Thursday, March 6, 2008

Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani!

"And I cried to the Lord, saying why should I be thus, seeing I was never addicted to commit those evils? And the Lord answered that it was needful I should have a sense of all conditions, how else should I speak to all conditions; and in this I saw the infinite love of God. I saw also that there was an ocean of darkness and death, but an infinite ocean of light and love, which flowed over the ocean of darkness."

-George Fox, founder of the Religious Society of Friends ("the Quakers"), from a journal dated to 1647 C.E.

"Thus, when one has boarded the ship of the Vow of great compassion and sailed out on the vast ocean of light, the winds of perfect virtue blow softly and the waves of evil are transformed. The darkness of ignorance is immediately broken through, and quickly reaching the land of immeasurable light, one realizes great nirvana."

-Shinran Shonin, founder Shin Buddhism, from The True Teaching, Practice and Realization of the Pure Land Way, dated to 1224 C.E.


  1. What an interesting crossover. I know that part of the Bible, and for the life of me, I've never understood why Jesus would cry out to God about being forsaken. It's one of those things that made wonder whether Jesus somehow felt betrayed by God or something.

    Interesting interpretation on your part. :)

  2. I am a big fan of interesting cross-overs. Thanks! :o)


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