The ultimate truth is so simple. It is nothing more than being in the pristine state. This is all that need be said.
All religions have come into existence because people want something elaborate and attractive and puzzling. Each religion is complex, and each sect in each religion has its own adherents and antagonists. For example, an ordinary Christian will not be satisfied unless he is told that God is somewhere in the far-off heavens, not to be reached by us unaided. Christ alone knew Him and Christ alone can guide us. Worship Christ and be saved. If he is told the simple truth, that "the kingdom of heaven is within you [*]," he is not satisfied and will read complex and far-fetched meanings into such statements.
Only mature minds can grasp the simple truth in all its nakedness.
Ramana Maharshi (1879-1950)
* This quotation is found in the Bible itself, at Luke 17:21 (KJV). If you doubt me, go look it up for yourself. THE 'CHRIST' HIMSELF SPOKE THOSE VERY WORDS!!!! (From a contemporary 'Christian' perspective, that is; I have already discussed the fact that I believe 'he' never had any actual, physical existence). And, as Maharshi mentioned, it is very interesting how many modern translators of the Bible try to re-word this particular phrase (many of them wording it as "among you", rather than "within you"), with the end-result that its meaning becomes severely distorted away from what is discussed above.
I believe that what we now know as 'Christianity' is nothing less than the greatest FRAUD and COVER-UP ever perpetrated upon the human race! And this same Fraud and Cover-up has been going on for nearly TWO-THOUSAND years!
Isn't it about time that the fraud was revealed for what it is?
Should you happen to doubt my assessment of 'Christianity', I challenge you to go look at the historical evidence yourself--ALL of it--(above all with an OPEN, unprejudiced mind!), and see if YOU come up with a different result. I can guarantee that you won't.
Thus it is that I profoundly applaud (and am eternally grateful for) the serious, sincere efforts of such conscientious scholars as Elaine Pagels, Timothy Freke, Peter Gandy, James M. Robinson, Marvin W. Meyer, and many such others. Thank 'God' we live in an age where such open, honest inquiry is at least possible! Thank 'God' we live in a time where honest individuals are not afraid to speak out and TELL THE NAKED TRUTH! I would be disgusted with (and ashamed of) such scholars--as I am with most other ordinary, spineless people--if they did NOT display such courage, resolve, and INTELLECTUAL AND SPIRITUAL INTEGRITY as they do (and so inspiringly also)!
Once again, a little reminder:
WHEN YOU SEE THAT GOD ACTS THROUGH YOU AT EVERY MOMENT,
IN EVERY MOVEMENT OF MIND OR BODY, YOU ATTAIN TRUE FREEDOM.
WHEN YOU REALIZE THE TRUTH, AND CLING TO NOTHING IN THE WORLD,
YOU ENTER ETERNAL LIFE.
From The Upanishads (8th-5th Century B.C.E.),
translated by W.B. Yeats and Shree Purohit Swami
[quoted in Seldes, The Great Thoughts, 1980]