In the Universal belief aspect of the Universal Belief and Warrior Philosophy System, it deals in scholarship. The universal believer seeks truth above all. The only way to attain truth is through learning, hence being a scholar. Lots of this learning is brought about my self-imposed studies. The universal believer doens not necessarily listen to what others may say about a religion, philosophy, or way of seeing things. They believe what they know, and not whatthey are told. Hence, they will study a multitude of religions and philosophies to know the truth about that system or way. From there, they can draw their own educated conclusions. The universal believer is not blind, easily manipulated into things. They are seekers of knowledge and truth and accept that the truth may not be something they are accustomed to or like. Theuniversal believer cannot be “bamboozled” because through education, and not letting their own personal feelings / preferences blind them, knows the truth for what it is. The followingis a deeper look into universal knowledge about religion.

A religion is many big answers to many big quesrtions backed by other spiritual and philosophical knowledge and beliefs. There are a number of various religionbs in the world. The following (in no order) are some that will be mentioned or discussed in the Universal Belief & Warrior Philosophy System. Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Shinto, Hinduism, Judaism, and others. In many cases, with the larger religions as well as the smaller religions, the smaller ones are believed in by people of smaller places / cultures, opposite for the larger ones. In this, one religion developed or came from another one, with the people of the different place changed or adapted it to their people’s land, history, culture and beliefs. Some of the questions all religions try to answer in some form are ;

1. What is our place in the world

2. How can we live the right way ?

3. How do we pray ?

4. What happens to us after we die ?

If a spiritual discipline answers these questions, it is a religion. If it does not, then it is not a religion. One religion does not have the right answers to all these questions, because all religions have some good answers to these questions and more. In this system (Universal Belief & Warrior Philosophy) is all about stepping back and taking a look at the fundamentals of multiple religions and types of philosophies, and then based on accumulated knowledge, you compare and draw educated conclusions based on the truth before you, this “Universal knowledge”. No matter how much someone loves there specific religion, they should always be willing and open to hearing knowledge and philosophy from other religions. That is where the concept of “Universal knowledge” comes from.

Some people dislike religion because they feel religiond divide people up. Causing them to hate each other, become violent, or even lead to war. Now if you look at people who are doing good things that contribute to society ; giving out soup to the homeless, volunteering to build homes for people who cant afford to pay for them, those who take care of the elderly, children, and the homeless, those who fight for others rights. All these things and more that people do, they learnedfrom the principles taught in religions. Regardless of which one, they learned to be good people from the spiritual discipline (religion) they follow. Religions teach people to be righteous and do good deeds, not to hate any one or any other religion. Religions DO NOT TEACH HATE, only PEOPLE TEACH HATE. If any kind of hate is taught by any religion, it is the feelings and opinions of the Minister, Preacher, Priest, or what have you, of that religion. Although religions teach positive things, the teachers of the dont always convey positive messages. The religions themselves are not responsible for what the teachers (establishment) of it teach or represent, in conjunction with it.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, look at people who do bad things like rob, rape, and kill for little or no reason.There are people who would harm or kill others cause of the color of their skin, where they are from, or their beliefs, and it does not stop there. There are people who lie, cheat, and steal their way through life, abusing innocent and hardworking people in the process. None of these things were teachings they learned from a religion. They (as we aLL do) have free will to choose and walk that path in life. These peope may have religious faith of some sort, but if they live a life like this, they are obviously not strong PRACTITIONERS of their religion. That, or they believe in a warped version of some religious / spiritual discipline.

Furthermore from this all, is that a person does not have to believe in a religion to be or any specific religion to in order to be a good person. That may shock or offend some, but it is the truth. A person may not have faith in a religion, but they may live a good or pure life and even do things to help others. Being that they are a good person , then spiritually, they have no worries, because they basically are living the same life a religious person does, only they choose not to get caught up in all the details and other stuff a religion encompasses. These people see that all as unecessary and stressful, so they jus strive to be good people and live righteously and peacefully.

There are those who believe that their religion is right above all others, and that is okay, it only makes sense they feel that conviction.Then there are others who feel the same, but hate others who believe diffferently, or even fight those who feel differently than they do. They even go as far as to speak untruths about other religions, that type of behavior is not okay. Any righteous person would not do these things in the first place. If you hate or hurt others who do not believe in what you do, or are different than you, then you have not learned what your religion teaches at all. You need to re-evalueate your beliefs and yourself as a person if you do see things this way.

The big question of Buddhism is ; How can i find enlightenment ?

Enlightenment means knowing what is really, really true about the universe. Enlightenment is called nirvana by Buhddhists. Buddhism is a religion that came from hinduism about 2,500 years ago, so it’s big question is like the big question of Hinduism, and enlightenment is similar to moksha. The difference in Hinduism is that for Hindus, we have a soul that is real, and it gets free through moksha. In Buddhism, nothing is really real, including our souls, and learning this is what gets us nirvana. There are many names for an enlightened person ; Buddha, Bodhisattva, or arhat. Siddhartha Gautama was the first Buddha and the best Buddha. It is hard to explain what it takes to become a Buddha. You have to be smart, but wise also, which are two different things. Being smart or intelligent means knowing what is true, being wise means knowing what matters. Buddhists are both smart and wise.

Siddhartha Gautama lived in India which is the birthplace of Hinduism. It was the teachings in his system of belief that made himthat made his followers leave Hinduism and start the new religion which became Buddhism. One of the Buddhas teachings was that the caste system of Buddhism was wrong. For the Buddha, your caste was unimportant. what matters is how you live your lifeand what you understood about getting free. The teachings of the Buddha are called the dharma. Buddhist monks who live by the dharma of the Buddha are called the Sangha. The following phrase is what all Buddhists say, that makes them Buddhists ;

To be safe, i go to the Buddha. To be safe I go to the dharma. To be safe, i go to the Sangha.

This is called the three refuges. The Buddha is the Buddha, the Dharma is the teachings of the Buddha, and the Sangha is the group of Buddhist monks who keep the teachings and take care of the Buddhists who are not monks. After buddha himself 2,300 years ago, the emperor of India named Asoka tried to make all of India Buddhist, but Hinduism was too strong and in favor by the people. After Asoka’s attempt, buddhism became a very small religion in India, but a big religion in China, Japan, and Southeast Asia. Buddhism in the south of Asia is called Theravada Buddhism. It is found in Sri Lanka, Mynamar, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. Buddhism, in the North of Asia is called Mahayana Buddhism. It is found in Nepal, Sikkim, China, Korea, and Japan. The branch of Buddhism in Tibet, Mongolia, and parts of Siberia is called Tantrayana Buddhism. In Japan, their system of Buddhism is called Zen. Each branch of Buddhism has it’s own name for an enlightened person ; Thervada Buddhism – Arhat Mahayana Buddhism – Bodhisattva Tantrayana Buddhism – Siddha Zen Buddhism – Roshi The holy people of Buddhism who have reached nirvana are at the end of their journey to enlightenment. Every person who has reached nirvana is different from Buddha himself. They reached nirvana by finding it all out on his own. The head of the Buddists in Tibet is the Dali Lama. A Lama is a Buddhist monk in Tibet, the Dali Lama is the head monk. The Lamas believe that there is really only one Dali Lama who keeps getting reborn over and over again after he dies. After the death of the old Dali Lama, a new one is chosen from all the Tibetan Buddhist children by looking at special signs. One of those such signs is that a child picks out belongings of the old dali Lama’s things, from a pile of things that look the same. One Dali Lama did so at the ae of five, which is how he was picked. the teaching of nirvana is given to us in Buddhism in four parts, called the ‘Four Noble Truths”. These are the four noble things that the buddha 9Buddha himself) found out about the world that helped him achieve nirvana. They are the following ; Noble Truth 1 – Dukka ; A life free from suffering Noble Truth 2 – Samudaya ; Suffering comes from us wanting too much in the world Noble Truth 3 – Nirodha ; We can get rid of suffering by not wanting to much Noble Truth 4 – Middle Path ; The path you need to walk on to get rid of suffering. Living not too rich but not too poor, not too fast, but not too slow, etc. The middle path is also called the Eightfold path because it has eight things you must do to rid yourself of the suffering of the world. They are the following. 1 – Seeing the right way 2 – Hoping for the right things 3 – Saying the right things 4 – Doing the right things 5 – Working in the right way 6 – Always trying in the right way 7 – Thinking in the right way 8 – Meditating in the right way In Buddhism anyone can walk the Eightfold Path and get free of suffering by achieveing nirvana, but Buddhists believe that a buddhist monk has a better chance of achieveing nirvana than regular Buddhist followers. The rules of being a Buddhist monk are very strict. A Buddhist can get married but cannot kill anything, lie, steal, smoke, drink or do anything out of the ordinary or crazy. If you are a Buddhist monk, you csnnot do any of these things , plus you cannot even get married, have a job, eat after noon on any day, and can’t take money for anything. As a monk, you would not be able to own many thing either. You would be allowed to own one belt , one bowl for begging, one razor, one neddle, and one water strainer. Any posessions given to you are owned by all monks, the collective group known as Sangha. A Buddhist monk can have only three robes. The style of your robe, shows what country (and group of monks) are from. In Sri Lanka, Buddhist monks wear orange robes. The monks in Tibet wear mauve robes, and in Vietnam they wear dark brown robes. There are 227 rules for all Buddhist monks called patimokkha. Monks say all of them every two weeks to see if they violated any of them.

Buddhists teach that nothing is really real as one of their main principles. They know that if you feel real hunger, you can eat real food, and it will fill you, but deep down the food is not real. Nothing is real. The logic for this belief is that everything comes from something else. beacuse of this, everything is dependent on everything else. Like there cannot be a father without a grandfather and so forth. The word for buddhist believeing everything is not real deep down is called sunya. Trees, dogs, cats, everything seems real, but to them it is not really real. Mahayana Buddhists believe in something that is like God, called Tahatha which means “One Truth” or the “law of the universe” or even “suchness”. This is not really God, but is a closer ideal to it than that of other buddhist followers beliefs. They only believe in sunya.

The big question of Confucianism is ; How can I live by the way of heaven ?

The way of heaven is like a path we walk on our entire lifetime. It is the power in the world that runs the world. The Way of Heaven is not God, it is a foprce in the world, like gravity. If we show respact to the power of the force and live accordingly, we will have a good life, and if we go against the force, we will have a bad life. The teacher of this was Confucius. He was a teacher and a holy man on the same scope as Muhummad, Jesus, Buddha, and Moses. confucius lived in China around about 2,550 years ago. He came from a very poor family and he studied hard, taught people how to live the right way, the Way of Heaven. That way, (Confucianism) is the oldest religion in China. Confucius taught that people should be kind to others, he called this Jen. He taught that people should not yell and scream and act out in a billigerent manner. He taught that people should be modest and quiet in demeanor and always try to stay in between the two extremes. Living this life of balance is called Tzu. Confucius did not wriite down his teachings and keep them recorded and archived, so our knowledge of his teachings , beliefs, and ways come from his students. There is a book detailing most of his teachings called the Analects of Confucius. Confucius also taught that people to respec their ancestors. This was done by lighting candles and giving them gifts, although they could not accept the gifts ( the ancestors ) cause they were deceased. These rituals are for the purpose of showing respect to ancestors are called Li. Confucius also taught people to respect the emperor of china and be good servants to him.

The big question of Taoism is ; How can i live my life according to the Tao ?

Taoism is similar to Confucianism, and the Tao it’self is like the way of heaven (Confucianism) also. The tao is the force of goodness in the world. We can live with the force (living in a good way) or against the force (living in a bad way) and the way you live will determine your outcome. The Tao is like a flowing river, amd in flowing with it, you will beccome very wise. If you go against the river though, you will paddle extremely fast and with much effort, but never get anywhere. taoism teaches that if you go with the way of the Tao, along with gaining wisdom, you will pretty much be able to live forever. All of Taoism’s teachings are about how you can get your life squared up with the Tao of the world and live in it’s flow. Taoism believes in many Gods, but there is one main Godnamed Yu Huang. Taoism has priests, and someone cannot become a priest unless their father is one. Taoism came from the teachings of two of China’s great holy men, the teachers Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu. Many say that Lao Tzu lived at the same time as Confucius, but no one is exact on the knowledge of his (Lao Tzu’s) life. Lao Tzu wrote a book called Tao Te Ching which contains the teachings of Taoism. Chuang Tzu lived about 2,300 years ago and was the main teacher of Taoism to many of the people of China.

The big question of Shinto is ; How can i live the way of the Tao and pay respect to my ancestors ?

Shinto is the main religion of China and comes from the Chinese religions. The name Shinto it’sself comes from the Chinese words “shen tao” which means “the way of the Gods”. Shinto is all about the way of the Tao. Living the right way in the world, as well as some other things too. Shinto is a combination of some of the teachings of Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism along with the worship of ancestors. The souls of dead ancestors are called Kami, and the special tree planted in front of a Shinto shrine is called a Kami Gi (tree God). The kami are everywhere. Shintoism teaches that whenever a person dies, he or she becomes a kami. In most shinto homes there is something called a Kami Dana, a home shrine. The shrine looks like a little dollhouse and is shaped like a big Shinto shrine. You take salt, rice, and water to the shrine for your grandparents who have died and turned into Kami. Some days you take salt and on others you take sake ( sa-ki ) which is rice wine. In some houses they keep a little light on in front of the kami dana always. Some teachings say that the emperor of Japan is a kami, a God named Amaterasu. This teaching encouraged many Japanese people to worship the emperor, but over time, that has changed. In modern times, many Japanese as well as the emperor himself believes that the emperor is nothing more than jus a person, and that he is not a God.