Dispatch One Hundred Fifty-Six

Posted: May 13, 2015 in Thirty-Sixth Bundle
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PSALM 98

O sing to the Lord a new song,
    for he has done marvelous things.
His right hand and his holy arm
    have gotten him victory.
The Lord has made known his victory;
    he has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations.
He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness
    to the house of Israel.
All the ends of the earth have seen
    the victory of our God.

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth;
    break forth into joyous song and sing praises.
Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre,
    with the lyre and the sound of melody.
With trumpets and the sound of the horn
    make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord.

Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
    the world and those who live in it.
Let the floods clap their hands;
    let the hills sing together for joy
at the presence of the Lord, for he is coming
    to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness,
    and the peoples with equity.

Throughout Asia early in the first millennium BCE a revolution occurred in the way that Divine Reality was understood and represented. Without dismissing the unique elements across the distinct cultures, we see in them all a common discovery of the Divine as transcending the local confines of geography and tradition.

Yahweh (God’s name that must not be spoken but only referenced as “the Lord”) in Israel, Brahman in India, and the Tao in China were all regional designations for the One beyond all. Whether God was outside the world as its creator (Israel), beneath the world as its ground (India), or within the world as its balancing center (China), this revolution in religious understanding brought both benefit and trouble in its wake.

Positively, the transcendence of God projected the path of human spiritual evolution to a level beyond the narrow horizons of local religion. With the whole world now in view, the expansive visions of the prophets (in Israel) and the mystics (farther east) could embrace the entire earth and its collective future. Negatively this meant that old certainties were needing to be abandoned or at least modified in light of the new revelation. We can never predict what God will do next!

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