A lot of people spend time identifying what distinguishes Catholicism from other religions.
Seems like I like to play the “opposite game” a lot, and this is not exception.
Several years ago I decided to dedicate my remaining years to looking for unity of the entire Mystical Body of Christ, which technically should include all human beings, or if not that was what I was after.
One thing I like to get good at, is seeing the similarities. I want to find what is common in our thinking, much more than identify what is different. That isn’t an interesting problem to me because others have worked it well so I am a small voice there. Not too many people look at what unites us with those who “believe differently” – even though we all share approximately the same “human condition” in most civilized countries. So I think my chances of being useful are better off this way, and it’s something I really like to do.
So here. A guy today on facebook posted a quote by Rajneesh aka “Osho” (1931-1990) who was a popular Indian mystic who worked with Ghandi. I thought, "hey wow every sentence sounds like something I’ve heard in the Bible.
So here it is. After many years of threatening to write papers highlighting similarities between religions (and ultimately between religious practices and psychological research). these are just some initial notes, so I don’t know yet how to organize all of it but I wanted to show everybody a taste of it.
Here is the quote by Osho, that my friend posted.
“The guide is not outside, the guide is within you. One has to go deeper into one’s own being to find the guide. Once the inner guide is found there are no more mistakes, no repentance, no guilt. There is no question of doing good or doing bad. One walks in light and one walks lightly because the head and the burden of the head is no more there. And when one walks in light and walks lightly, life becomes laughter, love, joy.”
Osho: The guide is not outside, the guide is within you.
Bible - Jesus:
37 On the last and greatest day of the feast, Jesus stood up and exclaimed, “Let anyone who thirsts come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as scripture says:
‘Rivers of living water will flow from within him.’”
39 He said this in reference to the Spirit that those who came to believe in him were to receive. There was, of course, no Spirit yet, because Jesus had not yet been glorified.
… so the Spirit is the living water flowing from within. So the living water from within is connected with his quenching a thirst. So now to connect the Spirit with guide:
15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always, 17 the Spirit of truth, which the world cannot accept, because it neither sees nor knows it. But you know it, because it remains with you, and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. 19 In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me, because I live and you will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father and you are in me and I in you. 21 Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me. And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him.” 22 Judas, not the Iscariot, said to him, “Master, [then] what happened that you will reveal yourself to us and not to the world?” 23 Jesus answered and said to him, “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him. 24 Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; yet the word you hear is not mine but that of the Father who sent me.
25 “I have told you this while I am with you. 26 The Advocate, the holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name—he will teach you everything and remind you of all that * told you.*
Osho: Once the inner guide is found there are no more mistakes, no repentance, no guilt. There is no question of doing good or doing bad.
Bible – St. Paul:
1 Hence, now there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus has freed you from the law of sin and death.
Osho: One walks in light and one walks lightly because the head and the burden of the head is no more there.
Bible – Jesus:
5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
28 “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”
Osho: And when one walks in light and walks lightly, life becomes laughter, love, joy."
Bible – St. Paul:
Gal 5: (about “fruit of the spirit” – what you do when spirit-led)
22 In contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. 24 Now those who belong to Christ [Jesus] have crucified their flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also follow the Spirit. 26 Let us not be conceited, provoking one another, envious of one another.