University of the Third Age Course: Readings
The readings for Part 1 of the course on Indian and Asian Philosophies and Religions are from Lo Guest's books 'A Layman's Introduction to Asian Philosophies and Religions' Volumes 1 and 2. These books are not currently available online, but can be obtained in print from Tony Downey, the convenor of the U3A courses.
The following readings are for Part 2 of the Course on 'Basic Concepts of the Ancient Wisdom':
I have felt impelled to speak of the wind of the spirit blowing over the earth. It will extinguish all false lights; the true and the holy will but burn the brighter and will remain. Yet judge not. Things do not happen in a day. Perhaps it may be fifty years before we know at least something of the inner meaning of what is now coming upon us: of good, of ill; of high, of low; of pathos or of bathos. But this that I have called the wind of the spirit is clairvoyant in the heavenly sense. It is the spirit of Earth, if you wish, and its works are utter true. All that is grand and unselfish will live. What is false and selfish, this wind will not merely pass by, but mayhap overthrow. Put your whole trust in the divine power behind nature and live in accordance therewith, and nature will look upon you as working with her and therefore as her master and will make obeisance. -- Excerpted from Wind of the Spirit
– G de P.