It has been a while since I shared my thoughts with you on my blog
and so after much contemplation, I have decided that perhaps it’s time to sweat the big stuff.
The invisible, the invincible and the seemingly immortal occurrence called Faith, Spirituality and Religion.
Ever since the dawn of time, live beings on planet Earth have had the desire and inner need to look towards something that is bigger, something that has the power to make or break all that is.
Historical and archeological documents have proved that by their discoveries and shown us the primary artifacts of worship; The Sun for starts was the initial stage; something that brought light, warmth and harvest. It was the holy and glory to humanity, as it allowed us to see around us, feed us and keep us warm. Something like a loving parent would do for us, but this came from a place high above that no ordinary being could reach. So gratitude for this good-loving occurrence was being spread everywhere.
Then the moon and night was the representation of the darkness and possibly evil, where humans were stripped of all those virtues the Sun gave them. Sounds to me like the Tao principle of good and bad
and so I believe that it was the night and the fear of the dark that made humans to glorify the Sun.
So an ultimate war was taken place every day, where Sun won every morning and Night every evening.
Then came the worship of animals and Egypt was famous for cats as we all know.
The trouble with humanity is their never-ending struggle with the need to poses what they cannot have.
So, since nobody could touch the Sun, they started using reachable things on earth that would symbolize that unreachable higher power that was keeping them alive. This act developed in my opinion to bring them closer to the higher source. If they chose cats as the personification of The Divine Sun, than owning a cat would bring them closer to the source. The love of power grew stronger and so did the ego of humanity. All their attempts to get closer; let’s state the example of the Tower of Babel failed.
So is this need to reach the equal state of the Sun/God/Divine because we all felt inadequate in our mind? Do we feel we are better people if we reach the virtues of the Sun/God/Divine?
We must have felt incredible inferiority and inner anger as a result of it and when people feel these emotions, they tend to wanna conquer and surpass that was above us.
Now, in the beginnings of the 21st Century also known as The Common Era, I ask myself a question;
Are we now truly an evolved civilization with a common sense?
There is one book that has more power than any other book ever published and
every nation has their own version; The Bible, Koran, Torah, The Vedas, Dharma;
book of ancient scripts that have the power to control and manipulate the entire human race.
Book that imposes upon people believe systems that are the source of all wars, poverty and hatred.
Every nation has it’s believe system and I truly believe that every believe system has faith in that one God and the only difference is the name they use to describe it. Like a different language, but it is a believe towards that one higher power; Christians call it God, Muslim call it Allah. Just like we speak English and French speak french. Its’ the same concept, if we learn French we can understand them and if french learn English they will understand us, then we can have a proper discussion after learning each others languages properly and I feel that is what religions are missing in this world.
Why are these books that preach love, light non-violence and respect for all life create more wars, hatred and poverty amongst us?
So where does spirituality begin and Religion ends and what is the difference between them?
To put it simply, I believe that Spirituality is different way of Christianity that is more in touch with nature, life, energy and Universe. It preaches to live in harmony and love and it’s like going to a healer to cure your problems and it focuses more on the soul.
Religion on the other hand is stealing these Spiritual principles and turning them into money making greedy profit that only those who are in charge benefit from and use them for their own highest good.
It is like going to a doctor with a migraine and being prescribed medication to cover the symptoms without examining the core of the problem.
Every person has a believe systems, the troubles start when they become dogmatic.
Even the Spiritual interpretation of love is so often misunderstood by so many.
Here is the most honest and modest interpretation of love.
“Love is neutral,
Love does not put resistance,
Love does not take sides.
The key to Love is impartiality.
Observer and the observed is one.
Put yourself always first.
Only happy people can give
what other people really need.”
In Hinduism, there is a spiritual practice called Ahisma. Which is a moral principles that teaches the principles of non-violence, peace, be respectful and reverent etc.
One interesting thing about the Hindu principles of Ahisma, Yamas (how we treat others) and Niyama (how we treat ourselves) is that it teaches their scholars that reaching the absolute state perfection of these practices is impossible. It’s like the story of Buddha who was trying to reach Nirvana to help end suffering and in his efforts he was losing his earthly self. Then one day while meditating, he overheard a musician-teacher on a boat telling his student: if you tighten the string too much it will snap, if you loosen it will not play properly.
Ahisma teaches us the importance of not being stubborn and dogmatic in our views about ourselves, life and world. For if we think we are right, we most likely wrong.
Every religious system claims they know the truth and if you follow them, you will be saved.
Taking away the religion, I feel nearly every human imposes these behavioural patterns onto others. I know what is best for you and if you follow me, you will be better of and if not than you will be miserable for rest of your life. These are just manipulative and controlling patterns that people use on others when they cannot face themselves or accept their own mistakes.
But back to religion; for example Hare Krishna claims that milk is the holy drink and imposes vegetarianism as the only right way of feeding one selves.
But where is the common sense in this? What about the people who are allergic to dairy products? What about the poor Eskimos that are destined to eat meat and fish in order to survive the cold climate?
In the teachings of Ahisma, it teaches us that should we have a dogmatic believe that only vegetarian food is the right way, and the only food available to eat to us would be meat, it is a an of violence towards us, because we let our body starve in order for the mind to hold onto those values. So Ahisma is basically the use of common sense that we act and behave appropriately in accordance to circumstances around us.
When animals weren’t enough, along came Moses and Jesus – the ultimate religious development. From unreachable Sun, through animalistic worship to a human personification of The Sun/God/Divine, human was found to have a God within.
Nowadays, any New age self-help book claims we all have The Sun/God/Divine within us.
Says who? Did God descent from Heaven again to write these books? No, they are written by another human beings; human beings that are full of errors and wrong interpretations. So how can we put our entire faith into hands of another humans? How can we know the persons true intentions?
In my opinion, this New Age Bible creates new generation of spoiled greedy arrogant people who forget the essence of life. Bible is getting lost in this New Age era, because what was once unreachable became part of us. Humanity no longer needs to feel inferior; with God within us, we are inferior to all species, we are great … how crafty and cuntish human creativity is!
Why do so many in this process forget that with greater power comes greater responsibility, which so many choose to ignore? Where are modesty and humility and gratitude? Look around and you will see humans reading this new age Bibles that create greedy, hungry, ungrateful monsters. People no longer stop to help others, rarely you will see people give without asking for something back.
How is this behavior any different to those who are in charge of the “traditional” Christianity?
Christianity is raping innocent children against their will into a believe system that they haven’t even had a chance to examine. I personally don’t have my children Christened. I see my children as a strong individuals that I was blessed to be chosen as their mother. My children are not sheep, they are human beings just like me, that have the full human right to chose the spiritual path that is right for them. I feel it is my duty and responsibility not to mark them with something they might hate and disagree with as they get older. I want my children to have the option of choice in their lives. It is their human right.
But despite all of that, there something strange, indescribable lurking behind the veil.
Something that smells and tastes of the most delicious food you ever ate; something that calms the mind and makes the heart jump with joy, something that gives humanity that something called hope.
Faith is personal experience unable to be fully defined.
It exists within us and is very tailored and individual just like our soul and personality.
It gives us that spark of life, uniqueness, and that special something that makes us shine in our own way,
That will illuminate others and guide them. Every act we do every day is for somebody’s highest benefit.
In my life I have experienced many occurrences that left my jaw wide opened, unable to grasp the concept. It was something I couldn’t. That’s what faith is. It is personal. It is something each and one of us has to find inside. It cannot be found outwards, it cannot be preached, it cannot be touched and it cannot be seen.
It can only be experienced and to have that experience, there is only one way to achieve it – through he way of Ahisma.
To let go of all preconceptions, all believe system that kept us going so far and all dogmatic views. Sometimes in order to move forward in life and to find ourselves and that something that lies within us, one has to break everything down and rebuild it.
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