The highest religion of all and the only true spiritual path is that of love. To us, religion is simply a technique to help us open up to experience it more, give it more and become it. If we become pure love, we have attained the realisation of the divine. When we are connected to the divine, all sorts of miracles are possible.
The wonderful British philosopher and writer Alan Watts once described the game of life something like this:
God also likes to play hide-and-seek, but because there is nothing outside God, he has no one but himself to play with. But he gets over this difficulty by pretending that he is not himself. This is his way of hiding from himself. He pretends that he is you and I and all the people in the world, all the animals, all the plants, all the rocks, and all the stars. In this way he has strange and wonderful adventures, some of which are terrible and frightening. But these are just like bad dreams, for when he wakes up they will disappear.
Now when God plays hide and pretends that he is you and I, he does it so well that it takes him a long time to remember where and how he hid himself. But that’s the whole fun of it—just what he wanted to do.
He doesn’t want to find himself too quickly, for that would spoil the game. That is why it is so difficult for you and me to find out that we are God in disguise, pretending not to be himself. But when the game has gone on long enough, all of us will wake up, stop pretending, and remember that we are all one single Self—the God who is all that there is and who lives for ever and ever.
Whether you call him God, The Divine Mother, Waheguru, Krishna, Mother Nature, The Creator or any other name doesn’t matter. The important point is to know that everything exists within the supreme divine and within everyone is the supreme divine. This is a truth hidden in the place people find hardest to explore – deep inside. When we awaken to this truth, it unleashes limitless love within, transforming all our suffering.
It’s said that life poses us four fundamental questions:
- Who am I?
- Where did I come from?
- What is my purpose?
- What happens when I die?
From the dharma we draw many techniques that can help you explore why you are here, why you are experiencing what you are facing and how you can transform whatever obstacle you face into something useful for your conscious evolution. Some examples are:
- Learning about karma and rebirth (dharma) helps us regulate our actions to bring more lasting happiness to ourselves and others
- Practicing meditation techniques (samadhi) and breathing (pranayama) can help us calm our minds and accept who we really are so we may bring forth our unique gifts to share with the world and live with purpose
- Using sacred sounds (mantra, dharani and shabad), and sacred gestures (mudra and asana) helps us purify our energy field, focus our mind and increase our connection with the divine, thereby reducing our suffering and disturbing emotions
- The practice of loving (bhakti or bodhichitta) helps us to open up our hearts to become kinder and more loving people. We all have it within us, but we need to let everyone know!
- Performing service (seva) or wise acts of kindness helps us build a better life for ourselves by helping reduce the suffering of others
- Participating in spiritual offering or remembrance practices (puja or homa) can help us heal relationships with beings in other realms such as our deceased ancestors, the spirits of the places in which we dwell, those of abortions or dead pets
- Learning about death and rebirth (Bardo) can help us live more meaningfully, free of fear whilst striving to find the meaning of our current reincarnation
These techniques are based upon experiential methods that any one can use to awaken to the divinity within them. Therefore it doesn’t matter if you are Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Christian, or simply hold your own unlabelled view of spirituality. All that is required is an open mind and a sincere desire to find truth within yourself. Everyone has the capacity to awaken and as they do, it naturally liberates them from the suffering of the mundane.