The SHEN Mission

The mission of the Spiritual Heritage Education Network Inc. is to provide educational access to the thinking and findings of those enlightened beings (prophets, sages, philosophers, scientists and seers), who have spent their lives studying the nature of humankind and its relationships in the universe.

Which religion is this from?

There is one body, and one Spirit.

Eph 4:4

The Atman is that by which the universe is pervaded, but which nothing pervades; which causes all things to shine, but which all things cannot make to shine.

Shankara

I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.

Joh 14:20

Behold but One in all things; it is the second that leads you astray.

Kabir

Neighbor and associate and companion - everything is HE.

Maulana ’Abdurrahman Jami

Christ could be born
a thousand times in Galilee --
but all in vain
until He is born in me.

Angelus Silesius (Translator: Frederick Franck)

The knower and the known are one. Simple people imagine that they should see God, as if He stood there and they here. This is not so. God and I, we are one in knowledge.

Meister Eckhart

Tear down the mosque and temple too, break all that divides, but do not break the human heart, as it is there that God resides.

~~Shaykh Bulleh Shah

My Me is God, nor do I recognize any other Me except my God Himself.

St. Catharine of Genoa

It is He who is revealed in every face, sought in every sign, gazed upon by every eye, worshipped in every object of worship, and pursued in the unseen and the visible. Not a single one of His creatures can fail to find Him in its primordial and original nature.

Ibn 'Arabi in Futûhât al-Makkiyya

That in whom reside all beings and who resides in all beings, who is the giver of grace to all, the Supreme soul of the universe, the limitless being -- I am that.

Amritbindu Upanishad

To gauge the soul we must gauge it with God, for the Ground of God and the Ground of the Soul are one and the same.

Meister Eckhart

The Beloved is all in all,
the lover merely veils him;
The Beloved is all that lives,
the lover a dead thing.

Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi

Many and disparate waves do not make the sea a multiplicity; no more do the Names make the Named more than One. When the sea breathes they call it mist; when mist piles up they call it clouds. It falls again, they name it rain; it gathers itself and rejoins the sea. And it is now the same sea it ever was.

~~ Fakhruddin ‘Iraqi’

“[F]or there is one God; and there is none other but he.

Mar 12:32

If the believer understood the meaning of the saying 'the colour of the water is the colour of the receptacle', he would admit the validity of all beliefs and he would recognise God in every form and every object of faith.

Ibn 'Arabi in Fusûs al-Hikam

Though God is everywhere present, yet He is only present to thee in the deepest and the most central part of thy soul.

William Law

I went from God to God, until they cried from me in me, "O thou I!"

Bayazid of Bistun

I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.

 Psa 82:6

Liberation cannot be achieved except by the perception of the identity of the individual spirit with the universal Spirit."

Shankara

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Welcome!

Welcome to participants of the conference on Education in All Inclusive Universal Spirituality held at the Chinmaya International Foundation and Shodh Sansthan (CIFSS) from November 14 to 19, 2013!

Peace Prayer

I offer this prayer of peace
Not to any one god nor to many gods
Not to the Christian god
Nor to the Jewish god
Nor the Buddhist god
Nor the Islamic god
And not even to the indigenous gods of many nations
But to the divinity within that we all hold inside
That makes us all brothers and sisters
To make us truly a One Family
In the name of humanity.

Teaching of moral values should be linked to our spirituality, not a religion

Tradition has intimately linked moral values to religion. People talk of Christian values, of Islamic values, and so on. Ontario is a pluralistic society. So which moral values do we decide to teach in our schools and colleges?

Religious prophets, sages and seers spent lifetimes researching humans' relations with each other and with nature. One of their key insights is the existence of an Unseen Reality that causes everybody and everything to exist.

Choose the uniting face of religion, not the divisive one

I haven't read Christopher Hitchens' recent book, God is not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, yet its title compels me to present an opinion for discussion.

Religion has two faces: one unites and the other divides. Religion unifies people into communities and simultaneously divides by building tight boundaries around them.

The Blind Men and the Elephant

It was six men of Indostan
To learning much inclined,
Who went to see the Elephant
Though all of them were blind,
That each by observation
Might satisfy his mind.

Abou Ben Adhem

Abou Ben Adhem (may his tribe increase!)
Awoke one night from a deep dream of peace,
And saw, within the moonlight in his room,
Making it rich, and like a lily in bloom,
An angel writing in a book of gold:--
Exceeding peace had made Ben Adhem bold,
And to the presence in the room he said,
'What writest thou?"
The vision raised its head,
And with a look made of all sweet accord,
Answered, 'The names of those who love the Lord.'

It happened with us

Ideas are the off-springs of human experience. The idea to organize Spiritual Heritage Education Network Inc. (SHEN) is no exception.

Intoducing SHEN

Spiritual Heritage Education Network Inc. (SHEN) is an organization dedicated to the promotion, development and delivery of formal and informal education in the spiritual heritage of humanity. This spiritual heritage is unifying beyond boundaries and it forms the core spirituality of all religions.

Educate to Globalize the Human Identity

“History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” ~~Maya Angelou

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