What is religion? That’s not meant to be a rhetoric question but an earnest one. Wikipedia states “Religion is an organised collection of beliefs, cultural systems, and world views that relate humanity to an order of existence”. The Oxford Dictionary states “The belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal god or gods.” So clearly it’s something open to interpretation depending on one’s race, creed and beliefs. Does it really matter what religion each of us believe? Fact: No one religion holds the keys to salvation, nor will one be forever damned because they entered a Church with their hat on instead of taking their shoes off. In Tibet, lamaseries entrances bear the inscription "A thousand monks, a thousand religions". Believe what you will, if it embraces "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" you will get by when the final call comes.
Our global population is torn between hundreds of religions and cults, all claiming to be the true path with all the answers. Any sober individual will realise in an instant that they cannot all be right, right? And yet it has been religious dogma that has held people captive through preaching death and destruction, threats of punishment by an “almighty” to all disobedient pilgrims, yet promises rewards and salvation to those who submit to blind faith. Religion is something which many have abandoned today. They assume it’s not required in their daily lives, perhaps because their prayers are never answered, and so materialistic possessions now play a more important role in their life. Western world is more concerned about the accumulation of materialistic possessions, money, greed and selfishness, whilst not parting with anything except for one’s own creature comforts. What the majority of people forget is that all these various religious scriptures– the Bible, the Tanakh, the Qur'an – to mention a few, were all originally compiled as a signpost, a guide, or a manual of behaviour "for the time period it was written in" but because they have all been repeatedly misinterpreted over the many years some people, very sadly, take them literately and to extremes.
All that matters is that all individuals should practice their beliefs to the best of their abilities without either going to any extremes, neither imposing their beliefs on others. You must remember that no religion is better than the individual who professes that religion. Beliefs lead to a certain discipline that is a very important part of life that many ignore. True religion is "a code of behaviour that we willingly impose upon ourselves" which in turn provides social order. Religion correctly applied and understood requires no other man made laws. It's strange that when something contradicts our understanding or religious beliefs we don't try to make any attempt to understand those differences. We falsely assume that it's a direct attack and therefore should be quashed at any cost, even if that means using force whilst claiming it’s being accomplished in God’s name. We all agree that God is omnipotent, therefore, why would God instruct someone to kill when God can do it?
People clearly forget that these numerous scriptures were all written either hundreds or thousands of years ago when that way of life was totally different to what it is today. Various everyday words back then had different meanings to what they do today. The use of everyday words was to establish a platform of understanding, a point of reference, and unless you can understand the point of reference being used it's pointless going any further as you wouldn't be able to truly understand what they were trying to say. A very common mistake made by people. As an example, Jesus said "in my father's house there are many mansions". He is clearly talking about dimensions, and yet, cannot use the word dimension as the people of that era clearly wouldn't have understood the word dimension. Therefore, everyday words must be used so people could visualise and understand what Jesus was talking about. The Zulu tribe have to use their everyday words for a "solar eclipse." Zulu’s say “A crocodile has eaten the sun," can you now see how easy it is for misinterpretations to occur?
Mankind must return to a religion. It doesn't matter which religion for the moment so long as it’s a religion they willingly accept and not something imposed upon them. Religion gives a person the necessary spiritual discipline that will regulate one's own actions, something that’s lacking these days. Truly religious people would not put personal possessions, money, greed and selfishness before others. All religions are founded on the golden rule: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
Sadly most people just give hypocritical respect to their beliefs. Most people will interpret their religious scriptures with the view of “what’s in it for me?” So it's not surprising how selective some people can be when it comes to religion. Helping to overcome this problem every religion has had "messengers" throughout time, but humans have acquired a fixation about the messenger whilst forgotten about the important messages. Religion provides a social code of conduct into becoming a respectable person so that our Overself may be purified and"strengthened.
Albert Einstein said "A human being is a part of a whole, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest... a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty".
I am not asking you to change your religious beliefs, just the complete opposite. I am asking you to open your eyes and mind into thinking about Religion. Use common sense when reading your religious scriptures and never assume because it’s in print, it’s 100% true! By questioning something we start to understand it, as you wouldn’t just believe something a complete stranger told you, or would you?
Let’s have a very brief look at many similarities between what Dr Rampa wrote and the Bible. I use the Bible as it’s the most common belief within the West albeit it’s not the biggest religion globally.
- The Third Eye and Aura are both mentioned in the Bible; Luke 11:34 “The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore when your eye is good, your whole body is also full of light; but when it is evil, your body also is full of darkness.”
- The Silver Cord and Golden Bowl are mentioned in the Bible; Ecclesiastes 12:5-7"“because man is going to his eternal home, and the mourners go about the streets, before the silver cord is snapped, or the golden bowl is broken, or the pitcher is shattered at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern, and the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to god who gave it.”"
- The Astral body is also mentioned in the Bible. Luke 17:20-21 "For indeed, the kingdom of god is within you."
- All religions talk about a "One God" and they are all talking about one’s Overself, regardless of what each religion calls that God.
- The Physical, Spritual and Overself are mentioned within the bible as the Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Ghost respectively.
- Dr Rampa briefly talked about Bio Rhythms and Numerology, both topics are discussed within the Bible. Bio Rhythms: Ecclesiastes 3"and Numerology: Revelation 13:18."
- Within Buddhism the belief is "be still and know that I am within" and yet within the Christian bible Psalm 46:10 "Be still, and know that I am God. Both are talking about a "One God" and that is nothing less that your Overself, the 'One God' we all answer to when our life on Earth is completed.
According to many beliefs the 666 is the sign of the Beast, however the "Beast" has been misinterpreted as the Devil, Satan or the Anti-Christ and yet it’s the sign of mankind. Humans are the Beast, but you will have to study Chaldean numerology to understand why.
Places of Worship are a human requirement, as they offer a location where likeminded people can gather to gain strength to their beliefs, but any given place of worship should not be controlled by an institution as with Christianity. If you think that claim is false then read it directly from your Bible, Matthew 23:13 "you who shut up the kingdom of heaven in men's faces, neither going in yourselves, nor allowing others to go in who want to?" Countless people pray to their god, or gods, demanding that god resolves their issues when they themselves should be resolving their issues. god had numerous multi-universes to manage and is not there for the sole benefit of mankind every time they cry out for selfish assistance. What's the point of learning anything if you can call upon a Supreme Being to fix everything? Why does god need humans if god can fix everything? What example would god be setting if god did solve everything for you? What would YOU learn if everything was resolved for you?"
When you pray it is pointless directing those prayers to a god, you should pray to yourself, to your Overself via the subconscious. Because if we knew how to pray correctly we would send those prayers through the Silver Cord, but because the means of communication we use is a very faulty sort of instrument indeed, we have to repeat ourselves in order to make sure that the message gets through. So when you pray speak as you would speak when making a long distance telephone call to a very remote place. Speak with absolute clarity and actually visualise the words you are saying, as that visualisation gives it strength. The fault I should add lies with us here on this world, lies with the imperfect body we have on this world. The fault is never with our Overself or our subconscious. Pray in simple language making sure that your requests are always positive and never negative.
The translation of the Tibetan prayer wheel "Om! Mani Padme Hum!" actually means, "Hail to Mankind's Overself!" the part of you that you should be praying to, via your subconscious. It does not mean, "Hail the jewel in the lotus" as many think.
This audio file is Dr Rampa talking about the power of Pray and how to pray correctly. This runs for around 20 minutes.
But let me issue a grave, grave warning. You cannot increase your own fortune in this way. There is a very ancient occult law which stops one from profiting from prayers for self-gain. You cannot do it for yourself unless it is to help others, and unless you sincerely believe that it will help others. I say to you that if you use the power of prayer properly, without thought of self-gain, without thought of self-aggrandisement, then you have tapped into one of the greatest powers on Earth, a force so great that if just a few genuine people got together and prayed for peace, then there would be peace, and wars and thoughts of wars would be no more.
Here are two prayers written by Dr Rampa which will help you regardless of your current religious beliefs. One is for mornings when you wake up and the other for nights just before you sleep and both are to be repeated three times. Sit with bare feet together with toes and heels touching – you must be in direct contract with the ground – then clasp your hands together so that your fingers of each hand interlock and so that your hands and feet form a sort of closed circle. Then call your subconscious by name and then say your prayer, repeating it three times in your normal voice, don't whisper and there is no need to shout. You can pray whilst seated, but not on your knees as the spine must be erect with your head facing forward.
Let me this day, living my life day by day in the manner prescribed, control and direct my imagination. Let me this day, living my life day by day in the manner prescribed, control my desires and my thoughts that I be purified thereby. Let me this day, and all days, keep my imagination and my thoughts directed firmly upon the task which has to be accomplished, that success may come thereby. I will at all times live my life day by day, controlling imagination and thought.
Keep me free from evil thoughts. Keep me free from the blackness of despair. At the time of my misery shine a light into the darkness that enshrouds me. Let my every thought be good and clean. Let my every action be for the good of others. Let me be positive in my thoughts that my mind may be strengthened therefrom. I am the Master of my Destiny. As I think today, so am I tomorrow. Let me therefore avoid all evil thoughts. Let me avoid all thoughts which cause distress to others. Let my Spirit arise within me that I may easily succeed in the task that lies ahead. I am the Master of my Destiny. So be it.