• Book Review The Lily of the Field and The Bird of the Air Three Godly Discourses Soren Kierkegaard Prabuddha Bharata June 2018

    Narasimhananda Swami (see profile)
    Cultural Studies, Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Religious Studies, Theology
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    Søren Kierkegaard has left insightful and penetrating texts on the inner life. He gave context to contemplation on and surrender to God. The awareness of agency in a spiritual aspirant creates the obstacle of letting the grace flow freely into one. The lily of the field and the bird of the air breathe a freedom that the conscious agency of a human being restrict. Jesus Christ, Ashtavakra Gita, the Bible, the Upanishads, and countless other spiritual tracts point to immense possibilities offered by an unrestricted spiritual life brought about by the complete rescindment of agency. Intrinsic to the sense of agency is the possibility of this freedom. This is brought out well in this new translation of the original Danish by Kierkegaard. Aphoristic in expression, profound in content, these words propel the reader to make profundity one’s nature. From the ‘domesticated Christianity’ that has led to an ‘established Christendom’ (xiii), Kierkegaard beckons us to let ‘Nature Point beyond Nature’ (vii). If ever the size of a book could be misleading it is here! One cannot read this book without getting pulled into an involuntary spell of meditation.
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