Religious Buffet

Do you ever struggle with religion and what is right and what is wrong?  I have for a long time.  My argument with many of my hard-core Christian friends is there is no freaking way that Mahatma Gandhi didn’t make it to Heaven.  If Heaven is a real place, than that man deserves to be there, whether or not he believed in Jesus has no bearing on his final destiny.  His story is all inspiring for every man to emulate.

The further I dive in educating myself on the matters of the universe, the more I am finally understanding this.  I love the buffet of spirituality that is out there for us to taste.  There is an endless selection of information, and I plan on tasting it all!  I’ve read the Bible.  Verse by verse, I’ve studied the Dhammapada (collection of Buddha’s verses) conducted online by a Buddhist monk.  I’ve read the Tibetan Book of the Dead for my own personal reading pleasure.  And, I am very excited to say that I only have 40 more lessons remaining in A Course in Miracles and I will have my 365 days of the workbook section complete.  This is just a few of my reading material that I have studied over the past few years, not to mention hundreds of other books on ego, mindfulness, meditation and enlightenment.

One might say I am totally obsessed, but as Wayne Dyer recommends, I am just trying to “have a mind that is open to everything and is attached to nothing.”  He also said, “The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you know nothing about.”  I think these are very wise words, but how many of us, really educate ourselves in all area of spirituality?  This is one thing I decided I wasn’t going to be guilty of.  I still have many more books that I want to continue to read, and the Bhagavad Gita is the next on my list.

I’m sure I am not the only one that has had the question in life of how can only one religion be the only way!  I’m sure I’m not the only person thinking if Christianity is right, then Mahavira, Krishna and Buddha are wrong?  If Mahavira, Krishna and Buddha are right then Moses, Jesus and Mahammed are wrong.  All of them can’t be right!  Right?  Why not?  I am learning that this is all a matter of perception!  And in all reality…it is only your ego that needs to think they know what is right.  Nevertheless, I love educating myself on all of this!  I am also learning that if you drop your ego in the midst of this thinking and drop the thought of religion being a theory and change your thinking to religion just being a device, then there is no conflict at all.

During my research, I love when my findings line up.  I was very excited when I was listening to a pod cast of Swedenborg and Life called, “How Different Religions Coexist in Heaven” found here: because according to this eighteenth-century scientist and philosopher, he explained that all religions go to Heaven, and that there is a way in for each and every one of them.  Believe it or not, the Creator has designed an assorted religions for all different kinds of mindsets in humanity.  Like a spiritual buffet for all different palates.  Mind blowing right?

We have to realize that if we let go of the necessity of thinking only one way is the “the way”, which is a huge part of the ego, then we can taste it all.  Neither is right, neither is wrong.  What does it matter if one religion thinks we come here once and either go to Heaven or Hell, or if we have endless lives and we keep returning until we learn the ways of the world?  For many people these theories are very important and they want the answers.

I am currently reading an incredible book by Osho called, “The Book of Secrets”, and he had a great way to explain this all.  He explains that all religions were born many centuries ago in the Eastern area of the world.  Jesus, Moses and Mohammed were talking to one group of people, and Buddha, Krishna and Mahavira were talking to a totally different group of people.

Jesus, Moses and Mohammed were religions designed for poor, under educated people.  These gurus were also not educated.  For a poor man, one life is more than enough.  He doesn’t want to have to ever come back to this world, but if he knows there is hope after this life, he will act appropriately in order to get to this Promised Land called Heaven.  If you tell this type of mind he will be coming back to this world again and again, his mind just can’t handle this theory.

Buddha, Mahavir and Krishna were produced and had followers from a very rich, cultured, sophisticated and educated society.  These spiritual teachers were refined in every way, their group of followers were bored because they had everything they needed for this life time.  These gurus were talking to a rich society and Heaven was meaningless, where Jesus’ followers, Heaven was everything and very meaningful.  Buddha’s teachings were centered around freedom, and Jesus’ world would not have attracted these sorts of people.  They were already in a Heaven on Earth.

For a rich man, suffering is not his problem, it is boredom, but a poor man, a promise of pleasure waiting for him in the afterlife, is very attractive.  The rich people wanted to get off this wheel of life, and it was attractive for them to know that becoming enlightened would finally get them off this wheel.

What does this all come down to?  Different taste buds!  People are different and there are many different religions in the world to reach all diverse taste buds.  What tastes good to me, might be totally repulsive to another.  What works for me might not work for someone else.  It might not even work for my own children, and that is totally ok.  They have their own mind, their own set of taste buds and it is their job to find out what taste is appealing for them.  I will supply them with lots of different tastes for their palates or devices, but I am not putting them on a strict diet and telling them what to eat or how they have to think.  That is not my job as their parent.  We are all on our independent journeys, and we all have to recognize this.  Let other people be who they want to be, eat what they want to eat, read what they want to read, and worship what they want to worship.

If we stop taking religious theories as the only way and realize they are just devices to become better people, then Jesus, Moses, Mohammed, Buddha, Mahavir and Krishna are all right in their own way.  Depending on the person’s perspection.  They create different journeys for different people.  They create different techniques for different minds and they have a different tastes for different palates.  These differences aren’t to be fought over, they are to be embraced and celebrated.  It is only when your own insecurity flares that create problems, and that is all your ego needing to be right and proving its superiority.  We are all created equally, and differently, and we all should open our minds to realizing even our Divine Creator celebrated this and gave us a buffet of choices for our different taste buds of life!


Traffic Circle of Life

Summer is such a wonderful season!  The strong sun’s rays, morning birds chirping with happiness, the ability to enjoy the pleasures of the beach and all it has to offer, the longer days, the colorful flowers, the warm night’s air and the flowery aromas of the beautiful gardens.  The list of miracles is endless, and all depends on what you find to appreciate.

One thing I have to say that I am not a fan of in the summer time is all the road construction.  They are constantly fixing something.  It makes summer traveling slow due to one lane of traffic and waiting to take your turn to get through in different areas.

I was actually impressed with our city!  They decided to change a dangerous intersection into a traffic circle to make it safer and more convenient for travelling.  Or so they presume.  I am confident that the city did their research to back this up, or experience from placing these traffic circles in other cities and having much success with them.

As I was driving on this torn out piece of our cities hub the other evening, I found this new change in our traffic flow very symbolic to life.  How many times do we take the time to tear apart our minds to change the flow of our lives?

Our city took the time to investigate this intersection that seems to cause multiple accidents year after year and decided it was time to make a change.  They made the conscious decision to reconfigure the situation and make a change in the flow of traffic.  I really wish people would start looking at their own lives and where they make the same mistakes or accidents to themselves year after year, or time after time.  You have to start noticing a pattern, just like our city noticed this intersection repeatedly seemed to be hazardous for drivers for some reason.

It is time to start realizing your habitual mistakes and maybe start attacking the problem with a proactive approach.  It’s not your fault you make the same mistakes time after time, it is programmed in your subconscious.  You have to take the time each and every day to start tearing apart your subconscious mind that has been creating your accidents.  It really is holding you back from all the amazing things that you are worthy of having in this world.

How are you going to do this?  Make it a priority in your life to meditate and clear your subconscious of all the pot holes, dangerous intersections, and emotional upsets that you’ve been travelling around with year after year.  Just as our city did research on how to fix this hazardous intersection and come up with this new idea, scientific research is overwhelming on the power of the subconscious mind and the benefits of meditation.  Check it out for yourself.  Google it!

I always love to leave a quote to plant the seed for you to ponder and this time my quote is a little lengthy, but comes from a book that I recommend everyone reading or listening to (the entire audio book is available on Youtube for free) titled, “The Power of Your Subconscious Mind” by Joseph Murray.

“In the ancient world, Hermes Trismegistus had the reputation of being the greatest, most powerful magus the world ever known.  When his tomb was opened, centuries after his passing, those who were in touch with the wisdom of the ancients waited with great expectancy and a sense of wonder.  It was said that the greatest secret of the ages would be found within the tomb.  As so it was.  The secret inscribed in the tomb read:

As within, so without;

As above, so below.

In other words, whatever you impress in your subconscious mind, that becomes expressed on the screen of space.  This same truth was proclaimed by Moses, Isaiah, Jesus, Buddha, Zoroaster, Lao Tzu, and all the illumined seers of the ages.”

I’m no seer like these great noted people above, but I am smart enough to know, that these amazing ancient minds, and modern scientific research are both saying the same thing.  It’s time we all start rerouting our subconscious and put in a nice new traffic circle in our subconscious minds to free ourselves of anymore unnecessary accidents!

Take time everyday, and start making meditation a daily priority!  I promise, you are worth it!