Some one asked:  “Between Hinduism and Buddhism, which one do you prefer, which one makes more sense to you and why?”  

The religions of the world have a more external or surface appearance and also a deeper more spiritual core. Each religion in its more external and commonly known formulations expresses a part of the truth but often with much distortion, half-truths, and important things left out. But the core of all major religions contain the more essential teachings and are compatible with each other. This hidden (occult) side of religions is sometimes called “esoteric.” It is the core, the esoteric depth of religions that I prefer. And for that, one need not so much choose between them but rather study the unity that underlies them. One treatment of this is: The Essential Unity Of All Religions : Bhagavan das.

The above Bhagavan das book is a publication of the Theosophical Society (based initially on the Writings of H.P. Blavatsky) which is one of three major esoteric schools that are extant in modern times. (The other two esoteric schools being based on works appearing under the name of Alice Bailey and Lucile Cedercrans. (This latter author, incidentally, was also at one phase of her life a teacher of Tibetan Buddhism.) These three schools all are more or less compatible with and complementary to each other. They do not represent a particular religion but are a synthesis of their underlying principles. They also make some use of both Western Christian terms as well as the terms and concepts of Eastern religions. See, for example Is Theosophy Hinduism, Buddhism, or Something Else?

And again we see the parallel in that, “Through Alice Bailey’s writings many Hindu and Buddhist concepts became familiar in the West.” Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Denise Cush… P. 558

So I admire some things in Buddhism, Hinduism, as well as in Christianity, but I prefer to approach these through the schools of esoteric studies such as those above. The reason for my choice is that this path:

  • Is synthetic rather than exclusive
  • Does not limit you to a particular religion
  • Appeals to both the heart and head
  • If very practical
  • If knowledge based rather than faith based
  • Is comprehensive and far ranging
  • Address questions in depth that are left out of orthodox religions
  • Calls for the use of both the intellect and intuition
  • Allows for free thinking and complete individuality of approach
  • Is more compatible with science than external religions
  • Is conscious of modern culture and the needs of modern man
  • Accords with my own personal and spiritual experiences

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