Spiritual Thinking To Nourish Our Souls
The world we live in has been shaped by religions for thousands of years. Beveling in a supreme being can help one live his or her life following certain principles or rules. These basic principles can help us live a peaceful life in community when followed with compassion and love. We will then talk about those religions that so many of us (human beings) follow.
After Buddhism and Roman Catholicism, Caodaism (Dao Cao Dai) is the third largest religion in Vietnam with 7 to 8 million members in Vientam and 30,000 all over the word. Cao Dai means "High Palace" or the supreme palace where God reigns.
Caodaism is a newly revealed religion which encompasses elements of other religions of the world such as Christianity, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, and Islam.
Tay Ninh, about 60 miles (100km) North West of Saigon, hosts the religious center of Caodaism.
"Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it.
Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many.
Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books.
Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders.
Do not believe in traditions simply because they have been handed down for many generations.
But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it."
~ Siddhãrtha Gautama (Buddha)