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The Core ~

We live in a world where there are almost as many different faiths as there are cities. Yikes, how do you know which is the “right” one? Well, hm, is there really an answer to that question? Every person of each of the faiths feels theirs is the “right” faith that will lead you safely to the “other shore”. In fact, if you are willing to look beyond the prejudice of your teachers, there is much in each of the major faiths to say that this one or that one may indeed be the “right one”. But, what if they are all “right”? Or maybe, more likely, they all fall somewhat short of being truly “right”. And worse, what if it doesn’t matter? What if there is a truth, a core truth in each of the paths that is what is “right” about the faith, yet much that will lead you astray if you follow the winding roads that take you away from that core truth?

You already know the core truth of the teaching that I personally think is going to get you where you belong if you have read my other posts: compassion. Yet there is not one faith that stops there, and gives no other teachings, all add other contingencies to make you think that there is “more” that must befollowed to be on the “right” path. There is a kicker there, if you worry about all the other things that your particular faith teaches, and decide that unless all others believe those several other teachings, you will decide to be judgmental and not compassionate where your fellow creatures are concerned. You have walked away from the core teaching that would have led you home.

Among Christians there are those who believe in the Rapture (look it up in Wikipedia if you are not familiar with the teaching) as a single event, while others believe it is a two-fold event, while still others believe it is either an ongoing event that has already begun, or that it isn’t going to happen at all. Each according to the teachings of his or her denomination. This is true among the Ivrit (Jews), some believe in living totally kosher, others are less stringent, some believe in reincarnation, others do not. All in accord with the teachings of their particular sect. The Islamic faith has similar divisions, and these are just the Abrahamic faiths. Buddhism also has similar divisions among those who follow Buddha. Some believe that one leads a human life with no help from unseen forces, while others believe that the Bodhisattvas have stayed to help others attain Nirvana. These are only major faiths, there are many more, and the list of differences from congregation to sect to mosque runs true in all, none are exactly carbon copies of the others. Gads, you’d think there were human beings there, making the policies, wouldn’t you?

In every one, from the majors to faiths like Taoism, to Sikhism,  to Jainism, all have the core teaching of compassion toward one’s fellow humans. It is my belief that, if you follow the core teaching, compassion, you are doing all that my G-d asks. Y’shua said he left his followers with but one commandment, to love one another as he loved them, I can certainly ask no more of you than he who is my rabboni. St. John wrote, “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of G-d, and everyone who loves is born of G-d. He who does not love, does not know G-d.” So, from my point of view, if you love, it doesn’t matter what path you follow, you are on a similar path to mine and we are both headed home.

Following the light that you now have. ~

genielamp4Several years ago, in my youth, as it were, I read one of Taylor Caldwell’s books about Merlin, king Arthur’s mentor. He is depicted as having become a Christian, converting from Druidism, asked about this, he said that one must follow the greatest light that one posesses in one’s life, and that the Carpenter’s light was the greatest he had experienced.

That stuck with me and is still something I hold dear. I now know that there were several contrivances that surrounded the bringing of that light to those of us who came after, and I wish that those at Istanbul had not thought so much of themselves that they destroyed all the missals that did not agree with their theology. That quote seemed to me to be the most peaceful transition from that which is earliest to that which follows. I wish we humans were peaceful enough to make such transitions without bloodshed.

We are supposed to be intelligent, key word, “supposed”, but why do we need to be so violent when change is in the offing? Why, in fact, does any one faith require that it supercede another? Is there a point at which we can grow into maturity enough to realize that each of the major faiths, and several of the minors have their points of truth? I just a big-blue-marble-transparentfew days ago looked at Sikhism. I would have presumed that, since it is a warrior society there was no confluence between it and the peace loving faiths, yet I would have been totally wrong. Christianity calls on no one to be a warrior, at least not in Y’shua’s teachings, yet, it has for many years taken exactly that attitude toward life, and indeed, toward the winning of land and territory, (expecting the souls, when they are recognized as souls, to follow along in the credo), to even ponder that makes this soul shudder.

There is no human with the right to decide what other human carries a soul! There is no human or station among humans that has the right to choose which races will be recognized as human. All humans have the right to live free of bondage, pursuing each their own vision of happiness so long as the rights of others are not removed in that pursuit. All humans have the responsibility to live in a manner such that all other humans are given equal oppotunity for freedom and the pursuit of  happiness. That is simply being a good citizen.

But what about religion, or even the choice to believe or not believe with or without religious fervor? There are many who believe in God that do not profess one religion or sect above others. There are many who believe God exists, yet do not necessarily believe one way or the other about those who have been called the special sons of God. And, yes, though in Christianity we call that honor for Y’shua only there are others who have been called that all over the world.  Ganesha and ganesha_symbolism_1Osiris to name just two. Their followers believe just as whole-heartedly in their sonship as do Y’shua’s. Do such followers have the right to take the lives of those who do not follow the same path? I do not think so.

Look at the symbolism of the Ganesha for those who follow that path, this is a way of following the light. Sikhism is a path toward the light. Following the teachings of Y’shua is a path toward the light. Following the teachings of the Buddha is a path toward the light. If each and every human practiced one of these paths, or the many others that are presently available on this planet that I have never even discussed, I mean truly followed those teachings, and so lived in peace with all others, there would be no such thing as war, and no need to wish anything but good on our fellow travelers.

Sikhism ~

459px-khanda1svgI am quite thankful for Wikipedia, it lets a person do casual research into almost any subject one can think of, and there are usually references where a person can do deeper research depending on the need or desire. I have heard of Sikhism, of course, and anyone who desires a successful interfaith structure to see us through this millenium sans “holy wars”, has seen the symbol, but I had done no reading on it that would let me know the stance of this faith regarding compassion, that one thing that seems to flow through any faith founded on the holiness of Spirit.

Sikhism fits, most definitely. The emphasis is on good works, the faith is monotheistic, and according to Wikipedia the practice is based on the teachings of the 10 gurus or enlightened beings that founded Sikhism in a span of time from 1499 to 1708. There is a home page for those who wish to research this way of life more thoroughly. One draw is that the Sikhs’ founder was inclined to feel that G-d did not need rituals and traditions, that this was a human thing, so there is a specific stance on such things within the faith.

I remember being told in church that one could not get into “heaven” via good works alone, which necessitated the intervention of a G-d being such as Jesus. I think what made me question that so closely was the presence of the other special borns in religious history, such as Osiris, etc. There was too much resemblence to all the other religions for the claim of uniqueness to stick to Christianity if one examined the claims closely. That brings us straight back to the kind of lives you live being the source of your eventual reunification with the Light. It’s just not possible for me to believe one can go on lying, stealing, and killing, and claim to know the God who is Love.

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