The Ultimate Reality we call God is the truth that we see from different perspectives (religions and sects and beliefs) and dimensions but not simultaneously. Our life, thoughts, feelings and ideas we try to understand what we call God from different angles. But we have lost ourselves in our ‘differences’ and we only consider our own angle to be the right and truthful one.
Our picture of God is our own perception. God does not change with our ideas of what God is and neither can we change God. In the same way when we pray or meditate we do not seek to influence God rather our own inner selves.
As humans it is our desire to have others explain things us easily so we don’t have to think. Religious beliefs are explainations to us about things that are beyond explanation. But the human thirst for the beyond gave us religion as a tool to help us think and not to stiffle our thinking. Religion should not hold us back to take responsibility for our own selves.
Religion has a limited and focused way of offering explanations like who are we? why are we here? what do we do now? There is a sense of mystery in religion as if this has the ultimate key for us to move towards a beyond that is better than the present. But we don’t live in the beyond – we live here in the present.
Our experiences and understanding will always remain basic by the very nature of us being human – this is why many who follow religion do so because they do not feel they are able to do more even within their own religious traditions. Ritual such as prayer and meditation provides a pattern in behaviour to help the religious feel at ease and comfort. These then become tradition, and transform over time through tradition and culture which is why religions have sects and other religions have sprung up.
Religions have a sense that there is a right way to live and act, and if we do this we benefit. This can be called grace, dao, karma in different religions. Religions have an authority figure or figures in regards to religious matters so we are not left alone belonging to a ‘religion’ or belief.
In Common With All Religions:
- The Golden Rule – “Do unto others what you would have them do unto you.” – Christianity
- Honour Your Parents – Loving parents and knowing our ancestors is the key to knowing who we are and where we have come from.
- Be Truthful – “Sincerity is the way of heaven, and to think how to be sincere is the way of a man.” – Confucius
- Give More – “Give charity without delay, for it stands in the way of calamity.” – Islam
- The Kingdom of Heaven Is Within – “Even as the scent dwells within the flower, so God within thine own heart forever abides.” – Sikhism
- Love Your Neighbour – Love is a unifying force. Looking out for our neighbours brings us closer together and they will feel at ease with us.
- Blessed Are Peacemakers – Before we were born we were at peace and this is the should be natural result after our birth. – Tao
- You Reap What You Sow – This is the great mystery of life. The law of nature. The law of karma.
- We Do Not Live by Bread Alone – The blessings of life are deeper than our stomachs. Be thankful for all you have.
- Harm No One – When we hurt anothers we separate and make them foreign from ourself. They are us in another body.
- Forgiveness – The most beautiful thing one can do is to forgive wrong. – Judaism
- Judge Not – We are one great family, and that we all spring from a common source. Refrain from judgement, understand.
- Be Slow To Anger – “He who holds back rising anger like a rolling chariot, him I call a real driver; others only hold the reins.” – Buddha
- There is But One God / Ultimate Reality – Nature, Being, The Absolute. Whatever name we choose to call God or The Ultimate Reality. We all spring from that oneness and we will all return.
- Follow The Spirit Not The Words Of The Holy– “Study the words and look behind them to the thought they indicate; And having found it, throw the words away, as chaff when you have sifted out the grain.” – Hinduism
So ask yourself the question: How Do I Find God?
(or if an athiest – How Do I Find The Ultimate Reality?)