What is the essence of all religions?

Discussion in 'Belief and Spirituality' started by ResistETIntervention, Mar 14, 2012.

  1. Nick the Pilot

    Nick the Pilot Well-Known Member

    Feb 19, 2007
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    The essence of all religion is to help us prepare for, and help us acccelerate our progress towards, the next higher level of consciousness (after the human level of consciousness).

    "Karma is often used as a form of cruel justification to regard the miserable conditions of so many people in the world as a punishment for their deeds in their previous lives. Yet, that is not the case at all."

    --> I totally agree.
  2. taijasi

    taijasi GnĊthi seauton

    Sep 27, 2004
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    Rather than Karma as an excuse not to develop Compassion for, and lend our assistance to others, what if we considered DHARMA ~ and chose just the opposite?

    What if we accepted de facto that the world we are building now is the world which we all shall inhabit later ... and therefore renewed & redoubled our efforts to get along with one another - accepting this microcosmically and microtheistically as the battle within [jihad, kurukshetra, the long dark night of the soul], which cannot be won without until this interior or internalized aspect of the great struggle is recognized and overcome?

    Suppose religion were seen as the amazing, wonderful opportunity to put humpty dumpty back together again, despite what the nursery rhyme tells us, even as - on the sidelines - the sycophants can't seem to pull themselves away from the cult of personality and hero-worship ... or get over themselves long enough to find Courage, plus Humility, to join in the collective Song and Dance (sic), the Play of Life (God's Cosmos which is each day in-the-becoming, with invitation to John & Jane Everperson to BEE a part of this Jewel of a __ [planet, System, process, etc.])?
  3. Persona

    Persona Interfaith Forums

    Dec 3, 2011
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    I hope so! This is the ideal!
    It's great to put this higher goal in words, as you've done.

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