This article was written by Dominique Johnson, a sophomore at DePaul pursuing a degree in Religious Studies. Dominique is an active member of DePaul Interfaith
“Brother mine, he who cares for the opinion of the multitude will never soar above the crowd.”— Letters from the Masters of Wisdom, second series, Letter 22, p. 46
“…stand alone and isolated, because nothing that is embodied, nothing that is conscious of separation, nothing that is out of the Eternal, can aid you.” — MABEL COLLINS, Light on the path, Part 1
Becoming the Path means to me: Imagine you’re in the forest and you’re walking down a road. It is not that the road leads to the end or cycles back to the beginning but in that solitude & silence, there is ONLY the Forest, nothing is separate from it, including you and the Path.
I often hear in Interfaith circles, “All paths lead to the same Truth,” which was the axiom of pluralists in the late 19th century, and was based off of a saying from the Bhagavad-Gita, when Krishna says, “It matters not which path man takes for all roads lead to Me.” I do not see religions as paths or roads that lead to the ‘same’ Truth if by Truth, in your mind means a personal, extra-cosmic God. There are many ideas of God in each religion, interpreted in many ways, but what is the origin and source of these ideas, so that one can find and know for oneself what is God, through themselves and not what somebody else says.
Why is it so hard to give up the things we cling most to for ‘TRUTH?’ The central feeling behind that seems to be fear. If one fears Hell (psychologically or literally), fears being cast out by others, ‘fears’ being killed, ‘fears’ the unknown after death—one is like a slave to fear. Fear amounts to insecurity, ignorance, frustration, anxiety, possessiveness, and so on. For me, it becomes increasingly important to ask myself, is it possible to be completely and utterly free from fear, suffering or belief of any kind? Belief implies that one is thinking in a thought-pattern and a mind that thinks in patterns cannot be free. If the Mind of God transcends human thought & imagination, we need to become sensitive and receptive to the World, to Nature as it is to intuit its inner mysteries. So, many times I’ve tried to find, what is the God that people talk about and say they pray to then?
God is according to people I speak to stationary, fixed in a position, and there’s a ladder we climb to get to God—that sort of way to explain God divides and creates dualism, if the “Kingdom of God is within” us. If we are able to achieve union with our inner inmost nature, enter ecstatic states and bring out all that is latent in us, then the God normally thought of by some people is an “imaginary power.” How can God be stationary or a Being, an extra-cosmic deity above the natural laws of order or outside of space, a “Higher-Power,” Force, infinite & absolute, anthropomorphic, or all-powerful with or without form interfering sometimes in our affairs and other times “HE” does not?
A person seeking for proof of a God though, ought to self-cultivate to become all good and all perfect. Attempt to reach the pinnacle of human potential as far as is permitted. Acquiring Intelligence – Knowledge & Wisdom is dependent upon the state and condition of the brain/mind & body. It is also dependent upon the progressive awakenings within every aspirant, every aspiring student and disciple in the Halls of Learning & Wisdom.
“To seek to achieve political reforms before we have effected a reform in human nature, is like putting new wine into old bottles. Make men feel and recognize in their innermost hearts what is their real, true duty to all men, and every old abuse of power, every iniquitous law in the national policy, based on human, social or political selfishness, will disappear of itself…”—Key to Theosophy, pg. 156