'The sequential relationship between Right Faith and Right Conduct does not mean that the former automatically generates the latter. Right Conduct is acquired only when the soul becomes concentrated on itself - when self-knowledge is acquired. If [every soul] concentrated in itself, [assuming] self-knowledge and self-love...yield the same result, everyone concentrating on himself would have become free from all ignorance and passions. But this is not the case. Even after acquiring Right Faith, passions are not enfeebled and in the presence of passions Right Knowledge does not manifest itself. If one could acquire all having acquired Right Faith, the period of penance and spirituality would have become redundant. But this is not true of real life. The need for long spiritual practice remains even after attaining Right Faith.
Even after acquiring perfection of Right Faith perfection of Right Knowledge is not achieved. Even after acquiring perfection of Right Knowledge perfect stoppage of karmic influx is not attained, and liberation is not possible without perfect cessation of karmic influx. There is no principle that perfection of Right Knowledge and perfect cessation of Karmik influx are ensured by perfection of Right Faith. The principle is that perfection of Right Knowledge is impossible without perfection of Right Faith and perfect cessation of Karmik influx is impossible without perfection of Right Knowledge.'
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'Light from the East: Eastern Wisdom for the Modern West'
By Harry Oldmeadow (Author)
This is a collection of writings about the spiritual meeting of East and West in the modern world including articles by the Dalai Lama, Huston Smith, Frithjof Schuon, Thomas Merton, Titus Burckhardt, Ananda Coomaraswamy, Diana Eck, Gary Snyder and Aldous Huxley. Highlighting aspects of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism that have proved most attractive to Western seekers, it explores the similarities and differences between Eastern and Western traditions while emphasizing respect amongst the adherents of different faiths.