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been speaking on 'Gems of Faiths' at various clubs and
Earlier I used to suggest that topic and the clubs would show
reluctance as they said it is a 'sensitive subject' but if we
have to survive and this planet has to live on we have to
understand each religion in its pure form...One must not
eulogize ones faith by bringing down another...
must remove misconceptions like those of 'Idol worship', 'Jihaad',
'caste syste',or/and 'talaaq'...
time has come for 'not to take an eye for an eye' as that will
make the whole world blind! The time has to come, for the
older ones to die with their prejudices if they must...but not
to pass the prejudice to their children...Allow the children
to learn to appreciate the best in each faith so that they may
survive in this beautiful planet of ours...
the beauty of yesterday's talk, is that I was asked to
specially speak on Gems of faiths...and that was a
breakthrough...We had a wonderful turnout and all agreed with
what I had to say...
Points discussed and worth thinking about:
is part of human nature. Communication is important. In
dialogues of this kind a lot of misconceptions are cleared
and a lot of gems discovered.
cannot 'leave our religion at home', but we should learn
to appreciate the gems of the Other's Faiths.
per the Quran, we all are brothers and sisters.
say 'Vasudhaika Kutumbakam. (The world is one family)
Nanak says 'Ek Onkar' and "Sabna jian ka ek
data..." God, the Giver is the father of all...
previous generations have messed up the planet. It is the
citizens of the future, that needs to be educated, in the
fact that all religions impart the same message.
The problem: Who will educate the teachers, and make sure
that they also have 'compassion?'
media needs to report facts not sensationalize them. For
that, concerned citizens need to speak up.
rate of such meetings, is that a candle lights another
chant the Gayatri Mantra. The Mantra is similar to a verse
in the Quran.
have been reading 'Angels and Demons' by Dan Brown.
I agree with the author when he states that:
'Very little in any organized faith is truly original.
Religions are not born from scratch. They grow from one
another. Modern religion is a collage. An assimilated
historical record of man's quest to understand the divine.'
Humanity is born from one set of parents. We are a family and
we live in one home. It is in our interest try and put our
differences aside and preserve this beautiful planet of ours.
week, (year: 2004) I was invited to speak at a Rotary meeting
(Rotary Club of Bombay Pier). We, at the Times of India Bldg,
have been having various discussions, as to how best Peace can
be propagated to the people in this riot torn planet. As we
discussed the various Faiths…2 things happened. A lot of
misconceptions cleared, and a lot of Gems were discovered. I
decided, this is a good a time as any to give my speech. My
young Muslim friend joined me. I was happy to discover that it
was well received. I thought that I would share a few of the
points with you:
RELIGIONS SPEAK OF LOVE, FAITH, BROTHERHOOD IN ITS PURE FORM
is a step inwards. Religion should mean more about 'belonging'
to Humanity rather than belonging to this sect or another. I
believe that one has to commit to become more peaceful oneself
first. The next step is to create a practicing society of
living in peace.
SYSTEMS STARTED OUT AS VARIOUS PROFESSIONS.
A teacher could become a soldier and a businessman could
become a teacher or a menial worker, if circumstances willed
it, or if he so desired. Please
read about Shabri at this page.
WORSHIP IS A FORM TO FOCUS ON. Just like a flag stands for the
nation and a father's photograph represents the father.
ONE HAS TO GO BEYOND THE FORM, WHEN ONE PRAYS…
ALSO GOD BEING OMNI-PRESENT RESIDES IN THE FORM TOO.
Some one asked me
whether the highest worship is worshipping the Divine without
form? Should they stop adoring and communicating with their
beloved deities? Should they throw out all the symbols of
personalized gods from within …and the outside …be it
mantra's or their altars or visiting of temples?
to the Divine- be it through prayer, or thoughts about, or
falling in love with - can be through the personal or
higher or lower if you truly know that the
seemingly opposite approaches are actually one and the same!
truly know Consciousness
as ‘One without another’…then your prayer, worship,
devotion, homage and adoration can be towards its impersonal
aspect or personalized forms …indeed in whatever way your
current beingness beckons you! Some day’s an impersonal homage
to the One Consciousness’ ‘works’ best… sometimes a more
personal veneration of a deity (symbolizing an aspect of the
same One Consciousness) is what draws you!..
...Prayer even to its different aspects-deities- is always to
the Absolute that permeates them!..
move away from this question
which worship is higher or more correct!
and appreciate both the Absolute/ One Consciousness
and Its many
expressions, aspects, facets, qualities!
the One and fall in love with its many roles!
communicate and share self with your deities and yet know this
is communing with the Whole!
drawn to the beauteous forms and images in temples and altars
within and around! Yet you know you revel in the One Beauty!
at some point one moves from solely worshipping personalized
gods; one can’t help but make this inner shift!
One sees the
Whole behind every aspect being revered;
One is in
touch with That which permeates the various forms rather than
only the forms themselves;
need to stop visiting temples!
One need not
shun the variety of an altar!
adornment of your deities!
Love from my
heart to yours
in too many Gods? HINDUS DIVINISE EVERY ASPECT OF LIFE. YOU
WOULD LIKE YOUR OBSTACLES TO BE REMOVED? PRAY TO LORD
GANPATI. Looking for Wealth? Pray to Goddess Laxmi.
essence of our culture is ‘Satyam Shivam Sundaram’. Satyam,
the truth, which is Shivam or universally benevolent is
presented in Sundaram or a beautiful manner. The attractive
presentation ensures attention and appreciation from everyone.
So whether it be Shankarji or Shri Krishna, both embody the
highest truth, Satyam, are universally beneficial, Shivam, and
are extremely attractive, Sundaram!
Our temples, and the ritual of Deity-worship are symbolic, and
one should try to understand the hidden symbolism behind the
Gods and Goddesses and then worship them in order to imbibe
their attributes and make our lives divine and meaningful.
- Pujya Bhaishri
‘Darshan’ is different from
‘mere seeing’, as it is imbued with a sacred attitude of
reverence and faith. So it has spiritual consequences.
Devotees testify to experiencing a sense of ineffable peace in
the act of darshan of a holy being as also to a sense of being
stands for LOVE SERVICE AND BROTHERHOOD. CHRIST DIED for the
TRUTH. HE BELIEVED THAT GOD DID NOT REQUIRE AN INTERMEDIARY
BUT COULD BE APPROACHED THROUGH LOVE AND SERVICE.
NANAK GOT RID OF SUPERSTITIONS AND SO DID BUDDHA
Hindu Scriptures, The Bible and the Quran speak of God,
prophets, Liberation, Heaven and Hell. Early Quranic verses
speak of the word 'Jihaad' as an internal struggle to get over
the darkness within oneself and allow the light to flow.
are the early revelations that speak of this.
root of the word 'Jihad' is JAHAD from which the word I JTEHAD
also springs. I JTEHAD also means 'struggle' to make a legal
decision in the point of law. When the Muslim community was
settling in Medina, they were attacked. Innocent people
were killed, but the Muslim did not fight back. Later when
this continued, they stood up in self-defense and the word
'Jihad' is then used in the Koran as this war was for survival
against persecution and NOT expansionism.
word 'Jihad' does not mean HOLY WAR against infidels. I have
heard scholars state that Islam does not propagate bloodshed
in any form. Then why do people commit violence? I think that
it is because they do not understand the real pure meaning
that was intended by God who communicated through the Great
There is no such thing as a triple talaq mentioned in the
Koran. This was a pre-islamic custom which crept back into
Islam Jurisprudence after the Prophet passed ON.
further clarification on what I have just stated, you may read
'The Empowerment of Women in Islam' by Dr. Zeenat Shaukat Ali
She is a Rotarian of Bombay Mid-Town and an Islamic scholar.
She lectures at St Xaviers College.
have been told, by my friend, Ms Raahat Jaafrey, that it is
stated in the Holy books of Islam, that on the Day of Qayaamat
(Judgement) Jesus, who is called Isa-alaish-Salaam will come
on the roof of the Kaaba, and there, He will meet the Future
of the Gems that Raahat shared with me, that belongs to the
Quran, goes something like this: Half the road (one travels in
Spirituality), is covered, by prayers, good deeds, fasting,
but the entrance to Heaven is opened, when one performs
WOULD LIKE TO STATE THAT PRAYERS, GOOD DEEDS, CHARITY AND
DISCIPLINE IN THE FORM OF FASTING IS COMMON TO ALL FAITHS.
OFFER MASS AND TAKE FLOWERS ON DEATH ANNIVERSARIES, HINDUS
MAY DIFFER BUT THE CREEDS UNDERLYING THE MOTIVE IS THE SAME.
JOYS AND SORROWS THE WORLD IS ONE FAMILY. VASUDEKA KUTUMBAKAM
BELIEVE THAT: FOLLOWERS INTERPRET THE SAME TRUTH IN DIFFERENT
WAYS AND COME OUT WITH DIFFERENT CONCLUSIONS.
ARE DUE TO CULTURAL AND GEOGRAPHIC ENVIRONMENT FROM WHERE THEY
Upanishads claim that the Atman (God within us) cannot be
reached through much learning or much use of the intellect.
Jesus Christ proclaims: "Except ye be converted and
become as little children, ye shall not enter into the Kingdom
of Heaven." The Katha Upanishad proclaims "The path
is narrow as the edge of a razor." Jesus said :
"Narrow Is the way which leads unto life." Hindus
believe that we are a small part (atman ) of the whole (Paramatma).
In other words we are the same children of God and enjoy the
same inherent qualities. Christians also believe that man is
made in the likeness of God, and the Kingdom of God is within
each one of us. Jesus Christ claimed; "I and my Father
Hindus believe In a Trinity: Brahma (Creator), Vishnu
(Preserver), Mahesh (Destroyer).
Christians believe in Father, Son and Holy Spirit
The occultists believe in Light, Love and Power
Humanity at large believes in Mind, Body and Soul.
Speaking on 'Gems of Faiths' at Rotary Meetings
urge its followers to recite the attributes of the Lord
Quran lists various names of Allah. (attributes)
marvels at the similarities, and yet what is the surprise
about, when the Lord God is ONE?
is "AL-AHAD" or 'THE ONE"
Vishnu is called 'EKA" or "THE ONE"
WHO FASHIONS ALL THINGS.
-THE HOLY ONE --PAVITRAM-THE PURE ONE
Quran states that: Allah hath created seven heavens in
Sahasranama states: All songs are part of Him, who wears a
form of sound.
Quran (49.13) states: O mankind! We created you from a
single pair of a male and a female and made you into nations
and tribes, that you might know each other (not that you might
despise each other)...
Uttaradhyayana (Sutra 25.3) states: By deeds, not by
birth, is one a Brahmin. By deeds one is a kshatriya, by deeds
is one a Vaishya and by deeds is one a Sudra.
religions recommend chanting the name of God.
chant Mantras which are are empowered sound vibrations be they
from the Vedas, Puranas, Shrimad Bhaagvad, Vishnu Sahasranaam,
exhorts the chanting of the 99 names of Allah
Bible says: "Let the Lord always be on your lips"
was listening to a taped discourse of Shri Morari Bapu who
states that we could live in a perfect world if we were to
imbibe the following salient qualities from the various
wisdom of Shri Krishna.
service and love of Christ.
brotherhood of Islam.
compassion of Buddha
non-violence quality of Mahavira…
one looks close enough, each religion embraces all the above
Christianity, Islam and Zoroastrianism believe in the 2nd
coming of prophets/Avataars who will re-establish justice and
righteousness on earth.
believe that Kalki will be the 10th Avtaar who will appear
towards the end of Kali Yuga.
believe in the second coming of Christ.
believes that Mahdi will be from the progeny of the Holy
believe that Saoshyant will usher in a world which will end
the re-coming of the Saviour in different religions have
diverse names, the conditions of the world at the time of
their coming is akin.
restoration of Truth Justice and 'end of suffering' is also
NOT FORCE THE UNWILLING
the Bhagavad Geeta, Krishna says to Arjuna: "This secret
gospel of the Geeta should never be imparted to a man who
lacks penance nor to him who is wanting in devotion, nor even
to him who lends not a willing ear...
Holy Quran says: Lakum Deenokum Walia Deen"_ Your
religion and belief is for you and my religion and belief is
must accept all religions as one does our own. Peace is
possible through communication. Most religions proclaim that
the world is one family. When, as individuals, one develops a
higher consciousness, the ego disappears and along with it,
the concept of you and me, yours and mine...
in India (why only in India, in the world would be more
appropriate) we live midst many cultures, one must acquire the
capacity to assimilate differences and that can only happen if
we become truly spiritual, note I did not say religious.
'Dwija' in Sanskrit means 'Twice born' It is a term used when
a person is said to be born to His Spiritual Self!
I love what Osho says about conversion:
"When the ego dies godliness comes alive in you. Only
when the seed dies it becomes a tree, only when the river
disappears into the ocean it becomes one with the ocean.
'Conversion is a beautiful word that is misused. It is thought
that if a Hindu becomes a Christian, this is conversion. This
isn't true. He has simply changed one prison for another, as
there has been no real change, no transformation.
Conversion happens only when the ego dies and godliness is
born in you. Conversion is when the human becomes divine, not
when a Hindu becomes a Christian or a Christian becomes a
religions belong to humanity. What's important is that once we
make a decision to follow another religion we should keep in
our minds that we must avoid criticizing our own previous
tradition. We must show respect for it.
I have been trying to bring to the notice of my readers the
similarities between the message of the religions of the
world, I must quote what Osho said:
the Quran, the Vedas, the Bible, the Dhammapada, find
similarities but the Quran is beautiful only because of those
things which are not in the Gita (and vice-versa) Beauty is in
uniqueness...Go into your innermost being, if you go beyond
the object, you have gone beyond the west; if you go beyond
the subject you have gone beyond the East...
the transcendental arises; the synthesis is there..."
would like to state that the sentiment of this verse from the
Quran is common to a lot of faiths that I am familiar with:
my prayer, my sacrifice, my life and my death all belong to
Allah, the Lord of the Worlds".
Creation according to the Shrimad Bhaagvad and Quran
studied in a Christian school, one of the lesson's taught to
us was the Lord's prayer. We were made to say it everyday, so
it became ingrained in my memory. Today, while thinking
on the same, I find it to be a general, all encompassing
prayer, crossing the boundaries of all religions, and it can
be used by all.
prayer is as follows :
Who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done,
On Earth, as it is Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us of our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil,
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory,
For ever and ever,
one were to read the prayer more deeply, one would find the
similarity and broadness of this prayer. (For the sake of
convenience, I refer to God as a masculine figure. God
can be a feminine figure, or even a neutral figure. That
choice is yours)
this, we acknowledge that God is one, and he is above
us all. We also understand that we spring from
him, hence we address him as Father. This also
brings us closer to him, as we now look to him as our
parent, and we can have our inner dialogues with him
for our answers. Even Guru Nanak, in the Japji
prayer, refers to Ek Onkar, which means one God.
art in heaven
understand he is in a realm which is currently beyond
us, but for which we all strive to be in. Heaven
is always referred to a place of joy , tranquility and
be thy name
hallowed, we state that his name is sacred. His
name is special. As Guru Nanak says in the Japji,
Satnam, which means the true name. Here, we can even
say that the name can be Om. What is important to
understand is that God's name is sacred.
kingdom come, Thy will be done,
On Earth, as it is Heaven.
acknowledge that all is His, in expressing that it is
His kingdom, and that all happens as per His wishes
(will), both here and in Heaven. This is similar
to our Hindu beliefs that all is God's
us this day our daily bread
we ask God for his blessings and grace.
forgive us of our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
we ask God for forgiveness for all the wrong that we
do. In this, we see that law of giving and
receiving, for if we cannot learn how to forgive
others, how can we get the forgiveness from God.
As God forgives us, we must also forgive all those who
have hurt us, in any way, irrespective of what we feel
for them. In the Quran, the prophet says
"Forgive your servant 70 times a day".
Only by forgiveness, can we let the love of the Lord
flow through us.
lead us not into temptation,
tells us that God is testing us, making us face
challenges, so as to make us better people. We
ask him to help us succeed in our challenges, and not
"fall into temptation" (to fail in the
test). But the paradox here is that God also is
the creator of temptations, so what does one do?
The ultimate answer is to surrender all actions to the
Lord, and he will do best for us.
deliver us from evil
acknowledge God to be the Protector and Defender of
all that is good. We know he can, with his
grace, put us on the right path to him.
Thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory
acknowledge that God is the universe, the energy (prana)
and the beauty. By doing so, we realise that all
is God, everything stems from him, and all ends with
him. In Hinduism, we learn that all starts from
God, and one day, all will end with Him.
ever and ever
is eternal, with no beginning and no end. This
is the basic Hindu concept of the timelessness of God.
end the prayer by saying a word symbolising God, be it
Amen, Om, Allah, Krishna, etc. Here, it is the final
acknowledgement that it is God, and only God.
prayer can be applied to all, and does not necessarily have
to be only a Christian prayer. God is one, and for all
of us. In whatever form we call him or believe in him,
as long as we follow his principles of love, compassion,
devotion, service above self and forgiveness, we will always
be in his Grace.
by - Suneel Utamchandani
There are many paths to God. Yours is no more correct
or less correct
than another's, my friend.
fact, each one's path may be just the right one for that
knows what He is doing. Do you doubt that?
Only when one truly comprehends and lives by this statement,
break free from the shackles of judgement thus allowing one
experience the Stillness, the wonderful feeling of inner
and oneness amidst the same storms that used to
"make" one feel the
spectrum of negative emotions such as fear, hate, anger,
the pain, suffering, and angst of that monster illusion
times a day Muslims repeat the Sura which states:
have their belief and we have ours and there is no conflict
second Sura Verse 257 states:
must be no coercion in matters of faith"
following quote (and quotes above) are an an excerpt from an
article by Nazli Habibullah Siddiqi
is no order in the Quran that directs the use of the sword
in the service of the Faith'...
M.G. Kapahy writes:
...Altaf Hussein's poetry is all about bhakti
rasa akin to that of Hindi poets of Bhaktiwaad...
Ghalib says: "You and He whom you are
searching for are in fact the same person. I wonder for what
this search is going on"
This is the Vedantic concept Aham twam asmi-I
and You are same.
Ghalib says: "A restless drop of water gets
solace when it merges with the river water" Vedanta says
that a person gets solace only when he becomes one with
Brahmn, The Supreme.
K Bandyopadhyaya states:
offer prayers to God for cure from diseases, success in
business, examination and election. Only forms of prayer
differ. Christians bow their heads and fold their hands,
native Americans dance, Sufis whirl. Hindus chant, Muslims
do namaz facing Kaba in Mecca, Buddhists offer prayer as a
supportive practice to meditation, in the belief that God
answers their prayers.
Buddha says: Holding on to anger is like holding on to a
hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you
are the one who gets burned.
Quran urges Muslims: "Be foremost in seeking
spoke from the Cross: "Father, forgive them
(executioners) for they know not what they do" (Luke
Lama says: I hope that you at this moment will think of
yourself as a human being rather than as an American, Asian,
European, African, , or member of any particular country.
These loyalties are secondary. If you and I find common
ground as human beings, we will communicate on a basic
level...The one common thing to everyone...all have the
right to exist without disturbances...to grow, to sustain,
and to die peacefully.
Mohammed once said
on the Day of Judgment, a man's foot will not move unless he
has answered four questions:
he earned his money from
he spent it
he spent his youth
he used his knowledge
are asleep, they will wake up only when they die"
a man dies, everything connected with him is cut off
except three things:
from which benefit is derived and
children who pray for him.
quoted by Saniyasnain Khan
Philip Hensher expressed unhappiness with the word 'terrorism'
because it was such a 'free-floating' one; he was equally
unhappy about the term 'freedom fighter'- "an ugly
euphemism for people exerting power without any democratic
force" "Instead of terrorism I prefer 'crimes
against humanity'...he said...
and mystics describe the soul as a drop of God.
bringing the soul to the point of the body called the seat
of the soul, it contacts the streams of light and sound, the
creative vibration that emanated from the Creator, and
brought creation into being.
created the physical universe, earth, human beings and all
forms of life. The Sikhs call it Naam, the Muslims refer to
it as kalma, the Sufis call it bang-e-Aasmani, the Greeks
call it Logos, the hindus call it nad, bani, Jyoti or Sruti.
process by which the soul is brought into contact with the
current of light and sound reverberating within is called
Ideas in Vedanta and Sufi Philosophy
Shikoh, (eldest son of The Mughal Emperor of India, Shah
Jehan) would spend long hours in the library…striving to
understand a consciousness which dreamt of universal
brotherhood…Dara Shikoh draws remarkable parallels between
concepts elucidated in the Holy Quran and the Upanishads…
Hindu Panchbhutas or five elements are shown corresponding
to the five great elements of Islamic thought: first the
Great Element-Unsur-I-Azam, the akasa or ether; second the
wind or vayu; third agni or atish; fourth water; jala or ab;
and fifth earth prithvi or khak. These are the constituents
of all mundane creation.
the five senses of shamma or smell, dhaiqa or taste, basira
or perception, sami or hearing and lamisa or touch
correspond to the panch indriyas of Hindu Philosophy.
Bikrama Jit Hasrat writes of”…how the young Moghul Price
struck an original line of investigation” in his
comparison of mystic terminology in two apparently different
cultures. “If knowledge is attributed to Him, the India
Divines designate Him as Chetana, while Muslims call Him
Alim. For al-Haq the have the word Ananta, Allah they call Om …Wahi
or Divine revelation is known as Akasvani, Mazhar-I-Atman is
called Avatara…Ruyat or vision of God is called
POOR IN POSSESSIONS BUT RICH IN SPIRIT BY
Lord Krishna embraced his poor friend Sudama
and ate with extreme relish the dry beaten rice offered by
him and left him (Sudama) richly endowed.
During the course of the Mahabharat war when
Krishna visited Hastinapur, instead of staying in the
palace of Duryodhana, he accepted the hospitality of Vidur
(It is believed that Vidur and his wife were so overwhelmed
by Lord Krishna's visit that they offered him banana peel
while throwing the bananas, Shakun)
Sri Ram, during his vanvas, visited
poor Shabri. He addressed her as mother (mata) and he ate
with relish what she served him. (It is believed that she
tasted the fruit (ber) to check if they were sweet
enough before offering them to Sri Ram, Shakun)
Jesus loved the poor: The Bible
contains more than 300 verses on the poor, social justice,
and God's deep concern for both the poor and those who help
them. "Blessed is he that considereth the poor; the Lord
will deliver him in time of trouble".
It is said that Guru Nanak
demonstrated purity of poor people's faith by squeezing a
poor man's bread (milk trickled from the bread as it was
earned by honest work) and a rich man's cake (drops of
blood trickled from the cake as it was earned by cheating
According to Prophet Mohammed: "
Riches are not from and abundance of worldly goods but from
a content mind".
Kabir has reflected similar thoughts
as " Jab awe santosh dhan sab dhan dhuri samaan".(All wordly
riches are mere dust compared to contentment of the mind)
Who or what is a Fundamentalist?
According to M J Akbar, the word might even be a
tautology, for a believer can only be true to his faith if
he believes in its fundamentals...I fast during Ramadan one
of the five fundamental tenets of Islam. I hope this does
not make me a fundamentalist. The slide begins when one
faith begins to encroach upon a separate conviction...Is an
Islamic State ipso facto fundamentalist? No. The
Quran repeatedly commands co-existence: Lakum deen-kum
wal ya deen (your religion for you and my religion for me
and "La iqra fi al deen (Let there be no compulsion in
religion)...This hardly means that Muslims today
cannot be fundamentalists, but it is illogical to blame
Islam for sins of Muslims...The great contradiction of
fundamentalist politics is that it cannot deliver on the
basic problem that provoked its rise, economic
deprivation...Rage can succeed at moments of high social
stress or public rage, but that is a short term placebo for
blood pressure. Ordinary Indians hunger for more bread, not
more guns. This is what keeps the overwhelming majority away
The bad news is that it takes only one
percent to wreak havoc.
I, Shakun believe that all religions give the message of
Love and Brotherhood…Yet the world is in a mess…Sometimes I
feel that the
Dialogue in which I take part to bring
Peace into the world is a waste of time…and my contribution
is but a bubble in the Ocean…and then my God in His
inimitable way sends me the following message in an
excerpt from Live outside the Box which appeared in the
Sunday Times Bombay Sept, 28, 2008
…To you I say, meet me in the
eye of the storm
and together we will steer this mess in another direction.
Jump into the storm. Do not stand on the sidelines too lazy
and scared to do anything about all of the ugliness going on
around you… People say that the signs are all here and
Armageddon has begun. Why save the planet if the savior
is coming to take the good and holy people away to a better
place? ..If you had to pick and choose who were truly worthy
of burning in hell or going to heaven, would you pick the
folks who were killing and raging war in the name of God or
would you pick the people who were crying out for love,
equality, and to save the planet?
I stand here in the eye of the storm, turmoil and war all
around me, my heart quiet and strong. The vision is very clear
here. I will do my part to save the planet for the sake of
those left behind. It is not for me to say who should or
should not prevail. Someone will be left standing here on this
planet, with this atmosphere, with this water, with this soil.
For them, i say let's create a plan so that they have the best
possible chance of rebuilding a new world. For love of this
place with its beaches, mountains, and forests that I love so
much, i will hold the love of
in my heart. You know, if the savior comes to haul all the
good guys off to a better place, i think i will volunteer to
stay behind to help make this battered planet a place of
beauty once more. When you are done with your
and your ascensions into heaven, give the planet back to those
of us who care for her… (Skye Thomas is a spiritual
writer, entrepreneur, astrologer and philosopher based in the
belief system that segregates cannot be a spiritual path. If
we are unanimous in the belief that the Creator is One, He
cannot be partial to any one clan or sect. Because that
automatically disqualifies all other belief systems from
reaching the ultimate truth. So science should help us
redefine religion and metamorphose it from the ritualistic
domain into a more all inclusive and all-embracing state of
mind, not cleaved by differences. Then we might realize that
we are all just drops of water in this vast ocean of Creation.
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