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
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"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
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:
Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, Nobel physicist, who invited me to the University of Chicago's Yerkes Observatory. He introduced me to mysticism and the universality of the Universe.
Swami Nikhilananda, founder of the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center in New York, who 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 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.
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 www.suprarational.org is free. Personal background on https://profiles.google.com/114681827259561689716/about
2009 In L.A. with wife Rose 2010 Our 40th anniversary
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.
"Pope Francis, both directly and indirectly, is leading the way to uniting religions in kindred spirit, albeit with very different scriptures and practices. It also seems that some agnostics and atheists have become fond of him, too. He might not…"
Nelson Mandela always considered Mahatma Gandhi as pioneer of apartheid movement in South Africa. In turn, the later Ghandi's supported Mandela's ANC movement. Here is an interesting article of Sonia Ganghi's meeting with him…"
"Personal 'peace' for one person may differ for another. If you live in peace and they live in peace, the dissimilarities are not important. On the other hand, if one or both cause suffering to others in order to assure their own…"
"Most non-Christians don't care about when Jesus was born or died, so why bother with BC and AD?
There are said to be 2.5 billion Christians (who does the counting). That leaves 4.5 billion people to whom the designations BC and AD are not…"
"It can be a delicate balancing act for Sikhs. This may seem trivial, but our favorite Indian restaurant in Los Angeles, India's Grill, is run by Sikhs and is frequented by non-Sikhs Indians and caucasians of various faiths. There is a small…"
""Optimism, self-respect, self-control and opportunity."
Optimism: There are always positive possibilities...choose one.
Self-respect: We all have good qualities...concentrate on those.
Self-Control: Making ego and individuality work for…"
Good to have you back. In my ebook I made analogies to contrast faith with belief:
Faith is entering an intersection of life on a green light, expecting that the crossing traffic will stop. Belief is after looking both ways before…"
"There are 10 books on Female Mystics in the bibliography of my ebook:
"Women’s Buddhism / Buddhism’s Women," edited by Ellison Banks Findly (2000)
"The Experience of No-Self / A Contemplative Journey," by Bernadette…"
"Dr. Radhakrishnan was quite a unique person. He was the President of India 1962–67, Vice President 1952–62 and a Professor at Oxford University 1936–52. In 1961, I was introduced to Dr. Radhakrishnan by John Kenneth…"
"Yes, John, in our rational mind - as we mature - we realize the limits of our knowledge. Mystical 'gnosis,' however, is suprarational...beyond reason, logic and images. One of my mentors, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, said it…"
"What a great summary of love and knowledge in different traditions. The knowledge element is particularly interesting to me: in my own journey, I have often had the sense that "the farther I go, the less I know." But perhaps that is a…"
Few words are totally adequate when writing about mysticism. These essays say that you must discard your ego and abandon your individuality to realize the divine. What does that mean and is it possible? There may be better verbs, but let us just examine these three.
When we feel good—healthy, happy, successful—we are then more likely to do good for other people. Similarly, when we do good for others it frequently makes us feel good. That should not be the primary reason for helping, even if it often is an aftereffect. Both psychotherapists and religions agree that we should to…
Seekers of spiritual knowledge might ask, “What’s love got to do with it?” Devotees of devotion reply, “Divine love is everything.” In mystical “marriage,” divine union, you can’t have one without the other. Divine Love and divine Truth are One in divine Reality.
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.
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
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?
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. :-)
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
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
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
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.]