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Author Topic: Rohr Meditations -- Week of 6/17/2012 -- THE PERENNIAL TRADITION  (Read 2507 times)
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« on: June 17, 2012, 09:47:27 AM »

Sunday, June 17, 2012
Father's Day

    
I can’t believe that God expects every human being to start from zero
and to reinvent the wheel of life in their own small lifetime. We must
build on the common "communion of saints" throughout the ages. This is
the inherited fruit and gift which is sometimes called the Wisdom
Tradition. It is not always inherited simply by belonging to one group
or religion. It largely depends on how informed, mature, and experienced
your particular teachers are. Most seminaries, I am afraid, merely
exposed ministers to their own denomination's conclusions and did not
have time for much interfaith or ecumenical education, which broadens
the field—from "my religion which has the whole truth" to "universal
wisdom which my religion teaches in this way.” If it is true, then it
has to be true everywhere.

There have been generations who’ve gone through the same human journey
and there is plenty of collective and common wisdom to be had. It is
often called "the perennial tradition" or the "perennial philosophy"
because it keeps recurring in different religions and with different
metaphors. But the foundational wisdom is usually the same. I guess on
this "Father's Day,” I would say these master teachers are the true
"Fathers of the Church"—of course, with lots of Mothers doing the
same. This is what we hope to hand on in the Living School that we will
start in 2013 (for more information, visit cac.org after July 1, 2012).

Prayer:
“That all may be one” (John 17:21)
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« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2012, 07:09:32 AM »

June 18

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The perennial philosophy, or perennial tradition, is going to be the undergirding of our Living School, which we hope will expose people to the great Wisdom Tradition, based also in Christianity in its own concrete way ("Incarnation"!). The perennial tradition includes a recurring theme in all of the world’s religions and philosophies. They continue to say, each in their own way:

There is a Divine Reality underneath and inherent in the world of things.
There is in the human soul a natural capacity for, similarity to, and longing for this Divine Reality.
The final goal of all existence is union with this Divine Reality.

Adapted from a document distributed at a conference in Assisi, Italy, May 2012

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This is the effect of true charity, to be on good terms with all men, to consider no one your enemy, and to live at peace with those who hate peace.--Robert Bellarmine
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The perennial tradition was defined by Aldous Huxley in his book The Perennial Philosophy. In essence, he said this teaching is immemorial and universal. This would make sense if the Holy Spirit is guiding all of history.

The perennial philosophy recognizes again and again in different religions and in different ways and with different languages that there is a Divine Reality substantial to the world of things. There is something eternal, there’s something transcendental to the world of things, lives, souls, and minds. The goal of human existence is quite simply to experience union with that Reality, ideally on every level. Jesus, of course, says the same (Mark 12:30), and in fact, equates love of others, love of self, and love of God throughout his teaching.

Adapted from a non-published talk at a conference in Assisi, Italy, May 2012

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Summer Solstice 
 
 
The perennial tradition is not just a metaphysic, but it’s a psychology that finds in the soul something similar to, or even identical with, that Divine Reality. That’s the "univocity of being,” as John Duns Scotus called it. The assumption of philosophers is that you have no way to understand another thing, even minimally, unless there is a little bit of it already in you. Like knows like. If something is completely foreign to you, you’re normally bored by it. There has to be a little bit of something in you to recognize, or to be attracted to, or to be drawn to that thing. We cannot deeply experience or even desire union with something that is totally foreign or alien to us. So God planted a little bit of God inside of us—and all things. It seduces us into even more universal love and life.

Today, may Brother Sun, at his zenith, call forth that same sunshine which is in you.

Adapted from a non-published talk at a conference in Assisi, Italy, May 2012

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The perennial tradition is not just a metaphysic, it’s not just a psychology; it also becomes an ethic that places a person’s final end in seeking union with all things. This is the simple goal of our existence. If your religion is not helping you to do that, then you’d better get a new religion.

Most people, particularly young people, have no knowledge that the purpose of their life is union with Divine Reality. They have been told that the purpose of life is to get a degree and make money and have kids and die. That’s the narrowed-down secular understanding of reality, which is de facto followed by many Christians. Most are no longer connected to the perennial philosophy, and just waste time fighting their own religion. This is not wisdom at all—it is low-level survival. We’re now living in a largely survival mode in our culture. No wonder so many of our kids turn to drugs, drink, and promiscuous sex, because there’s nothing else that’s very exciting or very true.

Adapted from a non-published talk at a conference in Assisi, Italy, May 2012

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« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2012, 06:35:16 AM »

June 22, 2012


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THE PERENNIAL TRADITION


Philosophy in general, and the perennial philosophy in particular, loves
to talk about the Big Picture. What is the nature of "Being" in itself,
for example?

The Scholastic philosophers were in rather universal agreement that the
character of BEING is that it is always ONE (this is the basis for
non-dual consciousness), it is always TRUE, and it is always GOOD. These
were called the three transcendentals. Naked IS-NESS is the most
foundational level of being. Pure being is always one (inherently
connected). It’s always at its foundation true, and it’s always
good. It starts with original blessing and not "original sin"! If you
were connected inherently with the nature of BEING, you would always be
united and uniting, you would always do the inherently true thing, and
you would always do the morally good thing. That is the ideal and it is
still our goal.

Prayer:
“That all may be one” (John 17:21)
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« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2012, 07:12:07 AM »

June 23, 2012



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THE PERENNIAL TRADITION


Franciscan John Duns Scotus says that when the one, and the true, and
the good are operating in unity, whatever is happening will always also
be beautiful! This is his de facto definition of beauty: the harmony
between unity, truth, and goodness. When you can see all three, or even
one, you will always be delighted. Whenever naked being (always united,
somehow true, and somehow good) shows itself, I will have the ability to
see there’s something beautiful about it, too, even though it might be
broken, or poor, or sad, or suffering. Scotus was merely making a
grounding philosophy out of Francis' own love of lepers, the
marginalized, and the poor—whom he found "beautiful"!

Beauty is experienced precisely in our ability to hold together the
oneness, the truthfulness, and the goodness of things—despite all the
seeming contrary evidence (which is always there!).

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"That all may be one” (John 17:21)
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« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2012, 07:17:53 AM »

This reminds me of a joke some poor interviewed tried telling the Dalai Lama.  The Dalai Lama did not get the joke, but laughed because it was funny that he didn't get the joke.  I don't think he knew what pizza is.

The joke:

The Dalai Lama walks into a pizza shop and says, "Can you make me one with everything?"



See it at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltzDHTbaI8s

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