The Dalai Lama said :
"We can't say that all religions are the same, different religions have different views and fundamental differences. But it does not matter, as all religions are meant to help in bringing about a better world with better and happier human beings. On this level, I think that through different philosophical explanations and approaches, all religions have the same goal and the same potential."
I say : "With all respect and belief that the Dalai lama is the deepest and most profound spiritual thinker and speaker of modern time I state with great passion that all religion is good but indeed has been corrupted by those who wish to control others through fear and the promise of reward for obedience.
I believe that the positive forces gave human beings the "TRUTH"... for free! and the negative forces have packaged this truth, marketed it for their own personal gain and have called it "RELIGION".
I say : " all people are good,... we are just hopelessly prone to do bad things".
Follow your heart and believe in the source of this powerful light and you will have no need for the tribal disciplines of this world as they are indeed created by humans... your heart was not. Trust your heart and believe that you can see the "great one" in the eyes of an infant and peace will be yours to enjoy though most of the world will try to silence you any way possible."
I have been persecuted all of my life for speaking from my heart and I believe it is because the world has no place for truth as it requires a great deal of sacrifice to accept and is far too heavy a burden for most to carry. Case in point, the Dalai Lama... he has had to give up everything for his convictions but has never swayed from telling the truth as the reward is peace of mind,.. that which we all desire.
So much can be learned from the many gifted spirits who have joined humanity over time and have rewarded us with great gifts of truth, however, these "gifts" are as difficult and sometimes as unpleasant to find as a diamond in a sewage pit. You will have to endure the "filth" to have access to the gems. "Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see" is one of the many "gifts" that have been given and I believe is a very good one to begin with in order to follow the "middle road" as it is understood by the unseen one, the Dalai Lama and me.
Be well and safe everyone, enjoy what you have as tomorrow it may be gone.