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The Hierophant — Spiritual Message of the Day

March 10, 2013

High Priest (Hierophant) -- Tarot of the Masters

“There is no royal road, except through living the creed in your own life, which must be a living sermon.” — Mahatma Gandhi

Many people seem to think that religion is a club to be joined, and then merely through the joining, they will gain salvation. Of course, like any club, there are dues to be paid (i.e., tithing), and a certain minimum attendance record necessary, or at least, strongly suggested (such as Sunday services). But outside of those superficial obligations, there is very little required, or so it is sometimes erroneously believed.

However, a religion that stays behind in the church when we walk out on Sunday morning (for example) is hollow and meaningless. As Tau Malachi says, “Faith devoid of spiritual practice and spiritual living cannot come to fruition in true Gnosis.” The highest spiritual practice is one that suffuses our every thought and action, but of course this is an ideal that lies beyond of our ability at the outset. It is, however, sufficient that we keep this goal in mind and strive toward it, as in the following advice from Swami Prabhavananda.

“The goal is the important thing. If God is your goal, and you are on a path with that intention, it will lead you to Him.”

Consequently, whenever we are in doubt about the spiritual aspect of an act or about the path we are on, we should ask ourselves questions like these: “Is this in accord with my desire to reunite with the Divine? Does it help me realize my inner divinity? Is it an act of love for another person? Does it reflect my devotion to Deity?” Through this we can become loving and kindhearted people who realize their divinity. We can become what we believe in.

If you enjoy these words of spiritual advice from the cards, you will love my new Tarot book called The Soul’s Journey: Finding Spiritual Messages in the Tarot.

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