BUDDHA never had any intention of establishing a religion 2500 years ago, at least not our sectarian kind.
Nonetheless, followers across Asia and India soon split his teachings into separate branches and sects, ruled by numerous lamas and monks.
The same today in Hinduism, dominated by a priestly caste of Brahmins at the top, convinced of their right to rule.
Buddha’s life and teachings showed humanity the way to conscious enlightenment through personal merit and compassion sans intermediaries. Humans were inspired to rediscover their inner spiritual natures, without regard to caste or creed.
The Buddha’s teaching of individual responsibility, and primacy of personal will should have saved the world from priestly dogmatism, but it did not.
Similarly, Christian religious dogmatism, with its god and invented savior, cleverly situate4d beyond our mere earthly domain. And this ‘son of God’ still has a very strong a hold on humanity.
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- John Paul Strain, Thought of the Great Spirit
NATIVE Americans showed their gratitude to Mother Nature whenever they hunted food, or took from Her material for clothing or shelter. At those times a simple, symbolic ritual of thanks was performed on the spot.
Animals, rocks, trees, and the Earth itself were all divine spirits.
It was an ethic driven by a spiritual recognition of Oneness, and something of that original spirit survives in our own culture each year on Thanksgiving week — mixed, of course, with the inevitable commercialism.
(Listen to: Mother’s Song)
For our new cyclic shift, however, we urgently need a global spiritual worldview, based on the heart and soul wisdom of our elders.
And there are many signs that such a new shift— embodied in the work of a growing number of compassionate groups and individuals around the world — is taking shape along the original lines of Theosophical inspiration. Continue reading
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YOU must not think that the gods are without employment, explained Synesius, the Greek bishop of Ptolemais.
The idea is developed by theosophist W. Q. Judge in his article “Cycles,” about the duty of the ancient gods to watch over humanity:
“For they descend according to orderly periods of time,” Synesius wrote,
“… for the purpose of imparting a beneficent impulse in the republics of mankind.”
“For this providence is divine and most ample, which frequently through one man pays attention to and affects countless multitudes of men.”
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