Spirituality Is Not A Fashion Statement
Jesus himself said these two commandments are most important Love thy god and love thy neighbour, never once was uttered hints of exceptions.
Abraham J. Heschel, a Jewish philosopher said that a religious man is a person who holds God and man in one thought at one time, at all times, who suffers harm done to others, whose greatest passion is compassion, whose greatest strength is love and defiance of despair.
Albert Einstein said that a human being is part of the whole called by us ‘universe’ – a part limited in time and space. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
Buddha himself said that in separateness lies the world’s great misery, in compassion lies the world’s true strength. Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike; each has their suffering. Some suffer too much, others too little. Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.
I say this, if someone, anyone, dies for any reason, and your first words, neigh your first thoughts are not out of compassion but are born from mean spiritedness; even in poor jest, your spirituality, no matter how exotic, is simply a fashion statement.