Ron Krumpos
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Started Jul 11, 2012 0 Replies

In July 2012 Anand Krishna visited Los Angeles to attend the Congress of Indonesian Diaspora and to lead a spiritual gathering in Ojai, California. We had only a brief time together, but here are…Continue

the greatest achievement in life

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ron Krumpos Feb 24, 2012. 9 Replies

What would be your greatest achievement in life? Have you reached it yet? What would be the greatest achievement for all people?The 2012 version of my free ebook "the greatest achievement in life"…Continue

Tags: Mysticism, Interfaith, Achievements

Heaven and Hell

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ron Krumpos Oct 13, 2011. 33 Replies

Heaven is union with the divine. Hell is separation from the divine. They are modes of being, not places.Continue

Love Wins

Started Apr 26, 2011 0 Replies

"Love Wins"...that title should stir the hearts of people of all religions. It is, however, a book published on March 15 by young, charismatic Evangelical minister Rob Bell. It has stirred up a…Continue

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Religion / Faith
Nonaligned, but respectful of all religions and have friends of many faiths. Raised Christian (Congregationalist), attended college in India, worked in Thailand, visited nine Muslim countries (four trips to Egypt, three to Indonesia, Lebanon and Turkey), and three visits to Israel.
I have attended the Parliament of Religions:
Local Religious Community / Interfaith Affiliation:
None at the present.
I have come to PeaceNext looking for:
networking, interreligious exploration
I am inspired by:
Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, Nobel physicist, who invited me to the University of Chicago's Yerkes Observatory in 1959. He introduced me to mysticism and the universality of the Universe.

Swami Nikhilananda, founder of the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center in New York, who in 1960 spent many hours privately teaching me that mystical awareness is beyond philosophy or religion.

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, then V.P. of India and later President, who met with me in Lucknow and Delhi in 1962 and taught that we can be active in this world without being of this world.

Also, a professor of philosophy in Kyoto, a Zen abbot and a Cistercian monk on Lantau, a Quaker missionary in Victoria, Hong Kong, a Therevada monk at Nakhon Pathom, a Hindu priest on Bali, a Vajrayana abbot in Kathmandu, a sadhu/scholar in Lucknow, a Sufi shaykh in Teheran, a professor of political science (and shaykh) in Cairo, a member of the Knesset, a professor of history and a Greek Orthodox monk in Jersusalem, a retired police inspector in Copenhagen, an Anglican bishop in Bath, England, and the chairman of an American global bank in New York: true mystics who I have met and learned from.
My favorite spiritual places:
The Vatican, Jerusalem, Luxor, Varanasi, Nakhon Pathom, and Nara, each of which I visited.
Interreligious causes I care about:
Mysticism as a bridge between faiths.
Changes I am working toward in my community:
Helping others to understand and accept our shared spiritual essence.
About Me:
The only "Ron Krumpos" on the Internet. Retired after a career in sales management for international airlines and luxury hotels. Met 19 true mystics from five faiths beginning in 1959. Seeking to convey their teachings as applicable to contemporary (and eternal) life. They gave me their insights freely, which is why my e-book at is free. Personal background on and on

Photo above:

2009 In L.A. with wife Rose
2010 Our 40th anniversary

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The Sun does not rise in the East and set in the West;
that is an illusion caused by the rotation of Earth.

Life does not begin at this birth and end with death;
that is a fleeting moment in the eternal Life we all share.

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The greatest achievement in life

    The greatest achievement in life? Living in conscious oneness of ultimate reality (called by many names), found in Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Kabbalah, Sufi, and comparative mysticism. This free ebook summarizes many similarities among those five traditions and outlines mystical approaches to life.                                                           .    It was inspired by my meetings with 19 mystics in 12 countries: A Nobel astrophysicist in Chicago, a Vedanta scholar/spiritual…See More
Aug 15
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Jul 31
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Be realistic

      Mysticism is not about you. It is about the ground of existence, the very nature of being itself. If you are just concerned with your own achievement, with escaping your troubles and judge advancement solely in relation to yourself, true divine awareness will elude you. While you cannot transcend your surface self, you cannot reach the absolute and ultimate. You will remain entwined in the temporary and relative. You create your own limitations, even if you prefer not to acknowledge it.…See More
Jun 28
Ron Krumpos commented on Jenn Lindsay's blog post What Is the Unity of “Unity in Diversity”?
"Mystics of all faiths have more in common than do most followers of the mainstream of their religions. Perhaps the insights of mystics can provide one bridge across the numerous streams of belief. For a few examples…"
Jun 26
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What's in a Word? (2 of 2)

   The Vedas, most sacred to Hindus, were rejected by Buddhists who also defined many Sanskrit words differently. The first five books of the Hebrew Bible, the Torah, are most revered by Jews and are studied by most Christians. Practices and customs may vary between countries, as apparent among the predominately Muslim states, or blend in local mythology, such as in Hinduism on Bali. Doctrine for any one religion may differ between its divisions or their branches, like within the many…See More
Jun 21
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What's in a Word? (1 of 2)

    The word God, as used in English, is Allah in Arabic, Brahman in Sanskrit and ha-Shem (the Name) in Hebrew. God is Theos in Greek, the first written language of the New Testament. Nirvana in Buddhist Sanskrit can also mean absolute Truth: ultimate Reality.     Hinduism had no one founder; the Vedas advanced orally about 200 years before being recorded in Sanskrit from ca. 1300–600 BCE. The Hebrew Bible developed at least 300 years after Moses, ca. 1000–400 BCE. Gautama had been born a Hindu…See More
May 31
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Duel of the dual

     “Conscience” is a misused and misunderstood word. “Have you no conscience?,” ask people of a person who does something which seems to them to be so obviously wrong. Each person has a dual conscience and, occasionally, these two sides do engage in a duel.     Socrates said that conscience was the inner warning voice of God. Among Stoics it was a divine spark in man. Throughout the Middle Ages, conscience, synderesis in Greek, was universally binding rules of conduct. Religious…See More
May 24
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Outside the box

    If you are to truly understand mysticism, and integrate it into your life, you must learn how to feel, think and act “outside the box.” You cannot remain within the confines of traditional notions or the commonly accepted ways of approaching this world. Escape from that prison! The divine life is without constraints or limitations.     The imagery here is quite appropriate. What if you had to make all your decisions about living while detained in a jail cell? The cells may be open for brief…See More
May 17
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Wake up!

    Most people move through this life not fully awake. No, they are not sleep walking. They are living without making full use of their emotions, mind and body. We must wake up to move on from this life - with all its limitations - to the divine life, which is limitless. That moving on can be here and now.     Emotionally, many persons have difficulty suppressing their anger or disappointment, yet are unable to completely convey love or joy. Mentally, most people use less than 20% of their…See More
May 10
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Beyond other

    When we do discard our ego, and abandon our individuality, we begin to see this world as it is. This is a “seeing” beyond emotional, mental and sensory perceptions. It must even surpass “empathy,” our identification with and understanding of another’s situation, feelings and motives. It progresses to an intuitive insight into the spiritual essence in all around us. It is suprarational consciousness.     To completely go beyond “me” is to lose all awareness of self. In encounters with others…See More
May 5
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Beyond me

    “It is beyond me.” How many times have we said that when we cannot understand something, especially when another person acts in a way which appears to defy common sense? As self-conscious human beings, however, it is often difficult - if not impossible - to get beyond “me.” We usually seem captive to an ego which is with us in our every thought. It does not, however, have to rule our lives.     What are some techniques for discarding the ego and abandoning individuality? Be objective, not…See More
Apr 24
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40th Anniversary in 2010

40th Anniversary in 2010.
Apr 23
Ron Krumpos commented on Lauren Tuchman's blog post Disability and God Talk
"I agree with you Laura, even beyond Judaism. One of my mentors was Swami Nikhilanada in New York. He wrote: “The universal religion has no location in time or space. Its area is infinite, like the God it preaches. Krishna, Christ, Buddha, and…"
Apr 7
Ron Krumpos commented on Saeed Khan Falahi's blog post A symposium of major religions on ‘Commonalities among Religions’.
"Mystics of all faiths have more in common than do most followers of the mainstream of their religions."
Jan 20
Ron Krumpos commented on Hans Gustafson's blog post Interreligious and Interfaith Studies in relation to Religious Studies and Theological Studies
"Swami Nikhilananda founded the Ramakrisna-Vivekananda Center in New York. In 1958 he wrote:     “The universal religion has no location in time or space. Its area is infinite, like the God it preaches. Krishna, Christ, Buddha, and…"
Jan 7
Ron Krumpos commented on Simran Jeet Singh's blog post This Holiday Season, Let’s Give the Gift of Being Present
"Too often, our minds are rehashing the past or anticipating the future; meanwhile the present is not attended to properly. What we do right here, right now becomes a memory of yesterday and impacts tomorrow. "
Dec 30, 2014
Ron Krumpos commented on The Parliament of Religions's blog post Announcing His Holiness the Dalai Lama & Dr. Karen Armstrong Are Coming to the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions
"I have the highest regard for both his Holiness and Dr. Armstrong. "
Dec 23, 2014
Ron Krumpos commented on The Parliament of Religions's blog post The Ever-Growing Religious Movement That Doesn’t Get Enough Attention
"Interfaith is getting s great deal of attention."
Dec 16, 2014
Ron Krumpos commented on The Parliament of Religions's blog post Questions of Faith on Drone Warfare Will Command Upcoming Conference
"Drone warfare is significant, but hardly an essential topic for the conference. Using the Internet, many spiritual teachers use remote instruction, rather than one-on-one guidance. Both can result in "collateral damage," i.e. injury to…"
Dec 15, 2014
Ron Krumpos commented on N.Shubhakara Jain's blog post Online federation
"I published my ebook on comparative mysticism online: It is free because so many religious leaders and scholars freely gave me their advice while writing it."
Nov 22, 2014

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Rose and Ron Krumpos in Europe

Posted on August 24, 2015 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

Dining Journeys (part 2 of 3)


Pølsers in Copenhagen at Tivoli Gardens...where everyone seemed happy…


The greatest achievement in life

Posted on August 15, 2015 at 2:30pm 0 Comments

    The greatest achievement in life? Living in conscious oneness of ultimate reality (called by many names), found in Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Kabbalah, Sufi, and comparative mysticism. This free ebook summarizes many similarities among those five traditions and outlines mystical approaches to life.…

Rose and Ron Krumpos in Asia

Posted on July 31, 2015 at 1:30pm 0 Comments

Dining Journeys (part 1 of 3)

Ron's Swedish Grandmother had once said "I live to eat...I don't eat to live." That sounds like our philosophy. This journal recalls our most memorable dining experiences, in loose geographic order, during 30 years of travel outside the U.S.



Rose and Ron Krumpos in North America

Posted on July 30, 2015 at 7:30pm 0 Comments

Dining Journeys (part 3 of 3)


A private cook for one week in our villa in Jamaica

We went to Jamaica before the high…


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At 1:42am on March 26, 2013, Ian Fraser said…

I like your comment about re-invigorating PeaceNext. I, like many others, drifted away from at least weekly visits to see who is saying what about areas of religion and the spiritual life which interest me. Apart from State of Formation writers, who appear to prefer to keep their discussions within that peer group, most other earlier contributors seem to have dropped out. Credit to you, you are one of a handful who kept contributing. Maybe PeaceNext is settling into its longterm function, which, while less active than immediately after the 2009 Parliament, might be more sustainable.

At 5:56am on June 30, 2012, Nils Horn gave Ron Krumpos a gift
Wunderful. Thank you.
At 1:54pm on May 23, 2012, Sri Shuddhaanandaa Brahmachari said…

Thank you Ron! I am delighted to be here and start interacting with all the beautiful souls on this site. I know I met many of you at the 2004 Parliament. And, yes, God willing, I plan to attend the Parliament in 2014. Baba

At 10:43am on October 25, 2011, Betsy Whitfill said…

Dear Ron,

      Thank you for your perceptive comment.  Could it be that during this time of widespread institutional renewals, religion may become infused with renewed spiritual energy and contribute to the uniting of people of goodwill no matter what the tradition?

Best wishes,



At 6:20pm on February 05, 2011, Rev. Oloye Aina Olomo Iyalase gave Ron Krumpos a gift
Thank you for your offer of friendship...
At 9:32am on January 23, 2011, Brahma Kumar Yudhisthir said…

Hello Dear Ron,

It's very nice to befriend you.Moments of friendship  are rare moments of eternity that lead the friends to the metaphysical world of immortality.Let's work jointly for the same.

Thanking you with thoughts divine.

B K Yudhisthir

At 5:22am on July 30, 2010, Adolph Morrison gave Ron Krumpos a gift
Thank you very much for your encouragement. You are blessed!
At 1:07pm on July 3, 2010, Mystic Tourist said…
Happy to be your friend Ron.
At 11:24am on May 20, 2010, Rajesh Ananda said…
Thanks for the follow!
At 2:00am on April 17, 2010, Peter Raymond Calvert said…
Hi Ron, I'm reading your book with interest. I have proceeded along a similar path, having received a spiritual teaching during the last 15 years of meditation, and now planning to publish it. First though, I plan to test it with some research, and make that the basis of a master degree at my local uni. I attended PWR at Melbourne, seeking persons of like mind and authorship of similar material, and found none. I'm very pleased to have this network set up so I can do online what was impossible or at least unattained in person. :-)
At 12:26am on April 1, 2010, Dr. Bhuka Bijumiro-Jjumiro said…
It gives me hope every time I find one who can say he or she is a sincere seeker of the Truth or The Supreme Being, Divine Unity or Consciousness. Not very many people in the world today make the difference between institutionalized religions and pure spirituality or mysticism. Or, again, the Path of the Saints. It gives me hope that more and more souls are awakening towards the true purpose of a human birth which is perfect enlightenment or total consciousness. It does not matter what name or word one uses to describe it as long as it gives the individual soul infinite joy, bliss and perfect freedom from involuntary births and deaths. Bhuka Bijumiro-Jjumiro
At 3:51pm on March 22, 2010, Swami Meera Puri said…
Thank you Ron for offering your friendship. Your seeking an understanding of what this life is all about is very familiar to me, and I would guess to many others who subscribe to PeaceNext. I did attend the Parliament in Melbourne, and my thoughts were that it has to come down to the grass roots connections amongst faiths and beliefs - this is where true change can take place. But leaders have their role to play in setting an example and leading the way. Look forward to future communications.
May the blessings of the Divine illuminate your heart and your soul.
Swami Meera Puri
At 5:07am on March 14, 2010, Brahma Kumar Yudhisthir said…
Hello, Dear Ron Krumpos,
Godly remembrances to you.
Very glad to accept you as a friend. Let' know ourselves as souls,our true spiritual identity, and treat all with soul-consciousness.
Thanking you with thoughts divine.
Brahma kumar Yudjisthir
At 8:01pm on March 02, 2010, Bridget Brown gave Ron Krumpos a gift
At 4:40am on March 2, 2010, Rajendra Shelke said…
Thank you, Ron. It is nice to have you as a friend.

At 11:42am on March 1, 2010, Vincent Pizzuto said…
Thanks Ron. I log on here only infrequently but I look forward to any connections we might share.

At 6:44am on February 22, 2010, Rev. Doju D. Freire gave Ron Krumpos a gift
Dear Ron, tank you so much for your message and, yes..., Moon (as every phenomena in reality) is composed vy both aspects... Have a nice day wherever you are ! Love blessings, Doju
At 5:46pm on February 21, 2010, Ginny Findlow said…
Hi Ron - I agree about the mysticism - its 'above' thought, links us all [the glue of the universe] - its what we [christians] call the holy spirit. You went straight into it via eastern meditation stuff: most folk in the west are too heavily cerebral and remain in the dogma/behaviour realm. But the ones that do make it have used 'the church' to get there! and we stay because faith and love are fostered by being together. [the stuff in john 14 before Jesus goes to his death] Not to mention playing the organ for them every sunday! - its what you do in a small community of 850.

I dont know HOW to use my photo as a logo - I thought it happened automatically once you uploaded it. [I am IT uproficient - vERY!! - but trying.]
At 11:46am on February 20, 2010, Ven. Tenzin Lhadron gave Ron Krumpos a gift
At 4:21am on February 16, 2010, cath schlyder said…
Peace brother, I just read your profile... are hearts are both resinating on the same path of love and Mysticism...thankyou for the friendship