By John Aston White
There is essentially no difference between the Hindu Avatars, the Abrahamic Manifestations, the Buddhist Buddhas or the Sikh Gurus. Through devotion to God, and the development of all of His attributes, human beings are anointed by God as His Saoshyants (Saviors of the Lands). These are the White Horses of Truth setting out conquering and to conquer in His Name! These are the destroyers of evil and the opposers of the Lie. These are the Ones who have devoted Themselves to God and become the perfect reflection of His attributes; They are Manifestations of the Word of God. The falsehood or the Lie is based on the human ego’s perception of the material world as ultimate Reality. The enemies that must be conquered are the errors and false perceptions within our individual and collective consciousness. These divine Messengers of God completely overcame Their own egos and attained complete union with God with no intervening ego and functioning solely as a pure extension of God, executing His Will and manifesting His Word according to our capacity to understand it. There is no way to clearly define where God begins or ends within Them, as They are merely human matter being used as vehicles to express the Will of God. These human vehicles should not give us reasons to divide the Truth into fragments but, rather, should be viewed as benchmarks for humanity. If we consider it unrealistic or disrespectful to use Krishna, Zarathushtra, Abraham, Moses, Siddhartha, Jesus, Muhammad, Nanak, the Báb or Bahá’u’lláh as benchmarks, then let it be Shankara, Ramakrishna, Vivekananda, Elijah, Ezekiel, Isaiah, Ananda, Thich Nhat Hanh, Tenzin Gyatso, Mary Magdalene, John the Divine, Paul the Apostle, Mother Teresa, Abu Bakr al-Siddiq, ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib, Rumi, Táhirih, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Shoghi Effendi or those of this caliber. All humanity should strive to live their lives according to these Models and attain an equally exalted bond with God. This is our proper spiritual position—our divine spiritual purpose.
Beyond the perceived differences among religions, lie the essential interdependent truths. These essential truths within the Hindu, Zoroastrian, Abrahamic, Buddhist, Taoic, Sikh, Bahá’í and all other religions belong united together as complementary pieces of the puzzle. None of these religions possesses the exclusive, correct view of the truth but each has its own unique expression and interdependent parts of the truth. A puzzle can never be completed if there is only one piece. The lessons of devotion to God, meditation, detachment, atonement, selfless service, community service and development, good thoughts, good words, good deeds, reunion with God or the Good Mind and the many others are not choices to choose from but are all Teachings of the Religion of God. When the Puzzle of Ultimate Truth is pieced together, it gives us a roadmap. The roadmap is humanity’s path of God. Any religion of the world that clings to its separateness and independence from other religions of the world does not understand the Reality of unity.
Lazy humans that we are, we don’t want to study all the Teachings of God’s multiple Messengers, as the mere thought of the time and effort to do so makes us feel exhausted. It is much easier to just pick the one that is closest to us and declare ourselves as part of that particular religious “club.” By being spiritually lazy and unmotivated, we don’t even learn the path shown to us by any one Teacher, and we simply claim association, as if that in itself will make us enlightened spiritually.
It is far too difficult and unfathomable for us to imagine a formless God Who pervades the universe, a God that is in everything but is bound by nothing. We humans seem to want a physical manifestation that we can identify with. So we create idols made of wood or stone or mold gold or other materials. But when this doesn’t satisfy us, we make gods out of Those who realized Their oneness with Divinity and declare that everyone must worship the human manifestation of the One we acknowledge as the true Divine human. Such an attitude merely enables us to have a tangible form of God that we can identify with and understand, but it doesn’t solve the most challenging issues we face in the world today which include fear, ignorance, greed, hatred, inequality, injustice and war.
Unfortunately, these ills are the result of our poor understanding of what God is, and out of ignorance we are left in states of fear, selfishness, aversion, racism and injustice—all of which leave humanity in disunity and lead to conflict and war “in the name of God.” If we could only see the truth through spiritual wisdom, we would indeed realize the Divinity of these Manifestations of God, as we also realize our own divine nature. By attaining spiritual wisdom we realize that we are all equal but not equal in littleness, but equal in grandeur! Not equal in spiritual poverty but equal in spiritual wealth! Jesus Christ asked, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, ye are gods’?” And Bahá’u’lláh concurred reflecting the Voice of the Eternal Holy Spirit saying, “I created thee rich, why dost thou bring thyself down to poverty? Noble I made thee, wherewith dost thou abase thyself? . . . Turn thy sight unto thyself, that thou mayest find Me standing within thee, mighty, powerful and self-subsisting.”
This Good Mind of God is abounding in power and creativity because it is aligned with the Will of God. And His Will leads one to speak and act as a servant of the Cause of God. Even though this ideal can be easily corrupted by the brain and the human ego, if we persistently strive toward wholesomeness, with right effort, right mindfulness and right concentration, we will ultimately find ourselves treading the lofty path of selfless service. We were created with a connection to the Supreme Soul which connects us to God. When the Hindus speak of union with Brahman, this means being united with this same Good Mind that was sought after by Zarathushtra, as expressed throughout The Gathas. Gautama Buddha taught that when one finds her or himself free from the fetters of ignorance, greed and hatred, she or he will attain Nirvana. Or in the words of Jesus Christ, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.”
About the Author: John Aston White is the author of White Horses. He is a father, writer, publisher, musician, teacher, seeker, and One with All That Is. White studied music at the University of New Orleans and then later earned a business degree from Broward College. In early 2013 he had a sort of spiritual awakening or peak experience, which inspired him to immerse himself in the study of the world’s great religions and write his first book, White Horses. He is currently working on a Master’s Degree in Psychology at Florida International University to complement his spiritual and religious background. White is also the founder of One Light Ministries, which is an organization that is focused on spiritual and personal growth events, retreats and workshops, as well as drug and alcohol rehabilitation and well-being centers.