The Buddha called this “right speech:” If you cannot say something in such a way that the other person feels good on hearing it, then it is better to retain noble silence. This should not be interpreted as a cop-out. “I don’t know how to say what I want to say without you getting upset, so I shall just keep quiet.” Expressing our thoughts and feelings is valuable; but we need to do so in ways that do not trigger the vicious circle. So we should retain noble silence only so long as we need to–until we’ve worked out how to say what we have to say in a kind and loving manner.
Spiritual teachings often refer to this as The Golden Rule. “Regard your neighbor’s gain as your own gain, and your neighbor’s loss as your loss,” says Taoism. The Koran proclaims, “No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself.” While Christ said, “All things whatsoever that ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.”
The key is kindness, the intent to cause no harm to others. It springs from the recognition that the light of consciousness shining in us all is divine. We honor God by honoring each other. For each and every one of us is holy.
|My religion is kindness.
– The Dalai Lama
Unlike the God I rejected as a youth, God as the light of consciousness neither conflicts with my scientific leanings, nor does it run counter to my intuition and reason. Indeed, it points toward an ultimate convergence of science and religion. By convergence I mean more than just a reconciliation between two different worldviews. Various people have traced parallels and areas of similarity between science and spirituality–the way that quantum theory, for example, is like some Buddhist, Hindu or Taoist teachings on the nature of reality. Or in the way that Old Testament teachings seem to predict recent scientific discoveries. These resemblances are certainly intriguing, but I believe we are heading toward a far more profound convergence–a true synthesis of the two in a single, all-embracing worldview.
From respected author Peter Russell. Visit his site at: http://www.peterrussell.com