Publicat de: leonard oprea | 6 Noiembrie 2012


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(Leonard Oprea /copyright 2010)


Two of the most known antique faiths and religious ideas, but still alive, vigorous, maybe even stronger as the time passes by, extremely active, constantly and intensely preoccupied by the individual salvation and I name in the historical order of their apparition:

the Judaism and Buddhism are in the end two ways of searching practical solutions for the liberation from the existence’s ordeal/human sufferance.

The vital necessity of finding those liberating from the human pain solutions are either eschatological motivated (Judaism) or the reaching of Nirvana/”the thirst extinguish”, Mircea Eliade (Buddhism).

Consequently we have two fundamental annunciations:


“First Commandment”: “Here, O Israel: the Lord our God is one Lord!

And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your might.”(Old Testament, Deuteronomy 6/4-5) (but in the New Testament too: Matthew 22/37-39, Mark 12/ 29-31, Luke 10/27, John 17/3).

Second Commandment”: “You shall love your neighbor like yourself!”

(Old Testament: Leviticus 19/18) (but in the New Testament too:

Matthew 22/37-39, Mark 12/29-31, Luke 10/27)

The two Commandments/fundamental truth/ of the Judaism are completed by the well-known Old Testament Decalogue (the 10 Commandments reveled to Moses by God on the Sinai Mount / Exodus 20/2-17 and Deuteronomy 5/6-21) spiritual, moral and social code, which is nothing else but the fulfillment of the first two Commandments. In other words, in Judaism, the two Commandments and the ten from the mount Sinai define/create a way of sufferance liberation characteristic of the Judaism.


“The Four Noble Truths”:

the sufferance existence;

the sufferance origin (the causes)—ignorance, wish and existence;

the liberation from sufferance (Nirvana)

the mid Way or The Eight arms Way.

Of course that follow the Eight Rules of the Way; like in the Ten Commandments case they are rules for the everyday existence:

1. a correct point a view or a correct/true opinion and 2. correct thinking, these two constituting the wisdom; then 3. correct speaking—one must not lie, defame, slander or sweater., 4.correct activity—one must not cheat, steal, commit adultery or kill etc., 5. correct means of living—one must not practice damaging professions to other people; these last three (3,4 and 5) being ethical behavior; and the last three: 6. effort, 7. attention and 8. correct concentration, form together—the mental discipline/Samadhi (through ascetic Yoga exercises).

So, coming from the Four Noble Truths (Buddhist) and from the Eight Rules, the Buddhism formulate, as precisely as the 10 Commandments from Judaism, the practical way of fulfillment of the Four Noble Truths, and a special way for liberation from sufferance.


Both religions have 12 (twelve) steps to the liberation from sufferance.

Even if apparently they do not seem to be alike, at an attentive analyze one can observe that, in fact, being born by the individual salvation idea as a dissolving/blending into One and Only God, in “I Am That I Am” (Old testament, Exodus 3/14) and conform to the Vedas and Upanishads, Brahman—the one with/in the blending takes place through Nirvana—the absolute Being, the Cosmic Nothingness, the One impossible to know but through the passing of the 12 steps, the Judaic and Brahmanism ways are identically in their essence.

But, by making this observation it does not mean not to recognize that the two religions have a distinct and extraordinary value:

through the huge and fascinating spiritual force; and also through their high moral standing and ethical conduct; in the same time through the set of practical solutions extremely benefic for the individual health, both spiritual and physical; through the immense amount of knowledge offered to the humanity; and finally through the real power of practicing and realizing the liberation from sufferance, in a real way.

I, for myself, I admire and sincerely respect and continuously learn from their lessons, without being the adept of neither of them.

But, both of these ways (religions), starting with the Judaic commandments or the Brahman truths, continuing and ending with the real practical steps, unfortunately, represent for the modern man, from the beginning of the third millennium, only stories, good to be known only by:

curiosity, snobbish, professional interest; or because one or another is an institutionalized/national religion; or from an impulse that contains all of these or, finally, because they represent ethnic—(religious) traditions respected/fulfilled on different festive, familiar or national occasions.

But at an immediate and worldly understanding level Judaism and Brahmanism are no more receipted as possible religious credos, acceptable without any doubt; attractive in such a measure to be daily performed as an individual viable solution (profitable—in nowadays language) for the liberation from sufferance. Or, in other words to be practiced as an individual salvation in a world which evidently tends to collective salvation, due to the social homogenization created through the accessibility of the technologies and the technological products.


I do not speak about rabbis and pious Jews, about Hafiz or about the Buddhist monks. Even if they are some hundreds of thousands, but between billion of others they represent the exception that confirms, unfortunately, the rule.

And the rule of the people uninterested of these faiths/religions is but one, simple and rough:” I do not have time for anything like that.”

And of course these ways of the liberation from sufferance need that generous and steady time for individual reflection, an act which do not find its place anymore, the common fellow barely breathing, continuously crashed between the computerized subsistence time ant the technological leisure one, both of them giving to his individual time only one dimension: the money. The comments are of no use.


The Christianity do not deny, in any way, the solutions proposed by the Judaism and Brahmanism. Because they are implicitly contained in God’s life, words and thoughts.

It might be interesting to demonstrate the last affirmation but as this book follows another ways I can only propose you to read the Gospels.

They are short texts, extremely readable. Then find some specialized dictionaries or search the Internet and study some things about The Old Testament as well as about Buddha’s life and thoughts.

They will be pleasant lectures, even passionate (I guarantee you that!) and you will see for yourself that I am right, not needing some other elaborated arguments.

Nevertheless unlike the Judaism and Brahmanism, the Christianity proposes the liberation from this world’s sufferance having only this:

one and only fundamental announcement:

Jesus Christ

and a practical way with only one step:

the Way of Lord Jesus Christ, the Gospel.

What does it mean?

Something simple and humanely possible, in essence (with no special premises) starting with the lecture, continuing with the understanding, and then practicing/living the Gospel.

To try to love Jesus Christ at least as much as you love yourself.

The rest just comes.


Indeed it may seem easier to liberate from the sufferance by becoming a Christian, than it would happen if you become an adept of the Judaism or Brahmanism.

“Yes, but I would have to bear the burden of all those commandments, truth and impossible to respect rules. . . .

Wouldn’t I? replies the man in front of the computer.


It is true that in this modern world, of this beginning of millennium, the Christianity is the major, dominant religion: as a crossroad of the civilizations.

If not necessarily in number of the adepts, then for sure in from an economic, military, political and cultural point of view.

Does it mean that there are hundreds of millions of people who already are on the way of the liberation from the sufferance, not counting the saints who live among us like God’s angels?

It wouldn’t be that bad at all. . . , if it would not exist the question, that cannot be avoided: how many among us are true Christians?

How many are there that accept the Christianity as the simpler, more commode and libertine religion and, (. . . let’s get real) the most economical efficient one, the most efficient in pace time or war time and so on. . . ?

And so, having no real problems in the strict and difficult respect of the commandments, truths, rules and orders, to be Christian meaning, practically and automatically, the equivalent of being saved (with a minimal personal effort); liberate from this world’s sufferance.


You are Christian you have been saved 2000 years ago. Period.

I will not continue because I do not want to carry out the institutionalized Christianity’s criticism, I mean the Church’s.

Presented in this way, the Christianity may seem a simple solution for the individual salvation.

It has only one fundamental enounce and a practical way with only a step.

The only problem appears when you want to fulfill the path:

to try to love Jesus Christ at least how much you love yourself, means to be capable at least of this: to ask every day, at least once, as had have The Saint Disciple Thomas (John 14/5-6):

“Lord, we do not know where we are you going, how can we know the path?” “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; nobody comes to Father but through Me” will be Jesus’ answer for you. Like this, slowly, slowly, with much patience, on your cross’ Way, in Faith, you will embrace and live the understanding of the fact that in the last 2000 years Lord Jesus Christ dies on the cross and perpetually resurrects, with the inextinguishable hope that you or I, we will finally understand: the liberation from the sufferance’ ordeal of this world can stand only in the power of being happy giving happiness to all around you.


“. . . heavy fog on the river. . . /

. . . the ghosts of the dead are there. . . /

. . . the dance of the boats. . . ”


From: Theophil Magus living in Boston – Anna-Maria 101 Breathings

(“Xlibris”/Random House Ventures, 2011, USA /Library of Congress Control Number: 2011910709/ ISBN: Hardcover 1-4628-9476-3 & 978-1-4628-9476-5/Softcover 1-4628-9475-5 & 978-1-4628-9475-8/ebook 1-4628-9477-1 & 978-1-4628-9476-5)

(In Theophil Magus living in Boston – Anna-Maria 101 breathings, „Leonard Oprea’s dominant perspective is one of a cold objectivity, too little disposed to easy emotions, other than those hidden, profound feelings and questions. Themes are the life purpose, the ultimate springs of human actions… Intelligence, laconic sarcasm, humor, right targeting. How could we not be indebted to the author? He put his talent of storytelling to serve an exhortation which is nothing else than the health response in the presence of the morbid, the simplicity in the face of artificial, the man-loving of light against darkness and evil./Nicolae Steinhardt – European philosopher, essayist and author); “A novelist and essayist of Leonard Oprea’s literary value does not need any introduction. From no one.” /Valeriu Gherghel – European philosopher, essayist, literary critic and author)


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