A Sermon Without Religion

Faith, Religion, Spirituality – the difference between these synonyms has become universal.

Countless figures have demanded reconnection since the Crusades faded into history – Alan Watts, who introduced us to Buddhism and so gracefully warned us about rushing through life to find Heaven, “it was a musical thing, and you were supposed to sing or to dance while the music was being played.”

Swami Vivekananda, the 1893 Parliament of Religions’ Hindu rep taught us that his people consider every religion built on the same purpose – his master worshipped Kali, Muhammad and Christ in order.

Eckhart Tolle, the softest and loudest New Age voice, suggests that evil only lives in uncontrollable thought, ego and humans’ funny addiction to pain.

Vivekanada. Inset text: One infinite pure and holy—beyond thought beyond qualities I bow down to thee

Vivekanada. Inset text: One infinite pure and holy—beyond thought beyond qualities I bow down to thee

I’ve always wanted to write a sermon. In preaching it, let me join the Countless:

There is so little difference between humans. We only get a body and life’s warmth at birth. Not even disability takes this away. Yet twenty years later, “He’s a painter,” “She’s a Muslim,” “She’s a homosexual,” “He’s a genius.” What changed?

Nothing but perceptions. This is how your faith and others differ – a thought.

Alan_Watts

Watts, seen imploding someone's brain with a single thought.

The Italian and Sikh use such different herbs recreating their grandparents’ recipes, but both are hungry. Both eat. The Turkish and Koori kid drift asleep to their folk tales at 8:30, finding the same comfort in different beds. So, the Christian, Muslim, Taoist and Scientologist put down their Bible, Qur’an, Tao Te Ching and Tax Invoice feeling the same peace in life. They know we’re far more than brain cells, molecules and a sex drive. Here those Three Synonyms meet, before Inquisitions, holy wars and fear poison them.

The earliest prophets weren’t dictated to, like you are, my children. They just knew how to hear themselves.

Staring at the camera is every spiritual leader's one weakness.

Staring at the camera is every spiritual leader's one weakness.

Appearing in The Area News, Griffith, Wednesday October 7.

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