Fingerprints of God: The Search for the Science of Spirituality

"In their everyday spiritual practices, Arjun Patel, a Buddhist, saw Buddha's eyes; Llewellyn Vaughn-Lee, a Sufi, communed with the Beloved; and Adam Zaremberg, a Catholic, visualized Christ. But non of them claimed his 'God' as the only authentic God, nor did they begrudge anyone else a different view. They were like witnesses to the same God but from different angles.

"So prevalent was this nonreligious 'Other' that I wondered why these people would remain content with a particular religion. I mused about this with Sophy Burnham, who had spent years delving into Asian religions and ended up where she started, in the Episcopal Church. I told her I was surprised by that.

"'So was I,' Sophy said.

"She explained that she thinks of spirituality as a wheel with spokes leading to the hub. 'And each of the spokes is a path to God—is a religion, if you will, or a spiritual practice. And they will all take you to the direct experience of God...'"

—Barbara Bradley Hagerty in Fingerprints of God: The Search for the Science of Spirituality

आकाशात् पतितं तोयं यथा गच्छति सागरम्

सर्व देव नमस्कारः केशवं प्रतिगच्छति


As water fallen from the sky goes to the ocean,

Obeisances to all gods proceed to Keshav.


Created at: 10 February 2013 2:02 PM