August 5, 2008

A UNIVERSAL SPIRITUALITY

Posted in Messages, Philosophy, Religion, Thoughts tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 4:13 am by randallbutisingh

THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

A UNIVERSAL SPIRITUALITY IS AT THE ROOT OF ALL TRADITIONS

Here are some from excerpts from CHRIST THE YOGI by Ravi Ravindra, a Hindu.

“In our contemporary pluralistic world, where a cross-cultural communication has increasingly become a matter of necessity for global survival, a new consciousness is emerging. One of the major features of this consciousness is going to be a non-sectarian spirituality. A universal spirituality is at the root of all traditions, but is continually lost in theological exclusivism, or in scholastic partiality, or in evangelical enthusiasm, and needs to be rediscovered and restated anew again and again. Anybody who would approach a major work of a religious tradition with a global perspective, and with an effort to discover the universal truths in it, will aid the development of the new consciousness in the right direction.”

“Everywhere the one Truth and one Being, or simply the One, has manifested itself in many truths, myriad beings and many selves, corresponding to different times, places, cultures, religions and needs. Each language has its own particular genius, and some things can be expressed in it in a way which is especially profound and engaging; nevertheless no language has a monopoly on depth of discourse, nor does any particular language exhaust all possibilities of communication. In fact, at its best, as one sees in love, and in the utterances of so many mystics and sages, a language may most succeed as it carries one to the silence beyond any articulation. Similarly, each religious and spiritual tradition has its own beauty and emphasis, and certain truths are most profoundly expressed in, and perhaps in it alone. Nevertheless, no tradition exhausts all possibilities of the Vastness, as no Being exhausts all modalities of Being.”

“Still, even the practice of a path, not only its theory, can be illumined by a light coming from another tradition. What is important to appreciate is that no spiritual path can be true if it is essentially devised here below by human reasoning. A true path depends on the Will of Heaven; it originates from above.”

“The way, however, is not the goal, and a person can too easily get excessively attached to a particular way or a teacher. More especially, when someone is actively opposed to other teachers and other ways, he commits a sin against the Holy Spirit in limiting its possibilities to a particular mode of expression which he has somehow, usually by an accident of birth in a particular culture, encountered.

“For myself, I am happy to find light wherever I can, without thereby having to deny other sources of illumination or other colours of the spectrum, which together can more fully express the glory and abundance of The Vastness than any one can alone.”

Professor Ravi Ravindra was born and educated in India before moving to Canada. He holds master’s degrees in technology, physics, and philosophy and a PhD in physics. He was the founding director of the Threshold Award for Integrative Knowledge and at the time of the publication of CHRIST THE YOGI was Adjunct Professor of Physics and Professor and Chair of Comparative Religion at Dalhousie University in Halifax. His previous books include Science and Spirit, Krishnamurti, Two Birds on One Tree, Yoga and the teaching of Krishna, and Whispers from the Other Shore.

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1 Comment »

  1. … what people need firstly is getting the book of acts Pentecostal experiences.. and they will naturally next care for the poor people, act like real anointed Christians. http://groups.msn.com/HolySpiritCome

    …Many Christians are doing their own thing, trying to live a life without Jesus, without even taking to him now often too.. Jesus himself hath said without me you can do nothing.. nothing!!!

    http://anyonecare.wordpress.com/2008/08/02/great-links-great-christian-literature/


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