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Seeing God Everywhere

Essays on Nature and the Sacred
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World Wisdom
January, 2004
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Seeing God Everywhere is an anthology of essays on nature and the sacred. Since the earliest times, humankind has sought the presence of God in the wonders of nature. Written by an impressive list of recent spiritual thinkers (Wendell Berry, the Dalai Lama, Kathleen Raine, Joseph Epes Brown, Titus Burckhardt, Arthur Versluis, Oren Lyons, Frithjof Schuon, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, and others) these essays explore from many different perspectives why and how we can “see God everywhere” and “remember Him in all things.” Whether this view is theistic, according to Western and Native American traditions, or non-theistic, according to the Buddhist perspective, it demands that we recognize and embrace the interdependence of all things in the unity of the Real and extend our definition of the spiritual into the ecological.

The essays show how every part of nature, even to the smallest sparrow playing in the dust, is a theophany, a “trace of God’s passing”; that our only hope lies in repairing the world, not as an engineer repairs a machine, but as an artist restores an icon. Reading these essays enriches our inner lives and enlivens our contemplative imaginations, and as the editor suggests, is probably best done out in nature itself!

As a special bonus, at the end of each essay is a short poem on nature and the sacred, taken from various traditions (among the poets are Jami, Basho, Wang Wei, Han Shan, Hildegard of Bingen, Shabistari, and Tennyson).

“How good it would be if this book were to come into the hands of everyone involved with the natural world: environmentalists, naturalists, scientists, hunters, fishers, farmers, every mother with a baby playing in the garden, every father mowing the lawn, every human being who breathes air, drinks water, eats of the earth. That is to say, this book speaks to us all. If its lessons were heard and heeded, wonders might result.” —Philip Zaleski, editor of Parabola

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This anthology, combining articles by Buddhist, Christian, Islamic, Jewish, and Native American scholar, looks at the environmental crisis through a spiritual lens.

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