As many Christians, Muslims, and Jews confront the reality of religious pluralism, they come to a variety of opinions and courses of action.
Some aggressively proselytize their religion. Others quietly exert influence by setting an example for others.
Some are dismayed at the religious diversity and are inconsolable. Others are encouraged by the notion that God has spoken in different ways to different cultures at different times in history.
Some proclaim that all but their own faith are damned. Others proclaim the potential universal salvation of all through God’s grace as it is doled out through their own institution.
Some find themselves adrift, living in a world with no center, or many centers. These folks embrace irreconcilable pluralism despite the apparent universal claims which have been made by their religion in the past.
In the face of such deep pluralism, the response of The Meusio of Integralism is based on these lines from Our Profession of Faith:
In our era, God is uniting the Children of 𝌆𝌂 (Abraham) and the Bosom of 𝌆𝌁 (Buddha) through a plurality of understandings at all the 𝌡𝌄 (Stations) of 𝍒𝌅 (Lila) and a broad range of 𝌧𝌃 (Enactments, Enlightenments).
Thus, we reject the notion that pluralism runs so deeply in our world that it overcomes the power of deep common structures, beliefs, practices, and orientations.
At the same time, we do not assert that all the structures, beliefs, practices, and orientations out there in any faith are identical to our own, that they should be identical to our own, or that they do not come from the same God.
We believe that the God of Abraham has Revealed Himself through a “broad range of enactments and enlightenments” at “many stations of Lila (divine-play)” in a fashion that changes in the course of history.
But, to put it crudely, God was hands-on with the Children of Abraham, and left the rest of humankind to a more hands-off management style. Please laugh, that’s a joke!
God was never really hands-off with the Hindus or the Buddhists or the Chinese or the African religions or Mesoamerican religions or Native American religions. Allah found ways to make himself known, given the difficulties of communication that was unlike that which He found with the prophets in the line of Abraham, from the prophets of the Hebrew Bible to the Christian avatar and saints to the Muslim prophets and other latter-day avatars, saints, and prophets including our own Muktahin, Joseph of Moses Lake.
According to the Biblical story of Babel, God scattered humankind and gave us a multiplicity of languages because we were not capable of using the power of speech in an appropriate manner. This applies as well to the question of why there are so many different religions and philosophies.
Different languages express the human condition and its concerns differently, reacting to different environmental stresses and cultural imperatives. When religions tell stories and create programs for human development and divinization or salvation or enlightenment, they use the wisdom of language to communicate subtle universal truths.
Because of the power of the KR (𝌯𝌁) which is the Yang to the Yung of Consciousness — Christ and Keter and Koran — all of these creative efforts to tell stories about Heaven and Earth were mysteriously aligned to the Will of Allah in subtle ways, as The Meusio’s holy texts and scholarship will show.
Owing to the difficulties involved in spiritual communications in the world of Babel, God did what he could to ensure that His Will was carried out. Don’t question it, even if you don’t understand how it had to happen this way.
What has happened in history — thousands of languages, thousands of religions, and nearly as many wars and bloody, violent conflicts — is over, if we say it over. God wills it, but God’s will requires our human cooperation to make it so.
God wills peace among the religions, but not at the cost of Truth.
This is not a way of giving toehold to a resurgence of religious conflict. It is a simple statement that there is Truth among all the religions, expressed differently in all of the world’s languages. It is time, at long last, to find the deep underlying structures in which the Truth is found in all that is sacred.
If this seems impossible to you, you are forgiven. It is not easy to comprehend, but it is worth contemplating.
With the arrival of Integral Philosophy, it is now possible to understand that Truth is refracted in many prisms, but not randomly so. Different developmental stages of individuals, cultures, and societies have an impact on all of our religions and philosophies. Variations in psychological types are also of sublime importance in determining the different ways that people have spoken about God (or no-God). Variations in states of consciousness are also incredibly important for understanding how different mystics, sages, avatars, and prophets have contacted the same Absolute or identified with the Supreme Identity, and yet have reported different things.
With the arrival of Lingua-U, it is now possible to protect the Truth that must be preserved for the ongoing Harmony and Health and Holiness of All Life in All Worlds — God’s ultimate concern, stated simply — with the value of protecting and promoting cultural, linguistic, and religious diversity.
At The Meusio, we believe this is not only possible … it is our charge, our great hope to bring Integral Philosophy and Metalanguage into the service of a more harmonious and healthful world, with special consideration for all who have been left behind or suffered disproportionately.