i love this face.
there is wonder in the eyes. and a gentleness of spirit showing through. and a bemused expression.
i’m not nearly as cute as the panda in the picture. but i have his same spirit.
and sense of wonder.
and i’m bemused.
in my younger years… i attended just about every type of church there is.
many different denominations and religions.
i’ve attended most all of them. at one time or another in my life. for short or longer periods.
i was interested in how they all thought. and what they believed. how they were. not on paper.
but in life.
i have been to catholic services with a friend… a jewish synagogue with another friend…
and yet with another friend once. . .
the church where they all got up and danced around the room and waved their arms and spoke in tongues.
i’ve been to my grandmother’s seventh day adventist church…
and presybyterian… episcopalian… methodist… unitarian…
southern baptist… and other baptists … LOL … i say others …
because when they don’t get along… and that is often… they break away and form their own church!
LOLOL! they really do old bean! they just go down the street and start another one!
quaker… that one was interesting. total quiet. then anyone could stand and speak if moved to.
very nice people actually. and unusual services that were really very lovely. no music of any kind.
i also attended the mormons for awhile. except i didn’t want to be baptized for all the dead people.
and i didn’t want to wear the holy undergarments under my own undergarments…
it’s the only church from which i was EXCOMMUNICATED. boy! that sounds bad. like i’m DOOMED or
something. and it’s only because i changed my mind. i didn’t want to join after all.
i normally don’t talk religion on the peanut. it’s a hot button topic for most people. it’s personal i guess.
and i surely don’t mean to offend anyone here. but… well. an article i recently read has got me to thinking.
and that’s pretty much the crux of this whole post i guess.
assimilating what i read in that article.
why does it all have to be so complicated and heated? always? because for ages now it has been.
i’ve always wondered about that. why good people take offense so easily? when it comes to religion.
the article was about the millennials in this country.
and how they’re leaving their parents’ religions. in huge numbers now. enough that it’s being talked about.
it’s reported that they’re just not interested.
and after my own journey through organized religion…
i think i might know why they’re leaving in droves.
i do not think of myself as a religious person at all. nor do i really want to be one.
i want to be a spiritual person.
in the best sense of the word.
i want to continue to grow. and to love this life… and hopefully a next one somewhere …
and to well … care about people … and animals.
ALL people! ALL animals! all living things really… and the earth itself.
for years and years i have read and studied the eastern philosophies of buddhism and zen.
they have comforted me. in their purest form they are the most calming of all.
based in simplicity and serenity and loving kindness to every living being. even the animals.
minimal. aware. insightful.
no judging. no condeming. nothing for the ego to feel special. just loving kindness and awareness.
it’s only when MAN got hold of them that he devised his rituals and symbols and strict edicts
and made them into a religion.
in the ancient writings… the ones i read… it’s simply a way of life.
as he always does… with everything he touches… it seems…
mankind complicates and divides.
that’s what he does best.
give me the ancient story of the simple little monk in his tattered robe.
when someone broke into his hut . . . and took his few meager possessions… his reaction…
“ah… ” he said . . . as he gazed through his little window up at the moon shining on him so brightly …
” if only i could have given him you as well! “
I ADMIT! i’m not there yet in MY own thinking!!! LOL! but oh. to have such an attitude. oh my.
in my ‘searching’ years of visiting so many religions… i found one underlying truth in every single one of
them. literally. every single one of them old bean! some of course more than others.
and here is what i found . . .
THEY EACH ACT LIKE … AND TRULY SEEM TO THINK THEY ARE
THE ONLY ONE. THE ONLY WAY.
it’s like each one was a private club. you were alright and of course… ALWAYS graciously welcomed!
but the underlying intention was to always get you to come into the REAL church. the right one.
they believed … and they let you know … that if you were not ONE OF THEM … you weren’t quite right…
and you sadly … ” weren’t going to get into HEAVEN! ” oh my. yes. that one thing that is supposed to
cinch the deal. it could make it or break it. and yet . . .
while in the same breath … they were touting the all encompassing love of GOD for EVERY living being.
it just didn’t add up for some reason. at least to me it didn’t. i thought it was kind of silly actually.
he loves everybody equally. but unless you’re one of us dude… you won’t make it!!!
a mixed message if ever there was one! LOLOL!!!
i decided early on that i did not want to belong to ANY of their private clubs. no thank you.
i am not into labeling people. i have met people from all walks of life. and who am i to say if they
will or will not ” get into heaven! ” who is anybody to say that?
here’s a thought. is their heaven going to be segregated into little areas for all their various denominations?
will they suddenly get along better there than they do here? LOLOL!!! i’m sorry. i find it kind of humorous.
mark twain found it humorous before i did!
among my favorite people in all the world … is a little vietnamese monk named thich nhat hahn.
driven from his homeland by a terrible war. he is not bitter. nor vindictive. nor grasping.
he lives simply. and lovingly. he is a teacher of peace and kindness. and calm. and simple awareness.
one of my favorite books among many he has written is small. like him.
he is a small humble monk with a great heart.
the foreward is written by another dear favorite of mine . . .
the dalai lama.
another man driven from his own beloved homeland.
who knows no hatred or feelings of revenge toward those who did it.
he only writes of peace. and love. and contentment.
such simple concepts. that we make hard.
the face of a glorious spirit within.
when asked about his RELIGION … he responded …
” my religion is simple. my religion is kindness. “
it is interesting to me that so many of the good church going public in this country and others…
PRESENT COMPANY HERE EXCEPTED OF COURSE !!! LOLOL!!!
but so many religious people are often so quick to judge. to label. to condemn. even sometimes to hate.
to separate really. to disapprove of anyone who doesn’t think as they do. and yet there they sit in the pew.
so pious. but so quick to do everything but be kind and to love and accept their fellow man.
i knew and STILL know many loving and giving and kind and wonderful church going people.
one of which reads this peanut and is especially dear to me. but i’m not speaking of individuals here.
it’s in general the labeling belief all religions seem to have that … well that . . .
“WE ARE THE ONLY WAY” thing going for them.
apparently it just comes with the territory i guess!
a great minimalist walked this earth once upon a time . . .
and we have no real idea what he truly looked like . . . but i think one thing’s for certain . . .
he is no doubt appalled now at what man has done to his simple message.
he was all about simplicity. and kindness and simply . . . love.
he even said “the greatest of these is love.”
and . . . just . . .
treat others the way you want to be treated.
how much plainer could it get?
all the silly separate camps. mine is better. no mine is better. you have to do it this way. no. this way.
man and his ego. just messing with simplicity.
all the killing that has been done. in the name of religion. not only now but throughout history.
the sheer greed over place. when really . . .
all place is sacred. this whole planet is amazing and sacred.
to me. . . the words kill and sacred have no reason to be together.
such terrible killing and waste of life. throughout our entire history and right on up until now.
the bloody christian crusades.
the medieval moors. the ancient romans. the catholics. the protestants.
the jews and palestinians … still going at it in the 21st century.
and now the more recent extreme islamists that cannot simply live and let live.
all labels. all doing horrendous things to each other. in the name of religion.
why wouldn’t those young people look at all that mess . . .
and say . . .
no thank you.
i’m surprised they’re not also saying
GET OVER YOURSELVES!!!
well. just pondering all this today old bean. no hard feelings.
and if i stepped on any toes here… i’m truly sorry. i know it’s a touchy subject with most everybody.
BUT . . .
pondering about life and the universe is the subtitle of this little peanut! LOLOL!!!
and pondering out loud here is part of the fun. so always feel free to join in!
til soon old bean.