Ibn ‘Arabi wrote “My religion is love. Whichever the route love’s caravan shall take, That shall be the path of my faith.” He speaks of a journey and shared path.
I recalled the statement attributed to the German Lutheran pastor Martin Niemöller:
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
When we reject others because of ethnicity, religion, skin colour, politics, gender, etc, we lose sight of what makes us human, our common humanity. This humanity is deeper than any of the markers we have that identify and group us.
Shunryu Suzuki compared mindfulness to a compassionate space that expands and contracts depending on the needs of the moment and the people we share that space. When we reach out to others, we acknowledge we are pilgrims on a shared journey where we speak for and on behalf of each other.
There was a time I would reject those
who were not my faith.
But now, my heart has grown capable
of taking on all forms.
It is a pasture for gazelles,
An abbey for monks.
A table for the Torah.
Kaaba for the pilgrim.
My religion is love.
Whichever the route love’s caravan shall take,
That shall be the path of my faith.
I took this picture in Jasper National Park. Kathy and I walked for several hours on this path just enjoying being there.
In keeping with bell hooks and Noam Chomsky, I consider myself a public and dissident intellectual. Part of my work is to move beyond (transcend) institutional dogmas that bind me to defend freedom, raising my voice to be heard on behalf of those who seek equity and justice in all their forms.
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May your days be full of blessings, Ivon.
And yours too Russ. Take care and thank you.
I certainly agree with the post. The NT even calls it the Law of Love, since the sacrifice made by Jesus rests as the core of the Christian belief.
It does. He pointed us in the direction we should travel, despite the challenges that can bring.
Looks like a beautiful place, I am glad that you and your lady got the opportunity to experience it.
It is. It was also quite quiet and circles back up onto a hillside below the mountains.
Sir, I forgot to let you know that I am going to reblog this article for you.
I saw that you did. Thank you again. It is greatly appreciated.
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What a great idea for your religion to be love. We so need to accept everyone regardless of the name given to their belief in God.
I agree. There is accepting of the other that comes with what we believe and how we believe.
Plenty of places in Jasper to sit and just get lost. And here’s to tolerance
There are many places just to be there. It is a great place. Here is to accepting.
All rivers flow to the ocean where they become one with the ocean and leave their names behind. Have a blessed day!
They do and as Rumi said “You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.” It is complex and entangled. Take care and enjoy.
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BANG ON THE NAIL! LOVE IS NOT PROUD, ETC. BUT REMEMBERS THAT OTHERS ARE PEOPLE TOO (MY PARAPHRASE) 1 CORINTHIANS 13:4
Thank you Jonathan. They are and that makes relationships and living complex.
Sure enough! Jusr wrote a short poem on the matter.
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Love this. Thanks for sharing.
You are welcome and thank you.
Interesting post. We are all flowers in a garden, the garden of humanity. There are many different flowers, but they are all flowers. We are all human beings.
We are. We have much more in common with each other than what is different. Having said this “differences make a difference” and are what make us unique.