a way to harmony.
Hum Dac Bui, MD
beings have a tendency toward materialism. They discriminate against each other
because of physical differences between cultures and religions; they fight, and
kill each other under the form of religious wars; the relationship between
parents and children, husband and wife, brothers and sisters, friends becomes
controlled by materials desires and money.
order to bring peace on earth, in 1926, via spiritism, the Supreme Being founded
a novel faith called CaoDai in Vietnam with the principle that all religions are
one, have one same origin, one same principle, and are just different
manifestations of one same truth.
literally means high palace or Supreme Palace or Abode on High where God
reigns). Figuratively, the phrase Cao Dai (two words) is used as God's symbolic
name, and CaoDai (one word) as the path being taught. The philosophy of CaoDai
is the oneness between the Supreme Being and universe including humanity and
official name of CaoDai is DAI DAO TAM KY PHO DO
Dao is the great way, including all religions. The word Dao has two meanings,
one is the Tao (Spirit), the way that leads living, beings to become One with
God, the other is the religion, a physical organization with diverse physical
appearances, rituals, and laws. The Tao is invisible and religion is the visible
Ky means the third time. Saying the third time denotes that there had to be the
first and the second times.
the first revelation of the great way consists of diverse messengers
representing diverse religions who were Nhien Dang Co Phat (Dipankara Buddha) founding
Hinduism or the way of Buddhas, Thai Thuong Dao Quan (previous life of Lao Tse)
founding Taoism or the way of Immortals, King Fu Hsi founding humanism, Moses
founding the way of Saints which is Judaism, the precursor of Christianity, and
revelation of the great way consisted of Sakya Muni or the Buddha Gautama representing the way
of Buddhas, Lao Tse the way of Immortals, Jesus, Mohammed the way of Saints, and
Confucius the way of humanism.
is the revelation of CaoDai, or the time for all religions, all the previous ways from East to
West to be together in harmony.
Pho Do means universally saving, saving all humanity
regardless their culture backgrounds.
was officially founded in 1926. Regarding this 3rd revelation CaoDai said: “Before
I founded CaoDai I have sent Angels, Saints, Immortals, and Buddhas to all over
the world to promote religious unity.”
movements of religious unity happened at many places in the world: in
1862, Baha’i was founded by Balla’Ulla in Persia, in 1875, Theosophy was
founded by Blavatski in New York, in 1893, the 1st
Parliament of the world’s religions was organized in Chicago, in 1900, the 1st
International Convention on religion’s history was held in Paris, in 1939,
Radhakhrisnan taught Comparative Religion at Oxford University.
CaoDai? One more faith? Don’t people have enough religions?
are in reality more than enough religions in the worlds, so that religious
competition, discrimination have lead humanity to hatred,conflict, wars with
each other. Because of this “too many religions,” of the conflict between
humanity, God has come to offer a way to bring people, religions together in
harmony. CaoDai said: "Formerly, people lacked transportation and therefore did not know
each other, I then founded at different epochs and in different areas, five
branches of the Great Way:the way of humanism, the way of Geni (or of Angels),
The way of Saints, the way of Immortals, and the way of Buddhas, each based on
the customs of the race. In present days, transportation has been improved, and
people have come to know each other better. But people do not always live in
harmony because of the very multiplicity of those religions. That is why I have
decided to unite all those religions into one to bring them to the primordial
In 1920, Cao Dai the
Supreme Being revealed to Ngo Van Chieu, the then governor of Phu Quoc, a
beautiful island in the gulf of Siam. Ngo was leading a life of seclusion and
wisdom. With the assistance of a mediumistic form of worship, he maintained
contact with the spiritual realm. An apparition which revealed an identity of
“Cao Dai” appeared. From the beginning, the name Cao Dai, which literally
means high abode, or roofless tower, was given as a symbolic name of the Supreme
Being. The Supreme Being informed Ngo that all the world’s religions should
return to the One from which they originally sprang. This message was to be
delivered to the world. Ngo asked CaoDai for permission to worship Him under a
tangible form. He then had a vision of the All-Seeing Eye and was subsequently
ordered to use it as the symbol of Cao Dai. Ngo returned to Saigon in 1924. To
those interested in self-cultivation, he taught the philosophy and esoteric
practice he had learned from Cao Dai during his stay in Phu Quoc.
In mid 1925, totally
separated from Ngo Van Chieu, three minor civil officials
in Saigon - Cao Quynh Cu, Pham Cong Tac, and Cao Hoai Sang -
were together practicing spiritism. One spirit contacted was singled out for His
wonderful virtues and outstanding knowledge. He introduced Himself as AAA. (AAA
are the first three letters of the Vietnamese alphabet). On Christmas eve of
1925, AAA finally revealed that He was the Supreme Being, coming under the name
of Cao Dai, to teach the Way. He said: “Rejoice
this day, it is the anniversary of My coming to the West to teach the Way (God
came to the Middle East in the form of Yeshua - Jesus - Christ to found
Christianity). This house will be filled with blessings. You will see more
miracles which will lead you to further belief. For some time, I have used the
symbol AAA to lead you to religious life. You soon are to found a unique
religion under My instructions.”
principle of CaoDai is that “All religions are one, have one same origin, one same
principle, and are just different manifestations of one same truth.”
may wonder how all religions can be one while they look so different.
Vietnamese word used to call religion is “dao” which has two meanings. The
first meaning is “The Tao” or
the way which is invisible that leads living beings to the unification with the
Supreme Being; the second meaning is religion, a physical organization, or a
physical visible counterpart of the Tao with physical structures, rituals, laws
in order to guide humanity to the Tao. Therefore, if one is talking about
religions, one would see them under myriad different appearances; but when one
is talking about the Tao, or the esoteric aspects of religions, one would see
them as one.
the Supreme Being, CaoDai believes that before the creation of heavens and universes, the
cosmic ether was a kind of stillness, quietness, nothingness; and at the same
time a kind of primordial chaos, indistinct and shadowy with mixtures of pures
and impures which is called "the Tao" or pre-creation ether. In this
cosmic ether appeared a great source of Divine Light called "Thai Cuc"
(Monad) or the Supreme Being. The Monad then created Yin and Yang, the two
opposite logos: "Am Quang" (Yin Darkness) and "Duong Quang"
(Yang Energy). Yin is heavy, dark, cold, dense, negative, inactive… while Yang
is clear, bright, warm, pure, positive, active… Yin and Yang interact with
each other to form heavens and universes, of which Yang being the origin of the
invisible spiritual part, and Yin being the mother of all visible physical
calls this as "The Tao begets One, One begets two, two begets three,
three begets ten thousands beings; ten thousand beings carry Yin on their back
and hold Yang in front, blending these two vital breaths to attain
harmony." (Tao Te Ching,
calls the Creator the Tao, and the Tao is nothing but the nothingness:
may be called the mother of all under heaven.”
(Tao Te Ching, 25)
the Creator, Judaism considers God or Elohim as a state of consciousness that
pertains neither to perception nor to non perception or in other words, the
state of consciousness perceiving Nothingness. In the beginning of the King’s
authority, the lamp of darkness engraved a hollow in the Supernal
Luminescence...and the hollowing of the Divine Essence occurs on Tohu and Bohu.
(Chaos and Void)
stretches the north on Chaos, He hangs the earth on Nothingness (Beli-mah)”
is light and in Him is no darkness at all. (John 1:4)
says: Allah is the light of the heavens and the earth. (Koran)
“In the widest sense Islamic mysticism may be defined as the consciousness of
the One Reality – Be it called Wisdom, Light, Love or Nothing.” (Annemarie
Schimmel, Chapel Hill, 1975, Mystical dimension of Islam )
says: God, being truth, is the one light of all. (Adi Granth)
Does Heaven ever speak?
The four seasons come and go,
and all creatures thrive and grow.
Does Heaven ever speak?
CaoDai, inspired by the principle that all apparently separate religions are actually diverse manifestations of the same truth, holds that the Supreme Being is the “Great Sacred Light”--or Energy--and human beings are the “little sacred light.” CaoDai said: “The Cosmic Ether created only Me. so, who created these founders? It was Tao, or Me. You must understand this. If I did not exist, there would be nothing in the universe. And if there were no Cosmic Ether, then I would not exist either.”
this cosmic ether appeared a great source of Divine Light called "Thai
Cuc" (Monad) or the Supreme Being. The Monad then created Yin and Yang, the
two opposite logos: "Am Quang" (Yin Darkness) and "Duong Quang" (Yang
explaining the meaning of the All Seeing Eye, the symbol of the new faith, the
Supreme Being taught:
is, in turn, the Spirit;
religions, the Supreme Being is called bybreligions under diverse names: The
Nothingness, The Void, The Light, The Sacred Light, The Wisdom, The Love, The
True Self, The Absolute Self,
The Truth, The Word, The Monad, The One…
the formation of the universe, the Supreme Being gave this following message: "After
creating the universe, I divided My spirit and with it made all creatures,
plants and materials. Everything in this universe comes from My spirit, and
therefore has a life. Where there is life, there is Myself even in materials and
plants. I am each of you and you are Me."
in this universe are from Yin and Yang. The proportion of Yin and Yang would
dictate the properties of each dimension. More advanced souls would enter a
dimension which has a higher proportion of Yang and would be lighter, brighter,
calmer, more beautiful, and may be called heavens. Less advanced souls enter a
dimension which has a higher proportion of Yin, and would be heavier, darker,
more burdensome with many cruel souls and may be called hell.
everything in the universe shares a part of the Supreme Being's spirit, which is
called Conscience or soul in human beings. Physically, everything in the
universe has a visible body consisting of a mixture of Yin and Yang, which is
well demonstrated by science under the form of electrons and protons in atoms,
the basic common elements of all physical reality including materials, plants,
animals, and human beings.
Science has contended that
the universe came out from the nothingness, the void, when there was no space,
and there was no time.
Time is not an ever-flowing
stream which gushes from forever in the past to forever in the future. The flow
of time is intimately linked to space – and to matter and gravity. We cannot
speak of what happened before the Big Bang, because time itself did not exist
then. Before space existed, nothing could exist; there was nowhere for it to
exist. Our universe probably came into existence not only from nothing, but from
nowhere. Science cannot answer the question of why the universe began. All we do
know is that something did happen. The Big Bang took place about 13 billion
years ago. From nothing, a tiny speck of brilliant light appeared. It was
infinitely hot. Inside this fireball was all of space. With the creation of
space came the birth of time. The
infant Universe was searingly hot, brimming with the energy of intense
radiation. Albert Einstein’s famous equation E=mc2 says that mass
and energy are interchangeable: one can be turned into the other. In the early
Universe, the energy of the radiation was so intense that it could spontaneously
transform into matter, which took the form of subatomic particles, such as
electrons and positrons. (Presently, Stanford University is still continuing the
experiment of creating matter from electrons and positrons.)
those tiny sources of energy was created the Universe. The Creator was nothing
other than energy, and so is the Universe.
is clear from the discoveries of modern science relating to the nature of
molecules and atoms, which are just energy, that everything, whether it is what
we term animate or inanimate, is in motion and also seems to exhibit some form
of organizing intelligence.
levels of heavens depend on the proportion of Yin and Yang forces (energy) in
their constitution. A level with more Yang would be lighter, brighter, and
higher, closer to God. Each level would accommodate corresponding souls. Souls
with good emotions (more yang) would be lighter and dwelling at higher
dimensions. Souls with more negative emotions, with less Yang or more Yin, would
be heavier, and dwelling at lower, darker, colder dimensions. Emotions are like
coats. The more negative emotions one has, the more heavy coats one wears, the
heavier one is, the lower dimension one dwells.
one is in physical body, heavens or hell are in one’s heart. People with good
heart would feel like in heavens. People with negative emotions would feel very
heavy, miserable, suffering in their heart, or in other words, like in hell.
Although living on earth, weren’t Buddha and Jesus always like in heaven? The
way to cultivate self is to return to one’s inner self to find the quietness
(without being attached to emotions) in one’s heart which is a state of
beatitude in Nirvana.
Eastern philosophies believe that there are nine dimensions in heaven. CaoDai
believes that there are twelve. The highest dimensions are Hon Nguon Thien, Hoi
Nguon Thien, and Hu Vo Thien which belong to the pre-creation heavens where
there is only Void, Nothingness, and Chaos. The other nine dimensions are the
dimensions of the Creation where universe and living beings are created from two
sources of energy Yin (electrons) and Yang (positrons). They belong to the
post-creation heavens. These nine dimensions are under the control of the nine
female Buddhas who guide human spirits to progress through the nine dimensions.
death, CaoDaists organize nine “Cuu” (nine, every nine day requiem) to pray
for the passed away person to transcend through the nine dimensions. Two hundred
days after the ninth “Cuu” is the celebration of the “Tieu Tuong”
(ceremony Minor Beauty) when the spirit of the passed away person is prayed for
reaching the “Hu Vo Thien.” Three hundred days after the “Tieu Tuong” is
the celebration of the “Dai Tuong” (ceremony Major Beauty), the last
requiem, when the spirit of the passed away person is prayed for reaching the
“Hon Nguon Thien,” the highest dimension.
summary, science and religions agree with each other that there is a oneness
between the Supreme Being, the universe, human beings and every thing, and they
are all under the form of energy. The only difference is that the Supreme Being
is absolutely pure, absolutely good, absolutely Yang. Human beings, not
withstanding the spiritual part from the Supreme Being, which as noted is
absolutely pure and absolutely good, and which is called Conscience, have a
physical body, which is a mixture of Yin and Yang, and which human beings have
to cultivate in order to become more and more Yang, better, purer,
closer to the Supreme Being, finally become unified with the Supreme Being.
CaoDai, this distilling process is a product of meditation, vegetarianism, moral
practices, prayer, to continually raise the vibrational level of Yang.
religions’ COMMON LANGUAGE:
Although religions wear different physical
appearances, they do have one same principle. The most practical important
principle of all religions is “LOVE and JUSTICE” Following are posters of diverse
religions showing this priciple.
LOVE IS THE LIGHT THAT GUIDETH IN DARKNESS,
THE LIVING LINK THAT UNITETH GOD WITH MAN THAT ASSURETH THE
PROGRESS OF EVERY ILLUMINED SOUL
NOT ON ANY SOUL A LOAD
YE WOULD NOT WISH TO BE LAID UPON YOU,
DESIRE NOT FOR ANYONE THE THING
WOULD NOT DESIRE FOR YOURSELF
ARE ALL THE LEAVES OF ONE TREE
THE DROPS OF ONE OCEAN
T̀NH YÊU THƯƠNG LÀ ÁNH SÁNG ĐƯA NGƯỜI RA KHỎI SỰ TỐI TĂM,
LÀ GẠCH NỐI GIỮA TRỜI VÀ NGƯỜI
VÀ ĐẢM BẢO CHO SỰ THĂNG TIẾN CỦA MỌI LINH HỒN.
ĐỪNG TRAO GÁNH NẶNG M̀NH KHÔNG MUỐN CHO KẺ KHÁC
ĐỪNG MƯU CẦU CHO KẺ KHÁC NHỮNG G̀ M̀NH KHÔNG MUỐN.
MỌI NGƯỜI ĐỀU LÀ LÁ CỦA CÙNG MỘT CỘI
MỌI NGƯỜI ĐỀU LÀ LÁ CỦA CÙNG MỘT CỘI
VÀ LÀ NHỮNG GIỌT NƯỚC CỦA CÙNG MỘT ĐẠI DƯƠNG.
BUDDHISM - PHẬT GIÁO
NINTH PERFECTION IS LOVING KINDNESS.
WATER QUENCHES THE THIRST OF THE GOOD AND THE BAD ALIKE,
CLEANSES THEM OF DUST AND IMPURITY, SO ALSO SHALL
TREAT YOUR FRIEND AND YOUR FOE ALIKE WITH LOVING KINDNESS
HURT NOT OTHERS IN WAY THAT YOU YOURSELF WOULD FIND HURTFUL
IS MEANT BY SOUL OF A SUCHNESS IS THE ONENESS OF THE TOTALITY OF THINGS, THE
GREAT ALL-INCLUDING WHOLE.
THE ESSENTIAL NATURE OF THE SOUL IS UNCREATE AND ETERNAL
ĐIỀU TOÀN MỸ THỨ 9 LÀ T̀NH THƯƠNG YÊU. NHƯ NƯỚC MÁT LÀM MỌI NGƯỜI ĐỠ KHÁT ĐỒNG ĐỀU VÀ RỬA HỌ SẠCH SẼ NHƯ NHAU KHÔNG PHÂN BIỆT KẺ TỐT NGƯỜI XẤU.
V̀ VẬY DÙ ĐỐI VỚI BẠN HAY THÙ HĂY THƯƠNG YÊU HỌ NHƯ NHAU.
ĐỪNG LÀM ĐAU KẺ KHÁC NHỮNG G̀ LÀM CHÍNH TA ĐAU ĐỚN
LINH HỒN CỦA VẠN HỮU LÀ LƯ NHỨT NGUYÊN BAO TRÙM TẤT CẢ
V̀ LINH HỒN LÀ BẤT SANH BẤT DIỆT.
CAODAI - CAO ĐÀI
YOU ARE THE BODY OF LOVE
GOD AND HUMANITY
LOVE AND JUSTICE
I, YOUR MASTER, AM YOU;
YOU, MY CHILDREN, ARE ME
CÁC CON LÀ CƠ THỂ CỦA SỰ THƯƠNG YÊU
THIÊN THƯỢNG - THIÊN HẠ
BÁC ÁI - CÔNG B̀NH
THẦY LÀ CÁC CON;
CÁC CON LÀ THẦY.
CHRISTIANITY - THIÊN CHÚA GIÁO
HE WHO DWELLS IN LOVE DWELLS IN GOD
NOT DO UNTO OTHERS
THOU WOULDST NOT THEY DO UNTO THEE
IS ONE BODY, AND ONE SPIRIT, ...
LORD, ONE FAITH, ONE GOD
IS ABOVE ALL, AND THROUGH ALL, AND IN ALL
THƯỢNG ĐẾ LÀ T̀NH THƯƠNG YÊU,
AI SỐNG TRONG T̀NH THƯƠNG YÊU LÀ SỐNG TRONG THƯỢNG ĐẾ.
LÀM CHO KẺ KHÁC NHỮNG G̀ M̀NH MUỐN LÀM CHO M̀NH.
CHỈ CÓ MỘT XÁC THÂN MỘT LINH HỒN,...
CHỈ CÓ MỘT ĐẤNG TỐI CAO, MỘT ĐỨC TIN, MỘT THƯỢNG ĐẾ
THƯỢNG ĐẾ Ở TRÊN TẤT CẢ, XUYÊN QUA TẤT CẢ,
VÀ TRONG TẤT CẢ MỌI CHÚNG SANH.
- ẤN ĐỘ GIÁO
RELIGION IS TO LOVE,
GOD HAS LOVED THEM, ALL THINGS, WHETHER GREAT OR SMALL
IF DONE TO YOU WOULD CAUSE YOU PAIN
CHÂN ĐẠO LÀ T̀NH THƯƠNG
V̀ THƯỢNG ĐẾ YÊU CẢ MUÔN LOÀI DÙ LỚN DÙ NHỎ.
ĐỪNG LÀM CHO KẺ KHÁC NHỮNG G̀ LÀM TA ĐAU ĐỚN
- HỒI GIÁO
WAS NOT SENT TO CURSE THE INFIDELS
TO HAVE MERCY ON MANKIND
OF YOU TRULY HAVE THE FAITH
YOU DO NOT DESIRE FOR YOUR BROTHER
WHICH YOU DESIRE FOR YOURSELF
EAST AND THE WEST IS GOD’S: THEREFORE, WHICHEVER WAY YOU TURN, THERE IS THE
FACE OF GOD
TA KHÔNG PHẢI ĐẾN ĐỂ TRỪNG PHẠT KẺ PHẢN BỘI
MÀ LÀ ĐỂ YÊU THƯƠNG LOÀI NGƯỜI.
KHÔNG AI CÓ THỂ TỰ CHO RẰNG M̀NH CÓ ĐỨC TIN THẬT SỰ
NẾU M̀NH KHÔNG MƯU CẦU CHO KẺ KHÁC
NHỮNG G̀ M̀NH MUỐN CHO CHÍNH M̀NH.
THƯỢNG ĐẾ Ở MỌI NƠI DÙ ĐÔNG HAY TÂY.
- DO THÁI GIÁO
SHALT LOVE THY NEIGHBOR AS THYSELF
NOT DO UNTO OTHERS
THOU WOULDST NOT THEY DO UNTO THEE
HEAR, O ISRAEL. THE ETERNAL IS OUR GOD,
ETERNAL IS ONE.
ETERNAL ONE OF ALL BEING IS THE GOD WITHIN US
THƯƠNG NGƯỜI NHƯ THƯƠNG M̀NH.
ĐỪNG LÀM CHO KẺ KHÁC NHỮNG G̀ M̀NH KHÔNG MUỐN LÀM CHO M̀NH.
HĂY NGHE ĐÂY NGƯỜI ISRAEL, THƯỢNG ĐẾ LÀ ĐẤNG BẤT DIỆT,
ĐẤNG BẤT DIỆT LÀ ĐẤNG DUY NHẤT
ĐẤNG BẤT DIỆT CỦA CON NGƯỜI LÀ THƯỢNG ĐẾ TRONG TA.
EXCELLENCE OF FRIENDSHIP IS MEASURED BY LOVE
SOVEREIGNTY CAN BE COMMITTED TO THAT MAN
LOVES PEOPLE AS HE LOVES HIMSELF
AND GOD AND EARTH ARE BORN TOGETHER
AND TEN THOUSAND BEINGS ARE ONE
DÙNG T̀NH THƯƠNG YÊU ĐỂ ĐO LƯỜNG T̀NH BÈ BẠN.
KHI TRỊ THẾ, THƯƠNG NGƯỜI NHƯ THƯƠNG M̀NH.
TA CÙNG TRỜI ĐẤT ĐỒNG SINH
TA CÙNG MUÔN VẬT SỰ T̀NH CHẲNG HAI
UNITY AND DIVERSITY COUNCIL - HỘI ĐỒNG HIỆP NHỨT TÔN GIÁO ĐA DẠNG
ARE THE CHILDREN OF THE WORLD
CHÚNG TA CÙNG ĐỀU LÀ CON CÁI CỦA THẾ GIAN
CHÚNG TA CÙNG ĐỀU LÀ MỘT
ZOROASTRIANISM - BÁI HỎA GIÁO
BEINGS ARE BELOVED OF THE LORD
SHOULD LOVE GOD IN RETURN
THAT NATURE ONLY IS GOOD
WHEN IT SHALL NOT DO TO ANOTHER WHATEVER IS NOT GOOD FOR ITS OWN SELF
SOUL OF THE RIGHTEOUS SHALL BE JOYFUL IN IMMORTALITY
THƯỢNG ĐẾ YÊU THƯƠNG MUÔN LOÀI
VÀ TRẢ LẠI MUÔN LOÀI PHẢI YÊU THƯƠNG THƯỢNG ĐẾ.
ĐỪNG LÀM CHO KẺ KHÁC NHỮNG G̀ KHÔNG TỐT CHO M̀NH
LINH HỒN CỦA NGƯỜI TỐT SẼ LUÔN ĐƯỢC AN VUI BẤT DIỆT
Beside the principle “Love and Justice” which has
an important role in the daily life of humanity, most religions believe that one
has the Supreme Being, or God, or Buddha inside oneselve which is usually
understood as conscience. It is the Spirit or one’s true self bestowed by the Supreme
Being. It is called Microcosm by Zoroasterianism, True
Self by Hinduism, Buddha’s heart by Buddhism, God’s heart by
Taoism, Soul by Christianity, Rei by Shintoism, Nafs-e-mutamannah by Islam, and
little sacred light by CaoDai...Caodai said: "After creating the
universe, I divided My spirit and with it made all creatures, plants and
materials. Everything in this universe comes from My spirit, and therefore has a life. Where there is
life, there is Myself even in materials and plants. I am each of you and you are
Thanh Ngon Hiep Tuyen p. 170
Hinduism: When are liberated all the desires that lodge in one’s heart, then a mortal becomes immortal, therein he reaches Brahman.
that has known the glory of the self within the ephemeral body – that
stumbling block to enlightenment – knows that the self is one with Brahman,
Lord and Creator of all.
person of the measure of a thumb, is the inner soul (antaratman) ever seated in
the heart of creatures, he is framed by the heart, by the thought, by the mind;
they who know that, become immortal.
The heart is the Tao, the Tao is the heart.
to the heart to find the Tao.
can see the whole world
leaving your room.
can see the universe
even looking out your window.
fact, it is often true
the farther one travels
less one sees.
looking inside himself,
wise man sees with his heart and his mind,
his heart and his mind see everywhere.
Tao Te Ching
There is one God and Father
of all, who is above all and through all, and in you all.
For the Kingdom of God is
within you. Luke 17:21
Don’t you realize that
all of you are the house of God, and that the Spirit of God lives in his house.
1 Cor 3:16
For though we have never yet seen God, when we love each other, God lives in us and his love within us grows ever stronger. And he has put his own Holy Spirit into our hearts as a proof to us that we are living with him and he with us. I John 4:12-13
I am a Buddha already enlightened
You are a Buddha who will be enlightened.
Every human being has a Buddha inside.
The heart is Buddha,
Buddha is in the heart.
Islam: We (God) are nearer to him (man) than his jugular vein. (Koran 50:16)
One of the most persistent
doctrine of Sufism is inwardness. They despite outward piety and shallow
religious rituals. “Direct thyself to the inward and thou shalt see thy
Poem of the Sufi Hallaj:
saw my Lord with the Eye of the Heart.
said: “Who are thou?”
What is Sufism. 1995.
I, your Master, am you, My children, are Me.
Nhien Dang (Dipankara) Buddha is Me,
Sakya Muni (Gautama Buddha) is Me,
Thai Thuong Nguon Thi (Lao Tse) is Me,
Who is CaoDai.
God; God, Buddha are Me,
different, all branches belong to one same trunk (family),
Taoism, Christianity are in My hands,
of love, I come to save humanity for the 3rd time.
God and men are one.
Thua Chon Giao p.65
We are One Universal Mind
Immense and omnipresent
Although our selves do not exist, we still individually exist
We individually exist, but we are still One Universal Mind
The Tao is the first cause,
And is one with ten thousand beings.
Thanh Giao Suu
Tap 1966-67, p. 35
Children, you are sacred spirits on earth,
Who share with Me the same sacred light…
You have already the key,
To go to anywhere either to earth or to heaven.
Thanh Giao Suu Tap 1966-67, p. 36
Isn't it wonder in the presence of how much religions
have in common? If an individual as well as a religion takes time to study
others' religions, one would realize that they are but one unique truth which
has been expressed under different ways.
At this moment, in this current situation of the
world, the existence of CaoDai is just to remind humanity and all religions that
ALL RELIGIONS ARE OF ONE SAME ORIGIN, OF ONE SAME PRINCIPLE AND ARE JUST
DIFFERENT MANIFESTATIONS OF ONE SAME TRUTH.
A thorough study of all religions leads to the conclusion that ALL RELIGIONS ARE ONE, not in their historical accuracy or separate customs, but in their essential message:
ALL RELIGIONS COME FROM ONE COMMON DIVINE SOURCE
ALL ETHICS ARE ESSENTIALLY CONTAINED IN THE GOLDEN
RULES AND LOVE
ALL HUMANITY IS ONE COMMON FAMILY
DIVINITY CAN BE EXPERIENCED AND REALIZED IN THE
INDIVIDUAL THROUGH PRAYER/MEDITATION
GOOD DEED ARE REWARDED, EVIL DEEDS ARE PUNISHED etc....
The noble effort
of CaoDai is to unite all of humanity through a common vision of the Supreme
Being, whatever our minor differences, in order to promote peace and
understanding throughout the world.
CaoDai does not seek to create a gray world, where
all religions are exactly the same, only to create a more tolerant world, where
we can all see each other as sisters and brothers from a common divine source
and reaching out to a common divine destiny.
If people are open to read and study on their own
each other's religions, or to contact other religious communities in their areas
to talk to the religious leaders and perhaps to some of the faithful as well to
simply build a continuing dialogue of understanding between them, this would be
likely the most powerful weapon against hatred and intolerance, and hopefully
many friendships will result.
In addition, various church groups could organize
meetings where different religions could be discussed, speakers could be
invited, videos and music of different traditions could be shown, and
understanding between humans would be enhanced.
Also, could charity
projects for communities be established with participation of everyone
regardless their religions, and their ethnic origins so that through love and
compassion for the needies, humans would become closer and closer to each other,
love would develop between them as a solid bond, and peace would be subsequently
be found between individuals at first, and then progressively in local
communities and finally on earth.
Hum D. Bui, M.D.
Bác Sĩ Bùi Đắc Hùm là một Hiền Tài Cao Đài (truyền thống Tây Ninh), hoạt động rất tích cực cho Đại-Đạo Tam-Kỳ Phổ-Độ và là tác giả nhiều bài báo cũng như sách giá trị Cao Đài bằng tiếng Anh.
(Bác Sĩ Bùi Đắc Hùm, h́nh chụp tháng 7-2003 tại Khóa Hạnh Đường tổ chức tại Thiên Lư Bửu Ṭa, CA, USA)