The purpose of religion was to establish universal brotherhood of love and peace, but unfortunately took ugly turns with distortions in its purposes. When it really did not work in bringing oneness and true liberation, the new age replaced with many spiritual processes that shunned religions and mere rituals to more meaningful and powerful processes of self-transformation but holding on to it's true roots of oneness through respect and acceptance of all cults, religion and traditions, unconditional love through seeing Divinity in everyone and everything and by reminding oneself of one's true source from the light and also reminding oneself that everything else also is from that light.
In my travels, it pinches to see the spiritual processes also sometimes forgetting the true purpose of its establishment by the Divine, when slowly there seems to be developing a competition, defense systems, insecurities, and an urge to prove oneself as the best and only right means to salvation. Everything, every process, every master, every incarnation, every guide, every.. everything is moving humanity towards ascension in some or the other way. Until this is respected and accepted, everything around will only continue what religions and great civilizations tried and failed, to proclaim self-righteousness by trying to prove everything else wrong.
Every master, every religion, every spark of light is unique in it's own way, just as every individual soul is unique in it's own way. It's only that depending on the individual's tastes and personality they get attracted to a master, a religion, a cult, a teacher, a process, an organization, a guide and chose to learn and grow towards the final goal. All of it continue guiding humanity towards the ultimate source in it's own special ways. It is said - 'As many souls, so many paths.' which does not mean one follow everything but it only means that all paths have to be respected if not acknowledged because all take you there. It's like reaching a mountain top; there are many routes and paths from the foothill to the top - some by steps, some by trek, some atop animals, some by winch cars, some by rope cars... As I watched people trying to get on top of the hill, I noticed all were climbing in the ways of their choices, preferences and conveniences, but all were moving up - to that common ONE mountain top. It was natural for every individual to feel that the route one has chosen is the best and it is the truth. What one chooses is definitely the best for that person but how foolish to discriminate or condemn other paths or ways. How foolish for someone on the other side to think that their way is the only way and not this way. It was hilarious to watch this.
Never fight or swell to prove one's religion, Guru or practice as only way to salvation. Hold pride in your Guru, religion, or whatever but know there is no Divine right to condemn anyone else in any way. It is true that one must be alert and aware of wrong paths and false prophets but wisdom is to move away from it quietly than to pull out the machine gun of thoughts, words and acts. Salvation has happened through multiple religions and cults also. Salvation comes only from realizing the true source that one has come from and is returning to. For ultimate salvation, first it is important to achieve salvation from one's own ignorances, one's own hatred, one's own jealousy, one's own discriminating tendencies, one's own selfishness. Salvation comes from being at peace with oneself and with others. Salvation comes from bringing unconditional love, letting go and unconditional acceptance of all religion and traditions and cults and processes. Being devoted and following one path is very important but also equally important is not to be self-righteous about it and be accepting and nonjudgemental unconditionally. This is what Babaji's finest teachings of unconditional love, acceptance, and nonjudgmental means to me.
In my travels, it's surprising to see many misleading beliefs on the real spiritual essence, leaving me to sincerely hope that spirituality does not simply end up replacing religions that history showed went ahead to even kill just to defend and proclaim self-righteousness. Not when the Maharishis and countless Siddhas are working relentlessly since ages to break this strong darkness of human ignorance of the need and urge to separate itself from creation, from the Source, as a separate identity, at least not for the students of Advaita. Somewhere it is seen that in spirituality also this is happening but not at gross levels because it remains suppressed at denser levels but somewhere it is unknowingly happening at the subtler levels, where one is ready to defend one's belief and practice and waiting for an opportunity to upturn other practices, Gurus, religions, etc.
Let the light of the Divine remind us timely of this foolishness and put us back only towards purity and oneness with the purest of intentions. Let there be only love, light and laughter in all that we do as we move to become that love and light.
Love, light and laughter!