Monday, October 16, 2006
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Sophia is found throughout the wisdom books of the Bible. There are references to Her in the book of Proverbs,and the Wisdom of Solomon. She is usually associated with wise King Solomon. 1 Kings 4:29-31 tells us that God gave wisdom to Solomon, and that he became wiser than all the kings of the East and all the wise people of Egypt. Wisdom 8:2, 16, 18 tells us that Solomon was seen as married to Sophia.
The Song of Songs - known as Song of Solomon or Canticle of Canticles - speaks of Solomon's marriage to Holy Sophia.
Beginning with the ancient Greeks, European culture associates wisdom with virtue. For example, many philosophers talk about the virtue of wisdom in relation to courage and moderation, wisdom (Prudence) stands with justice, fortitude and moderation as one of the four cardinal virtues. They are outlined in the Hebrew book of Wisdom 8:7. These virtues are praised under other names in many passages of Scripture. Plato's dialogues mention the virtue of wisdom, as knowledge about the Good and the courage to act accordingly. The Good would be about the right relations between all that exists. The Good, as a Platonic Form, would involve the perfect ideas of good government, love, friendship, community, and a right relation to the Divine. Perhaps the search or love of wisdom is more important than any proven claim. Some religions hold that wisdom may be given as a gift from God.
In the Christian Bible, for example, the magi (or "wise men") sent by God to give the newly born Jesus three types of gifts. Wisdom is also represented by the sense of justice by the lawful and wise king Solomon.The seventh verse of the first chapter of the Jewish book of Proverbs in the Old Testament states "Fear of God is the beginning of Wisdom" (Proverbs 1:7). The beginning of fear of God is hating evil, the ways of evil, arrogance, pride and a duplicitous mouth (Proverbs).
Confucius stated that wisdom can be learned by three methods: Reflection (the noblest), imitation (the easiest) and experience (the bitterest).
Buddha taught that a wise person is endowed with good bodily conduct, good verbal conduct & good mental conduct (AN3:2) and a wise person does actions that are unpleasant to do but give good results and doesn’t do actions that are pleasant to do but give bad results (AN4:115). This is called karma.
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Here I am, with my Canadian Pajamas... Don't I look beautiful in red and white? My Father's goddaughter Elizabeth send me the pajamas, and I just love them. The weather here in Pensacola is staring to change, and in the nights that it gets cool my mommy puts my Canadian pajamas on. Hopefully, I'll get to see Canada soon, and meet all my Canadian Family.