This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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The way is easy—the way is hard

The Mahayana presents itself as a ‘world religion’ capable of offering salvation to all people in all walks of life. It is in this sense that it’s name (‘Large Raft’) is justified, and this also explains the reason for giving to the Hinayana its name, however we should point out that the latter title was bestowed (and still is) by adherents of the Mahayana and is considered a pejorative, and if there is a Hinayana in today’s context, Theravada (‘The Way of the Elders’) would be the preferred name, more accurately encompassing the spirit of that group and its claims. Although there has been real opposition between the two ‘schools’ it is, from our point of view, a mistake to consider them opposing sects, since it is not abnormal for a religion to present itself in this dual aspect of austerity on the one hand and mercy on the other.

As an example, we could refer to the teachings of Christ, who said at one point: “narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it”,[1] and this is the Hinayana. Yet it was also said: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest…For my yoke is easy and my burden light”,[2] and this is the Mahayana.

In this way, the revelation addresses itself to all but in a way appropriate to all, which is to say, differently and in a graduated fashion; and according to the nature of mankind, the more austere path is reserved for the few, while the way of grace and mercy addresses itself to the many.

[1] Matthew 7:14.

[2] Matthew 28:30.

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