A spirituality where body, soul, mind and spirit dwell in simplicity and beauty
WAYISM [ /'weɪ/ɪz(ə)m/ /ˌeɪɪzm/ ] (noun)
Definition of Wayism
A widespread worldview and accompaying lifestyle expounded by the in the 1st century CE spiritual teacher Iesous, whose followers were know as Wayists, or the people of The Way. Iesous was also known as Jesus, Yesu, Issa, and Oesho, depending on areas where he worked. Iesous worked in Egypt, the Mid-East and India.
Wayism, the worldview, was not invented by Iesous, he only preached the ancient Truth in the hope to bring about reformation movements from within the religions of the day. The worldview and lifestyle of The Way was earlier captured in Scripture such as the Upanishads, Daodejing and the Platonic schools of early Greece.
Iesous work in the first century revived Wayist thinking and first took root in 1st century India among Hindus involved in the upcoming Bhakti Movement, it was once known as the Yoga of Jesus. By the end of the 1st century, Wayism influenced the reformation in Buddhism known as Mahayana, from which sprang Wayist-thinking Pure Land schools of thought, Zen, Tiantai and other. Wayism also lies at the root of Christianity, a Judaic reform movement created by the spiritual teacher Paul toward the mid-first century CE. The spiritual teacher Thomas, a devotee of Iesous, started Wayist Church of the East in Kashmir, India during the early 40s of the 1st century.
There is a mystical, devotional, side to Wayism that finds expression in a number of religious-style movements, The Pure Land Tradition, Church of the East and Wayist Church, for example. This website is devoted to Wayist Mysticism--the awareness of the Divine Energy in all things in and around us.
Wayism is more popular in the West as a philosophical lifestyle and worldview, because most westerners have turned their back on religion and sort of had thrown the baby out with the bathwater.
Wayist teaching is succinctly captured in the authoritative book, WAYISM: The Primary Text, available from the publisher, Amazon and other booksellers around the world.
With fragrant flowers, wood and earth,
my awareness is fixed on the presence of the Divine in all things.
“Split a piece of wood, and you discover my essence,” teaches the Lord of my soul.
As these flowers wilt,
and wood decay,
so too this body and its mind,
All that remains,
my wisdom and spiritual essence.
This prayer is used when we place items of flowers, wood and earth on our altars.
Evidence from Scripture, Iesous' teaching and conduct, and observation of the world suggest that Satan or the Devil is a being, and not simply a concept.
We do not pay much attention to this. We regard this matter as one would with a story of a few school dropouts who hang around town squatting in other people's spaces, tagging, living by petty theft and thriving on negative attention. Life goes on as it will with or without these youngsters.
It seems as if an individual spiritual being, a highly advanced being once worked in a team on earth along with colleagues named Michael, Gabriel and other. As all spiritual beings do, they serve the cause of humankind's quest for spirituality but this Satan found human ungratefulness and narcissism too much to handle. He refused to serve them and the heavenly Father forced him to do his work. He wanted to make his point clear to the father, he wanted to "show the father" (as if Amitabha did not know, just how greedy and ungrateful humans can be. Satan (or whatever his name was/is) went ahead and tempted some humans with ego-gratifying things in exchange for their potential to gain everlasting life; they exchanged their humility, simplicity and compassion for wealth and power.
Amitabha reacted by telling Satan that he will not return to Sukhavati until those souls have gained rebirth and full enlightenment. Satan is still here, still disembodied and quite at a loss without support from Sukhavati. He is serving his penitence here on earth.
Satan fears Avalokiteshvara, he even feared Iesous when he was vulnerable, considerably weakened because of His incarnation into a human body. On several occasions did Iesous and His disciples drive an "evil spirit" out of someone, that is from co-habitating or squatting in a victim's body, taking control of the victim's body-mind. The squatters are bad caretakers of bodies. People become malnourished, wek and outcast from societies. After death of the body, the squatter will move on, seeking another victim. Many of these so-called demons fled simply when they heard that a pure spiritual being of Iesous' stature had arrived. Strong spiritual beings can inflict severe punishments on these spirits, and can ruin their plans. On one occasion Iesous drove some squatters from a person's body, wrapped them up in the bodies of wild boars and when the boars died, the spirits had to go into bardo again where they had to face the wrath of the laws of nature for a while.
Satan has been keeping himself alive by feeding off the adoration he gets from devotees and demons who (in vampire fashion) allow Satan to suck up their soul energies in exchange for material wealth and power over others. In other traditions these negative beings, who will probably be of the last ones whom Avalokiteshvara will liberate from this world, are called fighting spirits and asura/asuri.
Satan has been called Lucifer, the shiny one. From here, the theory of the Illuminati, a world power of near-void souled beings who own and manipulate the world's economies.
These negative beings go around recruiting good but gullible souls. One would wonder why the father does not put a stop to one trying to "steal" souls from heaven. Truth is, those who fall "victim" are the one's who would have found another outlet if demons did not recruit them. We have Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons, Muslims and Hare Krishna (ISCON) knocking on our doors to try and convert us, but we say no thank you. We have free choice. Furthermore, souls can turn back from their ways at any time. As mirrored in real life there are people on standby, waiting for the "lost" to reach out a hand and ask, please bring me back in.
Father God respects our choices. We have freedom of choice, and that is the Way.
We do not pay much attention to demons. We do however try to not engage them in business, and to not fall prey to their massive onslaught of consumerist ideology. They own the means to manipulate people's minds and hearts, enslave them and milk them dry.
Simply go about the business of Humility, Simplicity and Compassion. Keep on the Bodhisattva way and enjoy an authentic life--and you will hardly know the naughty school dropouts exist.
Wayist Ordained Teachers are trained to work with pestering demons. Call on us if you need professional help.
The purpose of a shrine is to provide us with a stable anchor for day-to-day devotionals. Some people seem to want or need this more than other. Typically, devotees carrying baggage from Protestant, Judaic and Islam cultures feel that icons are idols and may have body-mind troubles to reconcile. However, a home shrine is not essential to walk the Way. Most devotees however find great joy in their shrines and home altars.
Shrines take central places in homes, Wayist centers, gardens and buildings. Shrines are often erected in public places, on roadsides, home gardens and in nature along trials. In India, for example, it is not uncommon for a city to have 5,000 shrines erectd by individuals and groups.
Typically, a shrine contains some element that distinguishes it as such. It may have only the Wayist mandala, or a small Avalalokitesvara statue. In certain cultures a simple ribbon on a tree, or a scarf hanging from a branch indicates a special place of worship for some people. Shrines erected in public are typically available for all people and may be maintained by one or more families.
It is considered a special spiritual service to the community to fund, erect and maintain a public shrine. Many devotees feel that this public service is good Karma Yoga.
Wayist shrines are typically not elaborate or expensive to make and maintain.
Most devotees have a daily ritual for attending to soul business around the shrine.
One may burn incense and/or a candle. Some place fruit or flowers, even some food from the main meal as a sign of hospitality, inviting spiritual beings to feel welcomed in our lives and our spaces. These are small little things humans need to anchor their devotions and mystical lives. Mysticism has forever been spiced with symbolism, and it can hardly be any other way
In Cambodia, where the average family income is barely $400 per month, every home has a shrine or two. Some are made of bamboo, some of a tin cut open and aestetically fashioned. Many families hope to one day buy one of those grand, expensive shrines costing $30 to $50.
Handmade thangkas and ceremonial scarves are common items used on shrines.
See our Devotional Store for home and devotional center shrine and altar ideas.
The average human soul does not spend much time contemplating the question, "what is the purpose of life?". I have asked many people, all over the world, what they would consider to be the purpose of life. On average, whether it be in Philippines, China, Singapore, Canada, Africa or USA the answers are similar. The larger percentage of people can answer immediately without much inner-reasoning and they would say things like, "to be a good person", "to be happy", "to pay off my mortgage", "to make enough money to buy a house", and "to take care of my children". Devotees from the Abrahamic religions (Christians, Muslims, Jews) can answer quickly that the purpose of life is to love God, and to gain eternal life. Buddhists and Hindus can add to the usual self-centered material purpose a spiritual purpose, that of "to live a good life, to gain a better birth in the next life".
Wayists see a lot truth in some of those statements but they understand it to be incomplete wisdom. We can state the purpose of life in a paragraph using terminology from Christian, Hindu and Buddhist schools of thought. We can say that the purpose of life is to graduate from this soul school on earth, to be born again in heaven as a spiritual being where we will have eternal life, live in bliss and ultimate happiness. If we live this life completely and authentically, exploring every possible experience to learn the wisdom of Humility, Simplicity and Compassion we will gain happiness and if not yet rebirth in Sukhavati (Spiritual Land of Bliss) then at least we will gain a future lifetime in senior wisdom classes in the school of life.
Junior souls and senior souls
Human souls, before they develop their inherent spiritual potential are not unlike caterpillars. For the caterpillar, the purpose of life has all to do with its immediate environment; all about consuming things, survival and shelter. Humans with higher developed souls become aware of changes in themselves, they become aware of another reality that most people just don't get. They become less narcisistic, less self-absorbed, and more aware of the greater Truth that lies outside of their own little comfort zone and value systems. Some gain understanding that a complete and utter devition to this lifestyle and attitude is what they want. Not unlike the caterpillar in the beginning phases of metamorphosis, the human soul gains a greater awareness of its true potential and some souls embrace that change. They become susceptible to higher teaching, they live their newfound wisdom and expand their love, soon to become butterflies that soar in new realities hitherto unknown and unimaginable for the caterplillar existence of junior souls.
Iesous taught a higher truth that cannot be understood by junior souls. He discriminated against junior souls, excluding them from higher learning in the way that colleges require Wisdom 102 before enrolling a student in Wisdom 103. Iesous would say to certain people arguing with him, "Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot bear to hear my words." (John 8:43). Those of higher spiritual development, He engaged in teaching because they can understand. Those of lower soul development, mostly religious leaders, He refused to engage in teaching because they are junior souls, in junior courses in the school of life and what Iesous came to teach is Wayism, akin to final year courses in the art of living and purpose of life.
Old Souls and Junior Souls
An "old soul" is usually the wiser soul in the room, but not always. There is no honour in being an "old soul" compared to being a junior soul, just as there is no difference in "honour" when comparing a 4th year student at university with a second year student. All are students, some have spend more lifetimes on campus. Even old souls may be so old (and not yet graduated) because they failed so many courses; it took them many more lifetimes to reach their current level of education (wisdom).
The Purpose of Life
The purpose of life in this school on earth for soul beings is, a Iesous put it, to "Become perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect." (Matt 5:48) We have to gain perfect human wisdom in our three majors, Humility, Simplicity and Compassion to be reborn in heaven where our heavenly Father and siblings will teach us to become more like our heavenly Father.
Our heavenly Father is not, as some erroneously teach, the Almighty One. No being can ever be as perfect and powerful as the Almighty. God, our heavenly Father often refers to himself in Scripture by the Sanskrit title Tathāgata reserved for the most senior of spiritual beings (greater even than our Lord Saviour of the World). Tathāgata means, 'I have gone before'. Our heavenly Father is a most ancient being who have traversed the Way, who had been in its flow for more time than human minds can truly understand. Of the oldest Scriptures available to humankind (such as the Upanishads) speak of The Man of Heaven. Therefore, our father and the most advanced of spiritual beings in Sukhavati are templates for our development, they are our examples and our ideals that we hope to attain. To this effect Iesous refers to himself as Son of Man. The great spiritual beings in our heaven, all "have gone before" and act as examples for us to emulate.
The purpose of life is tied to the purpose of this school of life, to learn the wisdom required to be metamorphosed (reborn) as spiritual beings. Nothing else.
How do we gain the wisdom that will start the metamorphosis, the process of being reborn in spirit?
More advanced souls start to understand that Love for all other beings is an all encompassing attitude. If you do not have that love, you have nothing but an empty junior soul. If you have all the religion a mind can bear, you pray five times a day and fast and praise God for His greatness every moment of your life, but you do not have the kind of Love for all living beings that seeks equality for all irrespective of gender, age, religion, race or creed, then you are an empty junior soul with a long way to go before graduation.
This English language word 'Love', is insufficient because it does not properly describe the wisdom. Even the ancient Greek that Iesous spoke had more, and better, word to speak of Love trhan our modern English language. Our Scripture and Primary Text states that we need above all things the attitude of loving-kindness and understanding of others' plight that comes because of living the wisdom gained from Humility, Simplicity and Compassion.
Writing for a Christian audience, Paul, in Corinth in the first century put it this way, “If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor and if I surrender my body to be burned but do not have love, it profits me nothing. Love is patient, love is kind, it is not jealous; love does not brag, it is not arrogant, it does not act unbecomingly, it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
Iesous preached to the Jews of the first century about religious arrogance, bigotry and spiritual pride as the root cause why He could foresee the fall of Jerusalem and destruction of the Temple in AD70. To the same audience He said, "The greatest commandment (which you have in your Holy Scripture) is Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength." Then Iesous added this Wayist line "The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these." (Mark 12:30-31)
The concept of loving one's enemies, and loving those beings with whom we share space on earth was new at the time because people were animated with socially justifiable tribal bigotry and hatred. Avalokiteshvara shows us that He came for all sentient beings, not just persons of a particular religious view, creed, tribe, race, or animal classification--all sentient beings of all natures. We need to learn a different level of Humility, Simplicity and Compassion to graduate from earth, be reborn in heaven and gain eternal life of happiness.