read about koran and Christ. it is recorded that the Holy prophet named Mariam as one of the five great Ladies.If Koran has accepted many prophets and Christ is one of them the idea to celebrate Christmas as Eid-e-Milad -un- Nabi is a noble one.In order to designate this exclusively To Jesus, we may name it as Eid-e-Milad-un-Masih if it is not contrary to Islam.With profound regards:
Pawittar Bhandari, Montreal, Canada