Insights of the Path of Tolerance / Dr. Dorit Kedar
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The Book of Tolerance is composed of 15 pictorial works infused by the Spirit of Tolerance.
We wish to suggest the path of non-violence by making pictorial works, which are intentionally founded on base, simplicity, naturalness, genuineness, and harmony.
Each work has a textual and a pictorial message fusing intellect and imagery. All quotations used for each insight are taken from the heritage of universal, spiritual truths.
For over thirty years, Dr. Kedar has been studying, writing, and teaching paths for the expansion of tolerance, based on the annihilation of narratives, whether personal, ethnic, religious or racial. This is a strenuously demanding path of patience and openness.
“Any attempt to define the Non-definable is illusive and only leads to violence, warfare, and death.”
Each religion believes that the Creator is infinite and as such is beyond time and space.
If God is infinite, how is it that believers are constantly trying to define the Non-definable?
And every people along history provide their deities with a CV.
Since every person has a narrative: A person binds themselves to an ethnic group,
to a geographical surroundings within time, then this person also ties themselves to their
god; it is my god against that of another.
In the name of this god, mankind has been murdering each other since the dawn of time.
The Hindu “Bhagavad Gita” reads:
“Dharma is that invincible power of nature which upholds existence. It maintains evolution and forms the very basis of cosmic life.”
Attempting to be an integral and inseparable part of the dynamism of Becoming enhances both oneself and surrounding sentient beings.
That is why in “Oneness,” there are indefinable evolution, explosion, and dynamism.
Oneness in Multiplicity
“The Infinite One Creator is mirrored in the infinite phenomena of Nature.”
This idea may be found in Buddhist, Taoist, and Hindu sources according to which: the divinity is infinite and as such is mirrored in countless phenomena, whereby everything is inseparably interlinked within a dynamically, ever-changing context.
And so, the infinity of the upper realm is mirrored in its creations.
All things grow, age, and die; everything comes and goes like the waves of the ocean.
Here is a quote from the Sufis, 12th, 13th centuries, Ibn Arabi, a Moslem mystic and philosopher:
“My heart can take on any form: A meadow for gazelles; A cloister for monks; A temple for idols; The Ka’ba for pilgrims; The tablets of the Torah; The leaves of the Qur’an. I believe in the religion of love whichever way its caravan turns: Love is my religion and my faith.”
The Path of Love is very difficult.
It is not by means of words alone, but by daily effort, that calls for constant alertness.
The basic elements of human beings and of all creatures are the same.
Once one acknowledges this oneness in multiplicity, than one sees everything as interlinked and relating to oneself and to everything and everyone.
Multiplicity of Oneness
“All creatures are co-dwellers on Earth and share its inner structure, blood, and essence.”
Everything is interlinked. Thus, destroying nature in a strictly utilitarian manner will only
result in self-destructiveness.
And here is an Indian of the Mayans:
“The Mayans say: I am another one of Yourself. In this manner the Mayans stress that every
life-form reflects every other life form and that all originate from the same Original Source.”
“There are as many myths of creation as there were, are, and will be people on earth. The path of Spirituality teaches to join the incessant Flow of Becoming rather than tell stories about it.”
There are no definite answers. But one can develop the capacity of bewilderment.
The capacity of wonderment.
And here is William Blake. The great poet and artist who says:
“If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is: infinite.”
Opt to keenly observe the world and its phenomena.
Once faced with the world’s infinite abundance, then should flowingly ensue
the capacity of bewilderment.
“Kindness is achieved by seeing the others with pure heart, mind, and attitude.”
A person whose sole alternative is acting militant and scornful can never be plentifully creative.
Here is something from the Zoroastrians. Whose origin is in Iran.
And here, Zarathustra, the main figure of this faith, in 1000 BC, says:
“By Thy perfect Intelligence,
O Mazda (their deity)
Thou didst first create us having
Bodies and spiritual consciences
And by thy thought gave ourselves
the power of thought, word, and deed
Thus leaving us free to choose
our faith at our own will.”
God has given us bodies, has given us souls and the ability to think, to feel and to act.
Consequently, a person can be free to choose their own faith.
And to choose wisely, not out of compulsiveness, but out of openness and kindness.
The Inner Temple
“The symbolism of the Hindu chakras, Buddhist Mandala, or the Jewish Tree of Spheres, reflect the path leading from separation up to integration.”
And here is Johari, one of the greatest Hindi philosophers, who says:
“With the perfect synchronization of interior and exterior rhythms one can follow the path of least resistance and float freely in the ocean of the phenomenal world without getting drowned; To be precise the human body is the most perfect instrument for the perfection of consciousness.”
The peculiar separation between mind and body is distinctive of Western philosophy since
the days of the Greeks.
This separation is non-existent in Eastern philosophy as evident in Johari’s words:
A person who does not tend to their physical wellbeing, will also suffer impaired
mental and emotional abilities.
If one wishes to truly set up the inner temple, one needs to make the daily effort to behavioristically change one’s ways.
All neuroscience research points to the immense connection between physical behavior and the mind’s intellectual faculties.
The Secret Knowledge
“The secret knowledge is revealed to those who have succeeded to abolish prejudice, judgment, and traditional habits.”
And here is Lao-Tze, the Taoist:
“Thirty spokes converge at one hub; What is not there makes the wheel useful. Clay is shaped to form a vessel; What is not there makes the vessel useful. Doors and windows are cut to form a room; What is not there makes the room useful. Therefore, take advantage of what is there by making use of what is not.”
In order to rid ourselves of automatic responses, we need not focus solely on what we do, say, and think but as well on what we ought not to as a sort of an augmentation of the abilities of reflexive observance.
In order to allow for space that enables to neutralize negative and judgmental automatic responses.
Sanctification of Life
“No human sacrifice. No self-sacrifice, no animal sacrifice (because people must celebrate with an animal sacrifice). No martyrdom, no fight for God. No punishment in the name of God. No self-mutilation or abuse for the love of God.”
In Tantra, The Indian Cult of Ecstasy:
“The existence of the world is thought of as a continuous giving birth by the yoni of the female principle resulting from a continuous infusion of the seed of the male, in sexual delight.”
Do not sacrifice, but be merry, with this sort of sexuality that is the potential for in fauna, in flora, in the animal kingdom, and in the human one…
Be delighted by this diversity that we have and not by sacrifices and this is Sanctification of Life.
“The teachers of Spirituality have no followers as their apprentices are seekers of wisdom.”
A true master brings a person closer to their true self.
On the path of wisdom.
With no need of a higher, concentric authority, that must be blindly followed.
This is Kundalini, “The Secret of Life,” the Hindis again:
“Unimaginable the light in the eye, indescribable the ring in the ear, incomparable the taste on the tongue, immeasurable the peace of the inconceivable, Sushumna nadi, everywhere you will find Him: In the tiniest particles of dust, in the hard wood or a tender blade of dust; He is everywhere, the subtle, the imperishable, the unchanging Lord.”
Do not adhere to one specific authoritative voice, since God is everywhere.
So many creatures, individual creatures, that appear once in a lifetime.
No one groundsel is like another. There is where you will find the vastest richness.
There is where you will find infinity, and this is Communication.
Heaven and Hell
“The myths of heaven and hell deal with life after death while actual heaven and earth
are part of life”
This is possible to grasp once one cancels out the polarities by which people are living.
And here I have an explanation by Cleary:
“Few people believe their inherent mind is Buddha. Most will not take this seriously, and therefore are cramped, are cramped, they are wrapped up in illusion, cravings, resentments, and other afflictions, all because they love the cave of ignorance.”
The master says that this is a matter of extreme ignorance.
It is a mistake to believe there is absolute good and absolute evil, a polarized perception people live by since it is instilled by similar architypes such as heaven and hell.
There is no good without the bad and vice versa. These polarities are part of life.
But the artificial dichotomy between the two should be abolished in order to see life’s vitality and live by it.
Limitation of Power
“Any attempt to counteract the dynamism of Nature causes defeatism, misery, violence, and religious coercion.”
The Lord of Death enables for a great deal of wisdom. Without death, there’s no transition,
and without transition, there’s no potential for growth.
This potential is strong and it cannot be oppressed, by means of individually accumulating wealth and power.
Here again is the great Taoist Lao-Tze who says:
“Therefore, Evolved Individuals hold their position without effort, practice their philosophy without words, are a part of all things and overlook nothing; They produce but do not possess, act without expectation.”
A person in touch with the profoundly endless sources of Becoming shall never aspire to accumulate but realize the limitation of power and accept transition as an integral, mandatory part of life.
“Inner peace or strife reverberates into Peace or War.”
An inner-dialog of conflicts can only manifest on the outside as belligerence.
That is why, Confucius, the Chinese, says:
“It is humans that make truth great, not truth that makes human great.”
There is no one absolute truth. One can make one’s own truth, by synchronizing soul, thought, feeling, and action all at once.
“Religious ceremonies are linear conduits while daily celebrations are paths of renewal.”
Disease, hardship, and ache are an uncontrollable part of life.
Accepting this and practicing personal, daily celebratory rituals will help to increase vitality and renewal.
And for that we’ll turn again to the wisdom of the Sufis, Jalal al-Din Rumi:
“Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment. Cleverness is mere opinion, bewilderment brings intuitive knowledge.”
“The wise maintains his fool aspect to keep exploring the world and stay humble.”
Always embrace as well that which is unknown.
So here I have taken from the Bab, “The Gate,” and the Bahá’í say:
“The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens.”
Non-attachment and acknowledging that which is still unknown allow for the path of wisdom to unfold.
“The more one understands the inter-dependence of Everything, the more independent one is.”
And again, the Bahá’í :
“Every soul is independent; none depends on another.”
While every creature is individually unique it is inter-connected to all other aspects of phenomena.
Edited and summarized by the Editor of the Center, Tzach Ben Josef; assisted by Nurit Fox.