Today I read a comment by the Danish writer Kristian Ditlev Jensen in the Danish daily Politiken about a future possible “world religion”. He quotes Albert Einstein:
“Buddhism has the characteristics of what would be expected in a cosmic religion for the future: it transcends a personal God, avoids dogmas and theology; it covers both the natural & spiritual, and it is based on a religious sense aspiring from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual, as a meaningful unity”.
Kristian claims that the three big monotheistic religions – Christianity, Islam and Judaism – fight because they are monotheistic and claim that there is one and only one God. Their God.
The Danish writer claims that in contrast to the above mentioned religions, Buddhism respects diversity and therefore is the religion of the future. Somehow more advanced than the more militant religions to appear after Buddha finally had his Nirvana. The bottomline is that you are nothing. In fact we are all nothing, which is something you can’t really preach. Can you imagine anybody fighting a religious war to persuade others to become…, nothing? Not really.
I made these photos in June, when I visited British Museum in London (please click them for larger versions). The statue is centuries old. But look at the happy laugh and the potbelly that reveals a living far from today’s fear of getting fat. This guy has an inner peace that is bigger than all of us. And he loves it.
I have thought about blogging these photos ever since the row about the Muhammed cartoons started back in September, but I had to read Kristian’s comment today to get around it. You can make a statue of Buddha. I can take a picture of the statue. And love and spiritual energy stems from it. We need some love and the feeling of being nothing in the debate about the Muhammed cartoons.
More photos at fohns!