7 Reasons People are Choosing Adoption over Reproduction

We all talk about the world and its myriad problems caused due to the human condition. Could adoption be one of the major solutions for these issues? Here are some reasons people have for adopting children and pets rather than bringing more new children into the world.

  1. It Feels Better: To have an opportunity to uplift and help another person, child or animal feels phenomenally better than to stay busy satisfying our own ever- increasing desires. When we rescue that stray animal who was dying on the streets with no food, water or shelter, or adopt and educate a beautiful child who has no family of her own, we know that we are living from our heart and doing what feels right. poor-2061337_960_720
  2. Conscious Alternative to Fertility Clinics: Thanks to the overrated image of pregnant women as mothers, we have forgotten that motherhood or fatherhood is more about raising children than producing them. We all see IVF centers mushrooming everywhere and pharmaceutical or medical organizations make plenty of money promoting fertility clinics to help childless people have children of their own. Why would people prefer to spend that much time and energy trying to conceive when they could simply adopt and have a beautiful little person to share space and love with? doll-87407_960_720
  3. Spiritual Awakening: The reasons such as genetic urge to carry on your own bloodline or the need to keep up with highly valued social customs of reproduction are all illusory and insignificant for those who are awakened spiritually. We do not live our life as per outer rituals and systems any longer because we have discovered a far more valuable inner truth through spiritual realization, meditation and inner change. The mindless race of consumerism and material life is less important and having a better inner quality of life and love is more.travel-3099553_960_720
  4. Solution for Homelessness: We all have seen the familiar homeless person in all our major cities, subways and streets. The poor person who is unable to afford the mortgage, loan or rent for property might have had a difficult childhood or no family to support him. When we provide a home to those children who face poverty in the world by opening our hearts to them, we reduce the chances they will end up struggling on the streets.homeless-man-833017_960_720
  5. Population Control: We all know that the way our population seems to be growing, it could be impossible to look after all of us in the near future with just this one planet to live on. We can spend trillions of funds trying to discover and colonize new habitable planets, or we could be wiser and promote adoption that not only prevents over-population but also helps us look after the existing children of the world who actually need helping.adoption-1057639_960_720.jpg
  6. Animals Matter Too: Having our own biological children might seem to satisfy the reproductive urges of some people, but they probably have not tried having pets yet. Animal life is not less precious than human life, and pets are as loving and innocent as human children are. Having a pet can cure our reproductive cravings to a large extent by giving our maternal and paternal instincts an outlet in the form of unconditional love beyond our own species.girl-62328_960_720
  7. Solution to Poverty and Child Labor: In financially weaker nations it is common to see little children walking around on dangerously busy streets, begging for alms, or performing manual labor at construction sites and highways. If parents were encouraged not to have their own children unless they are capable of looking after their material needs and provide them a safe childhood, we could have a more conscious world. Until then we could at least encourage adoption of those children living in deplorable situations facing child abuse that is unthinkable to most of us.poor-3277840_960_720

The Goddess without Stereotypes

As the world is moving from patriarchal religion based philosophies that exonerate a ‘male God’ towards an acceptance of the divine feminine, we see the word Goddess used ever so often. People typically see this word ‘goddess’ as the ‘outer energy’ of the world, the dancing ‘shakti’ of visible nature, the movements of seasons, cyclical moon-phases, changeable vibrations or flow and ebb. This is the traditional viewpoint of the Goddess, one which is still somewhat patriarchal and based in an indirect or subtle belief in a masculine God viewed as the ultimate creator and the feminine goddess as his Maya or vibration.

In this viewpoint that has been marketed to us through centuries of time, we have seen the Goddess as physicality in the form of a beautiful maiden or glamorous idol with gorgeous clothes, a desirable Aphrodite, Radha, Venus or Voluptas, or as a gentle and docile motherly being embodied as Sita, Kwan Yin or Lakshmi, a giver of love, or if we are feeling somewhat feminist, a warrior goddess such as Durga, Athena, Nike or a dark crone Kali and Hecate. Her traditional role – to give energy or Shakti to the masculine, to be the power of Shiva the God, to dance as the world in the form of Radha who loves the superhero Krishna along with his numerous Gopis and wives, or to be the provider or nature (Prakriti) to the unending needs of man (Purusha). She has been seen through the ages as the Kundalini or serpent-like energy controlled by the supreme Lord who wraps her above his head like river Ganges in his crown chakra. The goddess has been equated with the energetic universe that although vast and infinite, has an ultimate creator above her, visualized predominantly as God the masculine force.

How about if we start seeing the Goddess as the Supreme Creator, with the word ‘Goddess’ containing ‘God’ within, who is manifest as the world or universe, yet also simultaneously beyond it as the Source? How about seeing the ultimate being as a feminine and not just masculine form, as Goddess and not just as God? How about saying ‘Oh my Goddess’ instead of ‘Oh my God’ sometimes in your daily routine? We do not see a lot of people, including new age spiritualists do that very often, and although we might argue that the the word ‘God’ is used by us as a term beyond gender, why not try to see the word Goddess too in such a higher light. How about seeing the earthly manifestation or ‘avatar’ of the Supreme Creator as the female Christ consciousness born of the heavenly mother Goddess and not just as the Son of the heavenly Father.

This shift in consciousness or perception helps us let go of all these stereotypical images of the goddess as not just a sexual, reproductive and fertility based icon of seasonal shifts and earth energy, but also a higher trans-personal being with the masculine and feminine encased within herself. No longer is she merely a gender based ‘ultra feminine’ personification, but also a gender-free consciousness that can express as male, female or transgender, a consciousness that exists within  everyone. After-all gender is a notion that we all can and should rise above!

Enjoy this meditation to help unite the goddesses of the world into the higher Source being for personal ascension and earth-healing through Oneness consciousness and allow the divine feminine in you return to her true awakened self!

8 Ways to Manifest a Higher Reality

We all create our own realities through our consciousness. Our world is a direct reflection of our energy states. All frequencies are present in our multi-verse, however we can choose to focus upon higher vibrations of love and light to manifest a higher reality of our choice. Here are some simple techniques:

  1. Choose Higher Vibrational Food: As the old saying goes, ‘What we eat is what we become’. Positive foods that are ethically sourced, non-violent, organic and nutritious can heal us better than medicines can, in the long run. By directly affecting our inner state positive and lighter meals can help us attract kinder and healthier situations in our life. We also learn how to not be a slave to our conditioned taste-buds that were programmed in the ‘matrix’ to enjoy things that were unhealthy and kept us trapped in lower dimensional thinking.food-photography-2834549_960_720.jpg
  2. Breathe Right: By paying attention tour breath and staying relaxed and natural, we can maintain a calmer and more meditative state throughout the day. We can therefore stay calm and unperturbed by negativity and give energy to those ideas and actions that matter most to us and our wellbeing. We also find that staying meditative and relaxed helps us access our intuition and remain in touch with our higher self to create a loving and positive reality.human-730204_960_720
  3. Channel Healing: We all are constantly channelling energy through our mind and body. By gaining awareness of how energy is constantly flowing through us, we can consciously send positive energy to those ideas that bring us joy. At any point of time throughout the day, we can visualize something positive and send healing energy through our palms into the situation we are visualizing, to create health, understanding, success and all good things.hand-2634753_960_720
  4. Speak Uplifting Words: While it is necessary to be honest and expressive, we can also learn to speak our truth kindly and in a way that uplifts everyone instead of being judgemental or harsh. By speaking through higher awareness we can raise vibrations higher so that all concerned can come together by focusing on those positive values that unite us as one. Often we end up discovering and relearning universal truths that touch our soul deeply and allow love to flow. bokeh-2097353_960_720
  5. Look Within Yourself: While we are out and about in our daily business of life, our focus can sometimes be on the way others are behaving, or in outer appearances of the world. By looking within ourselves we can draw attention back to our heart centre to focus on higher life lessons while staying detached from unnecessary energies that might distract us from our life-path and purpose. This also helps us radiate kindness and light for healing of those who may need it.yoga-3053488_960_720.jpg
  6. Higher Thinking: We all know that ‘thoughts become things’. By focusing on thoughts of love, peace and happiness, that are for the greater good of all concerned we can energize our reality and heal our world, one thought at a time. Not only what we think, but the inner state in which we hold our thoughts matter. Intentions made in a state of higher frequency or meditation can powerfully manifest into existence by connecting us with our ‘creator energy’.universe-2736507_960_720.jpg
  7. Higher Vision: While it is easy for us to feel sorry or sad about negative things that are happening in the world, we need to also realize that through empathy and love we can hold the most positive and highest frequency vision for our planet and allow our higher consciousness to ripple out gently into manifestation. Visualize yourself floating higher and sending loving vibrations into the world.heart
  8. Know Thyself: In the lower vibrational ‘matrix’ we were conditioned to believe that we exist as limited beings for a limited period of time. Through a deeper realization of who we are we find that we are existence itself. We are not separate souls living separate lives but one divine consciousness dreaming up the worlds that we share together. This awareness helps us believe more strongly in our inner power or ‘shakti’ that births a new higher vibrational reality.arrangement-2794696_960_720.jpg

 

12 Eco Friendly Homemade Alternatives to Personal Care Products

We all know that personal care products such as shampoos and shower gels not only contain harsh chemicals but also harm our planet with excess plastic packaging. While eating healthy raw vegan foods and enjoying a meditation routine are the best way to ensure healthy body, skin and hair, through the power of consciousness we can use completely natural, homemade, organic, ethical, vegan and plastic-free products for personal care and do our bit to save the world, one day at a time… and save money too.

  1. Body Wash and Scrub: A great homemade alternative that can be easily incorporated in our bath is ‘ubtan’ or a gentle paste of oatmeal or gram flour (besan) mixed with a little water, to which we can add a sprinkle of ground turmeric for its wonderful antiseptic qualities. As we apply and scrub our body with these all natural ingredients we feel relaxed, healed and cleansed at the same time.besab
  2. Hair Wash: We may not need to search far and wide for shampoo alternatives. Going ‘poo’ free is easier when we can have all natural and organic Shikakai or hair-fruit, a few pieces of which added to warm water can give us a mild lathery and fragrant concoction for washing our hair. Herbal teas such as nettle and rosemary can make excellent rinses for the hair too. shikakai
  3. Detergent: Laundry can smell wonderful and be really clean with a small muslin bag of soapnuts (reetha) tossed into your bucket or washing machine. reetha
  4. Hair Conditioner: All those expensive brands of conditioners can be easily replaced with pure and natural organic oils such as coconut oil, olive oil or gooseberry (amla) oil which can be lightly applied to the hair follicles before washing to result in clean as well as balanced hair. olive-oil-bowl-tease-today-160307
  5. Skin Care: Our skin loves the feeling of fruit pulp such as organic avocado which can give most skin creams a run for their money. Expensive brands or beauty parlors may not be necessary; mashed banana applied on the skin with cucumber slices on our eyes can make a great home based beauty treatment. Most natural organic vegan oils such as coconut oil can bless our skin with moisture and that nourished feeling. avocado1
  6. Ear Cleaning: Ear buds are terrible for they push wax back into our ear canals to block our ear drums causing infections and the plastic in them is unhelpful to the environment too. Simply add a drop or two of olive oil in your ear canal and leave it in for a few minutes before repeating this for the next ear so that within a few days the excess wax is released naturally.olive-oil-for-ear-infection
  7. Hair Color: Harsh bleaches and chemical dyes in our hair color and treatments are not only expensive but also damaging to our health in the long run. A homemade paste of organic henna leaf powder with a bit of water can be easily applied all over our hair and washed off after an hour for a gentle and natural color that is easy on the eyes and leaves the hair soft with a beautiful natural fragrance. Henna Leaves With Powder On Ceramic Bowl
  8. Mouthwash: Fluoridated and alcohol based mouthwashes can be harmful in the long run. A small piece of cinnamon bark can cleanse the mouth effectively with its anti-microbial action. You can also boil it in water and cool it to prepare a fresh home-made mouthwash in minutes. Chewing a pod of cardamom can freshen breath in an instant without any of the sugars or plastic of chewing gums or lozenges.Cinnamonum verum
  9. Teeth Cleaner: While toothpastes without fluoride and sulfates can be hard to find, we can try to cleanse our teeth with a home made paste of powdered cinnamon and clove. Chewing a neem bark or ‘dantun’  as a natural toothbrush has germ repellent effects. Chewing a clove can be extremely effective in warding off tooth  aches too. neem bark
  10. Skin Detox: Acne, eczema and skin problems can be easily remedied at home with the help of neem leaves, a few of which boiled in water, strained and cooled can be added to bath for an effective skin detox. A paste of neem leaves can cleanse and purify skin as a face pack. Herbs such as basil, lavender and chamomile are not only great as herbal teas, they can also be great for skin care when added to bath for a fragrant and chemical free spa experience at home. neem-leavs
  11. Lip Color: Wax, chemicals and plastic in lipsticks can be harmful for the skin and environment. Organic dragon’s blood tree sap or ink can actually be healing for our skin as well as provide a beautiful red or pink tint at the same time. Lip gloss can be easily made at home using by grinding and straining beet juice and adding a bit of coconut oil to it which can even be solidified.lip
  12. Perfume and Sprays: Highly devoured brands of fragrances and body sprays not only cost much more than they are actually worth, they might have artificial fragrances and harmful ingredients too. Simple and pure essential oils that can be safely dabbed on to our clothes include lavender, geranium, rose, patchouli and many more. Essential oils such as peppermint, citronella and eucalyptus can also be sprayed or diffused in rooms for deodorizing and repelling insects sans chemicals.essential-oils-2738555_960_720

Eight Easy Ways to Reduce Plastic Everyday

Plastic, short for pliable elastic, was invented in 1907 and contained no molecules of nature whatsoever, making it hazardous to the environment as it does not biodegrade like other natural substances. Within just a few decades plastic has managed to pollute our planet to a great degree by being falsely marketed to us as an inescapable part of our daily life. Little do we realize that plastic was popularized only in the 1960s and many of us had relatively plastic free childhoods. Here are some easy ways we can return to a greener lifestyle.

  1. Bring Your Own Bottle: We instinctively buy a can or bottle of juice or water when we feel thirsty outside but this habit can cost us our planet. Cans and bottles used in packaging beverages account for a majority of our plastic waste all over the world. According to this Greenpeace report on plastic, of the 480 billion plastic beverage bottles sold in 2016 alone, less than half were collected for recycling, and of that only 7 percent was turned into new plastic.. We can easily change our one behavior pattern and save the world, and our money, by simply carrying a durable and long lasting bottle of water from home whenever we set out. thirst-1474240_960_720
  2. No Unnecessary Disposables: We do not really need straws to sip liquids. Similarly we do not always require disposable shopping bags if we simply carry a spare bag with us. Electric razors could reduce plastic waste as compared to disposable razors. We could use cardboard applicators instead of plastic ones for tampons. Disposable plastic cups, spoons and stirrers can easily be replaced with regular mugs and durable cutlery. Better still, having our coffee at home could be great for our health, wallet and for the environment than cafes that serve us in disposable plastic. tea-3190241_960_720
  3. Go Micro-bead Free: Fine plastic beads in our toothpastes, exfoliating scrubs, shower gels, face wash and other cosmetic or personal care products are likely to be commercial gimmicks that are neither very helpful to our health nor good for our environment. As they go down the drain they contaminate our water bodies such as rivers and oceans threatening life and health by entering our food chain. According to this shocking report on micro-plastics, 80 percent of tap water all over the world is contaminated, Simply do not purchase products containing micro-beads.soap-dispenser-2337697_960_720
  4. Eco-friendly Grocery: While ordinary supermarkets have been selling plastic packaged food items, we also have fantastic organic farmers that home deliver fruits and vegetables to us in eco-friendly boxes and paper bags, as well as green grocers who sell whole foods without plastic bags and boxes. We can also use our own shopping trolley and say no when offered plastic bags at checkout. Reducing pre-packaged food in our diet is also great for our health as our bodies love fresh and raw produce. Eating fresh would also reduce the need for storing foods in plastic bags and zippers in the fridge.img-farming-riverfordbox1_big
  5. Beware of Hidden Sources of Plastic: Many people are surprised to know that some of the things we consume everyday, such as teabags and chewing gum may contain plastic which could be hazardous for health. Using a tea-strainer with loose tea, especially herbal infusions and getting rid of the chewing gum habit could be healthier and more eco-friendly.tee-592047_960_720
  6. Alternatives to Plastic Packed Toiletries: Most of us find it convenient to use plastic packaged washing products, however paper wrapped soap bars could minimize our dependence on plastic bottles, while natural alternatives such as Shikakai and Reetha (Soap Nuts) are considered great for hair and can also be sealed in a muslin cloth and tossed with our clothing in the washing machine for cleaning and a wonderful aroma in our linen too. Natural homemade products such as avocado pulp cream, banana mash face pack, olive oil for hair can be good alternatives to packaged brands. natural
  7. Be Natural: By having a simple, minimalist and spiritual lifestyle we can reduce our overall consumption of unnecessary cosmetics, hair products, plastic gadgets such as hair dryers, personal care brands and other lifestyle products that rely heavily on plastic packaging. By loving our natural hair, skin and healthy body and using less plastic we not only enhance our well being but make our planet more beautiful from within and outside. hair
  8. For Babies and Children: Many parents are trying cloth nappies instead of disposable ones, not only to save up on their expenses but also to reduce non-biodegradable waste as disposable nappies or diapers do contain plastic. Similarly glitter used in crafts and many stationery products such as pens and glue-sticks may contain plastic, the usage of which we can keep to a minimum by using pencils, eco-friendly glue and stationary. Many eco-conscious parents try to buy wooden toys instead of the common plastic ones for their children.toys-1705501_960_720

21 Subjects We Missed at School and Need to Provide to Our Children

Traditional schooling as most of us remember has been rigidly divided into separate faculties such as physics, mathematics, biology, arts, literature, history, geography, politics and economics. Since we are very young we were taught these subjects in a logic driven, rote-learnt and test-intensive way, with little or no connection to ourselves. We had no idea why we were here in the world and what we really wanted. Schooling was a chore we had to put up with so that one day we might find a regular job. We were also simultaneously indoctrinated to follow beliefs and traditions handed down from our genetic lineage, religious or cultural environment without any inner reasoning or enlightenment only to fit in with everyone around us.

Some of us somehow stumbled upon Who We Are, Why We Are Here and How We Can Live Better. We call this Spiritual Awakening. How about if we received such practical and life enriching education right from our childhood that we felt empowered, joyful and energized, eager to live, learn and create a wholesome life?

Here are some subjects we can consider including in our NEW systems of school and home education for our children to replace the existing ones:

  1. Right Ways of Breathing, Relaxation and Meditation
  2. Right types of Food and Nutrition for Good Health
  3. Yoga and Exercises for Inner and Outer Well-being
  4. Various Flowers, Trees, Herbs, Plants and how to grow and care for them
  5. Various Animals and Pets and how to look after and relate with them
  6. Eco Friendly and Energy Efficient Lifestyles
  7. Ethics, Rights and Responsibilities towards Self and Others
  8. Positive Affirmations and Visualizations to create your life
  9. Mind-power and ESP for Awakening and Self Discovery
  10. Our Life Purpose, Choices and Discernment
  11. Consciousness, Evolution and Who We Are
  12. Empathy, Intuition and Communication to Understand Self and Others
  13. Lessons in Kindness and Karma
  14. Eliminating Addictions and Excesses through Self Contentment
  15. Secrets of Nature and Discovering New Truths about our Reality
  16. Dreams and Subconscious Psychology for Deeper Healing
  17. Transforming Fears, Guilt, Sadness, Anger and Self-doubt
  18. Prevention and Cure of Various Diseases
  19. Inner Science of Energy, Vibrations and Holistic Healing
  20. Creativity, Fun, Joy and Laughter
  21. Unity, World-peace and Global Welfare

Not only would these subjects combine various departments and disciplines such as psychology, physics, language, music, art, medicine, biology, culture, politics, economics and law from a positive and futuristic point of view, but also introduce the much needed dimensions of inner consciousness, self-development and spiritual science that are much missing from education for thousands of years. As a result we would see a happier, positive and kinder world for all of us.

  • Which subjects would you like to see in your child’s education and why? Share with us in a comment below.
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Six Ways How Meditation Can Save the World

Meditation is a daily essential practice of inner stillness and peace that can illuminate our consciousness. Our life just like our dreams, is a manifestation of our conscious or subconscious mind. When we meditate we transform the unconscious into pure consciousness and become more aware of how we are creating our universe from within. If this subject was an adequate part of our learning at home or schools, we would certainly see the following changes in our world:

  1. Consumerism to Creativity: Totally dependent on things outside for fulfillment, we saw how mindless consumerism including unhealthy food and lifestyles eroded the natural resources of our planet. What if people found peace and contentment within themselves and enjoyed the beauty of nature instead of destroying it for selfish short-term gains? Through meditation we have more mindfulness where we resonate with the vibration of creator consciousness. Through a love of nature we enjoy the universe with inner balance instead of splurging on artificial things to fulfill hollow lives. We start creating more beauty, joy and abundance instead of being mere victims of consumerism.earth1
  2. Disease to Well-being: Stress and strain of living a busy life along with pollution has affected most of us to some or the other degree in the modern world. Diseases such as cancer, heart attacks, obesity, diabetes, asthma, allergies and many associated illnesses have gripped individuals who believe that hospitals and medications are the solutions to the problem. Truth is that the root cause of the issues we are facing are in our own lifestyle and daily practices. When we meditate and return to nature, we start manifesting healthier lives and choose the right places to live in, the right foods to eat, the right sleep schedules and intuitive living and holistic healing to prevent diseases and create more permanent wellness from deep within.yoga1
  3. Crime to Compassion: Harming others is impossible when we learn to be kind from within instead of only through outer rules imposed from authorities. When we begin to discover our inner self through meditation and peacefulness, we automatically become more kind and compassionate towards ourselves and this reflects in the way we treat others. We enjoy gentleness and loving energy instead of negative thoughts. We no longer indulge in overthinking, leave alone plotting, scheming or hurting others.kind
  4. Corruption to Truth: Even in what used to be spiritual countries once upon a time, we have witnessed the heights of bribery, lawlessness, dishonesty and corruption. This is because our true inner spirituality and inner truth were replaced by outer religion, outer rituals and rites, without an understanding of the inner laws or ethics that are the core of our own awakened heart. With an inner awakening through meditation we can rediscover our own inner truth within our spirit. We become a witness to ourselves and are honest and sincere even when no-one else is looking by becoming more mature and responsible towards ourselves.eyes
  5. Addictions to Freedom: It is not only drugs and alcohol that are addictive but also gadgets, wi-fi, foods, media, movies, cosmetics, thoughts and people. Not all the things we are used to are good for us. Through meditation and inner awakening we discover the universe is indeed within us and we need not depend on anything from outside to set us free or provide us any thrill or joy. We discover the source of true joy and happiness from the depths of our spirit. We begin to liberate our soul from all the burdens and chains that weighed us down.meditate
  6. Violence to Peace: Anger and violence are products of an unfulfilled spirit that seeks vengeance or domination. Use of power to rule over others has been a part of society only because people have not yet discovered that ‘others’ is illusion and all of us are actually One. We discover a loving connection with the universe through meditation to be at peace instead of judging, condemning, avenging or destroying ourselves. Imagine if everyone learnt meditation and discovered their inner treasures of peace and love how different the world would be!dove-2967593_960_720

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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