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  1. Self-knowledge can be a principle, that is, the most important attitude and value within the framework of scientific, rather than religious knowledge. Within a religion, self-knowledge is usually an important tool for achieving the highest value of a given religion. Buddhism needs it to purify the mind of attachments and passions and achieve freedom, Christianity-in order to better and more consciously love, etc.

  2. Yes, self-knowledge is a principle of any religion. Man is ignorant of his true spiritual nature (soul). He considers himself a physical body, and this delusion leads him to misjudge his priorities-to think that the satisfaction of the body through sense gratification (which is declared either sinful or undesirable in all religions) can make him happy and lead to maximum self-realization. But in reality, the more one enjoys the material senses, the more one becomes attached to the temporary material body, and the more difficult it is for one to focus on the eternal spiritual soul, the very essence of the self.

    Therefore, practice in all religions is based on asceticism or moderation in pleasure, in self-restraint and exclusion from one's life of everything unfavorable for the development of spiritual consciousness. And also for the gradual replacement of carnal pleasures with spiritual ones-the formation of a fundamentally different understanding and taste of happiness. This practice leads first of all to self-realization, and with the help of self-awareness as a soul, we can already build a relationship with God.

  3. The modern cues of the great religions have very little to do with self-knowledge. Today, these are theologically reorganized structures ( the Church) that least of all want people to become interested in self-knowledge. On the contrary, they direct him, teach him, and hammer into him that he can do nothing without the church.

    Ancient religions are primarily the religions of the Hindus, Mazdeans, Egyptians, and Chaldeans. At the same time, the original, transcendental and philosophical worldview was one. The esoteric religions of antiquity sought and possessed knowledge. And this knowledge had two centers – the macrocosm ( First Cause) and the microcosm ( man). And because of this, self-knowledge in these religions was at the proper level.

  4. Yes, the study of the inner world is the true essence of any religion. Religion as a science of the inner. A person is waiting for a lot of discoveries there. That the inner is a manifestation of the outer, and the outer is a manifestation of the inner. Here is my vision in more detail:

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  5. There are too many different religions to answer unequivocally… But as for Christianity, yes, of course, self-knowledge is essential …Otherwise, it is simply not possible to live and do something next to God … He does not allow everyone to approach him, although he does not forbid anyone to be near him …

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