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Christian, Jew, Muslim,
shaman, Zoroastrian,
stone, ground, mountain, river,
each has a secret way of being
with the mystery,
unique and not to be judged.

~ Maulana Jalalu-'d-din Muhammad Rumi

Talk as much philosophy as you like, worship as many gods as you like, observe ceremonies and sing devotional hymns, but liberation will never come, even after a hundred aeons, without realizing the oneness.
  ~ Shankara

Everyone has a spirit that can be refined, a body that can be trained in some manner, a suitable path to follow. You are here to realize your inner divinity and manifest your innate enlightenment.

~ Morihei Ueshiba


The Sacred Text Archive


This is a freely available archive of electronic texts about religion, mythology, legends and folklore, and occult and esoteric topics. Texts are presented in English translation and, where possible, in the original language. This site has no particular agenda other than promoting religious tolerance and scholarship.

Sacred and Mystical


If God is a mountain, then there are many paths to reach Him.

As long as men have sought the creator, they have found or been given a way to approach him. New understandings breed new religions, as men clothe them in the raiment of their own cultural perspective.

At the foot of the mountain, all paths appear quite different and for some, quite exclusive. It is here that you hear men talk of “their” region as being the only path.

Further up the mountain, however, it becomes apparent that there are other paths. At this point in the journey it is common for people to wonder if they are on the “right” path.

They are.

Mystics near the top of the mountain, with their direct "gnosis" or knowing, have direct experience that God is One.

God is a jewel of infinite facets, each one reflecting another aspect of Him. The core is the same, even if the light being reflected appears different. The Great Truth takes many forms, but there is only one Truth, only one God.

Near the summit it becomes apparent, when looking back down into the valleys, that the paths have much in common and lead to a single point.
As the Ancient Japanese saying puts it:
"There are many paths up the Mountain,
 but the view of the moon from the top is the same."

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