20th Anniversary Issue What is the difference between Judaism, Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and New Age philosophy? Many regular readers of Soulfulliving.com are likely to be well versed in New Age thoughts and techniques, yet may have at least a cultural background in one of the main religious traditions. Some might say that it is a bit of a silly question to ask as the differences are so huge that people are willing to both kill and die over their particular beliefs. In terms of organized religion, there are indeed many differences. Even within a particular belief system. But from a perennial philosophy point of view, there is really no difference. Or not many at all. Allow me to elaborate on this with some thoughts and a few excerpts from my books, specially for this 20 year celebration issue of Soulfulliving – with my heartfelt congratulations to Valerie, its founder and editor-in-chief! But first, let’s quickly address the charge (by evangelical atheists and their followers) about the supposed venality of religion, that it is a main driver of wars. It is certainly true that religion has been used as an external reason, justification and motivation for violence, yet the real cause is always power and profits. Throughout history, all wars were and still are instigated by the elite for the exclusive benefits of the elite. All killing and dying however is done by the peasants (a.k.a. the regular ruled people). Normal folks don’t just wake up one morning and think about starting a nice little war somewhere, just to pay higher taxes or worse, having to leave their...
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