Friday, 15 April 2011

The Great Mystery

The attitude of the American Indian towards the Eternal, The Great Mystery that surrounds and embraces us, is as simple as it is exalted. To us it is the supreme conception, bringing with it the fullest measure of joy and satisfaction possible in this life.

The worship of The Great Mystery is silent, solitary, free from all self-seeking. It is silent, because all speech is of necessity and feeble and imperfect; therefore the souls of our ancestor ascended to God in wordless adoration.

It is solitary,because we believe that God is nearer to us in solitude, and there are no priests authorized to come between us and our maker. None can exhort or confess or in any way meddle with the religious experience of another. All of us are created children of God, all stand erect conscious of divinity. Our faith cannot be formulated in creeds, nor forced upon any who are unwilling to receive it; hence there is no preaching, persecution, neither are there any scoffers or atheists.

Our religion is an  attitude of mind, not a dogma.

Jerry Katz
from his book, “Essential Writings on Nonduality”, p.81