Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Forms of Worship

Forms of Worship

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), was a prominent figure in the Transcendental Movement that originated in New England in the middle of the 19th century.  Emerson’s Nature spelled out his philosophy.  He drew some of his ideas from the German Immanuel Kant (1724–1804), of the Age of Enlightenment that saw everyone as having a spark of divinity.  An individual’s nature was thought to be a microcosm of the world.

Many spiritual believers around the world work in industries, corporations, companies, schools, hospitals, and nursing homes.  In the United States the tenets of the constitution speak of the separation of Church and State.  In Islamic countries there aren’t such prohibitions.  Religion is part and parcel of government.  But in America workers’ minds are free to think and ponder what they wish.  Their actions won’t be public, but as they do their jobs they could silently glorify God - their Provider, and Sustainer of their lives.

In countries it’s a different story at churches, temples, mosques, and synagogues.  Believers are free to worship as they please, and they do so mainly on Saturdays or Sundays.  But some religious centers are open daily for prayer.  Whether worshipers use the Bible, Torah, Koran, Upanishads (Veda), or other sacred texts it’s their choice.  Their scriptural readings are also supplemented with prayer books.  At ceremonies there are priests, rabbis, shamans, or other holy men, or women presiding. Prayer in places of worship is known for its rituals.  The national religion of Japan – Shintoism, has thousands of kami (spirits) that take the form of people, places, natural phenomena, and revered objects.  Like in Japan, Chinese have altars at home where they venerate deceased family members

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