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Eric's Sunday Sermon; Languages and Spiritual Techniques
The Language of Love Does Not Define The Love
Our world is an amazing place filled with differing spiritual techniques. We use the term spiritual techniques here because we want to be clear we are not talking of differing faiths. There is an ancient language with significant orientation toward spiritualism about 4,000 years old. We now call it Sanskrit and Tamil seems to be another way of saying it. By comparison Aramaic is really a group of languages dating back about 3,000 and it has a major spiritual component which has major influence on Judaism and Christianity.
From the Sanskrit we see the development of the Indian groups of language and from the Aramaic we see the Hebrew groups. Of course most of us understand about the Greek and Latin languages along with Germanic and Romantic. There are at least one or two Native American languages that were not actually written at all until the last 150 years or so. Of course near and dear to my heart is the Vietnamese written language. It is so cool as the way it is written today – and only in the last 100 years or so is by using Western lettering. To my knowledge the only Eastern language group to do so.
Do words like Shanti really translate into peace? And does the term Namaste equal the Latin interpretation in English to “may the peace of the Lord be with you”? Or maybe “from my heart and love to your heart and love”?
Does anyone know the English translation of Om or Aum? That deep meditation vibration “word” that is used in Eastern cultures to begin and end deep calming of the body. I suggest to you it has no meaning. But practice it trying to vibrate and breathe deeply while doing it and it has amazing effects. A word that is not a word that is nothing more than a sound that effects health of the body. (as a side note I really do not need the “O” portion – just a stomach to chest to throat, and back down again “mmm” works well enough)
There is a cool Bible history about what to call God. Clearly people spoke about their God. But the first we hear of a name for God is something akin to “I Am”. Combining many languages and some history we find that there are well over 1,000 ways to say Love. Perhaps different types of love but all stemming from the feeling of Love.
Do the words we use along with their history change who God is? Is man so powerful in his linguistics that by the mere words used he changes what and who God is?
Just a cool song showing different ways of expressing love
Love is a wonderful thing
Are The Words Spoken From The Heart?
“Hey You!” “Hey Buddy”, “Friend”, Father, Yahweh, Jehovah, God, Lord, Protector, Alpha & Omega, Omnipotence. Are admittedly all ways that this author let’s my God know I am trying to get in touch with God. Isn’t that just plain silly. Like God needs me to tell him to listen up. While just my young son and I are in the room together and there is no one else to hear and I am staring straight at him with no distractions he will still start a sentence out with “Daddy….” I mean, like who else is he talking to and why does he think he needs to grab my attention?
We use language as a barrier. That just strikes me as so wrong and yet I must accept it for what it is as it just is. Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) comprises many nations from that area. Common borders, common traditions, common goals and common cultures to a very large degree. And out of the basic 10 nations not a one share the same language. And we are talking not even close. So of these very Asian diplomatic missions and summits they have one common official language. You guessed it already – English.
I lived in Paris France and worked and attended a college there many years ago. So I watch with interest about the Toubon Laws – mandating use of French and the quasi law that is kind of enforceable banning the use of about 60 pages of words that may harm the French French. I get the idea as the language is reflective of a culture. And they have a right to protect that from the encroachment of English into their culture. But the strange thing is they do not have even 20 pages of banned Arabic words.
I can walk up a nearby hill and see Mexico. Maybe even 50 miles of the border. If you cannot speak Mexican Spanish here you are about 1/3 as likely to get a service industry job. Last election I think I was correct in counting 7 languages that the ballots were written in. For sure every precinct around had a Tagalog, Viet and Spanish speaker on hand to assist. In other parts of our county they had Chaldean, Mandarin, Cantonese, Thai and Korean staffers. That is just how we roll out California way.
But with all those languages and cultures the exact same candidates and names were on the ballot. How much more so would it be if we looked at all the languages voting for God? Would it be the same candidate just by different languages? I would pretty much presume this to be the case.
This Is One Of Those Songs I Like More Without the Lyrics - The Words Seem To Get In The Way.
The Body Language of Love
100% For Sure You Have God Within You Through Love.
And so many will argue, if not scream that this is blasphemy. Maybe, God has not given me the power to judge in such matters. But the issue of the polytheistic in such a situation does cause one pause. I have a Kachina above my desk. I call him Tawa. Tawa is basically the Sun God of the Hopi Native Americans. Most traditional notions from there consider Tawa to be like the center of creation the life giving sun.
And then we get into the notion that bothers so many Christians; Saints. And in fact some of the Roman Catholic “conquerors” incorporated these traditions from the natives into a kind of half god half saint deal in order to convert and still get along.
So for Christians of all walks and sects and denominations there is great reason to condemn other culture’s God. And there is talk of heresy to believe in any polytheism.
So there are two notions or maybe three that deal with these issues. We learn that God is in each one of us. We learn that we are all Gods in a certain sense. And we most assuredly learn that God is Love. So if each one of us has love in our hearts, is that not the epitome of polytheism? Not a handful or a dozen lesser Gods. But rather billions of lesser Gods. We are lead to believe that the least of these shall be the greatest of these. We learn to approach God as a child, especially a child of God. If we are truly children of God and the kingdom of God is our inheritance doesn’t that tell us we are an offspring of God and therefor a God.
Now to be sure, all of the above is of theological interest. It is of interest to our faith. It is a starting point from where we can ask God for answers. But that really is not the main point. We must honor and revere God, of that there is no doubt. But then, no matter the language, culture or tradition we all have God within us through love. And so as we must honor our Father in heaven we must also honor and love the God within each one of us.