To change our consciousness means to change our perception, our vision through a different set of values that is through appreciation and enjoyment of the moment, that is where happiness resides.
Many times we are caught up with the mental world of comparisons. Someone who “is” an engineer or a computer person ( His job is that) is in tune with logical variables such as “AND, OR, NOR” which this person has been trained to use through our educational system as comparisons: Higher than, lower than, better than, worse than, etc.
These are judgment values.
When there is judgment there cannot be “pure” appreciation.
In a different consciousness those values are limiting because life is not conceived only through the mind.
Life is an experience: invaluable, unique and instantaneous. There is no chance to compare unnecessarily. Life is not a “job” to use our comparison skills. 🙂
When a religious concept such as the “Golden age” or “Paradise” is explained through a comparative mind, then obviously the idea that “The Golden age or Paradise is better” and thus desirable than any other age will come up.
This “location” of consciousness is limited to an understanding based on learned educational values and that limitation will be expressed in the way that we choose to live our lives.
Something like : “Now is not the moment to enjoy life, but the Golden age will be the moment…” “This place is hellish… but when the Golden age comes things will be better…”
Let us hear the talk between Mathias and Ananda…
Ananda: Friend, I have another question. Does the Golden age or Paradise exist as something, which is “all good” as most may think about it, or it is a neutral state where duality does not exist?
Mathias: Should Mathias respond to the friend from before or to the friend from right now?
Ananda: Please respond to the friend of right now, not from before.
Mathias: Then, Mathias should say something or keep in silence?
Ananda: Well… please share with your style of giving clues… I am not looking for something like “The Golden age is this” but I am looking for clues to help in my discovery.
Mathias: That which you call the Golden age, or that you have a conceptual view of it; is a fascinating moment, my friend. To discover that which in essence is complete… that is fascinating! To discover that which in essence is incomplete, it is also fascinating when you have material to complete that, which is incomplete!
When you do not have the material to complete that, then what is fascinating is to know where to search … That process is called life, to live.
Some will resign themselves with their conditions and some will search for things, which do not fit into the jigsaw puzzle. The golden age is then, only an instant where you could understand the jigsaw puzzle in a complete state when all the pieces fit together but that is not more fascinating than to disperse all the pieces around…
Ananda: It is the same jigsaw puzzle after all!
Mathias: Different moments, but when a piece is missing and you forget that this piece is you, then what you find there is anguish.
Ananda: And that feeling of anguish could last many years, even centuries…
Mathias: It is part of the game… Game or not a game, it is only a game… 🙂
Thinking is considered so important in our lives . We value thought. We call thinkers “intelligent,” we are amazed by their use of words and clarity of “thought,” etc.
That becomes another form of “entertainment.” Our value system as a society is meant to reward the “thinkers.” Nevertheless, those thoughts are at the same time the cause of our own “hell.” In fact, it is not that we “are” in hell, but we are in hell, because we think in a “hellish” way.
All we need to do is to watch our thoughts. This thought came. Then another, then “I” created a love story which cannot happen, then I feel sad, upset, etc. Then, my thought will take me into more pain by remembering that scene over and over… and then we say, “time will cure that pain.” However, what we do not seem to realize is that time is an invention of thought.
Because there has been a “lapse” of a recurrent thought due to a “distance,” then that thought diminishes, it goes away. We call that “time.” In fact, the “cure” is in distance, to have a distance from the object which we perceive as the source of our emotional pain. Time has nothing to do with it, because… it doesn’t exist.
Thought is clever in making comparisons as well. We use words which come with “built in” technology to “compare.”
Greater than, wiser, this versus that, lesser, etc, etc.
All of our lives, we have believed that those comparison are reality. As a matter of fact, our society works under those premises . “The best should win,” “Be number one,” “Don’t settle for less,” “Do your best,” etc, Most of those words are clichés now.
Here is where the interesting thing occurs:
We meet Spirituality.
All of the sudden, the world of “all being equal under the eyes of God,” could become a “big lie,” if we know that John is smarter than Guy. Was God able to make John smarter just for the “fun” of it? 🙂
That world of equality becomes senseless, for the physical world shows everything but that. To be competitive is appreciated. To “beat” everyone else is cool.
Under that “thought” when we understand that “few” will go to Heaven and will be saved, and the rest will not… those words, obviously are full of that “comparative” understanding.
How can you understand it any other way when we know that only “selected” ones will enjoy everlasting life and the rest will perish under the gutter of despair and eternal damnation…? 🙂
Then the “better” syndrome appears. Logical. It cannot be otherwise.
Nevertheless, the “lucky ones” have the understanding through this knowledge (Gyan) that souls are equal but numberwise. That means that I cannot compare John with Guy at anytime for they are different even though “equal.” That is a paradox.
John may be more thoughtful but Guy is a blast. John may have a great job, but Guy has the looks… John has the big house, but Guy has many friends… Numberwise.
Further, through this knowledge we know that “we could be equal under God’s eyes” because we are souls like Him, but just acting parts, roles in a cyclical eternal play called the “Drama” of life.
Nevertheless, due to our “comparative” mind, we will be stuck in the role, the ‘acting’ but we will overlook the actors.
“Look, I am an Emperor, but you are a subject.” Comparison.
“Look, I will be in heaven and you will stay here…. in hell.” Comparison.
There is always a way to compare.
Why do we compare? Because there is ego. That is all.
When we stress that comparison, we are not talking “pure” spirituality out of knowledge, but merely using our “old” language from “before” spiritual knowledge. That is “normal” language.
However, we become clever and then we say: “But God Himself talks to us like that!”
Is there any other way that we could understand at least a little bit of what spirituality is? Probably not. Comparisons we understand, numberwise, we do not. Black or white we understand, paradoxes we do not.
That is why we are stuck playing the “little children role…” Throughout all religions, is the same theme… any “holy scripture” has the same old theme.
Nothing wrong with that. All beneficial according to the Drama!
One of the recent realizations is related with the power of language.
Words are like money. By itself, they have no value; however when used in a context which is “invented” by us, all of the sudden paper and words gain some power.
Words can literally give the experience of “crucifixion” to someone. Many times what we say and how we say it, will affect susceptibilities and through the law of karma; the “boomerang” will come back to us to hunt us down.
It is very important to realize that “words” are out there, but my interpretation of those words is what makes the difference. That is “I can take sorrow.” It is a “choice” when it is about decoding words.
Yesterday, I observed a scene. Two girls wanted to cross the road. They were very impatient, so they started to cross it, as a car passed by and used the horn to let them know “something.”
Perhaps that they were too close to cars in a dangerous situation, or perhaps just to “make fun of them” and scare them. The girls responded by “showing the finger,” and they were perfectly happy with this, as if they were able to “get even” with the driver of the car. Now, for some readers who may not be into “western mannerisms,” “showing the finger” is an insult; however, it is only an insult because that is the way we accept that. We have decoded that as being “bad,” very insulting, when by itself it means nothing at all.
The same is with some of the language that we use to explain Gyan. Here are the examples:
1) It is better to go to the Golden age than to live in Hell- The Iron Age.
2) It is good to know God as “we” know Him, for we have the truth. The way someone else perceives God to be, is wrong.
3) We like you as long as you “belong to us,” for our only relationship with a human being is for “service” only. We are a “service” oriented family.
4) If you compare BK A with BK B, BK A has “angelic behavior,” which BK B does not. Therefore, BK A will get a better “status.”
5) God has favoritism towards some souls, because He has more love for some than others.
As we can see, anytime that there is any sort of comparison through words like “better than,” “higher than,” “belonging to,” “having the truth,” “better status,” and “preferring this ,” we could see that a division unavoidably will be made. That division is just a language made division, but it is “decoded,” as ego, pride, dogma, hierarchy, elitism, etc. In other words, everything else but spirituality.
Now, if we convey Gyan using those words, the obvious result is that rather than showing an understanding of how everything works, then it will come across as a “self praise,” for this philosophy is made just to let everyone know that as long as you are one of us, then you are OK and you will be “saved,” in the future and then you will “enjoy” a happy life. That is the same line that every religion has for their followers, but in BK Gyan we know that it is for 21 births rather than “eternity.” 🙂
If we look at Gyan without those comparative, hierarchical and divisionist words, we will see an unusual beauty of justice, of balance and harmony where every human being fits exactly where they need to be.
“Numberwise” does not mean that someone has more “purity” than others; it just means different roles according to capacity. Would you expected Narayan to be a “better” sweeper of the floor than servant XYZ in day 1 year 1? Is being a King “better” than being a “sweeper” in the Golden age? Then how is it possible for everyone to be happy there? Wouldn’t “servant XYZ “want to become “better”? 🙂
“Becoming better” is just another Ego trip. Being aware, on the other hand, is a conscious decision to be awaken now. The rest will follow when awake. In this consciousness there is no room for silly comparisons.