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Via Negativa

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                                                                Men craving holiness
                                                                        use words
                                                        to create images of their gods,
                                                                      and confuse
                                                                            faith
                                                                            with
                                                                        their pride
                                                              in their own inventions.
                                                                  The Taoist sage
                                                                    shuns words
                                                                            and
                                                                    trusts silence,
                                                                knowung full well
                                                 the Tao is beyond the reach of concepts.

                                                                                                 -- Jos Stabbert.
                                                                                               "The Tao is Tao"


Also to be posted Saturday at daily_tao


I cannot criticize those who hold a catopathic theology
I can only say that i have never found a positive theology that i could commit.to.

I have, rather, come to feel that the value of any religious belief lies,
not in its unique features, but
in what it has in common with the other faiths.

Uniqueness is, to me, a warning sign
that somebody misunderstood
what the great teachers were trying to say.

I have been told by people of almost all religious faiths
that it is dangerous to approach the divin\e apopothically
without a firm grounding in positive theology.

I appreciate the warning, but what can i do?
Perhaps truth truly does have no name;
but it can still be expressed through compassion,
which, the Taoist says,
comes from silence and emptiness.

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Sep. 19th, 2016 02:41 pm (UTC)
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