Brahman is the new Zen


It is hard to find
A man who has desire
For what he has not tasted,
Or who tastes the world
And is untouched.

Here in the world
Some crave pleasure,
Some seek freedom
But it is hard to find
A man who wants neither.

He is a great soul.

It is hard to find
A man who has an open mind,
Who neither seeks nor shuns
Wealth or pleasure,
Duty or liberation,
Life or death. . .

He does not want the world to end.
He does not mind if it lasts.
Whatever befalls him,
He lives in happiness.
For he is truly blessed.

-Ashtavakra Gita 17:4-7

So, isn’t this the same as being “in the world and not of the world”? I have gleaned lots from other religions that enriches my experience of Christianity, (which always brings me closer to concluding that our differences are basically cultural and historical) especially from Buddhism. But nowadays there is lots of Buddhist, especially Zen, pseudo religious-kitsch, which indicates that the influence of Buddhism on American spirituality is on the latter half of the S-curve. So, as is my bent, when something gets too popular I look to move on.

Hinduism, with its many deities in one God, which for me resembles our Holy Trinity, is a new, heretofore un-kitsched vista of spiritual exploration. Christianity is my home, but occasional travel can help one appreciate and enrich one’s understanding of home, right?

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