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Mike Shreve was a teacher of yoga at four universities. (The portrait above was drawn by one of his students in 1970.) Then a spiritual rebirth brought him into a real relationship with God and drastically changed his heart, his life and his belief system.  Read his story here.

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Celebrating Commonalities

from In Search of the True Light Part 1

Almost every religion offers some insights, observations and instructions that are universally acceptable and helpful to the human condition. The human race is blanketed with a common longing for spirituality. Thread after thread of similar expressions are found woven throughout the entire global fabric. This is especially evident when the subject matter concerns moral guidelines or ethical behavior.

These commonalities become all the more apparent when various sacred texts are compared concerning basic issues, such as: the Golden Rule, separation from the world, prayer, character development, faith, love and compassion. You will find some choice quotes on these fundamental subjects listed below.

Select the desired topic from the drop-down box.

Interpreting the Names of
Various Religious Groups

Even the names of various religions have interpreted meanings that strike a harmonious chord within the heart of every spiritual person:

A Buddhist is one who seeks "enlightenment."
A Christian is one who seeks "Christ-likeness."
An ECKANKAR devotee is one who seeks to be "a co-worker with God."
A Jainist is one who seeks to "conquer" attachment to this world.
A Jew is one who seeks to be a source of "praise to God."
A Kabbalist is one who seeks to "receive"an experience of the Divine
(through the practice and contemplation of the Torah).
A Muslim is one who seeks "submission" to God and to the truth.
A Sikh is one who seeks to be a "disciple," a "follower" of God or a "learner."
A Sufi is one who seeks "purity" and "mystical insight."
A Taoist is one who seeks to live in "the Way."
A Theosophist is one who seeks "divine wisdom."
A Yoga devotee is one who seeks to be "yoked with God."

Without controversy, the interpreted meanings of the names of these religious groups are descriptive of characteristics that should mark any sincere seeker of truth.

In making these observations, we are once again confronted with the inevitable thought. Could it be that we have discovered a common vein of gold running through all these worldviews? Even those who are quite zealous about the exclusive claims of their own religion must admit these similarities and commonalities exist. Is it possible that at least some "True Light" radiates from every one of them? Discover awesome insights on this relevant issue by going to Various Articles and FAQ on this site.

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