Religion only points to the Truth, but we must find it with a living
Master. Without a real Master, we don't even understand religion.
Religion and Spirituality
I do not belong
to Buddhism or Catholicism. I belong to the Truth and I preach the
Truth. You may call it Buddhism, Catholicism, Taoism or whatever
you like, I welcome all of them. Many Masters have problems fighting
preconceived ideas about all religions. I have none. I will tell
you that all religions are good. All religious Masters are good,
speaking the Truth and leading you to it. Stick to your religion
and have faith in your own religious Master. If you happen to find
a religious Master in this present time and in your own religion
then you are lucky. If not, then search in other religions to see
if there is any living Master available. But meanwhile have faith
in your own religion, do not change to that Master's religion. Because
all religions came from God and all religious leaders also came
from God to convey their message in different times and places.
All enlightened beings whether they are Catholic, Buddhist or from
any other religion have all discovered the same thing, the same
wisdom, the same ecstasy. I also found the same universe, and it
is actually more a state of mind, of consciousness, of intelligence
and higher understanding.
Christian Bible, God is the "Word". In the beginning was
the Word and the Word was with God and the Word, was God. That is
what we call the "Yin", the vibration, the Tao, the Buddha
Nature in Buddhist terminology, or Sound Current in the Hindu terminology.
Once we get touch with that so-called "Word", we are in
touch with God because the Word is God. God is not a figure with
a long beard or with a stick, standing there telling you what to
do. God is a power, a loving current that we can use to mold our
life and to make things come into being by this creative substance.
This Word or
divine vibration is mentioned in all religions. We call it Yin,
others call it celestial music, Logos, Tao etc. It vibrates within
all life and sustains the whole universe. This inner melody can
heal all wounds, fulfill all desires and quench all worldly thirst.
It is all-powerful and all-love.
The Bible says:
Seek you first the Kingdom of God and all other things shall be
added unto you. That I have found be the truth. It is the whole
truth. And in the Buddhist sutras,for example in the Surangama Sutra,
it also says that: Once you get in touch with this inner Buddha
Nature through practicing the Quan Yin Method, the worldly things
will go on smoothly too. We can also have other things. And this
I have also found to be the truth. Therefore, even bible says similar
things. You can find many other example in the Indian scriptures,
Jewish scriptures and other scriptures. That's why we hear that
the rich people are blessed by God. It might be true in some sense,
but the richness of this world has not always been the symbol of
the blessing of God. It just denotes our virtuous way of life the
last period of our existence, before this existence, and that's
all. The blessing of God come directly, without virtues even, once
we are connected with this God power.
like Catholicism. I do not think that the teachings are different.
When you compare the Christian's ten commandments to the Buddhist's
commandments, it's the same: don't kill, don't steal, don't lie,
don't drink alcohol or drugs, don't take another's wife or husband.
And the rest of the teachings are only details and explanations,
or historical events recorded by the disciples when their Master
was still alive. In the Bible, for example, there are many accounts
of wars, and tribes fighting each other. This doesn't belong to
the teaching but because these events took place when that Master
was alive, they wrote them down.
Jesus was a
man, but Christ is a power. That power can be transmitted any time,
any place, through anyone who is qualified. Just like electricity,
it can go through any wire, if the wire is in good condition and
there is a plug. You see, Jesus Christ is the Buddha, and Buddha
means Christ. Christ is a Hebrew word for Buddha, and Buddha is
a Sanskrit word for Christ. How about that! People never translated
these terms in their own languages, they just used the original
language and fought over it. There is always trouble because of
the incompetence of the human language.
At the outset
all scriptures encourage people to lead a pure life. 'Thou shalt
not kill. Thou shalt love thy neighbour and thine enemy, not steal,''
etc. The Christian commandments, the Muslim, the Sikh, the Hindu,
and the Buddhist commandments are all the same. We shall be good
people, loving to one another and purify the inner self. Now, the
outer virtues we all know, and most of us can keep the commandments
from the holy scriptures, but what about the inner purification
and inner realisations which are mentioned? How can we hear God
with our own being, without someone else telling us a second-hand
story? These are more important questions than just our ethical
conduct. Of course, an ethical life is a great help, and a must
for one who strives to become one with God, to go back to the Tao,
or to become Buddha. These all mean the same thing; to be united
with the great source of all things.