Shalom, nirvana and a painful fall from grace

September 23, 2010

“…Once upon a time there had been no rift between humanity and the divine. Gods strolled in the garden in the cool of the evening. Nor were human beings divided from one-another… It is a unity which is impossible for us to imagine in our more fragmented existance, but in almost every culture the myth of this primal concord showed that human beings continued to yearn for a peace and wholeness that they felt to be the proper state of humanity. They experienced the dawning of self-consciousness as a painful fall from grace. The Hebrew bible calls this state of wholeness and completeness shalom. [Buddha] spoke of nivarna…”

from: Buddha.
Karen Armstrong

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