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Comparative Religion 10

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Posted 17 May 2016 - 12:59 PM

Week ten of the Comparative Religion Course Part 1meditation, contemplation and prayer.
This lesson gave us methods used to interact with the Divine. “Some personal requirements of prayer are a pure heart (Ps. 66:18), belief in Christ (John 14:13), and that the prayer be according to G d's will (1 John 5:14). They can pray standing (Neh. 9:5), kneeling (Ezra 9:5), or sitting (1 Chr. 17:16-27).”
There were several links to explore. The study of King Solomon and his connection to demonology was fascinating.
http://www.deliriums...solomons-magic/ the belief that the original Temple of Jerusalem was built with supernatural help; also the merge with Josephus.
http://www.kingsolom...omon-seals.html
The legend of the seal of Solomon/ a ring gave him the power to control demons, jinni, and talk to animals, a magical drawing with supernatural powers, supposedly received from heaven, in all three monotheistic religions
http://www.ecatholic...y/prayer2.shtml Jesus would go to the inner city if he was modern day. This explains how contemplation is meeting reality in its simplest and most direct form. Although it was a very good article on contemplation; I hold slightly different viewpoints on spirituality and daily meditation practice is important to me, and part of my teachings. So this is something for me to look at and think on and make sure it is simply different, and not being blocked by my own personal determination of perception knowledge. I simply disagree that moving past meditation is being the point of being truly closer to god. I trust in meditation just as much as I trust in my spirituality. It’s a different viewpoint, just not one I’m in agreement with. I did really enjoy the allegory.
https://en.wikipedia...wiki/Kalachakra the links sometimes don’t seem to work on these lessons. So I had to find another link because I was interested in this one. Kālacakra is believed by many Buddhist practitioners to be the most advanced form of Vajrayana practice. There is a Kālacakra sand mandala dedicated to both individual and world peace and physical balance. I just participated in a Tibetan sand mandala created of the White Tara dedicated for healing so this is a comparable familiar lesson for me to study. Taken from the information page, “The Dalai Lama explains: “It is a way of planting a seed, and the seed will have karmic effect. One doesn’t need to be present at the Kalachakra ceremony in order to receive its benefits.” There are five main chapters to the Kālacakra and two main traditions. The Kālacakra initiations are for the Buddhist disciple to practice the tantra for attaining Buddhahood. Many time one such as the Dali Lama gives the initiation simply by offering it as a blessing over a congregation. However those who are of the order may have a more formal initiation to begin a true devoted practice. There is also some controversy about chapters within the text inferring to holy war, although they are symbolic prophesies concerning mental and spiritual battles, and not an intentional directive of any physical war.
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