Tuesday, December 06, 2016

THE ULTIMATE SICKNESS: Causes, Symptoms, Aspects, Effects, Treatment, Part Five

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SYMPTOMS (Continued

To review the symptoms of the Ultimate Sickness which are displayed by those suffering from the illness, these have been discussed so far: 

1. The Ultimate Sickness is a mental sickness, so those with the illness display many psychological problems. 

2. Those with the Sickness lose the ability to question the totally false hand-me-down concepts which have been passed along to them. 

3. They believe in ancient fictional myths and ignorant superstitions and that leads to their present-day beliefs in fictional and ignorant concepts.

4. They show a susceptibility to believing lies. 

5. Why? They cannot distinguish between the true and the false. 

6. They display evidence of distorted thinking and delusions. 

7. They are willingness to accept without question the nonsense taught via programming, conditioning, domestication, acculturation, brainwashing, and indoctrination. 

8. They are often angry, they devalue peace, they can have a tendency toward violence, they believe that they have the right to interfere, intervene, raid, control, and conquer. 

9. They feel superior . . . socially, mentally, racially, etc. 

10. They have a sense of entitlement. 

11. They are often control freaks, but some hide that with their passive-aggressive mode of operating.

12. They have a dualistic sense of "separate from" and "apart from, rather than a part of"; a sense of "different-from-ment" which feeds the belief in "better-than-ment"; and a sense of arrogance and conceit and superiority and egotism and self-importance, all of which the non-dual teachings reject. 

13. According to Maharaj, they display all three key symptoms of the Ultimate Sickness are "ignorance, stupidity, and insanity." 

14. They may be intelligent or not, but that fact does not prevent the manifestation of "ignorance, stupidity, and insanity" in the least. 

15. They are often blindly loyal to "authority figures" and exercise blind faith which leads them to accept without question whatever anyone in authority says. 

16. Those with the Ultimate Sickness are often noisy and talk to excess. [Westerners love to brag about their "freedom of speech." In the past, Easterners enjoyed "freedom from speech", though as they have become more westernized, that preference seems to be falling away]. 

17. Identified with a host of ego-states / false identifications, they become driven by the fears and desires of the multiple personalities which they have been assigned or which they have assumed. 

18. They display a propensity for substituting unnatural thinking and magical / supernatural thinking for simply seeing all naturally and just as it is. 

19. They emote rather than feel and witness. 

20. They lack empathy and can be sociopathic and / or psychopathic.

And today: 

#21: They are usually emotionally intoxicated. 

ASPECTS 

That symptom of being emotionally intoxicated brings us to a discussion of the key aspects of the Sickness, "aspect" being defined simply as "a particular part or feature of something." A key aspect of the Ultimate Sickness is that those with the Sickness display the same traits and behaviors as persons with the Addictive Personality Disorder and anyone else who is intoxicated.

For nearly thirty-seven years of his life, a man named Bill Wilson wrote a great deal, and had a lot to say as well, about addiction. The fact that he was interested in, and highly influenced by, Eastern philosophy was often evidenced. After some years of working with addicts, he reported that his experiences had shown him that those with addictions all suffer from four levels or types of intoxication. 

He identified those as: 

1. physical intoxication 

2. mental intoxication 

3. spiritual intoxication (that type showing up in persons in treatment programs or step groups who are programmed to believe that spiritual giantism is a treatment for  addiction, a belief which he contributed to early on but which he disputed later on) 

and 

4. emotional intoxication. 

Thus, he said, there are four levels of sobriety which all should seek: 

1. physical sobriety (what he saw as "the lowest" and least significant level of sobriety) 

2. mental sobriety (which comes if persons become freed from their distorted thinking and their delusions and illusions and their inability "to differentiate between true and false") 

3. spiritual sobriety (that is, being freed from assuming and playing the role of "The Super Religious One" and / or "The Spiritual Giant") 

and 

4. emotional sobriety. 

Emotional sobriety he described as the highest level of sobriety and the one which only a very few will ever reach. [Remember that those with the Ultimate Sickness emote rather than feel.] He witnessed that most of the addicts he worked with might have been physically sober but that few would ever reach the "higher" states of mental, spiritual, and emotional sobriety. So it is with those who have the Ultimate Sickness, which is prevalent among all addicts of the type whom Wilson worked with for decades and which is prevalent among the masses all around the globe.

As has been noted here many times over the years, 99.99%+ of all persons on planet earth have the Addictive Personality Disorder and display evidence of the two basic addictions which have been commonplace among humans, likely for millions of years: 

The primary addiction which almost all humans share is an addiction to control. They want to control the weather (where hurricane go and do not go, for example); they want to control the members of their family; they want to control people in nearby regions; they want to control people in faraway lands, etc., etc., etc. 

The secondary addiction is an addiction to power (or some other-worldly "Power" or "Powers") in order to be able to control. 

Maharaj: "First of all you identify something as being good or bad for yourself. Then, in an effort to acquire good or to get rid of the bad, you have invented a God. Then you worship such a God and . . . you pray to that God for something good to happen to you." 

What are the common characteristics and traits and behaviors shared both by addicts and by all other persons with the Ultimate Sickness? They all have warped perspectives. 

Truth is usually the 180-degree opposite of what they believe. Just as intoxicants distort the perception of persons, so too does the Ultimate Sickness. 

The senses are dulled and sight is blurred, so clear seeing of anything is nearly impossible. 

Paying attention and focusing are handicapped; brain functioning is adversely affected; the ability to make conscious and wise choices becomes limited or totally absent; self-destruction replaces self-preservation as a priority; 

their ability to analyze clearly is lost; the ability to multi-task and concentrate are lost; reflexes are slowed; and psychological problems manifest and multiply. 

Many affected persons will speed and race while some become slow and immobilized. 

They lose the ability to stay inside their lanes and try to interfere and control or harm others; they suffer depression; their moods become darker as their level of emotional intoxication worsens; they become unpredictable. 

And they become fanatics. 

More on that tomorrow. 

To be continued. 

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Monday, December 05, 2016

THE ULTIMATE SICKNESS: Causes, Symptoms, Aspects, Effects, Treatment, Part Four

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SYMPTOMS 

Yesterday, this pointer was offered: 

With the Ultimate Sickness, "A" can cause symptoms "B," and then symptoms "B" can cause effect "C," and "C" perpetuates another cause, "cause "D." It is near-endless, and that is why Maharaj predicted that only a few people on planet earth at any given moment will "get" the cure that he was offering by way of the Ultimate Medicine (which, in his case, changed from a religion / non-duality compound to a spirituality / non-duality compound to a non-duality / psychological compound after he came to understand that the Sickness is a mind sickness, not a spiritual malady or a too-little-dogma sickness). 

Many sicknesses "run their course," after which otherwise healthy persons return to a state of physical health, (For example, the saying is that "if you do nothing for a cold, it last seven days, but if you do something for it, it will last a week.) 

Additionally, diseases are treated on a daily basis and many persons also return to a state of physical health. Such is seldom the case with the Ultimate Sickness. While there is a treatment and cure for the Sickness, most never find it. In fact, most never seek it because they do not know that they are suffering from the Ultimate Sickness. 

Hells bells, it took Maharaj decades of (a) experimenting with one version of the Ultimate Medicine and then another; (b) then finally seeing clearly that neither had produced any lasting results; (c) and then finally understanding the actual causes and cure after seeing that neither religion nor spirituality provided any lasting effects and after seeing that the Sickness is a mental sickness which requires a psychology-based treatment plan. 

So the case with the Sickness is that causes lead to symptoms and symptoms contribute to more causes, all of which results in a cycle which perpetuates the illness. So, to the specific symptoms:

The "generational aspect" of the Sickness results in these symptoms: persons in many generations of families lose the ability to question the totally false hand-me-down concepts which are passed along. 

Another symptom is the belief in ancient fictional myths and ignorant superstitions which leads to present-day beliefs in fictional and ignorant concepts. 

Relatedly, there is a susceptibility to believing lies because those with the Ultimate Sickness cannot distinguish between the true and the false (that being a result of the distorted thinking which comes with the Sickness).

Another symptom is the willingness to accept without question the nonsense taught via programming, conditioning, domestication, acculturation, brainwashing, and indoctrination. 

Next are these symptoms displayed by those with the Ultimate Sickness: anger, a devaluing of peace, a tendency toward violence, a sense of having the right to interfere, intervene, raid, control, and conquer. (More on those below.) 

While the Ultimate Sickness is a racially-non-discriminatory mental illness, now affecting people of all races, it origins can originally be traced to members of the white race, that is, to Aryans (a self-designation which meant "noble" and which reveals where they felt they ranked in a racial hierarchy). Consider "Anglo-Saxon" as another identifier. 

The term "Aryan" was used in Germany's "Nazi Racial Theory" to describe persons corresponding to the "Nordic" physical ideal of Nazi Germany's "Master Race" ideology (which is once more gaining popularity in the U.S., Western Europe, and other regions of the globe). 

While the original roots were primarily in Western Europe, the Iranians also assumed the same beliefs and attitudes as well. The term has also been used to refer to all light-skinned people who lived thousands of years ago in what is now known as Western Europe and Persia (Iran) and India and other parts of Asia.

Aryans have historically displayed another symptom of the Ultimate Sickness as referenced above, namely, a warrior-invader-conqueror mentality based in the sense of entitlement which those with the Ultimate Sickness show, their sense of entitlement marked by a "we have the right to whatever we want and we will take it"  mindset.

Consider what one "Alt-Right" (that is, an Aryan, white supremacist) said recently in that regard. A newspaper account offered the following about what happened at a gathering in Washington, D.C. Saturday before last, of Alt-Right, Aryan, white supremacists. They had gathered to celebrate the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States. Their leader is Richard B. Spencer: 


[Spencer and Donald Trump (and his father Fred Trump) have all held a belief in "eugenics" - the belief being that white race genes are superior to all others, that whites should be encouraged to procreate, and that non-whites should be "prevented from breeding" in any way possible.]

Spencer spoke at the end of the Washington, D.C. conference and a newspaper shared his words and reported on what else happened at the event:

Mr. Spencer railed against Jews and quoted Nazi propaganda in the original German. America, he said, belonged to white people, whom he called the “children of the sun,” a race of conquerors and creators who had been marginalized but now, in the era of President-elect Donald J. Trump, were “awakening to their own identity.” 

As he finished his remarks, several audience members had their arms outstretched in a Nazi salute. “Heil the people! Heil victory!" was shouted from the podium and the room shouted it back. 

These are exultant times for the alt-right movement, which was little known until this year, when it embraced Mr. Trump’s campaign and he appeared to embrace it back. “America was, until this last generation, a white country designed for ourselves and our posterity,” Mr. Spencer thundered. “It is our creation, it is our inheritance, and it belongs to us. 

The white race, he added, is “a race that travels forever on an upward path." He said, “To be white is to be a creator, an explorer, a conqueror."

Members of the audience were on their feet as Mr. Spencer described the choice facing white people as to “conquer or die.” 

White identity, Mr. Spencer said, is at the core of both the alt-right movement and the Trump movement. For them, immigration is the most potent mobilizing issue, less for economic reasons than because of the prospect that white Americans will someday represent less than half of the population of the country. 

Now, Mr. Spencer said, it is up to the alt-right to formulate the ideas and policies to guide the new administration. 

So other symptoms of the Ultimate Sickness include believing in a dualistic sense of "separate from" and "apart from, rather than a part of"; a sense of "different-from-ment" which feeds the belief in "better-than-ment"; and a sense of arrogance and conceit and superiority and egotism and self-importance, all of which the non-dual teachings reject. 

Because the Ultimate Sickness leads person to believe that they are seeing differences where no differences exist, to pass on nonsensical beliefs and cling to them, to behave in destructive and self-destructive ways (relatively speaking), and to exhibit the most extreme examples of craziness imaginable, Maharaj made clear that three of the key symptoms of the Ultimate Sickness are "ignorance, stupidity, and insanity." 

And it should be understood that "intelligence" does not hinder the manifestation of "ignorance, stupidity, and insanity" in the least.

To be continued. 

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Sunday, December 04, 2016

THE ULTIMATE SICKNESS: Causes, Symptoms, Aspects, Effects, Treatment, Part Three

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CAUSES (con't.) 

Another Cause - Emoting Instead of Feeling and Witnessing / Emotional Intoxication

10. Some humans have long dreamed of a "perpetual motion machine," a hypothetical machine which can do work indefinitely without an energy source, allowing the motion of bodies to continue indefinitely and thereby providing businesses and individuals with huge financial savings by having a free energy source. 

(Compare that with the desires of slave owners in the U.S. in the 18th and 19th centuries who were willing to fight a war with the government in order to continue to reap their huge financial savings by having a free energy source. One-hundred-and-fifty-years later, millions of persons in the South cannot put away their rebel flags and get over the fact that the slaves were freed after General Lee surrendered to the Union General Grant. How entrenched is their continuing anger over the government "interfering" with their businesses and costing them money?

1. That anger is still reflected in the platform which outlines the agenda of one of the major political parties in the U.S., namely, "to eliminate government regulation and oversight of businesses and "to allow the free market to rule"

and

2. A man living nearby was heard to say recently that " the problem with the blacks in the U.S. can be traced back to the fact that Abraham Lincoln freed them." Think not that that belief is rare in the U.S. Moreover, humans at the top of national hierarchies all around the globe and all throughout history have longed for free labor, making slavery and worker abuse and anti-union sentiments among the oldest results of hierarchies). 

Of course a perpetual motion machine is an impossible dream because friction and other energy-dissipating processes would make any such machine eventually stop functioning. The closest thing to a perpetual motion machine in existence nowadays is the Ultimate Sickness because 

1. its causes are constantly being set into motion 

and 

2. because those causes usually continue to function indefinitely 

and 

3. because causes will generate symptoms and then those symptoms will feed more causes. 

With the Ultimate Sickness, for example, "A" can cause symptom "B," and then symptom "B" can cause effect "C," and then "C" perpetuates another cause, call it "cause "D." The process goes on and on, constantly transmitting the Sickness. It is near-endless, and that is why Maharaj predicted that only a few people on planet earth at any given moment will "get" the cure that he was offering by way of the Ultimate Medicine. 

[By the way, his version of the Medicine changed over the years from a religion / non-duality compound to a spirituality / non-duality compound to a non-duality / psychological compound. The changes came after he came to understand that the Sickness is a mind sickness, not a spiritual malady and not a too-little-dogma sickness]. 

So, among the Sick masses, causes can produce symptoms, and symptoms can cause more - and even more serious - problems associated with the Sickness. It is not unlike a woman in her late 80's who had to have a stent placed in a kidney, but the result was that she was laid up for so long after the surgery that she almost died from the pneumonia which developed, caused by her having been left bedridden by the surgery. 

So consider: 

One of the causes of the Ultimate Sickness mentioned yesterday (the Assignment and / or Acceptance of False Identifications / of Personalities) generates problematic symptoms of the Ultimate Sickness and then, in turn, generates another cause (namely, Emoting Instead of Feeling and Witnessing and Thereby Becoming Emotionally Intoxicated). 

Personas emote. The "realized" feel. All emoting / emotions are rooted in the agendas and fears and desires of personalities. no personality assumption . . . no emoting.

Thus, the "non-"realized"" will emote. To emphasize, the ""realized"" will feel without emoting. That is, the ""realized"" feel, but only those trapped in an ego-state will emote. Moreover, emoting prevents both nonalignment as well as the fashion of functioning which happens from the position of neutrality which is commonplace among the "realized"; feeling do not interfere with nonalignment and neutrality. The fully "realized," while exempt from the insanity of emotions, are not exempt from feelings. The "why?" has been explained this way: 

The fully "realized," while exempt from the insanity of emotions, are not exempt from feelings because they do not dissociate; they do not become non-attached in the way that sociopaths do; they are not so isolated from "life" that they never rub up against the darkness of the relative existence; and they do not become unaffected by the happenings in the relative existence by escaping into the detachment of the type experienced by psychotics who mentally move into "a different world."

Of course the "realized" see the heaviness of the darkness, but they know that it is the light only that can bring the incredible sense of lightness. How could the bringer of light not know the darkness? Just as the peacemaker does not go where there is peace, the light giver does not go where there is already light. 

And the seeker of the light is either 

(a) in the darkness or 

(b) in the light but unaware of the light. 

And some can 

(c) become so sure that they have "gotten it" that they never complete the entire "journey" into the full light 

while others might 

(d) take a detour that then drives them to become judging and / or self-judging and critical or self- critical; some will then enter the gloomy darkness of guilt or the miserable shadows of shame. 

Understand that guilt comes if you think you DID something that was "bad"; shame comes if you conclude that you ARE bad. Neither conclusion can be drawn if non-duality is understood. But if those "detours" come, what then? What advice did Maharaj offer that can be relevant when such detours occur? And what words did he use to explain exactly how the nonaligned status of the "realized" looks "in action"? 

Maharaj: "Let things happen as they happen - they will sort themselves out nicely in the end. You need not strain towards the future - the future will come to you on its own. For some time longer you will remain sleep-walking, as you do now, bereft of meaning and assurance; but this period will end and you will find your work both fruitful and easy. If you are afraid, the state may be distressing; but there is really nothing to be afraid of. Remember the instruction: whatever you come across - go beyond." 

What is it that persons "come across" that must be "gone beyond"? A countless number of relative happenings that might - at first glance - seem to have brought back the darkness, which triggers (in turn) the self-destructive drive of emotions that lead to obsessing which leads to the insanity of behaving compulsively and then to the most insane behaviors imaginable. What is beyond such chaos-generating emotionalism? Hardness? Coldness? Feeling nothing? Being robotic? No. 

What is beyond is feeling without becoming emotionally-intoxicated and then being driven to behave blindly, without logic or reason, entering into risky behavior to try to manipulate external sources to do what a person thinks is needed to alleviate whatever is being feared at the moment or whatever is generating depression or anger at the moment. 

Thus, the fully "realized" will not emote, but they will feel. Feeling is normal and natural; emoting is abnormal and unnatural. When feelings arise, the "realized" watch them rise and fall. When emotions arise among the non-"realized" (or among those on "a detour") senseless actions will be taken. So, is the answer to "feel only but do not emote?" No. 

Feeling without emoting is but a way station on the path to sanity and freedom and peace because feelings that do not rise and fall but linger instead can - in the end - interrupt sanity and freedom and peace almost as much as unchecked behaviors that are being driven by emotionalism. 

First, witness the insanity of persons who are running head-long into entanglements or relationships that produce newly-assumed ego-states (which always generate emotional intoxication). Then witness the way that the fears and anger and depression that personality can generate will remove any self-preserving sanity and can drive one into a "full speed ahead" approach to life (and death) that is typical among the masses. 

To see the difference in feeling vs. emoting, recall the buck and the doe that certainly seemed to be feeling sadness when dealing with the event of a still-birth outside the window of this office. When it was seen that the fawn would not be rising and walking away with them, something strong was being felt. But they did not become emotionally intoxicated. 

They did not lower their heads and run as fast and as hard as possible into one of the trees in this yard, hurting or killing themselves as a result of being insane because they entered a state of emotional intoxication. No. They remained still, and then eventually they moved on. So emotions are unnatural, always generated by the illusion of personality; feelings, on the other hand, are natural. 

Does that mean that as long as you do not emote, it is recommend to feel constantly? Absolutely not. Here, joy is felt at times, but to believe that joy-only can be felt 24 / 7 would be as insane as the behaviors that follow the manifestation of emotionalism. 

Here, sadness is felt at times, but to believe it is fine to feel sadness 24/7 would be as insane as the behaviors that follow the manifestation of emotionalism. Feelings rise and fall. Some feel "good" and some feel "horrible," and that very duality should show that feeling any single feeling for an extended period is dualistic and therefore unnatural. 

Emoting guarantees misery; extended feeling can eventually bring misery as well. 

Psychologists suggest that those with psychic health can process an unhealthy emotion or an unhealthy feeling in about fifteen minutes. 

The tool used by Advaitins for such prompt processing is the "WHO cares?" question. Which persona is driving what? Anger, depression, and fear can all be emotions when driven by personalities; they will seldom be processed. While moving along the "path," if anger, depression, or fear arises, ask "WHO is in fear?" 

Might it be "The Unemployed One" who thinks that he is dying because "The Employer" has just declared that he / she must leave the workplace with a final check in hand? WHO is depressed? "The Lonely One" who believes that happiness is an outside job and can only come if "The Right Person" comes along, the right person being the one showing up and bringing along loads of money or sex appeal or the status of a higher lifestyle? WHO is angry? "The Abandoned Spouse"? 

WHO-ness always generates misery; realization allows for feeling without emoting. 

To be continued. 

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Saturday, December 03, 2016

THE ULTIMATE SICKNESS: Causes, Symptoms, Aspects, Treatment, Part Two

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Causes of the Ultimate Sickness - Person(s)-to-Person Transmissions

1. Like so many other contagious diseases, the Ultimate Sickness is passed from person to person. The transmission can - and often does - begin in families but the Sickness can also be spread by contact with non-familial persons in one's culture; by contact with distant relatives; via contact with friends and acquaintances; by contact with one's culture; within schools; at political rallies; in churches, mosques, synagogues, temples, spiritual groups and all other locations where ancient, sky-cult beliefs have been disseminated for thousands of years; in the workplace; and anywhere that one can come into contact with those among the masses who are carriers of the Sickness. 

Related Causes - Generational Transmissions 

1 B. The "generational aspect" of the Sickness allows never-questioned, hand-me-down concepts to be passed down to a member of a new generation who is exposed to concepts and beliefs which were passed along from great-grandparents to grandparents to parents, etc., etc. 

In some cases, the Sickness was originally rooted in concepts and beliefs which were based in ancient fictional myths and ignorant superstitions, but those same fictional and ignorant beliefs are still being passed down nowadays, transferring the Sickness to persons presently living all around the globe. Those hand-me-down concepts come in many varieties and determine which religion is deemed to be preferable; which religious beliefs are to be adhered to; which political parties are to be supported; where persons will function - often for an entire relative existence - along a continuum of far-right ideologies to centrist ideologies to far-left ideologies, etc. 

Other Causes - Transmission of Ignorance and Lies 

2. Yesterday, the point was made that the Ultimate Sickness is passed down to children via perverted programming, conditioning, domestication, acculturation, brainwashing, and indoctrination. 

For example, no Christian children in Germany in the 1930's and 1940's started out with the belief that they were members of the planet's Superior Race or that their white, Aryan race was, indeed, a Super Race. None believed - prior to programming, conditioning, domestication, acculturation, brainwashing, and indoctrination - in the concept of eugenics.

[Eugenics is the racist, white supremacist doctrine which suggests that a human population can be improved by controlled breeding which increases the occurrence of "desirable heritable characteristics" and "racial purity" - namely, via the breeding of whites and more whites - and decreases the occurrence of births among so-called "undesirables" - such as the mentally handicapped, non-whites / non-Aryans, non-Christians, and homosexuals, according to the white supremacists who believe in the concept of eugenics.]

In other words, just as two breeding humans will only produce another human, and just as two breeding horses will only produce another horse, so it is that the "ignorance" which Maharaj identified as a symptom of the Ultimate Sickness is guaranteed to breed only more and more ignorance; 

that the "stupidity" which Maharaj identified as another symptom of the Ultimate Sickness is guaranteed to breed only more and more stupidity; and that the "insanity" which Maharaj identified as a third symptom of the Ultimate Sickness is guaranteed to breed more and more insanity. Can the chain be broken? Yes, sometimes. Treatment options will be discussed later. 

Causes - Faith-Based Acceptance / Lack of Questioning 

3. All beliefs which are at the heart of the Ultimate Sickness are taught - as is all "learned ignorance," to use Maharaj's term - and is only accepted unquestioningly by children after they have been subjected to arrogance-based programming, conditioning, domestication, acculturation, brainwashing, and indoctrination. Early on, children have an activated BS detector. Early on, they time and again ask, "Why?" But after being chastised or punished for questioning any of the concepts which are passed along by a so-called "authority," they soon acquiesce and accept the nonsensical BS which is being passed down to them.

Causes - Assignment and / or Acceptance of False Identifications 

4. Once that happens, then the Ultimate Sickness will have been passed on from previous generations to new generations. The result is body and mind and personality identification, and when personality identifications begin to drive person throughout childhood and into adult life, the results take a toll on the body and the mind of every individual trapped in personality identification. Why" Consider: 

“Whatever increases, decreases, limits or extends the body’s power of action, increases, decreases, limits or extends the mind’s power of action. And whatever increases, decreases, limits or extends the mind’s power of action, also increases, decreases, limits or extends the body’s power of action.”—Spinoza, 1600’s A.D. 

“Suppose I am not able to think, that my mind is not clear. What does it mean? It means my food essence is rather dull today. It is not getting into combustion in proper order; therefore, the thinking is also dull. This mind pertains to the food essences.” —Maharaj, September 3, 1979 

So, what affects the mind - including the fears and desires associated with all personality identifications - will also affect the physical, elemental, plant food body. The Ultimate Sickness which is a mental sickness can also contribute to physical and emotional sickness as well.

Causes - Programming / Domestication / Psychological Conditioning 

5. Programming begins for a child with parents or caregivers passing down to their children the parents' or caregivers' thoughts, perspectives, ideas, concepts, notions, etc. (all of which can be categorized simply as "beliefs"). That programming happens domestically, in the home. Classical conditioning (also known as Pavlovian or respondent conditioning) refers to a learning procedure in which a potent stimulus is paired with a previously-neutral stimulus. That takes place during a child's early years, so programming begins in the home, but it continues later on in schools, religious organizations, clubs, groups, programs, and - yes - in many satsanga sessions as well. 

Causes - Acculturation / Enculturation 

6. Acculturation happens via a nation's social media, television, schools, religious leaders, governmental leaders and agencies, businesses, law enforcement, military personnel, etc. 

Causes - Brainwashing and Indoctrination 

7. Brainwashing leads persons to adopt different beliefs by using systematic and often forcible pressure. Indoctrination, on the other hand, usually refers to the forcing of religious or spiritual or cult-like or political ideas onto susceptible persons. It usually occurs in environments that discourage or disallow persons from questioning or criticizing the beliefs of those in charge of a variety of venues such as those named above. 

Causes - Normalization of the Abnormal

8. Warped thinking will feed the Ultimate Sickness, causing all to be seen in a 180-opposite manner of what actually is.

Causes - Substituting the Unnatural and Supernatural for the Natural

8 B. The Ultimate Sickness is also rooted in the propensity among humans to substitute unnatural thinking and magical / supernatural thinking for simply seeing all naturally and just as it is. Unnatural thinking is dominated by delusions, illusions and distortions. Supernatural thinking is dominated by a belief that there is a Power or Powers from some different and better world who are controlling everything in this world, a Power or Powers Who can be influenced to give persons in this world what they want if they have faith in that Power or those Powers, if they worship that Power or those Powers, if they sacrifice to that Power or those Powers, and if they pray enough to that Power or those Powers. Need rain? Pray. Have too much rain, causing flooding? Pray. Have a hurricane about to make landfall near your city? Pray for the Power(s) to divert it (and hit somebody, anybody, other that you).
 
Causes - Symptom Transmissions 

9. When the transmissions of the symptoms of the Ultimate Sickness occurs, then it is clear that the Sickness itself has been spread as well. More on the symptoms tomorrow. 

To be continued. 

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Friday, December 02, 2016

THE ULTIMATE SICKNESS: Causes, Symptoms, Aspects, Treatment, Part One

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Most humans have never heard of "the Ultimate Sickness" which was first discussed ages ago by certain sages that resided in the Far East, so if you were to ask most persons what "the Ultimate Sickness" is, they would likely answer in terms of the fatal sicknesses which have struck down their friends or family members over the years. 

Thus, their answers might include "coronary artery disease, a stroke, COPD, lower respiratory infections, cancer, AIDS, diabetes, pre-term birth complications, and / or tuberculosis." While some diseases linger and take years to develop before "taking the life of their victims," in other cases it can be a matter of only months or even a few weeks from the moment of diagnosis to "death." 

Yet if one's relative existence extends for what the masses refer to as "the average length of a human lifetime," there will not be during that period any sickness which occurs for even a fraction of the numbers of years that people with the Ultimate Sickness will suffer.

For example, for persons with a relative existence which spanned 72 years, it is likely that they suffered the Ultimate Sickness during 66 or 67 of those years; for persons with a relative existence which spanned 75 years, it is likely that they suffered the Ultimate Sickness during 69 or 70 of those years; and for persons with a relative existence which spanned 80 years, it is likely that they suffered the Ultimate Sickness during 74 or 75 of those years. 

Which has the "worst effect," relatively speaking? Coronary artery disease or a stroke or COPD or lower respiratory infections or cancer or AIDS or diabetes or pre-term birth complications or tuberculosis on one hand 

or 

the Ultimate Sickness on the other hand? 

That consideration will be addressed during this series, but consider in the meantime Maharaj's take on that question: "From the animal’s point of view being killed is not the worst form of dying; [it is] surely preferable to sickness and senile decay." 

Why are ninety percent of the years in a relative existence of an average length marked and marred by the Ultimate Sickness? Because in most cases on planet earth nowadays, the Ultimate Sickness has been passed down to all children by the time they reach the age of 5 or 6. By that time, they have usually developed a primary personality type as defined by the Enneagram as well as traces of the other eight types to one degree or another. 

Therefore, by the age of six, most children are already showing evidence of a multiple personality disorder and are being driven by the hidden, subconscious agenda of a host of assigned and / or assumed personality identifications. That comes after those children had already begun to identify with the body by the age of two to four and after the part of the brain called "the mind" has already developed and been filled with thousands of beliefs and concepts. 

[A 6-year-old child in the U.S. typically has a 2,600 word expressive vocabulary (words which he or she says), and a 20,000 to 24,000 word receptive vocabulary (words he or she understands). And all 26,000 or so of those words involve concepts and beliefs which have already been stored in "the mind" by the age of six.] 

So, by the age of 6, most children have already developed the Ultimate Sickness which is rooted in body and mind and personality identification and in the false concepts and distorted beliefs which come via false and distorted programming, conditioning, domestication, acculturation, brainwashing and indoctrination. 

While one definition of "ultimate" refers to "final," the Eastern use of the word refers to another of the word's meanings, namely, "maximum." The Ultimate Sickness is the maximum sickness. Why?

1. Because it's effects are both individuated and global. 

2. And because of this:

While certain sicknesses have been epidemic throughout history (that is, having struck particular regions, such as happened with the "Black Death" / Bubonic Plague which may have resulted in 200 million deaths during the mid 1300's) the Ultimate Sickness is pandemic, that is, worldwide. 

3. And because of this:

Have you or someone you know ever had an illness which stumped the medical community, rendering them unable to offer a prompt diagnosis or any diagnosis at all? Imagine, then, if the case is that over seven billion people have an illness but do not have a clue what the illness is? Or more serious, imagine if seven billion people have an illness and do not even know that they are sick. 

4. And because of this:

And imagine how widespread the consequences of that sickness are with seven billion persons on the planet having been rendered as clueless as greyhound racing dogs, turned into go-ers and do-ers and zoom-ers, running around in circles for an entire lifetime, endlessly chasing something that is totally fake and not worth chasing or catching at all? What might be the effects of such widespread delusion and ignorance? 

5. And because of this:

Under such conditions, how entrenched will the illness become? How widespread will it manifest and remain? 

6. And because of this: 

Imagine if the illness is a mental illness but most think that it is a "spiritual malady" or a sickness caused by people having been exposed to "too little dogma." How widespread would the results of that misdiagnosis be?

7. And because of this:

Imagine that people all around the planet were suffering from an illness which they believe - as billions have believed about disease over the ages - is caused by angry gods or devils. Imagine that the sufferers only pray for relief from the sickness rather than taking the actual steps needed to address their sickness? What are the odds of those type ever being cured? Nil, right? 

Thus, for the hundreds who visit this site each day, let there be a discussion of the Ultimate Sickness and its causes, symptoms, aspects, and proper treatment. It might be that if hundreds understand the Sickness entirely, then they might share what they understand with a hundred more, and if that were to continue, then a small dent might be made in the number of persons who are suffering needlessly from a sickness which most do not presently even know they have. 

To be continued. 

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