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There is Only One Religion with Many Names

There is Only One Religion with Many Names

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There is but one religion called by many names. All have a basic truth hidden in its creeds and writings, know this truth and know all religions.
There is but one religion called by many names. All have a basic truth hidden in its creeds and writings, know this truth and know all religions.

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  The Unity of All ReligionsMahatma Gandhi once said:"Even as a tree has a single trunk but many branches andleaves, so there is one true and perfect religion, beyond allspeech. But it becomes many as it passes through the imperfectmedium of language, interpreted and reinterpreted by imperfectman."To learn a little about the religions of man are to discover thatthere is an amazing similarity between them, an underlying unityin thought and feeling and method.SOUTHERN ATTITUDES SEPARATE PEOPLE AND RELIGIONI was born and raised in the South. There are many very endearing andloving characteristics about southern people: they can be very friendlyand kind people; they can be courteous, polite, and generous people. Ilove southern people. Unfortunately, there is one characteristic aboutSouthern culture that causes me much concern, and that is the fear of "otherness." The South is such a homogeneous society that any"otherness" is frightening. If you are White-Anglo-Saxon-Protestant, youwill most likely experience all these warm and loving characteristics; if you happen to be black, or Jewish, or Catholic or a foreigner or anythingthat is not White-Anglo-Saxon-Protestant, you could receive just theopposite. The White and the Anglo-Saxon preferences I could with difficultyunderstand, because of the history of slavery and the fear of Blacks. Icould understand, but not excuse this preference. The one I had themost trouble with was the Protestant bias. I would expect the church inno way to condone such an attitude, let alone encourage it. I use theword encourage not to show that they promoted hate toward otherreligions, but they did very little about discouraging it.SEARCHER FOR TRUTHRaised in the South and experiencing the Southern preferencesand being also exposed to the more liberal North prompted me to
question these Southern attitudes. I especially questioned the churchand its teachings. As a teenager I started my search for answers.Believe me, in the forties, that was not an easy task. There were noEastern teachers, no Native American, no Metaphysical, there were justCatholic and Jews and there weren’t many of them in the South. It wasnot until the Sixties and Seventies that I first learned there were otherreligions besides Christianity. That is when I started my seriousspiritual questioning and searching. Since then I have studied manydifferent religions and have traveled to many parts of the world in mypursuit of truth.MY STUDIES SHOW THAT ALL RELIGIONS HAVE THE SAME TRUTHIn all of my spiritual searching I have found that truth in itsessences and in its application is one. Yet, if we listen to the manyreligious group of the world we hear the message that this or that grouphas the only one true meaning and worship of God and the others aremisguided and even dangerous As we view the world scene we see onegroup warring with another group over religious meaning and they fightearnestly to convert others to their beliefs, or, view them seriously as athreat to their well being.THE TEACHERS DID NOT INTEND TO SEPARATE PEOPLEI do not believe It was intent of the teachers, or avatars, or theenlighten ones which gave the teachings that formed the religions, thattheir teachings should divide humankind. I do not believe they had anyconcept of churches, or religions, or sects. They shared their insightswith others out of compassion for the human kind. They wanted toease the pain and suffering of the world and to show the way to live lifein harmony with the Universe. Those who became disciples of these teachers were attracted tothe truth the teacher taught. Limited in their understanding, they failedto correctly see the truth that the teacher saw. Consequently, theyinterpreted what the teacher taught through their imperfectunderstanding as Gandhi pointed out. These disciples as teachersattracted followers and formed groups in accordance to theirunderstanding. There is nothing wrong with the formation of othergroups from the one teaching, for we are each unique and have ourown unique path. Some of us find similarities along the way with othersand we share that with others. That is part of the process and is helpful
in our own searching. The creator would not have created so many of us, if he wanted just one opinion. Even with Adam and Eve God did notforce his opinion, but gave them the opportunity to discover the truthfor themselves.MANY RELIGIONS, ALL THE SAME TEACHING There are thirty-seven religions recorded in the history of man,beginning with Zorasterism in about 7000 BC to Religious Science of about 1930 AD.The actual beginnings of many religions extend too far back in timefor any date to have more than a relative meaning, some claim to goeven to the beginning of the world.If you examine these religions there is a close correspondenceamong all these religions. The same elements are stressed, thoughseparated by eons of time. Purification, for instance, seems a part of every religion, cleanliness without, and cleanliness within. Disciplinesare given for attaining and maintaining perfect health. Foodsprescribed for purification or emphasized. Ideas of fellowship go forback in time, the perfectibility of the individual, cooperation with God inthe creative activity in God's Universe. Ethical principles are given. The ones most often given are: Non-lying, non-stealing, non-killing,celibacy, and the love of learning and over and above all is LOVE. There are two categories of teachings, the outer teachings, suchas the ones generally given, and the inner teachings, given only tothose intensely interested in reaching the goal as defined by theparticular religion. This goal is nearly always the same expressed in different ways.It sometimes is expressed as harmony with nature, sometimes ascooperating with the Law, sometimes as individual evolution andsometimes as a direct experience of God or union with God.One legend that runs through all religions tells how the gods inthe ancient past lived on the earth with man. These gods traveled backand forth between heaven and earth, ruled as a nation's first kings,spoke directly to men, and taught them, and some men walked withGod. Underneath the many names of God the religions of all peopleshold the idea of the One Unknowable Source back of all manifestation,

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