Vedanta says that all religions contain within themselves the same essential truth

From: "jagbir singh" <adishakti_org@yahoo.com>
Date: Mon Jan 16, 2006 1:31 pm
Subject: Vedanta says that all religions contain within themselves the same essential truth
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> > Dear Semira,
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> > Definitely and without question the Divine Message will triumph
> > over the organization itself. In future more and more people will
> > embrace its central message of evolving into the eternal spirit
> > that all religions, holy scriptures and prophets have since time
> > immemorial upheld. The Divine Message is a spiritual sanctuary, a
> > beacon of hope, joy, peace of eternal life to all humans. The
> > Shakti/Holy Spirit/Ruh/Aykaa Mayee is the Divine Feminine that
> > gives Self-realization/Birth of Spirit/Baptism of Allah/Opens
> > Dasam Dwar for humanity to enter the Sahasrara/Kingdom of
> > God/Niche of lights/Inner Sanctuary within where Brahman/God
> > Almighty/Allah/ Waheguru resides as THE LIGHT. Semira, not only
> > the current Sahaja Yoga organisation but all religious
> > organizations as well have merely been intended as temporary
> > vehicles and starting points for the Divine Message.
> >
> > jagbir
> >
> >
>
> i would like to add that the Shakti/Holy Spirit/Ruh/Aykaa Mayee is
> not really an intellectual premise but a faith experience of the
> Divine Message. Immediately after the Divine Feminine gives Self-
> realization/Birth of Spirit/Baptism of Allah/Opens Dasam Dwar the
> seeker will feel the Cool Breeze, the Ruach or Breath of God,
> flowing rom his/her hands and head. The Holy Spirit is indeed a
> daily experience of His Breath for the rest of your life. The
> Divine Message is a spiritual sanctuary, a beacon of hope, joy,
> peace of eternal life to all humans.
>
> "So we must know that it's a new explosion. That's why I call it
> Blossom Time, that we are definitely spiritual people. We have got
> spirituality and that the Divine is working. So the Kali Yuga is
> finishing. Now it is the Krita Yuga ...
>
> Krita Yuga means at the Time when this All-Pervading Power has
> started acting. Nobody felt the Cool Vibrations. Can you believe
> that? It was never related to any science. It was never related to
> physical science especially. So I must say the achievement of
> Sahaja Yoga is tremendous ... The All-Pervading Power has started
> acting as I am on Earth!" (Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi)
>
> Just a handful of humanity is stirring to the faintest of Light
> discernible at the earliest breaking of the Divine Dawn. They are
> the SYs who daily experience His breath flowing through their hands
> and head, and meditate on His Spirit within. They truly understand
> that the Shakti/Holy Spirit/Ruh/Aykaa Mayee is not really an
> intellectual premise but a faith experience of the Resurrection and
> Last Judgment. All religious organizations have merely been
> intended as temporary vehicles and starting points for the Divine
> Message, the collective culmination of God's Plan for humanity.
>
> jagbir
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>


Harmony of Religions

"Truth is one; sages call it by various names," the Rig Veda, one of
Vedanta's most ancient texts, declared thousands of years ago.

We are all seeking the truth, Vedanta asserts, and that truth comes
in numerous names and forms. Truth—spiritual reality—remains the
truth though it appears in different guises and approaches us from
various directions. "Whatever path people travel is My path," says
the Bhagavad Gita. "No matter where they walk, it leads to Me."

If all religions are true, then what is all the fighting about?

Politics, mostly, and the distortions that cultures and limited human
minds superimpose upon spiritual reality. What is generally
considered "religion" is a mixture of essentials and nonessentials;
as Ramakrishna said, all scriptures contain a mixture of sand and
sugar. We need to take out the sugar and leave the sand behind: we
should extract the essence of religion—whether we call it union with
God or Self-realization—and leave the rest behind. Whatever helps us
to manifest our divinity we embrace; whatever pulls us away from that
ideal, we avoid.

The carnage inflicted upon the world in the name of religion has
precious little to do with genuine religion. People fight over
doctrine and dogma: we don't see people being murdered over attaining
divine union! A "religious war" is really large-scale egotism gone
berserk. As Swami Prabhavananda, the founder of the Vedanta Society
of Southern California, would smilingly say, "If you put Jesus,
Buddha, and Muhammad in the same room together, they will embrace
each other. If you put their followers together, they may kill each
other!"

Truth is one, but it comes filtered through the limited human mind.
That mind lives in a particular culture, has its own experience of
the world and lives at a particular point in history. The infinite
Reality is thus processed through the limitations of space, time,
causation, and is further processed through the confines of human
understanding and language. Manifestations of truth—scriptures,
sages, and prophets—will necessarily vary from age to age and from
culture to culture. Light, when put through a prism, appears in
various colors when observed from different angles. But the light
always remains the same pure light. The same is true with spiritual
truth.

This is not to say that all religions are "really pretty much the
same." That is an affront to the distinct beauty and individual
greatness of each of the world's spiritual traditions. Saying that
every religion is equally true and authentic doesn't mean that one
can be substituted for the other like generic brands of aspirin.

Every Religion Has a Gift
Every religion has a specific gift to offer humankind; every religion
brings with it a unique viewpoint which enriches the world.
Christianity stresses love and sacrifice; Judaism, the value of
spiritual wisdom and tradition. Islam emphasizes universal
brotherhood and equality while Buddhism advocates compassion and
mindfulness. The Native American tradition teaches reverence for the
earth and the natural world surrounding us. Vedanta or the Hindu
tradition stresses the oneness of existence and the need for direct
mystical experience.

The world's spiritual traditions are like different pieces in a giant
jigsaw puzzle: each piece is different and each piece is essential to
complete the whole picture. Each piece is to be honored and respected
while holding firm to our own particular piece of the puzzle. We can
deepen our own spirituality and learn about our own tradition by
studying other faiths. Just as importantly, by studying our own
tradition well, we are better able to appreciate the truth in other
traditions.

Deepening in Our Path
Just as we honor the various world religions and respect their
adherents, we must grow and deepen in our own particular spiritual
path—whatever it may be. We shouldn't dabble in a little bit of
Buddhism and a little bit of Islam and a little bit of Christianity
and then try a new combo plate the following week. Spiritual practice
is not a smorgasbord. If we throw five varieties of desserts into a
food processor, we'll just get one unpalatable mess.

While Vedanta emphasizes the harmony of religions, it also stresses
the necessity of diving deep into the spiritual tradition of our
choice, sticking with it, and working hard. To paraphrase
Ramakrishna, If you want to dig a well, you have to choose your
location and keep digging until you reach water. It doesn't do any
good to dig a bunch of shallow holes.

While a shallow spiritual life is probably better than no spiritual
life at all, it nevertheless doesn't take us where we want to go: to
freedom, to God-realization. Once we choose which spiritual path we
wish to follow, we should doggedly pursue it until we reach the goal.
The point is, we can do this while not only valuing other traditions,
but also learning from them.

Different Paths to the Same Goal

Vedanta says that all religions contain within themselves the same
essential truths, although the packaging is different. And that is
good. Every human being on the planet is unique. Not one of us really
practices the same religion. Every person's mind is different and
every person needs his or her own unique path to reach the top of the
mountain. Some paths are narrow, some are broad. Some are winding and
difficult and some are safe and dull. Eventually we'll all get to the
top of the mountain; we don't have to worry about our neighbors
getting lost along the way. They'll do just fine. We all need
different approaches to fit our different natures.

Despite external variations in the world religions, the internals are
more alike than not. Every religion teaches similar moral and ethical
virtues; all religions teach the importance of spiritual striving and
the necessity of honoring our fellow human beings as part of that
striving.

"As different streams having their sources in different places all
mingle their water in the sea," says an ancient Sanskrit prayer, "so,
O Lord, the different paths which people take through different
tendencies, various though they appear, crooked or straight, all lead
to Thee."

Harmony of Religions
www.vedanta.org

 

 

 


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