The “truth” of religions

Most individuals engaged in a religious journey are seeking from some form of “truth.” That may have different labels, such as “God,” “virtues,” “love,” “acceptance,” and a sense of “belonging.”
If all of those are followed by some sort of philosophy diving into eschatology (the end of the world) then we have all the ingredients to value such religion even more than Life itself.

After all, most will embark into the religious journey after some sort of deception of the “current” world. It may be that we have “achieved” everything we could in this world, and nothing seems to satisfy our thirst for meaning. It may be that we found the sense of friendship/brotherhood that we were looking for from like minded individuals. Few may have the “spiritual experiences” necessary to strengthen their belief and consider themselves “special,” “lucky,” and of course would like to follow up with all the ego boosting experiences given in such setting. All different reasons which have in common the search for meaning, that is the underlying “truth” behind any search.

A religion then will reassure the follower: “Your search is over.” “You have found it.” Isn’t that beautiful?

We may need to observe the whole journey to find out the “buttons” that were pushed, and how those buttons affected our perspective of Life.

What I found is this: When seeking, it is important to find what we believe will give us meaning. However, to find it means the search ain’t over. Isn’t that paradoxical? The mind is never satisfied.

We are continuously reassured that everything we need is “out there,” someone has it and all we need to “do” is to believe in that. Come, join us and you too will have it! You too will be “saved”!

Without a doubt, that part of our journey is necessary and important; but there is more to it. Once all those supportive “props” are taken away in Life, then we are all by ourselves. What is the meaning then? What is the “truth” that we found?
Perhaps at that point few will go into the “inward journey.” That is the one without meaning, without a goal, and because of that meaningful in itself.

Everything is inside. Did we hear that? Many times. What does it mean? That is what we need to find out. It is not a search, it is finding. Does it make sense? A search has a mental something that we wish to find. Finding is to look what is already there, through all the layers that may be.
Paradoxically, everything is inside but to get there we start from the outside.

Therefore, the paths of religions are all “good” starting points. Those “outside” paths are needed in the overall journey of consciousness, where gaining consciousness may mean to be free from what the mind expects; what it has been taught through conditioning, that “should be.”

Looking from that perspective, we may find that religious stories are like lullaby tales. They have a teaching value, a moral story, a great significance for those who are trapped in their minds, for those stories become a source of guiding light in our darkest days. However, to believe that those stories are greater than Life itself by taking those literally  as “truths” or interpreted as however will fit us best; that is to take things out of proportion, but… All according to our conscious level.

That may be a new meaning for the BK word “numberwise.”