Human Intimacy With Divine Through Flowering Plants and Living Forms

My Favorite Catholic Priest on India
From Thomas Berry, “Religions of India: Hinduism, Yoga, Buddhism”
(Anima Press, 1992).


We are moving from a period of industrial plundering of the planet into a more intimate way of relating to the planet. We can no longer violate the integrity of Earth without becoming a destructive force for both the surrounding world and for ourselves.

Too frequently we have based our spiritualities simply on divine-human relations and inter-human relations while neglecting any concern for the role that the natural world plays in this process. What strikes us immediately is the extent to which the experience of the divine is inseparable in India from the experience of the natural forms that surround us throughout the universe. Absolute transcendence requires total immanence. We read in the Upanishads that the divine is the numinous presence within every visible from. Especially in the Epic tale o fRama and Sita narrated in the Ramayana and celebrated throughout the Asian world we find this human intimacy with the flowering plants and with every living form, all of which become a protective and healing presence to the two exiles in their long journey through the fields and woodlands of this vast subcontinent.

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