Church in Movement
The Church of Universal Soul counts its faithful and sympathizers in several parts of the world; it is a Christian Movement for Spiritual Union dedicated to the Divine Mother. Its origin lies in the need to reach a wider vision of the spirit which can lead to a real universal brotherhood. Through dialogue and inter-religious prayer, the Church also intend to overcome the concept of religion as that which divides one person from another. This is possible only by looking for all that unites instead of that which divides.
Anima Universale, religion of Love, recognizes itself in these spiritual truths:
“Everybody can meet God within his or her own consciousness.
Only one chosen people exists: all of humanity.
The temple which God likes most is a virtuous heart.
Truth is God and cannot be regarded as the exclusive property of anyone.”
— Swami Roberto
Christian brotherhood has no barriers
Ecumenism, regarded just as a movement of union among the Christian Churches, which is almost an unattainable aim in itself, is considered by our Founder Swami Roberto (in the photograph) to be a limiting concept anyway. Anima Universale believes, instead, in ecumenism as the peaceful co-existence and cooperation among all religions that have ethical foundations; such a coexistence will allow people to be sustained in their rights and aspirations. The basic premise will therefore be not theological unity, but the spirit of universal brotherhood and solidarity for the sake of humanity. (In the photographs below: the Founder and the ramia brothers of Anima Universale with representatives of other religions).
“There is only one God and He is God to all; therefore it is important that everyone is seen as equal before God. I’ve always said we should help a Hindu become a better Hindu, a Muslim become a better Muslim, a Catholic become a better Catholic.” - Mother Teresa
“To have equal respect for all religions means to believe in brotherhood.
God’s Love is the common factor which unites within Himself all human beings.”
— Swami Roberto
The human being does not live in a static unchanging reality but, thanks to experiences and dialogue with others, can grow in awareness and consciousness in a process of inner evolution. Faith, rationality, personal opinion, culture and tradition are all elements which characterize the varied interpretations regarding the spiritual sphere. Anima Universale believes that faith, in whatever environment it is found, in order to be real and to bear fruit has to seek an objective relationship with reason and the surrounding reality. The individual must then learn how to go beyond religious and cultural differences to gather together the common elements which are of value for the evolution of all beings. The ability to help, learn from and love one's neighbour, to engage in constructive dialogue and build a better future is something which is inherent in every man and woman irrespective of the particular belief or creed they profess. On a day to day basis, however, we sadly observe a society which is all too often prey to mistrust and intolerance. From spiritual ignorance can often spring fanaticism, sectarianism or total indifference towards God. Understanding, opening of the mind, and thus the spiritual growth needed to build Peace, springs instead from education to respect, from a willingness to discuss understanding and to do good also to brothers of other religions. Anima Universale believes that the world will become better when respect and brotherhood replace a fragile tolerance and religions overcome the sectarian culture that often set one against the other, in evident contradiction of the creed which all proclaims: «God is One. God is the Father of humanity».