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We have come to understand that the primary objective of the instituted religions is to keep the herd of its faithful in sleep and ignorance, to prevent the awakening of the individual at all costs

For the record, two well-known quotes from high dignitaries of the Holy Church of Rome:

"It is an act of virtue to deceive and lie, when by such means the interest of the Church can be safeguarded."
Bishop Eusebius, (260-339)

And:

"We know well how much this fable of Christ has represented for us a profitable superstition."

Pope Leon X (1513-1571).

 

Below is a fine example of the misuse of ancient wisdom. It is the direct translation of the "Our Father" from Aramaic to English (instead of the translation going from Aramaic to Greek, then to Latin, then to English).

A translation of "Our Father" directly from the Aramaic into English (rather than from Aramaic into Greek into Latin into English.)

O cosmic Birther of all radiance and vibration!
Soften the ground of our being and carve out a space within us where your Presence can abide.
Fill us with your creativity so that we may be empowered to bear the fruit of your mission.
Let each of our actions bear fruit in accordance with our desire.
Endow us with the wisdom to produce and share what each being needs to grow and flourish.
Untie the tangled threads of destiny that bind us, as we release others from the entanglement of past mistakes.
Do not let us be seduced by that which would divert us from our true purpose, but illuminate the opportunities of the present moment.
For you are the fruitful vision, the birth-power and the fulfillment, as all is gathered and made whole once again.

Source: Beads For Prayer