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My Thursday (This Semester) Seeing the Divine Image in India & Spinoza

Teaching Religion and Art and Politics & Religion/Modern Judaism today. They make sense together. The conceptual linkage: nature and the divine, big cosmic/metaphysical pictures, substance and avatar/modalities, imagination and images, religion and politics.

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Great Colonial Fruit Bat

The Great Indian Fruit Bat, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art actually points you down a set of stairs in the museum. Attributed to Bhawani Das, as described formally by the Met curators, its geography is Calcutta, India, it’s culture … Continue reading

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Zohar Spinning Revolutions Looks Like (Shiva Nataraja)

Rabbi Yitzhak opened, “He revolves wheels by His devices, according to their deeds, whatever He command them on the face of the inhabited earth (Job 37:12). He revolves wheels –The blessed Holy One spins revolutions in the world, bringing cloaked dazzlers … Continue reading

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Haptic Religion and the Religions of India (Max Müller)

Reading Max Müller’s Lectures on the Origin and Growth of Religion As Illustrated by the Religions of India (1882). An odd book, it does a lot of different things. On the one hand, Müller’s thinking about religion is steeped in … Continue reading

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Tiferet & Shekhina Look Like (Shiva and Parvati)

This one was obvious; divine coupling.

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Hesed-Din-Tiferet Look Like (Brahman-Shiva-Vishnu

Different in almost every other aspect, it is the triadic quality and its maleness that mark the mental resemblance between the group Hesed, Din, and Tiferet (the sephirot instantiating the divine qualities of compassion, judgment, and beauty) with the three … Continue reading

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Makom Looks Like (Krishna)

This looks like the rabbinic idea of God as Makom (Place). In the Bhagavad Gita (9:4), Krishna asserts, “All beings are in Me, but I am not in them.” I’m ready to confess I’m getting it wrong. I  found it quoted by … Continue reading

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