The Body Divine: The Symbol of the Body in the Works of Teilhard de Chardin and Ramanuja
The Body Divine explores the ways in which two spiritual teachers, one Christian (Teilhard de Chardin) and one Hindu (R^D=am^D=anuja) 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. In so doing, Dr. Hunt Overzee makes an important contribution to comparative theology, and uses her subjects as the starting point for an exploration of the wide-ranging implications of a religious symbol whose potency is perennial, cross-cultural, and of continuing contemporary importance.
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Anne Hunt Overzee
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Arjuna atman attain becomes bhakti Blondel body of Christ centre chapter Christ’s body Christian Christology consciousness context cosmic cosmos deﬁning deﬁnition denote devotion divine body divine body model divine form divine milieu divine Person divinisation elements Eucharist example ﬁeld ﬁnal ﬁnd ﬁre ﬁrst fulﬁlment function GB(S God’s Highest Person human Hymne de l’univers Ibid individual individual’s inﬁnite inﬂuence inner Ruler integration interprets knowledge Lord Lord’s mandala manifest matter Maurice Blondel means meditation metaphor Milieu divin Milieu mystique mystical Nammalvar nature Ninian Smart Oeuvres 12 Oeuvres 9 one’s paramatman perceived perception purusa Ramanuja and Teilhard realised reality reﬂection relation relationship religious SB(T sense signiﬁcance soul speciﬁc sphere spirit Srivaisnava structure Supreme Person svabhava svarapa symbol teaching Teilhard and Ramanuja Teilhard de Chardin theological things tradition trans transcendence transformation understanding unity universe Upanisads Vedanta Vedas vision Visnu VS(R VS(VB whole worldview writings Yamuna