My God-of-Love Life: Interspiritual Wisdom for a Unified World

Source: Huff Post

I have always been spiritually promiscuous, lying down with any God who will have me. This passionate attraction to religion makes no sense. My parents, intellectual Jews, rejected the wrathful Father-God of their ancestors in favor of an eclectic embrace of eastern thought, western esotericism and indigenous wisdom ways. (I love those versions too: the Buddha Nature, the Philosopher’s Stone, the Great Spirit — they are all equally alluring to me.) What I am seeking is the source of Love itself, a paradoxical melting of my thirsty little self into the Ocean of Being. I catch whiffs of this great beauty — the object of my heart’s deepest desire –in every one of the world’s spiritual traditions.

The God I love celebrates humanity in all our disguises, and makes a direct correlation between our relationships with one another and our relationship with him. All the great wisdom teachings point to this. The three Abrahamic faiths — Judaism, Christianity and Islam, who have traditionally endeavored to wipe each other off the face of the earth — unfold a clear set of instructions about uncovering the essential interconnectedness of all creation and finding the face of God in every being.

“Do not argue with the followers of earlier revelation otherwise than in the most kindly manner… and say, ‘We believe in that which has been bestowed upon us, as well as that which has been bestowed upon you’ for our God and your God is one and the same, and it is unto him that we all surrender ourselves.” (Quran 29:46)

The Qur’an affirms the equality between the “People of the Book”: Jews, Christians and Muslims.

“God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.” (1 John 4:16)

Christ taught that the essence of God is not separate from love itself.

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” (Deuteronomy 6:5)

All three of the Abrahamic faiths agree that the foundation of all commandments is to love the Divine with every fiber of our being.

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  1. Thank you, Mirabai Starr, for reminding us that the heart of our faiths points to oneness in the Divine. Starr’s new book is one of many emerging books that embrace interspiritual discussion and practice. I want to recommend another book, Prayer of the Heart in Christian and Sufi Mysticism by Sufi teacher Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee. Here is a short video with excerpts from the chapter, Prayer for the Earth:

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