LIVING IN THE KINGDOM
The Gnostic Path, is the path that Jesus and those disciples such as Mary Magdalene, Salome, Lazarus, James, Thomas, Phillip, John and others lived, walked and breathed. As I study these ancient teachings of Christ, I see that is identical to the path of Bhakti Yoga (devotion)
practiced by devotees around the world. Here are the great Jesus's words:
1. Love God and your neighbor as your self;
2. Seek first the Kingdom of God, and all things will be added to you;
3. It is not what goes into your mouth that defiles you, but what comes out;
4. What you say in words, do in deeds before everyone;
5. If you have money, do not loan it at interest, but give it to those from whom you won't get it back;
6. Heal the sick, feed the hungry, clothe the poor;
7. The Kingdom is within you, and whoever knows himself will find it;
8. Go into your chamber and shut the door behind you, pray to your God in secret.
My religion is kindness. That's it. That's the whole teaching. I don't need everone to convert to my way of thinking, because my faith is strong. When faith is weak, we NEED everyone to think, act, dress and be like us. We feel threatened when they aren't like us, and want them to convert to our way. This is lack of faith. If we have faith, we can let Muslims be Muslims, Christians be Christian, Jews be Jewish, Hindu's be Hindu, Buddhists be Buddhist, and see the glory of a person loving and worshipping God / Goddess in some way. If we could all 'convert' to this way of thinking, it would end war. Completely.
Meditate on this for this day. How could I more completely in my everyday life accept others for their beliefs, and leave them to their free will, as God has given it to us? Look for the similarities between us, not the differences. For whether I call God by the name of Yahweh, Buddha, Krishna, Vishnu, Allah or simply God, it is one God that we are all loving. It is one Kingdom we are all entering. God has multitudes of names, and all of them are relevant and perfect, whole and complete, as He is.
Let us look for the good in each other, and in faiths that are different to ours, and be the love that Jesus preached.