A Passage to America - In this piece, written in March , Sangharakshita recalls his first flight to America nearly fifty years ago, on his way to teach a term at Berkeley, with reflections set off by viewing the flight information screen above his window seat.
Disparities - Writing in April , Sangharakshita reflects here on disparities of power in various different relationships - and on how one can use whatever power one possesses either negatively or unskilfully, on the one hand, or positively and skilfully on the other. Dreams Old and New 1 and 2 - In these two pieces, written April-May , Sangharakshita recalls some of the dream worlds he has inhabited.
They include ashrams, churches, woodlands, and outer space. Sometimes the scene seems contemporary; sometimes from Ages of the past. My Muslim Friend - Here Sangharakshita writes for the first time about his friendship with Ramzan Ali whom he came to know towards the end of his years living in India. Looking Back — In which Sangharakshita writes of his search for traces of his Lingwood ancestors in Suffolk, the results of the search, and his personal reflections arising therefrom.
Reveries and Reminiscences — A set of eight sketches in which Sangharakshita combines the describing of various recollections he has not elsewhere set to paper, with associative musings on various themes related to these recollections.
Compare the average artisan and the average country squire, and it may be doubted if you will find a pin to choose between the two in point of ignorance, class feeling, or prejudice. Right up to his final hours on earth, Jesus preaches forgiveness. And, on the other hand, the Materialist, holding by the truth that, for anything that appears to the contrary, material phenomena are the causes of mental phenomena, asserts his unprovable dogma, that material phenomena and the substance of matter are the sole primary existences. Joseph was not present at family occasions like the Wedding Feast of Cana and had probably died before the public ministry of Jesus, or else he would have been the one to take care of Mary following the Passion of Our Lord. Let us suppose that one of the stupid, salamander-like Labyrinthodonts, which pottered, with much belly and little leg, like Falstaff in his old age, among the coal-forests, could have had thinking power enough in his small brain to reflect upon the showers of spores which kept on falling through years and centuries, while perhaps not one in ten million fulfilled its apparent purpose, and reproduced the organism which gave it birth: surely he might have been excused for moralizing upon the thoughtless and wanton extravagance which Nature displayed in her operations. How she must have felt meeting her Son as he carried the Cross on the Via Dolorosa.
All different kinds of body forms, and unique souls reflecting a specific time period forms the expression of fashion at that time. Fashion is really serving to whoever is wearing it, and a match of interests can make astound chemical reaction, releasing its magnificence on different kinds of people, including normal ones. I believe in meaningful nature of fashion, no matter it is expressed humbly or exaggeratedly on a specific body from.
The ever changing aesthetic value and taste in fashion world can interact with time and leave great significance behind for people to taste and recognize through time. Jesus is now in shock. The wounds inflicted upon him in the scourging, the crowning with thorns, losing blood on the three-hour walk through the city of Jerusalem on the Via Dolorosa to Golgotha, and the nailing upon the cross are now taking their toll.
The Gospel of John first refers to thirst when Jesus meets the Samaritan woman at the well.
The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life" John This passage implies there is more than just physical thirst. Jesus also thirsts in a spiritual sense.
He thirsts for love. He thirsts for the love of his Father, who has left him unaided during this dreadful hour when He must fulfill his mission all alone. And he thirsts for the love and salvation of his people, the human race.
Jesus practiced what he preached:. Greater love has no man than this, That he lay down his life for his friends. When Jesus had received the wine, he said, "It is finished;" and he bowed his head and handed over the spirit. John The soldiers offered wine on a sprig of hyssop to the Lord. Hyssop is a small plant that was used to sprinkle the blood of the Passover Lamb on the doorposts of the Hebrews Exodus John's Gospel related that it was the Day of Preparation, the day before the actual Sabbath Passover, that Jesus was sentenced to death and sacrificed on the Cross John continues in "But when they came to Jesus and saw he was already dead, they did not break his legs," recalling the instruction in Exodus concerning the Passover Lamb.
He died at the ninth hour three o'clock in the afternoon , about the same time as the Passover lambs were slaughtered in the Temple. Christ became the Paschal or Passover Lamb, as noted by St. The innocent Lamb was slain for our sins, so that we might be forgiven. It is now a fait accomplit.
The sixth word is Jesus' recognition that his suffering is over and his task is completed. Jesus is obedient to the Father and gives his love for mankind by redeeming us with His death on the Cross. The above painting is meant to capture the moment. What was the darkest day of mankind became the brightest day for mankind.
And the Gospels as a group captured this paradox. The Synoptic Gospels narrated the horror of the event - the agony in the garden, the abandonment by his Apostles, the trial before the Sanhedrin, the intense mockery and torture heaped upon Jesus, his suffering all alone, the darkness over the land, and his death, starkly portrayed by both Matthew and Mark In contrast, the passion of Jesus in the Gospel of John expresses his Kingship and proves to be His triumphant road to glory.
John presents Jesus as directing the action the entire way. The phrase "It is finished" carries a sense of accomplishment.
In John, there is no trial before the Sanhedrin, but rather Jesus is introduced at the Roman trial as "Behold your King! Jesus is not stumbling or falling as in the Synoptic Gospels, but the way of the Cross is presented with majesty and dignity, for "Jesus went out bearing his own Cross" John When Jesus died, He "handed over" the Spirit. Jesus remained in control to the end, and it is He who handed over his Spirit.
One should not miss the double entendre here, for this may also be interpreted as His death brought forth the Holy Spirit.
https://afevizunof.gq The Gospel of John gradually reveals the Holy Spirit. Jesus mentions living water in John and during the Feast of Tabernacles refers to living water as the Holy Spirit in At the Last Supper , Christ announces he would ask the Father to send "another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of truth" The symbolism of water for the Holy Spirit becomes more evident in John "But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and immediately there came out blood and water.
Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit. The seventh word of Jesus is from the Gospel of Luke, and is directed to the Father in heaven, just before He dies. Jesus was obedient to His Father to the end, and his final word before his death on the Cross was a prayer to His Father.