numbers and philosophy in antiquity (cont)

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While it’s tempting to look at the sequences of the bāguà, again the “eight trigrams” or “eight gua”, which as far as the tradition goes represent the earliest form of the Yĭ Jing from which the system of the 64 hexagrams was…

Master Carpenter at work

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Unity of course, from which all existence emerges. Self created, out of the watery abyss of time itself. But the spirit of God created this world… Brahman, Yahweh, Allah, God…. He so many names. And as many of him as there are, there are…

The Word and the Light

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But back to Genesis, what it’s telling us is that God and the Word are one. They are inseparable. Through this power that is vested in him, that is him, Heaven and Earth were created. Our universe was born through sound. Through vibration. In…

Creation (Old School)

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The oldest wisdom of the Abrahamic lineage, the Jewish heritage you might say, lies in the Old Testament, and for better or worse this is my heritage – one I share with Jewish, Christian and Muslim brethren around the world mind you. Genesis has…
The tetractys of the Pythagoreans

Numerology with Pythagoras

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When looking for the origins of the theological study of mathematics within the Greek philosophical tradition we must of course start with Pythagoras (c. 570 – 490 BCE), whose strong connection to this field of study survives even to this…

Stoicism: Naturalism, Corporealism and Logos

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In the period of philosophical development that arose as the influence of the Greek culture bled into the period of Roman/ Latin dominance in the Mediterranean and Near East, both the Stoic as well as the Epicurean philosophic schools rose in…

Logos from Mythos: The Heart of Eurasian Philosophy

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At some level, a religious tradition can be thought of as distinguished by, or even defined by, its creation story – i.e. its cosmological narrative - and the Hindu/Vedic tradition is no different in this regard although it has many nuances…
Laozi (Lao-tzu)

The Lǎozǐ and Zhuangzi: Daoism and the Way of Virtue

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As the Confucian school was referred to as Rújiā, the Daoist school was referred to as Daojiā, each called out as one of the six main philosophical schools during the Warring States Period to the Early/Former Han.  While a Daoist “canon”…

Plato and the Allegory of the Cave: Ideas, Being and Becoming

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The first systematic treatment of philosophy, and arguably the most influential, in the West can be found in works of Plato, in particular in his works the Phaedo, the Republic and the Timaeus which are by most accounts the most influential…

The Metaphysics of the I Ching: The Alignment of Heaven, Man and Earth

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While the translational difficulties from Traditional Chinese into English are fairly well documented, even with the introduction of the Pinyin Romanization system of Chinese words in the middle of the twentieth century which is now predominantly…