Water: Its Spiritual Significance
Exploring man’s ecological, spiritual, and symbolic relationship with nature through meditation and thoughts on water, this volume is a useful tool for religious practitioners of all faiths to understand more deeply the connection between their religious life and the earth.The collection includes essays and poetry from a wide range of intellectuals and poets, including Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, Thomas Merton, Huston Smith, and Henry David Thoreau, among others.
“Produced in the honor of Louisville’s fourteenth annual Festival of Faiths, organized by the Center for Interfaith Relations, this volume contains essays and poetry concerning the sacred and sustaining nature of water – its symbolism in the world’s great spiritual traditions – Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Taoism, Confucianism, and that of our First Peoples.
Also to be found are writings from the perspective of the growing academic field of religion and ecology, as well as how the water issues of the world are being addressed by people of faith.
As we learn more about lakes, rain, sacred rivers, springs, and tears, we encounter such universal themes as The Flood, Traversing the Water, the Rivers of Paradise, and Baptism.