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Spirituality Pledge
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Taking a Pledge is agreeing to simple, basic thoughtfulness in a profession. It is a new kind of Hippocratic Oath - a dynamic, active way to think about and decide on what you do and how you operate in your working life.

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Spirituality Pledge

Accept only that which you understand directly. Bring spirituality into your everyday life, including work, leisure, family and friends. Learn about and respect all spiritual efforts. Passionate yearning for ultimate meaning. Find out what is sacred. Become capable of spirituality, freedom, love, good. Reform the acquisitive spirit. Do not worship power, success, money, security, or happiness.

 
 
 
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Accept only that which you understand directly

Direct knowledge of what you believe.
Do not believe something simply because it was said or written. (Can you live without dogma or the enforced rules of irrational tradition?) 
Identify the core truths in your tradition (or simply your belief system) and share them with anyone interested.
Do not follow leaders and traditions unthinkingly.
Observe only that which you understand directly.
Direct knowledge or experience of the central truths of your faith. Repudiate unthinking obedience to leaders or traditions. Tradition or dogma is of secondary importance

 

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Bring spirituality into your daily life, including work, leisure, family

Begin to integrate spirituality with the entirety of your life, including work and leisure. Live your own life as truly as those you most admire.
Take account of the spiritual and moral conduct of your life.
Join together with any spiritual or secular organizations in practical work.

 

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Do not claim that your tradition is superior to others. Seek what is of value in any religion. Learn the basic truths of other spiritual traditions. Look for the good in the opposing side. Embrace the truth wherever you find it. Find out how you agree and what unites us. Join with all spiritual efforts.

 

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Spiritual awareness comes to those who year passionately for ultimate meaning "Only those who have not tasted the terror of life, only those who claim that it is a pleasure to live and that more and only pleasure is in store for the generations to come, can deny the essential necessity of asking: Wherefore? For whose sake?” (Abraham Heschel)

 

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“Man is always seeking that. And man, seeking that, not finding it, has invented religion, organized belief. A serious man has to find out, not through some rock, temple or idea, but he has to find what is really, truly, everlastingly sacred. If you cannot find it, you will always be cruel, you will always be in conflict.” (J. Krishnamurti, The Awakening of Intelligence)


 

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Reform the acquisitive spirit.
Do not worship power, success, money, security, or happiness.
Live one’s own life as truly as Christ lived his.
Cultivate the inner virtues – humility, inwardness, compassion, and reverence.

 

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Text: ‘Live one’s own life as truly as Christ lived his’
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“Are we to understand the ‘imitation of Christ’ in the sense that we should copy his life and, if I may use the expression, ape his stigmata; or in the deeper sense that we are to live our own proper lives as truly as he lived his in all its implications? It is no easy matter to live a life that is modeled on Christ’s, but it is unspeakably harder to live one’s own life as truly as Christ lived his. Anyone who did this would run counter to the forces of the past, and though he might thus be fulfilling his destiny, would none the less be misjudged, derided, tortured and crucified…We therefore prefer the historically sanctioned imitation of Christ which is transfigured by holiness.”

Carl Jung, Modern Man in Search of a Soul
Notes: 236


Text: Try to find out how we agree with others
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“Whenever in any religious faith, dark or bright, we allow our minds to dwell upon the points in which we differ from other people, we are wrong, and in the devil’s power…At every moment of our lives we should be trying to find out, not in what we differ from other people, but in what we agree with them; and the moment we find we can agree as to anything that should be done, kind or good, (and who but fools couldn’t?) then do it; push at it together: you can’t quarrel in a side-by-side push; but the moment that even the best men stop pushing, and begin talking, they mistake their pugnacity for piety, and it’s all over.”


The Genius of John Ruskin, The mystery of life and its arts
Notes: 354


Text: Equal regard for all the principal religions of the earth
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"This messenger of peace must have equal regard for all the principal religions of the earth. Thus, if he is a Hindu, he will respect the other faiths current in India. He must, therefore, possess a knowledge of the general principles of the different faiths professed in the country."

Mohandas Gandhi, The Gandhi Reader, page 342, from Harijan, 1938
Notes: Gandhi is speaking about the qualifications for the 'peace brigade' he envisioned.


Text: Apply the Sermon on the Mount to your daily life
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That Christianity in America has in this way been whittled away to nothing at all is a fact that ought to be faced. Apply the Sermon on the Mount to your daily life.

In order to answer this question, a man has to decide for himself what “moral” means. If he has been brought up a Christian, the obvious thing for him to do is to attempt to apply the Sermon on the Mount to the international situation.
The next step is to ask himself whether he really accepts the Sermon on the Mount as his standard of morality. For if, as will certainly be the case, he finds that there is no chance at all for the Sermon on the Mount to be applied to the international situation, in terms of national policy, what then is he, a Christian, going to do about it?
He may decide with relief that he can apply the Sermon on the Mount only in limited personal relations – in his business, perhaps. But there, he discovers his partner has another view of commercial enterprise. Well, he still has his family and community life.
His community, however, is threatened – on the fringes, of course – by an influx of Negro migration. Already his home has dropped two thousand dollars in value, while the mortgage remains the same. He has no racial prejudice. . . but there are limits! And the Jews are objecting to the singing of Christmas carols in his daughter’s high school; they say they don’t believe that Jesus was the Son of God at all!
It’s not quite fair to be expected to apply the Sermon on the Mount to people who don’t accept Jesus. Look at the Russians – they don’t believe in Jesus, either. They’ll have to be watched. Dropping a bomb somewhere near them might be a good idea. . . .
That Christianity in America has in this way been whittled away to nothing at all is a fact that ought to be faced. Our traditional religion is little more than a bundle of sentiments, quotable, but “impractical.” Hardly a trace remains of the original conviction of the men who came here from England and Holland to save their immortal souls. Nor is it possible to return to the religion of the Pilgrim Fathers, and their sectarian ways. But something like this conviction is needed, if we of the twentieth century are to save our souls.
The tragedy is not so much in the dying out of Christian belief, but in the sickening hypocrisy which allows us to pretend to any religion at all. The ghastly parody, “All men will be cremated equal,” may make a fitting epitaph for a civilization that cannot be awakened to its moral responsibilities, even by an atomic bomb.


Volume I, No. 2 MANAS, January 14, 1948


Text: Bring spirituality into your practical life
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“Half an hour after they have insulted God by praying to Him in this deadest of all dead languages, not understanded of the people, they leave the church, themselves pacified in their perennial determination to put no check on their natural covetousness; to act on their own opinions, be they right or wrong; to do whatever they can make money by, be it just or unjust; and to thrust themselves, with the utmost of their soul and strength, to the highest, by them attainable, pinnacle of the most bedrummed and betrumpeted booth in the Fair of the World.”


John Ruskin, Fors Clavigera
Notes: The Genius of John Ruskin, 414


 
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