In theosophy, it is said that life is a pilgrimage and the human soul is a pilgrim. Here, pilgrimage is a symbolic representations of the path of purposive soul-evolution. According to teosofia.com, there are two precepts involved in the concept of ‘life as pilgrimage. The first being that life has a sacred and holy purpose in form of a pilgrimage. Secondly, as self-conscious human beings, we have to make the effort to realize the purpose of life ourselves.
Theosophy assumes that within each person, there is innate divinity but veiled by illusions created by desires. According to spirithome.com, the key thing about a pilgrimage is that the pilgrim prays and meditates on the ‘Word of God’ the whole way and a hunger for prayer and the ‘Word’ grows from what the pilgrim learns.
In a website post titled ‘Life as Pilgrimage’, the notion of pilgrimage in Christianity is explained as: “Life was itself understood as pilgrimage, a journey from cradle to grave; Christian life, or the life of faith, was a pilgrim-journey from the illusory material life of this world to the real world of the presence of God. The lives of monks, nuns and hermits were viewed as a kind of inner journey.”
Here is my ABC verse on 'life as pilgrimage'.
A: Attaching spiritual importance to be born on Earth for an inward journey
B: Beholding yourself other-worldly and wayfarer to this planet as a pilgrim.
C: Considering human life as a sacred journey in search of its moral or spiritual significance
D: Discovering and realising life itself as a journey of soul coming from God and returning to God
E: Evolutionary journey of soul on the earth made with the purpose of release
John Stott theologizes human life as 'a serious quest for the true knowledge of God, undertaken in response to His self-revelation, illumined by Christian tradition, manifesting a rational inner coherence, issuing in ethical conduct, resonating with the contemporary world and concerned for the greater glory of God'.
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