Seekers identify with spirituality rather than religion but if we could think of religion free of its rituals, habits, creeds and beliefs, the two would be one. What is more, all religions would thereby reveal their essential unity, resolving one of the premier sources of discord in the world
Answers From the Higher consciousnessWhy do Hindus believe in caste?
We all are different and each of us has a specific role to perform. This is not determined by birth but one’s innate preferences, choice and ability. There surely is no higher or lower as long as all duties are performed ethically.
Why should a specific name be used for worship?
“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” said Shakespeare in Romeo and Juliet.
Surely, Christ, Mohammed and all others would have approved. Truly, the name does not matter. The right principles do.
Does vegetarianism make one more peaceful than non-vegetarianism?
Jainism, whose core belief is non-violence, abhors non-vegetarian food.
In today’s times, vegetarian food is proven to be healthier. If you wish to follow a vegetarian diet for better health, do so. However, do not condemn or preach to anyone. Understand and accept all choices. After, all, non-acceptance is also one type of violence.
Never forget that what comes out from your mouth is more important than what goes in it.
Buddha and some other prophets did not recommend idols and symbols. Still, symbols are quite useful sometimes to concentrate. Can we use them?
You are free to use them, but never be dependent on them. Again, it is the minimising of dependence that is most important.
Jews consider themselves to be a chosen or special group. How do we understand this?
All creatures are equal in the eyes of God, but human beings are more empowered and hence, chosen to show the right direction to the world. Therefore, yes, all human beings, not just those born as Jews, are the chosen ones as they have the power to make the right choices.
What is jihad, which the Muslims talk of?
Struggle may be required for justice and truth sometimes. If so, do it with courage and conviction. However, remember to use the right tools, not ones that cause agony and bloodshed.
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