Native Spirituality

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Native Spirituality

Post by Nicholas » Tue Sep 25, 2018 8:51 pm

Not as much is known about Amerindian spirituality, but it is another powerful & good path. Here is a little about it:
The original attitude of the American Indian toward the Eternal, the "Great Mystery" that surrounds and embraces us, was as simple as it was exalted. To him it was the supreme conception, bringing with it the fullest measure of joy and satisfaction possible in this life.

The worship of the "Great Mystery" was silent, solitary, free from all self-seeking. It was silent, because all speech is of necessity feeble and imperfect; therefore the souls of my ancestors ascended to God in wordless adoration. It was solitary, because they believed that He is nearer to us in solitude, and there were no priests authorized to come between a man and his Maker. None might exhort or confess or in any way meddle with the religious experience of another. Among us all men were created sons of God and stood erect, as conscious of their divinity. Our faith might not be formulated in creeds, nor forced upon any who were unwilling to receive it; hence there was no preaching, proselyting, nor persecution, neither were there any scoffers or atheists.
From: Ohiyesa, The Soul of the Indian.
Wholesome virtuous behavior progressively leads to the foremost. -- Buddha

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Re: Native Spirituality

Post by Nicholas » Tue Sep 25, 2018 8:53 pm

The classic compilation from Native Sages by Ernest T. Seton The Gospel of the Redman is another good source.
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Re: Native Spirituality

Post by Nicholas » Thu Feb 28, 2019 2:04 am

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life: “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.”It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”
He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you–and inside every other person, too.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf will win?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
Wholesome virtuous behavior progressively leads to the foremost. -- Buddha

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Re: Native Spirituality

Post by Nicholas » Sat Mar 02, 2019 2:26 pm

Another version of the Grandfather's story:
THE TWO WOLVES, A CHEROKEE STORY

A young boy came to his Grandfather, filled with anger at
another boy who had done him an injustice.

The old Grandfather said to his grandson, "Let me tell you a
story. I too, at times, have felt a great hate for those that
have taken so much, with no sorrow for what they do. But hate
wears you down, and hate does not hurt your enemy. Hate is
like taking poison and wishing your enemy would die. I have
struggled with these feelings many times."

"It is as if there are two wolves inside me; one wolf is good and
does no harm. He lives in harmony with all around him and does
not take offence when no offence was intended. He will only
fight when it is right to do so, and in the right way."

"But the other wolf is full of anger. The littlest thing will set him into a
fit of temper. He fights everyone, all the time, for no reason.
He cannot think because his anger and hate are so great. It is helpless
anger, because his anger will change nothing."

"Sometimes it is hard to live with these two wolves inside me,
because both of the wolves try to dominate my spirit."

The boy looked intently into his Grandfather's eyes and asked,
"Which wolf will win, Grandfather?"

The Grandfather smiled and said, "The one I feed."
Wholesome virtuous behavior progressively leads to the foremost. -- Buddha

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