Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Spirituality and Religion

The quote from Reality for today is:

“The understanding of His words and the comprehension of the utterances of the Birds of Heaven are in no wise dependent upon human learning. They depend solely upon purity of heart, chastity of soul, and freedom of spirit.”

Bahá’u’lláh
Of course, the "His" in that quote refers to God. By the way I've recently learned that English is one of those languages that does not contain a word for an Entity that has no particular sexual designation. Languages like Arabic and Persian do have such a word and the various gender advocacy groups have less of a problem with the name for God.

"Birds of Heaven" refers to the various Manifestations or "Prophets" that have written Scriptures in the various World Religions.

"... are in no wise dependent upon human learning." makes most of the human writings about the Scriptures rather "suspect"--at least their particular opinions should be approached with spiritual care, eh?

To me the rest of the quote, which explores what an understanding of the World's Scriptures does depend upon, is awesomely beautiful...

None of that recriminatory, "my interpretation is right, yours is wrong!" or "Our Faith is right and yours is wrong!".

It leaves the Spirituality we garner from our various Religions' Scriptures squarely between the Individual and God.

Lovely!

2 comments:

Sophia said...

I love these space photographs you've used for these posts!

I haven't been around for a while, but I'm making a stop to see what is going on in Alex land lately.

What I take from the quote is that what is written in the scriptures or religious texts simply is, and no amount of human analysis, debate or logic can change the pure truth of the words. Whether or not we understand the scripture, it is what it is. The truth is there, but we may not see it.

Alexander M said...

Methinks thou art a wise woman...