in different Beliefs
I wanted to go in search of God. Born in a Jain family... it was
my prerogative whether I wanted to have faith in different beliefs
or not? Inherently I believed all religions to be true for every
religion emanates from the teachings of an enlightened one. Buddhism
developed after Gautama Buddha... Christianity followed Jesus Christ!
I shall explain
my journey... the spiritual pursuit in brief! If I need to go from
Washington to New York, I can go on foot, a cab, public transport
like bus or train... or a flight! What if I have no means available!
As a young child without any preceptor... spiritual master to guide
me I started my spiritual journey on foot!
On way when
I had covered quite some distance... a bus passed by. Fortunately,
the conductor of the bus... Christian I faith was from my village.
He wanted to get me a free ride. I willingly agreed. What if the
conductor belonged to a different religion? Whatever I could gather
from this gentleman... his beliefs... whatever positive was there
to gain... I humbly accepted it!
the destination I disembarked from the bus and started my journey
on foot. Having traveled a distance... a cab passed by! The driver
turned out from my village. He was a Muslim. He had one seat vacant...
he also offered me a free ride! Whatever I could learn from this
gentleman about Islamic faith... I gathered it all.
My purpose in
life was reaching New York at the earliest. If the Christian and
the Muslim drivers were of little help... where was the problem!
If I could gather pearls of wisdom from different faiths, I had
nothing to lose! I finally reached Philadelphia. While I was brooding
over the experiences of my journey... came along a pilot friend.
flights between Philadelphia and New York. Seeing my plight he offered
me a free seat in the plane. He was a Jew! I humbly accepted the
offer... I had nothing to lose... what if there were pearls of wisdom
hidden in Jewish teachings! Whatever the faith... whatever beliefs...
in the journey of life we must accept all with an open heart!
Yes, it is our
birthright... the power of discrimination within us that tells us
right from wrong. Whatever the faiths and beliefs of others... it
is unto us to accept whatever is our inner self agrees upon. Not
everything that belongs to other faith may suit us. Outright discarding
a religion, faith or belief is suicidal!
On the path
of pure spirituality... we must always embrace all that is based
on absolute truth! In my whole life I never discarded any faith,
belief or religion out of hatred or fundamentalism. I belong to
Hindu faith that encompasses everything that is pure. Having full
faith in God Almighty is an absolute must... one simply cannot do
religion... every faith... every belief... after 25 years of yoga
meditation... I finally realized God in 1993... At 37 years of age!
I always used to pick up pearls of wisdom lying in every religion...
leaving the rest! If a religion... belief or faith had 1% to offer...
I accepted 1% and left 99%. If someone had 5% to offer, I accepted
the same with humility!
everything belonged to God. I was only a trustee managing the affairs
of God in his name!
Kumar "Atma Jnani"
Vijay Kumar... The Man who Realized God in 1993 on Faith in different
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