Do you think that the power of prayer, however manifested, is a "positive" one?
Some people believe that a Hindu has just as good a chance of getting to heaven as a Jew as a Muslim as a Catholic as a Protestant as a New Ager... even as an Atheist, who listens to Tony Robbins tapes or adheres to "The Secret."
For a minute, the theory seems to be sound. But then, as if directed by fate, I chanced upon a PBS tv show about ancient civilisations' human sacrifices.
Does that mean that primitives, like the Aztecs, were "blessed" by carrying out rituals of human sacrifice they thought were "pleasing the gods"?
Where the heck did they get the idea that killing others was a gateway of prayer?
The sentence "Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose." was written by Gertrude Stein as part of the 1913 poem Sacred Emily, which appeared in the 1922 book Geography and Plays. In that poem, the first "Rose" is the name of a person. Stein later used variations on the sentence in other writings, and "A rose is a rose is a rose" is probably her most famous quotation, often interpreted as meaning "things are what they are," a statement of the law of identity, "A is A".
Tags: Religion, religious practices
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