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  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 4:48 am on January 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , practical mysticism, The Changeless Faith of God, The Interspiritual Age, The Mystic Heart, Wayne Teasdale   

    The Interspiritual Age: Practical Mysticism for the Third Millennium by Wayne Teasdale 

    This is the abstract of a seminal essay by Bro Wayne Teasdale which overlaps with his ‘classic’ book The Mystic Heart:discovering a universal spirituality in the world’s religions

    Bro Wayne Teasdale with Ken Wilber (I have attached below the first part of a wonderful conversation between these two – don’t be put off by the poor videography at the start)


    In the following article Wayne Teasdale proposes his view of a unitive spirituality which transcends tradition.

    Copyright © by 1999 Wayne Teasdale Used by CSP with permission of the author All rights reserved.

    Global spirituality or Interspiritual wisdom has become possible because of a tangible sense of community among the religions and the real necessity for the religions to collaborate on the serious challenges to the world, notably the ecological crisis. Only spirituality can move us from within to change and become more responsible for the Earth and one another. Global spirituality is basically a consensus on the practical values, practices, and Insights found In all traditions of spirituality including moral life, deep nonviolence, solidarity with all life and with the Earth, spiritual practice and self-knowledge, simplicity, selfless service, and prophetic action. Mature spirituality also grants us a number of gifts or capacities that enhance our relations with others and our work: openness, presence, listening, being, seeing, spontaneity, and joy. Finally, spirituality is a resource for building a universal and enlightened civilization.

    We are at the threshold of a new age, a Second Axial Age, a decisive period that will be characterized by a deep sense of community among the religions – of interspiritual wisdom – and a profound commitment to environmental justice. The Second Axial Age will thus also be the Interspiritual Age and the Ecological Age, as Thomas Berry calls it.1 These terms are actually interchangeable, for the Second Axial Age names these two fundamental shifts in consciousness that imply one another: the emergence of interspiritual wisdom from the discovery of community among members of the various religions, and the serious focus on the ultimate value of and concern for the Earth. Interspiritual wisdom includes a healthy eco-spirituality that, as a new form of nature-mysticism, emphasizes this new value and concern for the planet as part of mystical life and understanding. Whatever term we may use to describe this new, formative historical time, it seems undeniable that a new age is upon us.2

    I would like to explore these insights, and suggest that they require a multifaith understanding of spirituality that is universal while preserving the rich diversity. This global or multifaith spirituality is the basis of speaking about interspiritual wisdom. I will develop the elements of such an understanding then reflect on the capacities they awaken. What is essentially being addressed is the deeper foundation of a new universal society and what the religions can contribute to it. It is necessary, therefore, to examine the nature, role, and extent of spirituality as it functions in a global context, contributing toward substantial change.

    To read the full article go here – http://csp.org/experience/docs/teasdale-interspiritual.html

    Teasdale & Wilber video conversation – The Mystic Heart – Part 1- The Supreme Identity

  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 8:25 pm on January 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Aldous Huxley, Eckhart Tolle, , perennial philosophy, perennial spirituality, The Eternal Faith of God, Wayne Teasdale   

    INTRODUCTION: The Changeless Faith of God and ‘perennial spirituality’. 

    Welcome! – all new posts are below welcome message.

    As a long-term project I am looking for the ways in which the central spiritual core of Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islamic, Jewish and Taoist teachers are similar or the same – it is a project in celebrating Oneness beyond the diversity.

    Naturally as a focus I am looking at what for Baha’is is deemed; ‘The Changeless Faith of God, eternal in the past, eternal in the future’ (Gl 118/9), and less at what is called ‘progressive revelation’.

    PERENNIAL SPIRITUALITY Here I will use the term perennial spirituality in a special way.  By it I mean that part of the great traditions which remains the same – the central mystical teachings that are unchanged regardless of the age and the Teacher.

    From the perspective of the individual I mean to combine heart and head. The heart is the experience we have via meditation and prayer, and service to others, or other deepening life events that cause us to feel at one with our Maker.  Only in silence can we feel truly united and this is the teaching of mystical teachers from every age and time.

    The head side of perennial spirituality is the intellect, philosophy or theology, but we will confine ourselves to teachings from Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islamic, Jewish and Taoist teachers that point to the Oneness beyond any diversity. Some recent writers are particularly helpful as ‘map makers of the territory’.  This is especially true of Bro Wayne Teasdale in his The Mystic Heart, Eckhart Tolle in his three main books and Aldous Huxley in his The Perennial Philosophy.  It was Teasdale who coined the term ‘interspirituality.  These writers I call the map-makers of the inter-spiritual territory – because they illumine the Oneness.  In this model I have one or more teachers from each great tradition who aren’t map-makers but whose purity of heart and mind points, in their teaching to the Oneness behind all traditions.  I sometimes refer to these teachers as gate–keepers or ‘pointers’.  Pointers because they point to the Oneness beyond the tradition in which they are situated.

    Not being a scholar in all the parts such a vast field I have restricted the ‘gate-keepers’ in the various faith traditions to those who are readily accessible and who are teachers who ‘point’ to the Oneness that envelops the diversities – in their writings but more especially in their lives.

    There are many pieces of guidance in Baha’i Writings to support the idea of Oneness.  Here is just one such passage;

    Bahá’u’lláh has not brought into existence a new religion to stand beside the present multiplicity of sectarian organizations. Rather has He recast the whole conception of religion as the principal force impelling the development of consciousness. As the human race in all its diversity is a single species, so the intervention by which God cultivates the qualities of mind and heart latent in that species is a single process. Its heroes and saints are the heroes and saints of all stages in the struggle; its successes, the successes of all stages. This is the standard demonstrated in the life and work of the Master and exemplified today in a Bahá’í community that has become the inheritor of humanity’s entire spiritual legacy, a legacy equally available to all the earth’s peoples. One Common Faith Baha’i World Centre SOURCE


    Please send in your views and if you know of better appropriate quotations than the ones I’ve used please send them to me – thanks – Roger – onesummit AT gmail DOT com

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