Love one another

August 30, 2009

I was reading an article the other day about the brain possibly being hardwired for religion & spirituality.

It also addressed the possibility that religion is simply something that developed over the ages to help people deal with tough times. The old “opiate of the masses” argument.

We may or may not be hardwired for spirituality. Religion may or may not be the opiate of the masses. But I do think that Jesus had the right idea when he taught love.

Loving one another is something we don’t do enough of.

I am reminded of the Sanskrit term, namaste. One translation I’ve always liked is “That which is of the Divine in me greets that which is of the Divine in you.” Or “The God in me greets the God in you.”

We could all spend more time connecting with the Divinity in others. And ourselves, for that matter. If we see the Divine, we can’t help but love.

At the end of summer semester, one of my most challenging students gave me an evaluation form, on which he scrawled: “SHE IS A GREAT TEACHER!”

If I had a similar form for Jesus, or for any religious tradition that teaches love, I’d write the very same thing. Jesus was–and is–is a great teacher.

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