Tagged: monotheistic religions

The fear of emptiness

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Today, Ananda will be “unleashed” rather than Avyakt7.
Bear with this… 🙂

All monotheistic religions are based on the support of individuality as ego.

Here is the mantra:
This is God. That is “you.”
“You” need to do what pleases God.
Otherwise, “you” will be punished… Hell.
But, if you “do” what pleases God, then “you” will be “saved.” That is “you” will be in Paradise.

As the above gets more childish, “you” even could resurrect with your dead body and meet all your relatives who were “God fearing” people on Earth, in a “better place”…Heaven.

That “doing” what pleases God remains the main religious activity. It is no longer about “being” virtuous,” but doing things like: opening temples, spreading the word of God, etc.

Now, if you thought that non-monotheistic religions are the “true” ones; let me share this:
In the absence of God, you have the “Buddha,” you have the Guru, the abbot, the priest, etc.

Then the above “mantra” remains. It is always about “doing” things, becoming involved in spreading the teachings, doing some devotional practices, igniting the incense, listening to feel-y songs….. and dressing in a particular color which means “something” so we feel “good,” that we belong, that we are part of the “few.…”

If the above is our idea of spirituality, we may need to reconsider.

“You” cannot go to Paradise. 🙂 That “you” is made up of all your beliefs, fears, expectations, ideas, etc. under this life, this circumstance. When the body perishes, that “you” will perish…or hang out as a ghost, dearly attached to what you left behind …. 🙂

But, “you” want to believe that “you” will continue. “You” want to believe that “you” will be someone higher in the afterlife, etc.

That is the “you,” that personality, which needs to “die” in order to know something different, that is to be “reborn” again.

That death comes when your mind stops “doing” things and your feelings arrive, unleashed from the thoughts of your mind; that is when you are able to connect with the Totality, that is with the “voidness,” with the emptiness of a clear mind.

“You” are an individual, but at the same time; “you” are part of the “Totality.”
Our “systems” and religions are made to support the “individuality” aspect of the self, but they do not teach us the connection with the “Totality,” the “Drama,” life, etc.

Rather, to be “disconnected” from that Totality is their task by just supporting one side of the coin: Individuality.

Day light is one side of the coin.
Night time is the other side.
Both make the day.

“You” are awake during the day.
“You” sleep at night.
“You” are an individual during the day
“You” are “Totality,” “emptiness” during the night.

Are you afraid of sleeping? 🙂
Both, individuality and totality make up life.

To be awake means that during the day, we become conscious on how our mind filters information which is not “reality,” but just thoughts, ideas, assumptions.

When we believe that thought, then it becomes real.
When there is a collective belief then that “reality” becomes a system, a tradition….

If you look at the Ocean without thinking, you are empty. Then, “you” can really look. If you allow “that” to be without interference of your own mind, “you” are free, paradoxically by being “nothing” at the same time.

That “nothingness” is emptiness for that second.

Our misery is a thought that we believe in, for that situation does not fit the ideas of “I.”
Our sorrow is our lack of acceptance of life as it is, for it does not fit the ideas made up by “I.”
Our karma means to be closed to life for if we were open, accepting; then we will accept that karma as well…. It is part of life and acceptance means to be liberated. When “you” are not, “you” are free… 🙂

There are no beliefs here. See it in yourself…

Aren’t you afraid of dying?
“I” don’t know. “I” am living right now.

There is no chance for a belief to enter when there is no fear.
You cannot fear something that you don’t know. You can only fear to “lose” what you know.

Searching for God or illumination?

Realization

In the world of religions there are many faiths, beliefs and behaviors.
Typically 2 different paths have been embraced by the world. The first one is the monotheistic belief. That is, there is an all-powerful God to believe in. The second path is represented by Dharmic religions. Mainly Buddhism. For them, the question is not about knowing God, but on being illuminated, reaching self-realization.

Two different paths, we think.
In reality, it is the same thing just understood in two different ways.

Monotheistic religions have emphasized God as the ultimate goal. We cannot possess God. We can only become “like Him.”

Becoming “like Him” is the ultimate. Here is where plenty of interpretations have occurred in our perceptions: From asking God to help us, to worshipping God, to fighting for God, to praying to God for miracles, to loving God alone, to fearing God alone, to living for God alone, etc.
Very few have gotten to “being like Him.”

The question is:
What actually “being like Him” entails? 🙂

Simple. To be illuminated, self realized.

Two different paths leading to the same thing.

The Taoist verse below explains this paradox with greater elucidation:

“Do you wish to free yourself of mental and emotional knots and become one with the Tao? If so, there are two paths available to you. The first is the path of acceptance. Affirm everyone and everything. Freely extend your goodwill and virtue in every direction, regardless of circumstances. Embrace all things as part of the Harmonious Oneness, and then you will begin to perceive it. The second path is that of denial. Recognize that everything you see and think is a falsehood, an illusion, a veil over the truth. Peel all the veils away, and you will arrive at the Oneness. Though these paths are entirely different, they will deliver you to the same place: spontaneous awareness of the Great Oneness. Once you arrive there, remember: it isn’t necessary to struggle to maintain unity with it. All you have to do is participate in it. “

Hua Hu Ching CH 48

God & the Devil: Going beyond good and evil

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When our whole being is beyond duality, we are in a state of oneness that is known as soul consciousness.

The topic of duality is very important to understand beyond a simple intellectual trip. We need to experience that in our own lives. This is the basic difference between someone who is a spiritual walker and someone who merely shares great ideas, someone who has a sharp intellect, who can bring words for the intellectual mind of others to understand, that is a philosopher.

The spiritual journey starts by being aware of one side of duality. That is “good.” Then, that which is good has a representative, that is God. Furthermore, a spiritual walker may start rejecting the side of duality, which is not “Godly.”

That is the beginning of the fight against evil, bad, Satan, Maya, the devil, etc.

Please note that in this stage of spiritual consciousness, there is a clear and distinctive difference between good and evil. Here is where most monotheistic religions have helped by creating codes, commandments, laws and so forth to be followed, so the follower has something concrete to follow. This rejection of evil to embrace only what is perceived as “good” is the beginning of reformation of the self. Before that, there was no distinctive idea of something like duality but just traditional morality and norms learned by living in a particular society.

When our consciousness is trapped in one side of duality, we will not be able to see the whole picture, for our belief will not allow us to see that. Our own belief is not giving us the chance to see beyond.

Do you see why “evil” exists? 🙂 Without writing a dissertation, please. 🙂

Just because “good” exists.

So, it is OK to do “evil”? 🙂
When our consciousness is beyond the beginner stage of awareness of “good” vs. “evil,” we will see that there is no “good” or “evil,” but only consequences. No hunter or victim; just roles. Because of being a hunter, then the hunter will be the victim in another occasion, just because the roles of victim and hunter have been performed.

Remember the golden rule: what you do unto others, you do it to yourself. This is a way deeper understanding of karma.

Therefore, when there is no “you” neither “others,” beyond that duality; there are no consequences. This is what is known as “neutral karma.” A witness, a detached observer.

Going beyond the duality of “I and others,” is the beginning of a new state of consciousness, which is not describable.

Let us go back to duality.

What is the proof of the existence of God? 🙂
Simply, the existence of evil. If evil exists in your consciousness, then God must exist as well.

Why? Because God and the devil, Maya, cannot exist by themselves. One brings the other.

Could a place full of “goodness” such as Paradise, where the devil is not around; could it be possible for such a place to exist with God in it? 🙂

No way. God can only exist when there is Evil. That is the only reason why there is no God in the “Golden age.” 🙂

Of course, the above explanation merely reflects a state of consciousness, it reflects the understanding of God and the Devil as “ideas,” to fit into a religious system or a belief system. It is the game of good vs. bad.

Please see that the day cannot exist without a night. In duality, both things must exist for one side gives birth to the other side. Therefore, that apparent separation is also one thing, but until our consciousness has not perceived that, we will only see two different things. Thus, oneness exists as well as duality according to our consciousness.

That is why, it is important to realize when our consciousness shifts, that is to go beyond duality is to know the unity of all.

Therefore, to know God beyond the duality of concepts, is to know beyond duality. God is neither good nor bad. That is duality. To be in a state beyond duality is to be soul conscious.

When you are soul conscious, you know God beyond dualistic concepts.

Can you love God alone? Only in a dualistic consciousness.
Beyond that duality, there is a different consciousness which will be known by the honest spiritual walker, but not by the intellectual philosopher.

A Spiritual walker has become aware of duality at the beginning of his journey. Then, he has rejected one side and accepted the other side of duality. He has experienced the inner fight. But few will experience acceptance to all, acceptance of both sides of the same coin of duality, just to go beyond it.

Reforming conceptual religious beliefs

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Dualistic thinking has brought about separation when there is unity in the sense of interdependence.

When there is separation, egotistical attitudes appear, and then the need to “reform” human beings.

The history of religion and moral codes as a reformer of human beings, could be explained in a few words; through duality, human beings have created the complexes of superiority and inferiority.

Religion and moral codes, then appeared to reform that invention with their solution: The complex of equality; which is nothing else but the perceived “better” side of the duality between equality and inequality.

A simple perception of the world will bring us to the understanding that “equality” is just a “nice” concept to fight for, believe in; etc. However, there is nothing equal in the experience of duality.

Human beings have different specialties, different skills; different circumstances of birth. Therefore, another concept was needed to illustrate that “equality.” That is “being equal under the eyes of God,” or by moral codes “as being equal under the law.”

Monotheistic religions, have invented the concept of Paradise; while moral codes, have invented the concept of “justice.”

Paradise is for the few. Religions have placed “Paradise” as the thing to achieve. Nevertheless; there is no equality there. Not everyone will be able to “be there.”

That is how monotheistic religions invented the concept of “free will.” You have the choice to “go to Paradise,” as long as “you follow the law given by God.”

Please observe that this “free will,” is not really “free will,” for the destination is already made up and the way to get there is by following a particular “law;” moreover; it is already known that only “few” chosen ones will go there, which without doubt destroys the concept of “equality,” which is the original trademark of monotheistic religions.

However the above is useful to “reform” human beings who have gone astray by separating themselves from that unity, that is from “God’s will.”

When a monotheistic religion proclaims predestination instead of free will; then another concept within duality is opened up (choice vs. predestination) and a sense of hopelessness arises for someone is already destined to go to Paradise while others are not.

Please see how dualistic thought has influenced our perception on how life works through an infantile vision, which has been used throughout history to move the “masses” out of fear.

“Good or Bad.”

A higher understanding is to observe that equality is not the answer but “numberwise,” which is not a ranking of who is better or worse (duality) but to see that human beings have different capabilities, which are useful in time. It is only our artificial value of those capabilities, which favors someone as being better or worse than someone else.

A higher understanding of being “numberwise,” could be framed in a childish context as well, when our comparison complex is taken into that “Paradise.” There a King is “better” than a maid. An archangel “better” than an “angel.” Therefore, we need to be the “best ones.” 🙂

Nevertheless, an even higher understanding is to drop all of those concepts, those complexes, all that dualistic thinking; to become aware of the source of separation; “the ego,” and to drop it as well.

That does not take a believe system but inner work, inner observation, inner awareness; that is “true effort.”

It is the path of dropping our concept of “self,” little by little, to encounter oneness with the world.

It is in that experience of oneness when the inferiority, superiority and equality complexes are gone. They will not go away if we only live in the world of concepts.

Sufism and Rumi

Probably most readers have heard about the poems of Rumi. His poetry has mystical depth on self transformation (in-built urge to evolve, which Rumi calls “love”) which is usually taken as “devotional love for the Beloved,” as such his poetry touches hearts by his unusual way of describing love between lovers, and his desire and longing to be with that beloved, since that relationship was cut off.

Many monotheistic religions and followers have taken his work as to individualize a God far from the self. (Thus the longing to be close) However, there is more to it for those interested in Sufism.

You will see the value of devotion and worship that has been added to Rumi’s mystical experiences.

Below a free download of the “Secret Meaning: Rumi’s Spiritual Lessons on Sufism.” Which is a good read for someone who would like to know Islam in its mystical form.

Sufism

Also, a quick 3 minute video on Sufism; explained by Jonathan Brown, Ph.D in “Islamic Thought.”

[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5diBm_CG8J0]

Below some poems by Rumi, which Avyakt7 has chosen, for your enjoyment… 🙂

“One who does what the Friend wants done
will never need a friend.

There’s a bankruptcy that’s pure gain.
The moon stays bright when it
doesn’t avoid the night.

A rose’s rarest essence
lives in the thorn. ”

———————–

Only Breath

“Not Christian or Jew or Muslim, not Hindu
Buddhist, Sufi, or Zen. Not any religion

or cultural system. I am not from the East
or the West, not out of the ocean or up

from the ground, not natural or ethereal, not
composed of elements at all. I do not exist,

am not an entity in this world or in the next,
did not descend from Adam and Eve or any

origin story. My place is placeless, a trace
of the traceless. Neither body or soul.

I belong to the beloved, have seen the two
worlds as one and that one call to and know,

first, last, outer, inner, only that
breath breathing human being.”

On God and finding God

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Perhaps one of the most important aspect of any religion is their focus on finding God, knowing God. That brings religions into a different realm.

For instance, Christians believe in having found God through the teachings of Christ. Many Christians have super natural experiences which they relate with God. Similarly, Muslims and likewise, other monotheistic religions, that is every “belief” has its own version of knowing God.

Followers then, will be happy to know that they “found God.” Followers had an “experience with God,” Now they feel to have the “truth,” they are “special,” the rest are in darkness and the “special” ones need to give the “good news” to the other ones. Let us talk about “Salvation.”
That is when “conversion” comes in handy.

Every religion has that theme. Every religion has their own “systems” to maintain their “belief.”

In the world of “beliefs” we have Science, with the opposite “belief.” They like to call that “fact.” There is no God, because there is no “tangible” proof of God. What Science does not “understand” is that you cannot find dolphins by searching in the city suburbs. The “fact” is that this becomes another religion with Ph.D priesthood followed by MDs. Different worshiping, same paraphernalia.

Then we have the religion of the ones in between, the ones who “don’t know” but will go either way. The ones who will go wherever the “wind blows” as long as they get a piece of the “pie.” That is “belief” by convenience.

Wars, fights, and “World History” has been made through “beliefs.”
Here is the “credo: ”This is my belief, for that reason it is the truth, and for that reason, I need to “save” you by changing you; even though it may be by force, or emotional “games”.. But don’t worry, at the end; you will appreciate what I am doing for you.”

So, we found God.

Then we humanize God and create the structure, the “method” to know God. We create a corporation, with rules and regulations. We create another way to “spread the message.”
Then some questions arise:
Shall we worship Him? Shall we “follow His desires”? Shall we “fall in love with Him”? 🙂

Somehow, we believe that God “thinks like us.” That “thinking” God may have a huge ego, then. He comes so we can worship Him…

On all of this, we see our own perceptions and ego trips to be the “special ones.” The point of this article is that it seems like every religion is missing the point on knowing God.

What is that point?

It is called self transformation. Dying alive. Perfection. End of report.

Without that transformation on the self into a self realized human being, nothing that we can “do or become” has any meaning, for everything else is transitory. Death will take it away and with that your belief will be gone, but your fears in your death bed, will be there with you alongside your “beliefs.”

Self transformation is a reality made in you, where “being” something is no longer in relationship with a belief, but you are the living proof of that.

Self transformation is very important for it becomes the way beyond suffering. That is to be happy, “now” not in the “bright future” but now.

That self realization is what has been forgotten by all religions, creeds and philosophies.
A “belief” has taken its place.

God as a wonderful experience is important. It allow us to see that we are not “alone.” Nevertheless, let us not forget that the “true” purpose of knowing God is “truly” self transformation.

The opportunity to reach our highest is within us. It is not about worshiping. It is not in “falling in love,” it is not in devotional practices.

If you have experienced God, if you have met God, that is wonderful. Now is time to work… That is, to be “like Him.”