CAODAISM – The Perfect Blend of World ReligionsFeb 23, 10 | Tâm Duyên | 7,865 views | No Comments
On a trip to Vietnam I visited a province called Tay Ninh. It is located northwest of Ho Chi Minh City. There I came to see a beautiful Church or Temple and was amazed to learn that here there was a religion that combined many religious beliefs into one. Their goal was to create the perfect blend of world religions. For me I had never heard of this religion before, but I soon learned that Caodaism was the third largest religion in Vietnam.
Founded by a small group of followers in 1926, Caodaism now has millions of followers all over the world.
“Cao” means “High” and “Dai” is “Palace” and refers to the high palace where God reigns.
Their beliefs take on a mix of Buddhism, Confucianism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Taoism and Geniism an indigenous religion in Vietnam.
They believe in God and his Holy Spirit, Karma, Reincarnation, Honoring ones ancestors and practice responsibility to self, family, society with separation from honors, riches and luxury.
At the altar Caodaists worship:
God- as symbolized by the Divine Eye.
Sakyamuni- representing Buddhism
Lao Tse- representing Taoism
Jesus Christ- representing Christianity
Confucius- representing Confucianism
Khuong Thai Cong- representing Geniism
They recognize 3 main Saints:
Sun-Yat-Sen (1866-1925) Leader of the Chinese Revolution 1911
Victor Hugo (1802-1885) French poet and author
Trang Trinh (1492-1587) Vietnamese poet and author
These saints are the 3 main saints. There are many more that are held in high esteem. Such as Joan of Arc,William Shakespeare, Louis Pasture, Napoleon,Winston Churchill, Lenin together with other Vietnamese figures. All for their works for humanity.
Followers are expected to pray at least once a day. Either at 6am, noon, 6pm or midnight. Eat a vegetarian diet at least 10 days a month. And observe the 5 Commandments.
Do not kill a living thing
Do not be dishonest
Do not commit adultery
Do not get drunk
Do not sin by word
If you come across this church ( temple) in your travels it would be well worth your time to stop in and take a look . Visitors are welcomed even during one of the daily prayer sessions. You may take pictures but are asked to be as quiet as possible. Remember to remove your shoes before entering. This is customary and respectful.
Published January 04, 2009 by CINDY CAMACK-INCE