Saturday, August 22, 2015

Spiritual Enlightenment

There is a spectacular spiritual awakening occurring on our planet and it is being brought about by the collective consciousness of individuals who are walking the path of spiritual enlightenment through unconditional love, peace, harmony, kindness, compassion, and oneness.  We are beginning to understand this oneness and that we really are all a part of each other. 

Those of us who believe in God (or the God of our understanding) know that God is not a Christian God, a Buddhist God, a Muslim God, a Hindu God, or any other God of any religion because we know that God cannot be divided.  There is one God for all.  And again, you can call it by whatever name you choose because this deity is actually nameless.  It’s just we humans who attach the labels and names.  Jesus said “If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.”  And yet that’s exactly what we’ve done, and one way we’ve divided ourselves is through religions.

Personally, the God I believe in is greater than anyone’s religion or belief systems.  I also prefer to use the names Universe, Spirit, Life, or Love, but it’s all the same.  Many people tend to put God in a box, wrap it up tightly with duct tape, and believe that this is the only God people should believe in, that there’s only one name, and anyone who doesn’t believe in that God is wrong. 

There are thousands of different religions in the world and many more being organized every day.  Just in the Christian religion alone, there are over 41,000 different denominations, most of them having differing beliefs.  It’s one thing to believe in and worship a deity and/or that religion’s spiritual masters, and that’s perfectly okay, but it’s a whole other ballgame when people worship the religion itself to the point where they fight and argue over who is right or wrong, some even going to war to prove it. 

Not everyone will understand what I’m saying and that’s fine.  But many do, and because they understand our oneness, they know that there are no boundaries in religion.  We can honor and respect whatever someone believes without making ourselves separate from the followers of that religion.  We can get along and find what we have in common instead of letting the differences in our beliefs tear us apart.  We know that by doing so, we can then live together in peace and harmony.

As someone said, “We are being enlightened on the true nature of God.”  We know that God is only about unconditional love for all and that we can find this God in and through every one and every thing.  With this belief, we can come together with our fellow beings with love and peace in our hearts, and we want only what’s best for our brothers and sisters on this great planet Mother Earth.  We take care of each other and we know that we can love and accept each other regardless of what we believe or our lifestyle. 

One of my favorite quotes from the Bible is when Jesus said, “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”  He didn’t make ANY exceptions.  Other spiritual masters from other religions also speak of loving one another and being kind to all people.  There are all kinds of verses on love, kindness, and compassion in the Holy Bible (Christian), Qur’an and Hadith (Islam), Torah, Tanach, and Talmud (Judaism), Tao-te-ching (Taoism ), Upanishads, Rig Veda, and Bhagavad-Gita (Hindu), Tripitaka and Sutras (Buddhism), and countless others.  (And yes, you can also find violent verses that people use to separate us.)

Maybe if we just got to know one another and learn about each others’ religions, we can then overcome the hate, bigotry, and ignorance that is so prevalent towards others just because of a difference in beliefs!  We can also do this with other cultures, races, people from other countries, LGBT’s, and so on.  It’s unconscionable when people use fear to propagate separateness and that’s sad. 

Amit Ray stated, “We all are so deeply interconnected; we have no option but to love all. Be kind and do good for any one and that will be reflected. The ripples of the kind heart are the highest blessings of the Universe.”  And Radha Sahar said, “The whole of planet Earth is a sacred site.  All people are the chosen people, and the purpose of our lives is a spiritual one.  May we care of each other and for the earth, for everything relates to everything else.  Feeling this oneness, may we radiate the light of love and kindness that all may live in unity and peace.”


Published in the Cookeville Herald Citizen newspaper August 21, 2015.

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