Sunday, June 28, 2009

MysticBliss: Gandhi on Spiritual Experience


It may be that there are as many nuanced perceptions of Mary as there are people engaged with her spiritual presence. Perhaps, as Gandhi surmised, everyone has his or her own religion. He was not advocating a solipsistic dissolution of collective faith but meant only that everyone, no matter how orthodox or "by the book," necessarily experiences spiritual teachings in a unique way.

--from Missing Mary by Charlene Spretnak

(Photo Credit: Christine C. Reed, Hydrangea, 2009)

9 comments:

Tess said...

I nice reflection on the balance between the collective and the individual human experience.

Anonymous said...

I love this quote taken from goddess leonies blog: "There are six billion people in this world. There are six billion paths to God. Every single one of us has our own path that takes us to Great Spirit". I love that quote so much, just wanted to share it. ~ HOLLY ~

Tabitha@ichoosebliss said...

I loved reading this, because I agree with it very much.

Happy Sunday♥

a non-Roman-Catholic devoted to Mary said...

Thank you, Anonymous, for the quote from goddess leonies blog. Thank you, Christine, for the close-up of your hydrangea blossom, as well as for this entry and for introducing me to a book I will read that is new to me. For over 20 years, it has been a great comfort and has added healing and hope to my daily life to consider Mary as my mother.

mmaaggnnaa said...

Thank you for making this point . . . how much more worshipful could our worship be if we focused on how much our beliefs have in common instead of how we disagree?

- Marie (Coming Out of the Trees)
http://mmaaggnnaa.wordpress.com/

claire bangasser said...

Thank you for mentioning this book. I am seriously tempted here.

I do agree that we each have our own experience, view, understanding of and relationship with God.

Since each one of us is made in God's image, this makes quite a mind-blowing God. I wouldn't want God any other way :-)

Jan said...

'Tis true, and if we could truly honor one another's take on spirituality, in fact, celebrate how each person connects with the Sacred in their unique way, what an amazing world we would live in. It saddens me when we feel so threatened by a person whose beliefs are different than our own. May we hold one another in the wide embrace of compassion. Thanks for this lovely thought, Christine.

Ty-Anna said...

a beautiful point and picture :-)

tinkerbell the bipolar faery said...

collective faith vs individual experience of spiritual teachings ... love that differentiation and implied balance.