Spirituality of Inclusion

sarva-dharmān parityajya
mām ekaṁ śaraṇaṁ vraja
ahaṁ tvāṁ sarva-pāpebhyo
mokṣayiṣyāmi mā śucaḥ
Abandon all varieties of religion
And just surrender unto Me.
I shall deliver you from all sinful reaction.
Do not fear.

(Bhagavad-Gita As It Is 18.66)

There is no Greek or Jew
Circumcised or uncircumcised
Barbarian or Scythian
Slave or free
But (God) is all and is in all.
…Put on love, which binds them all together
In perfect unity.

(Colossians 3:11,14)

For all his holiness, the Master seemed
vaguely opposed to religion.
This never ceased to puzzle the disciple, who
unlike the Master, equated religion
with spirituality.

“Religion as practiced today
deals in punishments and rewards. In other words,
it breeds fear and greed—the two things
most destructive of spirituality.”

Later he added ruefully, “It is like
tackling a flood with water;
or a burning barn with fire.”

(Anthony de Mello, S.J., One Minute Wisdom, p.166)


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