Philosophy and Religion

When my dad was alive he was a member of a fraternity called the Freemasonry.

“Masonry (or Freemasonry) is the oldest fraternity in the world. No one knows just how old it is because the actual origins have been lost in time. In 1717, Masonry created a formal organization in England when the first Grand Lodge was formed. A Grand Lodge is the administrative body in charge of Masonry in some geographical area.

Ritual is used in the meetings, and because there is always an altar or table with the Volume of the Sacred Law open if a lodge is meeting, some people have confused Masonry with a religion, but it is not. That does not mean that religion plays no part in Masonry — it plays a very important part. A person who wants to become a Mason must have a belief in God. No atheist can ever become a Mason.”

He also registered in Astara, and taught me a little about it, but I was too young to be interested and to get involved into the higher spiritual learning.  I thought it was just about spiritual healing and to understand the aura.  But there’s a lot more into it.

  • That there are a lot to be discovered within the psychological & spiritual aspects of a person.
  • That learning about it would open our minds as we appreciate and understand the essence of human spirituality and aura.
  • That it is just like the religions, which pertain to a certain goal, peace within.

“Astara is an esoteric non-profit religious institution and publishing organization based on the western mystery tradition. Its headquarters are located in Rancho Cucamonga, California. Astara was founded in 1951 by Earlyne and Robert Chaney. After their deaths administration passed to their daughter Sita, and after her death administration passed to Steve Doolittle.

Astara currently has members in over 85 countries.  Astara’s teachings are eclectic, and primarily draw on sources from Spiritualism, Theosophy, yoga, and Ancient Egypt.”

As a daughter of a mason, I am greatly affected of the HOAX from religious extremists on the Freemasonry’s conspiracy theories against Christianity.   Other narrow minded Christians even judged them as anti-Christians, and condemned them as evil, brain washing other people to destroy or even curse the masons.  If the anti-Christians correlates to being evil, does it mean that the Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and other religions who are not Christians are evil?   What if the Masons, the Jews and other religions with monotheistic view would judge those who practice polytheism as evil?

I was brought up in a very conservative and religious family where we were even forced to pray the rosary every night that took almost an hour if there are novenas & bible readings.  To the extent that it becomes senseless  because of the repetitive words that just goes out of my tongue without even feeling it.  It’s hard to understand but I felt it was not right.   Until I discovered the art of praying which made me feel at peace because it comes from the heart that every word that comes out of my tongue is meaningful, and for me, it’s more powerful.

In my own personal viewpoint, religions are like business establishments, provided that they don’t pay taxes, but they earn to grow, provide rules and once you disobey you’ll be fired/condemned/cursed/doomed.  They use different strategies to market their own religion, to scrutinize and criticize other religions.   The more customers/participants, the stronger she’ll be.  Once established and stable, it will have the power to control the community, government and even the whole country.  Whoever against it would be destroyed, cursed or doomed.   That’s why there were religious wars, killing other people for the sake of religion which contradicts to the teachings of their religion.

I appreciate the beauty of Christianity, what Constantine did for making Christianity as the official religion of the Roman Empire.  How the Spaniards taught Christianity in our country for a peaceful society.   But instead of having  unified, consistent religion, it has divided into different religions that even contradict to each other which puzzles me.

I appreciate the beauty of Buddhism as the first religion, the law of karma, to free the animals and even the insects, to be vegetarian and the meditation to achieve peace of mind.

I appreciate the beauty of Islam,  the equality in the mosque and to do good deeds for mankind.

I appreciate the beauty of Hinduism on the law of karma and meditation through Yoga which are almost the same as Buddhism.

I appreciate the beauty of Judaism as the oldest monotheistic religion where its teachings were adopted by other religions, by the consistently maintained ancient traditions, and Torah, even after religious wars and holocausts.

However,  there were people who used and abused their religion to dominate, judge, destroy, conquer or even to satisfy their wicked personal motives.  Jose Rizal even used a caricature of a Catholic clergy in a form of Padre Damaso.  There were even ancient religious extremists who were greedy as their crusades were bloody.   In this case, what if Friedrich Nietzsche has a point?  “What if God was not exactly truth, and if this could be proved? And if he was instead the vanity, the desire for power, the ambitions, the fear, and the enraptured and terrified folly of mankind?”  What if Siddhartha Buddha also has a point that: “Nirvana is not a place but a state of mind”?

I wonder what happened to the Pagans and the illiterates?  Were they doomed?  Did they reincarnate?  What about those people who were deprived of the choice to live a normal and  peaceful life, have not baptized or illiterate ?  What about the knights,  like Lancelot who said that: “I don’t believe in heaven.  I’ve been living in hell.”   What about the facts and theories to prove on the solar system and man’s evolution?  Shall the facts and theories be abolished and cursed as evil elements for not believing in Genesis or shall Science be no longer taught in schools to children because it’s misleading, and against the religious beliefs and scriptures?

Why do some people worry much for the next life?  They even get too paranoid that they become unaware that they are already destroying their present lives, their families and their relationship with other people.  Why do some people would think they are the perfect or the supreme beings whenever they judge, destroy and condemn other people as if they are the Gods, though they are nothing but hypocrites?   Like Bishop Germanius who killed Pelagius and commanded Arthur as if he’s the God.  Even Jesus said “let he who is without sin, cast the first stone”.  For the Islamic extremists, “to enter the kingdom of heaven, you have to be a Muslim”.  For the Christian extremists, “you have to be born again to enter the kingdom of heaven”.   If Jesus was a Jewish Rabbi, teaching the Torah, why do Christian extremists teach Christianity instead of  strengthening the teachings of Jesus which is Judaism?   If religion should lead us to peace and unity,  why does it divide people?    Who knows what the next life would be, that only our deeds, faith or state of mind could lead us there.

I wonder if there will be a universal religion, what would it be?  What traditions will be practiced and what shall be eradicated?

We only live once on this planet, we are here to love,  learn, explore, create, invent, innovate, to respect other living beings, to live a meaningful life and leave a legacy that will be beneficial to the succeeding generations.  We have the free will & intellect to choose the best religion that will make us at peace and flourish the goodness within us.  Though sometimes we thought it’s already the best religion for us and yet we fail.  Like the Yin Yang, sometimes we have to be in the dark to appreciate the light, we have to see the bad to appreciate the good.   If the religion or an organization aims for peace and goodness to humanity why do the extremists create statements to destroy other religions’ reputation, why can’t these people simply respect it?  How do they differ now from Hitler?



1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. James
    Jul 30, 2019 @ 00:21:13

    As a an Astarian and a Buddhist I really appreciated your post here and your searching. I can only say as an Astarian for over 40 years the power of our lives is to realize our interconnectedness will All of Life. The One Great Life!

    Indeed since you first wrote these words the society has moved into an egoistic mess of sorts but Love is All there Is and because of you we have a chance to heal our world!

    Peace and Compassion Always
    Palms Together


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