From yesterday’s article, we could see that to interpret the words of someone will depend on our experiences in life which in turn depends on the level of consciousness that we manifest at a certain point in our lives.
That consciousness will change just because we are part of life. Life is change.
However, there are individuals who decide to live by unchanged beliefs. Those individuals will repress the experience of life just to accommodate their belief system.
The “words of God” are not meant to be interpreted. They are like a map, which will fit our life circumstances according to where we are located, that is; depending on the location of our consciousness.
Let me elaborate on this.
“Top Cat” the Guru, could be viewed as God by some. His words may be followed to the dot.
“Choo choo” a devoted follower, believes that to love Top cat is the way to gain something for him. “Choo choo” wants all the expenses paid for his trip to Paradise; “Choo choo” wants to be “someone” by being close to Top Cat… God.
“To be saved” is important and for that, the requirement is to believe in Top Cat.
The above are the basics of all monotheistic religions.
“Benny the Ball” on the other hand, feels a deep friendship with Top Cat, however; Benny is interested in being true to himself. No matter what Top Cat says, Benny will look deep into himself and see the words of Top Cat in relationship with his own truth. Top Cat’s words are meant so Benny could look at himself.
The important item is not Top Cat, but to use the teachings of Top Cat to know the self.
The above fits Buddhism and Zen. Nevertheless, when Benny’s way of being is understood by followers as the “right” way, then the method to be “like Benny,” that is an imitation starts among followers and then that imitation transforms into devotion to Benny. To look at the self (which was the original teaching) becomes an interpretation on how Benny “looked at himself.”
Followers invariably will bring devotion to Benny, and from that interpretation will appear; thus the need to have a dogma to protect the “teachings of Benny” and to make those teachings the same for everyone.
That is the beginning of organized religions.
One size fits all.
The logical “Brain” will only see “facts.” “Brain” will take paragraphs from the teachings of Top Cat, compare them, analyze them and come to a conclusion.
“Brain” is not interested in being Top Cat’s devotee nor in looking at the self. Brain is only interested in making intellectual sense of the words coming from Top Cat.
Brain will judge Top Cat, based on his own ability to understand things intellectually.
The above fits the scientific “religion.” Proof is needed for everything except to show self inner transformation as the proof of our own understanding.
Followers are interested in a belief. Followers are not interested in finding the truth within themselves.
Every belief system that exists is limited. Those beliefs cannot grasp the totality of life, which is unlimited and ever-changing.
It becomes of paramount importance then, to drop beliefs and interpretations for a different consciousness to arrive.
Every religion represented by their followers, manifests certain consciousness, which is not “good or bad,” or “true or false” but just plainly a manifestation of consciousness.
We can only “see” more when our consciousness moves to a different location. We cannot “see” more by strengthening our own beliefs.
That is the trap.
That is why interpretation is “good” for organized religions for then, an interpretation could be chosen as the “true one.” However, as we can see, neither interpretations nor beliefs will help the spiritual walker to look deeply into the self, that is where inner transformation is located and where the opportunity to experience a different consciousness resides.
From one of my favorite cartoons of all time, “Top Cat.”
This is exactly what a belief is. You may think that you are a “dog” until someone else tells you that you are a “cat” and then you believe in that as “the truth.” That “truth” may come out of an interpreted experience, an intellectual reason, an opinion from someone up in the hierarchy, etc.
The amazing part is that we usually thrive in telling ourselves stories to believe about ourselves. Usually those stories have a negative connotation: “I am not good,” “I can’t do it,” etc. However, even if those stories have a “good” message to subliminally believe in; the fact is that those are beliefs.
Avyakt7 is not saying that those beliefs are “bad or good;” but just is pointing out the need to realize that those ideas are beliefs.
To be a cat means to close the opportunity of being a dog. Someone who is not caught up with labels and mental duality, will be a dog when there is a need to be one. The same one, will be a cat, when time and circumstances require that, just as “Top Cat” showed us in the cartoon.
When we go beyond that labeling, which many times is needed to deal with the world and the “normal” people accustomed to label each other, then there is a chance to know who we are without labels.
In that knowing there is no need to believe but just to be.
“To the ordinary person, the body of humanity seems vast. In truth, it is neither bigger nor smaller than anything else. To the ordinary person, there are others whose awareness needs raising. In truth, there is no self, and no other. To the ordinary person, the temple is sacred and the field is not. This, too, is a dualism which runs counter to the truth. Those who are highly evolved maintain an undiscriminating perception. Seeing everything, labeling nothing, they maintain their awareness of the Great Oneness. Thus they are supported by it.”
Hua Hu Ching, Ch 19.