Vol 3, No 7

Table of Contents

Spirit of Ma'at  Vol 3, No 7    "The Great Religions" Cover
EDITORIAL: The Law of One   "God is One" is a precept reflected in all major religions. And in some way, the Golden Rule shines through each one as the basic law of Right Action and the path of Good. Drunvalo
1000+ BCE
Indigenous Spirituality: The Way of the Shaman    Indigenous spirituality is centered on "the shaman within each one of us" as Mother Earth's children. In the stillness, every insect, every animal, every tree, every leaf has something to teach us. Jade Wah'oo
Hinduism: The Way of Devotion    By focusing on God and devoting oneself to the One, Hindus rid themselves of the desire that feeds the cycle of karma and reincarnation. Kulkarne
Judaism: The Way of the Law    A Rabbi explains how the path of Judaism involves first understanding and then following God's laws for us in this life, as communicated to the Jewish people through the Torah and through the writings of prophets and scholars through the ages. Rabbi
c. 600 BCE
Zoroastrianism: The Way of Knowledge    To the followers of Zarathushtra, heaven is an Abode of Songs, the tranquillity that comes from acting on sacred knowledge and wisdom.   See also On Being Zarathushtri for an account of what the religion means to one enthusiastic practitioner. Anoshiravani
Jainism: The Way of Non-Violence    The president of an American Jain society describes Jain religious belief and practice — and explains why it's so hard to do in America. Peterson
Buddhism: The Way of Non-Attachment    A Buddhist monk and priest explains how Buddhist practice helps us to reach Nirvana by releasing our attachment to having things be different than they are. See also A Tibetan Buddhist in America with Llama Lanai. Rev.
Taoism: The Way of Balance    Few know that Taoism has its roots in the inculcation of knowledge in humans by extraterrestrial beings, long before the Tao te Ching was inscribed. This article looks at the little-known shamanic roots of Taoism. Jamison
Confucianism: The Way of Self-Cultivation    A noted Confucian scholar discusses the roots of Chinese thought and the most recent developments of the New Confucianism toward healing the world and the environment. Peterson
100–750 CE
Christianity: The Way of Love    Author and scholar Charles W. Meister discusses Christianity in relationship to its "divisive" and "unitive" factors, and explains how we may belong to one religion while being "of" all religions. Meister
Shinto: The Way of Purification    The Reverend Koichi Barrish, the first Shinto priest to come out of the United States, describes this beautiful philosophy and practice that is imbued with the sacredness of nature. Rev.
Islam: The Way of Submission   For the followers of Islam, Allah's revelations to the Prophet Muhammad represent His ultimate and final word. Islamic religious practice consists of submitting one's will to this word, which can be summed up in the Five Pillars of Islam. Hiltner
Sufism: The Way of the Heart    Drunvalo practiced traditional Sufism for eleven years. Here, he describes his personal experience and the value he found in this religion of the heart. Drunvalo
1500–1900 CE
Sikhism: The Way of the Word    For Sikhs, enlightenment comes through reading the words of enlightened beings. Sikhs believe in self-defense, but they also defend the rights of people in other religions than their own. Kaur
Bahà'i: The Way of World Unity    Only a little more than a century old, this religion today has millions of adherents. And the Bahà'i central belief is in unity: that the world must come together as One. Stockman