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September 27, 2008

National Student Leadership Forum

Well, I can't lie, not even when it would be polite.

The forum was difficult. I faced some quite fierce arguments about God, and I don't like arguing about God. I believe that all religions are the work of one God, which some may not even like to call God, but I can't think of a better word. It is difficult to express my beliefs, particularly in an analytical environment, for it reduces something that to my mind is perfect, to the realm of words, which are imperfect.

So I stumbled and stuttered and feel I utterly misrepresented my God, and have learned a valuable lesson. Babaji has always told us not to share our faith too publicly, and now I know why. For a start, I don't feel I can do my God justice with words, and second, it just seems to cause fights.

And to be even more honest, I didn't expect a leadership forum to be quite so evangelically and fundamentally Christian. In that regard I feel quite mislead myself, as none of the advertising of the forum suggested this would be such a singularly religious forum.

But I did learn from some inspiring speakers, uncle Bob Randall, Kevin Rudd and David Busseau to be specific. And came across a wonderful quote:
"A leader is a dealer in hope."
Napoleon Bonaparte.


Anonymous said...

Well done for your courage. I know what you mean. A lot of people want to talk about god in a Left Brained, analytical sort of way, to talk intellectually and have you argue for the existence of god(s). But the gods are experiential, not intellectual. So I try to deflect conversations with people who want to intellectualise and argue, and remind them that the only way to know the answers to the questions they are asking is to work on their ability to experience the gods.

We are a mono-religious culture and I love the people who are curious about other faiths, but others fear that which is not familiar.

Julia said...

I knew you would understand. I say this time and time again, the reason I enjoy blogging so much is the like minded people.