We should maintain that if an interpretation of any word in any religion leads to disharmony and does not positively further the welfare of the many, then such an interpretation is to be regarded as wrong; that is, against the will of God, or as the working of Satan or Mara.
Buddhadasa Bikkhu, a Thai Buddhist Monk
Friday, June 21, 2013
The Spirit of the Moment
Religion in all of its forms is ultimately a comment on moments like these, and all of our theologies, rituals, conclaves, and prayers are but reminders of them. Sometimes the reminders are vivid and themselves become holy moments. Most of the time, they but dimly remind us of those Spirit moments. At their worst, they obscure and even deny the reality of the moment. But at their best, each of the elements of our own personal religion, whatever it may be, affirm what Buechner affirms: such moments happen and provide us with a glimpse of something deeply hidden. They are revelations. Amen.