Giordano Bruno: Bruno was a philosopher, astronomer and Dominican Friar who lived in Italy in the 16th Century. He was burned at the stake as a heretic in 1600. Bruno was well ahead of his time. He believed that not only was the sun not the center of the universe but that it was a mere star like all the others and that other stars with planets with life must exist. Bruno was a pantheist believing as Albert Einstein and Ralph Waldo Emerson did that God was in all things and at the same time transcended all things. His lack of faith in a personal God, his heretical astronomical theories along with his criticism of the corrupt and venal Medici Papacy resulted in his execution at the hands of church authorities.
“All things are in the Universe, and the universe is in all things: we in it, and it in us; in this way everything concurs in a perfect unity.
It is manifest that every soul has a certain continuity with the soul of the Universe, so that it must be understood to exist and to be included not only there where it liveth and feeleth, but it is also by its essence and substance diffused throughout immensity. The power of each soul is itself somehow present afar in the Universe. It is not mixed, yet is there in some presence.
Anything we take in the Universe, because it has in itself that which is All in All, includes in its own way, the entire soul of the world, which is entirely in any part of it.”
So, does this Christian cleric sound like any Buddhas of our acquaintance?