Musings on The Great Mystery

What we scientifically know is made up of provable facts (not including theories of what we think might be true) and what we know with our physical senses makes up the sum of our knowledge of the physical universe.

The rest I call The Great Mystery.

The Great Mystery is known by numerous other names including the most commonly used word, God. I like using the term The Great Mystery because it implies what it existence is: a Great Mystery with almost no way of fully grasping any sort of predictable truth especially concerning the invisible world of spirituality. As far as I am concerned the words God and truth are the most misused, misunderstood words in the dictionary and can easily proven to be so. One only has to examine all the religions of the world to see how they all disagree and understand that none of them know what they are talking about. Otherwise they would all agree. If God is one and actually exists then everyone should see and know exactly the same thing. That most obviously is not true.

What God wants and has to say is based on ancient writings such as the Bible, Torah, Quran, Bhagavad Gita and other such texts. Because these writings, while having some similarities, are so remarkably different, this leads me to believe that they must be either suppositions, interpretations or wonderful prose that have been written to describe who God is. Otherwise they would be nothing but copies of each other with different expressive effect. People from the four corners of the earth can describe the sun with great similarity. Descriptive writings may differ but the essence of the sun would remain the same. Does the Bible, Torah, Quran or Bhagavad Gita describe God in the same way? If God was the author of all these Holy texts, would they not be the same considering that the same Supreme Being wrote them?

The Great Mystery simply states that life is a mystery, which for me is far closer to the truth than the combined efforts of all the religions. How come the great religions cannot agree with each other? How come we are not living in peace knowing who God is and we all embrace the great truths that we all live by? Why do Christians, Jews and Muslims all hate each other if our versions of God are supposedly the same thing using different wording? That in it self is a great mystery!

To embrace the Great Mystery is to say yes I admit that I don’t really know and I would like to know more and it is ok to feel humble and accepting of not knowing. Then I can feel at home not trying to make beliefs fit with who I am. I am simply who I am and that is wonderful! In reality we all live in the state of not knowing. We like to believe that we know, but do we really? Can we say with absolute certainty that we know why we are here and what is going on? Believing is not enough. Believing is just an affirmation that I accept a statement as true no matter what. I cannot do that.

I was born a Jew but cannot abide by Judaism. Not that I have anything against a Jew devotedly living according to the 613 commandments in the Torah, but I cannot in all conscience do so myself. The 613 commandments are ancient. I live here and now. The Great Mystery is here and now. God is here and now. As far as I comprehend, all that is required of me is to live fully here and now, in tune with the pulse of existence and live in peace. The next moment will decide what follows.

Feel the presence

Wait silently with anything, and you will discover a new phenomenon which was always there, but of which you were not alert – not aware of it. Your mind will become completely silent as you feel the presence of the ever-living existence. You will be just a part in it, just a note in the great symphony. No burden, no tension...the drop has fallen into the ocean. ~ Osho

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