Monday, December 09, 2019

MAHARAJ AND THE RELIGION VS. SCIENCE DEBATE and THE LIES VS. TRUTH DEBATE

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MAHARAJ AND THE RELIGION VS. SCIENCE DEBATE
and
THE LIES VS. TRUTH DEBATE

"Science will someday advance to the point that it will confirm the validity of the non-dual teachings." 
--Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj 

and 

“The idea that you know what is true is dangerous, for it keeps you imprisoned in the mind.” 
--Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj 

and 

Here, there is nothing that is believed, so there is no one here who wants you to believe anything, either. Here, the invitation is to be free of all that you have been programmed, conditioned, acculturated, domesticated, indoctrinated, and brainwashed to believe so that you can be free, period. --Floyd Henderson 

To continue with excerpts from the book entitled FREEDOM from BELIEFS (Believers, Non-Believers, and "No-Belief-ers") in the discussion of the way that "-ism's" are another source which generates a plethora of distortion-riddled beliefs:

The Lies vs. Truth Debate

Reactions to Maharaj's Pointers and To Some Offered Here, Part Two 

You are invited to consider what this exchange with one visitor might reveal to you: 

Visitor: "I see that most people resist having their ideas and concepts and beliefs being smashed to pieces." 

F.: As have you in the past, yes? That is because WHO they think they are is also an idea . . . a concept . . . a belief, so the smashing of their ideas and concepts and beliefs is taken to be a smashing of themselves . . . taken to be a personal attack.

Also, because they have never been without beliefs since the early days of programming, they do not believe that there can be a belief-less teacher or a "No-Belief-er." As is the case with all non-realized persons, they form an opinion about an experience that they have never had, and then that opinion is also stored away as another belief. 

Visitor: "I want to cast aside all concepts, I'm ready! What do I do?"

F.: That statement is usually just another false belief that might manifest for a time but that never evolves into a permanent condition of freedom from beliefs, but on the chance that there might be some degree of sincerity and some degree of readiness, the suggestion is to begin by seeing the sources of your beliefs and concepts. 

Some site regulars will recall one pointer shared on occasion illustrates how a variety of sources ingrain false beliefs in persons who then refuse to question any of those beliefs: a woman who had visited and shared in several exchanges decided that she was going to “fire me” because of certain pointers that challenged the validity of her conceptualized God.

She claimed, “Floyd, millions of people cannot be wrong.”

The response was something along the lines of, “You’re right. It is billions and trillions that have been wrong.” 

So, find the source of your beliefs. What about the concepts that you take to be "yours" (though they are really “theirs”)? Where did you get those concepts? 

Did you hear them repeated so often and so many times by so many parents, teachers, preachers, rabbis, imams, politicians, your culture's leaders - or by the members of some group - that you unconsciously gave credibility to their beliefs, based in nothing more than the overwhelming number of people you’ve heard perpetuating those concepts? 

Maharaj's estimate of the small number of persons among the masses who will ever seek - and the smaller number of seekers who will ever realize - guarantees that you will 

a. find that billions around the globe regularly repeat and affirm the unquestioned beliefs that are held dear by the masses and guarantees that you will 

b. hear very few that come to realize that those widely-held beliefs are all false. 

The next questions to the visitor included these: 

1. "How many of your beliefs have you truly considered, objectively, as to their viability?" 

2. "How many have you subjected to the close scrutiny of impartial inquiry?" 

Among seekers, there are "the wet charcoal" types. Try as the teacher might, seekers of that type are never going to "catch fire" and burn away all of their distorted concepts and ideas and beliefs. 

There is another type of seeker called, for the sake of discussion, "the dry charcoal" type. With considerable effort and study and contemplation, as more and more nonsense is seen to be nonsense, they might transition into the final “gunpowder” stage. 

Once there, an awareness of the magnitude of the numbers of lies accepted as truth “by faith alone” can come into consciousness. Suddenly, analyzing each separate concept ends as the broader awareness explodes into consciousness and blows away all beliefs, marked by a quiet period of deeper-than-ever-before understanding. 

Some few are more likely than others to be willing to challenge the "authorities" and to challenge the validity of the teachings imposed by authority figures, and - as the sages have long noted - personality is at the root. Among the nine basis personality types, 50% are Type Six Loyalists who will never question authority. 

All personality types are all driven by fears and desires, and the desire of "The Loyalists" is to align with authority (and with "the-powers-that-be" on earth and with "a Power" or "Powers" from other worlds) in order to be taken care of both now and "forevermore"; 

thus, one-half of the persons on the planet will never even consider the invitation here to question their beliefs. The Type Four - which is the most likely to challenge authority, even early on - is the type most often interested in finding "the Authentic Self"; however, Type Fours only make up 1/2 of 1% of the planet's 7-billion-person population. 

Maharaj was a Type Four, and this author displayed Type Four traits at a very early age. In the case of “floyd,” it was described this way in a piece written in 2007: 

There was a nagging suspicion during those early years in “Sunday School” that the tales being told were nonsense. The same assessment applied to words being spoken from the pulpit; thus, the asking of questions - the questioning of "their" teachings - was automatic and included the following: 

There was a talking snake? 

There is a god that makes women suffer menstrual pain on a monthly basis because of the sin of the first woman? 

A man was swallowed by a whale but survived for days inside the whale's stomach until it was disgorged? 

People walked for forty years in a desert on a journey that others during that era completed in a little over a month? 

They got water from rocks struck by a magic rod? 

Food rained from the sky? 

A virgin was impregnated miraculously by a spirit after being contacted by angel-emissaries from God and agreeing to the arrangement whereby sperm would be implanted without human contact? 

The “Loving Father” killed everyone on the planet except for the members of one family? 

He loves me but He will burn me in hell if I’m not good? 

Then it was discovered that the tale told by Moses was stolen . . . that it had been around for 500 years as part of the dogma of an ancient pagan religion, complete with the magic rod and freed slaves and water from rocks and food from the sky. 

It was seen that words "I AM THAT I AM," supposedly spoken by a burning bush, were plagiarized from a Far Eastern philosophy (and were reported without the clarifying semicolon to boot which appeared in the original form: "I AM THAT; I AM").

It was learned that Christianity was not the first religion founded on the basis of a virgin birth but was the 23rd. Seeking and researching led to the debunking of one magical tale after another. It was seen that the god of Abraham was a product of rolling all of the ancient pagan gods of creation and sustenance and destruction into "one god," resulting in an all-in-one "Creator-Sustainer-Destroyer" God.

[That opened the door for the wise to note that a god being marketed as a "Creator-Sustainer-Destroyer" is no different from a human playing the multiple, self-contradictory roles which will guarantee that such humans - and such a god - will be unstable, emotionally-intoxicated, unpredictable, fickled, inconsistent, mercurial, temperamental, unsettled, unsteady, volatile 

and 

obviously trapped in the Borderline Personality Disorder, in the Narcissistic Personality Disorder, in an Attachment Disorder, and in a Co-dependent Personality Disorder whereby both that kind of God and that kind of parent can be rendered happy and "pleased" or can be made angry and "displeased" by externals such as "their children."

(And being unstable, emotionally-intoxicated, unpredictable, fickled, inconsistent, mercurial, temperamental, unsettled, unsteady, volatile, borderline, narcissistic, detached, and  co-dependent can explain how a god can supposedly love one but also be willing to burn for eternity one who is supposedly loved.)

And anyone who likes or defends or glorifies either that kind of parent or that kind of God is obviously being driven not only by the influences of the Stockholm Syndrome but also by high levels of insanity.]

Next, just as the religious tales were debunked, more seeking and finding revealed more and more bogus tales that had no factual foundation but were rooted in ancient myths and superstitions.

More and more began to be questioned, and more and more was found to be unsubstantiated. It was only after finding the non-duality teachings and after reading pointers and after taking them into contemplation (and after a vision came that clarified all of the pointers and revealed that the "path" has seven steps) that a “Eureka” moment happened. 

The awakening came one evening - now some twenty-two years ago - when the following flashed into the consciousness that had undergone a long cleansing process: “I’ve been exposing a lie here, a mistaken belief there, a bogus tale here, a piece of fiction there, all of which is taken by the masses to be truth.” 

But that evening, the first stirrings of a real awakening flashed into consciousness with the realization: “Oh my gosh! I’ve focused on the lies told by politicians ... the tall tales told by religious people over the last 5000 years . . . the nonsense spouted by those who claim to be 'on an even higher plane' because they are ‘spiritual, not just religious’.” 

It was then seen that “The focus has been far too narrow . . . far too limited. Oh my gosh! It’s all nonsense. It’s all BS!”

Immediately, this flashed into the consciousness that was undergoing a continuing re-purification process: “OK, so now I see that it was all just so much fiction and fabrication. But if all of that was invention and falsehood, what is the truth?” 

As it turned out, all of the false beliefs had to be discarded as a prerequisite for moving farther along the seven-step "path" to full realization, to seeing truth, and to understanding the functioning of the totality. 

The visitor mentioned earlier in this post was finally advised: if you are truly willing to cast aside all ideas and concepts and beliefs, then you must find where you got them and then see that they are all part and parcel of a planet-wide compilation of nonsense based in myths and superstitions and ignorance. 

Next, you must understand that you cannot become free by “picking and choosing” from “their” collection of nonsense or by casting aside “some” or “most” concepts but continuing to cling to a few of “your” favorite beliefs.

You must also see that the manifestation will not go on long enough for you to investigate one idea or one concept or one belief at a time and discover that each lacks validity; instead, all ideas and concepts and beliefs must all be cast aside in one fell swoop if you would be free.

To be continued.

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Here, with those who are still driven to talk about "god," the "Son of god," the "Holy Spirit," "Buddha," "Krishna," etc., etc., etc., the invitation to them is to view those as verbs, not nouns.

THE EXPLANATION

If looked at as nouns, they point to illusions and are, therefore, a total waste of time to even discuss; if looked at as verbs which are resulting in certain sane but rare behaviors among humanity, then they are worthy of some attention during the relative existence.

Meaning? There are members of certain groups who say things such as "My concept of god in the past was of a weak god, an absentee god, A Santa Claus-type god, a mean, punishing, vindictive god, etc. Today, I am in close contact with a loving and caring god whom I worship and praise and glorify and give thanks to."

The reply to that usually goes like this: "If you are in contact with a god that wants to be worshipped and praised and glorified, then you're dealing with someone like yourself - a narcissist - and hanging out with narcissists will never bring an end to your narcissism (that narcissism evidenced by the fact that you think you are "godly").

Next, in the phrase 'loving and caring god,' any supposed god that truly had her or his act together would tell you that the totally irrelevant part of that phrase is 'god' and that the only part that is relevant is the "loving and caring" part.

"That is, a non-narcissistic their god / their goddess would say, "I care not an iota about being worshipped and praised and glorified by you or anyone else. How arrogant and insecure and needy would I have to be to want that? Forget the man-made, dreamed up noun 'god' and focus on the 'god as a verb' understanding and then go forth and let loving and caring be verbs - not adjectives - and let them generate the act of love and the act of caring and let those actions manifest through you."

Yeshu'a (Jesus) and Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis were spot on:

"No one shall ever see 'the kingdom of heaven.' It is within"
--Yeshu'a (Jesus)

and

"Heaven and earth shall fade away."
--Yeshu'a (Jesus)

and

"Heaven and hell are not geographic places
but are states of mind, nothing more than
concepts dreamed up by men."&
--Pope John Paul II

"There is no hell."
--Pope Francis, the current pope
in an interview with journalist Eugenio Scalfari,
a writer used by the Pope to issue off the record
teachings which become a part of the Papal Magisterium.

[That said, would that the popes who have shown the courage to reject a core concept of their dogma - namely, "hell" - would find the additional courage required to question the very existence of their institution in light of the centuries-long cover-up of their history of raping children and in light of the mental and emotional and psychological scarring of billions of their members past and present.

And that need for courage also applies as questions need to be asked about why so many other sky cults are still being supported and allowed to continue to exist as well. When certain types of programming and conditioning have been shown to blind the masses, they should end. Will they? Not likely. Why?

Because what the masses think and say and do is most influenced by the international crime families which hold sway over the masses as criminals conduct their planet-wide operations. What are the major international crime families and which are the most influential and have the largest memberships?

The Mafia / La Cosa Nostra; the Catholic Church (with it 1.2 billion followers) whose Vatican Bank worked for decades with the Mafia while laundering mob earnings (for a 15% all-profit charge by the Bank); Protestant and Evangelical Churches (with over 1.2 billion followers) like the one I was raised in where the youth director molested and sexually assaulted young girls; big business which has long created environments in which people have been abused; powerful political bodies like the U.S. Congress, etc., etc., etc.)

With all of those crime families, neither the followers nor the leadership ever voluntarily step down or shut down their criminal activities. Be they gangs, organized crime families, religions, big business, politicians, etc., they all want control and they all want power and they all want money, and nothing internal will interfere with the driving forces at play.

The masses must demand that all those in charge must step down and their groups and institutions must shut down, and there's the real problem because the continuation of their crimes are enabled not as much by the people running such crime organizations as they are enabled by the masses of people who - wanting some perceived "payoff" - remain involved with them and give them money and support them and aid and abet the continued existence of those criminal enterprises and thus facilitate the ability of church criminals and political criminals and other types of criminals to continue to commit their crimes.]

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Sunday, December 08, 2019

MAHARAJ AND THE RELIGION VS. SCIENCE DEBATE and THE LIES VS. TRUTH DEBATE

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Today's Considerations
Recent Posts and Archives
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TODAY'S CONSIDERATIONS

ANNOUNCEMENTS

1. [See the offer in gold text following this post for details on how you can watch a retreat on video which includes a detailed discussion of all seven of the steps on the path as used by Maharaj]

2. Here, with those who are still driven to talk about "god," the "Son of god," the "Holy Spirit," "Buddha," "Krishna," etc., etc., etc., the invitation to them is to view those as verbs, not nouns. See the green text after today's post for the full meaning and implications of that.

3. A new video ("Number Ten: Awakening Together Satsang, March 2018") has now been added in the far right column of this page, offering the opportunity to view a recent 2018 satsang session with Floyd being interviewed by Regina and Jacqueline of "The Awakening Together Group." (See the details in the blue text after this post.)

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MAHARAJ AND THE RELIGION VS. SCIENCE DEBATE
and
THE LIES VS. TRUTH DEBATE

"Science will someday advance to the point that it will confirm the validity of the non-dual teachings." 
--Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj 

and 

“The idea that you know what is true is dangerous, for it keeps you imprisoned in the mind.” 
--Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj 

and 

Here, there is nothing that is believed, so there is no one here who wants you to believe anything, either. Here, the invitation is to be free of all that you have been programmed, conditioned, acculturated, domesticated, indoctrinated, and brainwashed to believe so that you can be free, period. --Floyd Henderson 

To continue with excerpts from the book entitled FREEDOM from BELIEFS (Believers, Non-Believers, and "No-Belief-ers") in the discussion of the way that "-ism's" are another source which generates a plethora of distortion-riddled beliefs:

The Lies vs. Truth Debate

Reactions to Maharaj's Pointers, Part One 

Consider the two reactions to Maharaj's plain-spoken and straightforward revelation about the primary problem of humanity which also explains why the Ultimate Medicine is now universally-required for the universally-manifesting, belief-based, Ultimate Sickness: 

Maharaj: The problem is "stupidity, verging on insanity." 

What have been the two types of reactions to that pointer? Some responses heard here have included: "There's no cause to be mean about it" and "I prefer a teacher who expresses love, not hate" and "There's no need to be so direct and hurtful." 

The reaction here the first time those words were heard was one of gratitude. Years of exposure to a plethora of platitudes had led to one dead end after another, and years of sugar-coating and whitewashing and denial of the real problem - the actual and Ultimate Sickness - had also led to one dead end after another. 

The requirement for a new and totally different path was clearly indicated after the first glimmers of light began to expose the falsity of long-held beliefs. 

Hopelessness and powerlessness and insanity can happen for decades without one being aware of those conditions; severe depression can happen for decades without the level of that condition ever registering; and the most ignorant (dare one say, "stupid"?) thoughts and words and deeds can occur all day long without any awareness of how ignorant - and even crazy - those thoughts and words and deeds truly are. 

Oh sure, judgmental persons all day long can note how hopeless and ignorant and insane "others" are, but the fact is this: if you spot it, you've got it; if you can see it, you can be it. To project one's own mental or emotional defects onto "others" will block those who are doing the projecting from ever seeing their own sickness and from ever addressing that. 

Unless one truly experiences his or her own hopelessness and powerlessness and insanity and depression and ignorance-based thoughts and words and deeds when all of that has marked and marred much of one's relative existence, then the Ultimate Medicine will not be sought and the Ultimate Mental and Emotional Sickness will never be treated. 

So those in the first group who find Maharaj's words offensive might ask: 

"WHO - what egotism-supported ego-state - is offended by Maharaj's words or the words of anyone else?" 

and 

"WHO is calling Maharaj's words 'mean' when they amount to a spot-on diagnosis that can lead to identifying the real problem and then prescribing the proper Medicine for that which ails a person?" 

and 

"WHO wants a teacher who is indirect and evasive rather than direct?" 

When a doctor some seventeen years ago diagnosed the presence of cancerous and pre-cancerous polyps, he did not say, "There is a little boo-boo that you might want me try to make so away" or "You might want to find a holy man and pray for your boo-boo's to go away" or "Tonight, you might go outside and look into the heavens and wish upon a star that your boo-boo's will magically go away." 

He was quite direct when he said, "You have polyps. Some are cancerous. It is clear that I must excise them, and the sooner . . . the better." Was he being "mean"? "Hateful?" Too "direct"? Too "insensitive"? Or was he merely stating the facts - and stating them quite clearly - regarding my condition? 

There was nothing "personal" about his words, any more than there is anything "personal" about Maharaj's words. His words are actually about an illusion, so WHO could be offended by that? Only one who is taking himself / herself to be a person. 

If Maharaj was not talking to a person but to the blocked consciousness in his listeners, then "ignorance" or "stupidity" are not describing a particular person but are actually describing one's beliefs that are stored in an illusory "mind." 

If Maharaj was not talking to a person but to the blocked consciousness in his listeners, then "insane" is not describing a particular person but is describing belief-based thoughts and words and deeds that are being driven subconsciously by assumed personas. (Thus, "personality disorders" or "insanity.") 

The invitation here regarding beliefs is to begin at the beginning by asking, “Why should ideas, concepts, emotional intoxication, and attitudes / beliefs be cast aside? What would be the 'payoff,' relatively speaking?" 

To understand that the answer is to be free and to end all personal suffering and misery, the task might be easier. Holding onto beliefs and behaviors that result from programming and conditioning and domestication and acculturation makes no sense, yet if one is in denial about one's relative state and condition, then truth shall never be seen and the Sickness shall never be treated. 

Many say, “Sometimes I see the insanity . . . but,” after which there is a return to the same old thinking and talking and behavioral patterns and no permanent change is sought. 

Moreover, the occasional admission that certain actions that were driven by insane beliefs does not assure that the steps will be taken that are required to be free of the effects of ignorance and insanity. Admissions such as, "I can't believe I did that" or "I can't believe I was dumb enough to fall for that" or "That was really stupid on my part" typically provide little or no respite from the same old patterns that are soon repeated. 

Some even say, “I’m convinced I should do this or seek that or change this," yet such comments are usually followed by " . . . but” and then by a return to the old ways. 

Again, projecting one's relative faults and seeing the insanity is easy when seeing it in “others.” How many times in a day do many use the phrase, “Look at that idiot” or “He’s crazy” or “She’s totally nuts”? And they may be on to something. 

Yet most often, persons only see the insanity of “others" and seldom admit to their own, so their own insane behaviors and insane talk almost always continue. Occasionally “seeing it” - and then forgetting what was seen - changes nothing when the power of programming and conditioning are still in play. 

Consider the parallel: Pavlov’s dogs were not “crazy.” Prior to conditioning, those dogs only salivated when smelling something they could consume, as is natural. But after conditioning, they behaved in the most unnatural way imaginable: they salivated when they heard a sound rather than when they smelled food. Conditioning can even drive dogs to behave unnaturally. Why should humans fare any better after conditioning? 

The additional invitation is to consider this as well: the consciousness, once conditioned, can be said to be "blocked" or can be described by some as being "impure and corrupted and distorted and adulterated." 

The blocked or corrupted consciousness is the knower of concepts, the thinker of thoughts, the accepter of lies as truth, the emoter of emotions, the experiencer of pain and suffering, the accepter of ideas rooted in myths, and the believer of false beliefs. 

If not yet fully realized (that is, not having totally purged all learned ignorance), what might free you of the effects of having been conditioned and programmed? Some have read pointers on the subject, such as these, and then taken them into the silence and considered them. 

Some require a teacher that is willing to "tell it like it is." Some require a diagnosis of the real problem (which centers in the "mind," which drives insane thoughts and words and actions, and which results in being dominated by the symptoms of the Ultimate Sickness). 

Some require a realized teacher - a "specialist in internal medicine" - capable of diagnosing the problem, willing to tell you directly what the problem is, willing to tell you specifically what must be done to address the problem, and who knows exactly how to administer the Ultimate Medicine that is required to treat the Ultimate, Internal Sickness. 

Forget trying to reach a temporary “no-mind” state. The problem requires a permanent removal of the seat of the Sickness. You are invited on this site to take the steps which lead to a permanent state of “no-minded-ness,” even as the consciousness remains manifested, and to then abide as everything on the planet except humans abides: under the auspices of the brain.

To be continued.
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Here, with those who are still driven to talk about "god," the "Son of god," the "Holy Spirit," "Buddha," "Krishna," etc., etc., etc., the invitation to them is to view those as verbs, not nouns.

THE EXPLANATION

If looked at as nouns, they point to illusions and are, therefore, a total waste of time to even discuss; if looked at as verbs which are resulting in certain sane but rare behaviors among humanity, then they are worthy of some attention during the relative existence.

Meaning? There are members of certain groups who say things such as "My concept of god in the past was of a weak god, an absentee god, A Santa Claus-type god, a mean, punishing, vindictive god, etc. Today, I am in close contact with a loving and caring god whom I worship and praise and glorify and give thanks to."

The reply to that usually goes like this: "If you are in contact with a god that wants to be worshipped and praised and glorified, then you're dealing with someone like yourself - a narcissist - and hanging out with narcissists will never bring an end to your narcissism (that narcissism evidenced by the fact that you think you are "godly").

Next, in the phrase 'loving and caring god,' any supposed god that truly had her or his act together would tell you that the totally irrelevant part of that phrase is 'god' and that the only part that is relevant is the "loving and caring" part.

"That is, a non-narcissistic their god / their goddess would say, "I care not an iota about being worshipped and praised and glorified by you or anyone else. How arrogant and insecure and needy would I have to be to want that? Forget the man-made, dreamed up noun 'god' and focus on the 'god as a verb' understanding and then go forth and let loving and caring be verbs - not adjectives - and let them generate the act of love and the act of caring and let those actions manifest through you."

Yeshu'a (Jesus) and Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis were spot on:

"No one shall ever see 'the kingdom of heaven.' It is within"
--Yeshu'a (Jesus)

and

"Heaven and earth shall fade away."
--Yeshu'a (Jesus)

and

"Heaven and hell are not geographic places
but are states of mind, nothing more than
concepts dreamed up by men."&
--Pope John Paul II

"There is no hell."
--Pope Francis, the current pope
in an interview with journalist Eugenio Scalfari,
a writer used by the Pope to issue off the record
teachings which become a part of the Papal Magisterium.

[That said, would that the popes who have shown the courage to reject a core concept of their dogma - namely, "hell" - would find the additional courage required to question the very existence of their institution in light of the centuries-long cover-up of their history of raping children and in light of the mental and emotional and psychological scarring of billions of their members past and present.

And that need for courage also applies as questions need to be asked about why so many other sky cults are still being supported and allowed to continue to exist as well. When certain types of programming and conditioning have been shown to blind the masses, they should end. Will they? Not likely. Why?

Because what the masses think and say and do is most influenced by the international crime families which hold sway over the masses as criminals conduct their planet-wide operations. What are the major international crime families and which are the most influential and have the largest memberships?

The Mafia / La Cosa Nostra; the Catholic Church (with it 1.2 billion followers) whose Vatican Bank worked for decades with the Mafia while laundering mob earnings (for a 15% all-profit charge by the Bank); Protestant and Evangelical Churches (with over 1.2 billion followers) like the one I was raised in where the youth director molested and sexually assaulted young girls; big business which has long created environments in which people have been abused; powerful political bodies like the U.S. Congress, etc., etc., etc.)

With all of those crime families, neither the followers nor the leadership ever voluntarily step down or shut down their criminal activities. Be they gangs, organized crime families, religions, big business, politicians, etc., they all want control and they all want power and they all want money, and nothing internal will interfere with the driving forces at play.

The masses must demand that all those in charge must step down and their groups and institutions must shut down, and there's the real problem because the continuation of their crimes are enabled not as much by the people running such crime organizations as they are enabled by the masses of people who - wanting some perceived "payoff" - remain involved with them and give them money and support them and aid and abet the continued existence of those criminal enterprises and thus facilitate the ability of church criminals and political criminals and other types of criminals to continue to commit their crimes.]

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MAHARAJ AND THE RELIGION VS. SCIENCE DEBATE and THE LIES VS. TRUTH DEBATE

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MAHARAJ AND THE RELIGION VS. SCIENCE DEBATE
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THE LIES VS. TRUTH DEBATE

Two statements, one by a British "princess" and one by a British singer and his co-lyricist, encapsulate the message offered by Maharaj and being discussed in this series: 

1. "You have to find a way to be yourself, to be authentic."
---Princess Beatrice of the U.K.

In a news item from 6 December 2019:

At a "women in business" event, Princess Beatrice has revealed that she suffers from "Imposter Syndrome every day" in her first comments since her father Prince Andrew was sacked by the Queen amid fall-out over his disastrous TV interview and friendship with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

The royal, 31, gave a speech while at the Women In Cable Telecommunications event in London on Tuesday, with attendees reporting that she said: "You have to find a way to be yourself, to be authentic."

2. "Ev'rybody's talking 'bout . . . This-ism, that-ism, is-m, is-m, is-m"

From the song

“Give Peace a Chance"

with lyrics by

Yoko Ono and John Lennon 

To continue with excerpts from the book entitled FREEDOM from BELIEFS (Believers, Non-Believers, and "No-Belief-ers") in the discussion of the way that "-ism's" are another source which generates a plethora of distortion-riddled beliefs:

"-ISM'S" and False Beliefs Rooted in Personality 
and in 
Programming, Acculturation, Brainwashing and Indoctrination
("-ism's," Part "H")

 [Continued from yesterday]

What were nine of the "healthier" (a.k.a., nisargan or natural) passions which marked the pre-personality existence of humanity? 

1. There was a passion for procreation; 

2. there was a passion for foraging; 

3. there was a passion for scavenging; 

4. there was a passion for being quiet in order to avoid attracting animals that hunted not only other animals but also humans as well; 

5. eventually, there was a passion for hunting in order to have fresh meat rather than scavenged meat; 

6. there was a passion for eating plants; 

7. that led to a passion for agriculture;

8. there was a passion for protection from the elements; 

9. there was a passion for the peace which facilitated rest and rejuvenation and sleep. 

Very simple, yes? Then, the personalities which are understood via the Enneagram began to develop. Nine different passions would begin to determine how humans felt, passions rooted in beliefs and ideas and concepts; passions generating desires which were often unmet; 

passions triggering fears that disrupted the peace; and passions inspiring behaviors that disturbed individuals, pairs, groups, tribes, nations later on, and eventually the international community as well. 

And there's what is at the heart of humankind's suffering and chaos. Societies and cultures have always been "hand-me-down" entities, passing down whatever they have accumulated in terms of "stuff" as well as in terms of their dreamed up concepts, ideas, misperceptions, etc. (a.k.a., "learned ignorance" and false beliefs). 

One can only give what one "has," or one can only pass down or pass along what one "has," and (A) when what one "has" is an excess of misery and (B) when  what one "has" is the "ignorance and stupidity and insanity" (per Maharaj) which comes with the  near-universal Ultimate Sickness, then the only thing that all such persons can give away or pass down will be . . .

1. wrath and resentment and anger; 

2. pride; 

3. deceit; 

4. melancholia and jealousy and envy; 

5. greed and avarice; 

6. fear or panic or cowardice; 

7. conceit and gluttony; 

8. lust (for power and control and for sexual power and sexual control and sexual dominance); 

and

9. indifference or inertia or laziness. 

Look at the behavior of those in the highest echelons of power in nations all around the globe for evidence of those types and see how those in charge use those Sick passions to manipulate persons who are also Ultimately Sick.

All of those passions are now among "the Psychic Viruses" which cause the Ultimate Sickness which calls for the Ultimate Medicine which is offered here. If the Ultimate Sickness is eliminated, then the movement to full realization can happen. 

Furthermore, contrary to the claims or fears of some, full realization does not leave one unfeeling and uncaring and robotic. Quite to the contrary, the realized can be seen to be quite "enthused" after nine different passions manifest. Among the realized, there is a "passion" (that is, a nisargan, natural spontaneous inclination) for: 

1. Authenticity 

2. Self-Awareness 

3. An overlaying of Reality on reality . . . on the relative existence 

4. The inexpressible but understandable Truth 

5. Real Love 

6. Wisdom 

7. Freedom / Independence 

8. Peace / Silence 

9. Bliss - in all its forms - that can only be known and enjoyed NOW. 

Yet with so few on the planet being realized at any given moment, those are seldom being passed down at all nowadays.

If anyone who reads the lists above which catalogue the possibilities that can mark the relative existence and then settles for the one which begins with "wrath and resentment and anger" instead of seeking wholeheartedly the one which begins with "Authenticity," then there is clear evidence that several of the symptoms of the Ultimate Sickness are driving that person, including sick ideas, concepts, "-ism's," personality, learned ignorance, insanity and their valued but bogus "beliefs."

The teachings here are an invitation to leave behind personality and ignorance and insanity and concepts and beliefs and ideas and come home . . . come back to the original sanity, to Your Original Nature, to the original manner of abiding naturally rather than unnaturally or supernaturally. 

Maharaj's "Take" on the Subject of "Beliefs" 

The following pointers from Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj are also offered for consideration by site visitors: 

"All happens as it needs, yet nothing happens. I do what seems to be necessary, but at the same time I know that nothing is necessary, that life itself is only a make-belief." 

"See that you are not what you believe yourself to be." 

"Stop imagining, stop believing." 

"You are taking so many things for granted. Begin to question. The most obvious things are the most doubtful. Ask yourself such questions as 'Must I believe all I am told about myself?'" 

". . . He is less remote from the truth who believes nothing than he who believes what is wrong." 

"We believe in so many things on hearsay. We believe in distant lands and people, in heavens and hells, in gods and goddesses, because we were told. Similarly, we were told about ourselves, our parents, name, position, duties and so on. We never cared to verify. The way to truth lies through the destruction of the false. To destroy the false, you must question your most inveterate beliefs. Of these, the idea that you are the body is the worst. With the body comes the world, with the world - God, who is supposed to have created the world and thus it starts - fears, religions, prayers, sacrifices, all sorts of systems - all to protect and support the child-man, frightened out of his wits by monsters of his own making. Realise that what you are cannot be born nor die and, with the fear gone, all suffering ends." 

"I am offering you exactly what you need: awakening. You are not hungry and you need no bread. You need cessation, relinquishing, disentanglement. What you believe you need is not what you need. Your real need I know, not you. You need to return to the state in which I am - 'The Natural State'." 

"Go forth, unburdened with ideas and beliefs." 

". . . Question wisely. Instead of searching for the proof of truth, which you do not know, go through the proofs you have of what you believe to know. You will find you know nothing for sure - you trust on hearsay. To know the truth, you must pass through your own experience." 

"You believe you know the world and yourself - but it is only your ignorance that makes you say: 'I know'. Begin with the admission that you do not know and start from there." 

"What is the drug which you call 'karma' or 'destiny'? It made you believe yourself to be what you are not. What is it, and can you be free of it? Before you go further you must accept, at least as a working theory, that you are not what you appear to be, that you are under the influence of a drug. Then only will you have the urge and the patience to examine the symptoms and search for their common cause." 

"As long as we believe that we need things to make us happy, we shall also believe that in their absence we must be miserable. Mind always shapes itself according to its beliefs." 

"After one or two years [a child] comes to know itself, the mother, etc. When the child knows itself, its knowingness has started. Prior to that it is ignorance; although it is no-knowingness, it is ignorance. Then the knowledge 'I Am' is attained: it does not know who it is but it knows it is something. Later on the child starts collecting concepts and ideas which other people feed it and develops certain concepts or images about itself and others. The mind has developed. Then comes deep sleep and the waking state, the daily cycle. In the waking state, in whatever state of mind you are, you know the world, together with your concepts, and then you fall into sleep. Now, technically, you can call that deep sleep no-knowingness. But this is not that no-knowingness beyond which the Absolute lies. Let us proceed again from the child: ignorance, knowingness, accumulation of concepts, meeting the Guru. The Guru tells you, 'Get rid of concepts, just be yourself.' So, when you are, only you are. This is the first step: to abide in the consciousness that you are, without words. When the child started knowing itself, there was also knowledge, but that is a general knowledge and is common to all. The seeker, having understood what the Guru said, gets rid of the concepts, and now, as the first step, the seeker dwells in the state 'I Am', just being." "Once you know with absolute certainty that nothing can trouble you but your own imagination, you come to disregard your desires and fears, concepts and ideas. [You] live by truth alone." 

"You give reality to concepts, while concepts are distortions of reality. Abandon all conceptualisation and stay silent and attentive."

"Go beyond your concepts and ideas; in the silence [and in the absence] of desire and thought, the truth is found."

To be continued.
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Here, with those who are still driven to talk about "god," the "Son of god," the "Holy Spirit," "Buddha," "Krishna," etc., etc., etc., the invitation to them is to view those as verbs, not nouns.

THE EXPLANATION

If looked at as nouns, they point to illusions and are, therefore, a total waste of time to even discuss; if looked at as verbs which are resulting in certain sane but rare behaviors among humanity, then they are worthy of some attention during the relative existence.

Meaning? There are members of certain groups who say things such as "My concept of god in the past was of a weak god, an absentee god, A Santa Claus-type god, a mean, punishing, vindictive god, etc. Today, I am in close contact with a loving and caring god whom I worship and praise and glorify and give thanks to."

The reply to that usually goes like this: "If you are in contact with a god that wants to be worshipped and praised and glorified, then you're dealing with someone like yourself - a narcissist - and hanging out with narcissists will never bring an end to your narcissism (that narcissism evidenced by the fact that you think you are "godly").

Next, in the phrase 'loving and caring god,' any supposed god that truly had her or his act together would tell you that the totally irrelevant part of that phrase is 'god' and that the only part that is relevant is the "loving and caring" part.

"That is, a non-narcissistic their god / their goddess would say, "I care not an iota about being worshipped and praised and glorified by you or anyone else. How arrogant and insecure and needy would I have to be to want that? Forget the man-made, dreamed up noun 'god' and focus on the 'god as a verb' understanding and then go forth and let loving and caring be verbs - not adjectives - and let them generate the act of love and the act of caring and let those actions manifest through you."

Yeshu'a (Jesus) and Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis were spot on:

"No one shall ever see 'the kingdom of heaven.' It is within"
--Yeshu'a (Jesus)

and

"Heaven and earth shall fade away."
--Yeshu'a (Jesus)

and

"Heaven and hell are not geographic places
but are states of mind, nothing more than
concepts dreamed up by men."&
--Pope John Paul II

"There is no hell."
--Pope Francis, the current pope
in an interview with journalist Eugenio Scalfari,
a writer used by the Pope to issue off the record
teachings which become a part of the Papal Magisterium.

[That said, would that the popes who have shown the courage to reject a core concept of their dogma - namely, "hell" - would find the additional courage required to question the very existence of their institution in light of the centuries-long cover-up of their history of raping children and in light of the mental and emotional and psychological scarring of billions of their members past and present.

And that need for courage also applies as questions need to be asked about why so many other sky cults are still being supported and allowed to continue to exist as well. When certain types of programming and conditioning have been shown to blind the masses, they should end. Will they? Not likely. Why?

Because what the masses think and say and do is most influenced by the international crime families which hold sway over the masses as criminals conduct their planet-wide operations. What are the major international crime families and which are the most influential and have the largest memberships?

The Mafia / La Cosa Nostra; the Catholic Church (with it 1.2 billion followers) whose Vatican Bank worked for decades with the Mafia while laundering mob earnings (for a 15% all-profit charge by the Bank); Protestant and Evangelical Churches (with over 1.2 billion followers) like the one I was raised in where the youth director molested and sexually assaulted young girls; big business which has long created environments in which people have been abused; powerful political bodies like the U.S. Congress, etc., etc., etc.)

With all of those crime families, neither the followers nor the leadership ever voluntarily step down or shut down their criminal activities. Be they gangs, organized crime families, religions, big business, politicians, etc., they all want control and they all want power and they all want money, and nothing internal will interfere with the driving forces at play.

The masses must demand that all those in charge must step down and their groups and institutions must shut down, and there's the real problem because the continuation of their crimes are enabled not as much by the people running such crime organizations as they are enabled by the masses of people who - wanting some perceived "payoff" - remain involved with them and give them money and support them and aid and abet the continued existence of those criminal enterprises and thus facilitate the ability of church criminals and political criminals and other types of criminals to continue to commit their crimes.]

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