On Sensing the Spiritual Ultimate Beauty
Text and Photography by Dr. Dorit Kedar
The annunciation of the angel Gabriel to The Holy Virgin Mary that she would give birth to the Son of God and of Man may be considered as a profound universal metaphor.
All creeds yearn towards the unification with the Divine. Thus, become eternally blissful.
Paradoxically, by stressing idiosyncratic territorial characteristics within religion, believers perpetuate a basic human aspect – the principle of possession and belonging.
Such principle forcefully reflects the material, the concrete, flesh and blood.
Nevertheless, the Hebrew word Adam [א-דם] is composed of three letters, Alef – pointing to the first letter of Divinity – Elohim [אלוהים], and the two other letters Dam [דם] refer to Blood and materiality.
According to the first chapter of Genesis, “So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” The first part of the sentence denotes the abstract part: Humans are created in the image of God; while the second is more defined and denotes the creation of gender.
We suggest retaining the first part of the sentence which marks the essence Alef – א (the first letter in the Hebrew alphabet) rather than emphasizing the second concrete part. In other words, most of institutional religions refer to the Divine by means of descriptive tangible means, but the Essence, the Creator, the Non-Definable, or Pure Abstraction, cannot be defined by mortal creatures.
Tragically in the name of the Divine, believers, in the pretense of holding an exclusive truth and following the principle of possession and belonging, continue torturing and killing each other.
Still, a minority of secretive hermetic societies throughout civilization has followed the first part of Abstraction – Alef, or Elohim (God), understanding and sensing the Unity within Pluralism, the Essence within materiality, the Creator within everything in existence.
The Center of Inter-religious Peace attempts to spread insights to better assimilate the Path of Temperance in word and image, Creator within all creatures. (See: The Book of Inter-religious Peace, and The Book of Tolerance)
We wish our readers to daily practice:
Respect to all living beings
Below we are happy to share impressions of our visit to Nazareth, a city where Christians, Jews, and Muslims co-habitat and celebrate together.
On the Way to Nazareth – Fusion of Earth and Sky
Thanks the very kind Bisharat Alaa ,the receptionist of Michel House, Nazareth, for inviting us, fortuitously passing by, to have a coffee and so we were lucky to look, see, and enjoy the surprising and impressive fireworks, welcoming 2018.
Guest Houses Area in the old city of Nazareth.
Christians, Jews, Muslims all jovially gather in the streets.
The city where it is believed that The Annunciation has been delivered to The Holy Virgin Mary, refuses to hate.
Greek Orthodox Church of The Annunciation, Nazareth.
Pastel colors, basic forms, emphasis on the chandeliers, as the source of light, multiple narration – facilitate the transition to a more elevated state of the Soul.
Basilica of The Annunciation, Nazareth.
A synthesis of monumentally and immutability versus colorful art-deco like stained glass.
Salesian Church of Jesus the Adolescent, and view of Nazareth.
Emphasis on Charity towards the orphaned.
Beauty, Tolerance, and Temperance may be explored and practiced solely within Pluralism.
Ritual articles, Arab Textile, Jewelry, Incense, Christmas chocolates but also some whiskey for chosen clientele. Leon Mazzawi