hello good people
i have some ideas which i think defines what makes one religion more valid than another, it basically revolves around the kind of atmosphere or aura the follower radiates.
for example, i met 2 hare krishnas in the street one day and they seemed to radiate such a loving, non-judgemental, peaceful aura that i could have been anyone and they would have treated me with the same love and genuine human respect that they are taught. *i found them to radiate serenity*
Now, where i work (a bookies) my shop is in a muslim area- so 99% of the customers are muslim. they are muslim because of there clothes and the fact that they are at prayer on friday and the shop is quiet. So far, ive found them to be rude, impatient, arrogant, inpolite and generally unpleasent people. *i found them to radiate hostility*
So which of the two examples above is more valid as a religion?
which one is closer to what we think heaven is?
i think with islamism the problem is race, most of the punters in the shop where i work stink of racism- and most muslims in my city are middle-eastern. I seldom see white muslims. It seems to me that islamism doesnt like outsiders.
But the hare krishnas are all different colours in my city, this to me suggest that they are closer to understanding UNITY between people than are muslims.
This isnt some islam bashing post, and i dont want to offend anyone but with my experiences of these two, i find the hare krishnas to be closer to the truth about what all religions encourage- peace, love, freedom, unity etc.
all religions have there faults i think i think the main one is tradition e.g. rituals, dress code, terminology etc.. which really dont matter when all they are encouraging is to be nice and caring to people.
in my opinion Yoga is the ideal lifestyle- it is everything religion is but instead of relying on faith it gives *PRACTICAL TECNIQUES* to experience the trancendental which all the saints and mystics of all religions have no doubt experienced and hence tried to help people experience the same thing.
now i read a lot on yoga and i cant help but be drawn into its sheer depth and wisdom. since i began meditating i have a strong intuition that what Yoga teaches is real, the state of "samhadi" - (ultimate bliss/ union with the source) for example, i can see logically and instinctively that if you were to meditate long enough without your mind distracting you, you would trancend time and space.
To me this really does make it more valid than some other religions/lifestyles.
i was in a christian chat a while back and i questioned what christianity thinks of Astral projection- ive asked this quite a bit, and usually i either get kicked from the room or called a fool for dabbling in magic- usually when i question why god would give us an ability we are not meant to explore or use i get kicked. To me this says that they dont want to hear my views, and they dont want to agree with me and question there beleifs. to sum up, it doesnt teach you to work upon and know your own mind as buddhism does.
when this happens, i think that christianity doesnt teach openmindedness, freedom to explore what we want to, TOLERANCE..
to me, christianity doesnt really sound like a religion that would genuinly teach us true awareness of who, what and why we are.