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Introduction: (Part 1 of 2)

The Five Elements: Quest for the ultimate truth





Introduction:     (Part 1 of 2)

             “Quest for the Ultimate Truth”: What is “Truth”? Truth is Fact. Anything that can be confirmed as fact is a truth. There are truths that can be physically confirmed and there are truths that can only be confirmed through the understanding of spirituality. The Five Elements journey goes deep into the depth of spirituality, where the existence of God is revealed.

            The Five Elements has enlightened my spirit with the truth and comforted my soul for having a belief for a better humanity that is to come. There was a time when I questioned whether life itself had any purpose, because my spirit was lost in total darkness and my soul was haunted by the agonies of humanity: where war, famine, homelessness and many other cruelties seem to be part of life. I was disenchanted with society and everything it seemed to stand for. I blamed culture and religion for their divisive systems, and governments for their unjust political systems. But most of all, I blamed the God for whom I was taught to believe in that He is the Creator of the world. However, blaming God for creating a world that seemed to be senseless to my understanding put me on the quest of wanting to know God and the true purpose behind His creation.

             When I embarked on the quest to find God and the purpose behind His creation, the first thing I noticed was a deep voice resonating within my spirit telling me that life has a greater purpose than the experiences at hand. I started to travel to many parts of the world, but the more I traveled and asked questions about God and the purpose of life, the more I seemed to be getting alienated from people due to the hypocrisies of society. There are many open questions that people would rather not be asked. I have spoken to many highly respected religious leaders, but they often condemn the questions that they don’t have the true answers to as inappropriate or immoral.

           However, when I often insist on an answer or question their claimed knowledge, I am automatically on their list of those who will be roasted in hell. I have also witnessed how religious beliefs can overshadow or shatter a family bond, because when I questioned some of my father’s religious principles, it opened a great wound in our relationship as father & son. This is another area where religions of the world have totally failed humankind, because when their principles are questioned, that could bring separation among family members, or among neighbors, even among nations.

            The tension between my father and I did not stop my quest for truth, because if the quest for truth is dishonoring to fatherhood, I said, “so be it.” However, my frustration grew from the tension, but the inner voice within my spirit was getting clearer, and became my trusted guide. My spirit was in the process of conviction that life didn’t create itself, and that there is a God who is the Divine Creator of all creation. But the question was “where is this God?”, because after a lot of traveling and questioning, it was clear to me that this God does not have a temple on earth, neither is He hiding in holy books.

          I also realized that shouting, singing or humming in worship places would not find this God, because I have already seen people doing that, and this God is still yet to be found to my understanding. I also saw many kinds of mumbo jumbo in the quest for this Divine God that many have the deep desire to know about. Many search for God hoping for a better understanding of this chaotic and confusing world.
 
There are five vital questions in life that many struggle to find the true answers to.
 
One: Who is the Creator of creation? Two: What is the purpose of humankind on earth? Three: How much control does humankind have over its life? Four: What is the fellowship between humankind and other living creatures of the earth? Five: What is the reality after death?

            If the answers to these five questions were as clear to all as the reality of death itself, no one would struggle to accept their answers. Death is one truth that is understood by all, because everyone knows that if one lives, one will certainly die, it doesn’t matter whether one is black or white, yellow or brown, male or female, rich or poor, or whether they live in the east or west, north or south. Death is the one truth that is clear to all.
Question One:

           Who is the Creator of creation? We all know that humans enter this world through a woman's womb, but when you think about the process backwards to how humans come into this world, you'll end up with the question, "how then, did the first human come to the world, if he or she did not come through a woman's womb?" Most of us are familiar with the religious story of Adam & Eve, that they were the first humans God created. But this religious point of view is still disputed by many. However, whether one agrees with this religious view or disputes it, it’s a basic level of understanding that nothing creates itself. There is nothing that is known to humankind that created itself.

Question Two:

            What is the purpose of humankind on earth? Culture, Religion & Government are the three major forces of society that rule and regulate what one should and should not do. Everything that society approves or condemns, is either cultural values, or religious beliefs, or government laws. Therefore, these three forces of our society seem to know what humankind is here to do on earth. But do they? These three forces are the architects that divided the land of the earth into territories, and then divided humankind into groups and categories.

         The earth is divided into nations, and then the livelihood of the people in every nation is divided into categories: the rich, the poor and those in the middle. So too, everyone is given their own cultural identity that differentiates them from others. Then we have Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and so on, and each religious group is walking in its own path deferent from others.

            The structures of which these three forces (culture, religion & government) are built upon to function violate the very core of moral righteousness, because they have divided what was whole (the earth) and what was meant to unite (humans) as Humanity. These three major forces of our world views’ on human’s purpose on earth are questionable.

Question Three:

             How much control does humankind have over its life? Based on the experiences of reality, it is clear that there is a force that manifests in life that is far more capable than one’s God given free will. Free will is what enables one to choose and act without the dictation of God. If everyone was choosing and acting by the will of God, then God would be responsible for all human thoughts and actions, the good and the bad. But I don’t think anyone would even consider that God would dictate the act of a little innocent child, murdered and dumped in the wilderness like a piece of trash, and left to rot. That is a pure act of evil, not the will of a divine God.

           It would be hypocritical on the part of God to give humans the free will to choose and act and then dictate their choices and actions at the same time. If humans had full control over their lives, then one would not make a decision and face disappointment at the outcome. But it is obvious that we all experience disappointment. So how much influence does one’s free will have over one’s life? The three major forces of society: culture, religion & government seem to have the answer, because they are the authorities that judge one’s actions, and punishment is their solution.

            Murder is the worst act that one can commit, and society has a severe punishment for one who commits the act. Punishing a murderer seems reasonable, but even with knowledge of the consequences of committing murder people are still committing the act. We have seen murder being committed by people from all walks of life; men, women, children & adults, rich & poor, “well educated people,” as well as “the self righteous ones.”

           We have seen people who commit murder and serve their time of punishment, and when they get released they will be doomed to repeat the same crime, possibly in a worse fashion. Are these people really committing these crimes with their free will, or are they victims of a higher power that programs, or influences humans to commit a crime against their free will? One who commits a crime is the one who is physically responsible for the act, and should be condemned for the act, but if one was programmed or influenced to act against his or her free will, that would make one who commits the crime a victim, but a victim of whom? Does humankind fully understand all the forces that manifest in life?

Question Four:
           What is the fellowship between humankind and other living creatures of the earth? Should it be as it is? Was humankind really granted the right to rule other creatures of the world, as some religions have proclaimed? It is obvious that humankind does not even consider being equal to any creature of this world and the three major forces of society: culture, religion, & government, share this view. In many cultural & religious customs, animals are killed for celebration or sacrificial ceremonies, and when you go to any slaughterhouse in any part of the world, animals are being legally killed under the approval of governmental authorities. Has humankind got it right in their attitude towards the other creatures of the world?

Question Five:

           What is the reality after death? Culture has its mythical stories, religion has its prophecies and science has its theories, but the answer to this question remains a mystery to humankind, because the after-life journey goes beyond the perimeters of physicality. Therefore any claimed knowledge of the whole journey can be questioned. Reality has proven many claimed answers to this question to be untrue. In some cultures people used to be buried with their earthly possessions as an accommodation for their after-life journey, but reality has proven that dead people cannot take anything from this world to wherever they are going.

            There are many discoveries of human tombs & burial sites that date back many thousands of years, but what remains in these tombs are human bones and earthly riches that were meant to accommodate the dead on their after-life journey. If cultures thought that dead people could take any earthly possessions into another world, reality has proven otherwise. The after-life journey is still a mystery to the human intellect, and religions have seized that as an opportunity to promote themselves as institutions of the unseen.

           Religions explain the afterlife journey in detail, and promise a comforting scenario to their adherents, and in some religious scriptures the exaggeration of the promise is more like science fiction. However, scientific views on the after-life journey are still a work in progress, because science values physical fact, and the after-life journey is beyond physicality, therefore scientists are still struggling on why & how the body dies. A scientific theory on the subject is that the body dies when an “unknown energy” no longer exists within the body. Isn’t that obvious? Of course if the body dies it’s because there was a presence in the body that no longer exists in the body. The question is, what is “the energy” and where does the energy go after leaving the body? Do humans truly know all they need to know?

Before we embark upon The Five Elements’ spiritual journey, one must realize that spirituality is a personal journey.

 

            When one made the commitment to walk the journey of spirituality, one must separate oneself from any self-identity given by society, whether it is cultural, political or religious. This separation is necessary, because it allows the spirit to navigate beyond the limitations of these three systems of our world. The cultural system of the world has divided humankind, the political system of the world has failed to meet the needs of humankind, and the confused religious systems of the world cannot even agree on who God is, or what God is. When one embarks on the path of spirituality, which is a path of clarity, one should not allow oneself to be deterred or discouraged by these failed systems of the world.

          Through the path of Spirituality one evolves to serve a higher purpose in life, because it is the path where the human spirit manifests to its God given purpose, by confirming what it knows on its own without any intimidation or outside influences. The path of spirituality reveals one’s higher purpose in life, because all lives have a greater purpose on this world than just being a surviving being. On my beginning journey of spirituality, it was clear to me that no creation creates itself. So my search for the Creator of creation became a question of where to go, because if I didn’t find it on earth, and if heaven is where to go, the daunting question was, “How can I get there.”

            While this question kept me busy, what I didn’t realize was that I was being disconnected from the dog eat dog world of materialism that society cannot seem to get enough of. My finding the Creator of creation was in a bleak stage at that moment, but I was evolving into a different person, because I no longer accepted materialism to define my identity as a human being. I became a student of a silent world that exists deep within my soul. The more my spirit was calmed to listen, the more I understood spirituality (the reality of the unseen). Spirituality is the path of clarity where the human spirit can analyze and realize the seen & the unseen.

        Through the path of spirituality, one understands the differences between Creator & creation, Good & evil, Morality & immorality. Spirituality is a personal journey, not a convoy to an unclear destination that many religions of the world are. The path of spirituality distinguishes itself from the religious system, because religious convictions are based on ideology, and spirituality convinces one based on reality. Religions guide and spirituality reveals. Religions metaphorically explain God & gods, but spirituality reveals what only God is capable of. On the path of spirituality, everything is clearly seen as it is.

Let’s began the journey of The Five Elements’ quest for the ultimate truth:

One: Who is the Creator of creation? Two: What is the purpose of humankind on earth? Three: How much control does humankind have over its life? Four: What is the fellowship between humankind and other living creatures of the earth? Five: What is the reality after death?

Question One:
           Who is the Creator of creation? Let’s take the human persona as an example. The human persona is three combined elements, Body, Soul & Spirit. The body is the part of the persona that moves in the physical realm. The soul is the source that gives life to the body. The spirit, also known as “the mind”, is the source that produces thoughts upon which the body acts. These three elements are what make a person fully functional in life. The heart is the flesh that harbors the soul that gives life, and the brain is the flesh that harbors the spirit that gives thoughts. A heart can be moved from a person to give another body life as long as the soul is still beating in the heart. When a person’s heart stops beating, the person will be pronounced dead, regardless of the perfect conditions of the person’s brain or body. The soul is the source that keeps one alive. The spirit is the source that produces thoughts upon which the body acts. A person can be in a coma for years and remain alive.

           A comatose stage is when the body is alive, but unable to respond to any stimulus, because the brain that enables the body to respond to the spirit’s thoughts goes into a nonfunctional state. The heart is what carries the soul (the source of life) and the brain is what carries the spirit (the source of thoughts). A person must have a beating heart in order to be alive, and a person must have a functional brain in order to make decisions. So when one analyzes these three elements: body, soul & spirit, it would not take much realization to understand that they were specifically created to function each on its own purpose. We have also discovered that each individual has his or her own fingerprint different from everyone else’s. As small as the human thumb is, with every person having his or her own design, this phenomenon is mind boggling to think about from a scientific point of view, but when one thinks about it from a spiritual standpoint, it simply tells you that there is the existence of a Creator of creation (God).

The existence of a Creator of creation is a truth that can be confirmed on a very basic level of spirituality.
 
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