Creating An Enlightened Society~ January 3rd.

Via Benjamin Riggs
on Jan 3, 2011
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“Our present civilization quite obviously lacks any unifying principle…

Modern civilization is disintegrating because it has no principle of unity, no certain or even workable knowledge of the meaning and true end of human life… By knowledge we mean neither religious belief, philosophical speculation, nor scientific theory. We mean actual experience or immediate realization of that ultimate Reality which is the ground and cause of the universe, and thus the principle and meaning of human life…” ~from The Supreme Identity by Alan Watts

An enlightened society has to be constructed upon a principle of unity, a direct experience of the ground and cause of the universe. Such an experience takes place in love…

Love is based on the discovery of equanimity. In equanimity all of the distinctions that establish and sustain a self-centered world-view are realized to be devoid of any real substance. So, what was once thought to be a collection of isolated and independently existing organisms, is in fact one great big family, the human family. It is a single essence- humanity- manifesting in many ways. ~ from Christianity Through My Buddhist Eyes by Ben Riggs on Elephant Journal

Here is an amazing video with an excerpt from an amazing talk entitled, The Web Of Life by Alan Watts… Enjoy!


About Benjamin Riggs

Ben Riggs is the author of Finding God in the Body: A Spiritual Path for the Modern West. He is also the director of the Refuge Meditation Group in Shreveport, LA and a teacher at Explore Yoga. Ben writes extensively about Buddhist and Christian spirituality on Elephant Journal, and his blog. Click here to listen to the Finding God in the Body Podcast. To keep up with all of his work follow him on Facebook or Twitter.


2 Responses to “Creating An Enlightened Society~ January 3rd.”

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