I saw in the news where a person from a differing belief system led people to deface sacred stones in Russia. These two stones known as the Maiden stone and the Goose stone have been held sacred for 5000 years. The modern day miscreants spray painted “Idolatry is a sin” on the stones. Their religion makes them think that their way is the only way, regardless that their great spiritual teacher, Jesus, gave them the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
I have traveled to many different sacred spots and hold each in high regard, whether I am of that faith or not. Regardless if the space is a cathedral altar or sacred grove, a Mormon sanctum or a Buddhist roadside shrine, it should be treated with respect. Sometimes sacred spots get reinterpreted by the popular religion. In the case of these sacred stones, they were probably sacred to the ancient Slavic Deity, Veles. Later they were reinterpreted to be sacred because the story arose that this was where St. George fought the dragon.
Spray painting on someone’s sacred spot does not bring you closer to God. It separates you from your fellow man. It sends an egotistical message of “I am better than you.” The sacred can be determined by what moves you closer to Deity: goodness, love, respect, kindness. As the poet, Mary Ann Pietzker said,
“Is it true? Is it necessary? Is it kind?
Although the defiler of the stones may have believed it was true and somehow thought it was necessary, it certainly was not kind. Nor did it follow the message of love that was the core of Jesus’ message. So as an affirmation for the week:
“I treat others with goodness, love, respect and kindness, putting myself in harmony with Spirit.”
– Robin Rumi