is One Paths are Many
Comparative Study of Various Traditions
Philosophy of Several World Religions
Atheistic & Non-religious Movements
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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
I believe that one can achieve the ultimate goal of enlightenment, as understood
by any religion, through the use of drugs.
I believe that the psychedelic drug experience, properly handled, fulfills the
role of a spiritual teacher or guru.
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.
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.
I believe that people who take drugs are more "aware" or "enlightened" than those
who do not.
I believe that one can solve his personal psychological problems or "hangups"
by taking drugs.
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
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.
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
Then there are the Atheists, Rationalists and Nastikas.
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.
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.
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.