Many Roads: One Destination

4 April 2015
An analysis of the spiritual journey of the protagonists of the books, Roger Kamenetz’s The Jew in the Lotus and The Ceremony by Leslie Silko.

This essay presents a detailed comparison of two books and the spiritual journeys of the protagonists. The author draws a distinction of the spiritual journey that the protagonists take and compares Roger Kamenetz’s “The Jew In The Lotus,” and “The Ceremony” by Leslie Silko.
“When we are traveling, we have several choices in how we will arrive at our final destination. We can take an airplane or a train; we can drive a vehicle or hop on a bus. In addition to deciding how we will travel we also have to choose the roads that we will take to get there. Even if two people are looking for the exact same location there are many decisions to be made in how the journey is done. The same can be said for spiritual exploration and searching. Each person has to decide what “vehicle” (faith) that they will use for the trip and then determine what “roads” (teachings) will guide them to the final location (spiritual awakening). This process is detailed in two books that were written from completely different standpoints of faith. The Jew in the Lotus by Rodger Kamenetz, and The Ceremony by Leslie Silko, are both examples of the same destination being discovered through entirely different vehicles and paths.”

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