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Reader Response: Religious Conflicts and the Universal Goal of Oneness

A reader posted a comment in response to my article on Christianity and spiritual conflicts. Would Jesus turn his back on gays and lesbians? I ended up writing much more than just a simple reply so I decided to share this as a separate post. The concern revolves around a common theme where different points of view on spirituality clash and create friction between people and a new path that is laid before us as we evolve in a new era.

 

“Hi Neil…my name BHUPINDER SINGH… actually you are saying what I say… but it’s hard for people to understand what we say and they call us non religious or disrespect to their god. Same thing is happening with me now. Me and my girlfriend from different religions; I am non religious and she is Christian. I was telling her that I can come to her church without feeling any bad but for her it’s hard to go into Hindu temple and Sikh temples. because for her Jesus is the real god beyond him there`s no one exists. It’s like insulting him to go somewhere else. Did Jesus say that he will feel bad if you go somewhere else too while the time you believe in him.”

Dear BHUPINDER.

I hear where you are coming from. I was married to a beautiful loving soul that did not believe in God at all. This was very hard for me and I struggled with it for many years. Without knowing more about you and your situation this is the response what came out:

As for Jesus and his message; Jesus has been interpreted, loved and worshiped in many ways and it has been very difficult for most to grasp his message because the texts containing his message are not as detailed and specific as the Hindu or Buddhist texts. Although core his message is Love above all else.

It is interesting to note that in the Jesus texts he loves everyone all the same as equals. He served others and placed others above him. Jesus also mentions to Love God above all else. Many people have interpreted the line “I and my Father are one” as Jesus is God and the line “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” as Jesus being the gateway to God and eternal life.

In a very literal way this is correct if you look at his core message BUT many Christians believe they are sinners and not equal to Jesus the Christ. Jesus was always putting others before him to show others that the way to God and eternal life is done through Love. Christ is Love. Jesus was one who became one in Christ (Love) and God. An enlightened one.

Christ’s message as he was crucified was to show everyone that Love is the way; that the understanding and knowing of your inheritance, wealth, true existence is through your heart. He proved it by coming back from the grave and to show that life IS eternal and that the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven are within you Through Your heart.

By going to the cross he was said to have removed the sins of the world… If this is so, then why do many Christians believe they are not worthy and sinners? Unfortunately the doctrine of Christianity as I see it gets in the way of helping people connect with the Devine Love within which is the core of the teaching. The doctrine actually gets in the way and creates a separation with others who are not Christians. This is not always the case as there are many variations of Christianity and many different teachers.

Follow your heart. This message although missed by many is the core of his teaching.

Remove the stories, the words and the ideas man has placed in them and you will have “Through your heart is the way, the truth and the life.” This is the true practice that will guide you back to enlightenment and into the reality that is in front of us but we cannot see.

As I see it, when one can go to any church, synagogue or temple and participate with all religions one is like a Sufi. Sufism is a universal practice that underlines all religions. To paraphrase the publication “Sufis: The People of the Path, Vol 1”:

“Sufi can exist anywhere, in any form because Sufism is the essential core of all religions. Sufism simply means a love affair with God, with the ultimate, a love affair with the whole. It means that one is ready to dissolve into the whole that one is ready to invite the whole to come into one’s heart. It knows no formality. It is not confined by any dogma, doctrine, creed or church. Christ is a Sufi, so is Mohammed. Krishna is a Sufi, so is Buddha. This is the first thing I would like you to remember: that Sufism is the innermost core – as Zen is, as Hassidism is. These are only different names of the same ultimate relationship with God.”

A Sufi will practice Christianity with a Christian, Judaism with a Jew and Buddhism with a Buddhist but a Sufi knows and sees the life beyond the form of the practice or religion. For a Sufi, all of life is the religion and practices it and immerses himself with all.

The most important thing is to have Love in your heart. That is the gateway to what we all seek. Having something or someone to help you connect is very important for we cannot do it alone. Love’s presence cannot be without a lover and a beloved. Love is the gateway to Life and the reality of All that IS. In the end it is all One so it really doesn’t matter who you connect with whether it’s with Jesus, God, Buddha or your mother, brother, father or a flower.

Hazrat Inayat Khan was one of the first Sufi to come to the West and teach Universal Sufism. I have read all 14 volumes he wrote but the one that really opened my eyes was The Inner Life.

Here are Inayat Khan’s ten thoughts that form the foundational principles of Universal Sufism.

1. There is One God, the Eternal, the Only Being; None exists save He.
2. There is One Master, the Guiding Spirit of all souls, Who constantly leads all followers toward the Light.
3. There is One Holy Book, the Sacred Manuscript of Nature, the only Scripture that can enlighten the reader.
4. There is One Religion, the unswerving progress in the right direction toward the Ideal, which fulfills the life’s purpose of every soul.
5. There is One Law, the Law of Reciprocity, which can be observed by a selfless conscience, together with a sense of awakened justice.
6. There is One Brotherhood, the human brotherhood which unites the children of earth indiscriminately in the fatherhood of God.
7. There is One Moral, the Love which springs forth from self-denial and blooms in deeds of beneficence
8. There is One Object of Praise, the Beauty which uplifts the heart of its worshipper through all aspects from the seen to the unseen.
9. There is One Truth, the true knowledge of our being, within and without, which is the essence of Wisdom.
10. There is One Path, the annihilation of the false ego in the real, which raises the mortal to immortality, in which resides all perfection.

BHUPINDER, your comment is a modern day happening about the quickening of Spirit. The ideological barriers we have are breaking down as we connect with others from different backgrounds. This blending will create a fresh new view and understanding of our path with Life.

I hope this brings insight into your path.

In Life and Love,

Neil

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