I have been working diligently on The Cosmic Religion, and am happy to see the finish line nearing. Several friends generously agreed to review the manuscript and respond with feedback. Yesterday, two of these kindred friends discussed their feedback with me.
One asked, “who is this book for?” I hesitated to answer. Wasn’t it obvious? Apparently not. I then asked, “what do you perceive as the themes of the book?” A review of the book’s themes helps to decide if this book is for you. I was pleased to hear that my friend named all three themes I had intended as I wrote the book.
Section 1 is intended to show all religions are linked only by a universal golden thread composed of three strands, otherwise all religions are very different. Section 2 describes the three different mind-sets (exoteric, mesoteric, esoteric) of religious followers that are exhibited in every religion. Section 3 interprets the teachings of Jesus Christ by developing and expanding the themes described in Section 1 and 2.
The book is for people seeking some order in the chaos that is religion, especially (but not exclusively) people who have been raised in a Judeo-Christian environment. The title and subtitle –The Cosmic Religion Love God, Love Neighbor, Love Self– could be interpreted in a couple ways. It could be interpreted to mean that Christianity is The cosmic religion, superseding all other religions. I emphasize very strongly, this interpretation is NOT the intent. My true intent is to give readers assurance of a subtle cosmic order just beneath the incomprehensible mess of religions. This assurance is the universal (cosmic) three-strand thread which alone connects all religions.
Upon that firm foundation of unity, The Cosmic Religion, explores Jesus’ particular genius for illuminating the One Cosmic-Scale Order and its relevance for us. For too long, Jesus’ teachings have been mistranslated, misunderstood and misinterpreted. These narrow explanations diminish and distort his towering stature among the few Great Ones who have come to help a baffled humanity.
As Saint Paul said “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” The Cosmic Religion corrects this distortion and presents a clearer understanding of the Cosmic Intelligence guiding us all. It is my hope, dear reader, that The Cosmic Religion will help you tread your own path with more confidence and enthusiasm.