10.25.2009

Thou Art That

The opening page-or-so of John Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion is/are making my brain tingle lately. The more I read and teach Emerson and read the Upanishads, the more I'm interested in "Self." Not coincidentally, I suspect, my interest in what is called "God" has grown co-equally with my interest in knowing myself. Calvin offers two opening propositions: "Without knowledge of Self there is no knowledge of God" and "Without knowledge of God there is no knowledge of Self." And he even says, maybe surprisingly, "But as these are connected together by many ties, it is not easy to determine which of the two precedes and gives birth to the other."

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