Spiritual Unity of East and West
Author : Ursula Groll
Translator : Dr Rosemarie Lorenz
Format : Paperback, 127 pages
Release date : 2008
Using quotations from Swedenborg's spiritual works in particular, but also drawing from other world scriptures including the Bible, the author weaves a fascinating account of the spread of a single primordial religion from its Indo-European origins, diverging over time into Eastern and Western varieties in many forms. Yet there is still one religion - a "universal church" being practiced by those who believe in a Divine Being and aspire to lives of kindness. By way of introduction, the first World Parliament of Religions in Chicago (1893) is shown to be the result of the vision and dedicated efforts of a Swedenborgian, Charles Bonney.
Ursula Groll (1949 - 2014) was born in Germany and lived in Sweden for many years where she worked at the Goethe-Institut. She received an M.A. from the University of Frankfurt, concentrating in Scandinavian and German literature. She was a translator, freelance reviewer and author of Swedenborg and New Paradigm Science.
"This short, thoughtful book will be of great interest to readers seeking to understand what religion most truly is and how variously it has been interpreted and expressed in human history." - Rev. Stephanie Dowrick, Writer & Interfaith Minister, Sydney, Australia
"Ursula Groll presents a remarkable spiritual premise: a single primordial religion spread from its Indo-European origins, diverging over time into Eastern and Western varieties with many forms. This book's message is simple. There is still one religion - a "Universal Church" being practised by people who believe in a Divine Being and aspire to lives of kindness." - Rev. Dr. Reuben Bell, Physician & Director of The Samara Center for Practical Spirituality, Saco, Maine, USA
If you believe the purpose of creation, the object sought for by Divine Will, is the perfected being of all people, this book will support you in aligning to this purpose. It supports the reader with the wisdom and insights of those who have journeyed along this path. Ursula points out that for Swedenborg, humankind was created as a vessel to receive the Divine, that spiritual light which pervades the whole universe. This harmonises with the teachings from the East. "Whoever penetrates the veil of the material world and illusion of the senses and climbs the highest mountain peak of the one and only true revelation, will be kindled by the inner light and will reach the true goal of humanity, as the Bhagavad Gita, the holy Hindu text, teaches in VIII 8 ? 10."
The book became engrossing when I was reading it with this focus. - Michael Chester