A reader asked about why this thing which we call “bad” exists, if everything in life is beneficial?
Trapped in the perception of duality, our consciousness only knows about “good and bad” when morality appears to pretend to correct that which seems damaged.
When that consciousness resides in the belief of the individual separated from everything else, then a fight will begin with “others” but especially within the “self.” That is known as a fragmented personality.
“This is right, that is wrong. This is good, that is bad. God is good. The devil is bad. Life is good, death is bad”
if the above is not enough, let us add some other labels to keep dividing things: “ Democrats are good, liberals are bad. Christians are this and Hindus are that… etc.
One commercial mentioned: “ …And remember the most important item in this relationship is YOU.”
When many customers appear, there will be many YOU’s who will fight among each other for supremacy.
Any philosophy or religion, which supports the idea of the “I” without considering the “reality” of Inter-beingness, is just a beginner path.
That is how “I think therefore I am” came up. When we perceive that consciousness changes all by itself and thought is not something which happens willingly but something which is experienced as the consciousness of individuality becomes stronger by being more fragmented, then ego is born and then that same ego-conscious mind ironically, wants to solve the state of alienation, separation which brings loneliness, depression and such states of being.
It is that kind of mentality which looks for salvation, for a better life in the afterlife, and for a God that could hear all about his miseries of being a separated entity in the Universe.
As long as that consciousness perceives separation, it cannot bring unity with all to its awareness.
That same mentality will search for “scape goats” for something to blame out of ignorance. In the duality of pleasure and pain, our society has selected pleasure as “bad.”
“Pleasure is the culprit, the cause of not being ‘pure’.” Sex is bad. “Humans have organs to reproduce but that is a temptation from the devil…”
The issue is not sex nor pleasure but the consciousness of the individuals involved.
An individualistic, ego centered consciousness cannot find that the issue is its own separation from the Totality and rather than become one with it by feeling life and being honest with his intentions, that individual rather rationalize things, think about “pros and cons” to trigger duality, separation… that personality wants to dominate, to control everything to support beliefs about its own existence now and the afterlife.
When that ego centered consciousness wants to “become good” then rejection is born towards that which is considered “bad” then that rejected thing will appear strongly…then the fight, the inner battle will be there.
A belief to “stick with the battle” against our true sentiments is proof of our dishonesty in life.
Because there is no battle. Nothing to fight for when we become open to life. It is that “I” who does not allow for change to happen.
Openness to life, acceptance, spontaneity, appreciation, gratefulness and joy are the “keywords” to live by in a different consciousness. No beliefs or religions in this. It is experiential, fulfilling right now… and not in the afterlife.
Good, bad, right , wrong, etc. were just tools for the “little kid” to start his “growing up” process in awareness.
Some may stay there all their lives… however, everything in life is beneficial. 🙂
Betty had many diseases. She wasn’t able to explain why. Her eyesight started to fail when she was a teenager. Even though Betty was very feminine, she had the “classic” behavioral energy of men: She wanted things her way. She fought with whomever to put anyone in “his or her” place. As a teenager, Betty was fun-loving, disrespectful of authority and daring to the point of not caring about her own life.
Because her pride was shattered through the thought of losing her eyesight, Betty started looking for solutions and answers… Betty had extraordinary psychic abilities and was able to see things and communicate with beings, which many others couldn’t.
It was in that search when Betty joined a religion, which practiced extreme asceticism. Those practices and beliefs helped Betty to tune down her innate aggression. Betty was able to transform that aggressive force in her for the common good. Betty used her communication skills to mingle with people and to make them feel important and content by increasing their self-respect. This practice allowed Betty to transform her own manipulative ways.
Once that transformation took place, it was time for Betty to continue in her path. She changed the isolated ways of living in asceticism into integration with society… That is into Oneness…
Isn’t Betty’s life so “good” and “righteous” so far…? 🙂
Betty was able to overcome her own limits and became an example for others. Betty was growing her consciousness by the experience of going from one extreme into another just to know her own limits and her own balancing act.
Betty was becoming one with life. She was finding herself.
One day, Betty had an appointment with a doctor who practiced a “bio-decoding” technique. Betty wanted to know about the origin of her current diseases, which came strongly with emotional episodes.
This doctor had the ability to tap into Betty’s psychic gifts during the session.
Betty discovered that in her “last life” she was a man by the name of Nicholas. In that life Nicholas owned a trucking business. Nicholas was very good at “doing business” but he was a daring troublemaker at the same time.
Nicholas committed suicide at the age of 46.
The discoveries that Betty had through this session agreed with many of her dreams in the past and with her tendencies. Betty had an unusual love for motorcycles and big trucks with noisy engines.
Betty discovered that those diseases and losing her eyesight was a consequence of her own actions in the past, but at the same time, those diseases were the ticket for her, to discover who she was and to “divinize” her tendencies.
If we look at the life of Nicholas, many could say: “ He lived a bad life. He was “wrong” by committing suicide.”
Those comments and judgments are worthless gossip out of ignorance.
When we see the continuity of life, that is the unlimited part of life beyond the “Me” at this point in time, we could discover that every single experience is completely necessary as it is.
Betty had the strength and aptitude to discover herself, although in a manner which could be described as “painful” by some but everyone has a different path in life.
“Right and wrong” are labels expressing duality. In that labeling we are only concerned about the human laws.
The universe is not bound by human morality.
“Right and wrong” are terms used to bring guilt, shame and to teach humans in a certain state of consciousness, to fear consequences: Punishment.
As we dissolve all dualities from our psyche, we should be able to discover greater Oneness.
The world at the “office” may thrive with “right or wrong.”
The critics, sitting comfortably judging others may feel important by playing Judges of someone’s destiny.
“Talk” doesn’t matter if we are not able to see the complete movie of life.
Of course, the skeptics could say: “Avyakt7, I thought that you are against beliefs… reincarnation is a belief…”
Avyakt7 is not against anything. Avyakt7 merely dissolves his own beliefs.
The story above is a true story. It is the experience of someone who I know. That story is true for her.
As far as Avyakt7 is concerned, that story merely supports an insight: There is nothing wrong unless we view it that way. There is nothing right, unless that is our belief… nevertheless, there are consequences in life.
Life is way more than going to the office and watching sitcoms at night. Life is more than devotional practices, worship to get something out of a belief.
To be able to see life, we may need to remove the lenses with different colors before our eyes… and just take a look at life without any judgment in our hearts.
“Profound and thought-provoking post. (Spirituality, repression and control: http://avyakt7.com/2013/04/10/spirituality-repression-and-control/#comment-9789 )
If externally imposed morality leads to double -standards and dishonesty/ hypocrisy ( and I agree with that fully) then how do flawed humans that we are discriminate right from wrong? Inner compass is not auto-calibrated in all, hence transformation needs some cardinal points- true North- to align righteously?”
Thank you for your interesting question.
Yesterday it was shared that there is no moment in time when we “are” the same. Avyakt7 is a label and behind that label there is someone who is continually changing by opening his consciousness; therefore, “no one” in particular… paradoxically. 🙂
Your agreement with some aspects of what Avyakt7 has shared, only indicates your location of consciousness at a particular point in time. That does not mean that because we both agree, that thing is automatically “right.”
In my current state of consciousness, there is no such a thing as “right or wrong” in life but every intention has the potential to turn into an action and that has a consequence.
It is “what it is” and judgments are out of the question. Everything which has happened in life had a “motive” for being that way. My moral judgments about rightness or wrongness are not needed. Human moral behavior in society is part of life, but it is not necessarily the reflection of what Nature and the Universe manifests. Humans expect that our understanding of “our world” at the “office,” in business, in cyber space, in logic, reasoning and analysis is the one which could give us an accurate view of what is “out there” in life.
A religious mind is of no use as well, for a religious mind already has lenses to look at things. It has a flag to defend and a dogma to maintain, thus that mind has a need to interpret experiences for a particular collective consciousness to believe that “we have the truth.”
In my experience life is not like that.
Let me elaborate on the above.
Experiences in life are like the story of going from day to-night. Every experience has a degree from one extreme to another.
Many are stuck with the experiences at 6 AM, at Dawn. These individuals call that experience “right, pure, Godly, happy, etc” As the day advances that “righteousness” becomes “wrong” so at 5 AM something totally wrong, that is totally dark will give birth to Dawn at 6 AM again… 🙂 Darkness and light are related. Their timing is different and that makes our experiences different…in time.
How can you be “right” if you don’t know about “wrong”? How do you know something without experiencing unless your insight is used?
The easy answer is to follow someone who we deem to be “right,” nevertheless; our insight, our inner knowing beyond intellectual debates and logical games, will remain dormant.
Following someone has its time and that time is different for everyone.
Someone who shows courage has the potential as well to show cowardice at a different time. As a matter of fact, both ranges of experiences will be experienced.
If we understand that, how could we generalize and call humans as “flawed”?
Let us get rid of that label, of that belief.
As the song from one of my favorite groups of all time “Depeche Mode” illustrates in “Nothing.”
“Life is full of surprises
It advertises nothing, nothing”
Always knows the prospects
Learn to expect nothing, nothing.”
We give meaning to what is out there, based on what we ARE “inside.” The outside merely reflects the inside.
Because the mirror can only reflect the source.
To transform the self is not a matter of intellectual discrimination of “wrong vs. right” actions, although Avyakt7 respects those who feel that way.
As shared before, actions are “nothing” when intentions are the honest source of that action.
Intentions come from your feelings. Those feelings are the manifestation of what you ARE.
That is why, Being is before doing and having. To follow a moral code just for the sake of following without a change of consciousness, a change of being… That may be externally “good” but internally of no use.
For example: Raymond does not eat meat. If Susan has a cookout with hamburgers, bacon and steaks…that will not “tempt” a bit Raymond’s being.
It is not because Raymond feels sorry for animals or because Raymond thinks that eating meat is unhealthy. Those thoughts are artificial.
Raymond’s consciousness is aligned with living and to let others live. He does not need a commandment, but at the same time there is no rejection in him when someone eats meat. There is acceptance.
Being aligned with life and letting live has its own consequence. There is no need to label someone as “good or bad, pure or impure.” There is no need to teach anyone a lesson.
Since we are in different states of consciousness, some may need to follow a path, a religion, someone to tell them what is “right and wrong.”
That is a good beginning which reflects our consciousness.
If we allow our consciousness to open, to move by simply accepting the experiences in life and by not rejecting life itself, then we could be able to develop our insight which already knows. At that point “right or wrong” acquires a different meaning.
As Depeche Mode would put it:
What am I trying to do?
What am I trying to say?
I’m not trying to tell you anything
You didn’t know when you woke up today
Is an action right by itself? For instance the lack of activity in: ” Do not kill.” Are there any instances when killing / taking someone’s life or your own, could be considered to be “good”? (as shocking at this may seem, just consider it) If so, what makes an action right or wrong?
Perhaps are there universal “boxes” of good actions and bad actions, right or wrong? or this is something that only enlightened souls can figure out? What makes an action “right”?
One sakar Murli inspired me to look into this. It was mentioned that actions are performed by deities as well, but as we know; those actions are “neutral.” In other words,: “I eat now; which is an action, but that action could be sinful or just merely an action with either “negative” or “positive” karmic return, but in the golden age it is “neutral. “ Why? 🙂
The simple universal answer: It is a matter of soul consciousness.
In that simplicity, lies something deeper.A Deity will not kill. A deity doesn’t need a “code of conduct” or “morality.” Those things are “built in.” – “You shall not kill” is not a commandment needed for them nor even heard of.
Ever wonder why Baba hasn’t mentioned in the BK Maryadas, “you shall not kill”?
That brings the awareness that Bks are beyond that. There is no need to mention that “law” as other religions have it; however, we are looking here into the “rightfulness of an action” by itself.
in the Bhagavad Gita, was mentioned that Krishna told Arjuna: “Do your duty and fight. Your relatives are already death.”
In the “unlimited” as Baba points out; the soul is imperishable, thus actions do not matter as long as they are necessary for “self preservation” of the Drama . As such any activity as we know, is according to the Drama. However, when we consider the law of karma; actions matter, because we will experience the consequence of those actions. Yet another paradox!
Killing does not matter in the unlimited for we are immortal souls. It is impossible to kill someone. See that? The unlimited does not have any moral standards which we are used to (in linear thinking- limited thinking- black and white world- right or wrong world.)
Killing matters from the individual perspective, for the consequence of killing will be experienced. There is suffering as a return. That is what the law of karma teaches us.
The act of taking someone’s life have many circumstances surrounding it (euthanasia, wars and such comes to mind, even Baba mentioned one time that those who sacrificed, took their own life in Kashi for love to Shiva had their sins absolved for one birth….Interesting return for a plain suicide!) Thus, actions in itself lack morality as well. Here is when the word “intention” comes into the picture. Is my “intention” tinted by “my moral standards”?
Then, there is no “pure intention.” There is ego in it. Please consider that.
When any activity is performed from an “ego” stand point, it will not “flow” with the Drama. The return will be the experience of duality.
A “normal” soul will perform mostly sinful actions because activities are meant to satisfy the ego. Actions are tinted by the vices; which will be experienced by the soul in return as duality.
For instance, “Mahatma” Gandhi was murdered. A pure soul cannot experience that karmic account. Simple math.
The sense of “duty” is not an indicator of “right or wrong” activity as the example in the Bhagavad Gita. It is just a mere moral standard.
Nothing wrong with having moral standards, but someone in the “unlimited” can see that “morality” is for impure souls only. A pure soul does not need “moral standards.” The activity of a pure soul cannot bring suffering to others or the self.
According to the level of soul consciousness of a person, so the quality of the activity will be. More purity, less morality. Less purity; greater moral standards are needed.
Nudity in a child is alright. In a grown up is considered offensive. Morality.
A “normal” person sees only activities, actions being right or wrong and surrounds the self by the perception of those actions. This is “right” that is not.
Many times when we see someone in “need,” we would like to play “good” and act upon that moral standard that what I am doing is “right.” However, even the thought of “ I am helping that person now, I will be helped in the future” or “I am good” or “I am building my golden age castle with every action now,” those thoughts are not pure thoughts. There is impurity, mixture in them…ego.
When that action comes up automatically without the thought of “I” in the picture of the mind, and that action brings benefit to the self and to others in an “unlimited way” then something “right” is happening.
“Doing nothing doing, to get things done” only when ego is gone. That is a “neutral action.”