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Tuesday, July 05, 2005
Fancy Hotel Bathrobes and FaithWowness. I am in utter shock.
FAITHInsightful stuff eh! BUT DID YOU SEE THE FIRST PARAGRAPH!?!?! Let me refresh your memory... "em raised an interesting point" - YEY!!! (that's ME!!!)
after my sweeping statement about the essential unity of all spiritual/religious beliefs, em raised an interesting point:
"But what about the religions that don't particually prey to a specific "god" or one at all?"
here is how i see it.
in ancient india, people worshipped a myriad of different gods. often these would be represented physically by an image or idol. some people would even see divinity in a stone, and dedicate their whole lives to that "stone". to them, that was god. yet there was a general harmony between people of the "hindu" faith - you wouldnt have in-fighting about which god, image or stone was a better representation of the divine! the point was, that it wasnt the particular "god" that was important, it was the faith evoked in the believer's devotion. it was the intensity of that faith that created peace in the life of the devotee.
i think we can learn a lot from this. in my opinion, no one in this world is a true atheist (not believing in anything). everybody believes in something. it can be god, money, surfing, music, relationships, knitting, thai food....whatever it is, everyone knows the feeling of faith and devotion. its this faith that will bring us peace. so even though one particular religion or practise might not acknowledge "god" in a literal sense, they still have an idea, or a ethical structure that they believe will bring them joy. this is their faith.
i dont sweat the details. when i meet somebody, the part of them that i really want to connect with is their faith. if they are an obsessive toy-train collector - thats what i want to hear them talk about! i want to witness the depth of their passion. i try to focus less on the object and more on the experience. every spiritual text is essentially a story of faith (and then surrender - but thats another blog entry), and the great spiritual minds of history all teach the same thing - that through finding your faith, you can move mountains.
on that note, im going to find some breakfast.