Tagged: veneration

Sacredness

holy

I hear that word all the time in religious gatherings.

What is sacred?  What is holy?  What is sacrosanct?

I don’t know. 🙂

That word must be something important. I need to find out. Let me look that word up in the dictionary.

According to the on-line Google dictionary:

Adjective

  1. Connected with God (or the gods) or dedicated to a religious purpose and so deserving veneration: “sacred rites”.
  2. Religious rather than secular.

Because I know something about duality, I can see that this word is dividing something “Godly” with something “secular,” that is; non-religious, worldly stuff.

Then, the problem arises when we want to pursue that which is “holy” and reject or put aside that which is not.

The issue is that our society, our traditions will choose that which is “holy” as the important thing.

Is the temple “holier” than my office at work?

Is the church sacred and not my apartment?

Is God deserving veneration but not Nature?

Is a ritual, something which God may need or like from us?

We can see how by inventing a word to convey “higher importance” than the other things, we have separated items which otherwise are just the same.

This is the origin of worship. The origin of devotion.

What is the sense of having devotion for something  or someone?

Our sense of inferiority. We can call that with the nicer label of  “love.”

However, love is not between an inferior and a superior. Love is between equals and that is why, devotion cannot be love.

Equality. We know that we are souls. Even God is a soul. That is our equality.

When we accept a tradition and perform a particular ritual, we may need to ask ourselves what is the point on that.

If we don’t,  we may not be venerating the sacredness of our valuable time.

The universe is holy. Life is holy. Sacred. No need to be divided by a dualistic mind.