The painting above is by the mystic Russian artist Nicholas Roerich (See footer), and it is titled “Abraham and the wisdom of the Egyptians”.
Try to imagine a world in the time of Abraham, somewhere about 2000 years BCE. Early Mesopotamia had evidence of religous practices for 3000 years prior, as had the Egyptian Nile valley and the Indus Valley in India. So it is not surprising that the Biblical accounts that Abraham was blessed by a priest called Melchizedek.
What was behind the religions of that period between 5-8000 years ago? A couple of examples will help. Both the Jain and Egyptian spirituality show distinct natural mysticism, with the Egyptian Book of the Dead describing connection with the sun god and all nature.
The deep well of the human Xconscious has common core concepts that were planted there by God. If the Higher Power or Energy (God) is consistent throughout history, it is a logical assumption that the message of Love and the ability to experience has also been consistently known. There are also strong consistencies in the way humans have expressed archetypes to explain God. A well documented example is the recurrent archetype of the Christic savior in a number of religions, including the early Egyptian, Hindu and of course Christian religions.
To explain their seven-fold philosophy, Jains (Jainism is an ancient Indian religion that influenced both Hindu and Buddhist belief in non-harm) tell the familiar story of the blind men and the elephant, and give seven different assertions, each true from one viewpoint yet questionable from another.
Yet to the Jains universal life is composed of an infinite number of interacting particles, each particle being in essence a jiva or “life” — an eternal and intrinsically individual consciousness-life.