Monday, June 11, 2018

Dualism - First View of Religion

We have seen that there is the eternal God, and there is eternal nature. And there is also an infinite number of eternal souls. 
This is the first stage in religion, it is called dualism, the stage when man sees himself and God eternally separate, when God is a separate entity by Himself and man is a separate entity by himself and nature is a separate entity by itself. 
This is dualism, which holds that the subject and the object are opposed to each other in everything. 

When man looks at nature, he is the subject and nature the object. He sees the dualism between subject and object.
When he looks at God, he sees God as the object and himself as the subject. They are entirely separate. This is the dualism between man and God. 
This is generally the first view of religion. 

                 - Swami Vivekananda, Talk in New York

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