LIVED RELIGION PROJECT

THE STORIES OF ORDINARY PEOPLE

Veganism and spirituality – they go hand in hand – is all about the process of becoming aware

Veganism and spirituality – they go hand in hand – is all about the process of becoming aware

Photo credits: Daphne Ponsteen I believe that every single human being is a very pure, honest, good person. However, culture, society, religion, friends and other external factors influence people so much that they shape their own religion or else identify strongly with their religion, which sometimes makes them look like jerks to others. But deepRead more about Veganism and spirituality – they go hand in hand – is all about the process of becoming aware[…]

Truth can be discovered in many ways, both through religion and science

Truth can be discovered in many ways, both through religion and science

I believe in God (Heavenly Parent) and in the teachings of the True Parents (Sun Myung Moon and Hak Ja Han), such as the Divine Principle. I believe life on earth is just a preparation time for the eternal life in a Spiritual World. Preparation means discovering Heavenly Parent’s Love, learning to love and serve others.Read more about Truth can be discovered in many ways, both through religion and science[…]

If you don’t be a dick to people, they won’t be a dick to you.

If you don’t be a dick to people, they won’t be a dick to you.

I don’t believe anything really. I think the world probably started with the Big Bang and then whatever the scientific consensus is. In Australia, I was kind of raised Catholic and it just sounded a bit silly. My parents were a bit half-assed Catholic as well [laughing]. And they were doing it just because theirRead more about If you don’t be a dick to people, they won’t be a dick to you.[…]

Anything is possible, nothing is impossible, everything is probable.

Anything is possible, nothing is impossible, everything is probable.

“What do I believe?” is too wide a question. “What do I not believe?” – that would be a narrower question. I do not believe that anything is impossible. That’s a double negative. And I would probably continue to compile a list of double negatives. If you’re working with probabilities, and you use probabilities to arriveRead more about Anything is possible, nothing is impossible, everything is probable.[…]

The only time I ever do something that really challenges my beliefs is when I challenge my own secularity.

The only time I ever do something that really challenges my beliefs is when I challenge my own secularity.

I believe there is a universal, supreme force. In terms of Christianity, it’s what you might call more than the seventh heaven. In Hinduism we have this concept. Krishna says: “I am the Lord, I am him but beyond Him”. That “but beyond” is what I believe in: something beyond the world, universe, galaxies, allRead more about The only time I ever do something that really challenges my beliefs is when I challenge my own secularity.[…]

I’m not willing to battle over whether there’s a god or not. But I’m willing to fight for who’s here right now

I’m not willing to battle over whether there’s a god or not. But I’m willing to fight for who’s here right now

I am an agnostic at this point. I do think that there are forces that we don’t know and can’t comprehend, but I don’t believe in any one ideology. I was raised pretty Christian. My mom was Christian, my grandparents are WWII Austrian Catholic. My dad…we don’t even know what he is. He never saysRead more about I’m not willing to battle over whether there’s a god or not. But I’m willing to fight for who’s here right now[…]

You cannot attain spirituality through institutionalisation. You have to look for spirituality somewhere else. Maybe in human connections, or nature.

You cannot attain spirituality through institutionalisation. You have to look for spirituality somewhere else. Maybe in human connections, or nature.

As children growing up in Delhi, our encounters with religion were very fluid. We went to the Hindu temple if there was prasad [religious food offering], to the Gurudwara when they offered free lunch; we played at the Hindu cremation grounds and the Muslim burial grounds…We didn’t care who was Hindu or Muslim. But afterRead more about You cannot attain spirituality through institutionalisation. You have to look for spirituality somewhere else. Maybe in human connections, or nature.[…]