Äußere und innere Religion

Das Wort „Religion“ ist abgeleitet vom lateinischen Wort „Ligare“. Das kommt von „ligamant und bedeutet binden. „Re“ heißt „wieder“, so bedeutet Religion, die Seele wieder mit Gott verbinden, und das ist das gemeinsame Erbe der Menschheit.
                    
Sant Kirpal Singh


Die innere und die äußere Religion

Es gibt die subjektive und die objektive Religion – die äußere und die innere Religion. Die innere Religion unterscheidet sich gravierend von der äußeren Religion, denn in der äußeren Religion werden verschiedene äußere Bräuche und Rituale und verschiedene Dogmen aufgestellt. Die Kaste, die Hautfarbe und das Glaubensbekenntnis spielen eine Rolle, und all das ist von Menschen gemacht. Alles, was von Menschen gemacht ist, trennt die Menschen voneinander. Alle Meister jedoch sprachen mit einer Meinung.

Alle Meister respektieren die bestehenden Religionen, denn Gottes Kinder leben darin, und sie sagen uns, dass wir der inneren Religion folgen sollen. Das ist die wahre Lehre, sie ist universal. Unser Glaube, unsere wahre Religion, liegt also viel mehr innen als außen. Die innere Religion ist für jeden dieselbe. Sie lehrt uns Liebe und dass alle Menschen als Brüder verbunden sind unter dem einen Vater – Gott.
                                
Harbhajan Singh


Jede Religion hat notwendigerweise einen dreifachen Aspekt:
 
-    Erstens den traditionellen, der die Mythen und Legenden für die Laienbrüder enthält.

-    Den zweiten Aspekt bilden die philosophischen Abhandlungen, die auf dem Verstand basieren und dazu dienen, den Hunger der Intellektuellen zu stillen, die sich mehr mit dem Warum und Wofür der Dinge beschäftigen als mit irgendetwas anderem. Hierbei wird großer Wert auf die theoretische Seite gelegt und auf die ethische Entwicklung, die so wichtig für das spirituelle Wachstum ist.

-    Der dritte Aspekt ist der esoterische Teil, der zentrale Kern jeder Religion, der für die wenigen Erwählten, die echten Wahrheitssucher, bestimmt ist. Dieser letzte Teil befasst sich mit den persönlichen mystischen Erfahrungen der Gründer aller Religionen und anderer fortgeschrittener Seelen. Dieser Teil wird Mystizismus genannt. Es ist der Kern aller Religionen, den wir erforschen und im Herzen bewahren müssen, um ihn zu praktizieren und zu erfahren.          Sant Kirpal Singh


Jene die sehen können haben eine Religion

Wahre Religion bedeutet eine eigene Erfahrung von sich selbst,

von seinem eigenen Selbst und von Gott.

Das ist die einzige wahre Religion die es gibt.

Es gibt die äußere Religion, und das ist die innere Religion          

Sant Kirpal Singh

 

 

"Jesus Christ was essentially a man of the East, and his teachings are imbued with oriental mysticism.

His contribution to the religious thought of the world may be seen in the emphasis he laid on the need for universal love, and the Kingdom of God within man; the two cardinal principles known to the ancients long before, but forgotten and ignored in practice."

 

 

"The basic principles of all religions are the same. I am teaching you no "ism," mind that. Remain in your own faiths. But, there you have taken the first step-the elementary step. It is meant for the preparation of the ground. Now you have to take the other step which is referred to in your scriptures, but which we have forgotten. This is no new faith, no new religion – nor am I going to advocate any religion whatsoever. There are already so many faiths existing. Do you follow me? This gathering here is a purely spiritual gathering, a common ground for all to sit together, irrespective of whether they belong to one religion or the other. As a man we are one; as a soul we are one; and also the one whom we worship God– is also the same. There is no ism here, no ritual, no rites, no special form of prayers."

A talk given by Sant Kirpal Singh in at Cowan Heights Ranch, Tustin (CA), December 18, 1963

Talk available as mp3 at audio.sant-kirpal-singh.org

 

Dr. Schneider: This is Dr. Richard Schneider speaking from Kirpal Sagar in the Punjab, India, and with me is my today's guest Dr. Harbhajan Singh, chairman of Unity
of Man. It is wonderful that you are able to take time out of your schedule to be with us in broadcasting for Radio For Peace International which of course goes around the world.
Let's get right to the point, what is the Unity of Man?

Dr. Harbhajan Singh: Actually the unity already exists in man, but we have forgotten. All human beings are one, we are of the same essence as that of our Father. He is the ocean of all consciousness and we are a drop of this consciousness. We all have come from one and the same source and have to go back to the same source. Our cause is one and the same. We are differentiated in the world by various ways, and those ways are self-created, created by man himself, not by God, since God made man and man made religions.

 

One moment it comes, next moment it goes, that is not love;
What permeates the entire being like an inexhaustible stream alone can be called love.
Kabir, I tried many alchemic recipes but found not one like the Lord’s love;
If even one drop enters the body, your entire being turns into gold.

 

Lots of things are told about the religions. But there is a subjective and an objective religion – the inner religion and the outer religion. The inner religion differs a lot from the outer religion, because the outer religion is set on various outer rituals and rites, different dogmas, caste, colour and creed, and that is man-made. Whatever is man-made that separates man from man.

All Masters, however, spoke with one opinion. So far a competent Master has never created a religion. Religion was rather created by the so called followers of the faith. After the physical departure of those competent Masters they dared to create a religion. All competent Masters respect the religion, because God’s children live therein, and they tell us to follow the inner religion. That is the real teaching- that is universal.

All the religions agree that life, light and love are the three phases of the supreme source of all that exists.

These essential attributes of the divinity that is one, though designated differently by the prophets and peoples of the world, are also wrought in the very pattern of every sentient being. It is in this vast ocean of love, light and life that we live, have our very being and move about and yet, strange as it may seem, like the proverbial fish in water, we do not know this truth and much less practice it in our daily life.

 

A talk given by Sant Kirpal Singh at Fountain Street Baptist Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan, October 29, 1963

Talk available as mp3 at audio.sant-kirpal-singh.org

 

From a careful and unbiased study of the sacred books of the world we find that there is one Reality, which is our goal. That Reality is termed God and by various other names. God made man and man made worldly religions. Such religions were made for the uplift of man. We have to make the best use of them so that ultimately we may know ourselves and then know God.

Religion has two aspects: One is the social side, or the outward side. The other aspect is the inner religion, the spiritual side. We have to start with outer forms of religions. Man issocial; he must remain in some society.

The crying need of the time is to set up one universal religion for the entire mankind, which should be a compendium of all that is good in every religion. But is it possible? Owing to differences in temperaments and modes of thinking, it is well-nigh impossible to lay down rules of worship acceptable to all, and to direct their varying thought-currents into one channel. With all this diversity, there is yet one thing which is common in all humanity.It is the divine link with which the entire creation came into being, and is being sustained.

By Sant Kirpal Singh, from the book "Spirituality – what it is", chapter 9

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