Today I was surfing the web on religion when I came upon a religious sect called Soka Gakkai. It is derived from Buddhism. To my ignorance, I was not aware of some of the teachings of Buddhism, or the teachings of Buddha.
I was surprised to find out that many of it’s teachings are very similar to the teachings of the Heaven’s Truth (Tenrikyo) Church, and other major religions. I believe that the major religions espouse that true joy is only experienced when everyone else is joyous, and not at the expense of the suffering of others. We need to help others, as seen by the relief efforts of some religions when sufferings occur in the world.
Many religions believe that every individual has good within him or herself. Some say that the innermost heart of every individual is pure. It is religion that helps us find this purity. Some may call it enlightenment, salvation, or spirited (attain holy spirit) when we reach this stage. It is this stage when we understand true joy. Every religion proposes techniques and prayers to reach this stage of spiritual growth. It is when people advocate God’s sole approval of their religious technique or prayer that discord or animosity occurs between religions. Religion then becomes an distraction to finding our enlightenment.
It is only when all religions begin to concentrate on helping people find this stage of purity or spiritedness, instead of fighting and arguing over who or what religion God favors, will people find true joy. It is with this consensus of finding one’s pure heart, or attaining spiritedness can all the religions agree and come together. When this occurs, more people will be able to find true joy with everyone helping each other.