Our society in general has inculcated the idea that the most important thing in life is to be “right.”
This goal creates a struggle in our minds. No one wants to be labeled as “being wrong.”
Thus, life becomes a battlefield of proving rightness over wrongness.
“I am right. You are wrong.”
The above is within the limits of a childish consciousness. It is not “bad” neither “good.” It is just a type of consciousness.
I recall the story of Jim Thorpe. He was an Olympic gold medalist in the decathlon (1912.) He lost that medal after it was found that he was paid to play semiprofessional baseball before the Olympics.
30 years after his death, the Olympic Committee restored his Olympic medals… (??)
Nowadays, we cannot think of a world-class athlete who is not paid or has an endorsement to compete in the Olympics.
Was Jim Thorpe “right” or “wrong”? 🙂
Pope Francis is into changing “old methods” of the Catholic Church:.. “More than by fear of going astray, my hope is that we will be moved by the fear of remaining shut up within structures which give us a false sense of security, within rules which make us harsh judges, within habits which make us feel safe, while at our door people are starving.”
Rules change. “Right or wrong” changes as well…
Anne bought a plasma TV. It had such a huge screen, the neighbors could watch what she was watching from their homes. One of the components failed in the TV. Because Anne had some knowledge about computers and electronics, Anne came to the conclusion that the issue was hardware related. Because the TV was under warranty she called the store.
The people from the store sent their repair crew. They went exactly through the same steps as Anne did to troubleshoot the device. They sent an email to their headquarters about their findings and left.
Anne thought that her problem was resolved and waited for a couple of weeks… then…nothing! She called again to find out about the delay. The store decided to send a different repair crew…
The new crew went through the same thing. They apologized for the miscommunication and mentioned that her issue somehow “slipped through the cracks.” 🙂
In a couple of days, Anne received an email from a supervisor of the store, letting her know that “she was right all along!”
The TV wasn’t fixed yet… but Anne was right!! 🙂
In life, the issue is not just an instant of being called “right or wrong” but the important thing to remember is what happens in between.
Did Anne enjoy her time without a TV?
Did Anne found another source of enjoyment?
Or perhaps, Anne was complaining all along about something that she had no control of?
The consciousness of enjoyment goes beyond the instant of feeling the satisfaction of being called “right” at one moment or “wrong” at the other.
It is what it is. If there is something that could be done to “fix” things, then we could do our part… but enjoyment needs to be there.
To find out in the future if we are ‘right or wrong’ is of no consequence when we live life to the fullest.
Of course the above could be misinterpreted as: “performing evil actions and not caring because it does not matter if I do something right or wrong.” 😉
The intention behind any action is what matters. There is no enjoyment in being afraid of being caught.
Fear is the opposite of enjoyment in life. Fear is the opposite of love in life.
That is why, there is no ideology or philosophy which brings fear to a human being, which could be able to transform consciousness.
Fear could be removed when we are aware of our own fears, when we could recognize them as what they are without trying to justify them or rationalize their existence.
That is, fear could be removed when we are truly honest with ourselves… That is the time when enjoyment could be free again to start flowing in our lives.
In order to shape up a child, society has adopted a way to get the little rascals to behave; that is the world of punishment.
Punishment occurs in many creative ways: From a very savage slap in the face or some physical aggression to some sort of “judgment,” where the judge selects the rules of the game and the “consequences” for following the rules in a “numberwise” manner.
“If you do this, then this thing will happen to you.”
Similarly in a monotheistic view or religion, “ Big Daddy” will name the rules of the game, then automatically; punishment will be created for not everyone will follow the rules in the same manner. That is the trick.
However, to make sure that the ideal “big child” follows the rules completely; punishment and reward has to be long lasting to be worthwhile. To be remembered.
Welcome to the word “eternity.”
If punished, it has to be eternal. But to get eternal reward, you better follow everything to the dot.
Stories may be told as well: “Eat your broccoli completely, if you want ice cream afterwards.” Never mind if there is no place in your stomach to eat ice cream afterwards.
That is the Godly trick. 🙂
“If you don’t eat your broccoli then, the cookie monster will come at night and will change you into an ugly frog.”
In the “big child” world that is translated into an “ugly sinner,” “the lowest of the lowest.” The ones who were born only by “mistake,” for should have been better not to be born rather than pay with their lives with the steep price tag of “eternal damnation.”
As it has been and still is, fear is a very powerful incentive.
Nevertheless, in the world of religious beliefs, there is a tendency for those beliefs to collapse due to the inborn contradiction among those beliefs.
Contradiction does not mean that a belief is wrong. It just means; that it is not totally accurate in the way it was explained.
How is this?
Life is non dualistic. It is one thing, a continuous perceived as several things. Our perception is dualistic. That perception is represented by the use of our language. Language is dualistic by nature, because it reflects our dualistic perception.
It is impossible to explain accurately something which is non-dualistic through dualistic words.
Please remember the above when there is a fight about “who has the truth.” All there is….an interpretation.
Nevertheless, when someone joins a religious group; a dogma is needed for all, to accept something literally, which by nature cannot be put into words. See the issue?
Ladies and gentlemen, if we could understand the above, we will be able to see the limitations of language and therefore of logic and reasoning which is based on….language. 🙂
Paraphrasing Galileo: “Give me any belief system and I will find a contradiction within that belief system.”
The above is not for “big children.” The above is not for apologists of logic and reason.
When a child is unable to grasp the common good, that child will need boundaries of “good and evil” to behave.
When a child is unable to perceive oneness, that child will need a hierarchical figure to depend on for instructions.
When a child is self absorbed, that child needs rewards and punishment to shape up, for otherwise; that self absorption will eventually destroy him.
That is why spiritual teachings are not the same for everyone. They are given according to consciousness.
That consciousness is not related with intellectual understanding; as a matter of fact; that type of understanding is the furthest away from spiritual realization. Nevertheless, that is the type of language used by the “authorities,” “learned individuals,” the “intelligent people.” 🙂
That is the irony.
Not complying with Godly law, has been known as “sin” throughout history.
The issue is that a “sin” 300 years ago is not a “sin” today or vice versa. Different God or Different law.
A known God yesterday is not the same one today.
Ananda recalls the times when he was doing his mischievous activities as a 10-year-old kid and then his father’s voice was heard with something concise and to the point like: “God will punish you.” 😦
That was enough to send the chills of fear throughout Ananda’s spine. Then, Ananda went to confession and thanks to the power of reciting some prayers to the saintly images… magically, everything was absolved.
As the years went by, Ananda learned another concept, called the “law of karma.” In this concept, there was no need for a God punishing left and right for sinful activities, but it was an automatic boomerang. Everyone knew that “what goes around comes around.” Punishment then became less of a personal matter. 🙂
So what happened with God as a provider of “justice for all” through punishment?
We don’t know. But somehow, the idea still remained in Ananda’s later years in life.
Anada asked the following questions to his “magic mirror:”
How can I perform a “sin” if I know better? Don’t I know about Godly scriptures and “words of God”?
Then the issue becomes in finding which scripture is the “true” version of God…a matter of belief.
How is it possible for some people to understand things in one way while others have a different understanding?
How is it possible for some people to have a Godly experience which is not the same for others?
Is it possible for God to choose some and not others to understand and recognize Him?
Ananda was confused.
“You shall not kill.” It is a well-known Godly commandment. What is the extent of it? Some say God really means not to kill animals as well as human beings. Others say that it is only referred to human beings for animals have been created “for” human beings. Is it possible for people to see suffering in animals as well as human beings and do nothing about it? Is it OK for animals to suffer and die so we could satisfy our taste buds? If “my country” sent me to war, is then OK to kill?
Was that part of God’s instructions/commandment? or perhaps a reformed, up-to-date version of it? Or what about defending my religion in the name of God? Is killing only at the physical level or we could kill someone when that person is mistreated to the point of losing her mind?
What about experimenting with human beings? Through the wonders of a new genetically modified item or something else to “study” the antibodies reaction in humans in the next 5 years… I wonder if the law of God had room for all those little “loopholes.” 🙂
There are some individuals who need to be told what to do. Specifically, to the point.
These individuals need to follow a piece of paper, someone’s advice because they are unable to feel, to sense, to observe.
There is no empathy. There is no life in their lives. It is all about procuring pleasure, power and accumulating possessions. The 3 deadly “Ps.” 🙂
Certainly for these kind of individuals, the “law of God” needs to be very specific until their lives are controlled to the point of not knowing if taking a bath is OK or sinful for they could be worry about seeing their naked body…
When empathy, concern, mercy, compassion and all of those words are practical in our lives, then there will be “law” in our lives, at that point the “law of God” will be immersed in our veins, circulating throughout our internal system and pumping our heart with that blood which is needed to give a blood transfusion to this world, so we can resuscitate our feelings again.
It is a matter of a healthy, spiritual heart.