Sunday, 1 May 2016
The One And The Many
"'My dear, in the end all Gods go back to the One...'" (Roma Mater, p. 317)
Experience is multiple, explanations are unitary:
many objects, one universe;
many phenomena, one reality;
many Gods, the One beyond Them.
Originally, a different pantheon in every valley. Thales said, "All things are full of gods." Then, reductions in the number of gods and identification of some with others -
Rig Veda: "Truth is one, sages call it by different names."
Krishna: "The gods are my million faces."
The Romans: Jupiter is Zeus, Thor is Jupiter-Zeus etc.
An Indian Catholic priest suggested that the Hindu gods are the man on the road to Emmaus...
Here is an excellent game of hide and seek. Whose is the face and which is a mask? I suggest that behind all the masks are each of us and a transcendent reality - but Hindu theology allows for either monotheism or monism.
Gratillonius' second argument:
"'...and as for me, I am the high priest and avatar of Taranis, Her lover.'" (ibid.)
Are all men not high priests and avatars of the God and lovers of the Goddess? I say, metaphorically, yes.