By Allan Percy
Hermann Hesse (1877-1962) é uma referência espiritual para todas as gerações. Orientalista, escritor iniciático, poeta, romancista, pintor e considerado por milhões de pessoas como um mestre, encontramos na sua extensa obra conselhos de enorme valor para usufruirmos de uma vida simples, sábia e essencial. Allan Percy reúne neste livro o que considera serem os melhores aforismos de Hesse e associa-os a situações com que nos deparamos no nosso dia a dia, originando aquilo a que chama A Cura Espiritual de Siddhartha: um guide unique que conduz os leitores de regresso às origens de um ser humano em harmonia com os outros e consigo mesmo.
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We see this in Christian initiations: baptism (cleansing of the soul; forgiveness of sins; a renewed life), communion (a union with Christ), and conﬁrmation (reafﬁrmed commitment to Christ). Even in Buddhist rites of passage this symbolism is retained. The Buddha taught the way of dying to the profane human condition—ignorance and suffering—and being reborn to the freedom and bliss of Nirvana. Myths, Rituals, and Modern Man Secularists today, of course, will say: It’s all well and good that myths and rituals provide religious people with a feeling of transcendent purpose—but it’s based on untruth; it’s all factually incorrect.
I have serious doubts about this claim. ” How does that inspire anyone to be more compassionate and charitable? ” In fact, Dawkins has further stated, “If you wish to build a society in which individuals co-operate generously towards a common good, you can expect little help from 43 An Atheist Defends Religion biological nature. ” For over 100 years, Darwinism was associated with a particularly harsh and unpleasant view of human nature. And as we have seen historically, social Darwinism has deleterious implications.
In Eliade’s terms, the mundane or secular is the “profane” dimension of existence and we have little “sacred” to turn to for elevation or inspiration. Can Science Replace Religious Myth? Science has proposed a creation story of its own. And the great advantage of this story, atheists like Richard Dawkins will tell us, is that it is matter-of-fact true. No need for ﬁction or falsity. Furthermore, the scientiﬁc creation story is thoroughly awesome and fascinating. A truncated version of the scientiﬁc creation theory goes like this.