“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries.
Without them humanity cannot survive.”
~ Dalai Lama
“There is a temple, a shrine, a mosque, a church where I kneel.
Prayer should bring us to an altar where no walls or names exist.
Is there not a region of love where the sovereignty is illumined nothing,”
~ Rabia of Basra
“I have learned so much from God
That I can no longer call myself
a Christian, a Hindu, a Muslim, a Buddhist, a Jew”
“Not Christian or Jew or Muslim, not Hindu, Buddhist, Sufi, or Zen.
Not any religion, or cultural system. I am not from the East or the West, nor out of the ocean or up from the ground, not natural or ethereal, not composed of elements at all.
I do not exist, am not an entity in this world or the next, did not descend from Adam and Eve or any origin story.
My place is placeless, a trace of the traceless. Neither body nor soul. I belong to the Beloved have seen the two worlds as one and that one call to and know,
First, last, outer, inner, only that breath breathing human.”
~ Rumi, Only Breath
“I consider myself a Hindu, Christian, Muslim, Jew, Buddhist, and Confucian.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi
“Your task is not to seek for love,
but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself
that you have built against it.”
Ron’s Introduction to “Biophilism”
“Biophilism” is a poetic essay which declares our urgent need for a universal religion of LOVE.
Its title “Biophilism” was derived from “biophilia”, which means “love of Life”. It’s interpretation is encompassed by the above key quotations and by my following explanatory comments.
This posting is closely related to my recent Reflections on Religious Beliefs, which tell why humanity cannot survive without universal ethical behavior beyond conflicting religious beliefs.
The new millennium demands a new universal religion –
A religion of Love.
So, let us curb our dogmas
and park our hierarchies.
Let us leave atonement theology,
and live at-one-ment Reality.
Let us transcend our ism schisms
and live a Universal ism —
The love of Life.
Let us live life
as love of Life.
Let us let go, and
let Life live us,
Ron’s audio recitation of “Biophilism”
Ron’s explanation of “Biophilism”
Many years ago the then obvious dangers of nuclear war catastrophe inspired my composition of the foregoing poem, envisioning a new universal religion of LOVE.
After the horrendous 1945 US atomic bombings of the civilian populations of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, and especially since the ‘miraculous’ resolution of the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis between the USA and USSR, I have been deeply concerned by obviously insane dangers of a nuclear war catastrophe which would end earth life as we’ve known it. So I’ve long realized the urgent need to abolish all nuclear weapons.
Today’s poetic essay was composed after my midlife spiritual awakening, long before the doomsday clock of the bulletin of atomic scientists was moved to 100 seconds to midnight. Since then we’ve experienced increasingly violent and politically polarized times, beyond those which motivated this poem. So the poem’s message seems more urgently imperative now than when it was composed.
In order to avert current catastrophic threats to Life on our precious planet, humanity needs egalitarian societal organizations – including its influential religious organizations; we need democratically participatory organizations which promote and practice coexistence, compassion and cooperation over hierarchical domination and unsustainable exploitation of people and other lifeforms.
Though countless people have benefited from religions, I believe that Humans must now adopt universal religious ethics of empathy and Love, beyond the divisiveness and conflict often arising from fundamentalist religious belief systems.
Thus, today’s posting declares our urgent need for a new universal religion of LOVE. Although some may consider this poem as impractical or Utopian, I deem it not just feasible but evolutionarily imperative that we end and transcend unsustainable current human warfare insanity.
As lovers of God and Nature, let us envision and religiously experience our true spiritual nature, which is Universal LOVE!
Unlike visionary ancestor John Lennon, we don’t need to foresee or imagine a world with “no religions too”, but rather recognize and follow ONE universal religion of LOVE.
And so may it be!