What is the soul of the world

The soul of the world

Thoughts on pragmatic world belief

In the face of senseless (religious) wars and disputes between ethnic groups and countries, people always ask what the religions and philosophical ways of life have in common. The thought always resonates that all people are looking for the same longings and dreams for peace, well-being and salvation of the soul.

In the imagined story about the search for the “world soul”, the author Frédéric Lenoir - a renowned philosopher and critic of religion in France - brings together a number of wise men. In the seclusion of a Tibetan village in a Buddhist monastery, a rabbi from Israel, a Christian monk from the USA, an Indian mystic, ... more

Thoughts on pragmatic world belief

In the face of senseless (religious) wars and disputes between ethnic groups and countries, people always ask what common religions and philosophical ways of life have in common. The thought always resonates that all people are looking for the same longings and dreams for peace, well-being and salvation of the soul.

In the imagined story about the search for the “world soul”, the author Frédéric Lenoir - a renowned philosopher and critic of religion in France - brings together a number of wise men. In the seclusion of a Tibetan village, a rabbi from Israel, a Christian monk from the USA, an Indian mystic, a Taoism master from China, an African Sufi, a Dutch philosopher and a Mongolian shaman meet in a Buddhist monastery. Initially ignorant of how this meeting, which happened so by chance due to the most varied of coincidences, will develop and what this gathering came about, they soon recognize in exchange that they should pass on the most important teachings of wisdom before an all-destructive catastrophe for the earth occurs . Prayer, meditation and reflection let them realize that it is the two children who are also in the monastery who are to experience the teachings.

In the following chapters, seven wisdoms about life, for example, on the meaning of life, body and mind, freedom, love or even devotion to fate are presented succinctly. The additive, often complementary contributions to the conversation by the individual wise men, whose statements cannot always be clearly assigned to a particular philosophy or religion, are pleasant to read. The topics addressed are the life issues around which human existence revolves again and again and ultimately we come to the common recognition that love for oneself and one's counterpart is what defines being human. The aspects in the coexistence of people that disturb harmony are clearly named.

Nevertheless, despite all the depth and essence, the teachings seem a bit superficial and sometimes too flat, perhaps because it would actually be easy in itself to make life peaceful and cordial. In any case, it is encouraged to rethink future actions and also to rethink one's own attitude and way of life. The implied equal validity of religions and worldviews, however, will disturb reflected and conscious religious affiliations.

(c) 7/2014, editorial office Geißler, Uli Geißler, freelance journalist, Fürth / Bay.


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