The Body Divine explores the ways in which two spiritual teachers, one Christian (Teilhard de Chardin) and one Hindu (Ramanuja) have seen the world as inherently divine, and have presented this insight theologically through the use of a symbol, that of the 'body of the divine' (the body of Christ/Brahman). In a careful study of their beliefs, Dr Hunt Overzee shows how both thinkers came to understand reality in terms of consciousness, believing that salvation/release is realized through attaining the Lord.
This goal is approximated through a changed view of things, in which everything is seen to belong to the Lord and to manifest his presence.
The author compares those spiritual practices taught by each thinker in order to help people attain the Lord, and places these practices in a broader context of practices for transforming consciousness.
"This is a comprehensive and scholarly study of the comparisons to be drawn between two religious traditions on the subject of the world as the body of the divine as exemplified in the writings of two significant thinkers...It is a most competent exposition of the positions of the writers concerned..." Glyn Richards, Asian Thought and Society
|List of abbreviations|
|The background to the divine body in Teilhard de Chardin|
|The background to the divine body in R-+m-+nuja|
|The body of Christ in the writings of Teilhard de Chardin|
|The body of Brahman in the writings of R-+m-+nuja|
|Functions of the divine body in R-+m-+nuja and Teilhard de Chardin|
|The divine body as model of the integration of consciousness|
|The divine body as model for the transformation of consciousness|
|The divine body: paradigm of a conscious cosmos|
|Glossary of Indian terms|
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Series: Cambridge Studies in Religious Traditions
Number Of Pages: 236
Published: 17th December 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2 x 1.372
Weight (kg): 0.349