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Philosophy, Theosophy, and religion

 I recently had a discussion with a dear friend about our religious beliefs, and it seems, although we had a few different concepts that we had each personally chosen to adopt, our approach to religion was essentially the same.  To that end I think it is safe to say that he tends towards being a "Christian" Theosophist, actively embracing concepts from many varied Christian religions, where I tend toward being a bit more along the lines of "Universalist" Theosophist, finding treasures of wisdom in all the world's many diverse religions .  A wise Indian shaman once told me this, "Does it grow corn in your life? If it does then keep it, if it does not let it go."  This made sense to me because it is what I had always done essentially.

The most remarkable thing about this conversation between he, and I, was this, there was no attempt to change the other persons beliefs or views.  We both readily accepted that our personal beliefs were just that, beliefs.  I have no proof that what I believe is true.  They are my beliefs, formed, shaped, and molded from my life experiences.  They are what makes sense to me in the madness of this world.  They fit my world views.  He acknowledged the same was true for him regarding his beliefs, since neither of us had sat down personally to a High Tea with God (and really I do not know anyone who has done so) we recognized that what we believed in our lives had merit for us individually, but it did not make it absolute for anyone else.  
 
 My personal beliefs include belief in reincarnation.  I came to accept this belief after watching children suffer with, and die from cancer and other diseases.  It was the only thing that made sense to me, because the God I loved would never allow that to happen to innocent children without a damn good reason.  I also believe that God is not a He (yes, I know many will be screaming "BLASPHEMY!!!" about now, lol) .   Here are my thoughts on this, God is a  perfect spirit, and thus perfectly balanced with both male and female attributes.  So I refer to my beloved Supreme Being as God/Goddess  rather often in my writing, and when talking to close friends.
 
  I believe God/Goddess is a spirit of perfect love, I refuse to believe that God/Goddess is jealous, cruel, or vengeful, those are some very non admirable traits within our human species. And I absolutely refuse to believe that God/Goddess is less loving, or forgiving than I am myself.  I  refuse  vehemently to believe that I am better than God/Goddess in any way, shape, or form. So if I can forgive easily, love even people who have harmed me, and care for people of all races creeds, and colours,  accepting them for what they are, and care for all the creatures God/Goddess put on this planet, then how much greater must God/Goddess love be than mine?  I am a mere human.  A tiny insignificant spirit compared with the Supreme Being.  For me believing anything else seems an insult, or a slight to a being who is superior in every way.  But these are my beliefs, they do not need to be yours, and you know I could be wrong.  Someone, anyone else could be right.  I believe the things I believe because they work in my life, it matches what feels right to me, but still they are only my beliefs, not provable truths.

Wow, what a revelation.  If only the rest of the world could follow suit, realize that their personal beliefs were just that, beliefs.  How many people have died for their beliefs, killed others for their beliefs, sought to impose their thinking,  their philosophies and  their beliefs on others, and even oppressed others for their beliefs?  What if people just learned to accept that their beliefs were pertinent only to themselves, that they could share their beliefs, recognizing them for what they are, simply beliefs, and respect that others had beliefs that were equally as valid, and equally true to them as individuals.  That did not make either of them right, or either of them wrong, merely different.  How many people would not have suffered at the hands of well meaning believers?  I am not sure of that celestial number, but I am certain it is quite high.


At the age of 17 I was made aware of  a poem called the 'Desiderata'.  The words of this poem sank deep into my soul, and  that still, resonating voice within my being said "Here in these words, for you, is great truth."  I will share it with you now.  If it speaks to your soul, keep it, and if it does not release it from you and trust in your own beliefs to guide you on your life's journey.  Here is the Desiderata for you:

Desiderata
Writen by Max Ehrman in the 1920's

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence

As far as possible, without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly, and clearly;
and listen to others,
even to the dull and ignorant, 
they too have their story.
Avoid loud, and aggressive persons;
they are vexations to the spirit

If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain, or bitter,
for always there will be greater, or lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements, as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your career, however humble,
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs,
for the world is full of trickery.
But let that not blind you to what virtue there is,
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself, especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love,
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the council of years,
gracefully surrendering things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace in your soul.

With all it's sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.Strive to be happy.
 
May you find your own beliefs, and be comforted, and nurtured  by them. Pax.











 

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