India is leading the world in the battle with Corona with the lowest mortality rate in a highly densely populated country with poverty and disease. China is spreading out in the world. So much more so its evil influences have become manifested in a virus which has caused the Corona Pandemic.
Sing to God a new song, sing to God the whole earth (Psalms 97:1)
Israel this year has hosted Eurovision which is the world’s most foremost alliance of public service media representing 117 member organizations in 56 countries and an additional 34 Associates in Africa, Asia, Australia and the Americas. There is beauty in song. There is freedom in song.
Song without lyrics is universal. When we add to song lyrics is made its connection to intellect; but song is from the heart. On Mount Sinai God spoke to the Jewish people and gave to them the Torah.
Universal faith means that religions of the world were revealed in order of progressive revelation. This means that God sent each religious founder prophet to progressively advance religious teachings. The Bha”i faith in Haifa is a Universal faith. Unlike other universal religions, the Bha”i writings do not state that the human race is a whole but celebrates the variety of religions and the differences among peoples. The Bha”i faith was founded in the mid-nineteenth century by Bahuulah who claimed to be a prophet. He was persecuted and spent over a decade in prison in Ottoman Palestine.
A recent article about iconoclasm and the power of religious objects got me thinking about Kashmir. In the world today there are two sides in conflict claiming that the other side is idolatry. These two sides are from the side of the Abrahamic religion and the side of Christianity and Hinduism. In the middle of this conflict are innocent human beings who become the victims of terrorism.
In Kashmir there is a long time dispute both political, ethnic and religious between Pakistan Muslims and India Hindus. Muslim religion prohibits building any statues of deities. In Muslim temples there are also no forms or images. The Koran is very strict to prohibit connecting to anything but an empty formless space who is Allah hidden and revered.
The word Karma today is part of Western Culture Vocabulary. In my opinion the Hindu word Karma refers to obligation. Free from obligation is called Moksha spiritual liberation, Nirvana spiritual bliss. Secularists accept Karma, call Nirvana – vacation, moksha – freedom. However these terminologies need explanation.
Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden were free from Karma. They lived in Moksha and Nirvana. They were coaxed by the snake to experiment touching a forbidden tree and when Eve ate from the forbidden tree it tasted good. She gave her husband Adam to eat and they ate together. As a result their life changed. They had obligation to their family and their children. When they were single Adam and Eve were free of obligations. They could enjoy the light of God day and night without a baby waking them up in the middle of the night. Once they entered the real world, they could not get back to the garden, their children kept them busy.