Thursday, January 05, 2012

Om

"Om" is a mantra often suggested by teachers of Eastern religions.  Just sit cross-legged, meditate on as little content as possible and say "Om".  The objective is to be one with "Brahman" for the Indian influenced portion of the world and "nothing" for the remainder of Asia.

Westerners like us don't find either "Brahman" or "nothing" very appealing ... for the most part.  The only real attraction to these religions is the lack of boundaries and rules.  When the God you are drawn to includes a code of conduct many people look for another god.

You may not notice too many of the people you know being drawn to Eastern religions.  But you probably will notice a few showing interest in ideas that are expressed in conversations, books or authors suggested by Oprah Winfrey.  Or maybe they are just watching the dramas, "reality shows" or situation comedies which push the boundaries and code of conduct suggested by God out into a modern, free, boundless lifestyle suggested by ... "nothing".

May I suggest a possibility.  "nothing" may be something.  He may be Satan.

So, what do we do about it?  Start by educating yourself about the world views held by the people around you.  Equip yourself to be more able to recognize the symptoms of a society drifting toward ... "nothing".

I have found one book which speaks more clearly than any other I've read to this real spiritual battlefield.  It is a book, written by a Christian and used by many Universities for over 20 years to teach World Views and Comparative Religions.  Check out The Universe Next Door:  A Catalog of Worldviews.  Your life will be blessed with a clarity of understanding which I think you will find you have been looking for, for quite some time.

Be good to yourself,

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