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All is One

Say: He is Allah,
The One and Only.
Allah, the Eternal, Absolute.
He begets not, nor is He begotten.
And there is none like unto Him.

~ Al-Qur’an 112:1-4

In the beginning was the Word,
 and the Word was with God,
 and the Word was God.

~ The Bible, John 1.1

The Tao that can be spoken is not the eternal Tao
The name that can be named is not the eternal name
The nameless is the origin of Heaven and Earth
The named is the mother of myriad things
Thus, constantly without desire, one observes its essence
Constantly with desire, one observes its manifestations
These two emerge together but differ in name
The unity is said to be the mystery
Mystery of mysteries, the door to all wonders

~ Tao Te Ching, Chapter 1

There are many paths up the Mountain,
 but the view of the moon from the top is the same.

~ Ancient Japanese saying

Indra's Net

"Far away in the heavenly abode of the great god Indra, there is a wonderful net which has been hung by some cunning artificer in such a manner that it stretches out indefinitely in all directions.

In accordance with the extravagant tastes of the deities, the artificer has hung a single glittering jewel at the Net's every node, and since the net is infinite in dimension, the jewels are infinite in number. There hang the jewels, glittering like stars of the first magnitude, a wonderful sight to behold.

If we now arbitrarily select one of these jewels for inspection and look closely at it, we will discover that in its polished surface there are reflected all the other jewels in the net, infinite in number. Not only that, but each of the jewels reflected in this one jewel is also reflecting all the other jewels, so that the process of reflection is infinite."

~ The Avatamasaka Sutra
Francis H. Cook: Hua-Yen Buddhism :
The Jewel Net of Indra 1977

A Thought for the Road

" I suggest we encourage meetings among scholars from different religious backgrounds to discuss differences and similarities in their traditions, in order to promote empathy and to improve our knowledge about one another."

~ The Dalai Lama

The Pilgrimage Project

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The Impulse

The Pilgrimage Project began with a core belief:

That there is one God and that He wears many faces. For some time I have seen Him as a jewel of infinite facets, with each facet showing the same countenance, but represented differently.

He is like a mountain. There are many paths to the summit but they all go to the same place. One God, one mountain.

Since time immemorial, people have been drawn to him, drawn to express their own relationship in a myriad of different ways.

I am a storyteller. Whether I use a camera or a pen, the story I seek to share is the same one.
The photographer seeks to draw in pictures, the shorthand of our age, the glory of his creation and the way in which He is constantly revealing Himself, every moment of every day.

The writer seeks to share those experiences in words.

To draw ever nearer to Him, I must move. I must make a journey; I must undertake my own pilgrimage.

I must take the first steps on a journey of a thousand miles.

The Way

When the impulse, the task, was given to me, I initially saw it as a 10– or 20-year project, with a book at the end.

Sometimes however, waiting till the journey is done is not the appropriate way. The traveller moves along the road and as he stops for refreshment at the inns along the way, his gift to those who care for him is to share his stories. The troubadours of old would earn their food and board for the night by sharing their stories.

The great English novelist, Charles Dickens, initially released his works in serialised form, and then later bound them together as novels. The modern novelist Stephen King did likewise with his story of sin and redemption, The Green Mile, initially published as six monthly volumes. Only later was it released as a novel.

For that reason, and because I have no sense of a conclusion, each step of the journey will be released as a chapter, as and when it is completed.

Dear Reader, I would invite you to share my journey to explore the many faces of God.

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