And I picked up two books, the Dhammapada and the Bhagavad Gita. Smart stuff in there. Read it sometime. What was striking to me is that in the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna describes an entity that is practically with the same characteristics as the god of the jews.
I wen't to synagogue this morning. I mean if another scripture has the same thing as the Bible as a supreme being....
In Jewish lore, God is upset with the nations for rejecting the Torah, he gave each one a chance (a story that Islam kinda reiterates with Allah sending out prophets to everyone) so due to the circumstance of all the nations rejecting the Torah except for Israel, God appointed angels over them to take care of their needs while God deals with the jews directly. Could something like Krishna for example be among these entitles? I don't know....
Anyways the rabbi of the synagogue put tefillin on me. It was the first time I put on tefillin in God knows how long. It actually didn't feel too bad. Not bad at all. See, when you are a lil kid in high school, no one really tells you to not wrap on the tefillin too tight like a moron (not me anyways). I then ended up viewing the tefillin as an object of distaste and I parted ways with my own pair and other jewish articles I had; a couple of years ago when I was becoming an atheist and things in life were not good.
Do I regret parting ways with these things? I don't know. I wonder how many other jews departed from tefillin because of the same thought process as me. Probably a significant number.
Anyways why on Earth was I reading eastern stuff? I was & am attracted to the idea that if you are good enough, you don't come back to this dimension. In Judeo-Christian thought there are elements of reincarnation to concur with eastern thought. I would like to, um, not come back to this dimension if there is something better.
This world has its perks of course but it just isn't that great. Unemployment, sometimes angry/irrational parents, girl troubles, being broke, etc. (thankfully I have a job now of course). There has to be something better out there.