Mystics see more human commonality than the religion of the clergy do. Be a mystic!
The Dalai Llama suggested all the Western refugees from Christianity (along with other practices)need to revisit their own traditions again, to gain insight to where they have been traveling. We were each born into a faith for a reason. We find the truth in religion when we continue to open and seek again; the wisdom is in there, just worn away from (‘mindless’) repetition, like a marriage that has lost its passion.
Each tradition defends what we believe to be Sacred but do we understand what it demands? I mean contemplating the seriousness of facing ‘a burning bush,’ while burning out our ignorance, or, left ‘untouched’ without our prejudice, or replacing an eye for an eye to turn the other cheek, etc.
‘My’ God was there with the dinosaurs and no doubt will minister to the aliens if need be. Agnostics say we are the creator of Gods, so we are the architects who limit them. If we believe God is the mysterious vast unknowable all, why argue over who is better, best or right! Sacredness is defined by our ability to be humble before its vastness.
Ecumenical and Interfaith Peace Every Day is about talking and listening for more understanding, it is time to find Common Ground. Respect and tolerance are a huge prerequisite for peace. Only through learning can we become less afraid of each other. We may not agree with each other’s beliefs and practices but strive every day to honor everyone’s right to practice their faith whether we understand it or not. Let us work towards giving the kind of grace and permission which God, Allah, Buddha, Krishna, Christ, Moses, Mohammad etc, have given us. Their teachings are given to their followers with abundant permission to practice or not. We are loved, is that not enough? There is plenty of spirituality, religion and interfaith practice to go around without the tendency to diminish or constrain anyone’s practice.
Where is common and holy ground? I think it is beneath and within each of us, on the planet and in our hearts, focus on your own holy ground and leave the rest be.
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