A Curious And Curiouser Tale Of Tabby’s Star, Cosmic Clocks And Ghostly Galactic Blobs!

Astronomers are upto their eyeballs this month with stuff, we have never seen before, reminding us as we fill out our tax returns, that this universe is not only stranger than we imagine, its stranger than we can imagine. Aye, Sir Eddington!

For starters, Tabby’s Star already caused a bit of argy bargy among boffins worldwide and although the satisficing explanation so far, points to a ‘broken comet turned dust cloud’ swirling about the star; which recently dimmed to a record low and if anything, left a pesky shadow of doubt in its wake. That is, unless you like the electric sun model to explain away its fluctuating incandescence as a faute de mieux to the Dyson swarm.

Imagine going to your local amusement park next, only to realize this time that every single ferris wheel you jump on, no matter what shape, size, style…somehow completes a rotation, uncannily every one minute. Enter, your local neighbourhood cosmic clock! Stargazers are now finding, regardless how big or small, or what direction you look at, every galaxy out there completes a rotation every 1 billion years or 1 Giga year. Is the universe a great time machine as Descartes saw it, a watch created and wound up by the great watchmaker? Indeed, the very history of science likens it to a clockwork universe ticking along as a perfect machine with gears governed by laws of physics, making every part of the machine predictable…

The case of missing dark matter. Last week, astrophysicists found a wraithlike galaxy similar to ours, but with little or no dark matter, refreshing the whole debate for Popper Falsifiability of dark matter, which is widely assumed as the building block of galaxies. Interestingly, the same team earlier found a class of galaxies with nothing but dark matter so either, there is more than one way of making up a galaxy without dark matter or dark matter is something else, an exotic quantum state of superfluid  coupled with modified newtonian dynamics at play. Funny enough, thinking of dark matter as something else (not weakly interacting massive particles) to solve a strong binding and/or lensing phenomenon only kicks the trouble of proving it doesn’t exist into the long grass, as it actually shows some stuff is there, whether tied to galaxies or not.

I’m reminded of Asimov’s favorite story here, ‘The Gods Themselves’, where different physical laws of two parallel universes allow transfer of matter, giving life in both, an endless source of source. This begets the question; can dark matter naturally ‘decay’ into baryonic matter (i.e matter of every day life) under special conditions or, could a Type III civilization nudge the transformation to meet its energy needs? Not too sure? Pause. Listen to Neil Gaimon and suspend disbelief.

“I like the stars. It’s the illusion of permanence, I think. I mean, they’re always flaring up and caving in and going out. But from here, I can pretend…I can  pretend that things last. I can pretend that lives last longer  than moments. Gods come, and gods go. Mortals flicker and flash and fade. Worlds don’t last; and stars and galaxies are transient, fleeting things that twinkle like fireflies and vanish into cold and dust. But I can pretend…”

Twelve Wonderful Connections Between Biblical and Ancient Religions

For centuries people have been divided through religious biases and judgement, through which the world has suffered many a tribulation. These important facts regarding how modern Biblical faiths are connected deeply to ancient mysteries might help integrate us again into a unity consciousness:

  1. Ancient Flood Myths: The story of a great flood that submerged earth only to let certain terrestrial human and animal survivors stay protected in an ark is well known as the Biblical story of Noah’s Ark. Predating the Bible, we also have a detailed account of the Flood such as Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh and the 11th tablet of Utupanisham who like Noah constructs an ark to save various species, strikingly similar to Genesis in many ways. In the ancient Indian story of Vishnu Purana (Matsya Purana) of Manu’s Ark, the first avatar or incarnation of Vishnu or Savior God appears as a fish to Manu and warn him of the flood and build an ark to preserve human, plant and animal species.
  2. Logos: The Bible tells us that in the beginning was the ‘logos’ or word which manifested into reality. This indicates that through vibration of the word, the universe has emerged into existence. Similarly according to Hindu belief AUM is the primordial sound of the universe, the mantra through which creation, preservation and cyclical transformation of the universe is effected with the three parts of the syllable AUM which is also a symbol.
  3. Trinity: Biblical religions have faith in Trinity of divine, namely the heavenly Father who simulates our world, the Son who incarnates on Earth to save it and the Holy Spirit who guides and liberates us from the mundane. Similarly Hindu religion also has a belief in Trinity of Brahma the creator or father God who manifests the dream-world, Vishnu the savior who incarnates in our world to save Earth and Mahesha or Shiva who is the cosmic consciousness or great Spirit that liberates us from material existence.
  4. Names of Creator God(s): The Bible gives us names of the creator Gods as plural, masculine and feminine as mentioned in the text of Genesis ‘Let us create man in our image and likeness’ and ‘male and female’. These names in the scriptures are based on the name El that literally means ‘power’, including Elohim and Elah similar to Allah of the Islamic faith all based on ancient Syrian deity god El who had a feminine counterpart as the goddess Elat (Allat in Arabic faiths). Ancient creation myths all over the world including pagan mythologies of creation mention the universe as being created through a group of powers or gods that oversee various aspects of nature. Angels in the Biblical faiths are also named with the suffix ‘-el’ signifying energetic powers of the creator.
  5. Names of Tribal God(s): In ancient religions predating Bible in the same region in and around Israel, the god of the land was mentioned as pagan deities Ea, Yah or Jah which could be the same with differences in spelling. On this name the expression Hallelu-jah or praise the lord is also based. The name Yahweh or Jehovah was later derived from this name Ea/Yah/Jah as Lord or the god of Israel. The spelling of this name in Hebrew is the letters YHVH or Yod Heh Vav Heh also called Tetragrammaton (four letters) which literally mean ‘I am that I am’ symbolizing ‘inner consciousness’ or ‘being’ which can take many forms and yet is not limited to any of them signifying the god of all gods.
  6. Name of Jesus: It was prophesied that Mary would bear a divine child who will be called Immanuel, the name meaning ‘god with us’ as human-god Jesus. The names Ish or Isa of India and Arabia literally mean ‘divine’. These names are connected to Ishu or Yeshu which is also Jesus as the J is spoken as Y. The name Yeshua also is similar in sound to Shiva who is the higher self or ascended consciousness of the incarnate deity or avatar Jesus who is on earth as the messiah to redeem or forgive the world. Notably Ish is also similar to Ishtar or Ashar which are names of ancient Semitic goddesses. In the Bible the original language states God as revealing his name as ‘Eiyah-Ashar-Eiyah’ written as YHVH in Hebrew revealing his connection with other deities as the unlimited ‘being’. Jesus too mentions his oneness with the father or creator and states that we can all be one with them in spirit. The word Christ which means ‘chosen one’ is also similar to Krishna who is the Hindu version of messiah.
  7. Immaculate Conception: Birth of a divine child fathered by a heavenly deity is not unique to the Biblical tale of Jesus born to Mary. Ancient Hindu scriptures have plenty of examples of immaculate conception including Krishna’s birth which was announced from heaven as the savior God (Vishnu) descending into human form in the womb of Devki as Krishna, the deity of ecstatic love and devotion who opens everyone’s hearts, defeats demonic beings to save the world and teaches truth. In another story, Dionysus of the Greek mysteries (Bacchus in Rome) was conceived to a mortal woman by the heavenly Zeus and was celebrated as the god of wine and ecstatic dance.
  8. Word of God: The ancient scriptures that record the spoken words of God in the past as Yahweh, Jehovah and Jesus the son include Torah and New Testament of Bible. Similarly ancient religions are replete with examples of ‘word of God’ appropriate for the relevant culture and times. For example Gita or Gitopdesh is the direct speech of Krishna who is said of be the avatar of creator himself and contains in-depth teachings about the laws of the universe and moral codes of the age. Koran is noted as a channeled message delivered through a spirit being or angel to Mohammed and claimed as the message of God. While in the past the words claimed to be words of divinity were revealed through specific people with majority of the world being unconscious and needing external guidance, in the new-age using meditation, contemporary and much more positive channeled messages from divine source or higher self can be obtained by many people through direct intuition in contrast to popular religious scriptures that instruct killing and harm.
  9. Sacrifice: Ancient pagan religions of the western and middle world were replete with blood sacrifices of various creatures as mentioned repeatedly in the Bible as a way of appeasing the Lord who has declared himself as the supreme god of all gods. Priests have been mentioned as ritually slaying animals such as bulls, lambs, calves and birds with their blood being sprinkled on the altar and on people as a symbol of purification of sins. In Hindu traditions the concept of sacrifice has been restricted to ritual offering of herbs, sweets, flowers and incense on altars instead of the blood of innocent animals. Similarly in modern western churches the sacrifice is symbolized by the story of crucified Christ who has taken the sins of his believers away and instead of actually sacrificing flesh a belief in Jesus having died for our sins is in place instead. The concept of sacrifice is not practiced in new-age however with focus being on learning of personal lessons through self-realization instead of sacrifice of someone else as a way of ‘washing-off sin’.
  10. Communion: In Christian worship there is a ritual of Eucharist with sharing of bread and wine symbolically representing the flesh and blood of Jesus as he is believed to have offered bread and wine to his followers as his flesh and blood at his Last Supper before Crucifixion. Followers of Dionysus also practiced ritual of communion with their deity by eating flesh and wine to represent Dionysus. Similarly Hindu deities are also worshiped with the ritual of Prasada in which the energy of the deity is shared with devotees through a blessing of food items to be consumed by them as a mark of uniting with the divine. New-age beliefs focus on Oneness consciousness as ‘at-one-ment’ instead of mere ritual atonement.
  11. Resurrection: The theme of resurrection of the sacrificed Christ and his ascension or return to his eternal form around Easter is central to Biblical faith representing hope of eternal life. In pagan religions too, the concept of resurrection is built around Spring time which is how the date of Easter is calculated (the first Sunday after the full moon of Spring). For instance in India the full moon of spring is celebrated as Holi where wood is burnt to symbolize death of the old and colors are splashed to represent flowering of spring. Similarly the ancient pagan festivals of Eostra held in honor of spring of Earth personified as the goddess Ishtar or Ostara is a mark of the resurrection of Earth after the ‘death’ of winter. Eggs, colors and rabbits all are symbolic of fertility and life returning to Earth. Ancient Egyptian myths of Isis resurrecting Osiris after he was torn to pieces is also connected with the theme of magical resurrection.
  12. End Times: The Biblical apocalyptic or end times prophecy states the return of Jesus Christ with the father God to judge earth and end the current cycle of time. Similarly Hindus believe in the second coming of Krishna as Kalki who ends the cycle of ‘yugas’ or ages, however it is not seen as an end but as a new beginning in truth. In new-age beliefs the concept of Ascension is gaining popularity with a belief that the old-earth is ending and we are entering a new-earth of higher consciousness and spiritual realization to replace negative and divisive beliefs.

Five Ways to Rise Above instead of Fight Negativity

We all have been ‘Warriors of Light’ fighting against evil and injustice. Just like heroes and superheroes in fiction who battle dark and oppressive forces, in real life we take up a similar role as activists struggling against day-to-day challenges, social evils, corporate control, political agendas and corrupt systems. While fighting the perceived enemy keeps us engaged in the ‘matrix’ of the world, could there be a better way to create the change we seek from within and elevate ourselves instead? Here are some ideas that can help us raise our consciousness and rise above problems:

  1. See Ourselves as Manifesters and not Victims of Situations: The entire concept of ‘us’ against ‘them’ is based on duality and the illusion of separation between ourselves and the others. If we see each other as parts of the same One consciousness who is manifesing the universe from moment to moment, we will know that none of us need to feel like victims any longer. In some way we are constantly manifesting each situation we are facing at all times. Through this empowered perspective, we can focus on what we need to manifest right now, instead of merely feeling sorry for ourself or the situation we are in. For example: we can use magical power of intentions to either manifest a new and positive situation in our neighborhood or to move all concerned into a better neighborhood in case the energy around has been pulling us down.ppl
  2. Transform Anger to Peace: When we focus on ‘fighting’ it is natural to feel upset, angry and frustrated at the state of the world and the myriad issues that disorient our mind. It feels as if the situation we are faced with is unjustified and ‘all wrong’ and that somehow we have to ‘fix it’ by force while protecting ourself from perceived danger. However, anger only creates more issues to be angry about. Our feelings have a direct correspondence with what we attract in our life. If we were to create a feeling of peace and calm within ourself, we can use our inner magical power through meditation and direct our inner-energy to generate a positive reality. We can replace any negative forces within our energy field that were reactionary and self-limiting, with positive consciousness. For example, when faced with an abusive partner, we might be better off in letting-go and being at peace with ourself on our own, instead of trying to fight with and ‘fix’ the person for a longer period of time. The peace within us will magically attract more peaceful people and situations in our life.peace
  3. Work Together For a Higher Cause: Fighing against each other can make us feel drained from time to time as we enter a lose-win situation periodically. Instead if we focus our intention on working together for the higher cause that benefits all concerned, we can place all our thought and emotional energy upwards – towards the ultimate futuristic goal. The focus we bring on the cause can help both sides see the light of higher perspective and the hidden opportunity of progress in the right direction with help and support offered to all concerned to make it a win-win situation. For example, if we would like to stop animals from being exploited in zoos, we can give better suggestions such as holographic simulation of animals to replace real animals in zoos in the near future, which can motivate existing zoos to start the transformation instead of fighting for survival of the old ways which will surely be obsolete one day. The realization that there is a better way and it will be futile to fight against the tide can make all parties begin the process of change at an inner level.gulls-2633864_960_720
  4. Take Back Your Power: Through social conditioning or mental brainwashing, we might have given our power away to others and feel as if we have to fight for the smallest of rights. We might feel that others are too strong and too established to ever change, and that we being much weaker and in lesser position of authority have to adjust and compromise with them. Instead of this attitude, we can recognize our power and create a revolution. For example, if we are upset at religious oppression of women in certain nations, instead of fighting with their internal religious systems to slowly ‘grant’ women some of their rights, we can recognize women’s rights as international human rights so that archaic regimes can be replaced with progressive ones. Often the motivation for such a major change comes from people within these oppressive systems who achieve enlightenment and set themselves free from control.sunset-3128170_960_720
  5. Find a Common Ground for Unity: Conflicts and opposition take place because we have not yet discovered love and compassion that unites us together. Through kindness and empathy we can see through our divergent point of views and reach a better understanding of each other regardless of our differences. When we place focus on the common values of love, peace, joy, freedom, wellness and abundance which are desirable to all beings regardless of race, culture, gender and religion, our differences suddenly seem less significant. By working together to enhance our experience of life through shared values we can reduce much tension and stress in our world and transform fights to harmony. For example, science and spirituality can come to a common understanding by the underlying theme of ‘consciousness’ that unites these two seemingly divergent subjects. yin-and-yang-1947878_960_720

Andria Zafirakou of UK Awarded Global Best Teacher Prize 2018

Beauty queens and cinestars are not the only celebrities of today. On 18th March 2018, teachers had their own star-studded international ceremony in UAE, where the Global Best Teacher 2018 award worth $1 million went to Andria Zafirakou of Alperton Community College, London. Bill Gates had earlier annouced the names of the top ten finalists chosen from over 30,000 nominees from all over the world.

In her acceptance speech Andria encouraged students worldwide by saying, “Whatever your circumstances or troubles, you have the potential to succeed in your dreams and that is a right nobody can take from you. Since I was young my dream was to be an art and textiles teachers and I am proud to be one.”

Andria worked with the police to prevent gangs recruiting pupils. She also learnt the basics of numerous languages, just to communicate with pupils and their parents and redesigned curriculum to resonate with an ethnically diverse student body.

More On http://www.globalteacherprize.org

9 Signs We Are Indeed Awakening In a Simulation

Scientists and technologists have been debating and asking if we are living in a simulation, somewhat like the ‘Matrix’ movies in which a characer termed the Architect’ describes of how he has designed a mathematically precise world where humans live out their lives unaware that they are in a digital dream-world.
Here are a few obvious hints that we are indeed living in a Holographic dreamworld of mathematical precision and some crucial signs that we are Awakening.
1. Fractals everywhere: Everything in this world from our galaxies, to clouds, to seashores, to leaves, shells, body parts, neurons are fractals created through repeating mathematical patterns that can be easily programmed and projected into a simulation from a computer using simple rules. So where is this computer that has programmed our fractal universe?


2. Sacred geometry: As revealed in fractals, everything has geometry associated with it, which is simply mathematics appearing in visual form in nature, at cosmic and minute levels, whether in the movement of planets or corollas of flowers, or atomic and subatomic structures. For example: the flower or life and merkaba forms. Is there really a person or AI outside somewhere, who has programmed our world this way?
3. Holographic grand design: Fractals may indicate that the overall design of the universe is holographic, a projection where each part contains the whole within itself.
The patterns we see in the physical world whether in the larger macroscopic universe of spiralling galaxies or smaller microscopic levels of subatomic components, all indicate a holographic projection of, as if projected straight out of a ‘higher’ computer that has simulated our world. What seems like many billion years of creation to us will relatively be a few moments or days to the simulator paralleling the multi-religious concepts of 7 Days of Creation of God or the Kalpas of Brahma in Vishnu’s dream world if we see time and relative and inter-dimensional. Who is this God and Where is He or She or It who is projecting the world?
4. Lucid Imagination and Dreams: Our mind through hypnogogic imagination and dreams can simulate reality as precisely or better than any known highly advanced computer. With practice we can see, smell, taste, feel emotions, talk, hear, touch, walk, fly even read books in our dreams as clearly and lucidly as we do in real life. If we were to note our dreams each night and practice meditation we will be able to remember and be lucid in our dreams to be able to be ‘alive’ and ‘aware’ in dreams. Similarly we can also master how to imagine and create a fantasy world in our waking hours by clearly seeing images, words, symbols and visions in our third eye that can be equally lucid if we are sufficiently relaxed and focused. Our mind (subconscious and conscious) can simulate reality prefectly well in dream states whether in meditation or in sleep. We also have gadgets that can help us experience lucidity at will, although we may not actually require them. Do we all have our own inner powers to simulate reality without computers?
5. Clairvoyance: With practice we find that our dreams are not simply random images and sensations put together by our subconscious but also provide either symbolic or clear information regarding our past, present or future. At times we can see exact visions of situations in our dreams as we would actually experience later. Similarly with training we can develop our meditative vision or third-eye to see our past, present or future clearly too. This is not limited to vision but also to all our senses, through which we can not only see but touch, feel, smell, hear and taste something from our past, from distance or future as if we are really there and we can also verify it to be accurate through our direct experience through time. In this way time turns out to be just another dimension that we experience and can move through backwards or forwards. Although science or physics can lead us into time travel as shown in ‘interstellar’, we can also have meditative experiences of the same when we are indeed ready or awakened. How many of us are awakened beyond time?
6. Telepathy: All minds are one mind. This can only be verified through telepathic awareness. We all have moments of telepathy although we could have easily dismissed this. We have reached each other mentally to know who is about to call, what will be said to us, to even give a message to someone through our mind or heart communication instead of through letters or internet. In our technological age we have developed a dependency on gadgets, however if we do continue to meditate we can be receivers or projectors of messages and visions that can reach others or us through others. Remote viewing of any place or situation through long distance, psychometry or remote viewing/ sensing through an object, or simply telepathic energy sensation is possible and verified by psychics who are developing their abilities. This only points to us that we are indeed interconnected in our reality and all separation of our minds is mere illusion as our energy networks all across space and time through everyone and everything. Could we all be energetically interconnected with each other across time and space?
7. Synchronicity: Things happen that make us believe there are no co-incidences in life. Just like our dreams are not mere random sensations and thoughts put together by our unconscious mind, our reality around us is also not just a random collection of events. We can see signs of synchronicity in the way something or someone appears suddenly and we were just thinking about it. Just like our browsing data or daily life is secretly tracked through our phones and computers to present us messages and advertisements that are ‘relevant content’, our universe also ‘out of the blue’ presents us relevant content based on our mind patterns. We can see numbers and patterns everywhere telling us that things are less random and more interconnected than we imagined. A random pick of tarot cards could not be that random if it gives us a precise message or image of what was actually happening or would be happening in our life. In any moment can we see clear signs of meaningful connectedness with not only each other but everything in the world?
8. Law of Attraction: We all know by now that we attract what we think, what we believe and what we are. Our hidden and conscious mind-stuff is being played out in our reality when we can see our life move in a way that our mind moves. Negative thoughts, attitudes, feelings and beliefs create negative experiences while positive ones create positive experiences in our daily life. Often it takes some practice to break out of negative patterns through conscious awareness and replace them with positive ideas and patterns of living or believing that transform our life by reprogramming our consiousness. Are we the programmers of our individual or collective universe?
9. Magical Manifestation: With sufficient practice of the power of our mind, emotions and visualization, we can actually project real situations, experiences, and even people, through our mind as if our mind is the magical computer that is creating or simulating the projection around us that we call reality. It may be hard for skeptics to believe this but those who practice these skills can get direct experiences of actually creating or manifesting their life not just unconsciously but very consciously at will. We are no longer in the illusion that we are controlled from outside AI simulators or God(s) in heaven, or that we are in someone else’s dream-world as a mere character. We see our own power of creation and our own life as a lucid-dream that we can control at will to influence any event in our world. If anything and anyone can be projected into our life at our will, then who is the creator of our universe?
We are all one awakening consciousness present simultaneously in our projected univese and within ourself. As science and religions look around us to find the source of this projected holographic reality, meditation helps us look within and discover who we are.

Six Misconceptions Regarding Gender That We Can Let Go Of Today

Our soul has no gender. All of us are equally divine and each being has masculine as well as feminine traits within. For centuries women and those men with feminine traits have been oppressed and judged due to ignorance. Whether woman, man, transgender or gay, we all need to let go of these limiting fear based beliefs regarding our gender imposed by society.

1. Religious Authority: Whether through religion or culture, we have been wrongly taught that women should have fewer rights with regard to property, career, religious roles and sexual choices. Holy books of various religions have had outdated concepts regarding how women can be purchased in the guise of marriage, how man has the right over her body, and how women should not have freedom or equal property rights. LGBT community has been severely condemned without any rational reason. It is necessary to totally reject belief systems that have been oppressive and male dominated.

2. False Standards of Beauty: Through media and cultural traditions women have been brainwashed into believing that they must conform to socially accepted standards of beauty. The idea that women have to look a certain way has been propagated through images of dolls, glamorous stars and beauty pagents to sell fairness creams, high heels, chemical cosmetics, tight lingerie, silicone implants, slimming products and artificial perfumes that are expensive and hurt the body in the long run. It is time for women to stop being victims of false images and to choose inner health and wellbeing instead with love for their natural self.

3. Marital Control: The idea we need someone to complete us and that every woman must get married, especially by a certain age is prevalent as a social norm. In some cultures parents make marriage of the girl the biggest goal and pay the family of the groom to take thier daughters in marriage even though women are fairly capable of independence. In most cases life after marriage is more limiting for women who lose much of their freedom and perform free housekeeping and chilcare services as housewives while men continue in their careers. It is time to transform the notion that a woman is vulnerable without a man and needs to be tied down through the social control system of marriage.

4. Sexual Guilt: Men have traditionally been allowed to reveal their bodies freely and to be sexually open. In most cultures women have been made to feel guilty regarding their bodies and their sexual needs. Women in some countries have been routinely subject to horrors such as genital cutting and breast ironing, just because their body is seen as sinful. In many cultures a display of feminine cleavage or legs is unthinkable. Men are encouraged to be take the lead, flirt or be polygamous, or buy sexual services while women are afraid to be judged as loose if they dress down, try to take the lead or even if they are raped. Instead of continuing such gender biased traditions we need to completely dismantle them.

5. Sexual Abuse: Almost all women have suffered some form of sexual abuse, eve-teasing or molestation since childhood whether from male relatives, classmates, colleagues, boyfriends, strangers or from their own husbands. Living as a woman could be especially distressing with the constant fear of the way you are stared at or hit-on by men everyday. Looking a a woman as a sex object unfortunately begins while they are young while men are encouraged to see women as a source of beauty and entertainment for the pleasure of men. Marital rape still needs outlawing in some countries where it is just a norm. In others women are trafficked and abused as sexual slaves. The entire idea that a woman exists to serve the masculine sexual needs has to be discarded. The sexual consent and choices of a woman needs to be in more focus.

6. Reproductive Duty: That being a woman is all about motherhood has been falsely established in society. The purpose of a female as primarily reproductive to continue the bloodline of patriarchial cultures has only led to population explosion, gender imbalance, pressure to visit fertility clinics and to make child-rearing the most important duty of a woman. In contrast the world needs more focus on caring for existing population, care for nature, mindfulness, spiritual awareness and focus on managing our resources wisely.

In short a woman needs to be seen as person and not just as as a gender. Regardless of looks, body, sexual choices, marital status, motherhood status or religious beliefs all women can break free and be liberated right now with soverignity over their own life, their own body, mind and soul.

Common Truth Within Various Religions

All over the world we have come across more than 4000 religions and many spiritual paths, each with their own set of commandments or spiritual guidelines that are preached to their masses of followers. Spirituality however is not about being fundamentalistic and attaching vehemently to any one specific religion while condoning others, but about trying to look within ourself so that we can self-discover our common truth that unites all of us. Here are some of the beliefs and guidelines of some popular religions so that we can try to see a common thread.


1. Christ: Believers of Jesus Christ follow his teachings which were revolutionary at his time. Jesus emphases inner purity instead of outer ritual, and love as the mark of being his follower. He stated that God is Spirit, we are truly baptised by Spirit and converted by being like little children and that the Kingdom of God is within us. Instead of ‘eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth’ Jesus discouraged any form of revenge or retaliation. Similarly instead of loving your neighbor and hating your enemy, he stated ‘Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you’ (Matthew 5.33-44). He mentioned that some of the older laws such as allowing man to unilaterally divorce his wife, were given by Moses to his followers due to the ‘hardness of their hearts’ (Matthew 19) and may not be relevant at all times. As the supreme commandment he emphasised loving God with all your mind, heart, strength and soul, and loving others as yourself, (Matthew 22.37-40 Mark 12.30-31, Luke 10.27) this being the commandment through which all Laws and Prophets are fulfilled. As a new commandment he stated ‘to love each other as I have loved you’ (John 13.34). In short the essence of his teachings was simply Unconditional Love that overrides all other laws.


2. Moses: The major ancient commandments as mentioned in the laws of Moses and followed by most Catholics, Protestants and Jews can be summarised as the ten primary commandments. (i) Believing that God or creator is the same for everyone (ii) Recognizing God as beyond all limited forms or images (iii) Not misusing the name of God for any evil deed (iv) To set aside time for rest and spirituality (v) Honouring our parents (vi) Not killing (vii) Not committing sexual misconduct (viii) Not stealing (ix) Not bearing false witness, and (x) Not to be greedy or to covet what belongs to others. (There are several laws in Torah and there are differences between various denominations of these religions concerning the exact laws and commandments. The version presented here is a simplified derivation by the author)

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3. Hindu: Hindus believe that various male and female representations of God are helpful in teaching us positive virtues through its numerous scriptures and mythologies. The prime belief in Sanatana Dharma or eternal law is the Law of Karma which states that all of our actions bring forth their own unique results. As per the Law of Karma all our physical and mental actions are Karma, therefore purity of mind, heart, words and thoughts alead us to a peaceful and happy existence. A good deed or purification ritual does not automatically cancel out the fruits of our harmful deeds as each karma bears its own fruit as it ripens. Those fruits that do not ripen within one lifetime might repeatedly manifest in other existences through reincarnation on earth, other planets or other dimensions until we learn our lessons and stop performing negative karma. Moksha or liberation from karmic cycles of life and death is based on meditation and inner spiritual focus that leads to a detachment from all worldly pursuits such as Dharma (religious), Artha (material) and Kama (sensual) desires. This means performing our work righteously in all these spheres of life without attachment to the fruit of our effort.


4. Buddha: The Buddha taught that all suffering is rooted in ignorant deeds and can end through following the Eight-fold path or the middle path of meditation, which includes: Right Views (inner perspective), Right Thoughts (inner wisdom), Right Conduct (inner morality), Right Livelihood (inner ethics), Right Effort (inner choice of actions), Right Mindfulness (inner peace) and Right Meditation (inner spirituality). To supplement Buddha’s teachings, the five precepts or ethical guidelines generally followed by Buddhists include (i) Not killing (ii) Not stealing (iii) Refraining from sexual misconduct (iv) Refrain from incorrect speech (v) Refraining from intoxication.


5. Sikh: Followers of Sikh gurus believe in Five core virtues of (i) Sat (Truth), (ii) Daya (Compassion), (iii) Santosh (Contentment), (iv) Namrata (Humility), and (v) Pyaar (Love). According to Sikh religion God is One (Ek Omkaar) and Truth (name of Truth) that fulfils all Karma (Karta Purakh), releases from Fear (Nirbhay), frees from Enmity (Nirvair), beyond time and form (Akaal Moorat), Ajuni (born of itself), Saibhang (self caused), Gurprasaad (received through wisdom). Following the five core human virtues are the key to returning to the Source or merging with God to end the cycles of life and death as per Sikhism.


6. Jain: Those who follow the sages of Jainism believe in three Gems that help us attain liberation or Moksha, (i) Right Vision (Samyak Darshana) which is about right beliefs and perceptions (ii) Right Knowledge (Samyak Gyana) which is about learning truth (iii) Right Conduct (Samyak Charitra) which is about ethical behavior or actions. The five great vows of the Jain faith are – Ahimsa (non-harming), Satya (truthfulness), Asteya (non-stealing), Brahmacharya (chastity), Aparigraha (non-attachment).

As we can see that major religions throughout the centuries, despite all superficial differences, have shared common core beliefs about not harming others and being more compassionate in everything we think, say, believe and do. Each religion seems to agree that we all arise from the same Source and return to this spiritual Oneness or God, through love by detaching from outer worldly pursuits and focusing on inner Spirit or Truth.

By letting go of our judgemental and condemnatory beliefs that divided various religions and led to terror and fundamentalism, we can focus on the common value of kindness that unites us all as One to manifest a happier earth.

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