I love to read about things that inspire people to become a closer image of the spiritual person which God has intended for them. When reading or listening to others who are sharing their journey, I try to look for the nugget of truth that is intended for me, that divine spark which they harbor inside of them and that inspiring thought which is meant for me. There are no coincidences in this experience. You, my fellow human, always have something to teach me.
“Namaste” roughly translated means, “I bow to the divine in you.” Shared with another in a position of bowed head and folded hands, this one word says to you that I may not agree in philosophy and “isms”, but, I know that the same divine presence which motivates and inspires me is also within you. It’s a wonderful way to overcome the inherent prejudice and bias which we all endure. Possibly it is the only way we can avoid species annihilation at the hand of hatred and intolerance.
Buddhism, for me, is a rich sojourn through the thoughts of the character of the Buddha. The image given to us is that of a weighty man, sitting in the lotus position, transfixed in meditation. According to the tradition of Buddhism, love, self-less behavior, and compassion are the essentials for a peaceful coexistence with fellow-man and with the entirety of creation. The practitioners of this philosophy don’t necessarily see it as a religion, but rather, as a way of living. They name it “the Path”.
Jesus, who historically came to us about 500 years after the Buddha, also referred to this devotion to selflessness as “the Way”:
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
This idea of self-less, compassionate co-existence is not a Christian discovery formulated by Jesus and his followers, nor is it an invention of the Buddha. It has existed forever in the heart of mankind since the beginning of time. Religion and the “isms” will never capture it or copyright it. That divine spark which dwells within, which leads me to try harder, do better, suffer with my brothers and sisters, hope for enlightenment, and realize I need a Lord and Savior in my life is inherent in all of us.
Choosing to acknowledge and follow, to recognize a higher power is a choice. Whether I soar with eagles or mire in the muck is a decision I must make each and every day. Come, fly with me today, the skies are spacious and refreshing. Truth is awaiting.