Tuesday, October 05, 2004

The Mystical Core of the Great Traditions

Six great religions have shaped the major civilizations that exist today: the three Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) and the three Eastern religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism/Confucianism). These religions seem to be quite at odds with each other when we look at their outer, or exoteric, forms.....If we dig more deeply, however, we find within each of these religious traditions an inner, or esoteric, stream of teachings given by their mystics—those men and women who claim to have had a direct Realization, or Gnosis, of the Ultimate Nature of Reality.

See The Mystical Core of the Great Traditions


Blogger Spicy Cauldron said...

And if you go further back and look at pagan religions like the Celtic beliefs, you can then compare to today and find that the major religions carry within them many often unacknowledged elements brought forward from the world's earliest pagan belief systems.

Gnosticism was, essentially, at the heart of much pagan belief and practice: know yourself, or, the divine is within you, not without. Pagan beliefs usually uphold the concept of connecting to the divine personally through magick to access the underlying energies of the universe - the true nature of all things.

October 6, 2004 at 4:34 PM  

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