Knowledge: the essence of spirituality

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In the Greater Community, Knowledge is the essence and substance of all religious experience. It transcends the expressions of this experience in terms of theology, devotional ritual and spiritual practices, which vary considerably from one world to another world. However, the essence of spirituality—the motivating factor in religion, the real call of religious experience—is Knowledge.

Knowledge represents your bond and your intrinsic relationship with all life. Yet Knowledge has a specific mission for you in this life—a mission which you are encouraged to discover, to accept, to integrate and to fulfill. In other words, Knowledge is not everything within you; Knowledge is your connection to everything. Knowledge is intelligent; it is here for a purpose. Knowledge is the part of your mind that is spiritual and permanent. It is the part of your mind that knows who you are and why you have come here, who you must reach and what you must accomplish.

Knowledge is within you now, but you cannot lay hold to it. It is not there for you to acquire and to use. Rather, you have an opportunity to come back into relationship with Knowledge. Here your personal mind, the mind that is conditioned by your world, and your Impersonal Mind, the mind that you have brought with you from beyond the world, reunite in a meaningful relationship based upon a purpose in the world and upon relationship with the world and with people who support that purpose.

Passage from “What is Knowledge?” from the sacred text Greater Community Spirituality.  Deepen your relationship with Knowledge through the Free School session “Knowledge and Spiritual Practice“.

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2 Responses to "Knowledge: the essence of spirituality"

  1. Wolf Posted on May 19, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    I am confused. On the one hand there is the picture of the greater community knowledge and spirituality, implying that these other civilisations have a connection or relationship with knowledge. So I do not understand how there can be spirituality and an understanding or connection with knowledge whilst at the same time existing a certain disregard for the rights of independant civilisations to self determination and non interference? This is not to say that humans operate any differently on a large scale despite that many individuals, possibly the majority, respect and uphold the rights of unique cultures to self determination.

  2. Wolf Posted on May 21, 2014 at 12:00 am

    As I read Chapter 1 of Greater Community Spirituality my head reels with a strange mix of feelings and thoughts from the very darkly ominous to feelings of almost unbearable responsibility, and there is a strange sort of stirring that is indescribable.

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