So what does it mean to live a sacred life? Well, when you look at religious books and spiritual texts, when you examine the teachings and the writings of the masters and avatars, one of the issues that emerges is the issue of truth and honesty. The sacred texts (whether these texts be Muslim or Catholic, Buddhist, or Hindu) all say at one point or another, be truthful and don’t lie!
So why is that?
Why is it, from a sacred point of view, so bad to lie?
Unfortunately spiritual texts do not always go into good detail on that point and so often it comes down to blind faith or simplistic morality. But there has to be more to it than that otherwise why would so many spiritual masters and avatars make it a point to mention it?
So what is it about?
Perhaps it comes down to simple consciousness and awareness. When you are conscious and aware you are conscious and aware. You are aware of your self, aware of your home, aware of your environment, and so on (sometimes in a heightened sense). When conscious and aware you may bask in the beauties of this world, gasp at the glory of creation, or shudder at the horrors (poverty, disease, war) that we have spawned, but you will, by definition, be conscious and aware of the things of this world.
Of course, humans have this remarkable and often lamented ability for self deception. As a species we lie through our teeth to each other, and our selves. Despite what some say, this ability does not appear to have anything to do with survival, since survival would seem to be predicated on accurate perception of reality. It also does not appear to have anything to do with divine testing or political freedom, since there is no logic, rhyme, or reason to that. How is “choosing” to be evil or backing a fascist dictator, anything other than misguided, deluded, and dumb? Perhaps then it comes down to definition. If you want to be conscious and aware of the reality around you, then you have to be conscious and aware of the reality around you. If you are not conscious and aware, if you are pretending you are something that you are not, if you are lying to others to create false views of reality that benefit you, or if you are pretending some things do not exist while fantasies are actually real, then how can you claim to be conscious and aware of anything? And if you are not conscious and aware, if you are lying to yourself and others about this, that, or everything around you, then how can you claim to be living a religious, spiritual, sacred, or even scientific (for that matter) life?
It seems simple, straightforward, and logical enough.
Living sacred means living aware means being honest and telling the truth.