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Truth is One Paths are Many
A Comparative Study of Various Traditions
and Philosophy of Several World Religions
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Appendix: Atheistic & Non-religious Movements
Alternate Social Movements
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In modern times, there were many social non-religious movements which preached like a religious faith but did not include or ignored or opposed a concept of God or any established religious teachings.

Here we explore some of the larger movements, which are not necessarily spiritual in nature, but are important currents of thought and belief which shape modern politics and society. Others that we have not delved into include Human Rights, Gay Liberation, Women's Equality, Anti-Abortion, Anti-Child-Abuse, Interfaith, Native Rights, Extraterrestrialism and more. Some glorified use of Chemical Stimulants and mind altering drugs as means of their seeking pleasure and peace.

 

1. New Age

The term new age was coined in the 1970s to denote an awakening of the mass consciousness to deeper realities and the need for individual attunement with universal, higher consciousness and creative transformation. In practice, new-age thinking embraces myriad enlightenment teachings (mostly of Eastern origin) - from Crystallography to Zen, parapsychology to holistic medicine.

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New Age Beliefs

1. I believe in the one Eternal Source or Ultimate Reality, called by many names, which flows through all forms of nature and can be known through spiritual realization and experience.
2. I believe in unseen worlds and beings who may interact with our world, and that some are benevolent and help guide and protect us, while others are malevolent, and that channeling, or mediumship, is a means of contacting such souls.
3. I believe that the world is a dynamic, conscious entity; that mankind is but one part of the cosmic ecology and that, as stewards, we must treat the world responsibly, with love, respect and reverence.
4. I believe that consciousness is present in and conveyed through some structures more than others. Thus, for example, crystals are powerful sources or channels of knowledge and spiritual strength.
5. I believe in meditation, trance, rebirthing, self-healing, channeling, past-life regression, crystals, sexual tantras, drugs and more as effective tools in the quest for wholeness and oneness with the sacred, and that one should continue to explore alternatives and not feel restricted to the disciplines of any one system of thought.
6. I believe the world has entered the New Age, the age of Aquarius, awakening to the consciousness of love, selflessness, compassion and creativity, from the old age of hatred, war, ignorance and greed. Those who perceive this vision should share it with others to uplift society.
7. I believe that traditional religions are outmoded and that we are moving toward a universal brotherhood; yet, the Eastern religions and so-called primitive faiths are rich reservoirs of truth and spiritual practice.
8. I believe in nonconformity and non-commitment: that each person is responsible to his-her own conscience only and not to the dictates of society which often unduly hamper freedom of expression, and that even spiritual gurus are to be approached with circumspection.
9. I believe that many of society's traditional economic and social structures are outmoded and should be abandoned for ones which reflect new-age consciousness, and that dropping out of society is a valid new-age alternative.

  

2. Ecology Movement

In the 1980s there arose an Earth-ethics movement complete with philosophy, an immense following and compelling missionary zeal. It deemed the present global environmental imbalance so severe as to threaten future generations' quality of life, perhaps even leading to the extinction of the human race. There is a wide philosophical range among adherents: 1) man-centered conservationists seek to preserve natural resources for human enjoyment, 2) environmentalists work to preserve ecosystems and species and 3) "deep ecologists" call for spiritualization of human life in consonance with a sacred nature. In the 1990s this movement brought together organizational, tribal, religious and political leaders from hundreds of nations to focus on global concerns at international conferences. Adherents believe the world must act speedily to protect nature and humanity from disaster.

3. Drug Culture

[ This is not a culture or a movement or a spiritual faith but a group of people having certain habits of using and getting dependant on narcotic, hallucinogenic and mind altering chemicals and rebelling against organized society justifying to use dangerous chemicals and quoting the scriptues and faiths to mislead and support their beliefs and habits]

"Drug culture" refers to the fluid ideas and unrestrained way of life developed in Western societies during the 1960s. Its adherents affect a lifestyle based on the use of various natural and man-made drugs such as marijuana, hashish, peyote, mescaline, cocaine, LSD and chemical designer drugs.

 

 

 

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Beliefs of the Ecology movement

1. I believe that all nature is sacred and One and that each life form has intrinsic value in a cosmos where elements, plants, animals and humans are intimately interconnected, essential to and dependent on the whole.

2. I believe that every human being has the right to a healthy, pristine, undiminished environment, and that we are morally obliged to work toward assuring this right for future generations.

3. I believe that all living beings have an inalienable right to exist, and that through our ignorance, assisted by science, we have disrupted life's balance and brought about the extinction of vast numbers of plant and animal species.

4. I believe that the sacredness of life demands the practice of nonviolence, that differences must be resolved by consultation rather than conflict. Nations must work toward complete disarmament.

5. I believe we must change our system of values away from materialism and consumerism, transform our hearts and minds, make simple and concrete changes in our way of life and renew our deepest religious impulses as we create a global society.

6. I believe mankind must rediscover the value of frugality, avoid waste, implement sustainable systems of nonpolluting farming, manufacturing and energy production to enable future generations to meet their needs. Simplicity of life fosters inner freedom and outer sustainability.

7. I believe that biological, cultural and religious diversity are essential to life's purpose, and that all species and human traditions, especially indigenous faiths, must be preserved through peaceful co-existence, protection of habitats through wilderness preservation.

8. I believe that the present ecological crisis is, at its heart, a spiritual crisis for the human race and affirm the importance of respecting all spiritual traditions, promoting those that foster concern and responsibility for the environment and vigorously challenging those that do not.

9. I believe that overpopulation poses one of the greatest threats to the natural environment and to the quality of human life, and that to establish a sustainable earth community we must promote the extended family and make greater efforts to educate women and children.

Drug Culture Beliefs

1. I believe that one can achieve the ultimate goal of enlightenment, as understood by any religion, through the use of drugs.

 

2. I believe that the psychedelic drug experience, properly handled, fulfills the role of a spiritual teacher or guru.

 

3. I believe that drugs give mystical experiences of various types identical to and therefore equally as valid as those achieved through yoga, penance, grace, etc.

 

4. I believe that the knowledge gained on drugs is more valid than the traditional knowledge given by society or religion because it is direct, personal experience of a higher order.

 

5. I believe that people who take drugs are more "aware" or "enlightened" than those who do not.

 

 

6. I believe that one can solve his personal psychological problems or "hangups" by taking drugs.

 

7. I believe in living simply, close to nature and in harmony with others and that sexual relationships need not be restricted by the traditional morals imposed by society.

 

8. I believe that the ideal life is to completely drop out of society, becoming self-sufficient and associating with others of a like mind, and that those who do not drop out of society but continue to involve themselves in mundane materialism are living in a lower consciousness.

 

9. I believe that the meaning of life is found in intense self-revelatory experiences, which can be attained through drugs that open the doors of perception to higher consciousness.

 
Note: Then there are the Atheists, Rationalists and Nastikas.

Atheists are those who do not believe in any supernatural powers controlling the created lives on earth. They believe in materialistic possessions and profits for living as also sensual pleasures for happiness. Many of them also may believe in being good to others and be of service to community as their in-born duty but do not accept any religious texts or their teachings.

The Rationalists expect a scientific and rational explanation to every statement and will say "I will believe in it when I see it" whereas in Spiritual world they teach, as Wayne Dyer says, "You will see It only When you believe in It." Anything told as scientific they will acept it without even testing any records for proof.

Nastikas in Hindu religion are an accepted faction of the community who do not necessarily deny a Supreme Divine force as God. They do not accept the Vedas as Divine revelation but just as texts written by some teachers. They do not acccept the theories of Karma and the effects of the same or believe in a Moksha or heaven. Many sects while practising their faiths often ignore a Divine God and just concentrate on their teachers as their masters.

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Truth is One :: Paths are Many
A study comparing the essential beliefs of World Religions
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