I’ve always loved this quote from the Buddha.
Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense. ~ Buddha
It is similar to a quote by one of the Deist Saints (ok, so Deists don’t have a hierarchy of saints but if we did this guy would be on the list)
It is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving, it consists in professing to believe what one does not believe. ~Thomas Paine
So how ’bout that! Who knew. Ok so perhaps my title should be the other way around… Deist saint really a Buddhist.
Either way, my Buddhist and Deist tendencies reinforced.
I don’t really write much about UUism or my church. I pretty much write things that happen in my life from my Deist and UU perspective but over at a new blog called The UU Salon, the moderators post a question that invite UU bloggers to comment on it.
This month’s question is:
Universalism, the “other U.” What does it mean to you? Do you resonate with Universalism, or not? What about the Universalist perspective challenges or comforts you?
For non UU readers of mine you may feel a little left out by this post. Sorry. : (
So the “other U”. Universalism… it’s the “U” that resonates with me most. It fills me with a feeling of grace and humility.
But when I first found UUism and began attending my church it was the Unitarian aspect that I gravitated to at first. I found comfort in the idea that all forms of the Divine were manifestations of one God. I attended a showing of One: The Movie and was hooked on the idea that all are one.
As I have evolved in my spiritual growth though, I have found what is most important to me is the idea that God is too good, too loving and too forgiving to damn anyone to an eternity of suffering. And so now it is the other U… Universalism that resonates most with me.
For me it means all will reach the ultimate goal of being one with God again. It is comforting to me to have this idea. Coupled with basic teachings of Buddhism and the philosophy Deism has to the nature of God, Universalism reinforces my idea that through learned lessons, our own works and a number of rebirths we will all eventually find our way back to our spiritual home.
There are of course challenges to reconcile with the idea of Universal salvation. What of those who commit the most heinous of acts against humanity and other sentient beings. Why do bad things happen to good people. What is our responsibility to respond to those who destroy our earthly home and others in it.
I think this is where religion comes in and why I attend my church.
W E ‘ R E F A R M E R S !!
So during the four weeks when I was doing the demolition and reconstruction of our kitchen (see post below) I decided since I was in a building kind of mood I would construct a little raised garden bed. “Little” is the key word here. It’s only two and a half feet by five and a half feet.
It’s really cool though. I can hardly believe it. (click the thumbnails to see bigger pics)
Emmie and I have talked about doing one since… well since before we even met. For a little more than a decade I’ve had the notion of living off the land, raising a few chickens and goats and having a garden that could sustain my family. Keep in mind I know nothing about country living or farming and ranching but like I said for years I’ve had the desire to do this. I even bought my own little piece of Texas about nine years ago with the hopes of doing it some day.
Emmie told me when we first met online that she has had the dream of being able to have her own vegetable garden for years as well.
Well, she ain’t much but here it is.
Our little plot of earth that will soon release her bounty. 🙂 And with God’s good grace and laws of physics He has set in place (and hopefully despite my complete lack of knowledge) we will have at least some fresh veggies from our own garden.
We started by planting seeds back in February. That may have been a bit early but like I said we don’t really know what we’re doing. Continue reading
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