of every person
you see yourself
you might feel shy
or like it’s
strange to look
into this random
your only fear
is the mirror
that confronts you
and the truth
that hides behind
all the eyes –
that you will
Christianity: “In everything, do to others as you would have them do to you.” – Matthew 7:12
Islam: “None of you truly believes, until he desires for his brother what he desires for himself.” – Prophet, Muhammad
Hinduism: “Do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you.” – Mahabharata 5:1517
Buddhism: “Treat not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.” – Udana-Vargas 5.18
Judaism: “What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor. This is the whole Torah. All the rest is commentary.” – Talmud, Shabbat 21a
[from wikipedia] ONE filmmakers asked 20 questions of religious and spiritual teachers as well as artists, authors, atheists and people on the street. [The film] covers a broad range of spiritual and philosophical themes such as the source of fear, enlightenment, spirit, the meaning of life, compassion, life after death, diversity, the nature of God and Heaven, and religion (including Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Sufism, Taoism, New Age, New Thought Spirituality, Hare Krishna, Native American Spirituality, Catholicism, Protestantism, and Christian Fundamentalism). ONE also explores contemporary themes of war, conflict, terrorism, peace, global change, social responsibility, and environmental concerns.
The 20 Questions asked of participants:
1. Why is there poverty and suffering in the world?
2. What is the relationship between science and religion?
3. Why are so many people depressed?
4. What are we all so afraid of?
5. When is war justifiable?
6. How would God want us to respond to aggression and terrorism?
7. How does one obtain true peace?
8. What does it mean to live in the present moment?
9. What is our greatest distraction?
10. Is current religion serving its purpose?
11. What happens to you after you die?
12. Describe heaven and how to get there.
13. What is the meaning of life?
14. Describe God.
15. What is the greatest quality humans possess?
16. What is it that prevents people from living to their full potential?
17. Non-verbally, by motion or gesture only, act out what you believe to be the current condition of the world.
18. What is your one wish for the world?
19. What is wisdom and how do we gain it?
20. Are we all One?
Now reading a wonderful book — Myth & Religion by Alan Watts. In the opening quote, he says that the current Western religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) do not help people realize that we are all God, and we are all one God, connected to everything that exists. What an overlook! This book is good stuff.
“Western civilization is in a state of chaos. It has lost effective knowledge of man’s true nature and destiny. Neither philosophy nor religion as they are known today do much to give man the consciousness that the deepest center or ‘ground’ of his being is to be found in that eternal reality which is in the West called God.”
– Alan Watts
God is all things, all people, as one.
Love is all things, all people, as one.
The earth and all life on it, even the atmosphere and outer space; we are all one.
Love and care for all of this.
It is you as you are it.