New Group ‘Wisdom Questions’, St Augustine and Perennial Philosopy
Does anyone want to make out a case for the wisdom of woman being different to, or the same as, the wisdom of men?
Is science the only method for connecting to reality?
Do the great wisdom traditions really teach the same about what it is to be wholly & fully human – in the world with others – in relation to the mysterious Whole?
Are the arts a means to reality – or just self indulgence?
If we base the education of our children on whole-person leaning might they contribute toward a better world?
Do we agree with Evan Owens in his definition (see above) ?
Are (some) children wiser than many experienced adults – if yes why & how is this?
“Like two birds of golden plumage, inseparable companions, the
individual self and the immortal Self are perched on the branches of the
self same tree. The former tastes of the sweet and bitter fruits of the
tree; the latter, tasting of neither, calmly observes.
“The individual self, deluded by forgetfulness of his identity with the
divine Self, bewildered by his ego, grieves and is sad. But when he
recognizes the worshipful Lord as his own true Self, and beholds his
glory, he grieves no more.”
This so beautifully describes …. well what do you think?
“The fact, which is now called the Christian Religion,” he boldly says, with the earlier Apologists, “existed among the ancients, and was never lacking from the origin of the human race.” –
C C Martindale SJ – SOURCE
Those who want to dig deeper can compare the above two quotations with the contemporary re-presentation of Perennial Philosophy in Aldous Huxley’s The Perennial Philosophy or Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now or Stillness Speaks – or Ken Wilber or Karen Armstrong, or Wayne Teasdale, or Thich Nhat Hanh, or Thomas Merton or Shaikh Helminski etc. – each I suugest speaks in different language and cultural clothing but teach the same message?
This is St Augustine not me! – Lol
Picture source and helpful list of facts on Augustine & Aquinas by Jeffrey Hays – HERE