Fredrich Nietzsche’s 1873 manuscript “On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense” opens with the following scene. Once upon a time, in some out of the way corner of that universe which is dispersed into numberless twinkling solar systems, there was a star upon which clever little animals invented clever words, like truth and… Read More Pharisee among the Philosophers
Teresa of Avila was down to earth, humble and well articulate person. I learned about her while attending a Catholic boarding school in the Bengal region of India. Teresa came across as a person of courage, creativity and humour. She was outspoken and unapologetically herself. If she had written a letter and the correspondent… Read More Sacred in the Mundane
One of the most popular films in the mainstream cinema is ‘Mission Impossible’, starring Tom Cruise. Cruise plays Ethan Hunt, a top-secret agent for the IMF — the ‘Impossible Mission Force’. In the film, as in the television series on which it is based, Ethan Hunt receives his instructions via tape recording. The recording always… Read More Emmaus and The Vanishing Mediator
Voltaire, a philosopher of the French enlightenment, famously said, “Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers”. Voltaire’s point was that the quality of an eon is defined by the quality of the question asked. He emphasised that the quality of the question determines the quality of the answer we get. Good… Read More A Curious Faith
My Good Friday reflection concluded with the parable of the mad man that was written by Frederic Nietzsche back in 1882. The parable is about a man who is perceived mad by the onlookers as he goes around announcing that God is dead. The parable gained incredible popularity in 1960s. Several newspapers and magazines, including… Read More Easter Reflection: Who else than the Messiah Himself can be born in a grave?
The journey to Jerusalem began in a small hamlet of Galilee. It was filled with exciting adventures, with plenty of twists and turns, ups and downs. It began with a sense of hope. It began not with those in power but with those on the fringes of society, struggling to get by each day.… Read More Palm Sunday – A Tale of Two Processions
We live between hope and despair, a theme discussed by Claudia Eppert, Sharon Rosenberg, and Roger Simon at great length in their profoundly insightful book Between Hope and Despair. The book is faithful to its title. It holds in tension the concept of hope and despair. After all, can we even have great hope without… Read More Advent, somewhere between hope and despair
Soren Kierkegaard was one of the founding figures of what is now called existential philosophy. Another one was Fredric Nietzsche. Despite their differences, they have a lot in common. While Nietzsche claimed that God is dead, Kierkegaard maintained that the Church is dead, in its institutional form anyway. From the beginning of… Read More Truth is Accidental
Jung’s body of work full of discussions on religion. He admits that humans are “by nature religious”. He agrees with Rudolf Otto’s understanding of religious experience as a “careful and scrupulous observation…the “numinous.” that is, a dynamic existence or effect, not caused by an arbitrary act of will.” For Jung, the experience of the… Read More Carl Jung on Religion
Jung “was a brilliant scholar tenaciously engaged in the human sciences, comparative religion, philosophy, cultural anthropology, mythology, theosophy, and the mystical traditions of East and West.” Jung’s deep engagement with a wide range of topics, much like Freud, makes him one of the major figures of the twentieth century. The take-up of… Read More Could it be the case that Freud is the original unconscious source behind Jung’s exploration of the collective unconscious?