So I am trying to find a good spiritual path to follow and I'm not really sure where to go or what to do, and you guys seem knowledgeable on the stuff so I figured I'd ask.
Most religions don't really do it for me, I was raised a Catholic but I'm not really a believer in that. I can quickly list what I believe in..
>No actual hell
>Higher power, more in the pantheistic mold than the traditional Abrahamic mold
>Reincarnation in possible
I know people will be like "just believe what you believe" but I like the structure of some sort of religious/spiritual belief system. I like reading literature about whatever belief system it is.
Hopefully you can help /x/ :)
Also, spiritual/religious general
Basically, Christianism Buddhism and Hinduism are highly superior to the New Age Movement. This latter is filled with greedy people and shills. Its good portion isn't so pure, as it's generally a way towards deva worlds. These ones aren't free from suffering, their inhabitants have a long and happy life but will fall into lower worlds after death.
However the main religions of our world will soon perish, as the future messiah will come with a new one. You don't want to listen this answer but this is the only one ; just do what you feel. If you want to find your spiritual path with your mental, you'll go nowhere.
To expand :
Most tantra is advaita<nondual> which means that we believe everything comes from one source and is in essence just that.
Everything comes from Shiva, and os a manifestation of him. Siva alone however, is the masculine static aspect - sort of like space, conciousness. If there was just siva, if everything existed or not wouldnt matter as nothing would happen. Its be the same as nonexistance. Thats why Siva is always in union (they are part of one whole) with Shakti - the feminine, active aspect. Sakti is everything, she is like the mother who gives borth to everything. Together siva and sakti form the neverending cycle of birth and death.
We believe in reincarnation, and the trika, kaula and aghora do not believe that anything is unholy. Saying something is unholy or wrong is like saying siva and sakti is wrong, and therefore everything is wrong.
We also believe that since everything is Siva and Sakti, you are Siva too. Through meditationa dm ritual, we achieve we achieve Sivata. Fully realising that you are siva, and having his full power. This requires awakening the sakti which rests in your muladhara chakra (the one between your ass and penis) through all the chakras to meet with your concioussness(your thiughts, mind) in the crown chakra. That allows one to escape samsara - cycles of time.
Why is samsara not ok? Samsara are cucles of time, they bind you and thus create suffering. These cycles of time are not a made up idea, its literally physically visible. For example the cycle of the female period. Other cycles also exist, have you ever experienced deja vu? History repeats itself. This creates feelings of anger, fear and fiscriminative thought(i like this, i dont like that etc) that create suffering and further bind you to samsara (i like this, i must have it! Etc)
We worship gods, but not entirely as beings, althought they are also considered beings (i know this is confusing , it really requires some reading to fully understand)
What sect of Hinduism focuses on Him? I will look at that PDF though, thank you.
Definitely seems something along the lines of what I am interested in, I'll look into those. Thank you
I know just the path for you to follow
What would you like to know?
you guys seem knowledgeable on the stuff
Hey! You should check Spiritism https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spiritism
>No actual hell
>God as the first cause of all things
>No meditation teaching, though (but meditation is not frowned upon and you could learn it from other sources)
>Emphasis on charity and self improvement
>Still somewhat Christian, so it is not a total departure from Catholicism (although the usual dogma, such as the Holy Trinity and Salvation, is not held)
>A good explanation for the Problem of Evil
Here is an introductory book, if you are interested (in English): http://www.allankardec.com/Allan_Kardec/Le_livre_des_esprits/lesp_us.pdf
Believe in Jesus Christ. It's the only true religion. You don't have to go to church to believe in Jesus. I researched the occult for awhile and came to the conclusion that Christianity is the correct religion.
Every religion besides Christianity has some form of a star as their symbol. Star represents Satan.
Have to tell the truth so I will.
Literally just imagine his face, his weapons and talk to him initially, tell him your problems, your wishes and ask him to guide you.
The next step is to pick up the book the loving ganesha which has simple bija mantras which are nothing more than the praises of the deity. ganesha is worshiped by all sects. Indonesia is a muslim country and has ganesha on its notes.
Even if you look into other religions, there are still hell planes that happen to people after death.
Even in hinduism, some Buddhists term "hells" and Christianity also has hell.
But if u have a chance to be free of the label of religion, why would u try to join one?
All preconceptions about religion are compromised when one surrenders to the Holy Spirit.
And not the fake Freemasons/Thelemites "holy spirit" the actual one, the one that is even transcendent of its meaning in Orthodox.