If you are happy with the religion you believe in, if you like the people associated with it, if you like going to a church, synagogue, temple, or other structure to worship, that is great since the Holy Teaching is to be happy on the earth and not harm anyone. Most religions help in feeding the hungry and providing comfort to the destitute and you can be happy about that since the Holy Teaching is to become enlightened and know the best way to care for the hungry and destitute. Be happy on the earth, but if your interest is eternal happiness with friends, family, and others of the faith in heaven after death, the truth is imperative.
In my last post, I used truthfulness as a way to appraise the earthly religions. If a religion is untruthful about things that can be proven or shown most likely, then it is likely untruthful about things impossible to prove. I used what happens after death as an example, and because the five senses of sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch are connected to the body, and at death the body dies, after death you have nothing to experience everlasting happiness in heaven or the torment of hell. No senses mean no experience in the afterlife; it will be blank. Even when a living person with all their senses passes out, loses consciousness there is no remembrance, it is blank. The only thing a sleeping person remembers is dreams. Because of that, religions that posit repeated life upon the earth are likely truthful. The Veda embraces that position and says that one is in the hands of the Lord, Brahma, in the in-between state, but of course, no one feels anything or remembers anything. The spirit floats in the ether unconscious until drawn back to consciousness with the breath at childbirth.
The text associated with Christianity is called the Holy Bible, and though it is widely considered truthful, it contains little truth. The first three words of the first chapter of many of the English translations are, “In the beginning.” That is fine, but it goes down from there. God did not create the universe. In the event called viraj Brahma split into God and Goddess, and that creates and populates the universe. The time the universe begins until its dissolution is called a Day of Brahma, calculated to be about 43 billion year. The universe is currently about 14 billion years old, so there is lots of time to enjoy. The earth is about 3 billion years old, and humans began evolving from apes about 4 million years ago. About 300,000 years ago, Homo sapiens, modern humans evolved. Such is evolution on this planet, and being born as a human is not a given, for the unholy being born as an animal is appropriate, but I am not the judge. You can be born again on this planet or on some other planet in a distant part of the galaxy, and vital to know, the Sacred Knowledge is the same everywhere. It is interesting that a debate exists between creation and evolution, since evolution is continuous creation.
No use splitting hairs about the Biblical version of how plants and animals came to populate the earth with the scientific version, but over the course of many thousands of years, humans evolved from apes. Even today, a human will occasionally be born with a tail as a reminder of our animal nature. We have evolved from apes and never given dominion over apes or any other creature on the planet. The Holy Teaching is the Golden Rule; compassion for all creatures that grasp for the breath and cry, and that includes all the animals, birds, and fish that people hunt and eat. Be a peaceful caring person, consume a vegetarian diet, and care for all creatures. It does not matter if the creature has two feet and walks upright, walks on four feet or has no feet, and speaks in a language you understand or not, treat them kindly so all can enjoy life upon the earth. Such is the doctrine of peace for the whole of the universe and here is a mantra to consider.
The abode of the Divine Absolute is vast oneness until splitting into the Divine Parents, and with that, desire came with a partner to love. To be eternally joyful for that, for today from the darkness the glimmering and radiant rays of the dawn bring light to you.