Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Empedocles - God is everywhere

The nature of God is a circle, of which the center is everywhere and the circumference is nowhere. ~Empedocles

Empedocles was a pre-socrates Greek philosopher (490–430 BC).  It is interesting the pantheism of Ekonkar was not just the accepted principle originating in the Vedas; it was also the concept agreed to by Greek philosophers before Socrates!

Not only this, Empedocles' notion of death also makes sense:

To the elements it came from
Everything will return.
Our bodies to earth,
Our blood to water,
Heat to fire,
Breath to air.

More uncanny similarities to my dear Guru Nanak's views:
Wise people, who have learned the secret of life, are next to the divine,[46] and their souls, free from the cycle of reincarnations, are able to rest in happiness for eternity.[47]