Religions and the rhythm of the universe

The Rhythm of Being: The Gifford Lecture Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2010. pp. 413

This is the final work of Catalan-Indian inter-religious scholar Raimon Panikkar (1918–2010). It represents the fruit of nine decades of life and reflection on the world's major religious and cultural traditions.

More specifically, it is the refined (and 20-year delayed) publication of his 1989 centennial Gifford Lectures at the University of Edinburgh, originally entitled "Trinity and Atheism: The Dwelling of the Divine in the Contemporary World."

Panikkar has a penchant for marrying poetic insight with philosophical reflection. Hence the notion of rhythm connects to the earth's seasons, music, dance, social organisation, harmony of the universe and what he sees as the very rhythm of/in Being itself.

This opens out into the ancient notion of ongoing creation, endorsed by contemporary process philosophies and theologies.

Classical religious insights—notably the Trinity (Christian), advaita (Vedanta Hindu) pratityasamutpada (Buddhism) - also provide rich symbols of ultimate reality which promote unity, difference, communion, radical relativity, harmony and interdependence among all traditions, old and new.

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