|What is our Religion
Eclectic Center of the Universal Flowing Light is a spiritual work which
aims at self-knowledge and the experience of God or the Superior I Inside. To accomplish
this task we use, within a ritual context, the sacramental enteogen
beverage known as ayahuasca re-baptized by Master Irineu as Santo
Daime. The use of enteogen substances as a sacrament seems to have been part
of the main religion traditions of ancient times and gave the visionary basis for many of
the most important religions that exist in the world today.
Our liturgical religion, which consists in sharing the
sacramental tea in appropriate dates, is called Eclectic for its roots are deeply
buried in a strong syncretism of various folk, cultural and religious elements. We
praise God, Jesus Christ, saints, angels and spiritual beings of many cultures, especially
the Christian, Indigenous and African ones. The use of the Santo Daime
sacrament is done in the dates of its festivities calendar, following the ritual rules set
by both Master Irineu and Padrinho Sebastião.
A Spiritual Council runs the church and keeps the tradition
and principles, adapting them to new contexts. The major parties of our religious calendar
are the hinários (hymn books, or their singing) and feitios (preparation). Hinários
average twelve hours of singing and dancing around a six-pointed-star accompanied by many
instruments and rattles. Feitios are the parties for the production of the
sacrament, when all the community works together toward preparing the beverage that will
be taken during the year.
Another important element of the daimist spirituality created
by Padrinho Sebastião is the community. The community is the reference point for
the spiritual work of all members. All wonderful acquisitions we get from our spiritual
leanings must go back to the community.
Daime Doctrine or Master Irineus Doctrine was born within the forest, it
blossomed from the people, a very humble and meritorious people. Its message, which is
united in the form of collections of hymns received by the masters and adepts, preaches
love for nature and consecrates the vegetal world and all the planet as the sacred
scenario of our earth-mother.
Our work then keeps deep connections to the forest and its
preservation. This is also a matter of spiritual fundament. To develop this environmental
and social part of the work of our church in the Amazon, the Raimundo Irineu Serra
Sorcial and Environmental Institute was created. It works towards managing and
gathering partnerships for the sustainable development projects created by its affiliates
in a region of almost 200,000 ha of forest, that belong to the National Forest of the
Purus (the rivers name), where we have been living for 16 years