Roel in Belgium – opening a healing vortex at a spiritual workshop.
My religion? My religion is Love. It is the essence of all religions and in essence we are all the same. We strive for happiness, we care for our loved ones and we suffer when we are deprived of love or lose someone close to us. Love has no limitations. It does not discriminate based on gender, race or belief. We all want it and we can all give it – if we choose so.
I was born and raised Roman Catholic, got initiated into mystical Chino-Tibetan Buddhist practices during my qigong and meditation training and studied parts of the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutras. Getting in touch with the essence of several belief systems served me well. It deepened my connection with the Divine and awakened my Inner Knowing.
When asked if I am a religious person, I prefer to say that I am spiritual. Religion implies adherence to dogma, a set of rules and theories said by religious authorities to be the truth. It’s kind of like a box with a big label on it – and I don’t like boxes! My cat does – give him one and he’ll jump right in it. Me, I jump right out.
Also, religion has acquired quite a negative connotation. There have been so many killings in the name of God. Remember the crusades, the inquisition, the witch hunt and more recently terrorism driven by religious extremism. Not to mention the sexual abuse and its cover up.
Does that mean religion is bad? Not at all. It can provide an environment in which souls can grow towards a deeper understanding and love of God. How you choose to evolve spiritually is totally up to you. It is a matter of personal taste and may depend on your family tradition or the culture you grew up in. Some may find more comfort within a strict structure while others prefer more freedom in their quest for spirituality or have outgrown institutionalized religion.
So it doesn’t matter which holy scriptures you read or what the name of your God is. But do you love your neighbor, are you willing to forgive those who have harmed you, will you help a total stranger, defend the weak and give to the poor? Every religion teaches you to be loving and kind and that is the essence – LOVE – and that’s what matters.
There is only one Religion, the Religion of Love.
There is only one Language, the Language of the Heart.
There is only one Race, the Race of Mankind.
There is only one God, He is Omnipresent.
– Sathya Sai Baba