posted on Dec, 23 2006 @ 12:40 PM
The Intuition in Religion..........any Religion.
What is your gut feeling towards the religious habit you are doing at this time. If you will for a moment think of religion this way.
Quote from another source.....
“Think about exactly what happens when we pray to a deity – any deity of any religion. We may not be consciously aware of it, but when we pray to
a deity we are actually acting with many unspoken assumptions:
1) We assume the deity exists. If the deity does not exist, the prayer would go out to no one, and the praying would be rather meaningless and
2) We assume the deity can hear us. If the deity exists but cannot hear us for any reason, then praying won't do us any good.
3) We assume the deity is actually listening. Even if the deity exists and has the ability to hear prayers, it is still conceivable that the
deity isn't listening.
4) We assume the deity cares about our problems. What if the deity does exist, can hear, is listening, but doesn't care? We think we are praying
to a caring deity, but what if that isn't true?
5) We assume the deity will help. What if the deity does care deeply, but will not do anything about the situation? Suppose the deity, for
whatever reason, wants to let events unfold of their own accord?
6) We assume the deity's help will be timely. What if the deity provides assistance too late, after the problem is over and the disaster has
already run its course? If so, then the prayer is still meaningless even if all of the above requirements are met.
In order for our prayers to be meaningful, we need all of the above to work. If just one of the assumptions turns out to be incorrect, then the whole
thing falls flat. It is easy to see that this is like a chain where all the links have to be solid. If any one of the links breaks, the entire chain
How can we know that all the links are solid? We cannot. Of course, the conventional approach is that we must have faith. However, note that this does
not mean one single belief or one single investment of faith. It is clear from our analysis that each link in the chain represents an unknown all by
itself, and requires its own leap of faith.
Therefore, when you pray to a deity, you are not just assuming the deity exists, you are in fact making multiple leaps of faith well beyond the
question of existence. This is something usually glossed over and not explicitly explained in religious practices.
Now let us examine what happens when we direct the prayer inward and connect with the Buddha nature.
1) Do we exist? Yes, we know that we exist.
2) Can we hear ourselves? Yes, we can hear.
3) Are we listening to ourselves? Yes, we are listening.
4) Do we care about our own problems? Yes, we care very much.
5) Will we do something to help ourselves? This is entirely up to us.
6) Will we help ourselves in a timely manner? Again, this is entirely up to us.
Suddenly, things look dramatically different. This particular chain has no weak links; it can be as strong as we want it to be. We are not at the
mercy of any single link, because none of them can break unless we blatantly sabotage ourselves. The six great unknowns have become six great
certainties, so we don't need to make any leaps of faith at all.”