Once we understand the different types of consciousness, then we could observe how this consciousness of individuality has influenced our moral teachings, which are brought alive through different religions and philosophies.
“One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself.” OR
“One should not treat others in ways that one would not like to be treated”
Here we can see the division between “you” and “I.”
The golden rule then states that there is a division, a difference which needs to be bridged through a “new” behavior.
That is what a moral code entails.
As people could not change their behaviors through “nice words,” then the addition of “strong words” were needed along with elements of fear and punishment to keep things in “control.” 🙂
“You must not do this.”
“Do not try that. ”
“Never do this or that..”
Those are commandments.
Humanity has decide to live “happily” with those “moral ideas,” nevertheless; Humanity as a whole has not understood the teaching of reciprocity among humans.
There is no change in consciousness despite the many religions and philosophies and the high number of adherents to them.
Do you know why? 🙂
Because the same consciousness of individuality has prevailed.
In other words, psychologically there is no change. External agents such as laws and moral codes do not change consciousness, they merely change behavior through fear.
Once we see this without covering things up and defending our own beliefs, then perhaps a light for change of consciousness could be perceived.
The Golden rule is a great teaching as long as we stay in the consciousness of individuality, because it pretends to avoid further conflict among humans.
The Golden rule teaches reciprocity, as in “if you scratch my back, I will scratch yours,” but in that “equality” there is no change in consciousness, it is just change of behavior at the most.
“If you don’t do that reciprocity game, then you will go to hell for ever.”
That is Fear. Inducing change through fear is like blinding yourself from seeing the Sun by covering your eyes with one hand.
If you need to do something else, you will take your hand away from your face at your convenience (making sure that no one is watching you) and cover your face again as “needed.”
As we could see, what is required is to change our consciousness and not to patch our external behavior through commandments and laws.
When there is the consciousness of Totality, of relatedness with the whole, then we could behave in that consciousness without fearing anything. Consciousness drives behavior naturally.
Laws and “do not’s” only change behavior.
In that consciousness of Totality, our activities will be for the common good rather than for the benefit of “me” and my “group.”
Then, it is in this consciousness of Totality how there could be a change, without repressing ourselves.
That consciousness is developed when we go back to our origins, to Mother Nature. That is the practical aspect of it.
Without a close proximity to Nature, our paths will lead us into further separation.
When a human being deviates from the common good, then different rationalizations will arise to protect his own perceived individuality.
Mr. A wants to get more out of life by “having more” than anyone else. Mr. A has the right to “have more.” Note that the whole mental idea of a prosperous society is to “have more” of anything.
That could be money, things, people, sex, pleasure, things to do, places to go, etc. In this type of mentality to be “idle” is out of the question. You have to fill your time with “doing” and “achieving.”
Obviously we have set up the environment for competition. Yes, we could call that “healthy competition” to label our ways in the most “sensible way.” 🙂
Obviously, to “win” is everything and that “winning” could be interpreted as being “better,” not being a “loser,” and since that is the motive, the purpose of our existence, then our behavior to procure that “win, win” may deviate from the Totality.
Trying to win 1 million dollars or to win Paradise is the same ego centered thing.
That is how “morality” came into existence and with that, all the rules, commandments, codes of conduct and laws that we could think of; just to make the game of “winning,” a fair game… 🙂
“You are a loser” even though you played “fair” because someone was “better than you” according to the laws and moral standards… 🙂
That is how manipulation and interpretation of those moral standards have changed throughout human history.
Then, to perform certain activities was considered to be the “culprit” of insensible human behavior, so “do not’s” appeared as moral patterns to follow and praise and with that a rigid mind appeared, thinking that something is “good” because it is the law or the moral standard of the time.
Our lives became “mental” and we got separated from empathizing and feeling life as part of the whole thing.
There is the sign by the lake: “Do not swim.” We see someone drowning and we may be good swimmers, as a matter of fact, the individual drowning is not far away… Do you jump in and save the person or not? If you don’t, you may be following the “law.” Intellectually, you have done the right thing!
Your heart may tell you a different story, but nothing that you could not “drown” inside yourself by trying to forget about it!
If we become too mental, too brainy about acting, we could never act in a “good way.” All we could do is to follow a script, which is not what we feel.
Many religions and societies are in favor of scripts, and laws. Being “right,” means doing what is “right” according to some standard.
For someone who is in tune with his own feelings and who is sensible to beauty, that sensibility becomes the law.
Not touching a prostitute to help her to cross the river is the law for some. To feel the beauty of empathizing and feeling for others, is the heart, the core of an action.
Many are so caught up with particular actions by calling them “good or bad,” and forget the heart of those activities; that is what I feel beyond my individuality.
To become sensible to beauty is something that many have lost. This is not only physical beauty but the surroundings, the vibrations, the setting and what we could bring into it. To feel beauty is not related with seeing it… although that beauty could be enjoyed through the eyes as well.
Life is way more than rigid systems created by the mind. Life is more than a book with commandments.
When we learn to be part of the Totality, the whole; then mental rigidity is out of the question.
Many are so busy teaching others about the “law of God,” forgetting about becoming sensible to beauty and the law of your own heart. The unspoken truth of your feelings in connection with all.
In a world made up by our thinking minds, rules exist in a society, when that ability to flow with the totality of life is lost.
Commandments are made, beliefs, taboos and dogmas established which will create an opinionated mind which is not free to experience life without labeling, but is always looking for a “reason” for an explanation to fit his own pre-established limits… that type of mind cannot experience the fullness of life because that mind needs to be convinced with “thoughtful” explanations to fit his own “picture” of life.
Yeah… I believe as long as it fits me right… 🙂 that is as long as it fits what “I” believe to be right.
The thinking mind thinks: “Killing is bad.” Therefore, here is the law: “You shall not kill.”
That is “good”! 🙂
Obviously the exceptions are: … Go ahead and name those… war, self-defense, hunger, etc. Every rule has an exception and if it doesn’t at this time, it will appear at some point in time. In the meantime, a thinking mind thrives in absolutes, that is: It is either black or it is white. Certainly it cannot be both, neither something in between. Although life repeatedly will show us that there is no such a thing as “black or white,” we still rather lie to ourselves just to comply with a belief.
Things get complicated when there is another belief mentioning that “we are eternal,” then you wonder if there could be “killing” for an eternal being? But let us not complicate things with deep stuff… 🙂
The issue is that our minds catalog an action as “good or bad” without looking at the finer side of it: Our intentions.
If your loved one is in the hospital dying and is hooked up to different machines to give her an artificial life, then should you pull the plug or not? Would you be following your commandment or not?
Tough decision. huh? 🙂
The problem is when it comes to a thinking decision. If we were to connect with our feelings with that person experiencing her last moments in life, we will know and we will feel at ease; but because we cannot do that because we have lost that ability thanks to “too much thinking;” then we need to carefully consider the “side effects” of our activities. 🙂
It is a matter of weighing the “pros” against the “cons.” Thus, many times we forget about the dying person just to look “honorable” in other “living” people’s views. That is the thinking mind.
Behind every action there is an intention, a feeling (These are not just words to express intentions, because that is thinking) and that is what the totality of life, the “Drama” of life will shape itself accordingly.
It does not matter how witty you are to rationalize the “goodness” of your own activities. It does not matter how many lawyers someone has to “protect him.”
Everything comes down to your intention, a feeling while performing the action; however, we tend to cover them up through a rationalization.
No one can lie to himself about his own intentions. For sure the totality of life, the Drama of life “knows.” That is what some may call “God knows.”
As long as our intentions do not benefit the totality, then our activities will be selfish. All we care about is our individuality. Of course, the mind has been trained to do a great job to promote that individuality. That is what it has learned through so much “education” in our long history.
Monkey sees, monkey does….
But, we forget about the intentions of that monkey; however the totality of life does not.
This one is a topic which I wish someone would have explained to me long ago. Spiritual knowledge is explained in different ways according to the audience.
For instance, the Bible has an explanation based on a moral code as many other religions. There are many “do not’s,” just like a manual for traffic law violation. Same with Brahma Kumaris knowledge specially in the Sakar Murlis. There is this sense of “rescuing” someone from the “gutter,” to “shape up,” someone who has been misguided and usually the easiest way to accomplish that “guidance,” is by clearly negating certain actions or activities. However, in that negation there is neither explanation nor the opportunity for further understanding for that experience is the “gate to hell.” 🙂
For instance, If the traffic law says: “Do not drive pass a red light.” It is easy to understand why. There are cars coming from other directions. That is the opportunity for an accident. However, at the same time because we understood “why” and were able to see an “experience” without experiencing; we could fully understand that if we are driving at 4:30 AM and there is a red light which is stopping us for the last 5 minutes and we do not see any cars coming from any place; then we can use our judgment to make a decision in that experience. Right? What would you do? Wait for someone to fix the light? Your decision. Call the police to allow you to cross the red light? Sure why not. Your decision… 🙂
This is when “breaking the law,” may not be really “breaking it” but understanding the “spirit of it.”
In spirituality it is not that easy. For instance the realization that “people come and go in our lives and that we cannot rely on anyone, but to learn to be self-reliant and to be capable of living with ourselves, alone,” that sounds good. It is very obvious.
Many will act by closing doors to others for “fear” of being attached. If there is that attachment and the person who they are attached to goes away, then suffering will set in. Therefore, to avoid that suffering, it is best to push people away from us, from the very beginning. Right? That seems very safe but it is negating relating with life, closing the door to living.
That is why, we need to look at our own self and look for solutions. Our weaknesses will be open for us to explore, once we live the Brahmin life. Our duty is to transform those weaknesses into virtues.
Without doing this process of inner transformation, a spiritual life will be experienced as “hell within hell,” where laws, commandments, hierarchies and policies will rule our existence. If those laws are against one of our dear, beloved weaknesses; then that weakness will be expressed sooner or later and then…. We get in trouble. 😦
Therefore, a spiritual life is not meant to suppress. It is meant to transform. In this movement of transformation there is life, there is living; there is love to life.