November 30, 2007

RELIGIONS

Posted in Messages, Philosophy, Religion tagged , , , , , , , , at 12:40 am by randallbutisingh

RELIGIONS

In every religion, there is the fine thread of truth woven into its fabric; therefore all religions should not only be tolerated, but respected. But because of the inability of the vast majority to seek and find that thread, religion has been exclusive and divisive. Devotees of the different religions wrangle about whose fabric is the best and the only acceptable one, and this thinking, exploited by priests and gurus, is the cause of most of the bloodshed that took place and are taking place in the world.

Those fortunate ones, the mystics of whatever their religion, who have sought diligently have realized that all differences disappear when that thread is found and they see themselves as one. There is no difference in religious quest as all seek the same goal, though their paths may be different. That goal to some is Salvation, to some Nirvana and to others Brahman (the Absolute)…

When a friend asked the eighteenth century poet William Blake if he believed in the divinity of Jesus, Blake replied; “Yes, Jesus is God; so am I, and so are you”. What Blake was saying here is that man is divine, even if he does not realize it. He is a ‘spark’ of the Supreme Spirit, the image of God, and therefore identical with it. Even as the waves are identical with the Ocean; each having its own individuality, small wave, large wave, enormous wave, and tsunami, when wind or whatever the cause subsides, each realizes that it is nothing but the ocean.

A contemporary of Blake, John Donne, made this statement: “No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod is washed away by the sea, Europe is the less as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of your friends or of thine own were. Any man’s death diminishes me because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

Another, J.D. Cole said that the world’s problems are ours whether we believe it or not, it is still ours. This brings us to the Interconnection and interdependence of mankind. Whatever happens to any individual or section of the community affects all. All life is one. Remove the source from which it comes and all cease to exist. Humanity is one and indivisible. There is only one Race, the Human Race.

These are all concepts which proclaim the interconnectedness and interdependence of all mankind. But it goes further; we are interconnected with all creation. Every creation, animate or inanimate is significant and has a purpose. It is said: “God sleeps in stone, wakes in trees, walks in the lower animals, but thinks in man”. According to this philosophy, God is in everything and is everything.

When man realizes that he is not this corruptible body, that he is not this restless mind; that he is not intellect, that he is not this craving ego; that he is Atma (Spirit), unborn uncreated, he will be liberated.

Lord Jesus said: Seek and ye shall find; knock and it shall be open unto you; ask and it shall be given unto you. Also “Be ye perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect.”

Randall Butisingh

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