Name:Status: MemberDescription: This is an interfaith group who's members are from different spiritual paths and who share their perspectives on various religious topics. Proselytizers need not apply (our first rule) -- there is a difference between sharing your faith's perspective and trying to convince another participant to switch to your faith. At the same time, the emphasis is on discussing what you do believe and / or practice, not on what you don't believe, as we are not a debate group (we are not into wrong making, and this is our second rule.) Our third rule is to share page space in the discussion threads, to allow others to participate, the same way it is done with in-person group discussions.
Status: MemberDescription: Every religion is made up of two wings, the orthodoxy and mysticism. The word orthodox from the Greek means “having the right opinion” from orthos = right, true or staight, and doxa =opinion, praise, related to dokein which means thinking. Accordingly the word orthodoxy typically means adhering to the accepted or traditional and established faith, especially in religion. The word mysticism (from the Greek mystikos, an initiate of a mystry religion). This initiate is in the pursuit of communion with, identity with or conscious awareness of an ultimate Reality, Divinity, Spiritual Truth or God through direct experience, intuition, or insight. Mysticism usually centers on a practice or practices intended to nurture that experience or awareness. Mystic traditions generally form sub-currents within larger religious traditions - such as Kabbalah within Judaism , Sufism, within Islam, Vedanta within Hinduism, Christian mysticism within Christianity, Zen (Ch’an) within mainstream Buddhism and Taoism. The term '"mysticism'" is used to refer to beliefs and practices which go beyond the liturgical and devotional forms of worship of mainstream faith, often by seeking out inner or esoteric meanings of conventional religious doctrine. For example, Kabbalah (based in Judaism) seeks out deeper interpretations of the Torah, Sufism (in Islam) extends and amplifies the teachings of the Quran in the spirit of universal love, Vedanta reaches for the inner teachings of Hindu philosophy encapsulated in the Vedas. Mystics hold that there is a deeper or more fundamental state of existence beneath the observable, day-to day world of phenomena, and that in fact the ordinary world is superficial or epiphenomenal. This group, is for the mystics from every religion in order to reach this One and Universal fundamental state of existence in All the religions of the World.