Religion is supposed to be about G-d,
learning how to commune, how to serve, how to fulfill our purpose in
being human. Yet, when communion with G-d is lost, so is true religion.
All that remains is but a hollow shell.
Hollow shells look full from the outside
but are completely empty from within. A religion that places all
emphasis on the shell and leaves the insides empty is no religion at
all. Instead of being religion, it becomes oppression. Instead of
bringing one closer to G-d the empty shell only serves to separate one
from G-d. This is the illusion of religion and not its reality.
We are all spiritual beings in human
bodies. We are created in the Image of G-d. We have within us the
potential to soar to the highest heights of universal achievements, if
only we allow ourselves to do so. Yet, herein lies the greatest of
problems. We limit ourselves because we have forgotten our Divine
We look at ourselves in the mirror and
see only flesh; we therefore erroneously conclude that there is no more
to us than what meets the eye. We have forgotten what it is like to be
fully human, created in the Image of G-d. Religion is supposed to
remind us of this. When religion fails us, we end up failing ourselves.
G-d is within us, within our very
essence, within our souls, within our unconsciousness minds, within our
hearts. Only when we close our physical eyes and cease looking upon our
flesh can we peer inside to see our spirit. G-d dwells within,
therefore in order to find the Divine we must search inside ourselves.
True religion therefore must teach us
how to look within, how to recognize the Image of the Divine within us.
True religion is not the external learning by rote; rather it is
experience of inner awakening. It is the exploration for and the
discovery of the internal knowledge.
True religion is experienced not as
something new, but rather it is felt, as if it is a knowledge
remembered, like something one has always known. True religious
teachings merely guide us to recognize this inherent, internal and
Knowing true religion one will
experience G-d. Knowing only the hollow shell one will believe many
things, but in the end, while the head will be full of beliefs, the
heart, like the hollow shell, will remain empty.
One with a strong shell and a hollow
heart is asleep before G-d, unaware of the condition. Can the sleeper
awaken? Better to ask whether or not the sleeper cares.
Religion is about experiencing G-d.
Judge for yourself whether you embrace G-d or an empty shell. Do you
experience? Is your heart full? Are you aware of the Divine Presence;
do you feel it within yourself? Judge for yourself what you embrace.
Know the truth by what you experience, not by what you believe.
In order for the sleeper to awaken, one
must first recognize that one is asleep. Dreaming in one’s sleep one
can feel most awake; nonetheless, the dreamer is still asleep. It is
time to stop dreaming about G-d and to start experiencing the Divine
Presence for real.
True religion is about being awake and
experiencing life. The dreamer only has a glimpse of this, but knows
not the fullness of life. Therefore, in order to truly live, the
sleeper must awaken.
Do you want to awaken? Will you make
the efforts to be aroused? Do you care to live, or do you want to
continue dreaming and wasting your life away? Only one who has
awakened and experiences the reality of living in the Divine Presence
can be called truly religious. Sleepers know only the hollow shell of