"May Adonai bless you and protect you! May Adonai deal kindly and graciously with you! May Adonai lift up his countenance upon you and grant you peace!" (Torah, Numbers 6:24-26) And Jesus said, "Allow the little children to come unto me. Forbid them not, for of such is the Kingdom of God. Truly, I say unto you, unless you receive the Kingdom of God as a little child does, you shall not enter therein." (New Testament, Mark 10:14-16)

Sojourning at an Oasis Paradise

My purpose for living this life, and for writing this blog, is to understand the faith that links us to God. I wish to explore and discuss the reality at the heart of all of the world's religions. This is an immense task, but I know that God also has faith in us, trusting that we do desire the truth, as well as freedom, love and wisdom. Thus, as always, He meets us halfway. Even as God has given us individual souls, so we must each of us trace out an individual pathway to God. Whether we reside in the cities of orthodox religion, or wend our solitary ways through the barren wastelands, God watches over us and offers us guidance and sustenance for the journey.

Most of what you will see here is the result of extensive personal study, combined with some careful speculation. Occasionally, I may simply offer some Scripture or an inspirational text. I am a wide reader, and the connection of some topics and ideas to matters of faith and religion may not seem immediately obvious, but perhaps I may spell it out in the end... or maybe, you will decide that it was just a tangent. Anyway, I hope that you will find my meanderings to be spiritually enlightening, intellectually stimulating, or at least somewhat entertaining.

In the coming weeks and months, I intend to transcribe a series of essays that I wrote about 20 years ago in the hope that I might get them published. They represent the nucleus of my spiritual life and the focal point around which my wanderings revolve like an electron in an atom. I hope that they might eventually serve as a springboard for discussions about the common spiritual heritage of humanity. May we come together and embrace each other in peace.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Wellspring of the Spirit, Introduction ( 1st essay, part 2)

       -- sorry for the long delay... will try to pursue this more frequently now... --
Please, reread 1st essay from the post before the last. (February, 2011) This is just a pick up from where that one left off.  Thank you for your patience. I am trying to post my book, "The Wellspring of the Spirit" in my blog, instead of getting it published. I actually wrote this a long time ago, and have been derelict in my intent to get it published in book form. So many people said it was incomprehensible! I hope you will understand it and return to read each "essay" as it appears here. Thank you again.

   ....We are responsible for the present and the future, individually and collectively.

       The human species has advanced far from the primeval caves and stone tools of our ancestors.  We have much of which to be proud.  Much of the progress we call civilisation is due to the wisdom and innovations of great leaders and thinkers.  But in our uncritical following, the common person has become a slave.  Do we not know how to be civilised by now?  Certainly we do.  We know that we would rather have peace when our leaders want war.  We know that we want to be free when our leaders begin to oppress us.  We know these things just as we know that we want kindness between neighbors and love in our families.  But we do not know what to do in order to achieve these things... or so we profess.  Our real problem is that we are slaves allowing ourselves to be led where we know we do not wish to go.  We must decide to make our own choices, and not allow the status quo - nor any new order of which we do not approve - to be imposed upon us without out consent.  It does not matter which country you live in, if you do not agree with something your government is doing you must say so, with as many people as you can find who agree with you, regardless of the possible consequences.  When the leaders of a nation attempt to suppress dissent, they are abrogating their mandate to rule.  Any threat or use of force depends on the people accepting, and even perpetrating, their leaders directions.  In utter servility to their masters' wishes, the people divide against themselves. Such foolishness!  As if obedience absolves one of moral responsibility!  How can any people properly educated with a sense of community and love for their neighbors do such a thing?  Absurd! You have a conscience.  Negotiation is the obvious answer to disagreement.  Any state which brings up its people without those necessary components of civilisation needs to have a new set of leaders, and those leaders should be the people themselves.  New leaders with a new ideal - an ideal of an honest, free, loving and wise humanity.

       As you read this book (blog), it is my fervent hope that you will find the bases upon which to build this new ideal.  Let it be a spiritual ideal which will once again advance civilisation into a happier age.  Yet let us not wait on the reforms of government alone.  As individuals, we can form smaller communities to develop the organisations and relationships which will embody our hopes.  We must each work where are in our own ways.  Sometimes we may find it easier to move out of our immediate surroundings to establish our new communities upon fresh foundations - being in the world, but not of the world.  But as often as we can, we should try to improve our societies from the inside, though by example rather than by preaching.  I will offer all that I can, my words and thoughts and those I have gleaned from others.  I have delved as deeply as I could, ... sometimes suffering, and sometimes proud of what I have uncovered ... and there is more yet to learn.

       It is my project to attempt to unify the spiritual traditions of humanity.  I am not the first.  The insight that all religions spring from the same source is thousands of years old, perhaps as ancient as the oldest tradition now extant, but until recently most attempts to unify them dealt mainly within the limitations of their exoteric ( i.e., outward and public) teachings and knew only a small portion of the spiritual spectrum.  We have waited for an age in which it is possible to gather representatives of all the traditions at once, and seeing them together, to ask the right questions.  Each of them has survived because it offered us a unique perspective upon reality and human potential, and added something valuable to our spiritual treasury.  Sometimes I may have oversimplified some traditional viewpoints, but it has been my aim to create a superstructure capable of retaining the many great values they have given us, while penetrating to the points at which they meet.

       Yet let me admit at the very beginning that I too have found that I can only speak of that which merely points to the inward spiritual experience of the sacred and holy which we must each seek for ourselves.  There are many paths and methods available to those who would search for the ultimate reality, and most of them have been tried before and been clearly marked.  None of them are easy, nor do they allow for arrogance or subterfuge.  You must approach with humility and purity of heart ... and with patience.  I have personally tried several, with both successes and failures, and been fortunate enough to perceive the multi-faceted clarity at the center which encompasses all things - and has many names.  You must choose your own path and commit yourself to follow it, even through the desert of emptiness and beyond, and then return to solidarity with society and the world with all your individuality has to offer.  It is my humble hope that this work will offer you some perspective to carry you through the difficulties of faith by pointing out that which is of primary importance, and not merely cultural affectation.  And thereby, perhaps I may open the doors to fellowship among members of different faiths by removing the bars of misunderstanding and mistrust.  I wish you well.

Shalom aleichem.  Peace be upon you.


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