Conversations that Matter with Ravi Ravindra [online]

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20-365 Indian & Abrahamic Spiritual Teachings 2
Thu 03Sep 2019:00:00

Indian & Abrahamic Spiritual Teachings

Facilitator: Ravi Ravindra

Spiritual scholar Ravi Ravindra was due to give this public talk on Self Inquiry & Transformation in the opening evening of his weekend retreat. Due to the COVID crisis we are now bringing Ravi to you online via Zoom.

Ravi makes complex concepts accessible to those with a general interest or deeper knowledge. He always encourages people to bring their questions to the talk.

This talk will be delivered via Zoom and streamed live online as part of the Gift Economy. Donations are welcome! To donate via our Paypal use this link and please add the note “RAVI”.

Booking for the Zoom meeting ends on 3/9 at 4pm BST. If you would still like to join, head to the live stream on our Facebook Page.

Event time: Thu 3rd Sep 2020 at 7:00pm - Thu 3rd Sep 2020 at 8:30pm

The main difference in the two major spiritual traditions lies in the fundamental enunciation about the manifested universe.  In the Abrahamic traditions God created the world and no creature can be like the Creator.  Anyone who claimed that, as did Jesus Christ, was persecuted.

In the Indian traditions on the other hand, Brahman, the Highest Reality, did not create the world but became the world. So, every creature has Brahman in him/her/it; and can strive to become one with Brahman. This major difference has many important consequences in the culture.

What is East and what is West?  For this talk, the East refers to the teachings and ideas largely associated with the Indic traditions including Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism; and the West refers to the teachings connected with the Abrahamic tradition, including Judaism, Christianity and Islam even though geographically Islam is mostly in Middle-East or Asia.  There are many common features in all spiritual teachings but also there are some radical differences which influence all aspects of the culture. God or Truth or the Real is not Eastern or Western, Buddhist or Muslim, but each one of us is very much conditioned by our cultural and religious background. Most human beings in any society are much more influenced by their religion–by which is meant churches, organizations, priests, ministers, rituals and ceremonies–than by the spiritual teachings of the great sages after which often the religions are named.

In our global culture how do we learn from different expressions of and approaches to Truth which all traditions assert is beyond description? A searcher is a pilgrim on a journey, willing to learn and change one’s course. There is no need to get stuck on some ancient text arranged by some organization to make us believers rather than searchers. But we are all influenced and deeply conditioned by our cultural and religious background. We need to be aware of that in order to be free of it and be somewhat transformed.

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The talk will be held in real time with the tutor via the Zoom platform and live streamed to our Facebook page.

Sign up to the Zoom platform is free. You will need a laptop, computer, tablet or a smartphone connected to the internet.

This talk is being brought to you through gift economy – you can give what you feel inspired to gift and what you feel you are able to give rather than what you feel you "should" gift. Please register to confirm your attendance and to receive the Zoom link.

Ravi Ravindra

Ravi Ravindra obtained degrees of B.Sc. and M. Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, before going to Canada on a Commonwealth Scholarship to do an M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Toronto. Later, he did an M.A. in Philosophy also, and at different times held Post-doctoral fellowships in Physics (University of Toronto), History and Philosophy of Science (Princeton University) and in Religion (Columbia University). He is now Professor Emeritus at Dalhousie University in Halifax (Canada) where he served for many years as a Professor in the departments of Comparative Religion, Philosophy, and of Physics.

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