If we observe
the growth of a tree right from inception... we find initially the
tree is merely a trunk. As the tree grows... branches start developing.
Further down the journey... the branches develop smaller branches.
Further down these small branches also develop more branches. The
segmentation of the tree continues unabated!
In the similar
fashion every religion grows. Initially all consent with the teachings
of the enlightened one! Every religion develops from the following
of an enlightened one. Christianity flowed from Jesus Christ...
Buddhism from Gautama Buddha! As the enlightened one leaves the
mortal frame... the original religion starts developing fractures!
splinter group separates out. Then another... then another and the
chain continues! This does not mean having sects within a religion
announces the fall of religion! With the growth of more branches...
the tree does not break or fall down! Yes, with development of more
sects... the noise grows... there is more dissidence... more clutter
With the death
of Jesus Christ developed Protestants. Those who were not agreeable
to all the laid down principles of Christianity formed a separate
branch and were called Protestants... they protested some underlying
principles and formed their own! Does not mean Christianity got
downgraded... or lowered in value!
grows always develops dissidence at some stage! Take the example
of a new school. Initially we may have 200 children to start with
which each class having 50 children each and each section consisting
of 25 students! What if the size of the school increases to 2000?
And the size of sections to 50!
increase in number of students... the school grows... but the level
of education imparted may reduce as the same teacher now teaches
50 students compared to 25 earlier! Although the school has increased
in status... at the individual level students are bound to suffer!
Similar is the case with religion.
As the followers
of a religion increase... so do branching and sects! With the increasing
number of sects clashes become inevitable! It is part of life. This
is how every system grows in the cosmic system. As long as ethics
and morality rule the roost... the religion stays and strengthens
itself. The day followers give up on ethics and morality... Religion
loses its shine!
of a religion comes from laid down principles and their strict implementation!
Nothing else matters in the long run!
Kumar "Atma Jnani"
Vijay Kumar... The Man who Realized God in 1993 explains more on
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