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By Maurice S. Friedman

Drawing on nearly part a century of immersion within the world's nice religions, Friedman takes a dialogical process during which spiritual fact isn't really noticeable as exterior creed and shape or as subjective idea, yet because the assembly in openness, presentness, immediacy, and mutuality with final truth. faith has to do with the wholeness of human existence

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Lao-tzu is content to allow ultimate reality to speak to him in the only way in which it can speak to us-through its images. This ultimate reality for him is not some unmovable, self-sufficient absolute but the core, the womb of life, that constantly gives birth to the concrete reality which, changing and evanescent though they be, are as real as the Tho that flows through them. Although "the source" appears dark emptiness;' actually it: Brims with a quick force Farthest away And yet nearest at hand From oldest time unto this day, Charging its images with origin: What more need I know of the origin Than this?

If we were able to enjoy the moment, relate to it, and then let it go, that would be different. But something else happens. Not only do we have this momentary relationship, but then we fix it: we record the fact that this was a pleasurable sensation or that was painful. Thus, at a later time, we are drawn to this sensation or we shrink from it. As a result, we are not able to accept the simplest and most elementary fact of human existence-that all things change, perish, and pass away. Human life is a vain search for building security.

How much, really, can such a device know? Especially of that Other Sky, to which this one is a piece of straw? That Other Sun, in which this is a fleck of dust? What is the body? That shadow of a shadow of your love, that somehow contains the entire universe .... His desire is for influence and power, blind and rushing to sell to anyone. Whereas patience and self-denial try to find the buyer that has already bought them, the owner... Anyone who loves Your making is full of Glory. Anyone who loves what You have made is not a true believer....

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